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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2021

Newsletter - February 2021

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Week
  4. European Public Health Conference
  5. EUPHA members update
  6. European Journal of Public Health
  7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  8. Interesting news
  9. Upcoming courses and conferences
  10. Interesting publications
  11. European Commission news
  12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  13. WHO news

1. Editorial

This is the editorial text, please update.


2. EUPHA update

EUPHA website improvements

We have improved our website homepage to reflect the new EUPHA Strategy 2020-2025 and its ‘triple A approach’ - Analysis, Advocacy, Action. Visit our revamped homepage to learn about our key activities.
We will update you soon on improvements to other areas of our website.
If you wish to make any comments or suggestions, please contact

New President for Public health genomics section

EUPHA welcomes Roberta Pastorino from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Rome - section of Hygiene, as the new President for the Public health genomics section. We would like to thank the previous President Róza Ádány for her dedication to the section over the past few years.

EUPHA and Food and nutrition section feedback on public consultations

In February, EUPHA, supported by the Food and Nutrition section, provided feedback on two public consultations of the European Commission on food labelling and nutrient profiles, as nutrition is a major issue when it comes to public health.

Read our replies:
Facilitating healthier food choices – establishing nutrient profiles

Food labelling - revision of rules on information provided to consumers

You too can have your say on those matters. Visit the EUPHA-FN webpage in the upcoming months to be informed of the next steps.


3. European Public Health Week

Host your own event or help us spread the word!

The aim of #EUPHW is to raise awareness about important public health themes and connect professionals contributing to public health across Europe.

This year’s themes:

Host your own event: Find ways to
The European Public Health Week is an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) supported by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Co-funded under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme.


4. European Public Health Conference

14th European public health conference , 10 - 12 November 2021

Public health futures in a changing world

Theme of the conference

The theme of the virtual EPH Conference 2021 will be ‘Public health futures in a changing world’. Public health has changed a lot in the last thirty years. Whole subdisciplines, for example health informatics, and genetic public health, have grown up in that time. Has the core practice of public health changed? Does it need to? If so, we need to identify futures for our discipline, and figure out how to get there. If we don’t, others will, and that is not necessarily for the benefit of our practice, our practitioners, or the public. We need to articulate more forcibly who we are, why we are, and why we are relevant?

Confrence programme

In a series of plenary sessions, we examine the most pressing challenges that will affect the future of our discipline in the near future:

  • Public health practice, training and workforces for the future
  • Learning from the pandemic, and getting ready for the next one
  • Digital health – person centred?
  • Climate change and public health – a dual role
  • Public health, social health, going back to go forwards.

The plenary programme is organised in close collaboration with our international partners - European Commission, WHO Europe, ECDC, European Observatory, EUPHA, EuroHealthNet, ASPHER – guaranteeing inspiring sessions with leading speakers from our own field of expertise and beyond.

The conference will be organised from Wednesday 10 until Friday 12 November. The programme includes plenary sessions, workshops, oral and poster presentations and ample opportunities for networking in Join the Network sessions. Pre-conferences are held on Wednesday morning. Most sessions will be live with interaction and moderation. More information about the programme is available on our website.

Abstract submission is open

Abstract submission for the virtual 14th EPH Conference 2021 is open from 1 February 2021 until 1 May 2021. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations and E-posters. All sessions will be 60 minutes. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognised for your hard work. More information on our website.

Abstract mentoring programme

EPH Conference offers an Abstract Mentoring Programme providing an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. The programme opens 1 February 2021 and is targeted at researchers who have limited access to colleagues to ask for guidance and comments on their proposed abstracts. More information on our website.


Registration for the virtual 14th EPH Conference opens 1 April 2021. Registration fees will be announced shortly on our website

Environment and health track report - WCPH 2020

Today, EUPHA publishes the 'Environment and health in 2020' report. This report summarises the environment and health track from the 16th World Congress on Public Health, held online from 12 till 16 October 2019. It reports on key messages from the sessions and discussions.

5. EUPHA members update

FPH Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

The Faculty of Public Health released a statement calling for concerted action to ensure that marginalised and disadvantaged communities are provided with equal opportunity to access the COVID-19 vaccination.

6. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 31, Issue 1, February 2021

Time to move to open access

Adam Todd, Clare Bambra
The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health: why race can’t be ignored even if it causes discomfort
Raj Bhopal, Laurence Gruer, Charles Agyemang, Nadav Davidovitch, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Allan Krasnik, Ana P Martinez-Donate, J Jaime Miranda, Kevin Pottie, Uma Segal, Anthony Zwi, Bernadette Kumar
‘Race’ causes discomfort? Worse: it misleads
Michael Yudell
Bryndis Bjork Asgeirsdottir, Alfgeir Logi Kristjansson, Jon Sigfusson, John P Allegrante, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir
Hospital practices for the implementation of patient partnership in a multi-national European region Beatrice Scholtes, Mareike Breinbauer, Mirko Rinnenburger, Madeline Voyen, Phi Linh Nguyen-Thi, Oliver Ziegler, Lucie Germain, Philip Böhme, Michèle Baumann, Etienne Le Bihan, Jean-Jacques Repplinger, Elisabeth Spitz, Bernard Voz, Iness Ortiz-Halabi, Nadia Dardenne, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Michèle Guillaume, Isabelle Bragard, Benoit Pétré
Healthcare system performance and socioeconomic inequalities in hearing and visual impairments in 17 European countries
Asri Maharani, Piers Dawes, James Nazroo, Gindo Tampubolon, Neil Pendleton, the SENSE-Cog WP1 group
Health services research in France: bridging the gap between academia and policymaking
Marine Spaak, Marion Cipriano, François Alla, Daniel Benamouzig
Costs and effects of conventional vision screening and photoscreening in the Dutch preventive child health care system
Catharina P B Van der Ploeg, Manon Grevinga, Iris Eekhout, Eline Vlasblom, Caren I Lanting, H M (Ellen) van Minderhout, Jolande van Dijk – van der Poel, M Elske van den Akker-van Marle, Paul H Verkerk
Categories of systematic influences applied to increase cancer screening participation: a literature review and analysis Finaba Berete, Johan Van der Heyden, Stefaan Demarest, Rana Charafeddine, Jean Tafforeau, Herman Van Oyen, Olivier Bruyère, Françoise Renard
Maria Josefina Valenzuela, Beverley Waterhouse, Vishal R Aggarwal, Karen Bloor, Tim Doran
Greenhouse gases emissions from the diet and risk of death and chronic diseases in the EPIC-Spain cohort
Carlos A González, Catalina Bonet, Miguel de Pablo, María José Sanchez, Elena Salamanca-Fernandez, Miren Dorronsoro, Pilar Amiano, Jose María Huerta, María Dolores Chirlaque, Eva Ardanaz, Aurelio Barricarte, Jose Ramón Quirós, Antonio Agudo, Marta Guadalupe Rivera Ferrer
Impact of a nutrition education programme on free sugar intake & nutrition-related knowledge in fifth-grade schoolchildren
Eva Winzer, Maria Wakolbinger, Manuel Schätzer, Karin Blagusz, Anita Rieder, Monika Lechleitner, Friedrich Hoppichler
Dietary patterns and food insecurity of students participating in a food aid programme: the Mediterranean perspective
Christina-Maria Kastorini, Ioanna Markaki, Thomas Tsiampalis, Elena Critselis, Athanassios Petralias, Athena Linos, the DIATROFI Program Research Team
Pregnant under the pressure of a pandemic: a large-scale longitudinal survey before and during the COVID-19 outbreak
Elin Naurin, Elias Markstedt, Dietlind Stolle, Daniel Enström, Anton Wallin, Ingrid Andreasson, Birgitta Attebo, Ottilia Eriksson, Klara Martinsson, Helen Elden, Karolina Linden, Verena Sengpiel
Demographic and public health characteristics explain large part of variability in COVID-19 mortality across countries
Paul H Lee, Jan Marek, Petr Nálevka
Epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 cases in non-Italian nationals notified to the Italian surveillance system

Massimo Fabiani, Alberto Mateo-Urdiales, Xanthi Andrianou, Antonino Bella, Martina Del Manso, Stefania Bellino, Maria C Rota, Stefano Boros, Maria F Vescio, Fortunato P D'Ancona, Andrea Siddu, Ornella Punzo, Antonietta Filia, Silvio Brusaferro, Giovanni Rezza, Maria G Dente, Silvia Declich, Patrizio Pezzotti, Flavia Riccardo, for the COVID-19 Working Group
The impact of COVID-19 restriction measures on loneliness among older adults in Austria
Erwin Stolz, Hannes Mayerl, Wolfgang Freidl
Who does or does not use the ‘Corona-Warn-App’ and why?
Kai T Horstmann, Susanne Buecker, Julia Krasko, Sarah Kritzler, Sophia Terwiel
Coverage rates against vaccine-preventable diseases among healthcare workers in Sicily (Italy) Caterina Ledda, Venerando Rapisarda, Helena C Maltezou, Eleonora Contrino, Arianna Conforto, Carmelo Massimo Maida, Fabio Tramuto, Francesco Vitale, Claudio Costantino
Space–time clustering and temporal trends of hospitalizations due to pulmonary tuberculosis: potential strategy for assessing health care policies
João Almeida Santos, Danielle T Santos, Ricardo A Arcencio, Carla Nunes
Social support and postpartum adherence to HIV treatment: a community-based participatory research study in Russia
Elizabeth J King,
Anna Yakovleva, Shelbi R Lisecki, Elena Shastina, Natalia Sukhova, Elena Titina, Daria Legchilova, Irina Evdokimova, Julia Godunova
Detection of anti-HEV antibodies and RNA of HEV in pigs from a hyperendemic Italian region with high human seroprevalence
Camillo Martino, Elisa Rampacci, Ilaria Pierini, Monica Giammarioli, Valentina Stefanetti, Doreene R Hyatt, Andrea Ianni, Giovanni Di Paolo, Mauro Coletti, Fabrizio Passamonti

Tailored communication methods as key to implementation of evidence-based solutions in primary child health care Kinga Zdunek, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Denise Alexander, Eline Vlasblom, Paul Kocken, Michael Rigby, Mitch Blair
Associations between BMI and visual impairment of 33 407 preschool children in Germany: a pooled cross-sectional study Weina Liu, Rainer Schwertz, Andreas Welker, Judith Welker, Simiao Chen, Peter Dambach, Michael Marx

Creating healthy and active life for the elderly in programmes conducted by rural and urban-rural communes in Poland

Anna Augustynowicz, Michał Waszkiewicz, Sławomir Szopa, Mariola Borowska, Aleksandra Czerw
Retirement status and frailty: a cross-sectional study of the phenotype of manual workers aged 50–70 years
Kristoffer L Norheim, Henrik Bøggild, Johan Hviid Andersen, Øyvind Omland, Jakob H Bønløkke, Pascal Madeleine
Is device-based total and domain-specific sedentary behaviour associated with psychological distress in Flemish workers?
Katrien De Cocker, Margo Ketels, Jason A Bennie, Els Clays
Economic evaluation of ‘Men on the Move’, a ‘real world’ community-based physical activity programme for men
Liam Kelly, Michael Harrison, Noel Richardson, Paula Carroll, Tom Egan, Gillian Ormond, Steve Robertson
Comparison of physical activity levels in Spanish adults with chronic conditions before and during COVID-19 quarantine
Guillermo F López-Sánchez, Rubén López-Bueno, Alejandro Gil-Salmerón, Roksana Zauder, Maria Skalska, Joanna Jastrzębska, Zbigniew Jastrzębski, Felipe B Schuch, Igor Grabovac, Mark A Tully, Lee Smith
Physical activity and emotional-behavioural difficulties in young people: a longitudinal population-based cohort study
Andrea K Bowe, Colm Healy, Mary Cannon, Mary B Codd

Examining gender differentials in the association of low control work with cognitive performance in older workers
Katherine J Ford, G David Batty, Anja K Leist
The contribution of employment and working conditions to occupational inequalities in non-communicable diseases in Europe
Courtney L McNamara, Marlen Toch-Marquardt, Viviana Albani, Terje A Eikemo, Clare Bambra
Disability pension among persons with chronic disease: Differential impact of a Danish policy reform
Jimmi Mathisen, Natasja Koitzsch Jensen, Jakob Bue Bjorner, Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Ulla Christensen, Karsten Thielen, Anne Kristine Gadeberg, Ingelise Andersen

Lynsey Patterson, Sharon M Cruise, Chris R Cardwell, Dermot O’Reilly
Overview of laws and regulations aimed at protecting the hearing of patrons within entertainment venues
Elizabeth Francis Beach, Johannes Mulder, Ian O’Brien, Robert Cowan
Richard Horton. The COVID-19 Catastrophe. What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop it Happening Again?
Peter Allebeck

European Public Health News
Dineke Zeegers Paget, Iveta Nagyova, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Nino Berdzuli, Monika Kosinska, Wolfgang Philipp, Anthony Staines

Thank you
Peter Allebeck, Diana Delnoij, Alastair Leyland, Walter Ricciardi

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Professor in public health

The University of Bremen (Faculty 11; Human and Health Sciences) is seeking applications – contingent on financial approval – for the position of professor in global health. Applications can be done until 26 March.

Global Health Centre events during 74th WHA

The GHC invites the global health community to contribute to critical discussions during the 74th World Health Assembly. They welcome proposals for co-organised events on governance, politics and power in global health until 15 March 2021.
Send any questions to: globalhealth@graduateinstitute.chSubmit your event proposal

Survey on how the lived experience of drug researchers influences their work

The Network of Drug Researchers with Lived Experience (NDRLE, pronounced NERD-LE) and the NYU Urban Epidemiology Lab, aims to understand how the lived experience of drug researchers influences their work. The survey takes less than twenty minutes, and will ask about your history of drug use and attitudes about drug use. The survey information will remain confidential, though we do collect IP addresses for the purpose of internal validity. We are interested in hearing from researchers who either use drugs or do not use drugs.

WHO full-time Technical Officer

Grade: P5
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 Year
Closing Date: Mar 16, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva
Organization: HQ/GIH Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness

8. Interesting news

4 demands for an ambitious Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

Health and Environment Alliance | 1 February 2021
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, scheduled to be launched by the European Commission on 3 February, has the potential to mark the beginning of a new era in cancer prevention. But the EU’s response to the growing challenge of tackling the leading cause of deaths in the EU can only succeed if it includes hands-on strategies to address environmental pollutants.

COVID-19 vaccines: call for global push to maintain efficacy

A call for a globally coordinated system to urgently advise national authorities and vaccine companies on changes necessary to vaccines as a result of new SARS-CoV-2 virus variants

Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes

Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication.

Ombudsman calls on ECDC to be more open about its work as vaccine rollout begins

Press release | 9 February 2021
Following a six-month inquiry into the performance of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) during the COVID-19 crisis, the European Ombudsman has made a series of proposals to enable greater public scrutiny and understanding of its work as the crisis continues and the focus of that work moves to the monitoring of vaccine distribution.
They include:

  1. Greater transparency on the evolution of its risk assessments.
  2. Greater transparency on the completeness of the data underlying its risk assessments.
  3. Greater transparency around its interactions with international partners, such as the WHO and the Chinese CDC.
  4. Revised communication strategy more directly aimed at the general public.
  5. Updated language policy to include as many official EU languages as possible.
  6. Systematic publication of survey results.

Variant-proof vaccines -- invest now for the next pandemic

Nature | Comment | 8 February 2021
'The next pathogen to emerge might be less accommodating. A vaccine could take much longer to make. Even SARS-CoV-2 could be becoming more problematic for vaccines, because of the emergence of new variants. [The authors] call for an alternative approach to pandemic preparedness.'

The new WHO Foundation -- global health deserves better

The BMJ Global Health | Comment | 5 February 2021
'The current signs from the WHO Foundation are troubling, and suggest that the spirit and letter of FENSA, developed in recognition of the central importance of managing conflicts of interest, are being sidelined. The reputational risk this could pose for the WHO is considerable, particularly at this crucial juncture, and is at odds with other efforts by the WHO to improve the management of conflicts of interest in global health. The lessons of past failed initiatives can ill afford to be ignored. Global health deserves a far firmer foundation.'

Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised?

The BMJ | Head To Head | 17 February 2021
The spread of false health information casts a shadow over required vaccine coverage. Melinda Mills says that we must, reluctantly, consider criminalising people who deliberately spread false information—but Jonas Sivelä argues that the definitions are too murky and that criminalisation may do more harm than good.

Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote--elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant

The BMJ | Editorial | 4 February 2021
'The “social murder” of populations is more than a relic of a bygone age. It is very real today, exposed and magnified by covid-19. It cannot be ignored or spun away. Politicians must be held to account by legal and electoral means, indeed by any national and international constitutional means necessary. State failures that led us to two million deaths are “actions” and “inactions” that should shame us all.'

New study suggests association between early pregnancy PFOA exposure and increased risk of miscarriage during first trimester

Health and Environment Alliance | 11 February 2021
study released in the Nature journal Scientific Reports finds that exposure to PFOA during the early stages of pregnancy is positively associated with an increased risk for sporadic miscarriage during the second half of the first trimester.

The Independent Panel Urges Equitable Approach to Tackling COVID-19 and Moves Towards Recommendations for Future Pandemic Preparedness and Response

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response has underscored the imperative of maintaining proven public health measures against COVID-19, particularly as new variants emerge.

A Guide to Global Health Diplomacy

Global Health Centre | 18 February 2021
The present publication is intended to provide an entry point for readers wishing to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of global health diplomacy and the various approaches in-volve

Are you interested in fair research and innovation partnerships?

It might be interesting for your research organization to look into the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI), led by Cohred. RFI is a learning tool especially for low- and middle-income countries to create trusting, lasting and effective partnerships in research and innovation. RFI assists stakeholders in research to assess their practices with the goal to strategize toward being more equitable partners over time. For more information visit their website.

Health Inequalities Portal - Interactive map

This interactive map provides a quick bird's-eye view of health and the extent of health inequalities in every country in Europe, and how that country compares to other European countries.

Should governments consider Roma a priority in their COVID-19 vaccination roll-out plans?

This working paper was produced by the European Public Health Alliance’s (EPHA) Roma Health project and supported by the Race, Ethnicity and Health Equity team of the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program.