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Publication name Scottish Migrant and Ethnic Health Research Strategy Group (SMEHRS) report
Date: 23 September 2016
Summary: This is the fourth annual report of the Scottish Migrant and Ethnic Health Research Strategy (SMEHRS) group, which was set up in December 2010.

It describes progress in implementing the recommendations of the group's strategy for 2014–19.

Highlights of the year include

- A successful national conference.
- A unique public panel that considered possible concerns about the aims, methods and findings of the Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study.
- Plans to host the First World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Edinburgh in May 2018.
- A study of current services and gaps in provision for ethnic minority communities in Scotland.
- Published papers showing important differences between ethnic groups in Scotland for respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases; and how mortality rates are affected by socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion and disability.
Publication name Evaluability assessment of the enhanced health visiting pathway in Scotland
Date: 19 September 2016
Summary: This report presents an evaluability assessment (EA) of the enhanced health visiting (EHV) service in Scotland.
Publication name MESAS alcohol sales and price update May 2016
Date: 25 May 2016
Summary: The alcohol sales and price band analyses have been updated with 2015 data. Infographics that summarise the findings and supporting datasets are available below.

These have been published as part of NHS Health Scotland’s ongoing commitment to monitor alcohol consumption and price as recommended in the final MESAS annual report.
Publication name Evaluation of the Links Worker Programme in ‘Deep End’ general practices in Glasgow
Date: 24 May 2016
Summary: The Links Worker Programme is a Scottish Government funded programme, being piloted in deprived areas of Glasgow, which aims to support primary care patients with complex needs to mitigate the impact of the social determinants of health. The University of Glasgow is conducting a three-year, mixed method, independent evaluation of the Links Worker Programme, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland. The interim report outlining progress with the main evaluation is available at the second link below.
As a sub-project to the main evaluation, NHS Health Scotland commissioned further research to explore the Links Worker Programme from the perspective of community organisations that receive referrals from Community Links Practitioners. The Community Links evaluation report below presents the findings of the sub-project evaluation. It explores issues relevant to developing intersectoral working between primary care and local community resources to achieve public health goals, and to gaining a better understanding of the view of those working in community organisations about the ‘Links Worker’ model of social prescribing. Lessons that are important for the future development of the Glasgow Links Worker Programme are provided.
Publication name Process evaluation of the implementation of universal free school meals (UFSM) for P1 to P3
Date: 08 March 2016
Summary: Process evaluation of the implementation of universal free school meals (UFSM) for P1 to P3:
Research with schools and local authorities
March 2016
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