|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2018
1. EditorialWelcome 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:
The president of our EUPHA Section on Migrant and ethnic minority health, Prof. Allan Krasnik, was a speaker at this event. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
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: https://eupha.org/further-your-career. 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.
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.
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:
The afternoon session will focus on: EU actions on Antimicrobial Resistance and healthcare associated infections
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:
Plenary session: Sustainable Development Goals - how can we address them through public health action?
Friday 30 November, 12:30 – 13:30
More information on the Lunch Symposiums can be found here.
More information on the pre-conferences can be found here.
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.
Advanced access September 2018
The legal framework for European cervical cancer screening programmes
Group activity participation at age 21 and depressive symptoms during boom and recession in Sweden: a 20-year follow-up
Heterogeneity/granularity in ethnicity classifications project: the need for refining assessment of health status
Disparities in avoidable hospitalization by income in South Korea: data from the National Health Insurance cohort
Health policy analysis of the non-implementation of HPV vaccination coverage in the pay for performance scheme in France
Physical activity, BMI and oral health behaviour among adolescents: Finnish School Health Promotion Study
Impact of digital technologies for communicating messages on weight loss maintenance: a systematic literature review
Validation and calibration of self-reported height and weight in the Danish Health Examination Survey
Community pharmacies offer a potential high-yield and convenient arena for total cholesterol and CVD risk screening
Cost-effectiveness of strategies to improve delivery of brief interventions for heavy drinking in primary care: results from the ODHIN trial
Impact of improved urban environment and coaching on physical condition and quality of life in elderly women: a controlled study
Does probiotic consumption reduce antibiotic utilization for common acute infections? A systematic review and meta-analysis
Admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a national observational study in the general and COPD population
Examining gender health inequalities in Europe using a Synthetic Health Indicator: the role of family policies
Views and experiences of ethnic minority diabetes patients on dietetic care in the Netherlands – a qualitative study
Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000–14
Mortality after the death of a parent in adulthood: a register-based comparison of two ethno-linguistic groups
The impact of generic labels on the consumption of and adherence to medication: a randomized controlled trial
Lifestyle and cancer—a joint pairwise association of lifestyle habits with subsequent cancer diagnosis
How to reduce biases coming from a before and after design: the impact of the 2007–08 French smoking ban policy
Sex, drugs, risk and resilience: analysis of data from the Canadian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study
Low schoolwork engagement and schoolwork difficulties predict smoking in adolescence?
The importance of health behaviours and especially broader self-management abilities for older Turkish immigrants
Child maltreatment prevention: a content analysis of European national policies
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.
Primary Location: United States-Washington, D.C.
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 www.demogr.mpg.de 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 https://www.demogr.mpg.de/go/JobAd731457
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
7. Interesting news
InfAct, the new Joint Action on Health Information has started in March 2018. A brief description of Infact is available on the project website (https://www.inf-act.eu/).
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.
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.
Special Report: Juul copycats flood e-cig market, despite FDA rulehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-vapin...
A collaborative effort from WHO, NCD Alliance, Imperial College, and The Lancet, providing an independent mechanism to monitor progress made by countries.https://www.thelancet.com/NCD-Countdown-...
Pain is real to patient and provider when empathy is present
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:
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
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 scalehttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
High-quality health systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era: time for a revolutionhttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outloo...
Measuring health inequalities in the context of sustainable development goals
Partnerships with the alcohol industry: opportunities and riskshttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Public health response to large influx of asylum seekers: implementation and timing of infectious disease screeninghttp://click.springernature.com/f/a/Iprw...
Effectiveness of targeting fathers for breastfeeding promotion: systematic review and meta-analysishttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Epidemiology of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs consumption in Spain. The MCC-Spain studyhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Direct-acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C among people who use or inject drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysishttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/langa...
Attitudes and barriers associated with seasonal influenza vaccination uptake among public health students; a cross-sectional studyhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Optimal multi-source forecasting of seasonal influenzahttps://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/a...
Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic reviewhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
A content analysis of popular media reporting regarding increases in minimum ages of legal access for tobaccohttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Health in the European region: time to act on the evidencehttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000-14https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/advance-...
Does household help prevent loneliness among the elderly? An evaluation of a policy reform in the Netherlandshttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Supporting parenting to address social inequalities in health: a synthesis of systematic reviewshttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
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 betweenhttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
Are perceptions of community safety associated with respiratory illness among a low-income, minority adult population?https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...
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. https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/redire...
VisiOn: enabling citizens to control their data privacy
The VisiOn project makes it easier to check that public administrations are storing personal data responsibly. https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/redire...
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. https://ec.europa.eu/health/cross_border...
European Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV) launchedOn September 4, in Paris, the Joint Action on Vaccination “EU-JAV” was launched. https://ec.europa.eu/health/vaccination/overview_en
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 36, 06 September 2018
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 37, 13 September 2018
Surveillance and outbreak report
Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 38, 20 September 2018
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.
WHO - list of newly-published titles