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Principal Investigator: Diana Bowser


To use difference-in-difference methodology to examine the impact of the Estatuto Temporal de Protección para Migrantes Venezolanos (ETPMV), allowing Venezuelan migrants to obtain a 10-year temporary residency on enrolment in health insurance, access to healthcare services, morbidity and mortality, with a sub-analysis examining the impact on women and their children.

Municipal level data will be used to classify 60 Colombian municipalities on the level of integration of Venezuelan migrants, exploring health system/building block enablers and barriers through key informant interviews and focus groups with community partners. Disseminate the finding to all stakeholders using Digital Narratives.

Diana Bowser

Boston College

Many countries around the globe are experiencing increasing rates of migration, both within and across their borders. Ensuring high quality health to all individuals regardless of their citizen status is important, and it requires a strong health care system and innovative financing. This project will examine what the key system enablers and barriers impact the access to health care services and key payment issues for Venezuelan migrants in Colombia with results that are relevant to many countries around the globe.

Expected Outcomes

The Difference-in-Difference analysis will measure the impact of having health insurance, especially women and children, on access and care to healthcare services, morbidity and mortality. We will create a Municipal Integration Classification for 60 municipalities that will help understand the various health system/building block enablers and barriers to enrolment in formal health insurance schemes. We will create digital narratives to enhance the dissemination and research uptake of the results.

All outcomes are important because the ETPMV has expanded the health insurance enrolment timeline for Venezuelan migrants. Anecdotal evidence to date suggests that there are still barriers to Venezuelan migrants enrolling in these health insurance schemes. Baseline results showed 73% of Venezuelan migrants surveyed were unenrolled in any formal insurance scheme. All outcomes will be incorporated into longer-term Stakeholder Engagement Strategy by developing “Impact Stories” using digital narratives to assist in disseminating key information on enablers and barriers to enrolment in ETPMV and access to health insurance. 


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