|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2021
Welcome to the September issue of the EUPHA newsletter. EUPHA - together with 24 other non-state actors - was again accepted by WHO Europe to be a non-state actor, thereby allowing us to be more actively involved in the activities of WHO Europe. The annual European Public Health Conference is taking shape. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this largest public health event in Europe.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive director
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA at the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
EUPHA led and endorsed four statements at the 71st WHO Regional Committee for Europe meeting, held on 15-17 September, relating to several agenda items:
Our president - Iveta Nagyova - recorded a video statement, calling upon the Regional Committee to take note on the importance of behavioural insights and sciences for combatting COVID-19 and future health emergencies.
#HealthyClimate Prescription letter signed by EUPHA
"The climate crisis is the single biggest health threat facing humanity", is the first sentence of the letter EUPHA signed, calling the United Nations for real action to address the climate crisis.
Successful webinar on 'Economic burden of diseases: methodological pearls and pitfalls'
On the 22nd of September, the EUPHA Public health economics section together with the Czech Society of Social Medicine and Health Care management organised a webinar on the economic burden of diseases. The webinar had around 80 participants and will be followed up by publishing the recording of the webinar and writing a short article for the European Journal of Public Health.
EUPHA meets with the WHO office for non-communicable diseases - 22 September 2021
A EUPHA delegation consisting of our president, executive director and president of the EUPHA Chronic diseases section met up with the WHO Office for non-communicable diseases. Several possibilities of collaboration with the WHO NCD-office were discussed and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.
EUPHA at ASPHER's Deans and Directors retreat
On 27-28 September, EUPHA was invited to ASPHER's Deans and Directors Retreat.
3. European Public Health Conference
PUBLIC HEALTH FUTURES IN A CHANGING WORLD
PLENARY PROGRAMME UPDATE
REGISTRATION BENEFITS FOR EUPHA MEMBERS
4. EUPHA members update
Russian Society for the Prevention of Noncommunicable diseases
We are very happy to welcome the Russian Society for the Prevention of Noncommunicable diseases as a new full member of EUPHA. The Russian Society for the Prevention of Noncommunicable diseases is aimed at uniting the medical community, citizens and organizations to promote healthy lifestyle and improve prevention of noncommunicable diseases in order to reduce premature mortality. Identification of problems, existing in primary health care and studying the influence of risk factors on morbidity and mortality from chronic noncommunicable diseases are among the priorities of the Society. It supports clinical, basic and epidemiological studies in the field of preventive medicine. Educational and motivational activities are conducted within the Society in order to improve the doctors’ professional level through participation in seminars, conferences and roundtable discussions with focus on preventive counseling, identification of new risk factors, approaches to their correction and international experience. We look forward to a new a productive and fruitful year.
ASPHER Young Researchers Forum
The 2021 ASPHER Young Researchers’ Forum (YRF) will take place online on Friday, October 8th, 12:45-16:10 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the Krakow School of Public Health – Jagiellonian University Medical College.https://www.aspher.org/news,50.html
5. European Journal of Public Health
Advance Articles - September 2021
COVID-19 vaccines a global public good? Moving past the rhetoric and making work of sharing intellectual property rights, know-how and technology
Trends in teenage delivery and abortion rates in Estonia over more than two decades: a nationwide register-based study
Analysis of the accuracy and completeness of cardiovascular health information on alcohol industry-funded websites
Framing public health response to the opioid and overdose crisis: are there alternatives to cascade of care model?
The softer they fall: a natural experiment examining the health effects of job loss before and after Fornero’s unemployment benefit reforms in Italy
Social distancing measures: barriers to their implementation and how they can be overcome – a systematic review
Social inequalities in obesity and overweight: secular changes in Poland between 1983 and 2020
Associations between oral health and cancer in a national representative sample of Spanish adults
Trend of antibiotic consumption and its association with influenza-like illnesses in France between 2004 and 2018
Ethnic differences in functional limitations: a comparison of older migrants and native Dutch older population
Are there ‘two sides’ to attacks on healthcare? Evidence from Palestine
Association of perceived job security and chronic health conditions with retirement in older UK and US workers
Social disadvantage and gambling severity: a population-based study with register-linkage
‘I’m not an anti-vaxer!’—vaccine hesitancy among physicians: a qualitative study
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
MHE is looking for a Policy and Knowledge Officer - Health, Digitalisation & Environment
Mental Health Europe is looking for a full-time Policy and Knowledge Officer to join its dynamic team in Brussels, and support MHE’s policy and advocacy work in the field of mental health across different policy fields and projects. He/she will be responsible for a multidisciplinary portfolio that includes health, digitalisation and environment and will monitor emerging trends relevant to mental health in these sectors, coordinate policy and evidence-building as well as perform tasks in projects.
7. Interesting news
MEPs vow to strengthen role of EU's agency on infectious diseases
Following debates in Parliament’s plenary session on Monday 13th, MEPs extended the mandate of the EU agency established in 2005 to help the EU fight infectious diseases. Furthermore, they hope to secure the extension of ECDC’s mandate to major non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including cancer, diabetes and mental illness.https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-...
More than 200 health journals call for urgent action on climate crisis
The Guardian | 6 September 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic calls for urgent reform of health care, surveillance and governance in the WHO European Region and beyond
On September 10th, the Pan-European Commission on Health & Sustainable Development delivered its evidence review and final report: 'Drawing light from the pandemic: A new strategy for health and sustainable development'.
Women and Suicide During COVID-19
Think Global Health | 10 September 2021
The cost of not preparing for infectious diseases
Wellcome Trust | Explainer | 13 September 2021
PODCAST Air Pollution, Pneumonia and Child Health
By Vital Strategies
Use of digital health tools in Europe: before, during and after COVID-19
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies | Policy Brief | 15 September 2021
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health
The BMJ | Editorial | 6 September 2021
How food and beverage companies leveraged the great recession: lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic
The BMJ Global Health | Commentary | 28 September 2021
Following the science? Views from scientists on government advisory boards during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative interview study in five European countries
The BMJ Global Health | Original Research | 27 September 2021
The Relationship Between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccine Hesitancy: A Scoping Review of Literature Until August 2021
Frontiers in Public Health | Mini review article | 28 September 2021
Covid-19 vaccination: evidence of waning immunity is overstated
The BMJ | Editorial | 23 September 2021
Inequalities in population health loss by multiple deprivation: COVID-19 and pre-pandemic all-cause disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in Scotland
International Journal for Equity in Health | Research | 26 September 2021
Modelling the impact of increased alcohol taxation on alcohol-attributable cancers in the WHO European Region
The Lancet Regional Health Europe | Research paper | 14 September 2021
Long working hours and risk of 50 health conditions and mortality outcomes: a multicohort study in four European countries
The Lancet Regional Health Europe | Research paper | 5 September 2021
Indicators for Public Mental Health: A Scoping Review
Frontiers in Public Health | Systematic Review | 27 September 2021
10. European Commission news
Team Europe COVID-19 global response
Learn more about Team Europe, a joint action by the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions that helps partner countries to:
2021 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen2021 State of the Union Address by Presi...
Webinar EU4Health Work Programme 2022: targeted stakeholder consultation outcome
This half-day event explored and built on the outcome of the targeted consultation that DG SANTE organised during summer 2021. The consultation seeked feedback from stakeholders on the priorities, strategic orientations and on the needs to be addressed through the EU4Health annual work programmes, in particular focusing on input that could facilitate reflection for the 2022 EU4Health Work Programme and beyond.
Questions and Answers: European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority - HERA
A Q&A on HERA, the new Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority, following the State of the Union of September 15th.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges
The Commission launched today five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond.
European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation
On September 29th, as part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 35, 02 September 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 36, 09 September 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 37, 16 September 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 38, 23 September 2021
12. WHO news
5000 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be prevented every year by doubling alcohol taxes in the European Region, says WHO/Europe
The new WHO study “Modelling the impact of increased alcohol taxation on alcohol-attributable cancers in the WHO European Region”, published in the Lancet Regional Health – Europe, evaluates that an estimated number of 10 700 new cancer cases and 4850 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be avoided annually in the WHO European Region by doubling current excise duties on alcoholic beverages.https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
Highlights from the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
WHO/Europe’s 71st session of the Regional Committee (RC71) concluded Wednesday 15th, bringing to a close a busy 3-day agenda that saw delegates endorse the launch of the European Immunization Agenda 2030 as well as resolutions on primary health care and mental health.
New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines aim to save millions of lives from air pollution
New World Health Organization (WHO) Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the health of populations, by reducing levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change.https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
Investing in and protecting the health workforce: progress at RC71
Gathered virtually on the 5th day of this year’s Regional Committee session, the attending ministers, delegates and civil society representatives renewed their joint call to invest in the health and care workforce while protecting them from harm and suffering.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Side event for ministers shows why behavioural and cultural insights matter
At the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC71), a side event shed light on the importance of health literacy in the context of behavioural and cultural insights.https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/gov...
Member States commit to stronger mental health services
In September, Member States of the WHO European Region have endorsed a historic resolution committing governments to better and stronger public mental health services in the Region – the European Framework for Action on Mental Health 2021–2025.
WHO framework strengthens accountability across sectors for ending TB by 2030
A multisectoral approach is seen as key to galvanising political commitments to end the tuberculosis epidemic, and WHO/Europe has been helping Member States to adopt this approach at a national and regional level.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
New WHO report sheds light on the dark impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products
Novel and emerging tobacco products are the subject of a new WHO report that looks at a range of issues, from the harm caused by toxic ingredients and nicotine exposure to how, with hardly any regulation, new nicotine and tobacco products are aggressively marketed to potential users, including children and adolescents.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Global status report on the public health response to dementia
Halfway into the implementation of the Global dementia action plan, the Global status report on the public health response to dementia takes stock of actions driven by Member States, WHO and civil society since the adoption of the global action plan, identifies barriers to its implementation especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlights areas where urgent, accelerated action is required.https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/...
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