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Newsletter - December 2022

Newsletter - December 2022

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Conference
  4. European Journal of Public Health
  5. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  6. Interesting news
  7. Upcoming courses and conferences
  8. Interesting publications
  9. European Commission news
  10. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  11. WHO news

1. Editorial

We are pleased to send you this last EUPHA newsletter edition of 2022, again filled with many interesting updates, activities and publications. We wish you a wonderful Christmas time and a good start of 2023. We look forward to a new year full of impactful collaborations, scientific advancements and international friendship in the field of public health!

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Marieke Verschuuren, Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

Welcoming EUPHA's new president-elect and secretary

A warm welcome to two new members of the EUPHA Executive Council: the new EUPHA President-elect, Dr Tit Albreht, and the new EUPHA Secretary, Prof Charles Agyemang. Both were elected at the EUPHA Governing Board meeting last month (November 2022) in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Albreht will serve as EUPHA President for the term 2024-2026. The EUPHA Executive Council is charged with the management of the association.

Dr. Tit Albreht, EUPHA President-elect

Prof. Charles Agyemang, EUPHA Secretary

Mental health in a digital world: how to ensure good mental health outcomes for vulnerable groups

EUPHA is actively participating in the Mental Health in All Policies Thematic Network of the Health Policy Platform, hosted by the European Commission and monitored by Mental Health Europe. The first webinar of this Thematic Network will be organised on 11 January, with the objective to share knowledge and experience related to concrete actions to maximise the opportunities and reduce the risks arising from digital technologies, in relation to mental health, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
Learn more and register

Upcoming webinars: Health information & environmental disasters and mental health.

In January a webinar will be organised by Sciensano, supported by EUPHA. The subject of the webinar is: The change in demand and consumption of health information. 
A second EUPHA powered webinar that is taking place at the end of January will be organised by the EUPHA Environment and health section. This webinar will focus on environmental disasters and mental health. 
Keep an eye on our webinars webpage for the date and more information. 

European Public Health Week 2023

Mark your calendars! From May 22 to 26 the next European Public Health Week will take place. 
The overarching theme is 'Public health: Global issues, local actions’. Each day of the week will have its own daily theme:

• Monday 22 May: Mental health for all 
• Tuesday 23 May: Diversity in health
• Wednesday 24 May: Access to care
• Thursday 25 May: Prevention and control of NCDs
• Friday 26 May: Global health emergencies and response


Do you want to receive the newest updates about the European Public Health Week? Subscribe for the EUPHW newsletter by sending us an e-mail:
We hope you will join the EUPHW 2023 as an event host, disseminator or participant!

 3. European Public Health Conference  EPH logo

Important dates to remember for the 16th European Public Health Conference 2023:

  • 1 February 2023 Abstract submission opens
  • 1 April 2023 Registration opens
  • 1 May 2023 Abstract submission closes

Please note that the certificate of attendance for the 15th European Public Health Conference, which took place last November in Berlin, can be downloaded until 31 March 2023.

4. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 32, Issue 6, December 2022

‘Disease X’—time to act now and prepare for the next pandemic threat 
Daniele Mipatrini, Chiara Montaldo, Barbara Bartolini, Giovanni Rezza, Sergio Iavicoli, Giuseppe Ippolito, Alimuddin Zumla, Eskild Petersen
Choosing not to look: not a solution 
Rosemary Frasso

An overview of Personalized Medicine landscape and policies in the European Union 
F Beccia, I Hoxhaj, C Castagna, T Strohäker, C Cadeddu, Walter Ricciardi, S Boccia 
Is rare cancer care organized at national health system level? Multiple case study in six EU countries 
Joan Prades, Annalisa Trama, Paolo G Casali, Jean-Francois Emile, Nathalie Gaspar, Ramunas Janavicius, Rasa Jančiauskien

Psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diagnoses in adolescence and adulthood over-indebtedness among Finns born in 1987 
Aapo HiilamoMarkus Keski-SänttiSami PirkolaTea LallukkaAntti Kääriälä
Moderators of an intervention on emotional and behavioural problems: household- and school-level parental education 
Nil Horoz, J Marieke Buil, Susanne Koot, Frank J van Lenthe, Tanja A J Houweling, Joost Oude Groeniger, Hans M Koot, Pol A C van Lier
Mental wellbeing among Danish employees during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a longitudinal study on the role of industry and working environment 
Maj Britt Dahl Nielsen, Ola Ekholm, Sanne Pagh Møller, Annette Kjær Ersbøll, Ziggi Ivan Santini, Morten Klöcker Grønbæk, Lau Caspar Thygesen
Mental health by native–immigrant intermarriage in Sweden: a register-based retrospective cohort study 
Helena HonkaniemiSol Pía JuárezMikael Rostila

Association of METS-IR with incident hypertension in non-overweight adults based on a cohort study in Northeastern China 
Chengyin Xu, Guirong Song, Dongmei Hu, Guorong Li, Qigui Liu, Xiao Tang
Cardiovascular mortality trends in Switzerland 1995–2018 
Lisa SorrentinoArnaud ChioleroCristian Carmeli

A modifiable factors-based model for detecting inactive individuals: are the European assessment tools fit for purpose? 
X Mayo, E Iglesias-Soler, G Liguori, R J Copeland, I Clavel, F del Villar, A Jimenez
Does it fit better? Measures of physical activity among adolescents in relation to health indicators 
Viktoryia KarchynskayaJaroslava KopcakovaAndrea Madarasova GeckovaAndrea F de WinterSijmen A Reijneveld

Price minimizing behaviours by smokers in Europe (2006–20): evidence from the International Tobacco Control Project 
Cloé Geboers, Gera E Nagelhout, Hein de Vries, Math J J M Candel, Pete Driezen, Ute Mons, Raphaël Andler, Geoffrey T Fong, Marc C Willemsen
Trends in smoking-attributable mortality in Spain: 1990–2018 
Julia Rey-Brandariz, Mónica Pérez-Ríos, María Isolina Santiago-Pérez, Iñaki Galán, Anna Schiaffino, Leonor Varela-Lema, Agustín Montes, María Esther López-Vizcaíno, Alexandra Giraldo-Osorio, Cristina Candal-Pedreira, Alberto Ruano-Ravina

Disentangling the association between alcohol consumption and employment status: causation, selection or confounding? 
Lluís Mangot-SalaNynke SmidtAart C Liefbroer
Parental alcohol and drug abuse and offspring mortality by age 10: a population-based register study 
Venla Berg, Ralf Kuja-Halkola, Lotfi Khemiri, Henrik Larsson, Paul Lichtenstein, Antti Latvala
Evidence of the emergence of illicit benzodiazepines from online drug forums 
Abeed Sarker, Mohammed Ali Al-Garadi, Yao Ge, Nisha Nataraj, Londell McGlone, Christopher M Jones, Steven A Sumner

DM management in HIV patients: the adoption of population health management to transform the chronic management of HIV 
Guglielmo Pacileo, Verdiana Morando, Helen Banks, Lucia Ferrara, Annamaria Cattelan, Roberto Luzzati, Vinicio Manfrin, Valeria Domenica Tozzi
Measles cases in Split-Dalmatia County (a Croatian tourist region), in May–July 2019: outbreak report and lessons learnt 
Milka Brzovic, Katija Barac Juretic, Anamarija Jurcev-Savicevic, Linda Mihojevic, Diana Nonkovic, Pero Rizvan, Matea Vujevic Petrovic, Marija Tonkic, Bernard Kaic, Andrea Babic-Erceg, Tatjana Vilibic-Cavlek, Jelena Ivancic-Jelecki

Body mass index in young men in Switzerland after the national shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a cross-sectional monitoring study at the population level since 2010 
Samuel Meili, Marek Brabec, Frank Rühli, Thomas W Buehrer, Nejla Gültekin, Zeno Stanga, Nicole Bender, Kaspar Staub, Emilie Reber 
The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air pollution in Europe and North America: a systematic review 
Maria BakolaIreri Hernandez CarballoEleni JelastopuluDavid Stuckler
A crisis like no other? Unmet needs in healthcare during the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis in Austria 
Andrea E SchmidtRicardo RodriguesCassandra SimmonsNadia Steiber
Media use and trust during the COVID-19 pandemic: evidence from eight cross-sectional surveys in Sweden 
Maike Winters, Olivia Biermann, Gustav Bohlin, Martin Bergman, Fredrik Brounéus, Zangin Zeebari, Helena Nordenstedt
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on incident cases of chronic diseases in Finland 
Katja WikströmMiika LinnaTiina Laatikainen
Electoral and religious correlates of COVID-19 vaccination rates in Dutch municipalities 
Alexandre Afonso, Fabio Votta

European Public Health News 
Maaike Droogers, Marie Guichardon, Marieke Verschuuren, Stella Kyriakides, Hans Henri P Kluge, Jarno Habicht, Ledia Lazeri, Alisa Ladyk-Bryzgalova, Roy Wadia, Rayyan Sabet-Parry, Alona Roshchenko, Jason Maurer, Anthony Staines, Floris Barnhoorn

5. Call for proposals, job opportunities

EHDS2Pilot project logo cropped

Call of interest for the External Advisory Board members for HealthData@EU pilot

The External Advisory Board will provide additional insight and expertise to the project activities, which covers the entire user journey for the European Health Data Space (EHDS), including data discovery (metadata standards), data access (regulatory and legal compliance), and data preparation and use (data interoperability and quality).

By participating in the HealthData@EU Pilot External Advisory Board, you will contribute in shaping the future European Health Data Space for secondary use and in ensuring that it is fit for purpose for all categories of stakeholders. Deadline for submission of applications: 13 January 2023. Read the full call in this PDF, here you will also find the application form.

Sciensano is looking for a data engineer

The EU Health Information System Unit of Sciensano - the Belgian Public health institute - (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health), is involved in international projects in health information including the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure (PHIRI), HealthyCloud and the European Health Data Space 2 pilot. These projects aim to facilitate and support data-driven research by sharing health information across European countries. In specific use cases federated research infrastructures are built and tested to allow federated analysis of data sets. Our newly created position of Data engineer will be responsible to carry out these use cases. Additionally, metadata catalogues are being built using standards. You would be responsible to build out the standards with a European team.

More information on the vacancy can be found here

6. Interesting news

Health at a Glance: Europe 2022

Health at a Glance: Europe 2022 marks the start of a new State of Health in the EU cycle – an initiative launched by the European Commission, in co-operation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, to assist EU Member States in improving the health of their citizens and the performance of their health systems. The report examines the key challenges European countries must address to develop stronger, more resilient health systems following the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a special focus on how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental and physical health. 
Read the report

Investing in health systems towards Universal Health Coverage: a compilation of resources by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies to help policy-makers ensure #healthforall

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is crucial to build health systems that ensure access to high quality services, protect against financial hardship, promote well-being of families and communities, strengthen resilience, and protect against public health crises.
Read more here.

Digital health service delivery in Europe: Lessons from the pandemic

Digital health service delivery solutions such as telehealth consultations and remote monitoring were rapidly implemented early in the COVID-19 pandemic as in-person service delivery was curtailed for infection control purposes. Previous seemingly insurmountable legal and financial barriers to implementation were swiftly overcome. However, there is now a need to take stock and ensure “emergency” fixes have been transformed into longer-term regulatory and payment mechanisms to consolidate progress. Which digital solutions have proven their worth? What have been the longer-term barriers and facilitators to implementation? What role do digital solutions have in recovery from the pandemic?
Watch the webinar of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies of 14 December here.

Perspectives on Paternalism and Public Health

The Faculty of Public Health in collaboration with colleagues at the EUPHA Ethics in public health section and other partners have published a report on Perspectives on Paternalism and Public Health. The report is a collection of essays reflecting on the paternalism debate in public health practice and policy. 

Health System Summary for United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Poland and Bulgaria.

Health System Summaries that are published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies are stand-alone, concise documents summarising the main elements of a country’s health system in an engaging, policy-relevant way. They analyse core evidence and data on the organization, financing and delivery of health care. They also provide insights into key reforms and the varied challenges testing the performance of the health system.
Read the summaries here for United Kingdom, KyrgyzstanPoland and Bulgaria

How do countries' health sector contribute to the economy?

The “Health and the Economy: a series of country snapshots” series developed by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in collaboration with the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Financing share valuable evidence for policy-makers on how investing in health sectors and health systems helps to achieve national economic objectives. Lately, the country snap shots of Germany, Italy and Finland are published. The series can be found here.

7. Upcoming courses and conferences

Introduction to Health Economics and HTA - 3-Day Certified University Course
30 Jan 2023 - 1 Feb 2023 / Online
Organiser: UMIT Tirol

HMA/EMA multi-stakeholder workshop on shortages
1 Mar 2023 - 2 Mar 2023 / Amsterdam, Netherlands & online
Organiser: European Medicines Agency

9th European Conference on Tobacco or Health
26 Apr 2023 - 28 Apr 2023 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: Association of European Cancer Leagues ao

First European Regional Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
21 May 2023 - 24 May 2023 / Umeå, Sweden
Organiser: Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association and Umeå University

8. Interesting publications

The cost of inaction on physical inactivity to public health-care systems: a population-attributable fraction analysis

The Lancet Global Health | Article | 5 December 2022
In this paper, authors aimed to estimate the public health-care costs associated with diseases because of physical inactivity, which will help policy makers to prioritise investment in policy actions to promote and enable more people to be more active.
Learn more 

Between rules and resistance: moving public health emergency responses beyond fear, racism and greed

The BMJ Global Health | Analysis | 5 December 2022
In times of a public health emergency, lawyers and ethicists play a key role in ensuring that government responses, such as travel restrictions, are both legally and ethically justified. [...] With a new pandemic treaty and amendments to the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) on the near-term horizon, ethics and international law are at a key inflection point in global health governance.
Learn more

Cross-border healthcare collaborations in Europe (2007-2017): Moving towards a European Health Union?

Health Policy | Article | December 2022
Cross-border health care (CBHC) collaborations, using EU funding, may represent a lever for local and regional policymakers by which to balance questions of access and quality of health care against economic concerns in health. An analysis of existing collaborations analyses CHBC against the three core dimensions of European Union health policy: fiscal policy, economic policy, or social cohesion policy. A literature review and a systematic analysis of online data bases on EU-funded CBHC collaborations for the period 2007–2017.  Learn more

After the four-year transition period: Is the European Union's Medical Device Regulation of 2017 likely to achieve its main goals?

Health Policy | Article | December 2022
Following a series of major scandals over the past two decades, the medical device industry is now undergoing a major regulatory change: the implementation of the European Union Medical Device Regulation (MDR) of 2017. After a transitional period of four years, the MDR became fully binding in May 2021. Although the medium- and long-term impacts of the MDR are still unclear, a range of scholars, health care professionals, and industry representatives have begun to publish early evidence and publicize their views on how the new regulation may impact free trade and patient safety.
Learn more

Population ageing and health financing: A method for forecasting two sides of the same coin

Health Policy | Article | December 2022
There is a perception that population ageing will have deleterious effects on future health financing sustainability. The authors propose a new method—the Population Ageing financial Sustainability gap for Health systems (or alternatively, the PASH)—to explore how changes in the population age mix will affect health expenditures and revenues. 
Learn more

Reimagining health systems as systems for health

The BMJ | Opinion | 16 December 2022
We can envision how health systems can move beyond being concentrated on treating illness. While continuing to provide health treatment services, health systems must be reimagined as “systems for health” by ensuring health security and encouraging healthy populations.
Learn more

EUPHA members' priorities - selection on health promotion

EUPHA’s member survey indicated that one of the public health priorities for our members is health promotion, in its broader sense. 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.

European Journal of Public Health | Article | November 2022
Development of a framework to guide research into policies promoting physical activity and healthy diets in the European context: the system-based Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) framework 
The Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) is a multidisciplinary Pan-European research consortium focussing on policies affecting dietary intake, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. This article describes the PEN framework itself and its development process.

The Lancet Public Health | Comment | October 2022
Lancet Migration European Regional Hub: Working together towards inclusive, evidence-based outcomes for promoting and protecting the health of migrants in the European Region
This comment acts as an introduction to a series focusing on ‘Migration and Health Inequities’ that will be published in collaboration with The Lancet Regional Health - Europe. This series will aim to build on the 2018 UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health recommendations and provide the European regional perspective five years after the publication of the Commission report.

The Lancet Child and Adolescent Public Health | Editorial | December 2022
Promoting physical activity in children and adolescents
"As countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with overstretched health systems and a tight fiscal budget, promotion of physical activity is a practical and cost-effective way to improve long-term population health and must be prioritised."

The BMC | Research | November 2022
Health promotion and disease prevention in the education of health professionals: a mapping of European educational programmes from 2019
This study aims to provide an overview of how various health professionals are currently trained in health promotion and disease prevention at different educational levels.

9. European Commission news

EU and African partners launch flagship initiative to enhance sexual and reproductive health and rights

European and African partners are joining forces to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Africa, particularly among adolescent girls and young women, to empower and enable them to reach their full potential. The initiative builds on a joint analysis of gaps, needs, and lessons learnt, and prioritises  areas where a regional perspective can complement global and country level investments, with a focus on three specific objectives:

  • Increase the implementation of continental and regional commitments on SRHR in the health and education sector
  • Improve the availability, affordability and acceptability of quality-assured SRHR goods for all, especially women and girls
  • Strengthen advocacy and accountability to ensure SRHR needs are met

Learn more

EU institutions agree on joint priorities for 2023 and 2024

A Joint Declaration on EU legislative priorities for 2023 and 2024 was signed on 15 December by the Presidents of Parliament, Council and Commission. Regarding health, priorities and work include :

  • Ensuring a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Continue building a European Health Union while respecting national competences
  • A proposal for a Regulation on the European Health Data Space
  • A revision of the pharmaceutical legislation 
  • A mental health initiative

Learn more

10. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 48, 01 December 2022

Rapid communication
Results of an interventional HIV testing programme in the context of a mpox (formerly monkeypox) vaccination campaign in Latium Region, Italy, August to October 2022
Mpox (formerly monkeypox) in women: epidemiological features and clinical characteristics of mpox cases in Spain, April to November 2022
Severe mpox (formerly monkeypox) disease in five patients after recent vaccination with MVA-BN vaccine, Belgium, July to October 2022
Nosocomial outbreak of vancomycin-resistant  (VRE) ST796, Switzerland, 2017 to 2020
National medical specialty guidelines of HIV indicator conditions in Europe lack adequate HIV testing recommendations: a systematic guideline review
A framework for measuring timeliness in the outbreak response path: lessons learned from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) epidemic, September 2012 to January 201

Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 49, 08 December 2022

An unusual outbreak in the Netherlands: community-onset impetigo caused by a meticillin-resistant  with additional resistance to fusidic acid, June 2018 to January 2020
Sentinel surveillance and epidemiology of  in Denmark, 2016 to 2019
Finding of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacterales in wild game meat originating from several European countries: predominance of  producing CTX-M-1, November 2021
The World Health Organization’s public health intelligence activities during the COVID-19 pandemic response, December 2019 to December 202

Eurosurveillance - Volume 27, Issue 50, 15 December 2022

Rapid communication
Increase in NDM-1 and NDM-1/OXA-48-producing  in Germany associated with the war in Ukraine, 2022
Multidrug-resistant organisms in patients from Ukraine in the Netherlands, March to August 2022
Ceftriaxone-resistant, multidrug-resistant  with a novel mosaic  gene, France, June 2022
Outcomes of post-exposure vaccination by modified vaccinia Ankara to prevent mpox (formerly monkeypox): a retrospective observational study in Lyon, France, June to August 2022
Hepatitis C time trends in reported cases and estimates of the hidden population born before 1965, Denmark and Sweden, 1990 to 2020
Job vacancies at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

11. WHO news

WHO calls on countries to close gaps in health coverage for people affected by conflict and low-income households

As the European Region grapples with war, a cost-of-living crisis and rising energy costs, WHO/Europe urges countries to heed the lessons from the 2008 financial crisis, step up public spending on health and give priority to protecting the people most in need, which is now more important than ever. 
Read more

Health for all: Meeting the needs of children and adolescents through enabling policies

“Supporting nutrition, education and access to health services, while preventing violence and injury are all essential to the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents throughout this region, and the world” said Zhanar Kalmakova, the Acting Board Chairperson at the National Center for Public Health of Kazakhstan. The Government of Kazakhstan has taken recent and purposeful steps to ensure that children and adolescents have universal access to health coverage, including important sexual and reproductive health services.
Read more

WHO Pan-European Coalition paves the way for a new direction in mental health and well-being

The meeting held on 23-24 November revealed that the WHO European Region has innumerable resources and tools available for supporting mental health and well-being, but that they require greater investment and adaptation to specific local contexts. The focus of the Coalition in the new year will be on shining a light on these resources and tools, including by systematically mapping existing mental health-related policies and evidence-based tools in the Region.
Read more

Participatory health research with migrants: a country implementation guide

This country implementation guide identifies key issues in regard to migrants’ involvement in health research. It offers evidence for adopting a participatory health research approach for meaningful, rather than tokenistic, involvement. 
Read more

The need for rehabilitation services in the WHO European Region

Rehabilitation aims to optimise functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment. It is a cost-effective service that anyone may need at some point in their lives. From the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2019 dataset, this report describes the need for rehabilitation services in the WHO European Region. 
Read more

The WHO European framework for action to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities 2022-2030

The WHO European framework for action to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities 2022–2030, with its accompanying Resolution, was adopted by all 53 Member States in September 2022. It is expected to have a significant impact on the health and well-being of all in the Region, and especially persons with disabilities, as it will advance inclusive health systems across the Region. 
Learn more

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