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  The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - December 2018
 
 

Newsletter - December 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 December newsletter, including information from EUPHA, EUPHA members, European Commission, ECDC and WHO. We hope the information is useful to further your work. This is the last newsletter of 2018 giving us time to reflect on our achievements in 2018 (the EUPHA annual report 2018 is out) and present you with some of our plans for 2019.

We would like to wish you all a happy festive season and a good start in 2019 and we look forward to working with you again in 2019. 

Wishing you pleasant reading,

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

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA annual report 2018

The annual report presenting the activities of EUPHA in 2018 is now available on our website

EUPHA Section Presidents and Vice-president

We are saying goodbye to a few Section Presidents. We would like to give them a heartfelt thank you for their service and work they have put into their sections.

Chris Birt, Food and nutrition
Aura Timen, Infectious diseases control
Allan Krasnik, Migrant and ethnic minority health
Tek-Ang Lim, Public health economics
Giuseppe la Torre, Public health epidemiology
Arpana Verma, Urban public health

We warmly welcome our new Section Presidents and Vice-presidents

Food and nutrition
President: Tatjana Buzeti, WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice 

Infectious diseases control
President: Michael Edelstein, Public Health England
Vice-presidents: 
Maria Ganczak, Department of Epidemiology and Management, Pomeranian Medical University, Poland
Anna Odone, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy
Ricardo Mexia, National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal

Public health economics
Diana Sonntag, Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Heidelberg

Public health epidemiology
President: Stefania Boccia, Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Rome
Vice-President: Linsay Gray, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Migrant and ethnic minority health
President: Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research 

Urban public health
President: Stefano Capolongo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Vice-presidents:
Evangelia Chrysikou, the Bartlett Real Estate Institute UCL, UK
Greg Williams, University of Manchester, UK

EUPHA welcomes Council's adoption of recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) welcomes the adoption of a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases by Health Ministers during the EPSCO Council meeting held on Friday 7 December. By adopting this recommendation, Ministers send out a clear message on the importance of maintaining high levels of coverage within the European Union. They also demonstrate the importance of continuing cooperation at European level to effectively address cross-border health threats.
During the past months EUPHA has worked to raise attention on the importance of increasing vaccine confidence by publishing a special e-collection of articles published in the European Journal of Public Healthand organising a symposium with national and European experts and stakeholders.
EUPHA calls upon politicians to show their support for vaccination since this is important for building vaccine confidence in European citizens.

https://eupha.org/advocacy-by-eupha

European symposium 2019: Salutogenic hospital design and urban health

EUPHA is proud to be a partner in the 2019 European symposium on salutogenic hospital design and urban health, organised by the Politecnico Milan. This symposium linking architectur and design to health is organised in Milan, Italy from 28-31 March 2019. The president of our EUPHA section on Urban public health, Prof Stefano Capolongo is the scientific director of the conference. 
Early bird registration closes on 31 December 2018, so don't wait to register. 

http://https://www.designhealtheurope201...

2nd International Public Mental Health Conference: Resilience and recovery

EUPHA is proud to be a co-organiser of the 2nd International Public Mental Health Conference, that is organised in Jerusalem, Israel from 19 to 21 June 2019. 

The first Public Mental Health (PMH) congress was held in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2017. In recent decades, public mental health has become a cornerstone in the field of public health. Most excitingly public mental health addresses the conditions ranking high among the top causes of global burden of disease.

Community factors are increasingly understood as critical factors in the development and the maintenance of mental disorders and mental health. The theme of our conference will be RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY. This is highly relevant not only for our professionals but also for the public. Renowned scientists from many countries of the world will present the most recent research and discuss these topics.
The call for abstract submission is now open and will close on 17 April 2019.

https://www.pmhconferenceisrael.com/abst...

5th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health

EUPHA is very proud to be a partner for the 5th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, to be held in Edinburgh from 21 to 23 October 2019. 

https://leph2018toronto.com/your-invitation-to-leph2019-in-edinburgh-scotland-by-acc-john-hawkins/ 

3. European Public Health Conference

Thank you Ljubljana 2018...

The 2018 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been a very successful conference, where capacity building, knowledge exchange and networking have filled the four days of the conference. Reports, photos, etc are already available on https://ephconference.eu/conference-2018-Ljubljana-184

And welcome to Marseille 2019

The 12th European Public Health Conference will be organised in Marseille, France from 20-23 November 2019. The main theme of the conference is "Building bridges for solidarity and public health". The European Public Health Conference Foundation, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Société Française de Santé Publique (sfsp) are pleased to invite you to the 12th European Public Health Conference.

Dates to remember: 

1 February 2019 Abstract submission opens
1 May 2019        Abstract submission closes 

4. EUPHA members update

French Society of Public Health advertising Marseille 2019

In a special edition of the French newsletter (Flash), the French Society of Public Health is calling upon all its members to come to Marseille 2019. Marseille 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for public health professionals in France to present their work and network with colleagues in Europe. 

5. European Journal of Public Health

 

Latest issue of the journal, December 2018

EDITORIALS
Primary health care 40 years after Alma Ata 1978: addressing new challenges in a changing society 
Jan De Maeseneer; Sally Kendall
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 983, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky217
 
The neglect of migrant oral health: setting a research agenda for Europe 
Denise Duijster; Charles Agyemang
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 984–985, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky106
 
COMMENTARY
Terrorist attacks: a public health issue 
Jutta Lindert; Johan Bilsen; Martin McKee
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 986, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky139
 
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
Disinvestment in cancer care: a survey investigating European countries’ opinions and views 
Maria Lucia Specchia; Giuseppe La Torre; Giovanna Elisa Calabrò; Paolo Villari; Roberto Grilli ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 987–992, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky033
 
Risk of pressure ulcers in tetraplegic people: a French survey crossing regional experience with a long-term follow-up 
Marc Le Fort; Maude Espagnacq; Thierry Albert; Chloë Lefèvre; Brigitte Perrouin-Verbe ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 993–999, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky084
 
A qualitative study on primary health care responses to intimate partner violence during the economic crisis in Spain 
Laura Otero-García; Erica Briones-Vozmediano; Carmen Vives-Cases; Marta García-Quinto; Belén Sanz-Barbero ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1000–1005, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky095
 
Assessing the relationship between healthcare market competition and medical care quality under Taiwan’s National Health Insurance programme 
Chih-Hsien Liao; Ning Lu; Chao-Hsiun Tang; Hui-Chih Chang; Kuo-Cherh Huang
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1005–1011, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky099
 
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH
Perceived school climate, academic well-being and school-aged children’s self-rated health: a mediator analysis 
Katharina Rathmann; Max Herke; Kristina Heilmann; Jaana M Kinnunen; Arja Rimpelä ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1012–1018, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky089
 
Online sexual victimization in youth: predictors and cross-sectional associations with depressive symptoms 
Heléne Zetterström Dahlqvist; Katja Gillander Gådin
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1018–1023, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky102
 
Growing ethnic disparities in prevalence of overweight and obesity in children 2–15 years in the Netherlands 
Jeroen A de Wilde; Rianne C Meeuwsen; Barend J Middelkoop
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1023–1028, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky104
 
Good practice criteria for childhood obesity prevention in kindergartens and schools—elaboration, content and use 
Viktoria A Kovacs; Eszter Sarkadi-Nagy; Petru Sandu; Vesselka Duleva; Angela Spinelli ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1029–1034, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky129
 
MENTAL HEALTH
EDITOR'S CHOICE
A systematic review of mental health and wellbeing outcomes of group singing for adults with a mental health condition 
Elyse Williams; Genevieve A Dingle; Stephen Clift
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1035–1042, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky115
 
A systematic review of the indirect costs of schizophrenia in Europe
A FasseehB NémethA MolnárF-U FrickeM Horváth ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1043–1049, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky231
 
Neighbour and traffic noise annoyance: a nationwide study of associated mental health and perceived stress 
Heidi A R Jensen; Birgit Rasmussen; Ola Ekholm
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1050–1055, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky091
 
Whose income is more important: mine, yours or ours? Income inequality and mental health in northern Sweden 
Miguel San Sebastián; Paola A Mosquera; Per E Gustafsson
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1056–1061, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky110
 
Socioeconomic inequalities in psychosocial problems of children: mediating role of maternal depressive symptoms 
Sanne A A de Laat; Anja C Huizink; Michel H Hof; Tanja G M Vrijkotte
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1062–1068, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky125
 
Association of childhood stress with late-life dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: the KIHD study 
Gwendolyn A R Donley; Eija Lönnroos; Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen; Jussi Kauhanen
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1069–1073, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky134
 
MIGRATION
Length of residence and caesarean section in migrant women in Sweden: a population-based study 
Sol P Juárez; Rhonda Small; Anders Hjern; Erica Schytt
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1073–1079, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky074
 
Healthcare services for Syrian refugees in Jordan: a systematic review 
R El Arab; M Sagbakken
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1079–1087, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky103
 
The importance of health behaviours and especially broader self-management abilities for older Turkish immigrants 
Jane M Cramm; Anna P Nieboer
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1087–1092, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky174
 
SOCIOECONOMIC DETERMINANTS
Morbidity and housing status 10 years after shelter use—follow-up of homeless men in Helsinki, Finland 
Agnes Stenius-Ayoade; Peija Haaramo; Hannu Kautiainen; Sanna Sunikka; Mika Gissler ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1092–1097, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky038
 
Measuring adolescents’ weight socioeconomic gradient using parental socioeconomic position 
Julie Akkoyun-Farinez; Abdou Y Omorou; Johanne Langlois; Elisabeth Spitz; Philip Böhme ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1097–1102, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky064
 
Socioeconomic factors and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation—a cohort study in Swedish primary care 
Per Wändell; Axel C Carlsson; Danijela Gasevic; Martin J Holzmann; Johan Ärnlöv ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1103–1109, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky075
 
Socioeconomic predictors of referral to a diagnostic centre on suspected adverse events following HPV vaccination 
Nanna Weye; Kirsten Fonager; Tina Lützen; Dorte Rytter
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1109–1113, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky088
 
Short report: persistent social inequality in poor self-rated health among adolescents in Denmark 1991–2014 
Bjørn E Holstein; Sanne Ellegaard Jørgensen; Pernille Due; Mogens Trab Damsgaard; Mette Rasmussen
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1114–1116, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky234
 
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Adverse effect of the financial crisis in Greece on perinatal factors 
Irini Zografaki; Dimitris Papamichail; Takis Panagiotopoulos
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1116–1121, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky078
 
Manual handling of burdens as a predictor of birth outcome—a Finnish Birth Register Study 
Emma Kwegyir-Afful; Reeta Lamminpää; Tuomas Selander; Mika Gissler; Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1122–1126, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky081
 
SCREENING
Detecting persons at risk for diabetes mellitus type 2 using FINDRISC: results from a community pharmacy-based study 
Sonja Milovanovic; Andrea Silenzi; Flavia Kheiraoui; Giuseppe Ventriglia; Stefania Boccia ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1127–1132, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky009
 
Moving towards an organized cervical cancer screening: costs and impact 
Mireia Diaz; David Moriña; Vanesa Rodríguez-Salés; Raquel Ibáñez; Josep Alfons Espinás ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1132–1138, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky061
 
The Screening Illustrator: separating the effects of lead-time and overdiagnosis in mammography screening 
Mette L Lousdal; Mette H Møller; Ivar S Kristiansen; Mette Kalager; Torbjørn Wisløff ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1138–1142, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky085
 
Factors related to the participation and detection of lesions in colorectal cancer screening programme-based faecal immunochemical test 
Isabel Portillo; Eunate Arana-Arri; Iñaki Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea; Isabel Bilbao; Jose Luis Hurtado ...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1143–1148, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky109
 
A systematic review of health promotion interventions to increase breast cancer screening uptake: from the last 12 years 
Feleke Doyore Agide; Roya Sadeghi; Gholamreza Garmaroudi; Bereket Molla Tigabu
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1149–1155, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckx231
 
A systematic review of the effectiveness of health education interventions to increase cervical cancer screening uptake 
Feleke Doyore Agide; Gholamreza Garmaroudi; Roya Sadeghi; Elham Shakibazadeh; Mehdi Yaseri...
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1156–1162, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky197
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Social and community factors associated with hypertension awareness and control among older adults in Tirana, Albania 
Catherine M Pirkle; Alban Ylli; Genc Burazeri; Tetine L Sentell
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1163–1168, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky036
 
Is dog ownership associated with mortality? A nationwide registry study 
Ivalu Katajavaara Sørensen; Pernille Envold Bidstrup; Naja Hulvej Rod; Tjorben Rühling; Christoffer Johansen
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1169–1171, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky164
 
EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS
European Public Health News 
Dineke Zeegers Paget; Natasha Azzopardi Muscat; Zsuzsanna Jakab; Vytenis Andriukaitis; Yves Charpak
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1 December 2018, Pages 1172–1175, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky238

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Call for papers: Public mental health

Archives of Public Health invites you to submit to our new article collection 'Public mental health'.

https://www.biomedcentral.com/collection...

Recruitment of a part-time (French-speaking) researcher in the area of healthcare

With a view to strengthening its multilingual team situated in Brussels, the European Social Observatory (OSE) is hiring a half-time researcher in the area of healthcare, 1 February – 31 December 2019. The researcher (French speaking) will be involved in research on (a) inequalities in access to healthcare in Belgium and/or (b) the functioning of the European Reference Networks of expertise centres.  
Deadline for submission: 3 January 2019.

http://www.ose.be/files/Engagement_Cherc...

Job Posting: SPIN Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

SPIN is currently seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position, in partnership with Scleroderma Canada. Please read the job description below for details.

SPIN Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr. Brett Thombs (website) of McGill University and the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN), in partnership with Scleroderma Canada (website), is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to coordinate the Scleroderma Support group Leader EDucation (SPIN-SSLED) Program. This is a two-year position supported by the Mitacs fellowship program (website). 
People with rare diseases face the same challenges as people with more common diseases, as well as additional unique challenges, but typically cannot access disease-specific professional support services. Peer-led support groups often fill this gap. Scleroderma, is a rare autoimmune connective tissue disease that causes significant disability and disfigurement. There are over 200 peer-led scleroderma support groups affiliated with the patient organization Scleroderma Canada and SPIN’s patient organization partners in the USA, UK, and Australia. Many patients, however, cannot access support groups. In other cases, support groups are not sustained due to factors that include demands on group leaders living with a burdensome disease and limited organizational and group management skills of group leaders. 
The SPIN-SSLED Program is an innovative 13-week training and educational program for scleroderma support group leaders that is delivered to support group leaders internationally via videoconference. The objectives of the SPIN-SSLED Program are to improve support group leader efficacy and, thus, to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of existing scleroderma support groups, reduce burden on support group leaders, and increase the availability of scleroderma support groups. SPIN recently completed a successful feasibility trial (claire.fedoruk@gmail.com) by January 7, 2019. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Help us expose the tactics of the tobacco industry

We're recruiting for new academic and professional staff roles to support our work researching and exposing the tactics of the tobacco industry.
The Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products (STOP) is a brand new global tobacco industry watchdog based partly in the University of Bath alongside our partners:

STOP brings together the global leaders in tobacco industry monitoring and research, advocacy, accountability and communication. This unique combination will help ensure our research is widely and effectively communicated and maximally impactful.
This new watchdog, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will build on the successful research of the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group including its TobaccoTactics website. With focus on low and middle income countries, we will be extending the scale, geographic reach and responsiveness of our research.
You will join our Tobacco Control Research Group. We're globally recognised for our research on the tobacco industry. We're a dynamic, multidisciplinary research group, based in the Department for Health. You will also benefit from close collaboration with the School of Management and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences within the University as well as with our dynamic project partners.

https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/join-ou...

7. Interesting news

A better way to prevent the spread of HIV

HIV transmission rates have not declined since 2011. “The power of prevention is not being realized”, said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, in 2016. “If there is resurgence in new HIV infections now, the epidemic will become impossible to control. The world needs to take urgent and immediate action to close the prevention gap.”

https://blog.oup.com/2018/12/better-way-...

The unbearable burden of inequalities (or the 2030 agenda as a roadmap to fight inequalities in Europe)

Blog published by SDG Watch Europe - lists some basic ‘inequalities facts’.

https://www.sdgwatcheurope.org/the-unbea...

Improving immunizations for older people

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends multiple immunizations for older adults, including flu, two pneumonia vaccines, vaccination against herpes zoster, and a one-time tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 63% of annual hospitalizations, and 90% of influenza-related mortality, occurs in people over 65.

https://blog.oup.com/2018/11/improving-i...

Healthy aging and the Mediterranean diet

Q&A with Luigi Fontana, PhD, and Mediterranean Diet expert.

https://blog.oup.com/2018/12/healthy-agi...

Transforming our food system to ensure a sustainable future

 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20...

Romanian health minister: Prevention and innovative drugs to kill cancer

In order to face the rising cancer incidence across Europe, governments should prioritise prevention policies, as well as access to innovative medicines under an EU-wide plan, Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/diabete...

More attention for personal stories

The BMJ published seven examples of small acts of kindness in their December 10 issue.  It shows that these personal stories are inspiring to us all (not just in the Christmas season) and we can learn from exchanging these stories. 
BMJ 2018363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5136 (Published 10 December 2018)Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5136

REHAB 4: addiction helpline in the UK

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a free hotline dedicated to assisting those suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems. Rehab 4 Addiction was founded in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves. You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690.

http://https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk...

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.

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

Winter School in Clinical Epidemiology
21 Jan 2019 - 25 Jan 2019 / Tirol, Austria
Organiser: HTADS

Stakeholder conference: How to join forces in influenza pandemic preparedness
22 Jan 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: ESWI

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

Low Vitamin D during pregnancy and health risk in mother and child
1 Feb 2019 / Frederiksberg, Denmark
Organiser: Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute at Bispebjerg, Frederiksberg Hospital and The Department of Public Health, University of Copenhage

EHMA 2019 Annual conference - Call for Abstracts
17 Feb 2019 / Dipoli, Espo, Finland
Organiser: EHMA

7th Epidemiology and Public Health Conference
18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019 / Dubai, UEA
Organiser: Conference series

2nd bi-annual Patient Flow: The Future of Urgent and Emergency Care Congress
27 Feb 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Convenzis group

4th Congress Hidden Hunger: Hidden hunger and the transformation of food systems: How to combat the double burden of malnutrition?
27 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019 / Stuttgart, Germany
Organiser: University of Hohenheim

MSc International Healthcare Leadership (part-time)
1 Mar 2019 - 1 Mar 2021 / Online + 4 workshops in Manchester, UK
Organiser: Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

World Healthcare Congress Europe 2019
5 Mar 2019 - 7 Mar 2019 / Manchester, United Kingdom
Organiser: WHCE

Professional Certificate in Strategic Health Planning
18 Mar 2019 - 22 Mar 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: International Centre for Parlementary Studies

Strenghening preparedness for (re)emerging arbovirus infections: symptoms, diagnostics, clinical management and outbreak control
19 Mar 2019 - 21 Mar 2019 / Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organiser: ESCMID

Healthy Ageing: The Grand Challenge
19 Mar 2019 / Manchester, United Kingdom
Organiser: Open Forum Events

Health Economics for Public Health Practice & Research
8 Apr 2019 - 10 Apr 2019 / Gwynedd, United Kingdom
Organiser: Bangor University

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

European Diabetes Epidemiology Group Annual Conference EDEG 2019
11 May 2019 - 14 May 2019 / Luxembourg city, Luxembourg
Organiser: Luxembourg Public Health Association

Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD)
13 May 2019 - 14 May 2019 / Frankfurt, Germany
Organiser: PCM Scientific

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

15th Edition of International Conference on Healthcare
27 May 2019 - 29 May 2019 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: EuroSciCon

2019 keyconference on Mental health service research
6 Jun 2019 - 8 Jun 2019 / Lisbon, Portugal
Organiser: ENMESH

EHMA 2019 Annual conference
17 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019 / Dipoli, Espo, Finland
Organiser: EHMA

2nd International Public Mental Health Conference
19 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019 / Jerusalem, Israel
Organiser: EUPHA section on Public mental health

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

The fifth international conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
21 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019 / Edinburgh, Scotland
Organiser: LEPH

9. Interesting publications

The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...

Attendance barriers experienced by female health care workers voluntarily participating in a multi-component health promotion programme at the workplace

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

"To survey or to register" is that the question for estimating population incidence of injuries?

https://archpublichealth.biomedcentral.c...

Type 2 diabetes: the urgent need to protect young people

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...

Association between time preference, present-bias and physical activity: implications for designing behavior change interventions

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

Consumption of energy drinks among adolescents in Norway: a cross-sectional study

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

Pathways leading to success and non-success: a process evaluation of a cluster randomized physical activity health promotion program applying fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysi

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

Current and ceased users of sit stand workstations: a qualitative evaluation of ergonomics, safety and health factors within a workplace setting

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

The association between active tobacco use during pregnancy and growth outcomes of children under five years of age: a systematic review and meta-analysis

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.co...

Disparities in mortality among 25-44-year-olds in England: a longitudinal, population-based study

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...

Neighborhoods with more green space may mean less heart disease

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20...

CRISPR-Cas9: a world first?

A Lancet editorial discusses the claims of the first genetically edited children.
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...

The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move

New data and analyses to dispel myths surrounding migration and migrants, and calling for promotion of health in global mobility.
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...

Effects of the Learning Together intervention on bullying and aggression in English secondary schools (INCLUSIVE): a cluster randomised controlled trial

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...

Connecting food systems for co-benefits: how can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?

http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/part...

The MIPEX Health strand: a longitudinal, mixed-methods survey of policies on migrant health in 38 countries

European Journal of Public Health, cky233, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky233 
http://https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/a...

Suicide and Youth: Risk Factors

Front. Psychiatry, 30 October 2018  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00540
Johan Bilsen
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10....

10. European Commission news

EU Health Ministers adopted Council Recommendation on Vaccine Preventable Diseases

On 7 December the Health Ministers of the EU adopted a Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases. The Recommendation focuses on three main pillars: tackling vaccine hesitancy and improving vaccination coverage, sustainable vaccination policies in the EU and EU coordination and contribution to global health. It insists on targeted outreach towards vulnerable groups, calls to strengthen vaccination training in medical curricula and exploits the synergies with eHealth and digital technologies to establish electronic vaccination records for all EU citizens.

https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...

You are what you eat - and Healthy and Sustainable European Food Systems can help!

Dr Karin Schindler, Head of Unit for maternal, paediatric and gender-related health and nutrition at the Austrian Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Safety, talks about the recent conference organised by her ministry as part of the Austrian EU Presidency on the theme of ‘Healthy and Sustainable European Food Systems’ and explains why the subject is such an important and timely one.

https://ec.europa.eu/health/health-eu-ne...

Health Equity Pilot Project Holds Final Conference

On 6 December in Brussels the Health Equity Pilot Project (HEPP) is holding its final conference "Evidence into Practice - Action on Health Inequalities" with more than 170 participants, including policy makers and public administrators, NGOs and international organisations, regional and municipal health departments and other organisations taking part

https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...

Statement by DG SANTE Commissioner Andriukaitis on World AIDS Day

Speech by Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on 1 December: "Today, on the World AIDS Day, I think about all the people in the European Union and worldwide who suffer from and struggle with HIV/AIDS and related complications..."

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissi...

Non-Communicable Diseases

Note of the meeting - Extraordinary meeting of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (28 September 2018)

https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health...

Health Equity Pilot Project Holds Final Conference

On 6 December in Brussels the Health Equity Pilot Project (HEPP) held its final conference "Evidence into Practice - Action on Health Inequalities" with more than 170 participants, including policy makers and public administrators, NGOs and international organisations, regional and municipal health departments and other organisations taking part.

https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Factsheet - Application of the ERN model in European Cross-Border Healthcare cooperation

https://ec.europa.eu/health/expert_panel...

Factsheet: Action Plan against Disinformation

Disinformation is an evolving challenge, with high potential to negatively influence democratic processes and societal debates. Its increasingly adverse effects on society across the European Union call for a coordinated, joint and sustainable approach to comprehensively counter it.

The Action Plan against Disinformation includes a set of actions aiming to build up capabilities and strengthen cooperation between Member States and EU institutions to proactively address disinformation.

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-mark...

Commission publishes Final Opinion on Health Risks of Oil and Gas Exploration in the EU

On 10 December, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published its final opinion on the public health impacts and risks resulting from onshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the EU. The SCHEER opinion concluded that the existing epidemiological studies provide weak to moderate evidence that onshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation entails health risks for the general population. They also indicate that the risk of some cancers and of adverse birth outcomes may be increased in populations living around onshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation sites. The SCHEER made the following recommendations:

  1. the development of a centralised and harmonised inventory of all oil and gas exploration and exploitation sites in the EU;
  2. the conduct of analytical and modelling studies that identify, quantify and characterise exposure mixtures and their levels in the vicinity of these sites;
  3. the initiation of targeted biomonitoring and exposure assessment studies of populations potentially at risk;
  4. the implementation of large-scale epidemiological studies with accurate exposure assessment; and
  5. the performance of quantitative risk assessment studies.
https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_c...

State of Health in the EU: 'Health systems need to exploit more fully the potential of new digital technologies'

The 2018 "Health at a Glance Europe" joint report of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been published. It contains key findings on how innovative digital solutions could transform health and care systems.

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-mark...

EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting (Brussels, 12 November 2018)

Presentations and pictures - EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting (Brussels, 12 November 2018).

https://ec.europa.eu/health/policies/eve...

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 48, 29 November 2018

Rapid communication
HIV in Europe and Central Asia: progress in 2018 towards meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets
Adult Hyalomma marginatum tick positive for Rickettsia aeschlimannii in Austria, October 2018
Outbreaks
An outbreak of leptospirosis among kayakers in Brittany, North-West France, 2016
Perspective
Defining linkage to care following human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) diagnosis for public health monitoring in Europe
Research article
Trends in seasonal influenza vaccine coverage of target groups in France, 2006/07 to 2015/16: Impact of recommendations and 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 49, 06 December 2018

Research article
Quantifying unmet prevention needs among MSM in Europe through a multi-site bio-behavioural survey
Hepatitis E in pigs in Israel: seroprevalence, molecular characterisation and potential impact on humans
Perspective
Development of a public health emergency preparedness competency model for European Union countries

Eurosurveillance - Volume 23, Issue 50, 13 December 2018

Editorial
Note from the editors: Special issue on advanced diagnostics to inform public health policy
Research article
Culture-free genotyping of Neisseria gonorrhoeae revealed distinct strains at different anatomical sites in a quarter of patients, the Netherlands, 2012 to 2016
Improvement of Legionnaires’ disease diagnosis using real-time PCR assay: a retrospective analysis, Italy, 2010 to 2015
Assessment of metagenomic Nanopore and Illumina sequencing for recovering whole genome sequences of chikungunya and dengue viruses directly from clinical samples
Letter
Letter to the editor: Is malaria re-emerging in southern Europe? Cryptic Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Malta, October 2018
Miscellaneous
In the national epidemiological bulletins – a selection from recent issues
ECDC’s latest publications

12. WHO news

New HIV diagnoses at alarmingly high levels in the European Region despite progress in EU/EEA

With nearly 160 000 people newly diagnosed with HIV, 2017 marked another year of alarming numbers of new HIV diagnoses in the WHO European Region. Encouragingly, the overall increasing trend is not as steep as before.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...

Commemorating victims of road crashes across the European Region

On World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR), WHO country offices actively engaged with high-level policy-makers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), police forces, churches, emergency services and civil society to commemorate the lives lost or irreversibly impacted by road trauma. Across the WHO European Region, they organized activities and events to raise awareness about the preventable deaths of 83 000 people killed each year on the Region’s roads.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...

International Migrants Day - launch event of the Migration and Health Technical Guidance series and pre-launch of the "Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region

To coincide with International Migrants Day on 18 December, WHO organized a technical pre-launch of the “Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region” and the new Migration and Health Technical Guidance series. These are part of the Migration Health Knowledge Management (MiHKMa) project at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...

Conference on WHO recommendations on non-clinical interventions to reduce unnecessary caesarean section

In an attempt to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections (CS), WHO/Europe has convened an international conference of key stakeholders working in maternal and perinatal health, health policy-making and health systems, held 13–14 December 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...

Meeting of the WHO collaborating centres to strengthen capacity to tackle noncommunicable disease risk factors and to improve surveillance in the WHO European Region

WHO collaborating centres working with noncommunicable disease (NCD) risk factors and surveillance met for 2 days at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs in Moscow, Russian Federation, to discuss how to generate better evidence, take more comprehensive action to tackle NCD risk factors, and strengthen NCD surveillance activities in the European Region.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...

Bulletin of WHO Vol. 96, No. 12, 2018

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is an international journal of public health with a special focus on developing countries. Since it was first published in 1948, the Bulletin has become one of the world's leading public health journals.

https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/96/...

The role of public health organizations in addressing public health problems in Europe: The case of obesity, alcohol and antimicrobial resistance (2018)

Growing levels of obesity (including among children), continued harmful consumption of alcohol, and the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are some of the greatest contemporary challenges to the health of European populations. While their magnitude varies from country to country, all are looking for policy options to contain these threats to population health. It is clear that public health organizations must play a part in any response, and that intersectoral action beyond the health system is needed. What is less clear, however, is what role public health organizations currently play in addressing these problems.
This is the gap that this volume aims to fill. It is based on detailed country reports from nine European countries (England, France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden) on the involvement of public health organizations in addressing obesity, alcohol and antimicrobial resistance. These reports explore the power and influence of public health organizations vis-a-vis other key actors in each of the stages of the policy cycle (problem identification and issue recognition, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation).
A cross-country comparison assesses the involvement of public health organizations in the nine countries covered. It outlines the scale of the problem, describes the policy responses, and explores the role of public health organizations in addressing these three public health challenges. This study is the result of close collaboration between the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Division of Health Systems and Public Health. It accompanies two other Observatory publications: Organization and financing of public health services in Europe and Organization and financing of public health services in Europe: country reports.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/publications/...

Organization and financing of public health services in Europe (2018)

How are public health services in Europe organized and financed? With European health systems facing a plethora of challenges that can be addressed through public health interventions, there is renewed interest in strengthening public health services. Yet, there are enormous gaps in our knowledge. How many people work in public health? How much money is spent on public health? What does it actually achieve? None of these questions can be answered easily.
This volume brings together current knowledge on the organization and financing of public health services in Europe. It is based on country reports on the organization and financing of public health services in nine European countries and an in-depth analysis of the involvement of public health services in addressing three contemporary public health challenges (alcohol, obesity and antimicrobial resistance).
The focus is on four core dimensions of public health services: organization, financing, the public health workforce, and quality assurance. The questions the volume seeks to answer are:

  • How are public health services in Europe organized? Are there good practices that can be emulated? What policy options are available?
  • How much is spent on public health services? Where do resources come from? And what was the impact of the economic crisis?
  • What do we know about the public health workforce? How can it be strengthened?
  • How is the quality of public health services being assured? What should quality assurance systems for public health services look like?

This study is the result of close collaboration between the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Division of Health Systems and Public Health. It accompanies two other Observatory publications: Organization and financing of public health services in Europe: country reports and The role of public health organizations in addressing public health problems in Europe: the case of obesity, alcohol and antimicrobial resistance.

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New WHO report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world's roads

7 DECEMBER 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland - A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. The WHO Global status report on road safety 2018 highlights that road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years.
 
"These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility," said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions. This report is a call for governments and partners to take much greater action to implement these measures."
 
The WHO Global status report on road safety 2018 documents that despite an increase in the overall number of deaths, the rates of death relative to the size of the world population have stabilized in recent years. This suggests that existing road safety efforts in some middle- and high-income countries have mitigated the situation.
 
"Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves - and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world," said Michael R Bloomberg, Founder and CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. "We know which interventions work. Strong policies and enforcement, smart road design, and powerful public awareness campaigns can save millions of lives over the coming decades."   
 
In the settings where progress has been made, it is largely attributed to better legislation around key risks such as speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use seat-belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints; safer infrastructure like sidewalks and dedicated lanes for cyclists and motorcyclists; improved vehicle standards such as those that mandate electronic stability control and advanced braking; and enhanced post-crash care.
 
The report documents that these measures have contributed to reductions in road traffic deaths in 48 middle- and high-income countries. However, not a single low-income country has demonstrated a reduction in overall deaths, in large part because these measures are lacking.
 
In fact, the risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. The rates are highest in Africa (26.6 per 100 000 population) and lowest in Europe (9.3 per 100 000 population). On the other hand, since the previous edition of the report, three regions of the world have reported a decline in road traffic death rates: Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific.
 
Variations in road traffic deaths are also reflected by type of road user. Globally, pedestrians and cyclists account for 26% of all road traffic deaths, with that figure as high as 44% in Africa and 36% in the Eastern Mediterranean. Motorcycle riders and passengers account for 28% of all road traffic deaths, but the proportion is higher in some regions, e.g. 43% in South-East Asia and 36% in the Western Pacific.
 
RELATED LINKS:
 
Global status report on road safety 2018
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2018/en 
 
WHO fact sheet on road traffic injuries
http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/road-traffic-injuries 
 
WHO web site on road traffic injuries
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_traffic/en/ 
 
SaveLIVES: a road safety technical package
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/save-lives-package/en/

 

 

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