|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2023
At the start of spring, we are pleased to again present you a well-filled EUPHA newsletter. In this edition, you will find updates on various upcoming EUPHA activities. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the European Public Health Week, which will take place 22-26 May. Our team is working hard to equal last year's succes, with 254 events in 32 countries. We invite you to get involved, either as event host, disseminator or participant! Furthermore, you will find updates on many interesting publications and events in this newsletter, as well as the latest news from the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe.
We hope you will find this March edition of the EUPHA newsletter informative!
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Marieke Verschuuren, Executive Director
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA Statement on front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the European Union
In May 2020, the European Commission published its Farm to Fork Strategy, in which it committed to propose harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FoPNL) to empower consumers to make informed, healthy and sustainable food choices by the fourth quarter of 2022. EUPHA is concerned that the deadline that the Commission initially announced has now passed and there seems to be no formal indication of when its proposal is going to be published. Of the four FoPNL schemes considered in the inception impact assessment, Nutri-Score is the only one meeting the criteria for the success of an effective FoPNL scheme, as it is simple, graded and colour-coded. Its effectiveness in terms of its ability to attract consumers’ attention, be favourably perceived, be well understood and have an impact on nutritional quality of purchases has been well established. Given the burden of chronic diseases, preventive action is urgently needed. EUPHA therefore is calling for the Commission to move forward with the revisions it has committed to introduce by proposing legislation as a matter of urgency requiring food to be labelled with Nutri-Score on a mandatory basis across the EU.
Health City Institute
We are happy to anounce that the Health City Institute has joined us as an institutional member. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation.
Two new EUPHA section initiatives: Global health and Health literacy
The EUPHA Section Council and Executive Council will propose to the EUPHA Governing in Board in November this year to establish two new EUPHA sections, on Global health and Health literacy. EUPHA sections bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the same field for knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Webinar: 30 years of the Dutch Public Health Foresight Study- Lessons Learnt
April 14 - 11:00 - 12:00 CET
Webinar: Evidence-Based Public Health: The Contentious Interface Between Evidence and Public Health
Organised by: EUPHA-EPI, Stanford University, METRICS, Universita Cattolica sel Sacro Cuore
Call for poster abstracts - Conference on Strategic Litigation and Public Health
The conference is held 15-16 June 2023 at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street, L69 7ZR Liverpool, United Kingdom (in-person) and online.
Find more information here
3. European Public Health Week
We hope that you already made some room in your calendars for the fifth edition of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW), taking place between May 22nd and 26th.
The overarching topic of this year’s EUPHW is “Global issues, local actions”.
Monday to Friday, each day of the EUPHW has its own theme and a Daily partner. Themes shine more light on especially pertinent public health issues, while Daily partners support the EUPHW by developing and organising daily kick-off events.
Monday May 22nd - Mental health for all
Daily partner: The WHO Regional Office for Europe supported by Mental Health Europe and European Commission's DG SANTE
Tuesday May 23rd - Diversity in health
Daily partner: EUPHA supported by relevant organisations and individuals involved with the topic
Wednesday May 24th - Access to care
Daily partner: The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Thursday May 25th - Prevention and control of chronic diseases
Daily partner: The Association of European Cancer Leagues
Friday May 26th - Global health emergencies and response
Daily partner: The World Federation of Public Health Associations
Various EUPHA Sections will also be supporting our daily partners.
EUPHW is an excellent platform to promote your work, spotlight relevant topics and get everyone - from public health professionals to the general public - involved. Choose one - or more - out of three possible ways of getting involved and let's make a case for public health!
If you wish to receive the newest updates on the EUPHW, you can subscribe to our EUPHW newsletter by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
4. European Public Health Conference
16th EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, DUBLIN, IRELAND, 8 - 11 NOVEMBER 2023
OUR FOOD, OUR HEALTH, OUR EARTH: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR HUMANITY
Registration opens 1 April with benefits for EUPHA members
Registration for the 16th EPH Conference opens 1 April. At a time of high inflation, we are proud to have limited the increase of fees to a modest 3 to 5% across categories. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. EUPHA members and delegates from Ireland pay € 690 before 1 September, non-members € 775. Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries pay € 400 (no increase). All fees mentioned are including VAT. Read more.
Abstract submission is open
Abstract submission for the 16th EPH Conference 2023 in Dublin is open until 1 May, 18:00 CET. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations, pitch presentations and ePosters. All sessions will be 60 minutes. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognized for your hard work. Learn from each other and share your work with others. Read more.
Win a waiver for the next EPH Conference
Submit an abstract for Dublin 2023 and win a waiver for the next EPH Conference. Each year the EPH Conference offers a prize for the best single abstract. The prize is determined by the scoring of the EPH Conference International Scientific Committee. The winner will be awarded a certificate and waiver of registration fees for the next EPH Conference in Lisbon.
Take part in the ‘Ferenc Bojan Young Investigators Award’ Competition
The best five abstracts, submitted by young researchers (under 35y), will be presented in the Ferenc Bojan Young Investigators Award session. The Ferenc Bojan session is an oral session, but with a jury consisting of experienced researchers to select the best abstract/presentation combination. The winner will be awarded a certificate and waiver of registration fees for the next EPH Conference in Lisbon. Read more.
Abstract tutoring programme – Open until 9 April
Do you need help with your abstract? In collaboration with EUPHAnxt we provide an Abstract Tutoring Programme offering an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. Read more.
Theme and programme
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. Read more.
The 16th EPH Conference will be held in The Convention Centre Dublin. The CCD is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues. In 2021, the CCD secured ISO 20121 accreditation, which is a recognised international accreditation that demonstrates commitment to running sustainable events. With a structured approach addressing climate change, waste and biodiversity, The CCD is committed to achieving its sustainability vision. Read more.
5. EUPHA members update
SFSP celebrating 30 years!
Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP) - French Society for Public Health - is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This is celebrated with a new visual identity and numerous festivities. The SFSP annual general assembly meeting will take place 10 May. The celebrations will continue at the SFSP congress that is taking place 4-6 October this year.
6. European Journal of Public Health
Advance articles - March 2023
Externally oriented thinking style increases primary health care use in adolescence
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Postdoctoral opportunity IARC Environment and lifestyle epidemiology branch
International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO
8. Interesting news
Alzheimer Europe lunch debate
The Alzheimer Europe lunch debate focuses on dealing with behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) in dementia care.
Alzheimer Europe supports the rights and dignity of people with dementia with three new publications
The publications look at employment and social protection, at sex, gender and sexuality and at ethical communication.
Guidelines for the ethical and inclusive communication
Guide on sex, gender and sexuality in dementia
Webinar recording: Making Health for All Policies
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies organised a webinar on Making Health for all Policies.
Health investment benefits multiple sectors, new policy brief reveals
From employment and education to climate change and gender equality, ‘Health for All Policies’ allows much needed progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Investing in better health and health policies helps not only people’s health and health systems but also the policy objectives in other sectors and, ultimately, the economy and society as a whole.
Improving home care sustainability in Ireland: are user charges a promising option?
There are often concerns that population ageing will cause health and long-term care expenditures to grow uncontrollably. A key question facing decision-makers is what, if anything, can be done in response? In this report the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies considers whether user charges would improve the financial sustainability of home care in Ireland, a country which is ageing at a rate similar to other high income countries.
Czechia: health system review 2023
Czech life expectancy increasingly rose from 2000 until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and health behaviours remain an area of concern for overall population health.
HealthData@EU pilot project presents first high-level vision of the target architecture
In March 2023, the HealthData@EU Pilot project presented a first high-level vision of the target architecture of the Proof of concept phase and details the key steps to deliver the minimum viable product. See the two-pager here.
Transparency of social protection systems
A new report of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) highlights how countries have simplified and digitalised the access to social protection – but challenges remain, especially for vulnerable groups. Find the synthesis report and 35 national reports here.
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
The Rapid Growth of Mega-Journals - Threats and Opportunities
JAMA | 20 March
Trust and transformation: an agenda for creating resilient and sustainable health systems
BMJ | 20 March
This situation, in part, reflects and is exacerbating a crisis of trust. This is apparent in three important sets of relationships.
Work like a Doc: A comparison of regulations on residents' working hours in 14 high-income countries
Health Policy | April 2023
11. European Commission news
Study on bringing AMR medical countermeasures to the market
This report focuses upon the prospective roles and responsibilities of the European Union (EU); specifically in supporting new developments in the pipeline and ensuring access to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) brought to market. Survey respondents:
Study on the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, this study aims to support the work of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. Five areas in particular are analysed: the vaccination strategies of the EU and the Member States; vaccine effectiveness; the EU framework for crisis response; the EU's prevention and preparedness efforts for future health threats; and EU competences in public health. A series of recommendations are proposed based on the results. Find the study here.
Advancing regulatory science in the EU - mid-point report published
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a report summarising the mid-term achievements of its Regulatory Science Strategy (RSS) to 2025. The report provides an overview of the main deliverables achieved between March 2020 and December 2022 across the human and veterinary areas.
European Parliament's Public Health Subcommittee begins work
The constitutive meeting of Parliament's new subcommittee, established in February 2023, took place on 23 March. During the meeting, the new subcommittee on public health (SANT) elected MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz as Chair, as well as the four Vice-Chairs. The first ordinary meeting is planned for 20 April 2023, in Strasbourg.
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 9, 02 March 2023
Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 10, 09 March 2023
Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 11, 16 March 2023
Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 12, 23 March 2023
13. WHO news
WHO/Europe regional meeting on health and care workforce: Time to act
In the midst of an unprecedented crisis affecting millions of health workers in Europe and central Asia, WHO/Europe was hosting a high-level regional meeting on 22–23 March to galvanize government actions to support and protect all health and care workers. At the meeting there was the opportunity to undersign the Bucharest Declaration on health and care workforce that urges political action and commitment to strengthen the health workforce, outlining concrete steps to do so across several policy areas.
WHO Knowledge Sharing Platform
The objective of this platform is the collaborative construction of knowledge to build resilience to public health emergencies.Through peer to peer discussion and sharing of experiences, the platform is building a different way of understanding of the community health needs that will help us to design, define and develop programmes that address those needs. Based on this, a publication will be produced of case studies looking at the role that CSOs play which will be used to build partnership strategies for working together.
Is Primary Health Care a victim of its own success?
Josep Figueras takes part in the ‘Let’s Talk PHC’ talk show from the WHO European Centre for Primary Healthcare.
Unfinished business: the challenge of ending tuberculosis in the European Region
On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2023, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe are issuing a sobering warning that, despite having the tools to end TB, the European Region remains a long way from meeting its End TB Strategy targets of reducing TB incidence by 80% and TB deaths by 90% before 2030. The latest ECDC/WHO report on TB surveillance and monitoring shows that, despite an overall downward trend in the incidence of TB in the WHO European Region, the current rate of decline will not be sufficient to meet targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for ending the TB epidemic by 2030.
Childhood obesity: five facts about the WHO European Region
On World Obesity Day 2023 WHO/Europe highlights five trends concerning overweight and obesity among primary school-aged children in the European Region.
5 things to know about One Health in the WHO European Region
The concept of One Health is not new, but it has become more important in recent years. The approach – focusing on the connection between the health of people, animals and ecosystems – is here to stay, as we see a rise in zoonotic diseases (including COVID-19, avian influenza and mpox) in the WHO European Region. So what should we know about One Health? And how is WHO/Europe supporting countries across Europe and central Asia to put One Health into practice?
What is endometriosis?
During Endometriosis Awareness Month WHO/Euro presents a fact sheet.
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