Active Health:
Strategies for improved access to healthcare for immigrants

The State of Berlin has adopted a Master Plan Health together with the State of Brandenburg, with the strategic aims to utilise and improve the growth potential of health as an economic and location factor. This includes improved access to healthcare for everyone. Citizens with a migration background are often disadvantaged in this area. The project “Active Health” opened up a new perspective: the idea is to inspire more people with a migration background to enter the health profession. They could then act as multipliers and role models in their living environments. In addition, the intercultural opening in healthcare is supported.

“Active Health” was designed for the wider public. Particular attention was paid to the diversity of advocates who worked together in the project.

“Active Health” combined a variety of initiatives to create a powerful campaign. Network and open-space workshops were the platform for establishing contacts and an exchange of actors. Discussions helped to involve actors at the decision-making level.

“Active Health” provided valuable support for the multipliers: six examples of good practice on intercultural opening and training opportunities are models for imitation. With the strategic council in charge, a policy paper with seven essential policy recommendations was developed and brought into political discussion. The ambassadors, a group of young immigrants from Berlin, who are learning or working in health professions and are engaged in voluntary work, e.g. for vocational information days at schools, are the project’s most important result.

 BGZ is a committed and reliable partner with a lot of expertise in acquiring and carrying out international projects in the field of vocational training. It has also become a player in the health sector in recent years. This experience is very valuable for our cooperation. However, for us as a state authority, the most important thing is that projects take up and implement our health policy goals. Since this has always been the case with BGZ, I can well imagine cooperating with them in many more areas.”

Elke Zingel-Lang, Senate Department for Health, the Environment and Consumer Protection


Recommendations of the Strategic Advisory Board

Good Practice: Job advocate network for the start of a career in the health sector for young people with a migration background (German)

Good Practice: The Culture Fair Test (German)

Good Practice: Checklist for intercultural opening (German)


Project flyer:
Recommendations of the Strategic Advisory Board (PDF)
German English
The Job Advocate Network of the project "Active Health" (PDF)
Take advantage of opportunities for the future - The Culture Fair Test
Documentation of the symposium (PDF)
Documentation of the open space (PDF)

The project “Active Health” is funded through the thematic programme “PROGRESS”. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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Implemented in:

Berlin and Netherlands


2006 – 2007

Berlin partners:

Gesundheit Berlin e.V., Senate Department of Health, Environment and Consumer Protection, Vivantes, Migration Council Berlin-Brandenburg, Senate Administration for Economy, Technology and Women’s Issues, amongst others

Transnational partners:

SIGRA (network of over 100 health institutions in the region of Amsterdam)


Dr. Ines Klemm
Tel. +49 (30) 809941-15


European Commission (Community Action Programme to Combat Social Exclusion 2002-2006)