Andrea MADARASOVA GECKOVA
Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Slovac Republic
Assoc. Prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova (1972) got her Master degree in Psychology
(P.J.Safarik University in Kosice, Slovak Republic) and PhD degree in Medical Sciences
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands) She is an associate professor in Social
Psychology (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic).
Since 2002 she has been responsible for the supervision of research projects in the
framework of the Kosice Institute for Society and Health, focusing particularly on the social
determinants of health.
She participates in several European projects (7RP Health: SOPHIE,
DF SANCO: INEQiCITIES, EUROTHINE) including projects using structural funds (ERDF
SKV-CEMIO, ESF CZ-SODEZZ).
Moreover, she collaborates with WHO; she is Slovakia's
Principal Investigator for the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study and serve as a
consultant for WHO Venice office.
She is an editor-in-chief of the Int J Pub Health, and referees several international journals in
her field. In the past she operated as a national delegate in the FP7 PC, thematic priority
"Science in Society".
Health inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe ( 1.10MB)
Health inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe seem to be larger in comparison to the rest
of the Europe, and these differences might be attributed in part to smoking, alcohol use and
access to health care. The following issues were picked up for the contribution:
which are at risk of declining, long-term problems with high unemployment, and depleted
resources, and the need for audit of existing routine datasets with regard to its capacity to
serve for health equity surveillance system,
- population at risk, in case of Central and
Eastern Europe mainly the population living in Roma settlements, and the institute of Roma
mediator as a tool for long-term projects,
- use of innovative methods to stimulate
participation, and the collaboration between policy makers, academics, and target groups.