The health insurance company AOK Bremen/Bremerhaven is more than just a funding agency in the health sector. The AOK significantly participates in defining the care for its 250,000 insured members and for the people in the whole region of Bremen and Bremerhaven. The “Bremen Model” (Bremer Modell), thus the health care given to refugees using the electronic health card in the state of Bremen and in Hamburg, is seen as exemplary in Germany. This system facilitates unbureaucratic and cost effective care. Another pioneering venture is the fight against life-threatening germs in hospitals together with a Bremen hospital. Additionally, the tight cooperation with the Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, which created the Bremen Register of Medicinal Products, is also highly valued. The AOK takes a great deal of new findings from science and research and further develops cooperations with renowned scientific institutions, such as the University of Bremen or the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS). The AOK reacts in a quick and appropriate manner to medical, civil and social developments – without following every single trend from the offset. For it is clear that experts only know after several years whether new medical methods and scientific findings really help the patients. In the frame of “strong social engagement”, to which the AOK Bremen/Bremerhaven has prescribed itself, there are currently five scholarship students in the degree program Public Health who are being supported by the AOK for three years within the Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship) program of the University of Bremen.