|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2021
In this second newsletter of 2021, we are happy to present you with our revamped website. The updated website fits our new strategy 2020-2025, is more user-friendly and contains more information. We are also happy to provide you with an update on the European Public Health Week 2021 edition and hope you will check our plans and become active in this week. Further updates include interesting publications, conferences and the latest news from ECDC, European Commission and WHO Regional office for Europe.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA website revamped to fit our new 2020-2025 strategy
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.
2nd mid-term Conference EUPHA-HWR
The EUPHA Health workforce research section is organising the 2nd mid-term Conference from 10 to 11 June in Lisbon, Portugal. Papers can still be submitted until the 28th of February. Click here for more information.
EKHA Call to Action to tackle chronic kidney diseases
EUPHA is very happy to be one of the 89 endorsers of the European Kidney Health Alliance Call to Action to tackle Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD) at the European level. The call to action will be officially launched this afternoon, the 26th of February, on the occasion of the joint EKHA-EKPF meeting with EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides. Click here for more information.
Environment and health track report - WCPH 2020
Today, EUPHA publishes the 'Environment and health in 2020' report. This report was made possible by the EUPHA fellows and 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.
New President of the EUPHA 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 highly appreciate the work of the outgoing president, Róza Ádány, and thank her for her dedication to the section.
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:
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 get involved and submit your event so it’s listed on the official EUPHW calendar for others to see and join. Contact us if you wish to discuss ideas.
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’. In a series of plenary sessions, we examine the most pressing challenges that will affect the future of our discipline in the near future:
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.
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
Peter Allebeck, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Iveta Nagyova
Impact of a nutrition education programme on free sugar intake & nutrition-related knowledge in fifth-grade schoolchildren
Dietary patterns and food insecurity of students participating in a food aid programme: the Mediterranean perspective
Pregnant under the pressure of a pandemic: a large-scale longitudinal survey before and during the COVID-19 outbreak
Demographic and public health characteristics explain large part of variability in COVID-19 mortality across countries
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH
Creating healthy and active life for the elderly in programmes conducted by rural and urban-rural communes in Poland
WORK AND HEALTH
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.
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
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
Four demands for an ambitious Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
Health and Environment Alliance | 1 February 2021
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 variantshttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-0...
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.https://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/pub...
Ombudsman calls on ECDC to be more open about its work as vaccine rollout begins
Press release | 9 February 2021
Variant-proof vaccines -- invest now for the next pandemic
Nature | Comment | 8 February 2021
The new WHO Foundation -- global health deserves better
The BMJ Global Health | Comment | 5 February 2021
Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised?
The BMJ | Head To Head | 17 February 2021
Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote--elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant
The BMJ | Editorial | 4 February 2021
New study suggests association between early pregnancy PFOA exposure and increased risk of miscarriage during first trimester
Health and Environment Alliance | 11 February 2021
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.https://theindependentpanel.org/the-inde...
A Guide to Global Health Diplomacy
Global Health Centre | 18 February 2021
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.https://health-inequalities.eu/toolbox/i...
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.https://epha.org/wp-content/uploads/2021...
What are the trending topics in Public Health and related disciplines?
Thanks to this collection developped by Oxford Publications, you can identify some of the most discussed and influential topics with the help of Altmetric attention scores, which take into account several outlets including social media, news articles, and policy documents. The collection will be updated every few weeks.https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/...
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
Promoting Intersectoral Collaboration Through the Evaluations of Public Health Interventions: Insights From Key Informants in 6 European Countries
International Journal of Health Policy and Management | 20 February 2020
Explaining covid-19 performance: what factors might predict national responses?
The BMJ | Analysis
Conceptualising the Commercial Determinants of Health Using a Power Lens: A Review and Synthesis of Existing Frameworks
International Journal of Health Policy and Management | Review Article
Can Circumstances Be Softened? Self-Efficacy, Post-Migratory Stressors, and Mental Health among Refugees
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | 4 February 2021
Time to take critical race theory seriously: moving beyond a colour-blind gender lens in global health
The Lancet Global Health | Comment | 1 February 2021
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Healthcare Workers
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | 3 February 2021
Publication: Public health competences through the lens of the COVID‐19 pandemic: what matters for health workforce preparedness for global health emergencies
Open access article by Czabanowska K, Kuhlmann E.
Research for Health Justice: an ethical framework linking global health research to health equity
The BMJ Global Health | Analysis | 15 February 2021
Challenges in ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines: production, affordability, allocation, and deployment
The Lancet | Health Policy | 12 February 2021
Is fighting against COVID-19 enough?
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health | Commentary | 1 February 2021
11. European Commission news
Being smart about our health: how artificial intelligence can help transform Europe's health sector
A high-standard health system, rich health data and a strong research and innovation ecosystem are Europe’s key assets that can help transform its health sector and make the EU a global leader in health-related artificial intelligence applications.https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/being-s...
JRC scientists on #WorldCancerDay: #WeWill work to one day conquer cancer
At the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, scientists of different backgrounds and with different expertise are dedicated to helping the Commission fulfil its mission to conquer cancer.https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/jrc-sci...
Innovation to market: How to boost innovation in healthcare
An infographic that shows ten steps that can be taken to ensure that innovations move from pilot conception to adoption and scale-up.https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-mark...
EU to invest €150 million for research to counter coronavirus variants
The Commission presented a Communication for the proposed launch of a European bio-defence preparedness programme called “HERA Incubator” to address the emerging threat of coronavirus variants. Plans include important new research investments, mobilising an additional €30 million from Horizon 2020 to be complemented by a further €120 million from Horizon Europe.https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/eu-invest...
Open Research Europe
Open Research Europe is an open access publishing platform for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020 funding across all subject areas. The platform makes it easy for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries to comply with the open access terms of their funding and offers researchers a publishing venue to share their results and insights rapidly and facilitate open, constructive research discussion.https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.e...
New EU project to support readiness for vaccination efforts and resilient health systems in the Western Balkans
The European Union in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new regional project worth over €7 million to support safe and effective vaccination of the populations across the Western Balkans.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries
The European Union has announced an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 5, 04 February 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 6, 11 February 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 7, 18 February 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 8, 25 February 2021
13. WHO news
One year on: European Programme of Work forms vital part of COVID-19 response
A year since being confirmed as WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge has overseen the endorsement by Member States of the European Programme of Work, 2020–2025 – “United Action for Better Health in Europe” (EPW), which has already had an impact on WHO/Europe’s response to the pandemic.https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/reg...
Forum for tackling misinformation on health and NCDs
WHO has created a forum for tackling misinformation on health and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
WHO delivers EU-funded medical supplies to Kazakhstan to protect health care workers against COVID-19
WHO, with financial support from the European Union (EU), delivered over 8 tonnes of medical supplies to Kazakhstan to support the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delivery included personal protective equipment, that is, items such as surgical masks and gowns, as well as laboratory equipment.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/ka...
World Cancer Day: know the facts - tobacco and alcohol both cause cancer
On World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February, WHO/Europe focused on the need to minimize exposure to both alcohol and tobacco. While many people understand the risks of developing cancer associated with smoking, many remain unaware that alcohol also causes cancer.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Statement - Catastrophic impact of COVID-19 on cancer care
Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
WHO/Europe launches ambitious initiative seeking to reduce lives lost to cancer
WHO/Europe launched United Action Against Cancer to galvanize support and cooperation from grassroots to governments using a wide variety of underutilized tools with the long-term vision of eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease in Europe.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Countries strengthen health supply chains with support from UNICEF and WHO
The WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNICEF Supply Division have extended their support to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Uzbekistan in optimizing the performance of their supply chains to ensure timely delivery of medicines and health products.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
WHO/Europe looks ahead to a busy 2021
Following an unprecedented year for WHO in 2020, WHO/Europe looks ahead to 2021 with a focus on the continuing COVID-19 pandemic alongside the implementation of the European Programme of Work.https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/gov...
Redoubling public health measures needed due to COVID-19 virus variants
As we enter the first months of 2021, increasing numbers of reports of variants of the COVID-19 virus mark a new development in the pandemic. A variant dominant in the WHO European Region is of concern as it shows signs of being able to spread more easily between people.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Fighting childhood cancer with education: Russian Federation's experience
On International Childhood Cancer Day 2021, WHO/Europe highlights progressive ways to achieve better outcomes for children with cancer in the WHO European Region. The Russian Federation’s steps to merge paediatric haematology and paediatric oncology into one medical specialty is an inspiring example of how countries’ health and education systems can adapt to new methods and save children’s lives.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Statement - Overcoming COVID-19 and its collateral effects
Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
Community needs, perceptions and demand: community assessment tool
The Community needs, perceptions and demand: community assessment tool can be used by countries to rapidly assess and respond to community health needs and perceptions around access and effective use of essential health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/...
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