Changing Dominant Narratives on Roma in Healthcare Settings

The Open Society Public Health Program is pleased to invite letters of intent from organizations, informal groups, and networks in Macedonia and Romania to apply for funding to change dominant narratives about Roma that influence healthcare professionals’ attitudes and behavior towards Roma patients.

In order to improve health outcomes and quality of services available to Roma patients, the Public Health Program will grant support to projects that work to transform attitudes and break down anti-Roma stereotypes among healthcare workers by (1) designing and facilitating positive inter-group contact between patients and healthcare workers; (2) using artistic interventions aimed at challenging existing stereotypes, and improving the interaction between patients and healthcare workers; and (3) developing academic curricula aimed at incorporating the principles of narrative medicine, cultural humility, and structural competence into medical training. 

Eligibility Criteria

Projects should fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible for funding:

  • The project provides opportunities to Roma patients and healthcare providers to collaborate on raising awareness about human rights in patient care.
  • The project builds storytelling and narrative competence of Roma patients, medical students, and healthcare workers in order to improve the healthcare worker-patient relationship.
  • The project uses art for social change in order to create space for dialogue between patients and healthcare workers.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of $30,000 for a period of no more than 25 months. Letters of intent should be no longer than two pages, and include a budget with primary line items as well as proposed start and end dates.

Interested applicants should upload their letters of intent by March 15, 2018 through the online form. Successful applicants will be contacted by April 1, and will have until April 15, 2018, to submit a full proposal for consideration. 

Please contact Katarzyna Pabijanek at [email protected] with any questions.