|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - October 2021
Welcome to the October newsletter, where you can find information on what is going on in European public health. In 2 weeks' time, we will be able to virtually meet many of you at the European public health conference. The programme of the conference is very broad and all major topics in public health are on the agenda. Obviously, COVID-19 remains a priority and the syndemic nature of this pandemic will be discussed every day of the conference.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
Feedback to the Commission consultation on the review of the General Product Safety Directive
On October 4th, EUPHA and the EUPHA Injury prevention and safety promotion section provided feedback to the European Commission's public consultation on the General Product Safety Directive. In short, key considerations in relation to standards and monitoring mechanisms for harmonized market surveillance ought to be examined in the context of public health and safety, with emphasis on substance removal/product recall.https://eupha.org/repository/Feedback%20...
EUPHA co-signs a joint statement supporting the new WHO air quality guidelines
EUPHA co-signed the joint statement of the European Respiratory Society supporting the new WHO air quality guidelines. Signed by more than a hundred partners, the statement urges policymakers to:
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.
3. European Public Health Conference
14TH EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, 10 - 12 NOVEMBER 2021 – VIRTUAL EDITION
PUBLIC HEALTH FUTURES IN A CHANGING WORLD
PLENARY PROGRAMME UPDATE
In the other plenary sessions we examine other current and pressing challenges affecting the future of our discipline and our planet. Read more about the theme and plenary sessions here.
Collaborating to combat COVID-19: how do we protect more of the global population?
EU4Health Programme – a vision for a healthier European Union
REGISTRATION BENEFITS FOR EUPHA MEMBERS
4. EUPHA members update
Swiss Public Health Doctors
We are very happy to welcome the Swiss Public Health Doctors as a new full member of EUPHA.
2021 Congress of the French Society of Public Health - Acting in times of uncertainty and controversy, what has public health learned?
Earlier this October, the French Society of Public Health organised, in-person, its biannual Congress of public health, two years after Marseille. EUPHA jumped on this opportunity to meet with the French public health community, and to strengthen its ties with one if its oldest members. This congress gathered around 800 public health professionals from various horizons, such as sociology, history, architecture and of course, healthcare. Health activists were also represented, showcasing their work in patient advocacy but also prevention and health promotion. This interdisciplinarity was welcome, and the central position of public health outside of medical facilities was discussed at several occasions.
Congratulations to the French Society for this Congress! We encourage all national public health associations to keep organising conferences gathering their national communities. We unfortunately do not speak enough languages at the office to attend them all, but do let us know when you organise one, so we can pass on the information, and highlight your work.
5. European Journal of Public Health
Volume 31, Issue 4, August 2021
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
The softer they fall: a natural experiment examining the health effects of job loss before and after Fornero’s unemployment benefit reforms in Italy
Neighbourhood characteristics and children’s oral health: a multilevel population-based cohort study
Low birth weight and its associated biopsychosocial factors over a 19-year period: findings from a national cohort study
Household food spending, parental and childhood’s diet quality, in financial crisis: a cross-sectional study in Greece
Gender differences in the association between physical activity and obesity in adults with vision and hearing losses
European Public Health News
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Policy and Knowledge Officer – Health, Digitalisation & Environment
EU Research Projects Coordinaton
European Food Information Council (EUFIC) Internship Programme
EU Action Grants
Action grants to support actions to improve access to human papillomavirus vaccination
Action grants for the initiative ‘HealthyLifestyle4All’: promotion of healthy lifestyles
Action grants to support implementation of best practices on the ground with direct impact on the effort to tackle mental health challenges during COVID-19
Action grants to support the implementation of best practices in community-based services for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections
Action grants supporting training activities, implementation, and best practices
Action grants boosting cancer prevention through the use of the European Code against Cancer and other concerted actions
7. Interesting news
WHO: Covid will be a 'dual pandemic' - physical and mental
EU Observer | Interview | 1 October 2021
PHIRI project - October newsletter
In this newsletter's issue, you will find the last updates and activities of the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure project; interesting news; publications; and events to come.https://mailchi.mp/8c8ef94459c0/phiri-ne...
A healthy future - tackling climate change mitigation and human health together
The Royal Society, Academy of Medical Sciences | Report | 14 October 2021
How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall
The Atlantic | 23 October 2021
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law addresses some of the most critical issues facing scholars, legislators, and judges today: how to protect against threats to public health that can quickly cross national borders, how to ensure access to affordable health care, and how to regulate the pharmaceutical industry, among many others.
Questionnaire: Learning needs of frontline health workers in the EU/EEA countries in vaccinology and in discussing vaccine acceptance and uptake with patients
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has commissioned the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) to conduct a training needs assessment in the areas of vaccinology and vaccine acceptance with the aim of collecting information useful to develop training courses on these topics. This assessment targets frontline health workers and public health professionals involved in immunisation programmes in EU/EEA. It is a web-based questionnaire and includes questions on knowledge, learning needs, and attendance to existing courses in the areas of vaccinology and vaccine acceptance including COVID-19.
ASPHER on behalf of ECDC invites European frontline health workers and public health professionals involved in immunisation to participate by completing an online survey. The survey is implemented in Survey Monkey and it takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, no personal data will be collected.
We would like to ask for your support in disseminating the questionnaire to your network and colleagues who are involved in immunisation programmes. You can find the information about the project, background and the survey (including the survey link that can be accessed only once) in the attached document. You are also welcome to complete the survey yourself.
Please note that the survey will be opened for 4 weeks until Tuesday 23rd of November.
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
Pandemic-related racial discrimination and its health impact among non-Indigenous racially minoritized peoples in high-income contexts: a systematic review
Health Promotion International | 1 October 2021
Impact of the European Union on access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries: A scoping review
The Lancet Regional Health Europe | Series review | October 2021
Climate change and infectious disease in Europe: Impact, projection and adaptation
The Lancet Regional Health Europe | Series review | October 2021
Health risks of extreme heat
The BMJ | Editorial | 7 October 2021
The health impact of the Triple Challenge of Brexit, COVID-19 and climate change on Food Security in Wales
Public Health Wales’ WHO CC Directorate on ‘Investment for Health and Well-being’ have published a Spotlight Paper which looks at the Triple Challenge of Brexit, COVID-19 and climate change on Food Security in Wales today.
Implementation of non-communicable disease policies from 2015 to 2020: a geopolitical analysis of 194 countries
The Lancet Global Health | Article | October 2021
Intersectorality and health: a glossary
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | Glossary | 27 October 2021
Tobacco industry strategies for flavour capsule cigarettes: analysis of patents and internal industry documents
Tobacco Control | Original Research | 5 October 2021
How to capture the individual and societal impacts of syndemics: the lived experience of COVID-19
The BMJ Global Health | Commentary | 27 October 2021
10. European Commission news
Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates
The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion and eutrophication.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
2021 EU Health Award: Cancer Prevention and Mental Health
Within the general context of the EU Health Policy Platform, the European Commission launched the 2021 EU Health Award on the following two topics:
Initiatives could include actions raising awareness, tackling prejudice and/or stigma, bridging or complementing service gaps and/or delays that have arisen from disrupted mental health service provision as a consequence of the pandemic, among others.
Statement by President von der Leyen on vaccine exportshttps://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Supporting the mental health of the health workforce and other essential workers
The Independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health has published an opinion on how to support the mental health of the health workforce and other essential workers. The opinion identifies the specific factors that influence health workers’ mental wellbeing and other essential workers, describes the characteristics of effective or promising interventions, and elaborates on the necessary preconditions to ensure the efficient delivery of these interventions across healthcare settings.https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/defaul...
Opening Keynote Speech by Commissioner Kyriakides to the 2021 World Cancer Leaders' Summit
At the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides presented Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, calling it one of the founding pillars of the European Health Union, and providing examples of how the plan is inclusive, comprehensive and innovative. She added: "Working in tandem with the new Mission on Cancer, the Cancer Plan will deliver results in research, innovation and digitalisation for broad use."https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissi...
European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19
Delivering on a key action from the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics, the Commission has established on October 22 a portfolio of 10 potential COVID-19 therapeutics. The list established is based on independent scientific advice, and focuses on COVID-19 treatment candidates that are likely to be authorised and therefore available on the European market soon.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Statement by International Senior Scientific Advisers Ahead of COP26
On 28 October, the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission, together with 37 International Senior Scientific Advisers from around the globe, released a joint statement ahead of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference COP26, calling world leaders to take action for successfully mitigating climate changes and protect our planet.
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 40, 07 October 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 41, 14 October 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 42, 21 October 2021
12. WHO news
WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk
“This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”https://www.who.int/news/item/06-10-2021...
WHO Announces Proposed Members of its Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO)
Following a public call for experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). The SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2.https://www.who.int/news/item/13-10-2021...
COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health
The 10 recommendations in the COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health propose a set of priority actions from the global health community to governments and policy makers, calling on them to act with urgency on the current climate and health crises.
Making diets environmentally friendly: Nordic countries lead the way
People need to know how to eat healthily, but also how to make their diets more climate-friendly. For the first time ever, this important idea will be reflected in the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) for 2022.
WHO assessment shows sexual and reproductive health must be given higher priority to achieve health for all
WHO country assessments on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health from Albania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova and Romania show that several areas and interventions are lagging behind on the path to universal health coverage (UHC).https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for breast cancer
WHO recommends the following best-buy policies as cost-effective ways to reduce alcohol consumption levels and bring down the number of cancer cases caused by alcohol use:
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