About SULIM – University of Copenhagen

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About the SULIM Research Project

SULIM was a collaborative, multidisciplinary research project focusing on migrants' health in Denmark, taking a life-course approach covering health in different phases of life and through generations.

Migrants and their descendants constitute vulnerable groups in regards to socio-economic conditions and health. We aimed to address potentials for improving migrant health in infancy, childhood, youth and adult life and, to complete the circle, reproductive outcomes. Studies have demonstrated poor health in migrant infants and children/youth and high incidence of smoking, physical inactivity and obesity in certain adult migrant groups contributing to high incidences of lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Issues of provision of healthcare may add to these problems.

To improve the knowledge for developing and implementing preventive initiatives across various institutional settings, SULIM incorporated a cluster of Work Packages (WPs) based on the perspectives of different phases of life: prenatal problems for mothers and offspring, overweight in toddlers, unhealthy lifestyles among children, youth and adults, and suboptimal healthcare-seeking behaviors among adults.

Qualitative research methods was combined with epidemiological approaches including surveys, registry studies and controlled intervention designs. SULIM was based on a multi-sectorial collaboration involving several research institutions, health authorities, healthcare providers and educational institutions. This ensured an unique and highly relevant setting for obtaining research-based intervention strategies which were practically feasible and mirroring the complexity of health and social problems related to migration, hereby supporting migrants' integration and participation in the Danish society. 

The organizational structure of SULIM, including boards and Work Packages is shown below. In each Work Package the responsible partner is listed. For more information about the individual Work Packages please have a look at the research section of this website.