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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - July 2018

Newsletter - July 2018

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Conference
  4. EUPHA members update
  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 Commission news
  11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  12. WHO news

1. Editorial

Temperatures are high across Europe, so find a spot in the shade to read our July newsletter.

If you don't want to wait for our monthly newsletter, stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter @EUPHActs

If you have any information to add to the newsletter, please send the information to EUPHA office.

Wishing you a good summer,

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

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 congratulates the European Observatory on its 20th anniversary

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. 
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health-care systems in Europe. It engages directly with policy-makers and experts, and works in partnership with research centres, governments and international organisations to analyse health systems and policy trends.
The Observatory is a partnership, hosted by WHO/Europe, which includes other international organizations (the European Commission, the World Bank); national governments (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom); decentralized authorities (the Veneto Region of Italy, the French National Union of Health Insurance Funds (UNCAM)); and academia (the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)).
The Observatory is composed of a Steering Committee, a core management team and staff. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. Its research hubs in London, United Kingdom, are hosted by the LSE Department of Health Policy and the LSHTM Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, and its research hub in Berlin, Germany, is hosted by the Department of Health Care Management of the Berlin University of Technology.

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 
Slovenian National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) invite you to join us at the 11th European Public Health Conference.

The main theme of the conference is ‘Winds of Change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe’

Check out the many confirmed keynote speakers for the plenary programme in Ljubljana and view the full programme and pre-conference programme

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. 

Update from the Albanian Epidemiological Association

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.  
The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that focus on everyday experience. EUscreen is also intended to be a resource for educators, researchers and media professionals searching for new audiovisual content from across Europe. EUscreen is financed through Horizon 2020.  

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.
This new public consultation has been put in place on and is addressed to politicians to relaunch the debate and push for the Nutri-Score to be included on a mandatory basis in all food advertisements.

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
A. Wools, E. A. Dapper, and J. R. J. de Leeuw

Task shifting from physicians to nurses in primary care in 39 countries: a cross-country comparative study
Claudia B. Maier and Linda H. Aiken

The impact of electronic health records on healthcare quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Paolo Campanella, Emanuela Lovato, Claudio Marone, et al.

Why are poorer children at higher risk of obesity and overweight? A UK cohort study
Alice Goisis, Amanda Sacker, and Yvonne Kelly

Association between problematic internet use, socio-demographic variables and obesity among European adolescents
Artemis K. Tsitsika, Elisabeth K. Andrie, Theodora Psaltopoulou, et al.

See more from European Journal of Public Health

Open access publications this month:

Inequalities in the control of the occupational exposure in France to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals 
Nathalie HavetAlexis PenotMorgane PlantierBarbara CharbotelMagali Morelle ...
European Journal of Public Health, 27 July 2018, cky130, 

Firearm deaths in Sweden 
M JunuzovicA RietzU JakobssonP MidlövA Eriksson
European Journal of Public Health 27 July 2018, cky137, 

Urban road traffic noise and noise annoyance—a study on perceived noise control and its value among the elderly 
Natalie RiedelHeike KöcklerJoachim ScheinerIrene van KampRaimund Erbel ...
European Journal of Public Health 26 July 2018, cky141, 

The impact of depressive symptoms on exit from paid employment in Europe: a longitudinal study with 4 years follow-up 
Fabio PorruAlex BurdorfSuzan J W Robroek
European Journal of Public Health 23 July 2018, cky136, 

Effects of a community-based exercise and motivational intervention on physical fitness of subjects with type 2 diabetes
Francesca GalléValeria Di OnofrioAlessandra MielePatrizia BelfioreGiorgio Liguori
European Journal of Public Health 23 July 2018, cky140,

Knowledge and attitude of HIV/AIDS among women in Nigeria: a cross-sectional study 
Sanni YayaBishwajit GhoseOgochukwu UdenigweVaibhav ShahAlzahra Hudani ...
European Journal of Public Health 19 July 2018, cky131, 

Gender differences in cognitive performance and health status in the Faroese Septuagenarians cohort 
Maria Skaalum PetersenFróði DebesPhilippe GrandjeanPál Weihe
European Journal of Public Health 18 July 2018, cky133, 

Societal participation of individuals aged 55–64 years with and without chronic disease 
Micky ScharnAllard J van der BeekBianca SuanetMartijn HuismanCécile R L Boot
European Journal of Public Health 17 July 2018, cky122

Socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of adherence to the Mediterranean diet in a general adult Italian population 
Emilia RuggieroAugusto Di CastelnuovoSimona CostanzoMariarosaria PersichilloFrancesca Bracone ...
European Journal of Public Health 17 July 2018, cky127,

Association of childhood stress with late-life dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: the KIHD study 
Gwendolyn A R DonleyEija LönnroosTomi-Pekka TuomainenJussi Kauhanen
European Journal of Public Health 17 July 2018, cky134 

Selective prevention of cardiometabolic diseases: activities and attitudes of general practitioners across Europe 
Anne-Karien M de WaardMonika HollanderJoke C KorevaarMark M J NielenAxel C Carlsson ...
European Journal of Public Health 16 July 2018, cky112, 

Infectious and dermatological diseases among arriving migrants on the Italian coasts 
Eugenia Di MecoAnteo Di NapoliLoredana Maria AmatoAntonio FortinoGianfranco Costanzo ...
European Journal of Public Health 12 July 2018, cky126, 

A long way to go: 20-year trends from multiple surveillance systems show a still huge use of tobacco in minors in Italy 
Giuseppe GoriniSilvano GallusGiulia CarrerasBarbara CortiniVirginia Vannacci ...
European Journal of Public Health 12 July 2018, cky132, 

Socioeconomic inequalities in psychosocial problems of children: mediating role of maternal depressive symptoms 
Sanne A A de LaatAnja C HuizinkMichel H HofTanja G M Vrijkotte
European Journal of Public Health 10 July 2018, cky125,

Mediterranean diet and health outcomes: a systematic meta-review 
Roberto Martinez-LacobaIsabel Pardo-GarciaElisa Amo-SausFrancisco Escribano-Sotos
European Journal of Public Health 9 July 2018, cky113,

Satisfaction of physicians working in hospitals within the European Union: state of the evidence based on systematic review 
Alicja DomagałaMałgorzata M BałaJuan Nicolás Peña-SánchezDawid StormanMateusz J Świerz ...
European Journal of Public Health 9 July 2018, cky117, 

Good practice criteria for childhood obesity prevention in kindergartens and schools—elaboration, content and use 
Viktoria A KovacsEszter Sarkadi-NagyPetru SanduVesselka DulevaAngela Spinelli ...
European Journal of Public Health 6 July 2018, cky129, 

Whose income is more important: mine, yours or ours? Income inequality and mental health in northern Sweden 
Miguel San SebastiánPaola A MosqueraPer E Gustafsson
European Journal of Public Health 5 July 2018, cky110,

Smoking in bars in eight European countries in 2010 and 2016: an observational comparative study 
Kolja N J van BeekMirte A G KuipersOnno LignacAnton E Kunst
European Journal of Public Health 4 July 2018, cky111, 

The growing vaccine hesitancy: exploring the influence of the internet 
Mitja VrdeljaAlenka KraigherDejan VerčičSamo Kropivnik
European Journal of Public Health 4 July 2018, cky114, 

Articulating citizen participation in national anti-microbial resistance plans: a comparison of European countries 
Enrique Castro-SánchezMichiyo IwamiRaheelah AhmadRifat AtunAlison H Holmes
European Journal of Public Health 4 July 2018, cky128, 

Amenable mortality in the EU—has the crisis changed its course? 
M KaranikolosJ P MackenbachE NolteD StucklerM McKee
European Journal of Public Health 3 July 2018, cky116,

A systematic review of mental health and wellbeing outcomes of group singing for adults with a mental health condition 
Elyse WilliamsGenevieve A DingleStephen Clift
European Journal of Public Health 2 July 2018, cky115, 

Refusal to provide healthcare to sub-Saharan migrants in France: a comparison according to their HIV and HBV status 
Nicolas VignierRosemary Dray SpiraJulie PannetierAndrainolo RavalihasyAnne Gosselin ...
European Journal of Public Health 2 July 2018, cky118, 

The effects of cigarette smoking on the associations between sitting time and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis 
Xianguo ChenLiuji ZhangQi ZhangRenqing Zhao
European Journal of Public Health 2 July 2018, cky121,

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.
Through work with partners, the Working Group focuses attention on prevention and preparedness for health emergencies and on response and recovery from the health impact of emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made. The Working Group will also contribute to the integration of risk reduction of disasters and emergencies in public health education and training, advocate for the health and protection of population and also for healthcare workers during emergencies and promote quality health care for migrants and their host communities. Meetings of the Group is mainly by teleconferences.
Planned activities for 2018-2019 will include policy development, participation in the relevant international and regional forums to advocate for and create awareness about public health issues in emergencies, developing concept papers and policy briefs and support members of public health associations in their advocacy efforts at regional and national levels.
For more information and to express interest to join the Working Group, please contact the Chair of the Group Dr. Chadia Wannous via email

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.
The network aims to make the ongoing conversation around the future of Europe as joint as possible, to support positive and broader engagement in the different consultation approaches available, and to use the consultations to start to build a network of organisations interested in connecting up the European conversation (read more about the network here).

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-centred

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 it

European Health Forum Gastein 2018 announces its programme - bold political choices for health

'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 diet

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.

6th International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases: Global Elimination and eradication of Infectious Diseases
2 Aug 2018 - 3 Aug 2018 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: Tropical Diseases Congress Series Conferences

Introduction to global public health
6 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

17th Annual Congress on Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine: Pediatrics, Child Health & Development
13 Aug 2018 - 14 Aug 2018 / Osaka, Japan

Methods of public health research
13 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health, ECOHEALTH 2018/ 3rd Latin American Public Health Meeting
15 Aug 2018 - 18 Aug 2018 / Cali, Colombia
Organiser: Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

24th International Conference on Dental Public Health & Dental Hygiene
16 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: EuroSciCon Ltd

Health economics
20 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018 / Rotterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: Erasmus MC

Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 / London / Switzerland / Cape Town
Organiser: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The social impact of epidemics: a workshop marking 100 years of the Great Flue Pandemic of 1918
3 Sep 2018 - 5 Sep 2018 / Oslo, Norway
Organiser: Centre for welfare and labour research, Oslo and Akerhus University

SRNT Europe 2018 - Smoking and disease
6 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: SRNT

Fourth International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health
9 Sep 2018 - 12 Sep 2018 / Budweis, Czeck Republic
Organiser: ISEEH

XIII Congresso da Associação Portuguesa de Epidemiologia
11 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: Portuguese Association of Epidemiology

Eighth International Conference on Epidemiology & Public Health
17 Sep 2018 - 19 Sep 2018 / Rome, Italy

3rd HLCA Summer School on Health Literacy: “Research on health literacy, in particular children`s health literacy
17 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 / Bielefeld, Germany
Organiser: EUPHA Section on Health Promotion and Bielefeld University

Meeting European Health Policy Group (EHPG)
20 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: European Health Policy Group

3rd World Congress on Medical Sociology and Public Health
21 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018 / San Diego, USA
Organiser: OCM for Medical Sociology Series Conferences

World Health Organization Healthy Cities Conference: ‘Changing cities to change the world’
1 Oct 2018 - 4 Oct 2018 / Belfast, Northern Ireland
Organiser: WHO

International conference on Migration health
1 Oct 2018 - 3 Oct 2018 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: International Society of Travel Medicine

6th European Safe Community Conference Achieving sustainable development goals - Towards violence free community
3 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018 / Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Organiser: European Safe Community Network

World Health Summit
14 Oct 2018 - 16 Oct 2018 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: World Health Summit

Decision Support Systems and Education – Help and Support in Healthcare
15 Oct 2018 - 16 Oct 2018 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the Croatian Association for Medical Informatics (CroSMI)

Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference 2018
21 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018 / Toronto, Canada
Organiser: CLEPH

Tackling complexity in medicine and public health using large databases
22 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Institute for Translational Epidemiology and IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana Roma

2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care: Achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals
25 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 / Astana, Kazakhstan
Organiser: WHO

Public Health Research in Palliative Care: Shifting the Paradigm
25 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: University of Gent, VUB

Health care rationing. The past, present and future
26 Oct 2018 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: Escola Nacional de Saude Publica (ENSP) and Erasmus University Rotterdam

7th International Conference on Medical and Nursing Education: "Explore New Strategies In Medical & Nursing Education Based On Evidence
29 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Medical Education Series Conferences

Public health research in practice; Evaluation and adaptation of public health interventions: the role of context
29 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018 / Wageningen, Netherlands
Organiser: Wageningen University & Research

Professional Certificate in Strategic Health Planning
5 Nov 2018 - 9 Nov 2018 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: International Centre for Parliamentary Studies

5th World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare
12 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 / Toronto, Canada

European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE)
21 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018 / Saint Julian’s, Malta
Organiser: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

People’s food - people’s health: Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems
21 Nov 2018 - 22 Nov 2018 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

7th Beneficial Microbes Conference
26 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: BaseClear BiaNomics, ILSI Europe

2nd European Alliance for Personalised Medicine Congress. Forward as one: integrating innovation into Europe's healthcare systems
26 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018 / Milan, Italy
Organiser: European Alliance for Personalised Medicine

Russian Health Care Week’ 2018
3 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018 / Moscow, Russia
Organiser: Russian Parliament, Ministry of Health Care, AO EXPOCENTRE

2nd European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research
9 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2019 / Dublin, Ireland
Organiser: International Network for Health Workforce Education

The future of healthy living
19 Jan 2019 / Salford, United Kingdom
Organiser: University of Salford

17th International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference
29 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2019 / San Diego, USA
Organiser: International Society for Disease Surveillance

2nd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research
9 May 2019 - 11 May 2019 / Nicosia, Cyprus
Organiser: International Network for Health Workforce Education

16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care
23 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: EAPC

7th World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare
17 Jun 2019 - 18 Jun 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Scientific Federation

30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
17 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019 / Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Organiser: IASP

9. Interesting publications

A new step towards an HIV/AIDS vaccine

Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental stud

Police violence and the built harm of structural racism

The how: a message for the UN high-level meeting on NCDs

Suicide in the USA: a public health emergency

Midlife contributors to socioeconomic differences in frailty during later life: a prospective cohort study

Title Organization and financing of public health services in Europe

World health statistics 2018

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?

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

From health service to national identity: the NHS at 70

Progress towards a tobacco-free world

A new step towards an HIV/AIDS vaccine

Working towards universal health coverage in Georgia: a new health system review (HiT) on Georgia

New publication examines Greece's health system reforms: a new health system review (HiT) on Greece

Archives of Public Health publishes on Health information in Europe

The impact of participatory budgeting on health and wellbeing: a scoping review of evaluations

The development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce workplace sitting: a qualitative systematic review and evidence-based operational framework

"Taking away the chaos": a health needs assessment for people who inject drugs in public places in Glasgow, Scotland

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 C

Spain shows that a humane response to migrant health is possible in Europe

WHO Planning healthy and sustainable meetings (2018)

Making THE (Transport, Health and Environment) Link (2018)

Twenty years of explaining the evidence - the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Ebola virus disease: 11 323 deaths later, how far have we come?

Genome editing: proceed with caution

Health, transatlantic trade, and President Trump's populism: what American Patients First has to do with Brexit and the NHS

Tuberculosis screening in asylum seekers in Germany: a need for better data

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 European Commission organised a series of events to promote the EU Health Programme results. The Commission showcased the results of past and ongoing activities in the field.

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 Safety

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 27, 05 July 2018

Rapid communication
Gonorrhoea treatment failure caused by a Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain with combined ceftriaxone and high-level azithromycin resistance, England, February 2018
Two concurrent outbreaks of hepatitis A highlight the risk of infection for non-immune travellers to Morocco, January to June 2018

Research article
Sharing more than friendship – transmission of NDM-5 ST167 and CTX-M-9 ST69 Escherichia coli between dogs and humans in a family, Finland, 2015

Letter to the editor: Applying incidence-based disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) disease burden estimates to foster change in national vaccination policy, Slovenia, 2017 to 2018

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 28, 12 July 2018

Screening for infectious diseases in newly arrived migrants in Europe: the context matters

Rapid communication
Challenging measles case definition: three measles outbreaks in three Health Regions of Portugal, February to April 2018
Need for additional capacity and improved capability for molecular detection of yellow fever virus in European Expert Laboratories: External Quality Assessment, March 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report
Community outbreak of serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease in Beaujolais, France, February to June 2016: from alert to targeted vaccination

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 29, 19 July 2018

Rapid communication
Outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium clone ST796, Switzerland, December 2017 to April 2018

Research article
Experimental risk assessment for chikungunya virus transmission based on vector competence, distribution and temperature suitability in Europe, 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report
Retrospective clinical case series study in 2017 identifies Plasmodium knowlesi as most frequent Plasmodium species in returning travellers from Thailand to Germany

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 30, 26 July 2018

Rapid communication
Measles outbreak linked to insufficient vaccination coverage in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, France, October 2017 to July 2018

Research article
Risk factors for colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in a low-endemicity setting for carbapenem resistance – a matched case–control study
Measles continues to circulate in the EU/EEA, with new outbreaks reported

12. WHO news

Turkey monitors noncommunicable disease risk factors among its population

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 collaboration

Russian Government takes decision to regulate electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as conventional tobacco product

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
Country Office in Serbia supported the Ministry of Health and Health System in Serbia in developing and implementing various interventions.

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.

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