The RoMOMatteR project proposes that the discrimination suffered by Roma girls due to teenage motherhood being in at-risk contexts can be reversed through an empowering process that links Roma girls’ mattering to reproductive justice.

We understand reproductive justice as decision-making processes (procedural justice) and resource allocation (distributive justice) that guarantees the right of every girl of her sexual and reproductive health based on the respect to their personal autonomy, gender identity, life expectations, and the right to live in sustainable, safe, and fair communities. This process will enable at-risk Roma girls’ contexts to become agents of personal and collective change.

The acquisition of recognition (R) linked to distributive justice (DJ) implies acceptance and respect for their identities and goals and guarantee of resources. The acquisition of influence (I) linked to procedural justice (PJ) ensures fair processes in which Roma girls have their own voice and are acknowledge as political agents. Both processes are inseparable; R+DJ without I+PJ leads to passivity, dependency and welfare clientelism while I+PJ without R+DJ leads to hopelessness and distrust14.

This process will involve all relevant domains for the development of Roma girls. First, this process implies acquiring critical thinking through reflection and evaluation. Critical thinking will lead girls to identify other roles and occupations besides motherhood. Participant girls could learn that conditions in which they live might change because they are not by nature as their cultural traditions dictate and that their living conditions are not unalterable. Alternatively, critical thinking will capacitate girls to provide new meanings to their mattering and their motherhood from their cultural values and use them to imagine a thriving life. Secondly, this process will allow girls to envision new resources, roles and networks that will enable Roma girls to pursue their life goals. Finally, this process will champion Roma girls to advocate for collective actions focused on the construction of safe and healthy contexts that will allow them to decide on their mattering and choose motherhood freely. Altogether, this complex process implies the dialogical and dualistic construction of their self and life scenarios.


The idea of the Ohio-Pécs Mayor Exchange Program was initiated by Dean Professor Dr. Randy Leite of Ohio University's College of Health Sciences. This is  a multi-stakeholder knowledge -based collaboration involving all pillars of the  Quintuple Helix . Mayors of Rural Hungary and Rural Ohio experience each other's context and share their best practices in the area of Governance, knowledge,strategies and approach when addressing Community Health, Regional Development, Economics and Decent Job Creation ,Citizen Engagement , Sustainable Innovation related topics. Transdisciplinary scholars and students, as well Non-Profit representatives, regional business representatives participate in this knowledge sharing and netowrking exchange platform.

Co-initiating parties: Global Cleveland , HLMDI, the Department of Operational Medicine hosting WHO Collaboration Center for Migration and Health Research and Education


The Foundation event closed with the ratification of TEAMHP's "Declaration" ,the "Membership Charter" for the interim period and the nomination of the "Secretary General" Dr.Kia Goolesorkhi and the "Associate Secretary General" , Dr.Klara Papp by the Executive Board. The Declaration has acknowledged the "Unanimously Accepted Action Plan" for the interim period  which includes the list of the preliminary projects for the interim period.

(1) Cleveland -Pecs Sister Cities Promotion [ Mr.Joe Cimperman,Global Cleveland (President)]

(2) Facilitating Self Employment of Irregular Migrants [ Dr.John Lipinski,Indiana University (Professor)]

(3) Hosting Global Health Case Competition Winners in Budapest and Pecs [Ms.Meredith Gartin,Ohio University , College of Health Sciences]

(4) Micro Regional Capacity Building - Mayor Exchange Program between Appalachia and Ormansag [ Dr.Randy Leite, Dean,Ohio University , College of Health Sciences(Professor)]

(5) Joint Scientific Publication about TEAMHP's model [ Dr.Gillian Ice,Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director and Professor of Global Health] 

(6) Promoting Innovation Driven Collaborations between Case West and University of Pecs through TEAMHP [Dr.Klara Papp, Case Western Reserve, College of Medicine ,Professor and Director for the Center of Advancement in Medical Learning]



The First European - American Migration Health Platform foundation event (MH PIE) was  held in the city of Pécs, Hungary between 19-20 October 2017 with the opening words of the Dean of the Medical School of the University of Pécs Professor Dr.Attila Miseta, Professor Dr.Lajos Bogár,Head of the Department of Operational Medicine, Cultural Attaché Chris Machin . The two day event was co-hosted and co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Budapest and the Health Leadership and Management Development Institute (HLMDI). The  Medical School of the University of Pécs , the Department of Operational Medicine and the School of Medicine and its professionals  at the  WHO Collaboration Center in Migration Health Training and Research were also strategic contributors to the realization of the program.

The 4 plus 1 Expert Panels addressed some of the very actual areas that need prior attention in order to strengthen and empower health systems cross-continental towards the SDG 2030 goals.Some important areas of focus were (1) The Mental Health Aspects of Vulnerability ,Mobility and Migration (2) Trafficking in Human Beings (3) Capacity Building Programs in the fields of Vulnerability,Mobility and Migration(4) Coalition for Innovation taking a CEPI type approach by the (5) Knowledge based- Governance using the Quadruple and Quantuple Helix Models.

The Declaration’s drafting committee was formed by EUPHA’s leading scientist  Professor Dr.David Ingleby Professor Dr. Harald Siem from the Norwegian Center for Migration and Minority Health (NAKMI) and former IOM expert, Mr. Joe Cimperman, President of the Global Cleveland, Professor Dr. Christopher Ingersoll Dean of the College of Health and Human Services of the University of Toledo , Professor Dr. Randy Leite Dean Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences as well as Dr.Kia Goolesorkhi Secretary General of The European American Migration Health Platform and member of the WHO Collaboration Center for Migration Health Research and Training at Department of Operational Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Pécs,Co-Headed by Professor Dr.Lajos Bogár and Dr.István Szilárd.

MH PIE owes a great deal to the professional contributions of Professor Klara Pápp, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Medical Learning from Case Western Reserve University, Professor Dr.John Lipinksi on behalf of the Leadership of the Business of Humanity Project from Indiana University , Dr.Eugenia Canaan former Program Manager at WellShare International,  Jozef Bartovic Jozef, Bartovic Technical Officer (Migration and Health) WHO Regional Office for Europe , Dr.Amy Coren NOVA Psychology Professor Awarded Fulbright to Hungary , Dr. Gillian Ice , Professor and Director of Global Health; Social Medicine; Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine , Dr.Sheryl Milz Co-Director of the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health School of Population , Dr.Andrew Lee , Debra McBride Assistant Director at Ohio University's Global Health Initiative,Dr.Meredith GartinVisiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University's Global Health Initiative 

The Baptist Integration Center and the Migration Health Network's Team of experts were main contributors sharing its their decade long  training and research experience in this new, interdisciplinary field of health sciences.

The event owes itself to the support of the US Embassy under HE Charge D’Affair David Kostelancik and the dedication of Cultural Attaché Christopher Machin and his colleagues at the IVLP program.


Members: Zoltan KATZ, Nikolett Arnold