Cookies are used for the functionality of our web site. For more information
please see our Privacy policy or Ok thanks
The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2024

Newsletter - March 2024

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

1. Editorial

In 2024, EUPHA is committed to leading the way in addressing complex health challenges through innovative collaborations. With innovation as the central theme of the 17th EPH Conference in Lisbon, it underpins our actions throughout the year. Our participation in the WHO Europe Innovation Ecosystem meeting underscored our commitment to transformative health solutions. The inclusion of AVANS - Centre of Expertise Perspective in Health into our network broadens our research scope, highlighting the importance of broad health perspectives and technological advancements.

Innovation will also be a key topic during the European Public Health Week, with its main theme emphasizing health as a political choice and calling on stakeholders to prioritize health in policy discussions.

Together, we are dedicated to fostering a healthier Europe through innovative and collaborative efforts to make better political choices.

Warmest regards,

Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA President, and Charlotte Marchandise, Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

Creating a regional collaborative front for harnessing health innovations: WHO/Europe Innovation Ecosystem for Public Health meeting

President Iveta Nagyova represented EUPHA at this meeting. The WHO European Region is facing complex health challenges that require innovative and transformative approaches to meet the needs of the population. This need for thinking out of the box, and championing opportunities for innovation and technological advancements, is the backdrop of the WHO/Europe Innovation Ecosystem for Public Health meeting to be held in Copenhagen on 11–12 March. The event serves as a platform for stakeholders to collectively address pressing public health challenges through innovative approaches and emerging technologies. It presents a unique opportunity to inspire the innovation ecosystem community, including innovation centres and hubs, to collaborate with WHO and tackle the complex challenges facing the Region.
The event brought together decision-makers, public health experts, tech visionaries, and passionate individuals to tackle pressing health challenges with cutting-edge tools.
Read more here.
Add picture if Iveta sends.

New institutional member AVANS - Centre of Expertise Perspective in Health

EUPHA warmly welcomes our latest institutional member, AVANS - Centre of Expertise Perspective in Health, to our network. 
The Center of Expertise Perspective in Health conducts research in co-creation with partners in health, care and welfare and that addresses the perspectives of different types of people, different types of research and the influence of the living environment. The Centre’s research focusses around three pillars; Broad Health, One Health and Health Care and cross cutting approaches of Citizen Science and Data Technology & AI.

Meet the section: Public health monitoring and reporting

For the second instalment of our new Meet-the-Section newsletter feature, we asked our Public Health Monitoring and Reporting Section colleagues, Hanna, Heidi and Nienke to present the work of their Section:

Public health monitoring and reporting refers to the systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data related to population health indicators, risk factors, and health outcomes. The collected data is then used to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions, identify emerging health threats, and guide evidence-informed decision-making by policymakers, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders. Reporting is essential to inform the public, policymakers, and other relevant parties to improve public health outcomes.
The PHMR section focuses on advancing public health through promotion of data-driven policymaking, enhancing surveillance systems and health research infrastructures, fostering collaboration among public health professionals, and advocating for evidence-based interventions. PHMR facilitates knowledge exchange and capacity building in monitoring health trends, evaluating interventions, and disseminating findings to inform decision-making at local, national, and international levels. Additionally, PHMR actively engages with stakeholders to strengthen data infrastructure, improve data quality, and address emerging public health challenges.
Please join our section through the subscription link on the EUPHA website here, follow us on LinkedIn, and come to meet us at the EPH Conference during the join the network session and in a number of workshops and pre-conferences we will organize there.
Hanna Tolonen, Heidi Lyshol and Nienke Schutte, PHMR section President and VPs

Webinar: Surveillance bias of Cancer
April 25, 2024 - 16:00-17:00 CET

Organised by: EUPHA-CHR
Presenters: Dr Stefano Tancredi, MD, and Prof Arnaud Chiolero, MD PhDPopulation Health Laboratory, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Translating information from cancer surveillance indicators into practical actions is often challenging. One problem is surveillance bias, a bias that occurs when differences in surveillance indicators result from variations in screening and diagnosis practices rather than genuine differences in the risk of cancer or related outcomes. This bias is linked to the problem of overdiagnosis. In this webinar, we will illustrate the issue of surveillance bias of cancer using multiple examples and suggest potential approaches to address it.

Presenters’ Information: Dr. Stefano Tancredi, MD, and Prof. Arnaud Chiolero, MD, PhD, conduct epidemiological research on chronic diseases at the #PopHealthLab of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Stefano Tancredi is a PhD student at the #PopHealthLab. Prof. Chiolero is Full Professor of Public Health at the University of Fribourg, Adjunct Professor at the University of Berne, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Global and Population Health of McGill University.

Click here to register.

Keep an eye on the EUPHA webinar page here.

3. European Public Health Week

With important elections worldwide this year, including the 2024 European Parliament election and numerous presidential and parliamentary elections across Europe, the imperative to prioritise health on the political agenda has never been clearer.

What can you expect from the 2024 European Public Health Week (EUPHW)? Our overarching theme - "Health is a political choice!" - sets the stage for dynamic discussions that explore the intersection of politics and health, paving the way for sustainable change.

Commencing with our opening event on Monday, May 13th, at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in Brussels (with live online streaming), we start the discussion on how we can effectively integrate health considerations into political discourse. Each subsequent day will feature a distinct daily theme, ending in the final closing event in Brussels (streamed online) on Friday, May 17th.

Here's a glimpse of the daily themes:

How can you get involved? The possibilities are endless. Whether you choose to host an event, amplify our message, or participate actively, your contribution matters. There's a platform for every voice, from webinars and social media campaigns to workshops and exhibitions.

With the submission system now open, we are particularly encouraging submissions from our EUPHA members. If you need help figuring out where to start, reach out to for guidance and support.

4. European Public Health Conference




Registration for the 17th EPH Conference opens next week. We are proud that we have been able to keep registration fees at the same level as last year, despite inflation and price increases across Europe. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. EUPHA members and delegates from Portugal pay € 690 before 1 September, non-members € 790. Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries pay € 400. All fees mentioned including VAT. More information here.

Abstract submission is open

Abstract submission for the 17th EPH Conference 2024 is open from 1 February until 1 May 2024, 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 knowledge with others. More information here.

Abstract tutoring programme

EPH Conference and EUPHAnxt offer an Abstract Tutoring Programme providing an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. The programme is targeted at researchers who have limited access to colleagues to ask for guidance and comments on their proposed abstracts. More information here.

Theme and programme

The 17th EPH Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 11 – 15 November 2024. Pre-conferences will be held on Tuesday 12 November. The main conference is from 13 – 15 November. Theme of the EPH conference 2024 is: Sailing the waves of European public health: exploring a sea of innovation. The conference will be held at the Lisbon Congress Center (CCL). Read more here.

Conferência de Saúde Pública da Lusofonia

On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November we organise the Conferência de Saúde Pública da Lusofonia, a pre-conference with a focus on current health issues in the Portuguese speaking countries in the world. The language of instruction is Portuguese, translation into English will be provided. Registration is open as of next week. The detailed programme will be announced shortly.

Win a waiver for the next EPH Conference

Submit an abstract for Lisbon 2024 and win a waiver for next year’s 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 EPH Conference 2025 in Helsinki.

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 EPH Conference 2025 in Helsinki. Read more.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Advance articles

Changing smoking habits and the occurrence of lung cancer in Sweden—a population analysis
Bengt Järvholm and others
Association between work sick-leave absenteeism and SARS-CoV-2 notifications in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 epidemic
Martijn G Keet and others
Temporal trends and educational inequalities in obesity, overweight and underweight in pre-pregnant women and their male partners: a decade (2010–2019) with no progress in Sweden
Thomas Vogt and others
Health-related quality of life 1 year after a large-scale industrial fire among exposed inhabitants of Rouen, France: ‘The Post Fire 76 Health’ study
Maria El Haddad and others
Frailty on the island of Ireland: evidence from the NICOLA and TILDA studies
Mische-Jasmine McKelvie and others
Where did public health go wrong? Seven lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
Shehzad Ali and others
Sex-dependent effect of socioeconomic status on cardiovascular event risk in a population-based cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes
Mónica Enguita-Germán and others
Health related taxes in focus: a win–win
Pekka Puska
From ‘evidence-based’ towards ‘value-based’ public health: measuring what matters most
Mariana Dyakova and others
Once in NEET, always in NEET? Childhood and adolescent risk factors for different NEET patterns
Karin Veldman and others
Influencing factors on the psychosomatic health of medical staff since the normalized stage of COVID-19 in mainland China
Xing-ai Jiao and others
Employment outcomes of people with Long Covid symptoms: community-based cohort study
Daniel Ayoubkhani and others
Mortality and comorbidities in a Nationwide cohort of HIV-infected adults: comparison to a matched non-HIV adults’ cohort, France, 2006–18
Alexandre Vallée and others
Pediatric post COVID-19 condition: an umbrella review of the most common symptoms and associated factors
Aurora Heidar Alizadeh and others
Social media as a determinant of health
Amrit Kaur Purba and others
Factors impacting complementary feeding advice given by paediatricians in Cyprus
Dona Hileti and Markianos Kokkinos
COVID-19, social determinants of transmission in the home. A population-based study
Jesús Soriano López and others
Regional excess mortality in France during COVID-19 pandemic: the first three epidemic periods (March 2020–June 2021)
Marlène Faisant and others
Longitudinal reciprocal associations between volunteering, health and well-being: evidence for middle-aged and older adults in Europe
Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska and others
Harmful types of gambling: changes and emerging trends in longitudinal helpline data
Virve Marionneau and others
Multilevel analysis of COVID-19 vaccination intention: the moderating role of economic and cultural country characteristics
Monika Lamot and Andrej Kirbiš
Dual trajectories of short-term and long-term sickness absence and their social- and health-related determinants among women in the public sector
Johanna Suur-Uski and others
Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in self-rated health and mental distress during four decades in a Norwegian population: a HUNT Study
Hanne Dahl Vonen and others
Duration of residence and offspring birth weight among foreign-born mothers in Spain: a cross-sectional study
Chiara Dello Iacono and others
Adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems are at higher risk to become excessive or addicted Internet users: is this association moderated by gender?
Laura Bitto Urbanova and others
Pharmacists’ involvement in physical activity promotion in community pharmacy: a systematic review
Ruben Viegas and others
Global health inequality: analyses of life disparity and healthy life disparity
Yan Zheng and Vladimir Canudas-Romo
Healthy eating encouragement and socio-demographic factors associated with cognitive development among pre-schoolers: a cross-sectional evaluation in Nepal
Prakash Sharma and others
Barriers and drivers to COVID-19 vaccination among the migrant and non-migrant population in Germany, 2021
Elisa Wulkotte and others
Work–family conflicts and sickness absence—a register-linked cohort study among young and early midlife employees
Aino Salonsalmi and others
Primary care indicators for disease burden, monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in 31 European countries: Eurodata Study
Sara Ares-Blanco and others
Sociodemographic inequalities of suicide: a population-based cohort study of adults in England and Wales 2011–21
Isobel L Ward and others
Sugar tax and product reformulation proposals reduce the perceived legitimacy of health-promotion institutions: a randomized population-based survey experiment
Tim van Meurs and others
The association between METS-IR, an indirect index for insulin resistance, and lung cancer risk
Guoqing Wang and others
Associations between healthy lifestyle and mortality across different social environments: a study among adults with frailty from the UK Biobank
Junhan Tang and others
A multidisciplinary Delphi consensus to define evidence-based quality indicators for diabetic foot ulcer care
Flora Mbela Lusendi and others
Political polarization may affect attitudes towards vaccination. An analysis based on the European Social Survey data from 23 countries
Michał Wróblewski and Andrzej Meler
A systematic review of literature examining the application of a social model of health and wellbeing
Rachel Rahman and others
Is the long-term poor prognosis of acute myocardial infarction in patients with mental illness mediated through their poor adherence with recommended healthcare?
Giovanni Corrao and others
Area-level excess mortality in times of COVID-19 in Switzerland: geographical, socioeconomic and political determinants
Julien Riou and others
Contact tracing in Austria, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Kosovo during the COVID-19 pandemic: response review and good practices
Ahmed Taha Aboushady and others
Divergent effects of switching from cytology to HPV-based screening in the Nordic countries
Veli-Matti Partanen and others
Preferences for innovations in healthcare delivery models in the Swiss elderly population: a latent class, choice modelling study
Anna Nicolet and others
Examining potential Long COVID effects through utilization of healthcare resources: a retrospective, population-based, matched cohort study comparing individuals with and without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection
Luigi Castriotta and others
Direct mailing of HPV self-sampling kits to women aged 50–65 non-participating in cervical screening in the Czech Republic
Ondřej Ngo and others
Public health role in litigation to address climate change
Giovanna Mazzola and others
Long-term impact of parenting-related leave policies on adolescents’ well-being: a systematic review of quasi-experiments
Hande Tugrul and others
Understanding the health system barriers and enablers to childhood MMR and HPV vaccination among disadvantaged, minority or underserved populations in middle- and high-income countries: a systematic review
Jumanah Essa-Hadad and others
Exploring sex variations in the incidence of cardiovascular events: a counterfactual decomposition analysis
Sara Castel-Feced and others
Trends of perceived disruption in healthcare services during the pandemic: findings from the COVID-19 National Resilience Cohort in Iceland
Yue Wang and others
Metabolic syndrome and poor self-rated health as risk factors for premature employment exit: a longitudinal study among 55 016 middle-aged and older workers from the Lifelines Cohort Study and Biobank
Katharina Runge and others
Implementation of climate adaptation in the public health sector in Europe: qualitative thematic analysis
Grace A Turner and others
Prevalence, diagnostic delay and economic burden of endometriosis and its impact on quality of life: results from an Eastern Mediterranean population
Bethan Swift and others
Association between active commuting and low-grade inflammation: a population-based cross-sectional study
Sara Allaouat and others
Mortality among people who inject drugs – the interwoven roles of fentanyl and HIV: a community-based cohort study
Maris Salekešin and others
Relationship between health-related determinants and adherence to breast and colorectal cancer screening: a population-based study in Flanders, Belgium
Allegra Ferrari and others
On a collision course: fatal motorcycle and bicycle accidents of adolescents in Finland from 2008 to 2019
Jani Unkuri and others
Inducement of positive nutritional practices through health promotion campaigns among parents/caregivers in Albania
Suela Vasil and others
Assessing health insurance literacy in Switzerland: first results from a measurement tool
Tess L C Bardy
A comparison of excess deaths by UK country and region during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic Neil A Hopper and others

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

PhD Position on Implementation of Health System Performance Assessment at the University of Amsterdam

Ready to dive into impactful research as a PhD candidate within the international Health Systems and Services Research Group? Your research will drive informed decision-making in Ireland and the Netherlands, ensuring healthcare systems meet people's needs and deliver high-value outcomes.
Click here to read more.

Learning Manager position with the HQ/ACD WHO Academy in Lyon

The World Health Organization's Academy (‘The Academy') is a new state-of-the-art learning institution that aims to revolutionize lifelong learning for health impact and reach million learners around the world. Based in Lyon, France, the Academy Campus will offer a wide range of learning modalities (on-line, face-to-face and blended); digital, in-person learning via the hub in Lyon or through the campus network, as well as portable learning laboratories designed for contexts where participants cannot travel or access the digital learning platform. The Academy is an integral part of the WHO under the management authority of the Director-General. The overall goal of the Academy is to advance the learning and human development component of WHO's General Programme of Work (GPW) and health sustainable development goals. More specifically the Academy will: enhance the competencies of millions of people through cutting-edge digital learning and hybrid learning, including leaders, practitioners, catalysts and lay people. The WHO Academy will deliver advanced digital and in-person learning to health policy practitioners, health workers and WHO workforce. The Academy campus will be officially launched in autumn 2024 as a global initiative combining the latest technologies in digital and remote learning with advancements in adult learning science to offer innovative, personalized and multilingual learning that meets priority needs.
Click here to read more.

Communications and Dissemination Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems & Policies in Brussels

Overall, the aim of the position is to reach policymakers and support technical colleagues in making evidence accessible. The postholder will unpack and communicate key messages; raise the profile and visibility of the Observatory; and foster communication and knowledge brokering networks. The post will also expand web and social media presence and use of new media to increase impact. The incumbent will contribute to the development of a more integrated media and dissemination strategy for Observatory outputs and activities and advise on social media and new tools to increase reach to its diverse target groups.
Click here to read more

A number of HaDEA positions are currently open

Click here to read more.

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is looking for a new Finance and Operations Officer to join their Brussels-based team

Help us create a better, healthier world
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. We work to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution.
The HEAL secretariat is growing and getting busier and busier. To help manage this increased workload, and ensure that our advocacy and policy teams focus on effecting change, we are looking for a new Finance and Operations Officer to join our Brussels-based team
Click here to read more.

EU4Health call for tenders to speed-up the development, availability and access to anti-tuberculosis medicines for children

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to health, which was associated with 5 million deaths globally in 2019 and against which efficient medical countermeasures, including antimicrobials, are lacking. Therefore, promoting access to medicines that could assist in the fight against antimicrobial resistance is essential.
The unavailability of age-appropriate medicines for the treatment of antimicrobial-susceptible paediatric tuberculosis across Europe is a matter of concern. Reduced compliance, unknown effects on treatment outcomes and unpredictable toxicity are potential consequences of the current sub-optimal treatment options. Importantly, sub-optimal first-line treatment of tuberculosis increases the risk of the emergence of AMR.
Click here to read more.

7. Interesting news

QUANTUM project kicks off to develop and implement the health data quality label for the secondary use of health data in the EU

On 20 and 21 February, the consortium for QUANTUM: “Developing a Data Quality and Utility Label” met in Brussels for the kick-off meeting to officially launch the Horizon Europe-funded project. All the partners discussed the various activities and highlighted the way forward for this ambitious and strategic project to unlock the full potential of new tools, technologies and
digital solutions for a data-driven healthy society.
Read more here.

Only seven countries meet WHO air quality standard, research finds

Almost all countries failing to meet mark for PM2.5, tiny particles expelled by vehicles and industry that can cause health problems.
Only seven countries are meeting an international air quality standard, with deadly air pollution worsening in places due to a rebound in economic activity and the toxic impact of wildfire smoke, a new report has found.
Click here to read more.

"Ambassadors of mental health" established in the Croatian Parliament

Zagreb – In the Croatian Parliament, at the instigation of the Croatian Federation of Associations for Mental Health (SUMEZ) in cooperation with the member of parliament and specialist in psychiatry Ivan Čelić, the cross-party initiative “Ambassadors of mental health” was officially funded.
This commendable initiative will advocate the implementation of measures from the Strategic Framework for the Development of Mental Health until 2030 and the creation of action plans, allocate financial resources for providing support in the community, invest in prevention, and act in ​​the networking of all sectors and stakeholders.
Click here to read more.

Ukraine's health system is a symbol of resilience

“I marvel at the resilience of Ukraine’s health system, battered by war and yet still standing.” - Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
Click here to read more.

Why do people in Nordic countries consistently rank as the happiest and what can we learn from them?

Happiness and general well-being are not about money, but they do have something to do with a wallet.
The Nordic countries are always winning when it comes to the happiness race. Finland took the top spot for the seventh year in a row in 2024, followed by Denmark and Iceland. But why are they so consistently happy?
Some say it’s because they are small, homogenous, and wealthy. Several years ago, a research paper even suggested it was because they are genetically bound to be happier.
But according to the World Happiness Report (WHR), such theories are inaccurate.
Click here to read more.

UNAIDS welcomes the adoption of a crucial resolution recognizing harm reduction measures at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

VIENNA/GENEVA, 22 March 2024— UNAIDS welcomes the adoption of a key resolution today at the 67th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), recognizing harm reduction for the first time as an important part of an effective public health response. The resolution encourages member states to develop and implement harm reduction measures to minimize the adverse public health and social consequences of the non-medical use of illicit drugs. UNAIDS congratulates the CND and the CND Chair for this historic milestone.
Click here to read more.

'The situation has become appalling': fake scientific papers push research credibility to crisis point

Last year, 10,000 sham papers had to be retracted by academic journals, but experts think this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tens of thousands of bogus research papers are being published in journals in an international scandal that is worsening every year, scientists have warned. Medical research is being compromised, drug development hindered and promising academic research jeopardised thanks to a global wave of sham science that is sweeping laboratories and universities.
Click here to read more.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation
28 Mar 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 / Allschwil, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Strategic Planning for Health Interventions
28 Mar 2024 - 31 May 2024 / Hybrid: Allschwil, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Master's Programme in Public Health (2024-2025) as of 2 September 2024.
1 Apr 2024 - 15 Apr 2024 / Umeå, Sweden
Organiser: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden

Investing in Healthcare Workforce Governance: Strengthening Equity, Inclusion, and Mental Health & Well-being
11 Apr 2024 - 12 Apr 2024 / Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organiser: EUPHA Health workforce research section and others

Call for abstracts Causal Methods in Early-Life Research: An Interdisciplinary Workshop 25 – 27 September 2024
30 Apr 2024 / Bad Kreuznach, Germany
Organiser: Charité and others

Skills Training for Young Patient Advocates (STYPA) application deadline
1 May 2024 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Patients Forum

EuroNet MRPH Spring Meeting
9 May 2024 - 11 May 2024 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: EuroNet MRPH

European Mental Health Week
13 May 2024 - 19 May 2024 / Hybrid
Organiser: Mental Health Europe

European Health Management Conference 2024: Shaping and managing innovative health ecosystems
5 Jun 2024 - 7 Jun 2024 / Bucharest, Romania
Organiser: EHMA

12th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion
17 Jun 2024 - 18 Jun 2024 / Lodz, Poland
Organiser: Medical University of Lodz

International Whole School Physical Activity Conference #WSPA2024
17 Jun 2024 - 19 Jun 2024 / Bradford, UK
Organiser: University of Bradford, Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, Yorkshire Sport Foundation

International Summer Professional Development Program: Health and Risk Communication in An Interpandemic World: Strategies for A System Thinking and Equity-Driven Approach
8 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: The American University of Rome

Healthy Aging, Utrecht Summer School
8 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 / Utrecht, the Netherlands
Organiser: Summerschool Utrecht

Oncology and Public Health
22 Jul 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 / Aarhus, Denmark
Organiser: Aarhus University

Summerschool on General concepts of burden of disease: Introduction to the calculation and use of DALYs
31 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

Summerschool on Burden of risk factors: Learn how to go from burden to impact
7 Aug 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

Lugano Summer School in Public Health
19 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 / Online and Lugano, Switzerland
Organiser: SSPH+

Burden of infectious diseases: Learn how to calculate DALYs for infectious diseases
21 Aug 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

Ethics of Environmental Health in Armed Conflict Situations
8 Sep 2024 - 11 Sep 2024 / České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic
Organiser: ISEEH2024

European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) 2024 Conference: “Prevention in and with Communities”
10 Sep 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 / Cremona, Italy
Organiser: European Society for Prevention Research

6th International Public Mental Health Winter School
2 Dec 2024 - 6 Dec 2024 / Vilnius, Lithuania
Organiser: Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Lithuania in collaboration with Emden University of Applied Sciences, Germany ao

9. Interesting publications

The European Journal of Public Health's supplement on "How to Navigate Political Landscapes: Towards a Public Health Political Science"

A supplement from 2018 but currently very relevant.
Click here to read the supplement

Health CASCADE's "Solution Canvas: Embracing Failure for Innovation" is now available online for public use in English and Danish

This canvas was collaboratively crafted by three authors to facilitate discussions aimed at fostering constructive learning from failures. Originally conceptualized in 2023, it underwent successful piloting at the 22nd Annual Meeting of The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) in June 2023 during a 'Church of Fail' Dare2Share session. In response to high demand from participants, it is now being publicly shared. Two versions are available: a coloured digital version and a print-ready version optimized for A2 format. It is available in both English and Danish (with thanks to Mathilde Grøn Laursen from Aarhus University for her support in translating it to Danish).
Click here to read more.

Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health: Guidance on large multi-modal models

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the capability of algorithms integrated into systems and tools to learn from data so that they can perform automated tasks without explicit programming of every step by a human. Generative AI is a category of AI techniques in which algorithms are trained on data sets that can be used to generate new content, such as text, images or video. This guidance addresses one type of generative AI, large multi-modal models (LMMs), which can accept one or more type of data input and generate diverse outputs that are not limited to the type of data fed into the algorithm. It has been predicted that LMMs will have wide use and application in health care, scientific research, public health and drug development. LMMs are also known as “general-purpose foundation models”, although it is not yet proven whether LMMs can accomplish a wide range of tasks and purposes.
Click here to read more.

Re-building the network: mental health system reform in Croatia

Community-based mental health care is acknowledged as a better alternative to institutionalized care. It improves access to health care services, reduces stigma, better protects human rights, and improves patients’ outcomes (1). The London Declaration highlights the importance of empowering people with mental disorders, advocating that all interventions should be client-oriented, and the focus of care should be on the person’s recovery
Click here to read more

Childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: socioeconomic inequalities in symptoms, impact, diagnosis and medication

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are at greater risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related symptoms, being diagnosed with ADHD, and being prescribed ADHD medications. We aimed to examine how inequalities manifest across the ‘patient journey’, from perceptions of impacts of ADHD symptoms on daily life, to the propensity to seek and receive a diagnosis and treatment.
Click here to read more.

White paper on how to solve Europe's health workforce crisis

When you are ill or injured, you want to receive the medical care you need. This requires that you have access to skilled health workers who are enabled to do their job well. Unfortunately, this is not a given everywhere in the European Union. That is why, in a new white paper, the Pillars of Health coalition – with Wemos as lead organization – call on all EU Member States to move away from international competition for health workers, and instead take united action to enable health workers across Europe to deliver high-quality healthcare to EU citizens.
Click here to read more.

10. European Institutions’ news

Advancing data and digital solutions for better health in Moldova

WHO, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States of America (Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office), are working together to enhance data and digital health in the Republic of Moldova. A technical mission took place in February 2024 in Chisinau to strengthen the partnership and advance key collaborative directions, such as data modernization, with the Ministry of Health and National Agency for Public Health.
Click here to read more.

Commission welcomes political agreement on European Health Data Space

The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) - one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The rules proposed by the Commission in May 2022 have two main aims:

  • To put citizens at the centre of healthcare, giving them full control over their data to obtain better healthcare across the EU;
  • To open up data for research and public health uses.

Click here to read more.

Korea will join the growing group of countries associated to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme.

Korea will join the growing group of countries associated to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme.
Today, Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Lee Jong Ho, Korean Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology concluded negotiations on Korea's association, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to foster mutual collaboration in research and innovation.
The signing of the Association Agreement is expected to take place in the second half of 2024, pending the completion of all necessary ratification procedures on both sides. This will enable Korea's participation in Horizon Europe as of 2025.
Click here to read more.

Commission sets out actions to tackle labour and skills shortages

The Commission has presented an action plan to tackle labour and skills shortages and proposes to work together with Member States and social partners to address these issues over the coming months and years.

The action plan is part of the EU’s strategy to boost its competitiveness and enhance its economic and social resilience.  
Click here to read more.

Circulatory diseases, cancer: 54% of all EU deaths in 2021

In 2021 there were 5.3 million deaths in the EU; the main causes of death across the EU were circulatory diseases, cancer and COVID-19.

Deaths related to circulatory diseases amounted to 1.71 million in 2021 (32% of all deaths). Cancer was the second most common cause, with 1.14 million causes of death (22%). COVID-19 was third with 0.57 million (11%). Together these 3 diseases made up 65% of the causes of all deaths in 2021. 
Click here to read more.

EU Cancer Mission: First project cluster policy webinar - Understanding Cancer

Webinar on Tuesday 16 April 2024, 09:30 - 12:30 (CEST)
Click here to read more.

Commission designates first European reference laboratories for public health

The Commission has today adopted the designation of the first six European reference laboratories (EURLs) for public health with the aim of further strengthening the EU’s defences in the face of serious cross-border threats. The EURLs will bring together scientific expertise across the European Union, to improve preparedness, rapid detection and response.
The newly designated EURLs cover the following areas:

  1. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria
  2. Vector-borne viral pathogens
  3. Emerging, rodent-borne and zoonotic viral pathogens
  4. High-risk, emerging and zoonotic bacterial pathogens
  5. Legionella
  6. Diphtheria and pertussis

Click here to read more.

Publications from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Click on below links to read the recent publications.
Strengthening Health Systems: A Practical Handbook for Resilience Testing 
Implementing the Primary Health Care Approach: a Primer
Danish Health System Review 2024 

Public debate on the EU Health Priorities

At the request of the European Commission, the Observatory is running a public debate on the future health priorities of the European Union. Our series of webinars has wrapped up, and a survey has been launched to hear from stakeholders on what the focus of the European Union should be when it comes to health policy priorities. The survey is open until 29 March.

Past events & recordings by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Transforming Primary Health Care: from Spain to Europe, held on 11 March 2024 by the Observatory, Ministry of Health of Spain and WHO/Europe
Reforming hospital stock: Lessons from Denmark and beyond, held on 25 March 2024.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 12, 21 March 2024

Rapid communication
Tuberculosis in people of Ukrainian origin in the European Union and the European Economic Area, 2019 to 2022
Krista Stoycheva, Veronica Cristea, Csaba Ködmön, Senia Rosales-Klintz, Dominik Zenner, Anca Vasiliu, Marieke van der Werf  and Christoph Lange

Characteristic SNPs defining the major multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis clusters identified by EuSeqMyTB to support routine surveillance, EU/EEA, 2017 to 2019
Albert J de Neeling, Elisa Tagliani, Csaba Ködmön, Marieke J van der Werf, Dick van Soolingen, Daniela Maria Cirillo and Richard M Anthony
Prevalence estimates of tuberculosis infection in adults in Denmark: a retrospective nationwide register-based cross-sectional study, 2010 to 2018
Anne Ahrens Østergaard, Troels Lillebaek, Inge Petersen, Andreas Fløe, Eliza H Worren Bøkan, Ole Hilberg, Inge K Holden, Lone Larsen, Ada Colic, Christian Wejse, Pernille Ravn, Bente Mertz Nørgård, Stephanie Bjerrum and Isik Somuncu Johansen

Cost-effectiveness of active tuberculosis screening among high-risk populations in low tuberculosis incidence countries: a systematic review, 2008 to 2023
Nino Gogichadze, Arnau Sagrera, José Ángel Vicente, Joan-Pau Millet, Francesc López-Seguí and Cristina Vilaplana

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 11, 14 March 2024

Rapid communication
Ongoing mpox outbreak in Kamituga, South Kivu province, associated with monkeypox virus of a novel Clade I sub-lineage, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2024
Leandre Murhula Masirika, Jean Claude Udahemuka, Leonard Schuele, Pacifique Ndishimye, Saria Otani, Justin Bengehya Mbiribindi, Jean M. Marekani, Léandre Mutimbwa Mambo, Nadine Malyamungu Bubala, Marjan Boter, David F. Nieuwenhuijse, Trudie Lang, Ernest Balyahamwabo Kalalizi, Jean Pierre, and others

Regional dissemination of NDM-1 producing Enterobacter hormaechei ST1740, with a subset of strains co-producing VIM-4 or IMP-13, France, 2019 to 2022
Inès Rezzoug, Cécile Emeraud, Christophe Rodriguez, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Rémy A. Bonnin and Laurent Dortet
Surveillance of infections of surgical sites and lower respiratory tracts should be combined: experiences from the German surveillance module for operated patients (OP-KISS), 2018 to 2022
Seven Johannes Sam Aghdassi, Selin Saydan, Michael Behnke, Jörg Clausmeyer, Petra Gastmeier and Christine Geffers
High proportion of post-migration HIV acquisition in migrant men who have sex with men receiving HIV care in the Paris region, and associations with social disadvantage and sexual behaviours: results of the ANRS-MIE GANYMEDE study, France, 2021 to 2022
Romain Palich, Andrés Arias-Rodríguez, Martin Duracinsky, Jean-Yves Le Talec, Olivia Rousset Torrente, Caroline Lascoux-Combe, Karine Lacombe, Jade Ghosn, Jean-Paul Viard, Gilles Pialoux, Michel Ohayon, Claudine Duvivier, Annie Velter, Mohamed Ben Mechlia, Lydie Beniguel, Sophie Grabar, and others

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 10, 07 March 2024

Rapid communication
Sharp increase in gonorrhoea notifications among young people, EU/EEA, July 2022 to June 2023
Lina Nerlander, Lydia Champezou, Joana Gomes Dias, Gudrun Aspelund, Lina Berlot, Elisavet Constantinou, Asunción Díaz, Jevgenia Epštein, Erika Fogarassy, Victoria Hernando, Patrick Hoffmann, Derval Igoe, Irena Klavs, Pedro Pinto Leite, Kirsi Liitsola, Angeline McIntyre, and others.
Effectiveness of Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccine against infection with SARS-CoV-2 Omicron XBB and JN.1 variants, prospective cohort study, the Netherlands, October 2023 to January 2024
Anne J Huiberts, Christina E Hoeve, Brechje de Gier, Jeroen Cremer, Bas van der Veer, Hester E de Melker, Janneke HHM van de Wijgert, Susan van den Hof, Dirk Eggink and Mirjam J Knol

Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to Swedish pre-washed rocket salad, Sweden, September to November 2022
Karolina Fischerström, Rikard Dryselius, Mats Lindblad, Sharon Kühlmann-Berenzon, Nadja Karamehmedovic, Stefan Börjesson, Nasanin Hashemi, Ingrid Gunn, Ann-Mari Gustavsson, Nilla Lindroos, Joanna Nederby-Öhd, Micael Widerström, Ruska Rimhanen-Finne, Anni Vainio and Moa Rehn

Projecting COVID-19 intensive care admissions for policy advice, the Netherlands, February 2020 to January 2021
Don Klinkenberg, Jantien Backer, Nicolette de Keizer and Jacco Wallinga

Systematic Review
Systematic literature review and meta-analysis on preventing and controlling norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships, 1990 to 2020: calling for behaviour change strategies of travellers
Varvara A Mouchtouri, Evangelia Simou, Soteris Soteriades, Xanthoula Rousou, Katerina Maria Kontouli, Dimitra Kafetsouli, Leonidas Kourentis, Lemonia Anagnostopoulos and Christos Hadjichristodoulou

Green cities and vector-borne diseases: emerging concerns and opportunities
Florence Fournet, Frédéric Simard and Didier Fontenille

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 9, 29 February 2024

Rapid communication
Ongoing measles outbreak, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 2023 to February 2024
Sanjin Musa, Irma Salimović-Bešić, Jasmina Brkić Džambić, Nijaz Tihić, Anisa Bajramović, Suzana Arapčić, Amela Dedeić-Ljubović and Siniša Skočibušić

Burden of chickenpox complications in Poland, 2006 to 2021: A comprehensive registry-based study
Rafał Halik, Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, Aneta Trochonowicz and Swavik Dittmer

Systematic Review
Epidemiology of gonorrhoea: systematic review, meta-analyses, and meta-regressions, World Health Organization European Region, 1949 to 2021
Omar Chidiac, Sawsan AlMukdad, Manale Harfouche, Emma Harding-Esch and Laith J Abu-Raddad
Effectiveness of interventions to increase healthcare workers’ adherence to vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis, 1993 to 2022
Marco Clari, Beatrice Albanesi, Rosanna Irene Comoretto, Alessio Conti, Erika Renzi, Michela Luciani, Davide Ausili, Azzurra Massimi and Valerio Dimonte

12. WHO news

ASPHER and WHO sign a 5-year MoU

Click here to read more.

"Follow your dreams and trust yourself" - a conversation about careers for female public health leaders in Latvia

“We should start from the very beginning, with health literacy taught in schools, focusing also on equity and not measuring people by size, gender or anything else,” says Dr Liga Kuksa, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, Riga, Latvia, talking about women making a career in public health in Latvia. 
Click here to read more.

Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness Programme launches in Kyrgyzstan

An initiative to safeguard the health of Kyrgyzstan’s citizens amid growing global health challenges is underway in the country. The Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness Programme involves the Government of Kyrgyzstan, WHO, the United States Agency for International Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and other organizations, and targets key areas of health identified by Kyrgyzstan. These include tracking and reducing antimicrobial resistance, monitoring zoonotic diseases, strengthening national laboratory systems and disease surveillance, building capacity within the health-care workforce, developing risk communication and community engagement strategies, and bolstering health emergency management.
Click here to read more.

Digital tools can help improve women's health and promote gender equality, WHO report shows

A new WHO/Europe report shows that digital health technologies can improve women's health and promote equity. The benefits are primarily associated with improving access to health-care services, enhancing maternal health, providing essential health information, and empowering women to have more autonomy.
Click here to read more.

Statement - Ahead of us lies a future free of TB

Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
Click here to read more.

This first version of the Telehealth quality of care tool (‎TQoCT)‎ published

This first version of the Telehealth quality of care tool (‎TQoCT)‎ is intended to be used by Member States (‎namely by focal points for patient safety and quality of care (‎QoC)‎ and all other relevant parties of national telehealth ecosystems)‎ or by individual health-care provider organizations. As more health and care moves to digital-based service provision, including the use of digital tools for supporting health interventions and care services provided at a distance, the quality of the care that is provided becomes more relevant. The quality of telehealth ultimately matters for increasing the adoption of this new paradigm of care because significant patient safety or QoC issues will ultimately undermine the trust populations and professionals have on this still somehow new way of practicing medicine and supporting the provision of modern and integrated care. Approaches to such quality standards benefit from common reference materials, and the TQoCT aims to aggregate these in a manner that stimulates reflection and action, helping countries and health-care organizations on their journey to mature, safe and high-quality telehealth service provision.
Click here to read more.

EU Flag
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or HaDEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


If you would like unsubscribe from the EUPHA newsletter then please click here.