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Newsletter - July 2018
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2. EUPHA update
EUPHA at the Expert Meeting on Professionalization of the Public Health Workforce
On the 19th of June, WHO Europe organised the Expert Meeting on Professionalization of the Public Health Workforce, organised in London. EUPHA was represented at this meeting by Dr Ellen Kuhlmann, president of our EUPHA section on Health workforce research.
EUPHA responds to Public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco and the possible taxation of novel products
EUPHA responded to the public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco and the possible taxation of novel products. In the response the importance of public health is highlighted and the need to discourage the use of tobacco and novel products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, including vaping and juuling. We invite our partners and members to also respond this consultation.
EUPHA representative re-appointed to the ECDC Advisory Forum
EUPHA is very pleased that Dr Aura Timen, president of the EUPHA section on Infectious diseases control has been (re) nominated as a member of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Advisory Forum for another 3 years. Through the ECDC Advisory Forum membership, EUPHA has a wonderful opportunity to actively contribute to ECDC's objectives and plans.
EUPHA represented at the annual EHMA conference
EUPHA was represented at the 2018 annual EHMA (European Health Management Association) organised from 20-22 June in Budapest, Hungary by Dr Ellen Kuhlmann, president of the EUPHA section on Health workforce research. EUPHA and EHMA have a long-standing partnership to support each others' activities.
New partnership with EPA/UNEPSA
On the 6th of July, EUPHA and the European Paediatrics Association/Union of National Paediatrics Societies and Associations signed a partnership agreement. EPA/UNEPSA will work closely together with the EUPHA section on Child and adolescent public health. At the Ljubljana 2018 conference, the EUPHA section on Child and adolescent public health and EPA/UNEPSA are organising a round bable on child health and policy on Friday 30 November 2018.
EUPHA was one of the many invited organisations to join the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy to celebrate their 20th anniversary on 26 June 2018 in Brussels. EUPHA and the European Observatory have been working successfully together for many years.
EUPHAnxt at the EuroNet MRPH meeting
The annual EuroNet MRPH (medical residents in public health) was organised this year in Valencia, Spain (12-15 July). Our EUPHAnxt coordinator, Sara McQuinn, participated in this meeting to reinforce the already existing close collaboration between EUPHAnxt and EuroNet MRPH.
EUPHA represented at a meeting on transforming consumers and health-oriented society.
The Slovenian Business and Research Association, the representation office of Slovenian businesses, research organisations and municipalities in Brussels, organised a conference titled »Transforming Consumers and Health-Oriented Society through Science and Innovation« on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. EUPHA was represented here by Dr Tek Ang-Lim, president of the EUPHA section on Public health economics, who also gave a presentation during the conference. For EUPHA, it was a great way of finding out more about the initiatives taking at Slovenian level.
3. European Public Health Conference
The European Public Health Conference Foundation, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the
The main theme of the conference is ‘Winds of Change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe’
You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Don’t miss the largest public health event in Europe and register early to benefit from the reduced rates.
4. EUPHA members update
Errata: ASPHER's new president
In our June newsletter, we informed you of the election of Prof John Middleton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, as incoming president of ASPHER. We thanked Prof Kasia Czabanowska for her work, but forgot to mention that Kasia will remain ASPHER president until 2020. We apologize for this misunderstanding and continue to work with Kasia as ASPHER president.
During 2017, the association has been engaged in the project EUscreen which aims at early identification of children with hearing problems. During 2017 the project has worked on preparation phase of screening children in four Maternity hospitals in three cities: Tirane, Kukes and Pogradec and during 2018 has started the screening process in the pre-selected maternity Hospitals.
RIVM on shortlist Best Government Organisation of the Year 2018
Our institutional member, the Netherlands Institute for public health and the environment, has made the shortlist for the 2018 election for best government organisation of the year. In all, more than thirty organisations were nominated for the election. RIVM and nine other government organisations have made the shortlist. The three finalists will be announced in September.
French Society of Public Health supportive of public consultation to add nutri-value to advertisements
The French Society of Public Health (SFSP) is actively supporting the public consultation demanding that nutri-values are included in all food advertisements in France.
5. European Journal of Public Health
Celebrating another successful year of Public Health Impact Factors from Oxford University Press
The 2017 Impact Factors from the 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2018) have been released, and it’s been another great year for Oxford University Press Public Health journals with a number of titles achieving an increase. To celebrate this success we have curated this collection of highly cited articles recently published from a range of our journals. All articles are freely available to download, read, and enjoy until 30th September 2018.
Highly cited articles in the European Journal of Public Health:
Colorectal cancer screening participation: a systematic review
Open access publications this month:
Inequalities in the control of the occupational exposure in France to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals
Urban road traffic noise and noise annoyance—a study on perceived noise control and its value among the elderly
The impact of depressive symptoms on exit from paid employment in Europe: a longitudinal study with 4 years follow-up
Effects of a community-based exercise and motivational intervention on physical fitness of subjects with type 2 diabetes
Knowledge and attitude of HIV/AIDS among women in Nigeria: a cross-sectional study
Gender differences in cognitive performance and health status in the Faroese Septuagenarians cohort
Societal participation of individuals aged 55–64 years with and without chronic disease
Socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of adherence to the Mediterranean diet in a general adult Italian population
Association of childhood stress with late-life dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: the KIHD study
Selective prevention of cardiometabolic diseases: activities and attitudes of general practitioners across Europe
Infectious and dermatological diseases among arriving migrants on the Italian coasts
A long way to go: 20-year trends from multiple surveillance systems show a still huge use of tobacco in minors in Italy
Socioeconomic inequalities in psychosocial problems of children: mediating role of maternal depressive symptoms
Mediterranean diet and health outcomes: a systematic meta-review
Satisfaction of physicians working in hospitals within the European Union: state of the evidence based on systematic review
Good practice criteria for childhood obesity prevention in kindergartens and schools—elaboration, content and use
Whose income is more important: mine, yours or ours? Income inequality and mental health in northern Sweden
Smoking in bars in eight European countries in 2010 and 2016: an observational comparative study
The growing vaccine hesitancy: exploring the influence of the internet
Articulating citizen participation in national anti-microbial resistance plans: a comparison of European countries
Amenable mortality in the EU—has the crisis changed its course?
A systematic review of mental health and wellbeing outcomes of group singing for adults with a mental health condition
Refusal to provide healthcare to sub-Saharan migrants in France: a comparison according to their HIV and HBV status
The effects of cigarette smoking on the associations between sitting time and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
II European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain: Apply Now!
Do not miss chance to apply for the second edition of the "EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices" ! You can now enter your good practice about your work in fighting chronic pain, by completing a brief on-line form (link here below). The award is open to any healthcare stakeholder: patients' associations, health professionals, private and public hospitals, universities, etc.
Funding for e-Health - Connecting Europe - Call for Proposals Is Open
The Connecting Europe Facility call aims at improving European digital services, including e-health. A €5 million budget is available for projects seeking to enhance cross-border healthcare access and provide better services using ICT tools. Deadline: 29 November 2018.
Call to join the Working Group on Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters
The Public Health in Emergencies and Disasters Working Group under the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) invites new Members, representatives of national public health associations and individual public health professionals.
European Citizens' Consultations: Call for national links
The ECC Civil Society Network are seeking expressions of interest from civil society organisations (CSOs) that can function as national links between the core network and the member states.
March 2019 special issue - Deadline for submissions 31-09-2018
Public Health Panorama calls for the submission of papers for a special issue on health information and evidence in the WHO European Region, including innovations in big data, reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health information systems strengthening, and digital health applications such as eHealth and mHealth. The special issue will be published in March 2019 and will focus on innovative policy and practice from across the European Region.
Privacy by Design contest for mobile health
This European Data Protection Supervisor initiative aims to promote privacy engineering. If you can develop a useful and user-friendly mHealth application whilst implementing the data protection by design and by default principle, as required under the GDPR, you can win up to €20,000.
7. Interesting news
European Day of Sustainable Communities #EDaySC2018
The European Day of Sustainable Communities #EDaySC2018 on 22 September is a celebration of the efforts and achievements of the thousands of local communities across Europe who are taking action for a better, more sustainable world.
The end-of-life sector needs concrete solutions to be truly person-centredhttps://blog.oup.com/2018/07/end-of-life...
Processed meats such as hotdogs may increase the risk of manic personality episodes, study finds
A study of more than 1,000 people, including those with psychiatric disorders, found people who had consumed processed meat were three and a half times more likely to have been hospitalised for mania.
Simple radio message saved thousands of children, studies say
A mass radio campaign in Burkina Faso encouraging parents to seek prompt treatment for sick children has saved thousands of lives, according to a new study.
Overuse of antibiotics not what the doctor ordered
With increased use of antibiotics worldwide linked to growing antibiotic resistance, a new study has highlighted the growing impact of non-prescription supply of antibiotics in community pharmacies, and the urgent need for better enforcement of laws. South America has the highest incidence of non-prescription supply of antibiotics in community pharmacies.
Wait, just a second, is your doctor listening?
On average, patients get about 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before they are interrupted by their doctors. Also, only one in three doctors provides their patients with adequate opportunity to describe their situation. The pressure to rush consultations affects specialists more than primary care doctors.
Brexit threatens food supplies and Ministers know ithttps://blog.oup.com/2018/07/brexit-thre...
European Health Forum Gastein 2018 announces its programme - bold political choices for healthhttps://www.ehfg.org/
'Data driven health care: Europe to change gear'
According to Director General Roberto Viola (DG Connect, European Commission), the new goal for Europe is a data-driven healthcare system. For that, we need accessible medical records. HiMSS Insights published an interview with him about the future of digital health and interoperable and safe European Health Records.
New Nordic trend: shifting towards a plant-based diethttps://euobserver.com/nordic/142318
Find the missing millions
There are 260 million HBV-infected people. That’s 4% of all humanity. The infection is frequently “silent”—not causing symptoms—which means that the majority of those who live with HBV are unaware of it until organ damage eventually declares itself after many years. How to find these millions?
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
Going International is the first source for finding courses, seminars, congresses and other events in the fields of medicine & health. Going International is Europe’s biggest service provider and information platform and serves as an interface between organisers and participants of events. Going International is an official partner of EUPHA.
9. Interesting publications
A new step towards an HIV/AIDS vaccinehttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental studhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Police violence and the built harm of structural racismhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
The how: a message for the UN high-level meeting on NCDshttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Suicide in the USA: a public health emergencyhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
Midlife contributors to socioeconomic differences in frailty during later life: a prospective cohort studyhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
Title Organization and financing of public health services in Europehttp://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglais/d...
World health statistics 2018http://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglais/d...
What constitutes an effective and efficient package of services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of tuberculosis among refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region?http://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglais/d...
WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experiencehttp://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglais/d...
From health service to national identity: the NHS at 70https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Progress towards a tobacco-free worldhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
A new step towards an HIV/AIDS vaccinehttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Working towards universal health coverage in Georgia: a new health system review (HiT) on Georgiahttps://who.us4.list-manage.com/track/cl...
New publication examines Greece's health system reforms: a new health system review (HiT) on Greecehttps://who.us4.list-manage.com/track/cl...
Archives of Public Health publishes on Health information in Europehttps://www.biomedcentral.com/collection...
The impact of participatory budgeting on health and wellbeing: a scoping review of evaluationshttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
The development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce workplace sitting: a qualitative systematic review and evidence-based operational frameworkhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
"Taking away the chaos": a health needs assessment for people who inject drugs in public places in Glasgow, Scotlandhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Does work-personal life interference predict turnover among male and female managers, and do depressive symptoms mediate the association? A longitudinal study based on a Swedish cohort
Potential gains in life expectancy by reducing inequality of lifespans in Denmark: an international comparison and cause-of-death analysis
The association between age and accelerometry-derived types of habitual daily activity: an observational study over the adult life span in the Netherlands
Transforming treatment for hepatitis Chttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Spain shows that a humane response to migrant health is possible in Europehttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
WHO Planning healthy and sustainable meetings (2018)http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
Making THE (Transport, Health and Environment) Link (2018)http://www.euro.who.int/en/publications/...
Twenty years of explaining the evidence - the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policieshttp://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/part...
Ebola virus disease: 11 323 deaths later, how far have we come?https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Genome editing: proceed with cautionhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Health, transatlantic trade, and President Trump's populism: what American Patients First has to do with Brexit and the NHShttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Tuberculosis screening in asylum seekers in Germany: a need for better datahttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
10. European Commission news
Health policies and EU funding mechanisms
Commission and WHO discuss how to strengthen their collaboration
On 29 June 2018, senior European Commission and World Health Organization (WHO) officials met in Geneva to discuss how to strengthen health systems, Universal Health Coverage, health emergencies, and improving the health of populations (including Commission priorities such as vaccination and antimicrobial resistance).
Memorandum on weight of evidence and uncertainties - Revision 2018
The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published the Memorandum on weight of evidence and uncertainties.
Food Safety in the Future EU Budget
In June, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme in the context of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The financing for food policies will focus on the protection of human, animal and plant health.
Food Systems of Tomorrow - Commissioner Andriukaitis Speech at the Food 2030 Event
Food 2030 is a vision of sustainable, responsible, safe and competitive food systems for tomorrow while meeting the challenges of today: in particular, how to produce more healthy food at affordable prices for all.
EU Funded Joint Action on Health Inequalities Kicked Off in Luxembourg
The Joint Action 'Health Equity in Europe' will contribute to achieving greater equality in health outcomes for all social groups in the participating countries, with a specific focus on migrants and vulnerable groups. It will also focus on the socio-economic determinants of health and lifestyle-related health inequalities.
Study on the Economic Impact of Pharmaceutical Incentives and Rewards in Europe
The study provides an overview of pharmaceutical incentives and economic evidence on how Supplementary Protection Certificates and regulatory data protection are used in practice. It also explores their overall effects on innovation, availability and accessibility of medicinal products.
Report: National policies and measures on antimicrobial resistance in non-EU countries
The report is an analysis of the responses to a questionnaire sent by the European Commission to non-EU countries concerning their national policies and measures to address the important challenge posed by AMR, both in human and veterinary medicine.
Conference Invitation: "The way forward for HTA cooperation - the views of stakeholders"
The Commission invites stakeholders to take stock of feedback received so far and to discuss their views about the future cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), at a conference on 9 July.
Stakeholders confirm support for strengthened EU cooperation on HTA
On 9 July, over 300 policy makers, healthcare providers, patient representatives and other experts discussed their views about the future cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The discussions indicated that, after 20 years of joint work, HTA should be given a fair chance to become more structured, sustainable and efficient, better allowing for an optimal use of resources and sharing of expertise across the EU.
Digital age 'desperately' needs ethical and legal guidelines
Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, ‘desperately’ need an institutional framework and system of values to help regulate the industry, an ethics expert has told leading scientists and policymakers.
General public should have more input into scientific advice
The scientific community needs to listen more to people outside academia if it wants to continue to help politicians create good evidence-based policies that will benefit the public, a conference has heard.
Charlie the robot at Digital Assembly 2018
Charlie the robot of the EU-funded PAL project was a star guest at the Digital Assembly (25-26 June 2018). The robot is part of an mHealth package designed to help children live with diabetes.
Commission establishes Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases
On 17 July 2018, the Commission adopted a Decision which establishes the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (“the Steering Group”) as a formal expert body. The objective of the Steering Group is to help the Member States reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to health and to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable disease.
22nd International AIDS Conference: Commission to present EU action
The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) took place from 23 to 27 July 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The only concern to have about sunscreen is... did you remember to put it on?
Protecting your skin from the sun is the most effective way to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Yet for a few years now, views have been expressed about the risk of using sunscreens as well as of not using them, because of the concerns about safety of some sunscreen ingredients - in particular the new nano-sized ingredients that are incredibly small sized materials.
Draft opinion - Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe
Draft opinion - Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - PE 625.445v01-00 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Study on cross-border healthcare: Empowering NCPs to help patients exercise their rights
Patients in Europe are still generally unaware of their rights and the possibility to access health services in other EU Member States, as well as of the existence of National Contact Points (NCPs) to help them exercise their rights under the Cross-border Healthcare Directive. These are the results of the study ''Enhancing information provision to patients'' published July 20th, 2018.
Commission Staff Working Document on Combatting HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis: sustained effort needed to meet 2030 goals
The European Commission published a staff working document on combatting HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis in the European Union and neighbouring countries. The document is an overview of EU policy initiatives and activities to help Member States meet the global sustainable development goal of ending the AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics by 2030 and to fight hepatitis and other communicable diseases.
World Hepatitis Day (28 July 2018) - Statement by Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safetyhttps://ec.europa.eu/info/news/world-hep...
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 27, 05 July 2018
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 28, 12 July 2018
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 29, 19 July 2018
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 30, 26 July 2018
12. WHO news
Turkey monitors noncommunicable disease risk factors among its populationhttp://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/tur...
Better noncommunicable disease outcomes: challenges and opportunities for health systems - Kazakhstan (2018)
Kazakhstan has one of the highest rates of premature mortality due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the WHO European Region: the rate in 2012 was 648.31 per 100 000 population aged 30–69 years.
Public Health Panorama Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2018
This special issue of Public Health Panorama, entitled “Countries at the Centre”, looks at achievements in some countries of the WHO European Region resulting from WHO’s support coordinated by the country offices.
WHO Collaborating Centre on 'Investment for Health and Well-being' launched
The Policy, Research and International Development Directorate of Public Health Wales has been designated WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being. The Centre will support WHO and its Member States in achieving sustainable development by investing in health and well-being.
WHO/Europe leadership meets with Minister of Health of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to discuss next steps of collaborationhttp://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/regi...
Russian Government takes decision to regulate electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as conventional tobacco producthttps://who.us4.list-manage.com/track/cl...
Portugal on fast track to achieve HIV targets ahead of 2020 deadline
Portuguese Minister of Health Dr Adalberto Campos Fernandes announced on 5 July 2018 that Portugal has achieved 2 of the 3 HIV targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), known as the 90–90–90 targets. This puts the country on track to reach all 3 targets ahead of the 2020 deadline.
Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe: success stories in
Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe was launched in 2012 by the WHO Regional Office for Europe as a capacitybuilding mechanism for knowledge translation (KT). The study presented here focuses on five EVIPNet Europe member countries and their experiences with implementing EVIPNet Europe, and how EVIPNet membership and tools benefited them in their endeavour to improve and institutionalize evidenceinformed health policy- making.
Strengthening implementation mechanisms for national tuberculosis control programme in Turkmenistan to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and End TB Strategy targets at the country level
Turkmenistan was one of the first countries in the world to adopt the SDGs. The country nationalized 148 of the 169 global SDG targets and 197 of the 231 global indicators.
Disability and rehabilitation in Tajikistan: Development of a multi-sectoral national program to leave no one behind
This article describes the involvement of WHO in this process and the work undertaken in Tajikistan during 2013–2017 to support the establishment of a multisectoral national programme on rehabilitation.
Refugee and migrant health - improving access to health care
Since 2015, Serbia has been a central waypoint along the western Balkans migration route. In order to address the related challenges, the WHO
Accelerating the response to noncommunicable diseases in Belarus: the role of focusing events and policy entrepreneurs in enabling policy transfer
In response to the global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), a set of international policy recommendations has been developed. This study analysed recent changes in NCD-related policies in Belarus using a multiplestreams framework to gain a better understanding of NCD policy transfer.
Walking the talk: implementing HSPA in Hungary
Following the adoption of the Tallinn Charter in June 2008 (1), the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Government of Hungary, in their biennial collaborative agreements (BCAs), agreed to prioritize the institutionalization of health system performance assessment (HSPA) in Hungary in order to promote transparency and accountability for performance and to improve analytical capacity to assess the attainment of policy objectives and the impact of health system reforms.
The WHO Regional Office for Europe Small Countries Initiative - an introduction
Established in 2013, the WHO Small Countries Initiative is a platform where Member States in the WHO European Region with a population of less than one million can share their experiences with implementing Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Country progress in the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance:
This database provides access to information on the status of countries’ regarding the implementation of the global action plan and actions to address antimicrobial resistance across all sectors.