The future of Public Health Policy within the European Union (EU) institutions is currently attracting considerable debate. Since achieving a mandate for public health under the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, the EU has been responsible for implementing important public health policies, for example in the area of tobacco control. Much more however remains to be achieved.1 As the commercial and political determinants of health become increasingly shaped at supra-national levels, there is a clear and pressing need and role for an EU that is actively and visibly at the forefront promoting improvement for the health of European citizens. The EU has a vital role to play in enabling and supporting all Member States to reach the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals—the vast majority of which will improve...
9th Aug 2022
EUPHA is looking for a project officer
We are looking for a new colleague to support us with dissemination activities for several EU-funded projects, most notably the EHDS2 (European Health Data Space) pilot and PROPHET projects. View the vacancy here.
Please send your CV, motivational letter and two references to email@example.com. The deadline for sending in applications is Friday 26 August 2022 CoB.
19th Jul 2022
EUPHA participates in new EHDS pilot project
EUPHA is proud to be one of the partners in the European Health Data Space (EHDS) pilot project, which was selected for funding by the European Commission last week. The creation of an EHDS is one of the key components of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS aims to promote better access and exchange of different types of health data for research and policy purposes, which is essential for achieving our vision: to enable everyone in Europe to achieve the highest possible level of health by providing independent and authoritative analysis of the evidence, combined with targeted advocacy to achieve coordinated action by all key stakeholders.
The project will kick off in September and aims to set up concrete foundations for the future EHDS. The consortium will be developing a network of data sources platforms, called nodes, by connecting the national platforms of participating countries, and it will evaluate the feasibility, interest and the capacity to deploy such an infrastructure throughout the EU. The new infrastructure will be put to the test through concrete research use cases. The goal is to demonstrate the potential of transnational reuse of health data for research, innovation, development of regulations and policies and, ultimately, personalised healthcare.
On May 3rd 2022, the European Commission presented its draft regulation aiming to create the EHDS, which will be discussed in the European Parliament and in the Council of the EU in parallel with the deployment of the pilot project. The aim is to have the EHDS up and running in 2025.
The project will be led by the French Health Data Hub and the consortium brings together sixteen partners in total, including partners from ten European countries and the ECDC and EMA. EUPHA’s role in the project will be focused on dissemination of the project’s results.
- Press release Health Data Hub
- Consortium video, including a statement by the Vice-President of the EUPHA section on Public Health Monitoring and Reporting, Hanna Tolonen
- Draft EHDS regulation
1st Jul 2022
New EUPHA Executive director: Dineke Zeegers Paget hands over to Marieke Verschuuren
As of July 1st, Marieke Verschuuren will be EUPHA’s Executive Director. Marieke is very familiar with EUPHA, as she sat on EUPHA’s Executive Council as Secretary in the past 3,5 years, and is founder and active member of the EUPHA Public health monitoring and reporting section. She has a strong track record in public health, including advocating the right to health for all at Wemos, working as an independent public health consultant, leading the public health foresight study 2018 at the National Institute for Public Health and Environment in The Netherlands, and as technical officer at WHO Regional Office for Europe. In addition, she authored key publications on European health information systems and population health monitoring. The 15+ years of experience in working on the interface of policy and research will guide her work as EUPHA’s new Executive director. Dineke hands over the directorship after 25 years of leading the EUPHA organization. We are grateful for everything that she has done for EUPHA and are very pleased that she will continue to be part of the office team as EUPHA strategic advisor.
From left to right: Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, Dr Iveta Nagyova (EUPHA president), Dr Marieke Verschuuren.
15th Jun 2022
EUPHA selected as member of HERA's Civil Society Forum
EUPHA is selected to be member of the Civil Society Forum of the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). This Forum is a sub-group of the HERA Advisory Forum. The appointment is for three years.
As member of the Forum, EUPHA will bring the public health perspective to the table and represent our members, including national public health associations and societies in Europe. Our EUPHA Infectious diseases control section president, Dr. Ricardo Mexia, will be the EUPHA representative at the Forum. The first meeting of the Forum will take place at the end of June 2022. We are looking forward to this collaboration and providing valuable inputs to HERA’s mission to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies.
27th May 2022
New collaboration: EUPHA and Initiative for Science in Europe
The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) is an independent platform of European Learned Societies and Research Organizations operating within different disciplines and across sectors. ISE supports all fields of science at a European level, involves researchers in the design and implementation of European science policies, and advocates strong independent scientific advice in European policy making.
We are working together for opportunities for young researchers, including collaboration with EUPHAnxt, as well as the role of learned societies on science advice to policy makers. And EUPHA is involved in the 4th Gago Conference on European Science Policy that is organised by ISE and taking place 13 June 2022. The collaboration with Initiative for Science Europe is now formalised and EUPHA is observer for one year.
26th May 2022
EUPHW2022 very successful with 235 events
We look back at another successful European Public Health Week. There were 235 events, in 21 different languages and organised within 32 different countries. Five kick-off events were organised by EUPHA and daily partners: Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and ENBEL, GAMIAN Europe and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
The span of the events was very broad: webinars, lectures, first aid courses in the city centre, physical outdoor activities, networking session, radio interviews, publications and digital displays to mention some. There’s many ways to share knowledge and bring together public health professionals and those interested in health. What all events had in common during the EUPHW, was the motive to organise an event: improving health throughout the life course of all people living in Europe.
Our president Iveta Nagyova said: "The European Public Health Week is an action-based event where we can showcase the strength and width of public health, provide visibility for our national public heath associations, public health workforce in general, and to educate the general population on health priorities.” We are very impressed with the high numbers of events that have been organised and the commitment of all stakeholders, members and friends to be active during the week. We have received tremendous support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe, from the European Commission and all of our daily partners.
We are grateful to work with such dedicated public health professionals!
Read our daily newsletters (newsletter 1, newsletter 2, newsletter 3, newsletter 4, newsletter 5) to get an impression of the EUPHW2022.
You can also have a look at our Wakelet or read the press release that was published.
25th May 2022
Building the public health and emergency workforce: A roadmap - endorsed by EUPHA
This month, the World Health Organization launched the ‘Building the public health and emergency workforce: a roadmap’. EUPHA, including the Health workforce research section, endorse this roadmap.
13th May 2022
The European Public Health Week - May 16-20
The European Public Health Week is coming up! Join one or more of the 235 events in 21 different languages. All of these align with the theme: Health throughout your life course.
• 16 May: A healthy and health literate youth
• 17 May: Vaccination as key prevention strategy
• 18 May: Climate change affects our health
• 19 May: No health without mental health
• 20 May: Building resilient health systems
By joining the EUPHW, you help to raise awareness about public health across Europe.
Participate and get inspired! Find the calendar with the daily activities here.
You can simply click on the event you like and follow the instructions for registration on that event page.
View our video here. Don’t miss out the kick-off events of each day!
31st Mar 2022
EUPHA is looking for an Executive Director
We are seeking a senior executive with strong leadership, organisational and communications skills and demonstrated ability to build international networks. Commitment to and experience in international public health is essential as is the ability to maintain a healthy and cohesive organisation. The Executive Director is responsible for running both the EUPHA office in Utrecht as well as the satellite office in Brussels. The Executive Director is responsible for increasing EUPHA’s societal impact and its scientific reputation, drawing on EUPHA’s membership, working groups and thematic sections, and through joining forces with the wider public health community in Europe.
18th Mar 2022
Thanking the public health community - joint EUPHA-ASPHER statement
The World has now bypassed two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm on COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) and later characterized it as a pandemic.
ASPHER and EUPHA would like to express our gratitude to everyone in the public health community who tirelessly committed time and energy to combat COVID-19 lessening its impact on the population and saving innumerable lives. [statement continues]
Read the full statement here.
9th Mar 2022
Press release EHDS2 Pilot - A European Consortium Pilot project, candidate for the future European Health Data Space
A large European consortium bringing together 8 national health data infrastructures, 2 EU agencies, 1 ERIC, 4 research infrastructures, and one association is applying for a European Commission’s call for projects to set up a test version of European Health Data Space (EHDS), leading to major breakthroughs on European policies on the secondary use of health data for research, innovation and healthcare system improvement purpose.
16th Dec 2021
EUPHA Connects podcast - first episode is out now 'Law and ethics. Potato potatho?'
EUPHA Connects is the podcast that brings together public health professionals from various horizons and policy makers.
This first episode is titled 'Law and ethics. Potato potatho?'. In this episode Els Maeckelberghe and David Patterson, EUPHA Ethics section president and EUPHA Law steering committee member, disagree. They discuss the differences between the two disciplines but also highlight the bridges that connect them.
The discussion is based on the EUPHA Law, ethics and politics in 2020 report.
Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-575987593/connects1
12th Nov 2021
14th European Public Health Conference Statement: Public health futures in a changing world
The 14th European Public Health (EPH) Conference has been held from 10 – 12 November 2021 as a virtual conference. The theme of the Conference 'Public health futures in a changing world’ was never as relevant as it was then.
Nearly two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can only begin to see the social, economic and health impact this pandemic has had on our society, on our population. Already, we have seen an increase in health inequalities, a loss of focus in controlling the impact of noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer and diabetes), a, sometimes nationalistic and pointless, battle for vaccines, and poor choices around the use of continued restrictions, rather than evidence-based public health actions.
The Conference Statement urges all governments to build back better and fairer after the COVID-19 pandemic, and in ways that will limit climate change and its impacts. In short, it calls upon national and international decision-makers to:
- Base decisions and actions on the best available evidence;
- Invest in health systems, information systems, and a qualified (public) health workforce;
- Acknowledge public health and the public’s health as cornerstones for a healthy and functioning society;
- Follow the guiding principles of Health in All Policies;
- Focus on reducing health inequalities within and between countries.
9th Nov 2021
EUPHA delegation meets with the EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides
On the 9th of November, EUPHA's president, Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA's deputy director, Maaike Droogers and EUPHA's policy officer, Marie Guichardon, met with Stella Kyriakides to discuss future priorities and the importance of evidence-based decision making. EUPHA presented its main research tools: the EPH Conference, the European Journal of Public Health and the EUPHA sections.
8th Nov 2021
EUPHA at the 14th European Public Health Conference
The annual European Public Health Conference is this week, and we hope you are as excited as we are!
Here is all the information you need for a smooth and stress-free Conference.
You can have a look at the programme either on the EPH website, or directly on the conference platform. On the platform, you can save the sessions you would like to attend, and find a tailored schedule in 'my favourites'.
By clicking the 'Attendees' button, you can engage in 1o1 networking. Start a chat or send an invitation for a video meeting, and start expanding your network.
Find the answers to your most urgent questions on this webpage, and learn more about the platform here.
If you have a Twitter account, don't hesitate to use the hashtags #EPH2021 and #EUPHAatEPH2021 to share your thoughts about the sessions, learn more about other sessions, or even connect to other public health professionals.
We are looking forward to dive into this year's Conference with you.
19th Oct 2021
Webinar on Public health, climate change and strategic litigation
More than 290 people joined the webinar on public health, climate change and strategic litigation organised by EUPHA Law and Public Health section, EUPHA Environment and Health section, the Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre, and the UK Faculty of Public Health on 7 October. A success that shows the interest of public health professionals and lawyers alike in the connections and bridges between those research fields.
In case you missed the webinar, and wish to learn more about those issues, you can access the recording here. To receive updates about future events or connect with other people interested in those fields, you can join EUPHA's sections here and here.
27th Aug 2021
EUPHA publishes e-collection on Health, Public Health and Health Economics
Elaborated by EUPHA Public Health Economics section, our new e-collection in the European Journal of Public Health explores the complex and fascinating field of public health economics.
Some public health professionals or researchers might relate health economics to all those analyses using econometrics or anything related to health costs. Others immediately relate it to economic evaluations only. The opposite is also true: some economists might relate public health mainly to economic evaluations of public health interventions. However, public health (economics) or (public) health economics is much broader than this.
This e-collection walks you through this “plumbing” health economics diagram inside the European Journal of Public Health, finding similarities in both disciplines.
16th Jul 2021
COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Seminar Series Webinar 1: TRIPS - recording available
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) in collaboration with the French Public Health Association (Société Française de Santé Publique) (SFSP), and with the support of the EUPHA Health technology assessment section (EUPHA-HTA), are organising a series of events to raise awareness and to share the knowledge of experts on key aspects regarding: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response.
The first webinar of this series took place on July 6. The speakers presented and discussed the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (#TRIPS) Agreement, the relevance of a temporary waiver and of voluntary licensing, as well as knowledge transfer and vaccine distribution mechanisms. This first seminar also focused on the role of the European Union and of its Member States regarding these issues.
• Joseph E Stiglitz of Columbia University and of Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and a Nobel Laureate (2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics)
• Andrew Asamoah of Pasteur Institute of Dakar
• George Pavlakis of National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Ellen ‘t Hoen of Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre and of Medicines Law and Policy
• Els Maeckelberghe of University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and of EUPHA Ethics in Public Health Section
Moderators Yves Charpak, Vice-President SFSP, France; and Elena Petelos, Vice-President EUPHA HTA.
15th Jul 2021
EUPHA annual report 2020 summary
Wondering what we did in 2020? We - the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) - strengthend national public health associations; provided scientific evidence through our 26 sections; co-organised the World Congress on Public Healthl; and much more in 2020. Check out our annual report 2020 summary.
8th Jul 2021
EUPHAnxt summer event: Climate change and emerging and re-emerging infections 8 July 2021
This afternoon the EUPHAnxt summer event is taking place.
EUPHAnxt, the next generation network of EUPHA, is preparing an exciting event for young professionals and students. EUPHAnxt invites you to join the online sessiontoday (8 July), starting at 5 pm CET.
The theme of the event is Climate change and emerging and re-emerging infections, which will be discussed in an intimate and friendly environment with two confirmed speakers:
- Marija Jevtic, EUPHA Environment and health section president; EU Climate pact Ambassador; Full professor at University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- Ricardo Mexia, EUPHA Infectious diseases control section vice-president
- Peter Löfller, policy officer, European Commission DG for climate action
Please register beforehand by using this link.
4th Jun 2021
New initiative launched to improve access to MMR and HPV vaccines in underserved populations
A new European research initiative has launched to improve equitable vaccine uptake in underserved communities. Funded by the Horizon 2020 Research Programme, RIVER-EU (“Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities”) is a 5-year (2021-2026) project coordinated by the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). RIVER-EU will collect evidence on health system determinants of high and low vaccine uptake in eight specific contexts, which will be used to identify and/or develop interventions to reduce barriers to vaccine uptake in underserved communities and increase trust in the health system.
31st May 2021
New EUPHA newsletter is out
In this newsletter, we look back at a very successful European Public Health Week with over 200 events organised in one week. We like to know what you liked about the European week, so don't forget to fill out the survey (see under 3).
And more news & updates: EUPHA updates, European Public Health conference updates, EUPHA members updates, the European Journal of Public Health, job opportunities, Upcoming courses and conferences, Interesting publications, European Commission news, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news, WHO news.
14th May 2021
More than 200 events confirm Europe's commitment to join forces for public health
The third edition of the European Public Health Week starts on Monday 17 May with a record number of events organised by 40 countries in 19 languages.
4th May 2021
Beating Cancer Committee's survey - EUPHA's input
In March 2021, EUPHA and EUPHA-CHR replied to the Beating Cancer Committee's (BECA) survey on the Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer prevention, health services, cancer patients and research. The report from this survey, that contains a summary of the evidence and policy recommendations, is now available.
EUPHA's Executive Director, Dineke Zeegers Paget, will discuss the results and findings with BECA's MEPs on 10 May.
30th Apr 2021
EUPHA joins the Beating Cancer Stakeholder Contact Group
EUPHA has joined the Beating Cancer Stakeholder Contact Group on the Health Policy Platform. The working group will likely focus on the four pillars of the EU Beating Cancer Plan, and will support its implementation. We are looking forward to the many fruitful discussions with other network members.
29th Apr 2021
Don't miss 5 webinars co-hosted by EUPHA to kick off each theme of the European Public Health Week (17-21 May)
- 17 May, 10:30-12:00 CET: “Infodemic management: Social listening to public health action.” - Hosted by the World Health Organization’s Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN). Register here
- 18 May, 11:00-12:30 CET: “COVID-19 impact on people with mental health conditions and beyond”. – Hosted with GAMIAN-Europe. View programme here and register here
- 19 May, 10:00-11:00 CET: “Local spaces and places - How healthy is your city?” - Hosted by WHO Europe Healthy Cities Network. Register here
- 20 May, 10:00-11:30 CET: “Sustainable and nutritious diets for healthier populations”. Hosted with EFAD. Register here
- 21 May, 10:00-11:30 CET: “COVID-19 and Health Inequalities: applying the lessons to deliver change”. Hosted with EuroHealthNet. Register here
8th Mar 2021
EUPHA Working Group on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment - SDG5
On International Women’s Day, EUPHA announced the formation of a new Working Group (WG) on Gender Equality and on Women’s Empowerment. The WG will focus on capturing the perspectives of all EUPHA Sections to comprehensively map the needs, the priorities and key actioning areas in European and global public health in order to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and meet Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) of the United Nations.
8th Mar 2021
EUPHA signs the advocacy statement on the Need for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in the Fight Against COVID-19
The World Federation of Public Health Associations, the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas, the European Public Health Association, the African Federation of Public Health Associations, and the Asia Pacific Regional Liaison Office call on regional societies and national public health associations to re-emphasize their commitment to collaboration and to continue strengthening global partnerships.
4th Mar 2021
Statement - International Women's Day: the need to build back better, with women in the lead
This statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, carries out three key messages:
- To diminish the severe socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on women, their economic participation needs to increase and we need to address the pay gap.
- We should collectively ensure that women take an increasing part in national, regional and local decision-making on COVID-19 prevention and control.
- We need enhanced social support, prevention, early detection and treatment for women at risk of domestic violence. We must also address the mental health impact of the virus and prevent health worker burnout.
22nd Jan 2021
World Congress on Public Health 2020: striving for solidarity in health
The WFPHA’s Walter Ricciardi, and EUPHA’s President Iveta Nagyova and Executive Director Dineke Zeegers Paget discuss the major achievements of the recent virtual World Congress on Public Health 2020.
12th Jan 2021
EUPHA and IAIA produced reference document on ways in which human health can be addressed within the EIA process
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is currently a mandatory legal procedure in all EU countries, applied to a wide range of public and private projects prior their implementation. Directive 2014/52 /EU amended the EIA Directive (Directive 2011/92 /EU), replacing under the scope of covered environmental factors (Article 3), “human being” by “population and human health”. From a public health perspective, this change brings hope for a better evaluation of health issues within the EIA procedure. However, the amended Directive does not provide a definition for population and human health nor an indication of methods for assessing the potential significant health impacts.
European Public Health Association (EUPHA) together with the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) has prepared a reference document on ways in which human health can be addressed within the EIA process as set out by the amended EIA Directive. The aim is to establish basic definitions and common principles, to set out ways in which the health sector can contribute to this regulatory requirement and to provide a document that complements existing national and regional guidance on health in EIA.
The complete document is available here and the summary is available here.
21st Dec 2020
Webinar: 'Legal Epidemiology and the Path to Better Health Law and Policy'
Registration is open for another session of the international webinar series on Public Health Ethics, Law and Human Rights for the Future of Humanity.
Thursday 21st January 2021, 13:00-14:30 GMT (London) / 14:00-15:30 CET (Brussels) / 8:00-9:30 EST (New York).
Programme and Speakers:
- Legal Epidemiology: What and Why (Scott Burris, Professor of law, Director Center for public health law research, Temple University)
- Finding the Policy Drivers of (In)Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (Kelli Komro, Professor of epidemiology, Rollins School of public health, Emory University)
- Assessing the Effects of Legal Interventions on COVID-19: A Systematic Review (Benjamin van Rooij, Professor of law and society, University of Amsterdam)
- A Global HIV Policy Database (Matthew Kavanagh, Professor of law and Director global health policy and politics initiative, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University)
- CityHealth.org: Legal Epidemiology in Advocacy (Shelley Hearne, Professor of the practice of public health, Director of the John Hopkins center for public health advocacy)
- Legal Epidemiology at CDC: (Matthew Penn, Director public health law services, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Social media: #PHethicsseries
13th Oct 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Online 16th World Congress on Public Health, 12-16 October 2020
More than 3.500 public health professionals and policy-makers from 122 countries gather online at a time when sharing science is more important than ever.
Co-organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI), the Congress gathers the global public health community at a critical time for the planet.
9th Oct 2020
Schedule of sessions led or co-led by EUPHA at the World Congress on Public Health - now available
Download the schedule here. You can also follow all EUPHA activities at the World Congress by using #EUPHAatWCPH2020 on social media.
8th Oct 2020
What does a good COVID-19 vaccine programme look like?
Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a consensus is building that without safe and effective vaccines, the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overcome. At the same time, there is much discussion about vaccines, effectiveness, availability and such. In order to provide some clarity, EUPHA and the EUPHA Infectious diseases control section (EUPHA-IDC) set up this statement on prerequisites for a good COVID-19 vaccine programme.
9th Sep 2020
16th World Congress Statement on Public health for the future of humanity
The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organised from 12 to 16 October 2020 as a fully online conference. The theme of the Congress “Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action” is even more relevant now than ever before. Public health professionals around the world have been united working in solidarity for the common good and betterment of humankind, leading the scientific analysis and advice to decision makers, and on front lines in the field practically tackling the ongoing COVID-19 global public health emergency.
This statement calls for an investment in public health and care services and for collaboration together as citizens of one planet to deliver the 2030 sustainable development goals, all of which have implications for our health and wellbeing.
Join our statement as a public health organisation, institute or as a public health professional and send your support (and logo) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
31st Aug 2020
Free webinar: Justice, solidarity and public's health (registration open)
Wed 23 September, 2:00-3:30 pm BST (UK time)
This is the first of a series of online sessions on the ethical, legal & human rights dimensions of public health in the context of the 2020 World Congress on Public Health.
The series is organised by the UK Faculty of Public Health, in collaboration with the EUPHA ‘Ethics in Public Health’ Section and ‘Public Health Law’ Initiative.
Confirmed speakers and other details available here.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Please register here.
3rd Aug 2020
European Commission Health Newsletter July 2020 - COVID-19 updates
Commission concludes talks to secure future coronavirus vaccine for Europeans
The European Commission concluded exploratory talks with a pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract would provide for an option to purchase 300 million doses of the vaccine, on behalf of all EU Member States. Read more.
Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks
On 15 July, the Commission presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. In the current context where new outbreaks spread across the EU, the Communication insists on all necessary actions needed to enhance preparedness, including testing and contact tracing, improved public health surveillance and widened access to medical countermeasures. Read more.
European Commission authorises first treatment against COVID-19
On 29 July, the European Commission signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir, which was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19. As from August, the medicine will be made available to Member States and the UK. Read more.
Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma
The European Commission invited more than 200 blood-collection services around the EU to apply for funding for the purchase of plasmapheresis equipment which takes plasma from donors. The aim of this action, part of the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI), is to support the treatment of new COVID-19 patients by increasing EU capacity to collect convalescent plasma recovered from COVID-19 patients. Read more.
New EU framework to prepare and manage health threats discussed with Health Ministers
On 16 July Commissioner Kyriakides joined EU Health ministers at a videoconference to discuss topics such as the European Health Data Space and the supply of medicinal products in the EU. The Commissioner also stressed that the COVID-19 crisis showed the need for a stronger role for the ECDC and potentially for a new framework on cross-border threats: “We need a new framework at EU level to prepare and manage health threats. We need a stronger mandate to coordinate. This could involve new legislation or a revision of the current Decision on cross-border threats to health”. Read more.
Coronavirus: mobile tracing and warning apps one step closer
The European Commission adopted an Implementing Decision this month to support the establishment of a voluntary gateway service that facilitates the interoperability of contact tracing and warning apps. This decision will mean that citizens, in particular those traveling in the EU, will only need to install one app. Read more.
29th Jul 2020
Apply for EUPHA Fellowship Programme 2020
The deadline to submit an application for the EUPHA Fellowship Programme 2020 is approaching soon. Take this chance to be part of the World Congress on Public Health (www.wcph2020.com). Submit your application no later than August 1st 23:59 CEST.
Get more information on this great opportunity for PhD students and other early career researchers here: https://tinyurl.com/EUPHAfellowshipprogramme2020…
22nd May 2020
Announcement: EUPHA presents COVID-19 video reports - COVID-19 through a public health lens
As COVID-19 continues to cause widespread fatalities and disruption around the world, EUPHA is producing video reports shining light on the vital work of Europe’s public health community, and the sector’s role in maintaining and improving public health through the pandemic and into the future.
The video reports will feature a series of films exploring the outbreak’s broad impact on health and the economy in Europe. It will look at the immense pressure on health systems and their response to this unprecedented challenge, highlight the importance of evidence-based approaches and health literacy in providing much needed solutions, and address key lessons to support the development of prevention and response strategies for future pandemics.
The video reports will be available to view on our COVID-19 updates page and on our social channels (expected early June).
7th May 2020
Press release: Europe joins forces in a week of public health events (European Public Health Week 2020)
As the world continues the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health community across Europe is ready and committed to share their knowledge and experiences between 11 and 15 May 2020. The second edition of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW) has more than 100 online events registered in at least 24 countries to raise awareness about important public health topics. Everyone is invited to organise and join activities.
25th Mar 2020
New EUPHA President Iveta Nagyova
We are very happy to welcome Iveta Nagyova as the new EUPHA president. On Monday 16 March, during the EUPHA Executive Council meeting, she took over from Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat. Usually the presidency is handed over at the last meeting of the year. However, as Natasha took on a new role as part of Dr Hans Kluge’s, WHO Regional Director for Europe, transition team the hand-over was moved forward. Iveta has been president of the EUPHA Chronic Diseases section and chair of the EUPHA Section Council. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with Iveta in her capacity as our president.
Natasha was president the past 3,5 years and she has made important contributions to EUPHA and its members. During her time as president she guided EUPHA through its transformation period. Thank you, Natasha!
26th Feb 2020
Statement on COVID-19
As the umbrella organisation for public health associations in the European region, EUPHA stands with its members and colleagues in each country who are working tirelessly to detect and manage cases, identify contacts and prepare health services for worst-case scenarios.
EUPHA recommends its members to regularly look for updates through the listed sources.
Read the full statement here.
12th Feb 2020
European Public Health WEEK 2020
Save the date: 11-15 May 2020. Celebrating healthy populations. Get involved!
12th Feb 2020
Deadline abstract submission 16th World Congress Rome 2020
Abstract submission closes on 1 March 2020.
Participate at the 16th World Congress on Public Health by sharing your work with colleagues. The congress offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons.
21st Nov 2019
European Public Health Conference 20-23 November 2019, Marseille, France
This morning the European Public Health conference was opened by Yves Charpak, chair of the conference. The European Public Health conference is held 20-23 November 2019 in Marseille, France. This year's conference theme is 'Building bridges for solidarity and public health'. Yves Charpak is also vice-president of the Société Française de Santé Publique (EUPHA member).
There are many EUPHA and EUPHA section organised sessions at the conference, including pre-conferences, workshops, and skills building sessions. For those in Marseille, be sure to visit us at our stand. Via the #EUPHAatEPH2019 EUPHA's activities at the conference can be followed on twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
20th Nov 2019
New EUPHA strategy 2020-2025 approved
On 20 November 2019, the EUPHA Governing Board approved the new EUPHA strategy 2020-2025: "Achieving a triple A rating for health in Europe: Analysis, Advocacy, Action."
17th Sep 2019
Hans Kluge is the new Regional Director elect of WHO Europe
EUPHA is very pleased with the election of Hans Kluge as the incoming regional director of the WHO office for Europe. Over the past years, we have been working extensively with Hans and his department in the Coalition of Partners as well as with other departments in WHO Europe. We look forward to intensifying this collaboration even more. We congratulate Hans on his election and thank Zsuzsana Jakab for her 10 years of commitment to health in Europe.
10th Sep 2019
The European Public Health News of August 2019, presented by our Executive Director
Watch the short introduction to the European Public Health news here, on our EUPHA YouTube channel. The full columns can be read in the most recent issue of the European Journal of Public Health, available here.
10th Sep 2019
Statement by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) on 4 proposals to increase protection of the people of Europe against vaccine-preventable disease
Ahead of the Global Vaccination Summit, that is taking place 12 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, EUPHA publishes a short statement on vaccination. The summit is hosted by the European Commission and the World Health Organization. Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President, will attend this high-level event.
28th Jun 2019
New challenges for public health in the 21st century
In the July issue of Open Access Government, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive director of EUPHA, presents her top 5 challenges for public health in the 21st century.
27th Jun 2019
EUPHA meets the Director-General of DG Sante
On Thursday 27 June, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat and Dineke Zeegers Paget had the opportunity to meet with Ms Anne Bucher, the director-general of DG Sante. Discussions included current and future public health challenges in Europe and neighbouring countries.
24th Jun 2019
Programme for the 12th EPH Conference in Marseille, France
The programme for the 12th European Public Health Conference in Marseille, France is available. Please, check our webpage!
31st May 2019
World No Tobacco day 2019
Today is World No Tobacco day. On this day the world draws attention to the health risks associated with tobacco use. The evidence is clear, tobacco companies’ products are lethal and people should be told the truth about these lethal products, including the adverse effects of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine, lack of health benefits from products marketed as being less harmful than regular cigarettes, the true harms of second hand smoke, and their record in intentionally designing cigarettes to make them more addictive.
Our calls for World No Tobacco day:
- Know the facts about e-cigarettes -> find the answers to key questions about e- cigarettes in EUPHA’s Facts and fiction on e-cigs
- Do not collaborate with the Philip Morris International “Foundation for a Smoke-free World” -> EUPHA joins with many health organisations, including the World Health Organisation, to declare that we will not engage with nor collaborate with the Philip Morris Foundation in any way and call upon all European public health organisations to do the same.
31st May 2019
EUPHA CHR partnering up for a conference in Slovakia
The International Conference on Chronic Diseases „Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems” - organized by the EUPHA section on Chronic diseases in collaboration with local partners, national public health associations of Visegrad 4 countries, and the SCIROCCO Exchange consortium, will take place fon 24-25 October 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia.
The main aim of this event is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases effectively in the European region.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2019
For more information please check the conference web-site: https://conference2019.mc3.sk/
30th May 2019
Successful first European Public Health WEEK
Thanks to You, the first ever EUPHW exceeded all our expectations! During one week there were 145 events in 35 countries to promote physical activity, healthy environments, healthcare systems, sustainable diets and youth mental health. You can find a summary of each day here.
Thank you for celebrating healthy populations and raising awareness of important public health issues with us!
15th May 2019
EUPHA HWR publishes 'Who cares for the workforce?'
On the 3rd day of the European Public Health Week, EUPHA HWR published a statement on the question 'who cares for the workforce?', urging future parliamentarians and future commissioners to consider supporting Member States’ efforts to build a health workforce fit to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’, the Sustainable Development Goal, which all Heads of States have committed to pursue.
15th May 2019
President-elect at Chrodis-Plus conference in Budapest
Dr Iveta Nagyova, president-elect of EUPHA, attended the CHRODIS-PLUS Conference- Tackling the challenges of chronic diseases in Europe on14-15 May 2019 in Budapest.
CHRODIS-PLUS is a joint action funded by the 3rd EU Programme of health and it aim is to promote the implementation in several countries of innovative policies and practices for patient empowerment, health promotion and prevention, and fostering quality management of CD and multimorbidity as well as for improving the adaptation of the employment sector to chronic patients, in pilot actions that can be validated before scaling them up.
14th May 2019
Summary of WHO Euro-EUPHA workshop on digital health available
The summary of the WHO Europe and EUPHA joint session on the beautiful marriage between digitilization and public health, organised during the WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in the European Region in February 2019 is now available here.
8th May 2019
Europe unites to throw spotlight on public health
Ahead of Europe Day, the public health community in Europe prepares to unite. Between 13 and 17 May, more than 100 events across at least 30 countries will celebrate healthy populations and raise awareness about public health. Everyone is invited to organise and join these local, national and regional activities of the first ever European Public Health Week (EUPHW). Read the full press release here.
6th May 2019
Third Forum of the EU Scientific Panel for Health
On 6 May in Brussels, the third forum of the EU Scientific Panel for Health was organised. The EUPHA research pillar lead, executive director and scientific director attended this meeting to discuss current and future health research priorities. It was the first time that public health research was discussed. Prof. Mark McCarthy, leader of the STEPS, PHIRE and SPHERE projects where EUPHA was involved, gave a presentation on lessons learned from these public health research projects.
3rd May 2019
What are the European Union political parties planning for your health?
The EUPHA statement 'What are the European Union political parties planning for your health?' is a response to the European Union parties’ manifestos. The manifestos of the political parties seem not to prioritise health. Read our full analysis of the manifestos and our calls for action in the EUPHA statement.
30th Apr 2019
EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK: 2 weeks left!
Which events are you joining?
Almost 30 events hosted by 13 countries are already listed, including seminars, workshops, exhibitions, webinars, campaigns and even a yoga class! Many are taking place online, so you can join them from anywhere.
Is your own event listed?
Please check if it appears under your hosting country page and make sure that participants know how they can find you on the day. If you haven’t submitted your event yet, please fill in this online form as soon as possible to increase visibility.
Join the kick-off on 13 May at 10:00-12:00 CEST
EUPHW participants and partners will be in Brussels to launch the initiative, discuss public health and take part in a “walkinar” to promote physical activity! Join us in person or via live streaming and send your questions to the panel using #EUPHWkickoff. All details on our event page.
Spread the word
Our media toolkit includes key messages, resources and guidance to help you promote any EUPHW event and public health messages. To help us get media coverage, please contact your institution’s communications office to make them aware of the kick-off on 13 May and of your own event.
More details available at eupha.org/European_Public_Health_WEEK_2019. For any questions, please contact email@example.com.
30th Apr 2019
EUPHA creates the Rapid Responses Team
In order to be able to provide the evidence-base on a large number of public health topics in a short period of time (24-hours is our aim), EUPHA has created the Rapid Responses Team. Based on the positive experiences of our Spanish member, SESPAS, EUPHA has installed this network of over 40 public health experts to be able to provide input within 24 hours.
29th Apr 2019
World Immunization Week - special collection featuring two articles from EJPH
In support of World Immunization Week, Oxford Journals has curated a special collection of related articles, freely available for a limited time. This special collection features two articles from the European Journal of Public Health (EJPH).
17th Apr 2019
Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
16th Apr 2019
Only 2 weeks left to submit your abstract!
Hurry up! Only 2 weeks left to submit your abstract for the EPH Conference 2019 in Marseille, France. Don't miss the opportunity to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons!
5th Apr 2019
BMJ Editor's choice: HPV vaccination: triumphs and tribulations
Richard Hurley, The BMJ
Two studies this week concern strategies to reduce cervical cancers: by screening and by human papillomavirus vaccination.
A case-control study from Sweden finds that women who attended cervical cancer screening at recommended intervals have a fifth the risk of adenosquamous cell carcinoma and a third the risk of rare types of invasive cervical carcinoma as women who did not attend screening as recommended (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1207). Jiayao Lei and colleagues explain that although the risk reductions are statistically significant the small number of cases reduces precision and precludes adjustment for lifestyle factors.
And a Scottish study concludes that introducing routine vaccination of girls aged 12 or 13 with bivalent HPV vaccine reduced high grade preinvasive cervical disease (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1161). Tim Palmer and colleagues, who analysed anonymised data from cervical screening of nearly 140 000 women, say that their findings also indicate evidence of herd immunity. The data were from the first screening visit, however, and vaccinated women were over-represented, which might exaggerate the benefits of vaccination.
HPV also causes cancers in men, although these are rarer than cervical cancer. Currently, in the UK only girls and women are routinely offered vaccination. Since last year in England, men younger than 45 who have sex with men have been eligible for HPV vaccination.
Last July the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the UK government’s independent advisory body, recommended, on scientific and economic grounds, that all boys as well as girls should be vaccinated (doi:10.1136/bmj.k3163). Routine vaccination of boys aged 12 or 13 is expected to start soon in England, but the government has ruled out a catch-up programme for older boys (http://bit.ly/2FOW0NB).
In the US the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the HPV vaccine should be available to all schoolchildren. Last month the journalist Mara Kardas-Nelson discussed concerns about uptake of HPV vaccination among boys and men in the US (doi:10.1136/bmj.l1210). The problem, she found, may be that the vaccine “is primarily seen as a preventive tool against cervical cancer” and that male vaccination is erroneously viewed by men as simply a means to protect female partners. Meanwhile, the incidence of anal cancers caused by HPV is rising in the US, and HPV has overtaken tobacco smoking as the primary cause of oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers affect men more than women and might outpace cervical cancer in a few years.
The triumphs and tribulations of HPV vaccination are, it seems, set to continue.
Follow BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee on Twitter @fgodlee and the BMJ @bmj_latest
19th Mar 2019
EUPHA publishes e-collection Urban design and health
Recent trends such as globalisation and urbanisation, combined with an ageing population and population growth, result in new challenges for public health. To tackle these emerging public health issues, novel approaches are required. Environment and living spaces are to be considered as global, social and political entities that determine the health status of populations. As the papers in this e-collection demonstrate, there is an urgent need for joint actions in order to involve communities and policymakers as main stakeholders of the urban planning process.
The e-collection examines the relationship between built environment and health by presenting evidence from the papers that are recently published in the European Journal of Public Health. This evidence can support decision-makers in innovative policies, strategies and tangible actions in order to face contemporary public health challenges.
This e-collection is published just before the start of the ‘Design and Health symposium’ organised in Milan, Italy from 28-31 March.
25th Feb 2019
EUPHA publishes e-collection on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
EUPHA publishes e-collection 'Fighting antimicrobial resistance: actions taken across Europe'.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will remain one of the key threats to global health in the years and decades to come. It is already costing thousands of lives every year. The European region is not spared and unless AMR is tackled rapidly, it will likely become one of the top causes of deaths, globally and in Europe. The European Journal of Public Health papers in this e-collection provide concrete examples of how the strategic objectives of the AMR global action plan can be operationalised in the region, showcasing some successes but also highlighting some of the challenges, in particular around changing prescribing and consumption behaviour.
28th Jan 2019
EUPHA co-signs letter to WHO to express concern at the attempt by the Philip Morris International-funded entity, Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW) to pave the road for partnership with WHO
EUPHA strongly supports the statement issued by the World Federation of Public Health Associations and many other like minded partners regarding the attempt made by the Philip Morris funded “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World” to interfere with global health policy and decision-making. EUPHA has consistently voiced its concern about the tactics being used by the tobacco industry and has issued several statements to this effect over the past months (16 March 2018, 27 March 2018, 30 August 2018).
In support of the statement issued by the FCTC secretariat on the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, EUPHA reiterates that no government or organisation should accept money from, endorse, or enter into partnerships with the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded ‘Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’. The damage being wrought world wide by the continuing global tobacco epidemic requires us to work even hard that ever before to ensure the full implementation of the FCTC. EUPHA highlights its stance on not endorsing research conducting or funded through any partnership related to this PMI-funded Foundation.
19th Dec 2018
Prof Walter Ricciardi steps down as president of the Italian Public Health Institute
As President of the Italian National Institute of Public Health, Prof Ricciardi has instigated a resurgence of Italian public health internationally. Over the past decade, public health professionals in Italy have become prominent leaders in public health in Europe. There is a vibrant and highly competent cadre of young professionals that have been attracted to the speciality due to its rising profile.
EUPHA is grateful for the contribution that Prof Ricciardi has made. Whilst we regret that he will be leaving the National Instituto Superiore di Sanita with whom EUPHA has been working closely on several important European projects, we wish him all the best for his future role as Professor of Public Health at the Catholic University in Rome and as President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
10th Dec 2018
EUPHA welcomes Council's adoption of recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) welcomes the adoption of a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases by Health Ministers during the EPSCO Council meeting held on Friday 7 December. By adopting this recommendation, Ministers send out a clear message on the importance of maintaining high levels of coverage within the European Union. They also demonstrate the importance of continuing cooperation at European level to effectively address cross-border health threats.
During the past months EUPHA has worked to raise attention on the importance of increasing vaccine confidence by publishing a special e-collection of articles published in the European Journal of Public Health and organising a symposium with national and European experts and stakeholders.
EUPHA calls upon politicians to show their support for vaccination since this is important for building vaccine confidence in European citizens.
30th Nov 2018
WEBINAR: Addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), evidence and policy implementation
Friday 30 Nov 2018 - 4 p.m. (GMT+1)) EUPHA is organising the webinar ‘Addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), evidence and policy implementation’ - live from the European Public Health conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In this webinar, we will share the AMR discussions that are going on at the conference and the need for AMR policy implementation. Also we will look at two country case studies, i.e. Italy and The Netherlands.
The discovery of penicillin, the first antibiotic in 1928, marked the beginning of a new medical era. Antibiotics became the cornerstone for treatment of previously deadly infections and an important driver of economic and societal growth. However, the developing threat of AMR faces the world once again with the imminent come back of potentially deadly diseases. Recognising the importance of addressing AMR alarming situation and the importance of public-private sectors and researchers’ talks to improve cooperation, EUPHA invites you to its first webinar “Addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), evidence and policy implementation”.
Speakers: Aura Timen, President of EUPHA section on Infectious diseases control / Free University of Amsterdam and National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Silvio Brusaferro, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, Head of Department of Medicine – University of Udine, Head of Accreditation, Clinical Risk Management and Performance Assessment Unit, Udine Healthcare and University Integrated Trust.
Meeting link: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M6WLOP6VC5NBAG3AE00BBZ4C31-1ECEZ&rnd=288630.80963
31st Oct 2018
EUPHA sent letter on Access to research: the call for open access and the role of learned societies
On 31 October 2018, EUPHA Executive Council sent a letter to Robert-Jan Smits, special envoy to European open access. Referring to the current calls for open access of all research, including the cOAlition S initiative and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), EUPHA supports open access to publicly funded scientific research. EUPHA accepts that there should be a system whereby scientific data are openly accessible upon publication but contend that this should be decided within a wider review of systems for production, financing and dissemination of scientific publications, including a comprehensive assessment of the impact on all involved. The letter is signed by Prof Peter Allebeck, editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Public Health and Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, executive director EUPHA.
Read the full letter here.
29th Oct 2018
SEMINAR - Vaccine Confidence in Europe: time for action
EUPHA is organising a seminar on vaccine confidence in Europe that will take place 7 November 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
The past years we see a rise in vaccine hesitancy, resulting in a drop in vaccine coverage. Vaccination issues are often discussed with stakeholders from the health sector. Also, governments are struggling with their communication about vaccination in order to have high vaccine uptake. Through a series of country case studies we examine challenges and solutions related to vaccine confidence.
7 November 2018, 15:00 – 17:30
The Room, De Meeûssquare 35, Brussels, Belgium
Register for this seminar here.
22nd Oct 2018
Keynote at European Association of Dental Public Health
Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, President EUPHA was invited to deliver the Borrow Foundation guest lecture at the 23rd EADPH (European Association of Dental Public Health) congress in Mallorca, Spain on Friday 19 October. Dr Azzopardi-Muscat spoke about the role of the dental workforce in preventing non-communicable diseases throughout the health system. She proposed a prescription for change based on the following three objectives:
- Integrate oral health services into the basic package of healthcare
- Educate the oral health workforce about population determinants of health
- Ensure financial protection through the inclusion of prevention and restorative oral health care
26th Sep 2018
InfAct, the new Joint Action on Health Information has started in March 2018. A brief description of Infact is available on the project website (https://www.inf-act.eu/).
The major expected outcome of InfAct is a sustainable solid infrastructure on EU Health Information to improve the availability of comparable, robust and policy-relevant population health data and health system performance information.
EUPHA is happy to be one of the partners in the evaluation package.
20th Sep 2018
EUPHA accredited by WHO Regional Committee for Europe
EUPHA is accredited to attend meetings of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. This accreditation is in line with the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). It is with great honour that we will continue to participate in the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and we are committed to working together with all stakeholders towards our shared goals, including strengthening the capacity of public health professional in the European region and advocating for public health.
18th Jul 2018
EUPHA representative re-appointed to the ECDC Advisory Forum
EUPHA is very pleased that Dr Aura Timen, president of the EUPHA section on Infectious diseases control has been (re) nominated as a member of the ECDC Advisory Forum for another 3 years. Through the ECDC Advisory Forum membership, EUPHA has a wonderful opportunity to actively contribute to ECDCs objectives and plans.
29th Jun 2018
EUPHA is looking for a communication and marketing strategic officer
EUPHA is looking for:
Communication & marketing strategic officer (Aug/Sep until December 2018)
Over the years, EUPHA has increased its visibility and impact in Europe. For this, several tools have been developed (e.g. active twitter account, mailing list to key European-level policymakers), but is this enough?
If EUPHA wants to have an influence on European policymakers both at European level (EU and WHO Europe) as well as – through our national associations – at national level, EUPHA needs to set up a communication and marketing strategy.
The short-term Communication & marketing strategic officer will look at:
- Which tools have been developed and are they effective?
- Which tools are missing and should be developed?
- Should EUPHA have a permanent presence in Brussels (European Union)?
- Should EUPHA have a permanent presence in Copenhagen (WHO Europe)?
- How can EUPHA put a long term communication and marketing strategy in place in the coming years?
EUPHA is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced communication specialist at European level, preferably in the Brussels region.
Applications should include a CV and motivational letter and should be sent by 15 July 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact the Executive Director, Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget or check our website: www.eupha.org
27th Jun 2018
The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products enters into force
It has taken some time, but the proposed UN Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in Tobacco products (proposed on 12 November 2012) has been signed on the 27th of June 2018 and will enter into force on 25 September 2018.
The new treaty, signed by 25 European countries and the European Union, aims at eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products. It provides tools for preventing illicit trade by securing the supply chain, including by establishing an international tracking and tracing system, by countering illicit trade through dissuasive law enforcement measures and a suite of measures to enable international cooperation.
EUPHA welcomes and pledges to support this UN Protocol.
14th Jun 2018
EUPHA president at the Tallinn charter's 10th anniversary
Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA president, represented EUPHA at the 10th anniversary of the Tallinn Charter on health systems for health and welfare. In 2008, WHO EURO member states signed up for this charter to improve health by investing in and strengthening health systems, and to promote the shared values of solidarity, equity and participation.
In 2018, the celebration meeting in Tallinn saw a renewed commitment to the principles of the Charter. Through the adoption of three themes: "include", "invest", "innovate" the Member States hope to achieve a more equitable health status faster.
EUPHA remains committed to supporting the Tallinn Charter and will advise our national public health associations to include, invest and innovate.
15th May 2018
EUPHA Statement on proposal for the next EU budget 2021-2027
On May 2nd, 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented the proposal for the post-2020 European Union (EU) budget. We believe that European funding for (public) health remains as important as ever and are convinced that it has significant added value. Reflecting on the published proposal, we are pleased to see that the Health Programme will at least be partially continued, even if we are disappointed that the word ‘health’ is almost absent throughout the budget proposal. Read our statement for more reflections on the post-2020 budget proposal.
14th May 2018
EUPHA Statement on migration, ethnicity and health
The EUPHA statement on migration, ethnicity and health is published concurrently with the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health that is held this week, 17-19 May 2018, in Edinburgh.
Migrants and ethnic minorities (MEM) often face serious inequities concerning both their state of health and their access to good quality health services. These inequities are increasingly being brought to light by public health researchers, but action to tackle them has lagged behind. To ensure that adequate attention is paid to the determinants of MEM health and the problems of service delivery that can confront these groups, health systems need to become more inclusive. Read the statement here.
28th Apr 2018
EUPHA Statement on the Sustainable Health Goals in the European region
Some 2,5 years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we wonder how Europe and European countries are doing. We raise the question – how is Europe progressing towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals – or even better – how is Europe progressing towards what we might call the Sustainable Health Goals? Read our findings in the EUPHA statement on the Sustainable Health Goals in the European region.
17th Apr 2018
Statement of EUPHA President at WHO high-level meeting 'Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region'
On 16 April 2018 the EUPHA president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, presented a statement at the high-level meeting of the World Health Organisation European Region ‘Health Systems Respond to NCDS: Experience of the European Region’, in Sitges Spain. At the plenary session ‘towards people-centred integrated services’ she talked about how we implement strategies to accelerate making health services more people centred and which challenges need to be overcome. Read her speech here.
17th Apr 2018
British American Tobacco replies
In March 2018 we wrote to British American Tobacco and Philip Morris, following court orders in the USA requiring them to issue corrective statements to inform the American public about how these companies had misled them for decades. BAT has now replied, rejecting our request. We publish its letter here. We make observations:
First, BAT makes no attempt to respond to the specific concerns that led to the US judgement, relating to misleading the public. It seems that we are to believe that, even if the tobacco industry sought to undermine the evidence on smoking-related harm and the addictive nature of nicotine in the USA, it did not do so in Europe.
Second, despite seeking recourse when possible to international trade agreements as it seeks to circumvent national laws on tobacco control, it relies on the territorial limitations of American jurisprudence to reject our request.
In both cases, our members can judge these arguments for themselves. Our view is that they provide more evidence on why, as set out in Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the tobacco industry and those it funds should always be excluded from discussions on any aspect of tobacco control.
28th Mar 2018
1st World Congress on Migration, ethnicity, race and health - update
EUPHA is proud to be a supporter of the 1st World Congress on Migration, ethnicity, race and health that is being organised in Edinburgh from 17-19 May 2018. We already have over 600 delegates participating. Join us at this important congress.
27th Mar 2018
European Public Health Association asks British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International to take measures to tell truth about tobacco
In 2017 leading tobacco companies were required to tobacco companies publish corrective statement advertisements in the U.S.A. telling the American people the truth about their lethal products and related issues, including the adverse effects of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine, lack of health benefits from products marketed as being less harmful than regular cigarettes, the true harms of second hand smoke, and their record in intentionally designing cigarettes to make them more addictive.
EUPHA believes that the citizens of Europe are equally entitled to be told these facts. Consequently, we have written to both British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International to ask them to take the same measures in Europe. Our letters are published below.
27th Mar 2018
EUPHA annual report 2017
This report highlights EUPHA's key activities in 2017. This year was a festive year, as EUPHA was celebrating its 25th anniversary.
16th Mar 2018
Statement by the European Public Health Association on the Philip Morris International 'Foundation for a Smoke-free World'
In a paper in The Lancet medical journal, Dr Derek Yach, President of the Philip Morris International Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, expressed a wish to work with others to create a new cadre of tobacco control researchers. EUPHA recognises that, especially for those in countries where funding for health research may be limited, such an invitation from an organisation that will be spending $1 billion over the next 12 years may seem attractive. However, we join with many health organisations, including the World Health Organisation, to declare that we will not engage with or collaborate with the Philip Morris Foundation in any way and call upon all European public health organisations to do the same. Read the full statement here.
9th Mar 2018
Consultation for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme Statement on behalf of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) section 'Health Workforce Research'
EUPHA and the EUPHA section on Health workforce research have reacted to the EU public consultation asking for input for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme. EUPHA proposes to develop a research-based vision on health workforce that is able to balance the interests of different Member States as well as the principle of a common market and free movement with the European Union and the national/regional need of a sufficient density of health professionals to provide universal healthcare coverage for all citizens. An integrated theory-driven program on health workforce research in the European research agenda adds value especially in the following areas: health workforce migration, conditions for an open health labour market, the investment in Europe-wide availability of both quantitative and qualitative data, and the coordination of health human resources models.
22nd Feb 2018
Statement by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
On 22 February 2018, EUPHA submitted its response to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market. This consultation on EU funds specifically concerns the area of public health, where EUPHA argues strongly that European funding remains necessary and has added value.
2nd Feb 2018
EUPHA at Health4LGBTI conference
On February 1st and 2nd, the Health4LGBTI final conference took place in Brussels. During this conference, Arjan van der Star represented the EUPHA section on Sexual & Gender Minority Health.
The conference was the final part of an EU-funded project on reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI individuals. The project itself focused mainly on healthcare and aimed to raise awareness, increase understanding and provide healthcare professionals with helpful tools. Besides a literature review and focus group interviews, the project resulted in a full training course for healthcare professionals in order to raise the awareness of LGBTI health inequalities and reduce barriers for LGBTI individuals while accessing healthcare.
During the conference, attendees - representing various NGOs, academia, and civil society – familiarised themselves with the outcomes of the project and the training. The delegates participated in the training sessions and provided extensive feedback to the project's materials. Furthermore, the last sessions of the conference focused on discussing the next steps of the project and its implementations across Europe. Moreover, the importance of the continuation of the project's work was stressed. Future efforts should focus on better understanding the root causes of LGBTI health inequalities, the barriers as experienced in other sectors, and also take a health prevention and promotion perspective into account.
30th Jan 2018
EUPHA publishes e-collection on vaccination
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) publishes its e-collection: ‘Facing the facts: challenges in vaccinating Europe’. This e-collection reflects on challenges in vaccination in the European region and includes a selection of scientific peer-reviewed articles recently published in the European Journal of Public Health. The e-collection is accompanied by an editorial written by the president of the EUPHA section on Infectious Diseases Control, Dr Aura Timen, and colleagues.
10th Jan 2018
EUPHA president speaks on keeping health at the core of the European agenda
During the 5th Annual scientific conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) in June 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, the EUPHA president, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, was interviewed on the importance of keeping health at the core of the European agenda.
10th Jan 2018
GENCAD project: factsheets now available
EUPHA is very proud to be a partner in the GENCAD project. This project aimed to improve the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in chronic diseases, using coronary artery disease (CAD) as an example to highlight differences between women and men in prevention and treatment in European countries.
Factsheets in 24 languages assemble the knowledge on gender differences in prevention, clinical manifestation, disease mechanisms, diagnosis, response to therapies and outcomes for the general public and health care professionals.
10th Jan 2018
ECHI - European Core Health Indicators
If you are a researcher, policymaker or practitioner in the field of public health, get the latest data from all EU countries on a large number of health-related topics via de updated European Core Health Indicators.
The European Core Health Indicators (ECHI), formerly known as European Community Health Indicators are the result of a long-term cooperation between the EU Member States and the European Commission. Three ECHI projects (1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2005-2008) funded under the EU Health Programmes established the first lists of ECHI indicators, aiming to create a comparable health information and knowledge system to monitor health at EU level.
13th Dec 2017
EUPHA fully supports the European Commission's Roadmap to strengthen cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases
EUPHA gave feedback to the European Commission's Roadmap to strengthen cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases. Full feedback is available here.
2nd Dec 2017
National Polish Conference on public health
The Polish Public Health Association organised a 2-day meeting in the beautiful town of Wroclaw from 30 November - 1 December. This national conference was attended by around 150 Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian public health professionals, coming together to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from investing in health to health care to the future of public health.
1st Dec 2017
EUPHA immediate past president reacts to Austrian discussions NOT to implement a general ban on smoking
Prof. Martin McKee, immediate past president of EUPHA, has reacted in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" to plans of the new coalition NOT to implement the general ban on smoking. Austria was, in 2015, one of the last European countries to decide to adopt a general ban on smoking, to be implemented in 2018. With the discussions of coalition partners to set up a new government, this general ban on smoking is back on the discussion table. McKee states: "the evidence on the huge advantages of a general ban on smoking cannot and should not be ignored".
5th Nov 2017
EUPHA at very successful Stockholm 2017
The European public health conference in Stockholm, 1-4 November, can be described as very successful. With a new record of delegates (over 2'000) and a fully packed programme, this conference has provided an overview of all issues in public health in Europe at this moment. EUPHA - through its sections, pillars and EUPHAnxt - has been very involved in setting the programme. Two plenary sessions, 10 pre conferences and 38 workshops were (co-) organised by EUPHA. During the conference, EUPHA also celebrated its 25th anniversary.
1st Nov 2017
New EUPHA section on Health workforce research
The EUPHA Governing Board - during its annual meeting on 1 November 2017 in Stockholm - established a new EUPHA section on Health workforce research. This section started as a working group within the EUPHA section on Health services research, but the topic has become so important that a separate section is now put in place. Dr Ellen Kuhlmann, initiator of this section, has been elected the president of EUPHA - HWR.
20th Oct 2017
Successful V4 Conference in Prague
On the 19-20 October, the 3rd V4 Conference on Public Health was organised in Prague. Martin Dlouhy, president of the Czech Society of Social Medicine, was the organiser of this event. Over 70 public health professionals from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland exchanged information on public health research, policy and practice. The presidents of all national public health associations were present as well, showing the importance of this regional meeting. In the closing ceremony, Prof Roza Adany, president of the Hungarian association, invited all participants to the planned 4th V4 meeting in Debrecen, Hungary in May 2019.
12th Oct 2017
European public health: then, now and the future 25 years of EUPHA
The European Journal of Public Health published a new supplement to celebrate EUPHA's 25th anniversary. EUPHA asked some of its members, all experts in their fields, to reflect upon the main public health issues facing Europe and the added value of the European collaboration that we have worked on together during this time. The result is an overview of public health in Europe—the wider Europe—with the evidence-base needed to address the key challenges, and how we can work together to take (European) public health forward over the next 25 years.
27th Sep 2017
Just before the start of the EPH Conference in Stockholm, the EUPHA section on Injury prevention and safety promotion is organising on Tuesday 31 October a meeting on Road traffic injuries – severity and long term consequences. The meeting will take place at Karolinska Institutet and the programme information is attached. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Dr Anne Lounamaa, the president of EUPHA - INJ.
27th Sep 2017
E-collection on public mental health still accessible
EUPHA is happy to remind you that the E-collection on public mental health, published in July 2017, is still available on the EJPH website.
EUPHA publishes E-collections on specific health topics by combining already published articles in the EJPH with an updated editorial. E-collections are available free of charge for a period of 3 months.
27th Sep 2017
EUPHA presenting at the EU and sustainable diets meeting in Brussels
EUPHA is happy to be an active participant at the Meeting in Brussels on EU and sustainable diets organised by FENS on 21-22 September 2017. Dr Chris Birt, president of the EUPHA section on Food and nutrition, used this opportunity to bring EUPHA's report Healthy and Sustainable diets in European countries under the attention of the participants.
27th Sep 2017
EUPHA represented in the jury of 3rd EU Health Award 2017 for NGO in vaccination
EUPHA is very pleased that Dr Aura Timen, president of our EUPHA section on Infectious diseases control has been appointed as a member of the jury of this 3rd EU Health Award 2017.
22nd Sep 2017
What is the future of Public Health Policy within the European Union?
16th Sep 2017
EUPHA co-organised the Salzburg seminar Leadership in healthcare
EUPHA is very proud to have been one of the organisers of the Salzburg seminar, together with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. This seminar, that took place from 10-16 September, was very successful.
The main speakers included: Prof. Walter Ricciardi, past president of EUPHA, Prof. Martin McKee, immediate past president of EUPHA and Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, president of EUPHA.
14th Sep 2017
EUPHA attends the 67th Regional Committee meeting of WHO
Organised in Budapest from 10 to 14 September, the WHO Regional Committee meeting was attended both by Prof Martin McKee, immediate past president of EUPHA and Dineke Zeegers Paget and Maaike Droogers from EUPHA office.
EUPHA was pleased to have a written joint statement: Towards a sustainable workforce in the European region: a framework for action. The statement was set up by Dr Ellen Kuhlmann, initiator of the proposed EUPHA section on Health workforce research and was co-signed by EHMA and ASPHER.
14th Sep 2017
200th edition of the Health-EU newsletter
EUPHA congratulates DG Sante with the 200th edition of the Health-EU newsletter. The newsletter was started in 2007 and is a successful tool to update Europe on news, forthcoming events, press releases and such.
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14th Sep 2017
EUPHA participates in the EU Stakeholder Pool - EUnetHTA JA3 Forum
On 14 September, 2017, the day after its periodic Assembly, EUnetHTA JA3 has organized a Forum open to the whole EU Stakeholder Pool on HTA. EUPHA is very happy that Prof. Carlo Favaretti, president of the EUPHA section on Health technology assessment, attended this meeting.
7th Sep 2017
EUPHA attends the EPHA annual conference
Both Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive director of EUPHA, and Maaike Droogers, EUPHA scientific officer, attended the 2017 EPHA Annual Conference. "Make Health YOUR Business" on 7 September in Brussels. The conference focussed on how to unleash the new levers and different levels of power to take action to prevent chronic diseases and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. You can browse the online contributions to the event on the conference Storify and download the press release
During the full day programme, EUPHA had a small stand in the exhibition area.
1st Aug 2017
Andorra joins the EUPHA network
EUPHA is very pleased to welcome Dr Josep Romagosa Massana as the representative of Andorra into our network. This expands our network to:
78 members from 46 countries:
39 national public health associations
20 institutional members
7 individual members
1 gobal member
24th Jul 2017
EUPHA present at the European Parliament debate on Antimicrobial resistance
Prof. Carlo Signorelli, member of the EUPHA Executive Council, represented EUPHA at this important meeting on 27 June, initiated by two Members of the European Parliament, MEPs Nicola Caputo (S&D) and José Inácio Faria (EPP).
24th Jul 2017
MERH 2018: call for abstracts now open!
*Bursaries available* Our aim is to attract to the congress at least one person from every country in the world. To enable people from low and lower-middle income countries to attend we hope to offer multiple bursaries covering the delegates travel, accommodation and attendance at the congress. To view the list of countries eligible to apply for a bursary please click here. Application Process All applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded by clicking here. Deadline for all applications is Friday 19th January 2018. We are also recruiting student volunteers to help with the onsite organisation. If you are interested please email MERH@in-conference.org.uk Please include your CV and any relevant experience you hold within your email.