Research Consort "Think Rural!"

In this transdisciplinary research consort, academics and researchers from the University of Greifswald have joined to coordinate their investigations and to carry out research in the field of “rural regions”.

ILWia - Initiative for Life and Living at Old Age

The Chair of General Business Administration and Health Care Management (Prof. Steffen Fleßa) is working together with the Technologiezentrum Vorpommern (Dr. Wolfgang Blank) and Karlsburg Hospital (Prof. Wolfgang Motz) by order of and in close cooperation with the Landkreis Vorpommern-Greifswald (local district council) (Dirk Scheer) on the development of an integration concept for healthcare in peripheral regions. This should secure the future availability and accessibility of outpatient, domestic and care services in the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald, even in the rural regions, by using innovative solutions and joining existing players and structures. The final conference with a presentation and discussion of the results took place on the 20th May 2015. For further information about the project, please contact Vanessa Gieseler, research and teaching assistant at the Chair of General Business Administration and Health Care Management (Tel.: 03834-420 2494).

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Input at the Federal Congress of Political Education (Bundeskongress politische Bildung) 2015

Anne Heller (Education) and Stefan Ewert (Political Science) organised the workshop “Learning Democracy in Rural Regions - Challenges in Rural Educational Landscapes” at the 13thBundeskongress politische Bildung - Inequalities in Democracy in March 2015. The workshop explored the different challenges and approaches to political education in comparison to urban centres.

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Healthcare in the Rural Region of Northern Afghanistan

Steffen Fleßa (Chair of General Business Administration and Health Care Management) and Jörg Hartleib (Chair of Cartography and Geographic Information Systems) supported the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau with the functional analysis of the hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan. The key focus was the empirical and cartographic analysis of the catchment area. It was evident that the results of “Think Rural” were relevant far afield from German peripheral regions.

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Medical Care Atlas Vorpommern

The Institute for Community Medicine at University Medicine Greifswald has published an atlas of healthcare in Vorpommern. The “Medical Care Atlas Vorpommern (Versorgungsatlas Vorpommern) - Database of Regional Medical Care” contains 79 maps and illustrations, which show for example the prevalence of important common clinical diseases and the geographical distribution of doctors, hospitals, psychologists, nursing facilities, physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the region of Vorpommern. Further maps show the amount of time it takes to reach a healthcare centre by car. This is also the first time that the accessibility of these centres by public transport has been visualised.
The Medical Care Atlas forms the foundation for the planning of regional healthcare, but also includes interesting information for patients and researchers. By using this data and these maps as a basis, progressive concepts for regional healthcare can be developed specifically. Prof. Hoffmann, managing director of the Institute for Community Medicine: “This atlas provides researchers and politicians with an information pool for the planning of future healthcare.”

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