|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - May 2021
Welcome to the May newsletter of EUPHA. COVID-19 numbers seem to be going down and the weather is slowly improving, so things are starting to look up. 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).
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
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, discussed the results and findings with BECA's MEPs on 10 May.https://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/2...
EUPHA statement on a successful European Public Health Week - addressing the need to work together
The third edition of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW) was organised last week (17-21 May 2021). Institutions and individuals across 40 countries organised a total of 212 events in 19 different languages. The European Public Health Week is an initiative from EUPHA co-funded by the European Commission and with the support of the World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe.
Exchange of views with Special Committee on Beating Cancer, European Parliament
On the 12th of May, EUPHA's executive director, Dineke Zeegers Paget, called for investing in our health care systems and investing in a healthy and strong health workforce, during a second exchange of views with the Special Committee on Beating Cancer of the European Parliament. The event titled "Lessons from a public health crisis: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care" reflected on the related public consultation, to which EUPHA responded.
EUPHA's Executive Director's article on COVID-19 and its impact on society
In an article published in Open Access Government, Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA's Executive Director, reflects on COVID-19 and its impact on society, public health, healthcare and equitable access to vaccines.https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/cov...
Read the two policy briefs from TO-REACH - European health systems learning from each other
EUPHA and ASPHER statement to unite for strong leadership for public health
EUPHA and ASPHER have a long-standing collaboration. In this statement, we reaffirm our commitment to work together in order to ensure that the European public health workforce stays strong, well-trained, and committed as PH leaders.https://eupha.org/repository/advocacy/St...
3. European Public Health Week
Deadline today: Evaluation survey
Help us improve the European Public Health Week (EUPHW).
Whether you joined as an Event Host, Participant of Disseminator,
Missed a session?
Check our Wakelet channel for summaries of each day of the week:
The EUPHA YouTube channel includes recordings of several EUPHW sessions.
212 events, 40 countries, 19 languages: “A successful European Public Health Week – addressing the need to work together”: Read the full EUPHA Statement with partners and key collaborators
4. European Public Health Conference
14TH EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, 10 - 12 NOVEMBER 2021 - VIRTUAL EDITION
Public health futures in a changing world
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION RESULTS
REGISTRATION BENEFITS FOR EUPHA MEMBERS
WHAT IS NEW IN THE PLENARY PROGRAMME
Opening session: Public health futures in a changing world
Leaders from politics and academia will introduce the main theme of the conference. Moderator: Anthony Staines, Chair 14th EPH Conference. Speakers: Stephen Donnelly, Minister of Health, Ireland, Robin Swann, Minister of Health, Northern Ireland.
PLENARY SESSION: THE DIGITAL HEALTH ERA – BEYOND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Digitalization is permeating all aspects of society, how can be it employed to sustain the public health goals of quality, accessibility, efficiency and equity in health care and prevention now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic? In this session jointly presented by WHO and EUPHA, we examine the extent to which technology is contributing positively or negatively to strengthening the resilience of health systems and empowering individuals and communities.
Moderators: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Director Country Health Systems and Policies, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Anna Odone, President EUPHA Digital health section, Professor Public Health, University of Pavia, Italy. Panellists to be announced shortly.
Organized by WHO Regional Office for Europe, EUPHA Digital health section.
Closing session of the 14th EPH Conference
Awards ceremony: Best Poster and Abstract Prizes, Ferenc Bojan Award and welcome to next year's 15th EPH Conference, Berlin, Germany.
5. EUPHA members update
The French Society of Public Health launches its podcast: Voices of public health
In order to ensure that all public health voices can be heard, the French Society of Public Health discusses, in each episode of its new podcast, with a stakeholder about its area of expertise.
Statement by the Portuguese Association of Public Health Doctors (ANMSP) and EUPHA on Health systems need to adapt to climate change
In order to support the health priorities of the Portuguese presidency of the European Union, the ANMSP and EUPHA have published a statement on health systems and their impact on climate change. It is clear that climate change has a direct impact on human lives and health in a variety of ways, with secondary effects on the healthcare sector. We are seeing a change in current needs, namely human resources, better technology and smart governance allowing better preparedness and response and aiming to ensure more resilient and adaptive health systems.
6. European Journal of Public Health
From 1 June 2021, the European Journal of Public Health will be introducing article processing charges for all accepted manuscripts. The journal will be a fully open access publication from 1 January 2022.
Advance articles - May 2021
SARS-CoV-2 infections in kindergartens and associated households at the start of the second wave in Berlin, Germany — a cross sectional study
Association between sunlight exposure and risk of prostate cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social restrictions on ambulance missions
Cost-effectiveness calculators for health, well-being and safety promotion: a systematic review
Gender differences in the association between physical activity and obesity in adults with vision and hearing losses
Multicomponent intervention provided by GPs to reduce cardiovascular risk factors: evaluation in an Italian large sample
EJPH in videos
To celebrate the European Public Health Week, three authors presented their research published in the European Journal of Public Health in one minute videos.
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Senior Policy Officer Human Vaccines Project Europe
The Human Vaccines Project Europe (www.humanvaccinesproject.org) is currently recruiting for a scientific officer for India-European Consortium on Next Generation Influenza Vaccine Innovation ( INCENTIVE), a jointly funded project between the European Commission and the Government of India – Department of BioTechnology. The position is based in The Netherlands.
WHO - Technical Officer, GOARN (Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network)
Deadline for application - 15 June
8. Interesting news
'15 minutes on health inequalities' podcasts
The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow hosts a podcast series on health inequalities research. Topics range from early years and children in care to teenage pregnancy and tobacco control policies, with a couple focussing on COVID-19. The latest episodes were launched as part of European Health week 2021. You can find them in the link.https://soundcloud.com/user-776545020/se...
Mental Health Awareness week: a new source of information on promotion of mental health
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has launched a section on mental health on its Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway, during the Mental Healh Awareness week.
In this section you will find information on: mental health promotion, risk factors of mental health, and policy recommendations related to the prevention of mental health issues and the promotion of well-being.
EU countries should ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health
In a report adopted on Tuesday 11th, members of the European Parliament urge member states to protect and further enhance women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/p...
WFPHA Webinar: Advancing Essential Public Health Functions to Prevent the Next Pandemic
Dr. James Fitzgerald, PAHO/WHO Director, Health Systems and Services and Prof. Bettina Borisch, WFPHA Executive Director, met to discuss the challenges and best approaches to implementing the Essential Public Health Functions at national and international levels. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.https://www.youtube.com/watch
What scientists know about new, fast-spreading coronavirus variants
Key questions remain about how quickly B.1.617 variants can spread, their potential to evade immunity and how they might affect the course of the pandemic.https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-0...
Save our oceans to protect our health: Scientists call for global action plan
An interdisciplinary European collaboration called the Seas Oceans and Public Health In Europe (SOPHIE) Project has outlined the initial steps that a wide range of organizations could take to work together to protect the largest connected ecosystem on Earth. They call for the current UN Ocean Decade to act as a meaningful catalyst for global change, reminding us that ocean health is intricately linked to human health.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20...
What You Don't Know is Killing Us: Learn the Issues
Even though the health harms of tobacco are well-known and well-documented, the industry’s insidious practices reach much further. These companies go to great lengths to hide that they continue to make people sick, harm economies, degrade the environment and more.https://exposetobacco.org/news/learn-the...
Minimum unit alcohol price has 'lasting impact'
A research from Newcastle University showed that the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol has had a lasting impact in Scotland and is starting to have an effect in Wales.https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-572...
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
Impact of tobacco control policies implementation on future lung cancer incidence in Europe: An international, population-based modeling study
The Lancet Regional health - Europe | Research paper
Planning for health equity in the Americas: an analysis of national health plans
PAHO | Special report
Importance of population-based longitudinal studies to understanding the impact of COVID-19
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | 24 May 2021
The Lancet women and cardiovascular disease Commission: reducing the global burden by 2030
The Lancet | 17 May 2021
Universal health care must be a priority -- even amid COVID
Nature | Editorial | 18 May 2021
Policy brief undocumented labor migrant in the COVID-19 crisis (in Dutch)
Lessons from research for policy and practice.
Count the cost of disability caused by COVID-19
Nature | Comment | 26 May 2021
Effects of different types of written vaccination information on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK (OCEANS-III): a single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial
The Lancet Public Health | Article | 12 May 2021
11. European Commission news
Public health: Stronger rules on medical devices
As of today, new EU rules on medical devices (MDR) enter into application, establishing a modern and more robust regulatory framework to protect public health and patient safety.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Public Health: EU Tobacco Products Directive is delivering but stronger action is needed
The European Commission published its first report on the Tobacco Products Directive, five years after it became applicable in 2016. Thanks to the Directive, the EU has witnessed steady decreases in smoking rates and tobacco use. However, more efforts are needed. The report points out two main areas where we need to see improvements: enforcement at national level and better consideration of new market developments, such as novel tobacco products.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Global leaders adopt agenda to overcome COVID-19 crisis and avoid future pandemics
At this very first G20 summit on health, leaders further agreed on the need for early warning information, surveillance and trigger systems, and clearly stressed the need to ensure equitable access to vaccines and to support low and middle-income countries.
EU Digital COVID Certificate: European Parliament and Council reach agreement on Commission proposal
Learn more about the key features of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, as per the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 20, 20 May 2021
Overview of the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment plans in the EU/EEA
This report provides an updated overview of the progress of national COVID-19 vaccination strategies in EU/EEA countries.https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publicatio...
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 18, 06 May 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 19, 13 May 2021
13. WHO news
Health in Europe podcast: tackling inequities to build fairer, healthier societies
In the latest episode of “Health in Europe”, WHO/Europe's team speaks with Dr Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of Public Health Wales about health equity and the need for governments and policy-makers to bridge gaps to equity to strengthen the eventual recovery from the pandemic. The episode coincides with the final day of European Public Health Week (EUPHW), focusing on leaving no one behind in health.https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
Refugees and migrants hosted in Serbian reception centres get their COVID-19 vaccine doses
Protecting the health of refugees and migrants is crucial in the context of the pandemic. Serbia has demonstrated this commitment by including all migrants and refugees in the national vaccination strategy as high-risk, priority population groups.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/se...
High rates of childhood obesity alarming given anticipated impact of COVID-19 pandemic
This press release presents some of the findings of a new WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) report on the fourth round of data collection (2015–2017).https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
Nature and biodiversity play a vital role in protecting human health
Exploring this complex relationship and the vital role that nature plays for promoting and protecting human health, and in recognition of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, WHO/Europe has published its first report on nature, biodiversity and health together with the WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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