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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2018

Newsletter - September 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

Welcome to our September newsletter, including information from EUPHA, EUPHA members, European Commission, ECDC and WHO. We hope the information is useful to further your work.

This month, EUPHA was actively participating at the WHO Regional Committee for Europe meeting in Rome, Italy. Our president, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, moderated a panel at the plenary on sustainable development goals. EUPHA statements were presented on advancing public health for sustainable development, the European Vaccine Action Plan, and ‘Action Plan to Strengthen the Use of Evidence, Information and Research for Policy-Making’ to Ministers of Health. Also, EUPHA is honoured to be accredited by WHO Europe and we are looking forward to collaborating the coming years.

In September, various events took place that were supported by EUPHA. In collaboration with EUPHA, the WHO School on Refugee and Migrant Health took place and EUPHA was a partner of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) 10th European conference. Furthermore, our president participated in the Austrian EU presidency conference on health research and addressed matching health needs.

Wishing you pleasant reading,

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA President and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA accredited by WHO Regional Committee for Europe

EUPHA is accredited to attend meetings of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. This accreditation is in line with the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). It is with great honour that we will continue to participate in the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and we are committed to working together with all stakeholders towards our shared goals, including strengthening the capacity of public health professional in the European region and advocating for public health.

Updates from the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: 

EUPHA statement on the European Vaccine Action Plan

The 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe took place 17-20 September 2018 in Rome. One important agenda point was the European Vaccine Action Plan. EUPHA expressed its concern at falling confidence in vaccinations to the Regional Committee. EUPHA and its members highlighted the importance of political support and leadership for vaccination. Achieving a better understanding of political processes and the role they play in determining stances on vaccination policy, is an important avenue to help us communicate and better address genuine concerns as well as tackling organised purveyors of fake news. Further reflections by EUPHA and European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) can be read in our joint statement on the European Vaccine Action Plan.

EUPHA statement on sustainable development and public health in Europe

Another important agenda point at the 68th WHO Regional Committee for Europe was the advancing public health for sustainable development in the WHO European Region. EUPHA and 15 co-signatories called for investing in public health, not forgetting about mental health, and the need for multisectoral approaches.

EUPHA statement on strengthening the use of evidence for policy-making

The progress report on the ‘Action Plan to Strengthen the Use of Evidence, Information and Research for Policy-Making in the WHO European Region’ provides an overview of the implementation progress of the four action areas. EUPHA and its members expressed support for this Action Plan to strengthen the use of evidence. We see that this action plan can contribute to reducing health inequalities and improve the health status and well-being of individuals and populations within the European region. EUPHA and its members support the WHO Regional Office for Europe in leading this evidence-informed policy-making. We stress that scientific evidence should remain a key input to policy making in a ‘post truth’ world. In addition, we should also assemble evidence on the politics of decision making, as this will strengthen the position to advocate for health. In November 2018, EUPHA will support the publication of a supplement to the European Journal of Public Health on political landscapes and policies for public health.

Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health 24-28 September 2018, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

WHO in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Commission (EC) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) has organised the second edition of the WHO School on Refugee and Migrant Health. The School successfully opened on Monday 24 September 2018 in Palermo, Italy, welcoming over 80 participants from 36 countries around the world.

This 5-day intensive course provided space for:

  • bridging research, policy and practice
  • sharing knowledge, experience and good practice from the ground
  • fostering debate and critical thinking.

The president of our EUPHA Section on Migrant and ethnic minority health, Prof. Allan Krasnik, was a speaker at this event.

Blog by the EUPHAnxt/EU Solidarity Corps intern

Aoife McKiernan whom visited Manchester with Dr Arpana Verma, EUPHA Section on Urban Public Health, has written a short blog to share her experiences with others. The blog can be found at: EUPHAnxt is working together with the EU Solidarity Corps to facilitate interships at European level to experience valuable work experience in European public health. 

President of EUPHA section on Health promotion at IUHPE's 10th European conference

Prof Luis Saboga, president of the EUPHA section on Health promotion, has actively participated in IUHPE's 10th European conference on 10th IUHPE European Conference and International Forum for Health Promotion Research, oganised from 24-26 September in Trondheim, Norway. EUPHA was a partner of this conference and appreciates the continuous collaboration with IUHPE to strengthen the role of health promotion in Europe as a source of innovative practices that are based on solid evidence by gathering health promotion practitioners, researchers and policy makers.


EUPHA president at Austrian EU presidency conference on health research

On 25 September, the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised the important conference: Matching Health Needs and Pharmaceutical Research - How to set the research agenda for public health, in Vienna, Austria.

The Austrian Presidency organised this meeting which sought to raise awareness of the relevance of public funding for innovation in the health sector. 

Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, represented EUPHA as a guest speaker on the topic of identifying and effectively tackling medical need in research programmes. Natasha outlined the public health approach to measuring disease burden in the European population using DALYs and identifying the mismatch between disease burden, expected increase in disease prevalence and gaps in pipeline medicines. She highlighted the need to ensure that areas such as central nervous system and mental health are not sidelined in view of their disease burden. She also questioned whether a utilitarian approach however is sufficient in the SDG era which focuses on ‘leaving nobody behind’ and therefore rare diseases should also have their specific pipelines and investment. Nonetheless, she cautioned against ‘orphanisation’ becoming the modus operandi for the bullk of pharm R&D since this would surely be unsustainable.
She also explained how projects such as To-REACH which is dedicated to setting a strategic agenda for health systems research in the European Union by bringing several stakeholders together could be replicated in this area. Finally, the EUPHA President called for a wide consultation on an explicit health research strategy for the forthcoming funding period and reminded participants that many health needs arising from common diseases can be prevented and avoided in the first place by focussing upstream and implementing healthy public policy.

Global prospectives and local identities in healthcare - salutogenic hospital design and Hurban health 2019 international symposium

This conference is organised 28-31 March 2019 in Milan, Italy. EUPHA is happy to be a co-organiser of this conference focusing on design, artchitecture and health. The EUPHA president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, will be a keynote speaker at this conference.

Stakeholders’ meeting - Air pollution: is EU citizens’ health sufficiently protected

The Belgian association of Public Health attended the stakeholders' meeting on behalf of EUPHA. The ECA report can be found here.

EUPHAnxt newsletter

Click here for the latest news of the EUPHAnxt team.

3. European Public Health Conference

Pre-conference in 2 parts organised by the European Commission

On Wednesday, 28 November, the European Commission -  Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) and Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) are organising a 2 part pre conference. The morning session will be devoted to: 
Health in the future EU Budget and Programmes (2021-2027)
This session will explore how Health will be covered in the future EU Budget (2021-27) across the various Programmes. Presentations on the following areas related to health will be presented:

  •         EU Social Fund plus (ESF+), including the Health Strand
  •         Health in Horizon Europe
  •         Digital Europe Programme

The afternoon session will focus on: EU actions on Antimicrobial Resistance and healthcare associated infections

The global rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest health concerns today. This pre-conference session will give an overview of the actions being taken by the EU to address this issue and will present the results of some recent studies and activities supported by EU funding.  It will include activities from the Third EU Health programme (2014-2020), the EU Research programme and from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in areas such as: antibiotic stewardship; health care associated infections, causes of non-prudent use of antibiotics, economic impact of AMR, governance of AMR.
Registration for this pre-conference is now open at: If you have already registered, you can update your registration to include this pre conference. 

Pre-conference in 2 parts co-organised by EUPHA

On Wednesday 28 November, EUPHA is co-organising a 4-part pre-conference on the following topics: 
Bridging research to policy to integrate care for older people in Europe
Organiser: EHMA and IFIC on behalf of the SUSTAIN project
The EU regulation on Health Technology Assessment
Organiser: The HTA stakeholder group
EU School Scheme and Health in All Policies: health promotion potentials at national and EU level
Organiser: National Institute of Public Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia
Improving men’s health and well-being: the WHO men’s health strategy
Organiser: WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO Regions for Health Network

Registration for this pre-conference is now open at: If you have already registered, you can update your registration to include this pre-conference. 

Programme Update

Plenary session: Sustainable Development Goals - how can we address them through public health action?
Thursday 29 November, 16:50 – 17:50. Organiser: WHO Regional Office for Europe
Moderator Anna Cichowska Myrup, WHO Regional Office for Europe. With: Bettina Menne and Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Office for Europe; Charlotte Marchandise, Elected member of the City Council of Rennes, France; Nancy Fullman, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, USA

Lunch Symposiums
Thursday 29 November, 12:15 – 13:15

  • From micro to macro: how to achieve our Hepatitis C elimination targets by 2030?, organised by MSD
  • The Settings Approach in public health: the case of health promotion in schools in Europe and Asia, organised by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Friday 30 November, 12:30 – 13:30

  • The EU Health Programme - contributing to better health for all in the EU, organised by European Commission (CHAFEA, DG SANTE)
  • Role of public health in improving cancer care in Central and Eastern Europe, organised by Pfizer
  • Vaccination for more sustainable public health?, organised by GSK

More information on the Lunch Symposiums can be found here.

Pre-conferences update
Wednesday 28 November 2018

  • Health in the future EU Budget and Programmes (2021-2027), morning session, organised by European Commission (CHAFEA, DG SANTE)
  • European public health: collaboration, initiatives and new policies, full day, organised by EUPHA
  • Migrant Health Training and Dissemination Workshop, full day, organised by IOM, GIZ, LSHTM, ASPHER
  • EU Actions on Antimicrobial Resistance and healthcare associated infection, afternoon, organised by European Commission (CHAFEA, DG SANTE)

More information on the pre-conferences can be found here.

Over 1,300 people have already registered for the biggest annual public health event in Europe. Pre-conferences can also be added to your registration after you have registered. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration. Registration for lunch symposiums is not required.

4. EUPHA members update

New president of the Danish Society of Public Health

During the General Assembly, the members of the Danish Society of Public Health elected Ms Ulla Toft as the new president. She is taking over from Ms Maja Bertram. EUPHA looks forward to our continued collaboration with the Danish Society. Denmark

Revue de Santé Publique

The French Society of Public Health announced the publication of a special supplement of the journal Revue de Santé Publique on health inequalities and how to tackle these.

5. European Journal of Public Health

The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal in the field of public health.
The EJPH is published bimonthly. The journal provides a forum for discussion and debate of current international public health issues with a focus on the European region. In 2018, the impact factor of the journal is at 2.782. The 5-year impact factor is 2.902.
The EJPH is the official journal of EUPHA. 

Advanced access September 2018

The legal framework for European cervical cancer screening programmes 
Ondřej Májek; Ahti Anttila; Marc Arbyn; Evert-Ben van Veen; Birgit Engesæter ...

Group activity participation at age 21 and depressive symptoms during boom and recession in Sweden: a 20-year follow-up 
Christopher G Bean; Marianna Virtanen; Hugo Westerlund; Noora Berg; Johan Hallqvist ...

Heterogeneity/granularity in ethnicity classifications project: the need for refining assessment of health status 
Nazmy Villarroel; Emma Davidson; Pamela Pereyra-Zamora; Allan Krasnik; Raj S Bhopal

Disparities in avoidable hospitalization by income in South Korea: data from the National Health Insurance cohort 
Sung-Youn Chun; Woorim Kim; Eun-Cheol Park

Health policy analysis of the non-implementation of HPV vaccination coverage in the pay for performance scheme in France 
Robin Ohannessian; Panayotis Constantinou; Franck Chauvin

Physical activity, BMI and oral health behaviour among adolescents: Finnish School Health Promotion Study 
Jorma I Virtanen; Tuija Muikku; Toni Similä; Ayse B Cinar; Vesa Pohjola

Impact of digital technologies for communicating messages on weight loss maintenance: a systematic literature review 
W Samuel Holmes; S Anne Moorhead; Vivien E Coates; Raymond R Bond; Huiru Zheng

Validation and calibration of self-reported height and weight in the Danish Health Examination Survey 
Soren Neermark; Charlotte Holst; Thue Bisgaard; Morten Bay-Nielsen; Ulrik Becker ...

Community pharmacies offer a potential high-yield and convenient arena for total cholesterol and CVD risk screening 
Karianne Svendsen; David R Jacobs Jr; Ida Tonning Røyseth; Kjersti Wilhelmsen Garstad; Marte Gjeitung Byfuglien ...

Cost-effectiveness of strategies to improve delivery of brief interventions for heavy drinking in primary care: results from the ODHIN trial 
Colin Angus; Jinshuo Li; Esperanza Romero-Rodriguez; Peter Anderson; Steve Parrott ...

Impact of improved urban environment and coaching on physical condition and quality of life in elderly women: a controlled study 
L Bailly; F d’Arripe-Longueville; R Fabre; M Emile; J Valbousquet ...

Does probiotic consumption reduce antibiotic utilization for common acute infections? A systematic review and meta-analysis 
Sarah King; Daniel Tancredi; Irene Lenoir-Wijnkoop; Kelsie Gould; Hailey Vann ...

Admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a national observational study in the general and COPD population 
Marieke C Paul; Jan-Willem H Dik; Trynke Hoekstra; Christel E van Dijk

Examining gender health inequalities in Europe using a Synthetic Health Indicator: the role of family policies 
Sara Pinillos-Franco; Noelia Somarriba

Views and experiences of ethnic minority diabetes patients on dietetic care in the Netherlands – a qualitative study 
Mirjam J Jager; Rob van der Sande; Marie-Louise Essink-Bot; Maria E T C van den Muijsenbergh

Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000–14 
Veronica Toffolutti; Martin McKee; Alessia Melegaro; Walter Ricciardi; David Stuckler

Mortality after the death of a parent in adulthood: a register-based comparison of two ethno-linguistic groups 
Jan Saarela; Mikael Rostila

The impact of generic labels on the consumption of and adherence to medication: a randomized controlled trial 
Rafael B Goldszmidt; André R Buttendorf; Guenther Schuldt Filho; Jose M Souza, Jr; Marco A Bianchini

Lifestyle and cancer—a joint pairwise association of lifestyle habits with subsequent cancer diagnosis 
Eira T Roos; Jouni M Lahti; Ossi Rahkonen

How to reduce biases coming from a before and after design: the impact of the 2007–08 French smoking ban policy 
Sandra Chyderiotis; Francois Beck; Raphael Andler; Sara C Hitchman; Tarik Benmarhnia

Sex, drugs, risk and resilience: analysis of data from the Canadian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study 
Susan P Phillips; Nathan King; Valerie Michaelson; William Pickett

Low schoolwork engagement and schoolwork difficulties predict smoking in adolescence? 
Jaana L Minkkinen; Jaana M Kinnunen; Sakari Karvonen; Risto H Hotulainen; Pirjo L Lindfors ...

The importance of health behaviours and especially broader self-management abilities for older Turkish immigrants 
Jane M Cramm; Anna P Nieboer

Child maltreatment prevention: a content analysis of European national policies 
Maria Ramiro-Gonzalez; Darja Dobermann; Dmytro Metilka; Emogene Aldridge; Yongjie Yon ...

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

WHO/PAHO is looking for an advisor on social determinants of health

The Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) of the Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation at the regional, sub regional and country levels, emphasizing the central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right. FPL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and men’s health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of aging populations; food and nutrition; comprehensive family immunization and leads innovative, inter-sectoral and strategic efforts to address the social determinants of health.
The incumbent will be responsible for technical cooperation in social, political, economic and commercial determinants of health in the Region, including multi-sectoral policy approaches, extendable to other regions as part of PAHO/WHO strategies.  The incumbent will also be responsible for programmatic functions and strategic and work plans under themes related to the Determinants of Health, within the Department of Family, Health Promotion, and Life Course, in close collaboration with other PAHO/WHO Entities and PAHO/WHO Representatives (PWRs), as well as with regional and international agencies.
The successful candidate will have:

  • A university degree in health or social science and a master’s degree in public health or a related field from a recognized institution.
  • Nine years or more of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation programs and projects that address the determinants of health, community-based solutions, and policies in local and national social development programs, as well as equity.
  • Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language.  Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French would be an asset.

Primary Location: United States-Washington, D.C.
Due date: 8 October 2018

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, is looking for post-dos and research scientists

The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of over 80 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, and the social sciences, and they offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

We are currently recruiting research scientists with four or more years of post-doctoral experience, and post-docs with less than four years of experience. Candidates with an innovative demographic research agenda and strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will work in one or more of MPIDR director Mikko Myrskylä’s research groups: Population Health, Labor Demography, or Fertility and Well-Being. Please see for descriptions of these research groups.

The positions are initially for 3 years, with the possibility for prolongation. The starting date is flexible, but no later than fall 2019.

Applications have to be submitted online via

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2018. Applications willbe accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, but preference will be given to those received by October 30, 2018.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, is looking for 2-3 highly qualified post-docs/research scientists

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, is looking for 2-3 highly qualified post-docs/research scientists
to join the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography.
The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of over 80 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, and the humanities, and they offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.
The Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography, headed by MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni, is looking for candidates with background in Demography, Computer Science, Statistics, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Applied Mathematics, or related disciplines.
The successful candidate must have a PhD (or receive it soon) and is expected to conduct cutting-edge population research. Ideal candidates would excel in two or more of the following dimensions: a) strong statistical and computational skills; b) a deep understanding of population processes and social demography; c) the ability to work in teams in an interdisciplinary context; d) high scholarly productivity, commensurate to experience.
Substantive areas of particular interest for the Lab include: Migration; Population Aging and Intergenerational Relationships; The impact of Social Media and Digitalization of life on health, well-being and demographic behavior.
Applications have to be submitted online via
Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2018. Applications willbe accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, but preference will be given to those received by October 30, 2018.

7. Interesting news

Introducing: InFact

InfAct, the new Joint Action on Health Information has started in March  2018. A brief description of Infact is available on the project website (
The major expected outcome of InfAct is a sustainable solid infrastructure on EU Health Information to improve the availability of comparable, robust and policy-relevant population health data and health system performance information.
EUPHA is happy to be one of the partners in the evaluation package. 

EuroHealthNet: A Healthy European Budget?

Health is an enabler of social and economic participation. It is therefore vital to address key factors that undermine people’s opportunities for good health and wellbeing.
Earlier this year the European Commission published a set of proposals for the next EU budget 2021-2027, the Multiannual Financial Framework. Many of the areas affected by the EU budget are relevant to health – an issue most Europeans want more EU action on[1]. EuroHealthNet has therefore produced brief analyses of 14 budget proposals from a health and health equity perspective.  They cover a diverse range of topics including research, education, agriculture, investment, the digital agenda, and structural reform, as well as those traditionally associated with health and social issues.

WFPHA releases call for integrated action on AMR

The World Federation of Public Health Associations - WFPHA - has released "A Call for Integrated Action on AMR" that has been signed by almost 70 health organizations worldwide including many National Public Health Associations. This integrated action plan can be used as a tool for advocacy.  
The WFPHA invites public health professionals to discuss the best way to implement our WFPHA Call to Action. We value your opinion, and would appreciate your response. We kindly ask you to complete this survey within October 15th.

To complete the survey click here. 

Special Report: Juul copycats flood e-cig market, despite FDA rule

NCD Countdown

A collaborative effort from WHO, NCD Alliance, Imperial College, and The Lancet, providing an independent mechanism to monitor progress made by countries.

Pain is real to patient and provider when empathy is present

PECUNIA Project 

The EU-funded 3 year project aims at developing new standardised, harmonised and validated methods and tools for the assessment of costs and outcomes in European healthcare systems.

Specific objectives of PECUNIA  over its 36-month work plan are to develop:

  1. New, internationally standardised, harmonised and validated, generic, self-reported, multi-sectoral resource use measurement (RUM) instrument consistent with a harmonised unit cost approach.
  2. New, internationally standardised, harmonised and validated multi-sectoral unit costing templates and a multinational electronic compendium of core resource and service reference unit costs for selected mental health diseases.
  3. Methods for estimating cross-national utility value sets (pan-European and supra-national) allowing increased comparability and transferability of health outcomes across Europe.
  4. An electronic compendium of existing, generic, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and their metadata suitable for health and broader wellbeing assessment in multi-sectoral, multi-national, multi-person economic evaluations.
  5. Increased stakeholder awareness and engagement to ensure rapid adoption of the developed methods, tools and information, and exploit (business) opportunities for their long-term sustainability and further expansion.

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.

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

Public Mental health Summer School 
1 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018 / Vilnius, Lithuania
Organiser: EUPHA Section on Public Mental Health ao

6th European Safe Community Conference Achieving sustainalbe development goals – Towards a 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)

3rd International Conference on Environmental Health & Preventive Medicine
15 Oct 2018 - 16 Oct 2018 / Warsaw, Poland

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

Second 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

Right to Health - Public health ethics, equality and values
1 Nov 2018 - 1 Nov 2018 / Scotland, United Kingdom
Organiser: Faculty of Public Health

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

Pregnancy and programming and later risk of obesit
28 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2019 / Copenhagen, Denmark
Organiser: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

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

9. Interesting publications

Risk factors for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis among tuberculosis patients in Serbia: a case-control study

10 years after the Commission on Social Determinants of Health: social injustice is still killing on a grand scale

High-quality health systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era: time for a revolution

Measuring health inequalities in the context of sustainable development goals

Partnerships with the alcohol industry: opportunities and risks

Public health response to large influx of asylum seekers: implementation and timing of infectious disease screening

Effectiveness of targeting fathers for breastfeeding promotion: systematic review and meta-analysis

Epidemiology of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs consumption in Spain. The MCC-Spain study

Direct-acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C among people who use or inject drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Attitudes and barriers associated with seasonal influenza vaccination uptake among public health students; a cross-sectional study

Optimal multi-source forecasting of seasonal influenza

Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic review

A content analysis of popular media reporting regarding increases in minimum ages of legal access for tobacco

Health in the European region: time to act on the evidence

Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000-14

Does household help prevent loneliness among the elderly? An evaluation of a policy reform in the Netherlands

Supporting parenting to address social inequalities in health: a synthesis of systematic reviews

A retrospective analysis of policy development on compliance with World Health Organization's physical activity recommendations between 2002 and 2005 in European Union adults: closing the gap between

Are perceptions of community safety associated with respiratory illness among a low-income, minority adult population?

Why causality, and not prediction, should guide obesity prevention policy

Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future

10. European Commission news

Informal meeting of health ministers puts investment in digital health high on the agenda

At the informal meeting of health ministers in Vienna on 10 and 11 September 2018, the discussion focused in detail on the use of modern electronic communication means in healthcare and investment in digital health. The EU member states agreed to work closely together at EU level to make the existing infrastructure of thousands of health service providers fit for the future.

VisiOn: enabling citizens to control their data privacy

The VisiOn project makes it easier to check that public administrations are storing personal data responsibly.

Cross-border healthcare Directive: proven to clarify and guarantee patients' rights

During the last three years, the Directive on Cross-border Healthcare (2011/24/EU) has proven to clarify and guarantee patients' rights to receive healthcare in another Member State, according to the latest implementation report the European Commission published.

European Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV) launched

On September 4, in Paris, the Joint Action on Vaccination “EU-JAV” was launched. 

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 36, 06 September 2018

Rapid communication
Yellow fever cases in French Guiana, evidence of an active circulation in the Guiana Shield, 2017 and 2018
Research article
Trends and determinants of antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in the Netherlands, 2007 to 2015

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 37, 13 September 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report
National outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa associated with an aftercare solution following piercings, July to September 2016, England

Research article

Molecular diversity and biennial circulation of enterovirus D68: a systematic screening study in Lyon, France, 2010 to 2016

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 38, 20 September 2018

Rapid communication
Two cases of monkeypox imported to the United Kingdom, September 2018
Outbreak of human leptospirosis linked to contaminated water bodies in Northern Israel, June to August 2018

Surveillance and outbreak report

Large outbreak of mumps virus genotype G among vaccinated students in Norway, 2015 to 2016

12. WHO news

Panorama Vol. 4, Issue 3. September 2018

In this issue:

68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Rome, Italy, 17-20 Sept 2018

On 17 September 2018 in Rome, Italy, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region will gather for the annual WHO Regional Committee for Europe.  At this year’s 68th session, participants will consider topics including a new strategy on men’s health, financial protection and an action plan to improve public health preparedness and response. The European health report 2018 will also be officially launched during the Regional Committee, giving a snapshot on progress being made to improve health and well-being in the Region, as well as remaining challenges.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is marked each year on 10 September to draw attention to the large and avertable burden of self-harm and suicide. Based on WHO’s newly released Global Health Estimates for 2016, close to 800 000 people died by suicide in 2016, equivalent to 10.8 suicides per 100 000 population. The rate of suicide in the WHO European Region is even higher, reaching 13 per 100 000 for both sexes combined, and in excess of 20 suicides among males. In the most affected countries of the Region (e.g. Kazakhstan, Lithuania and the Russian Federation), the rate among males exceeds 40 per 100 000.

Making the economic case for primary health care

A new European taskforce is being set up to highlight and strengthen the economic case for primary health care. Primary health care is health care received in the community, usually from family doctors, community nurses, staff in local clinics or other health professionals. It is an essential part of people-centred health systems and vital to working towards universal health coverage.

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