|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2019
To celebrate healthy populations and raise awareness of public health, EUPHA is launching the first-ever European Public Health WEEK, which will be held 13 - 17 May 2019. Read how you can join the WEEK in this newsletter.
Earlier this month the EUPHA section council came together and had a productive two-day meeting, including prepartions for the European Public Health Conference. Two proposed sections were presented: Digital health and Oral health.
Be sure to check out the updates from the European Public Health Conference, our member, the latest issue of the EJPH, and news from the European Commission, ECDC and WHO.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA President and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director
2. EUPHA update
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will remain one of the key threats to global health in the years and decades to come. It is already costing thousands of lives every year. The European region is not spared and unless AMR is tackled rapidly, it will likely become one of the top causes of deaths, globally and in Europe. The European Journal of Public Health papers in this e-collection provide concrete examples of how the strategic objectives of the AMR global action plan can be operationalised in the region, showcasing some successes but also highlighting some of the challenges, in particular around changing prescribing and consumption behaviour.
EUPHA is very happy to be a co-organiser of the 4th V4 Public Health Conference which will be held on 25-26 April, 2019 in Debrecen, Hungary. The four Visegrád (V4) countries (i.e. Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) have a common history, common challenges, common public health problems and aim to find common solutions together.
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.
2nd International Public Mental Health Conference, of the EUPHA Section Public Mental Health, will be held in Jerusalem, Israel on June 19-21, 2019
We cordially invite you to participate and contribute to this exciting conference in Jerusalem. We invite oral and poster abstract submissions that provide scientific knowledge fitting one of the conference tracks. Check out the website for more information on how to submit your abstract, view the preliminary program, learn about the reduced registration rates that are available, and to register for this conference.
On behalf of the scientific committee, we wish you a warm welcome in Jerusalem, Jutta Lindert PhD, Haim Belmaker MD, Haim Knobler MD, Ido Lurie MD
3. Join the European Public Health WEEK
To celebrate healthy populations and raise awareness of public health, EUPHA is launching the first-ever European Public Health WEEK (EUPHW) between 13 and 17 May 2019, with each day focusing on a specific theme:
EUPHA encourages organisations, professionals and citizens interested in public health to join activities related to these themes, organise their own or simply spread the word.
You can find more information on the EUPHA website, which will be updated regularly in the coming months. A form to submit your activities will be available shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to share your ideas and questions please email email@example.com.
The European Public Health WEEK is an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), co-organised by the European Commission, and supported by WHO Europe.
4. European Public Health Conference
12th European Public Health Conference: ‘Building bridges for solidarity and public health’, Marseille Chanot, Marseille, France, 20 - 23 November 2019
Call for Abstracts
Do not miss the opportunity to be recognised for your hard work. Abstracts and workshop proposals can be submitted here.
5. EUPHA members update
EUPHA and the Romanian Association for Public Health publish e-collection on AMR
EUPHA publishes e-collection 'Fighting antimicrobial resistance: actions taken across Europe'. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will remain one of the key threats to global health in the years and decades to come. It is already costing thousands of lives every year. The European region is not spared and unless AMR is tackled rapidly, it will likely become one of the top causes of deaths, globally and in Europe. The European Journal of Public Health papers in this e-collection provide concrete examples of how the strategic objectives of the AMR global action plan can be operationalised in the region, showcasing some successes but also highlighting some of the challenges, in particular around changing prescribing and consumption behaviour.
SFSP supports Walter Ricciardi
The French Society of Public Health is offering its support to Prof. Walter Ricciardi, past president of EUPHA, who stepped down as head of the National Institute of Public Health in Italy last December. Ricciardi protested to the unscientific approach to health by the Italian government.
DGMS National conference on 'New ideas for more health'
The German Society for Medical Sociology, together with the DGSMP, is organising its annual conference from 16-18 September in Dusseldorf.
Public Health Switzerland: annual meeting
Public Health Schweiz is organising a symposium on 'balanced diets, served in a comprehensive way' on 12 March 2019 in Bern.
Now available in Portuguese - EUPHA statement on migration, ethnicity and health
The EUPHA statement on migration, ethnicity and health is translated to Portuguese. This translation is kindly provided by the Portuguese Association of Public Health Doctors.
6. European Journal of Public Health
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
Fanny Collange; Anna Zaytseva; Céline Pulcini; Aurélie Bocquier; Pierre Verger
Juha Karvanen; Tommi Härkänen; Jaakko Reinikainen; Hanna Tolonen
Rafael B Goldszmidt; André R Buttendorf; Guenther Schuldt Filho; Jose M Souza, Jr; Marco A Bianchini
Karianne Svendsen; David R Jacobs Jr; Ida Tonning Røyseth; Kjersti Wilhelmsen Garstad; Marte Gjeitung Byfuglien...
Robin Ohannessian; Panayotis Constantinou; Franck Chauvin
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH
Peter Larm; Jonas Raninen; Cecilia Åslund; Johan Svensson; Kent W Nilsson
Maria Ramiro-Gonzalez; Darja Dobermann; Dmytro Metilka; Emogene Aldridge; Yongjie Yon ...
Susan P Phillips; Nathan King; Valerie Michaelson; William Pickett
Jaana L Minkkinen; Jaana M Kinnunen; Sakari Karvonen; Risto H Hotulainen; Pirjo L Lindfors ...
AGING AND HEALTH
Aljoscha Landös; Martina von Arx; Boris Cheval; Stefan Sieber; Matthias Kliegel ...
Yongjie Yon; Maria Ramiro-Gonzalez; Christopher R Mikton; Manfred Huber; Dinesh Sethi
Anna E Bone; Catherine J Evans; Simon N Etkind; Katherine E Sleeman; Barbara Gomes ...
Marc Tanghe; Nele Van Den Noortgate; Lara Pivodic; Luc Deliens; Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen ...
Maria Skaalum Petersen; Fróði Debes; Philippe Grandjean; Pál Weihe
Renata T C Yokota; Willma J Nusselder; Jean-Marie Robine; Jean Tafforeau; Françoise Renard ...
Anne-Karien M de Waard; Monika Hollander; Joke C Korevaar; Mark M J Nielen; Axel C Carlsson ...
Micky Scharn; Allard J van der Beek; Bianca Suanet; Martijn Huisman; Cécile R L Boot
Wilma J Nusselder; Dagmar Wapperom; Caspar W N Looman; Renata T C Yokota; Herman van Oyen...
Filippa Bono; Domenica Matranga
Sanni Yaya; Bishwajit Ghose; Ogochukwu Udenigwe; Vaibhav Shah; Alzahra Hudani ...
Talya Porat; Pablo Garaizar; Marta Ferrero; Hilary Jones; Mark Ashworth ...
Veronica Toffolutti; Martin McKee; Alessia Melegaro; Walter Ricciardi; David Stuckler
WORK AND HEALTH
Gerben Hulsegge; H Susan J Picavet; Allard J van der Beek; W M Monique Verschuren; Jos W Twisk...
Fabio Porru; Alex Burdorf; Suzan J W Robroek
Nathalie Havet; Alexis Penot; Morgane Plantier; Barbara Charbotel; Magali Morelle ...
Björg Helgadóttir; Pia Svedberg; Lisa Mather; Petra Lindfors; Gunnar Bergström ...
An-Li Wang; Zhenhao Shi; Victoria P Fairchild; Catherine A Aronowitz; Daniel D Langleben
Kolja N J van Beek; Mirte A G Kuipers; Onno Lignac; Anton E Kunst
Giuseppe Gorini; Silvano Gallus; Giulia Carreras; Barbara Cortini; Virginia Vannacci ...
Ciara M E Reynolds; Brendan Egan; Eimer G O’Malley; Rachel R A Kennedy; Sharon R Sheehan ...
P Marcin Sowa; Elena Keller; Nicole Stormon; Ratilal Lalloo; Pauline J Ford
Luisa M Moreno; Jesús Vergara; Raquel Alarcón
Marjorie C Johnston; Michael Crilly; Corri Black; Gordon J Prescott; Stewart W Mercer
Agnes Stenius-Ayoade; Peija Haaramo; Hannu Kautiainen; Sanna Sunikka; Mika Gissler ...
EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS
Dineke Zeegers Paget; Natasha Azzopardi Muscat; Zsuzsanna Jakab; Vytenis Andriukaitis; Yves Charpak
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Wanted: Public Health Experts in CUAMM
Doctors with Africa-CUAMM is an international NGO working for health system strengthening in Africa. Their mission is to advocate the universal right to health and promote the values of international solidarity, justice and peace. Working in 8 sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Central African Republic and Uganda). And the main intervention areas are: maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious diseases and no communicable diseases.
Open positions at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Invitation Short Course Methods in Social Epidemiology: 15 - 17 May 2019 at the University of AntwerpWhat to expect?
In this short course on methods in social epidemiology, experts will treat several topics of this rapidly evolving discipline. Besides the key note presentations in the morning, the methods sections in the afternoon will make you acquainted with the practical aspects. This course is really a must for all scholars working in public health and epidemiological research.
The course will be organised on the City Campus of the University of Antwerp. This campus is easily accessible by public transport.
Students or researchers in the field of epidemiology, public health, health promotion and education, health care management, biomedical or social sciences.
Registration fee: €60 (UAntwerp MEPI students) - €150 (UAntwerp MEPI alumni/other (PhD)students) - €300 (all others). The number of participants is limited to 50.
2019 Call for proposals of the Active and Assisted Living Programme now open
The Active and Assistive Living (AAL) Association has opened its 2019 Call for proposals: 'Sustainable Smart Solutions for Ageing Well'. This year the aim of the call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.
SPIN Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
SPIN is currently seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position, in partnership with Scleroderma Canada. Please read the job description for details.
8. Interesting news
When research participation pays, some people lie
Offering compensation can be an important tactic to attract potential participants for enrollment in research studies, but it might come at a cost. A new study found that up to 23 percent of respondents lied about their eligibility to participate in a survey when offered payment, even small amounts.
Audit preview: EU action to fight antimicrobial resistance
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit on the Commission’s and relevant agencies’ management of key activities and resources to support Member States as well as EU research aimed at fighting AMR.
Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
Researchers have developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak.
Do we have an epidemic? Enhancing disease surveillance using a health information exchange
While disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time has not been completely solved.
9. 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.
10. Interesting publications
Validity of Danish register diagnoses of myocardial infarction and stroke against experts in people with screen-detected diabetes
Parental digital health information seeking behavior in Switzerland: a cross-sectional study
Patients' experiences of physical activity on prescription with access to counsellors in routine care: a qualitative study in Sweden
Barriers and facilitators to adoption, implementation and sustainment of obesity prevention interventions in schoolchildren- a DEDIPAC case study
Environmental correlates of physical activity among children 10 to 13 years old in Wallonia (Belgium)
Predicting reattendance to the second round of the Maltese national breast screening programme: an analytical descriptive study
Using rapid reviews to strengthen health policy and systems and progress towards universal health coverage
The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change
Britain is broken: poor child health proves it
Adding insult to injury--redefining domestic abuse
Scientific conflict and big food companies
Preteen children's health related quality of life in Sweden: changes over time and disparities between different sociodemographic groups
Type 2 Diabetes: how informed are the general public? A cross-sectional study investigating disease awareness and barriers to communicating knowledge in high-risk populations in London
Introduction of genomics into prenatal diagnostics
Scaling up prevention and treatment towards the elimination of hepatitis C: a global mathematical model
How feasible is the global elimination of HCV infection?
More talk than action: gender and ethnic diversity in leading public health universities
Childhood sensorineural hearing loss and adult mental health up to 43 years later: results from the HUNT study
Pilot randomized controlled trial testing the influence of front-of-pack sugar warning labels on food demand
Diagnostic pathways and delay among tuberculosis patients in Stockholm, Sweden: a retrospective observational study
Ethnic differences in sedentary behaviour in 6-8-year-old children during school terms and school holidays: a mixed methods study
Global public health challenges, fiscal policies, and yellow vest
Population Health Monitoring: Climbing the Information Pyramidhttps://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319...
Social media, screen time, and young people's mental health
Digitising the way to better sleep health
Russia's burgeoning HIV epidemic
Evolution of educational inequalities in life and health expectancies at 25 years in Belgium between 2001 and 2011: a census-based study
Do cardiovascular disease prevention programs in northern Sweden impact on population health? An interrupted time series analysis
Barriers and facilitators to adoption, implementation and sustainment of obesity prevention interventions in schoolchildren- a DEDIPAC case study
Effect of a participative action intervention program on reducing mental retirement
The Dynamic Work study: study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial of an occupational health intervention aimed at reducing sitting time in office workers
Pertussis vaccination status and vaccine acceptance among medical students: multicenter study in Germany and Hungary
Do social factors and country of origin contribute towards explaining a "Latina paradox" among immigrant women giving birth in Germany?
Different analysis methods of Scottish and English child physical activity data explain the majority of the difference between the national prevalence estimates
"Do as we say, not as we do?" the lifestyle behaviours of hospital doctors working in Ireland: a national cross-sectional study
Effect of diet with or without exercise on abdominal fat in postmenopausal women - a randomised trial
11. European Commission news
Digital Health - First EU Patients That Can Use e-Prescriptions in Another Country
Finnish patients are now able to go to a pharmacy in Estonia and retrieve medicine prescribed electronically by their doctor in Finland. The initiative is part of the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure in which patients no longer need to provide a written prescription.http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-...
First Regional Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance: Cape Town, South Africa, 5-8 February 2019
The Commission organised the first of a series of regional workshops on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The purpose of the training is to provide support on strategies and actions promoting and strengthening the prudent use of antimicrobials and monitoring resistance in veterinary, food safety and public health sectors, to reinforce engagement with international organisations, and intensify cooperation with the invited countries. The workshop aims to help the participants to address AMR in their own countries, thus benefitting the whole region.https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...
Commissioner Andriukaitis at the Meeting of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control (Brussels, 6-7 February 2019)
Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, participated at the opening session of the Interim Meeting of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control (JATC) that took place on 6-7 February in Brussels with the presence of the Ingredients Subgroup of the Expert Group in Tobacco Control.https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...
The Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Holds its Second Formal Meeting
The Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases held its second formal meeting on 14 February 2019. The Flash Report of the meeting is available here.
Factsheet published on assessing the impact of digital transformation of health services
This factsheet summarises the newly published Opinion by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health.https://ec.europa.eu/health/expert_panel...
Factsheet - European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for Health 2014-2020
Webinar: Health Promotion and Primary Prevention 15 March 2019
Webinar on "Health Promotion and Primary Prevention in 21 European Countries - A report prepared by the CHRODIS PLUS joint action" (15 March 2019, 09.30 CET - Access code: 847 015 041 - Password: webinar2019)https://ecwacs.webex.com/ecwacs/j.php
EU Health policy platform - a place to meet!
The Health Policy Platform provides a place to meet, communicate and create synergies!https://ec.europa.eu/health/eunewsletter...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 6, 07 February 2019Rapid communication
An increase in reports of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the United Kingdom, 1 January 2018–21 January 2019: early findings
Childhood vaccinations: knowledge, attitudes and practices of paediatricians and factors associated with their confidence in addressing parental concerns, Italy, 2016
Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about vaccination in primary healthcare workers involved in the administration of systematic childhood vaccines, Barcelona, 2016/17
Timeliness and completeness of routine childhood vaccinations in young children residing in a district with recurrent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, Jerusalem, Israel
Impact of rotavirus vaccination on rotavirus genotype distribution and diversity in England, September 2006 to August 2016
Genetic and antigenic characterisation of influenza A(H3N2) viruses isolated in Yokohama during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 influenza seasons
Where do Eritrean migrants get infected with malaria? The importance of considering the migration route
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 7, 14 February 2019Rapid communication
Emergence of divergent enterovirus (EV) D68 sub-clade D1 strains, northern Italy, September to October 2018
Multidisciplinary, evidence-based consensus guidelines for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in high-risk populations, Spain, 2016
Molecular epidemiology of an enterovirus A71 outbreak associated with severe neurological disease, Spain, 2016
Cost-effectiveness and budget effect of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV-1 prevention in Germany from 2018 to 2058
Pertactin-deficient Bordetella pertussis isolates: evidence of increased circulation in Europe, 1998 to 2015
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 8, 21 February 2019Rapid communication
Interim 2018/19 influenza vaccine effectiveness: six European studies, October 2018 to January 2019
Genetic relatedness of ceftriaxone-resistant and high-level azithromycin resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae cases, United Kingdom and Australia, February to April 2018
Analysis of exotic squirrel trade and detection of human infections with variegated squirrel bornavirus 1, Germany, 2005 to 2018
Tracking Rift Valley fever: From Mali to Europe and other countries, 2016
Paediatric haemolytic uraemic syndrome related to Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, an overview of 10 years of surveillance in France, 2007 to 2016
Implementation and evaluation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination pilot for men who have sex with men (MSM), England, April 2016 to March 2017
No evidence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in stool samples of 1,544 asylum seekers arriving in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, April 2016 to March, 2017
13. WHO news
WHO symposium on the future of digital health systems
The Symposium, held on 6-8 February 2019, in Copenhagen, Denmark, brought together evidence and experience to show how governments and organizations can adopt digital health to reduce inequalities and improve the health and well-being of populations.http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...
Measles in Europe: record number of both sick and immunized
More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018. In light of measles data for the year 2018 released today, WHO urges European countries to target their interventions to those places and groups where immunization gaps persist. According to monthly country reports for January to December 2018 (received as of 01 February 2019), 82 596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles. The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade: 3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016.http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/...
Towards a digital health roadmap for the WHO European Region
How can countries in the Region design and invest in digital innovations that strengthen health systems to achieve better health for all? More than 300 decision-makers, policy experts and researchers from 50 countries gathered at the WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems on 6–8 February 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss the way forward. The benefits of digital health are clear. It can improve the reach, impact and efficiency of health care. It can help improve the training of the health workforce, strengthen public health surveillance, and provide health services to remote and underserved populations.http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
Social science training enhances community engagement in health emergencies in 11 countries of the European Region
Under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework, WHO provides support to Member States to improve national capacity to engage communities through enhanced use of social science-based interventions (SSIs) before, during and after health emergencies. The SocialNET training, a global initiative of WHO, was the first of its kind in the European Region and was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 10–14 December 2018. It strengthens WHO/Europe’s efforts to build skills in emergency risk communication (ERC) and community engagement as part of the ERC five-step capacity-building package..http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
Key political commitment documents for tuberculosis prevention and care and their intended influence in the WHO European Region
A review of the potential role and influence of political commitment in implementing endorsements and conducting policy in the field of TB prevention and care. It compares and analyzes the extent to which selected international commitments, set out between 2000 and 2018, may have translated into sustainable action. Developed in view of the United Nations high level meeting on TB held in September 2018.
Meet the Venice office
Watch the video of the Venice office.
The year ahead: key events for the WHO European Region in 2019
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