|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - November 2022
While writing this editorial, we look back on an incredibly successful European Public Health Conference in Berlin. It was really wonderful to meet in-person with over 2,500 delegates and exchange the latest scientific insights for the entire scope of public health. You will find several outputs of the conference in this newsletter, among which interview blogs by the EUPHA conference fellows. Another item we would like to draw your attention to is the new European Journal of Public Health e-collection on health and health care for refugees and migrants, that was compiled as an advocacy tool for the current Czech EU Presidency. We hope that these items as well as all the other content of this November edition of the Newsletter are of interest to you!
2. EUPHA update
New section presidents
We welcome three new Section presidents to EUPHA.
Social security, work and health
Insights from the 15th European Public Health conference in Berlin, November 2022 - EUPHAnxt fellows' blogs
Dive deeper into some of the themes discussed at the 15th European Public Health (EPH) conference, held 9-12 November 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Through the EUPHAnxt fellowship programme, six fellows were given the opportunity to experience the EPH Conference. They had a full programme, including mentoring sessions with prominent public health experts in Europe. The fellows also interviewed speakers from their favourite sessions. Read the interview blogs here:
3. European Public Health Conference
15TH EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE BERLIN 2022
Certificate of attendance / accreditation
We hope you enjoyed the EPH Conference in Berlin and that the meetings with colleagues from Europe and beyond have given you renewed energy in your daily work. The 15th EPH Conference has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) with 26 European CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The Certificate is downloadable from your personal EPH Conference account. The Certificates are available until 1 April 2023.
Abstracts 15th EPH Conference
Abstracts of the 15th EPH Conference are published in the Abstract Supplement of the fully Open Access European Journal of Public Health (EJPH). Find the Abstract Supplement here.
Evaluation 15th EPH Conference
Take a few moments to evaluate the Berlin Conference. Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the conference and better meet your needs. All you need to do is to login to your EPH Conference account and give us a few minutes of your time.
16th European Public Health Conference Dublin 2023
The 16th EPH Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 8 – 11 November 2023. Theme of the EPH conference 2023 is: Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth : A Sustainable Future for Humanity. The conference will be held at the CCD, Dublin. Read more.
Abstract submission Dublin 2023
Abstract submission for the 16th EPH Conference is open from 1 February until 1 May 2023. The EPH Conference offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons. Abstracts are invited for workshops and single presentations in all areas of public health research, practice, policy and education. Abstracts are considered for workshops, oral, pitch and poster presentations. Do not miss the opportunity to share your work at the largest public health event in Europe. Check our website for any updates.
4. EUPHA members update
E-collection: Health and health care for refugees and migrants
It comes as no surprise that one of the priorities of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), which runs from July till December 2022, is “Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery”. Per capita, the Czech Republic is receiving the most refugees from Ukraine.
New full member: HASUDER - Association of Public Health Specialists of Turkiye
We welcome HASUDER - Association of Public Health Specialists of Turkiye to the EUPHA network. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation.
5. European Journal of Public Health
Advance articles - November 2022
Country differences in the cross-sectional associations between smoking and depressive symptoms in adolescence
E-Collection on Health and health care for refugees and migrants
This e-collection presents the evidence on access to care for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, which can be applied to the current context of the war in Ukraine. Based on the evidence from the collection of papers, we present possible courses of action to health policy makers in the EU.
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Associate Professor of Public Health Economics and Evaluations, Aarhus University, Denmark
Click here for more information.
EFPC is searching for a junior coordinator for 32 hours per week
The aim of the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) is to improve the health of the population by promoting strong Primary Care. This is done by advocating for Primary Care, by generating information and evidence on Primary Care and by exchanging information between the members of the Forum. EFPC was initiated in early 2005 by a group of interested parties from several countries. EFPC is based at NIVEL – the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Research coordinator at Interface Demography
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is looking for a candidate with proven research experience in social sciences, demography, social epidemiology, population statistics, social health sciences or another relevant discipline, to be responsible for coordinating the research program and supporting the research staff.
7. Interesting news
RESET Alcohol - A Global Alcohol Policy Initiative
This initiative is a collaboration between participating governments and leading global public health and alcohol policy organizations, that aims to reset the environment and reduce the health and social burden of alcohol. It puts proven policies, technical expertise and financial resources at the fingertips of governments who are ready to act towards a healthier, more prosperous future.
Health systems performance assessment takes centre stage among public health experts
Key take-aways and related resources from the sessions the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies led, co-led or participated in this year’s European Public Health Conference in Berlin. Read more here.
How can we assess the performance of our health systems to inform policymaking?
Recording of an online event by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies | 15 November
Does provider competition improve health care quality and efficiency?
Recording of an online event by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies | 22 November
Access to dental care - trends in service provision and reforming dental care coverage in Europe
Recording of an online event by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies | 29 November
The aim of this scoping review is to synthesise existing evidence on the positive effect of arts and cultural activities on health and well-being. This means the review is not limited to a few research questions but seeks to provide a clear indication of the volume of existing literature, the key concepts, focus points and the types of studies that exist. It also identifies knowledge gaps in the existing literature. Finally, it gathers policy recommendations and identifies challenges, further expanding the scope of the report beyond the proposed policy directions and specific policy measures.
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
The implications of population ageing for health financing in the Western Pacific Region: Exploring future scenarios and policy options for selected countries using the PASH Simulator
Read the publication here.
Multi-omics signatures of the human early life exposome
Nature | Article | 21 November 2022
Tobacco promotion restriction policies on social media
Tobacco control | Special communication | 3 November 2022
Health system performance assessment: A primer for policy-makers
Read the publication here.
Does provider competition improve health care quality and efficiency?: Expectations and evidence from Europe
Read the publication here.
Health systems in action: Armenia
The Health System in Action (HSiA) Insights are a set of short summaries that capture what is happening in non-EU Member States; highlight progress and challenges country by country; and provide context for the WHO/Europe’s European Programme of Work and its Roadmaps for Health and Wellbeing.
EUPHA members' priorities - selection on NCDs
EUPHA’s member survey indicated that one of the public health priorities for our members is non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory conditions and diabetes just to name a few. Therefore, we have compiled some recent and interesting articles relating to this research field, in addition to the usual interesting publication that we share in the newsletter.
Precision public health uses routinely collected real-world data on determinants of health to inform precision decision-making, interventions and policy based on social position, equity and disease risk, and continuously monitors outcomes – the right intervention for the right population at the right time. This scoping review aims to identify global exemplars of precision public health and the data sources and methods of their aggregation/application to NCD prevention.
"An overarching goal of diabetes education must be to better communicate to the general public their risk of diabetes, the seriousness of the condition, and the consequences of living with diabetes over the life-course. Crucial to achieving this aim, must be elimination of the stigma associated with having type 1 or type 2 diabetes that exists in so many places and cultures around the world. Only when stigma is truly banished, will people be receptive to diabetes education, embrace it, and benefit from all that it has to offer and can achieve."
Women are more likely to delay medical help-seeking for acute coronary symptoms. Understanding patients’ experience of the symptoms and their response is essential in improving help-seeking behaviors and timely diagnosis and treatment for ACS. This study aimed to explore women’s experience of ACS, their response to the symptoms, and treatment-seeking decisions.
The European Groundshot—addressing Europe’s cancer research challenges: a Lancet Oncology Commission highlights the need to pick up the pace on cancer research in Europe. Authors describe challenges for cancer research in Europe, including difficulties in implementation, poor infrastructure, and lack of real-world data. They also provide new analysis on disparities between and within countries in Europe in terms of survival, and research activity, output, and funding, advocating for a pan-European approach to overcome this issue.
The 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: towards a climate resilient future
The Lancet Public Health | Countdown | November 2022
A literature review exploring how health systems respond to acute shocks in fragile and conflict-affected countries
Conflict and Health | Review | 15 November 2022
10. European Commission news
High-level conference: Health Security in the EU
The high-level Conference on COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead to ensure a stronger EU Health Security Framework took place 22 and 23 November 2022 in Luxembourg. The Conference aimed to take stock of the pertinent lessons learned in public health since the beginning of the pandemic. The Conference presented a snapshot of what has been done and what still needs to be acted upon for the benefit of all Europeans for the creation of a strengthened EU health security framework and ensure a global impact. With the different approaches in place, Europe will be ready for the future scenarios that will come our way, and together we will be able to solidify the European Health Union and, in turn, global health security.
European Health Union: HERA secures up to 2 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine
On 17 November, the Commission's Health Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), has signed a Joint Procurement Framework contract with the company Bavarian Nordic, for the supply of up to 2 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine in the course of 2023 and 2024. This offers 14 participating countries the possibility to purchase doses to address their medium- and long-term needs and build stockpiles.
Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: entry into force of the ban on flavoured heated tobacco products
On 23 November, the Commission welcomed the entry into force of the ban on flavoured heated tobacco products. This ban responds to the significant increase of sales of these tobacco products across the EU. It will help achieve the goal set out in Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to create a ‘tobacco-free Generation', where less than 5 % of the population uses tobacco by 2040.
Commission recommends recognising COVID-19 as occupational disease in certain sectors and during a pandemic
On 28 November, the Commission adopted an updated Recommendation on occupational diseases. With it, the Commission recommends that Member States recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease if contracted by workers in disease prevention, in health and social care, in domiciliary assistance, or – during a pandemic – in other sectors where there is an outbreak and where a risk of infection has been proven.
EEA report - Climate change as a threat to health and well-being in Europe: focus on heat and infectious diseases
The report draws on the knowledge collated and developed for the European Climate and Health Observatory under its 2021-22 work plan, which has an explicit focus on high temperatures and climate-sensitive infectious diseases. The knowledge includes the set of indicators developed by the Lancet Countdown in Europe and the Copernicus Climate Change Service, case studies undertaken in various European countries, and national policy analyses.
Data on antimicrobial resistance (AMR): use of antibiotics in the EU decreases but more needs to be done
A pan-European survey on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) shows that half of Europeans still incorrectly believe that antibiotics kill viruses. At the same time, 23 % of respondents have taken antibiotics over the past year, the lowest figure since 2009 and clearly showing that the work of Member States and the Commission to help raise awareness among citizens on the risks of excessive use of antibiotics is paying off.
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 44, 03 November 2022
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 45, 10 November 2022
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 46, 17 November 2022
Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 47, 24 November 2022 Download the whole issue
12. WHO news
Use of nutrient profile models for nutrition and health policies: meeting report on the use of nutrient profile models in the WHO European Region
This report summarizes the proceedings of an expert meeting on use of nutrient profile models in the WHO European Region in September 2021, convened by the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, with proposed revisions to the regional nutrient profile model for restricting marketing of unhealthy foods and finalization of the baby food model, exploring use of nutrient profile models for front-of-pack labelling and the possibilities of applying nutrient profiling to health taxes on food and for healthy, sustainable diets.
Harnessing the power of partnerships at Europe's largest public health conference
This European Public Health Conference embodies the vision of delivering health for all through the power of partnership. There is great strength in the collaboration we represent,” said Dr Kluge in his keynote address. “Seeing you all gathered here, committed and determined to make a difference, I am filled with hope and optimism that the future for public health in Europe is bright.”
1 in 3 use antibiotics without prescription, WHO/Europe's study shows
Only two thirds of people in 14 countries in the WHO European Region, who took part in a recent survey, were able to say their last course of antibiotics was obtained with a medical prescription. 1 in 3 either used leftover antibiotics from a previous prescription or obtained them without a prescription over the counter from a pharmacy or elsewhere.
This is at least 3 times more than that reported among EU/EEA countries, in their most recent survey of citizens by the European Commission.
We expect change - clear message to decision-makers from Youth4Health
In Tirana, the European Youth Capital 2022, the first-ever WHO/Europe Youth4Health forum was all about youth health and well-being, and their engagement in decision-making.
Childhood obesity in European Region remains high: new WHO report presents latest country data
WHO/Europe has published a new Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) report, the fifth in a series measuring trends in overweight and obesity among primary school aged children since 2007. Childhood overweight and obesity still undermine health across the European Region. These conditions are linked to many noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – from cardiovascular diseases to diabetes and cancer. Today, 1 in 3 school-aged children in the Region are living with overweight or obesity, and the rates are increasing in many countries.
Noncommunicable disease facility-based monitoring guidance
WHO has developed the Noncommunicable disease facility-based monitoring guidance for NCD patient and programme monitoring, including a framework and parsimonious set of relevant, valid, and feasible standardized indicators to guide recording and reporting of health services data at the primary care level.
Health literacy development for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: Volume 1: Overview
This report provides a pragmatic approach to health literacy development for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). It provides new insights into what people know about NCDs and their risk factors, and these new insights reveal the mechanisms behind how people, communities, and organizations learn and can be supported to take action against NCDs, including their risk factors and determinants.
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