|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2022
At the start of Spring, it is our pleasure to send you the March newsletter. As you can see under EUPHA update, our sections continue organising interesting webinars. Don't miss the opportunity increase your knowledge by participating in these - free of charge - webinars. The organisation of the 4th edition of the European Public Health Week is going smoothly and you can now upload your events.
As the Russian invasion of the Ukraine continues, it is important that we stand strong together as European public health professionals.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA is looking for an Executive Director - deadline for application: 15 April
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.
Click here for the job add.
EHDS2 Pilot - European Health Data Space
EUPHA has joined a large European consortium bringing together 9 national health data platforms, 2 EU agencies, 3 research infrastructures and one association in applying for a European Commission’s call for projects to set up a test version of European Health Data Space (EHDS). The pilot aims to achieve major breakthroughs on European policies on secondary use of health data for research, innovation and healthcare systems improvements purposes.
EUPHA Webinar 6 April: Healthcare workers walking the trans-sectoral health and social care walk: how to improve integration?
Organised on Wednesday 6 April from 16:00 - 17:00 CET by the EUPHA Health workforce research section (EUPHA-HWR) and the Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, Department of Public Health, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Download the flyer here.
EUPHA Webinar 27 April: Building capacity for environmental health and climate action: engaging healthcare workers
Organised on Wednesday 27 April from 13:00 - 14:00 CET by the European Health Management Association, EUPHA Environment and health section (EUPHA-ENV) and EUPHA-HWR.
EUPHA Webinar 28 April: Migration, health and economics
Organised on Thursday 28 April from 13:00 - 15:00 CET by the EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority health section and its working group on the economic argument.
More information will follow.
EUPHA Webinar 4 May: Qualitative research: Tools for understanding community needs and amplifying voices
Organised on Wednesday 4 May from 15:00 - 16:00 CET by EUPHA Public health epidemiology section.
Download the flyer here.
EUPHA Webinar 11 May: The contribution of labour market to health workforce policy development
Organised on Wednesday 11 May from 13:00 - 14:00 CET by the EUPHA Health workforce research section and WHO HQ, Unit Head, Health Labour Market, Health Workforce Department.
Download the flyer here.
EUPHA replies to European Commission's public consultation on Food labelling - revision of rules on information provided to consumers for alcoholic beverages
In June 2021, the European Commission opened a public consultation for stakeholders to provide input on food labelling - revision of rules on information provided to consumers for alcoholic beverages. EUPHA and the EUPHA Law and public health section (EUPHA-LAW) provided an extensive response.
The RIVER-EU project calls for ensuring equitable access to vaccines for people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine
Key message of the statement: Over two million people have fled Ukraine already. Whenever large groups of people are on the move, it is time to strengthen health systems and vaccine protection – both in the host country as well as among those who may have lost touch with their support system back home. Ensuring equitable access to vaccines, including COVID vaccines, routine childhood vaccines and life-course vaccination to displaced persons must be a key public health priority.
EUPHA participates in a candidate consortium to test a first version of the European Health Data Space
This candidate consortium brings together health data infrastructures, EU agencies, an ERIC, research infrastructures, and associations to build and test a first version of the EHDS. It intends to convey major breakthroughs on European policies for secondary use, research, innovation and healthcare system improvement purposes.
3. European Public Health Week
European Public Health Week update March
The European Public Health Week is from May 16-20. Get involved!
Host an event, help us spread the word as a disseminator or join the event(s) as a participant.
4. European Public Health Conference
15TH EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, 9 - 12 NOVEMBER 2022 - STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS: IMPROVING POPULATION HEALTH AND BEING PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED.
REGISTRATION OPENS 1 APRIL WITH BENEFITS FOR EUPHA MEMBERS
Registration for the in-person 15th EPH Conference opens 1 April 2022. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Meet your colleagues at the largest public health event in Europe during four fully packed conference days. EUPHA members and delegates from Germany pay € 670 before 1 September, non-members € 760, Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries pay € 400 (all including VAT). More information here
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS OPEN UNTIL 1 MAY
Abstract submission for the 15th EPH Conference 2022 is open until 1 May 2022. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations and E-posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and early career professional’s presentation. Abstracts do not have to be confined to the conference theme but can cover any aspect of public health. Check the submission topics here.
Accepted abstracts are published in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognised for your hard work. More information on our website.
ABSTRACT MENTORING PROGRAMME
Do you need any help in writing your abstracts? EPH Conference and EUPHAnxt offer an Abstract Mentoring Programme providing an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. The programme is for researchers who have limited access to colleagues to ask for guidance and comments on their proposed abstracts. More information on our website.
WELCOME TO BERLIN 2022
The 15th EPH Conference in Berlin will be the first EPH Conference since Marseille 2019 to take place live and in person from 9 – 12 November. With the steady return to 'normal' life across Europe, we are increasingly confident that we can actually host an in person conference in Berlin in November. Many countries in Europe are ending their COVID-19 restrictions and Germany is following as of 1 April. We will keep our fingers crossed in the upcoming months and closely watch government guidelines relating to COVID-19 measures in the run-up to the event. We will make all delegates aware prior to coming of any measures that are in place. This could include social distancing, testing, or showing your vaccination status before entering the venue. Current measures in Berlin can be followed in detail on the websites of VisitBerlin and the State of Berlin.
THEME AND PROGRAMME
The theme of the in person 15th EPH Conference 2022 will be ‘Strengthening health systems: improving population health and being prepared for the unexpected’. In the past years, we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that infectious diseases know no boundaries. Although we have seen the successful development of vaccines, we have also seen with the spread of the Delta and Omicron variants around the globe that these vaccines have not yet been available to everyone. At the conference, we want to explore ways how the public health community can bring about better population health. How can Europe take a more active role in global health? Europe must use its knowledge and influence to balance out market forces, expand regulatory oversight and create socially responsible systems for health, especially when it comes to the distribution of vaccines and essential medicines. More information here.
The 15th EPH Conference will be held in the hub27 Berlin, part of Messe Berlin. Hub27 is a modern, multifunctional conference centre with ample room for networking and meeting colleagues. It is easily accessed by U-Bahn and S-Bahn from all parts of Berlin. You can reach Berlin by train from everywhere in Europe. Long-distance high-speed trains arrive at and depart from the Hauptbahnhof. Flights to and from the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER), 20 km from the city center.
5. EUPHA members update
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 join to express our gratitude to everyone in the public health community who tirelessly committed time and energy to combat COVID-19.
6. European Journal of Public Health
Advance Articles - March 2022
Psychosocial workplace factors and alcohol-related morbidity: a prospective study of 3 million Swedish workers
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Call for application: Observers for the National Health Observatory Luxembourg
The National Health Observatory is currently looking for national and international experts from various backgrounds, intervening in accordance with their expertise to define and to accompany the work of the Observatory and to guarantee its scientific quality.
9 areas of expertise are sought (one full member and one substitute member for each area of expertise):
The National Health Observatory is a newly created administration, whose mission is to improve the knowledge on the state of health of the population, to contribute to the identification of public health priorities and to improve the quality and efficiency of the health system. The administration is placed under the authority of the Minister of Health.
Delphi study aiming to define the main and most consensual indicators to assess the quality of primary health care delivery
Health indicators are essential to assess, compare and improve the quality of health care services. The lack of a validated and common list of indicators hinders the benefits from these tools to guide strategies for the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases.
Call for Application - Country-specific analyses in the context of the of the COVID-19 crisis
The Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) invites applications to conduct country-specific analyses for the Horizon2020 project Pan-European Response to the ImpactS of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics (PERISCOPE) in work package 3. The goal of work package 3 is to shed light on the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on health systems and to identify successful short-term and long-term strategies to contain such effects.
European Patients Forum is recruiting a Head of Governance, Membership and Capacity Building (Maternity cover)
EPF is the umbrella organisation of patient organisations across the EU and a driving force to advance patient empowerment and involvement in EU health policy debates.
8. Interesting news
Explained: How climate affects health
Wellcome Trust | Explainer | 22 March 222
Rapid Evidence Service review
The Canadian National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) has partnered with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) to develop a report on physical activity as a preventive measure against cancer. This report has informed a new online resource released by CPAC: Physical activity and cancer in Canada - Policy actions to get people in Canada active (https://www.partnershipagainstcancer.ca/topics/physical-activity-policies/).
Antimicrobial Resistance in the EU/EEA - A One Health response
ECDC, EFSA, EMA, OECD | Report | 7 March 2022
Proposing a classification of the health consequences of the war in Ukraine is the first step to address them
The BMJ | Rapid Response | March 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.https://eupha.org/repository/EUPHA_newsl...
Call for good practices by the AMR Stakeholder Network
EPHA | Report | 8 March 2022
Only a public health approach can tackle the harm done by gambling
The Guardian | Letter | 16 March 2022
SDG Alliance, MEPs for Agenda 2030
The SDG Alliance is an informal group of like-minded MEPs from different committees and political groups across the European Parliament. The group seeks to monitor key legislative files in the European Parliament to identify opportunities to integrate the sustainable perspective and raise awareness of Agenda 2030 amongst political groups and committees across the Parliament. One core objective of the Alliance is to secure the publication of an annual own-initiative report on the implementation of SDGs in the EU, being the first one currently in the drafting stage.https://www.sdgwatcheurope.org/sdg-allia...
OECD to Exclude the Tobacco Industry
STOP | Open Letter | 9 March 2022
Mental Health Europe publishes Slovenian Presidency Scorecard
Mental Health Europe | 10 March 2022
PHIRI Rapid Exchange Forum - Health screening for refugees from Ukraine
At the latest PHIRI Rapid Exchange Forum on March 14th, participants answered three questions on health screening for refugees from Ukraine. In this one hour meeting organized every two weeks, the participants belonging to European public health institutes, Ministry of Health or Research and universities answer and discuss the experiences in their own countries on specific questions related to COVID-19 measures submitted until 24 hours prior the start of the meeting.https://www.healthinformationportal.eu/s...
The 2020 European Union report on pesticide residues in food
European Food Safety Authority | Scientific Report | 30 March 2022
Climate Change and Health in European Cities: Urban Adaptation Map Viewer
European Climate and Health Observatory | Data | March 2022
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
ONE HEALTH - Monographs of scientific conferences of Academy Medical Sciences of Serbian Medical Society
The monograph “One Health” is the result of the work of a group of experts involved in the concept of One Health, i.e., the cooperation of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Society and the One Health Association of Serbia. A number of doctors, veterinarians, biologists and experts in other specialties participated in the preparation of the monograph. Together, presenting various topics, they emphasised that caring for the health of people, animals and environment is very important for the future and life on our planet.
Primary Care and Covid-19
Primary Health Care Research & Development | Special issue | March 2022https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/...
Association between long-term exposure to air pollution and immune-mediated diseases: a population-based cohort study
RMD Open | Original Research | 15 March 2022
Meeting the health challenges of displaced populations from Ukraine
The Lancet | Comment | 11 March 2022
COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among undocumented migrants during the early phase of the vaccination campaign: a multicentric cross-sectional study
The objective of this multicentric study conducted in the early phase of COVID-19 immunisation programmes was to explore undocumented migrants’ hesitancy about COVID-19 vaccine.http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/...
Action on patient safety can reduce health inequalities
The BMJ | Analysis | 29 March 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic and war
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
R&D during public health emergencies: the value(s) of trust, governance and collaboration
The BMJ Global Health | Analysis | 28 March 2022
The ethical issues of the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare: a systematic scoping review
AI and Ethics | Review | 29 March 2022
Tobacco companies' exploitation of loopholes in the EU ban on menthol cigarettes: a case study from Denmark
Tobacco Control | Industry watch | 21 March 2022
11. European Commission news
EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa
On March 24th, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced they are strengthening their partnership to improve equitable access to safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
General government expenditure in the EU on health
Joint Research Centre | Statistics explained | 11 March 2021
Open Public Consultation- Final evaluation of the 3rd Health Programme 2014-2020
The Open Public Consultation, including a routing to a Targeted Stakeholder Survey, has been launched by DG SANTE to support the final evaluation of the 3rd Health Programme 2014-2020.
European Health Union: HERA call for representatives of civil society and industry to join its Civil Society Forum and Joint Industrial Cooperation Forum
The European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) invites representatives of civil society and industry to join its Civil Society Forum and Joint Industrial Cooperation Forum, two new expert groups of the HERA Advisory Forum. Both civil society and industry stakeholders are key to drive public-private collaboration and to detect and address market challenges and supply chain vulnerabilities in and outside the EU. Their presence in the expert groups will ensure that HERA's activities build further on their input and expertise.https://ec.europa.eu/health/latest-updat...
Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: EU Chief Scientific Advisors issue recommendations to improve and extend cancer screening programmes
On 2 March, the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors released a Scientific Opinion on cancer screening in Europe.
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 9, 03 March 2022
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 10, 10 March 2022
Operational public health considerations for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the context of Russia's aggression towards Ukraine
This operational document focuses on infectious disease vulnerabilities of those fleeing from Ukraine, and the associated requirements for infection prevention and control.
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 11, 17 March 2022
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 12, 24 March 2022
The European Union Summary Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2019-2020
Technical report | 29 March 2022
13. WHO news
One hundred million cases in one hundred weeks: working towards better COVID-19 outcomes in the WHO European Region (2022)
The trajectory of COVID-19 in the coming weeks, months, and year will be largely determined by the decisions and actions taken by individuals, communities and governments. With the support of Member States and partners at the global, regional, national, and community levels, WHO/Europe continues to work to reduce transmission across the European Region.
WHO released a new operational guide to promote COVID-19 vaccination uptake and tackle vaccine hesitancy among refugees and migrants
On 14th March 2022, WHO released Strengthening COVID-19 vaccine demand and uptake in refugees and migrants, a new operational guide aimed to promote COVID-19 vaccination uptake and tackle vaccine hesitancy among refugee and migrant populations through a range of strategies, actionable recommendations, and good practices for understanding and addressing barriers. The guide identifies seven priority areas for interventions for policymakers, planners, and all stakeholders responsible for COVID-19 vaccine rollout to these populations.https://www.who.int/news/item/14-03-2022...
Access to vaccination for refugees from Ukraine needed to protect the most vulnerable among them from vaccine-preventable diseases
Vaccination services are important to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission among people travelling or living in close quarters, to protect the refugees from diseases that may be circulating in the host country, and prevent any outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and polio.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
New WHO web-based knowledge hub unravels the myriad influences behind our health behaviours
The new WHO web-based knowledge hub of behavioural and cultural insights (WHO BCI-Hub) provides a one-stop-shop for those interested in the complex question of how our health is impacted by who we are, what we know and what we do. It also provides background on the barriers to and drivers of healthy behaviours and practices.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/it...
Taxes on sweetened drinks: WHO explains how to make them an effective health measure
Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can help countries fight noncommunicable diseases and make people healthier – but this measure can be more effective if taxes are developed in collaboration between health and finance authorities.
7 April 2022 - World Health Dayhttps://www.who.int/campaigns/world-heal...
85% of adolescent girls don't do enough physical activity: new WHO study calls for action
Adolescent girls are not getting enough physical activity. On World Obesity Day, WHO is focusing on this problem that is growing worldwide and can have serious effects on health and well-being. A new study into the ‘Barriers and Facilitators of Physical Activity Participation in Adolescent Girls’ brings good news – there are some clear steps to change this picture.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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