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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2019

Newsletter - March 2019

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. EUPHW
  4. European Public Health Conference
  5. EUPHA members update
  6. European Journal of Public Health
  7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  8. Interesting news
  9. Upcoming courses and conferences
  10. Interesting publications
  11. European Commission news
  12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  13. WHO news

1. Editorial

Welcome to the March newsletter of EUPHA. As you can see, we have been very active in March, including working on the new EUPHA strategy 2020-2025. We have also stepped up our activities for the first ever European Public Health WEEK from 13-17 May and hope you can and will participate. 

We have a short poll for you this month, as we would like to know whether you identify yourself as a researcher, practitioner or policymaker. Please go to google form and help us in improve our services to you.

Finally, EUPHA is looking for a new member of staff to work at our Brussels office, so don't miss the deadline of 26 April to apply. 

We wish you pleasant reading!

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

2. EUPHA update

Design and health symposium in Milan

The institute of Prof. Stefano Capolongo, president of the EUPHA Urban public health section organised the ‘Design and Health symposium’ in Milan, Italy from 28-31 March. EUPHA's president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, and the president of the EUPHA Mental public health section, Jutta Lindert, actively participate in this symposium. The symposium welcomes around 300 participants from 25 countries.

EUPHA publishes e-collection Urban design and health

Recent trends such as globalisation and urbanisation, combined with an ageing population and population growth, result in new challenges for public health. To tackle these emerging public health issues, novel approaches are required. Environment and living spaces are to be considered as global, social and political entities that determine the health status of populations. As the papers in this e-collection demonstrate, there is an urgent need for joint actions in order to involve communities and policymakers as main stakeholders of the urban planning process.
The e-collection examines the relationship between built environment and health by presenting evidence from the papers that are recently published in the European Journal of Public Health. This evidence can support decision-makers in innovative policies, strategies and tangible actions in order to face contemporary public health challenges.
This e-collection is published just before the start of the ‘Design and Health symposium’ organised in Milan, Italy from 28-31 March.

Successful EUPHA strategy retreat at Lake Como

On 14 March, EUPHA organised a strategy retreat meeting with members of the Executive Boards of EUPHA and the EPH Conference, members of the EUPHA working group on the strategy 2020-2025 and some 'critical' friends. Set at beautiful Lake Como, the retreat discussed the future directions and priorities for EUPHA as of 2020. EUPHA will propose the new 2020-2025 strategy to its members in November during the Marseille 2019 conference.

LEPH 2019: programme available

The 5th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH2019) will present a multi-focused Conference Program that will address three main areas:

  • Substantive issues – all the particular issues in which the police-public health partnership is important
  • Organisational issues – how to best achieve optimal and sustainable partnerships
  • Reflection and methodological issues – creating a science of the public health and law enforcement intersection

EUPHA is happy to be a supporter of this conference. Prof John Middleton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, will be one of the keynote speakers reflecting on: ‘If public health problems are multidisciplinary- why do we train for them separately?’

21-23 October 2019, Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland

EUPHA sections logos

At the moment, EUPHA has 22 active sections (thematic networks) and 2 proposed sections. In order to increase the visibility of the excellent work of the sections, EUPHA sections logos have been created. Check it out at the section pages, such as


The EUPHA Public health policy and practice section has changed its name to the EUPHA Public health policy and politics section. The reason is that these section has developed a strong focus on policy and politics related to public health.

The European network staff eXchange for integrAting precision health in the health Care SysTems: the new project funded by the European Commission


The kick-off meeting of the education and research project titled “European network staff eXchange for integrAting precision health in the health Care SysTems” (ExACT) was launched at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Rome on 20 March.

The ExACT project, coordinated by Prof. Stefania Boccia and Prof. Walter Ricciardi from UCSC, received funding within the Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) of Horizon2020. ExACT will last 4 years (2019-2023), during this time 70 researchers will be seconded across top-level academic and non-academic institutions across Europe, plus US and Canada. EUPHA is responsible for developing a citizen platform as a means of building participatory consensus on precision health.

This project stems from the The Personalized pREvention of Chronic DIseases-(PRECeDI) project and its “success story” as reported by the European Commission itself ( This new project includes 17 partners -10 academic and 7 non-academic institution from seven EU countries, Switzerland and from across the Atlantic, i.e. Stanford University, USA, and the Council of Canadian Academies.

The ExACT project is dedicated to the integration of precision health in European health systems with the aim of educating new professional figures who can contribute to the future of health systems. The scientific topics include: the definition of a framework for the use of big data in healthcare; the definition of new curricula for the next generations of health professionals including leadership; the identification of new citizen engagement models; the adoption of innovative models of health technology assessment for ‘omic technologies, and the related ethical, legal and organizational aspects.

Oramma (Operational Refugee and Migrant Maternal Approach) final event

EUPHA was happy to participate in the final event of the ORAMMA project (Operational Refugee and Migrant Maternal Approach) organised on 28 February in Brussels. The seminar programme focussed on issues relevant to the project ultimate purpose of promoting safe motherhood, to improve access and delivery of maternal healthcare for refugee and migrant women. 
EUPHA was represented by M. Luisa Vazquez, vice-president of the EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority health section.

Salzburg seminar on Roma health with EUPHA support

In the week of 25-29 March, the Open Medical Institute together with the Salzburg American-Austrian Foundation and the Open Society Institute organised a seminar on Roma health. EUPHA was well represented with presentations from Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive director, Charles Agyemang, vice-president of the EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority health section, and Roza Adany, president of the EUPHA Public health genomics section. The 35 participants in this seminar also presented their projects, providing a good overview of the activities in Roma health throughout Europe.

EUPHA and ER-WCPT sign collaboration agreement

EUPHA and the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy have agreed to work collaboratively on issues of mutual interests and shared understanding. More information on the ER-WCPT can be found:


Join the first ever European Public Health WEEK! 

To celebrate healthy populations and raise awareness of public health, EUPHA and the European Commission are launching the European Public Health WEEK (EUPHW) between 13 and 17 May 2019, with the support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Each day focuses on a specific theme:

How to get involved

You can find more information on the EUPHA website and send any questions to


4. European Public Health Conference

Abstracts are invited

Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations, pitch presentations and e-posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and early career professional’s presentation. Abstracts do not have to be confined to the conference theme but can cover any aspect of public health. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognized for your hard work. Deadline for abstract submission is 1 May 2019. Abstracts and workshop proposals can be submitted here.

Abstract Mentor Programme

The Abstract Mentor Programme offers an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers on their abstracts. See the EPH Conference website for more information.

Registration opens 1 April

Registration for the 12th EPH Conference opens 1 April 2019. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Meet your colleagues at the largest public health event in Europe and register early to benefit from the reduced rates. Please note that we succeeded in keeping the fees at the same level as last year. Early bird registration fees for EUPHA members are EUR 600. Non-members pay EUR 680, Students pay EUR 420 (all including VAT).

Digital Public Health

This year’s EPH Conference in Marseille will feature a full track on Digital Health which will be developed in collaboration with the International Digital Public Health (DPH) Conference series. The Digital Health Conferences are world leading annual interdisciplinary events bringing together audiences from public health, computer and data science, MedTech industry and NGOs.

For those with work of a technical focus (e.g. computer science, data science, big data systems and analysis, development of technology), we recommend submitting your paper/abstract to the DPH system. Deadline for submissions is 25 May 2019.

For those with a public health, medical, practice-based focus (e.g. healthcare systems, training, policy), we advise submitting your abstract to the EPH Conference system, to the dedicated ‘Digital Health’ Track. Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2019.


The EPH Conference offers interesting opportunities for exhibitors. If you have plans for an exhibition stand at the conference, please contact

Hotel accommodation in Marseille

EPH Conference has appointed OVERCOME as hotel booking agent for its delegates. OVERCOME has secured a variety of comfortable hotel rooms in all price categories in Marseille. For bookings and information, visit our website.

5. EUPHA members update

New name for Netherland Public Health Federation

In an extra general assembly, the NPHF has decided to change its name to Federation for Health. The Federation for Health combines more than 60 organisations wanting to contribute to health in a positive way.

Bulgarian Public Health Associations translates EUPHA's statement

The Bulgarian Public Health Association has translated the EUPHA statement on migrants' and minorities health in Bulgarian. A short publication on the statement was published in their Journal "Social medicine" by associate professor Dr Mariela Kamburova.

French Society increases its activities linked to Marseille 2019

The French Society of Public Health (SFSP) is the co-organiser of our upcoming European Public Health Conference in Marseille, 20-23 November 2019.
The SFSP has set up a local support committee consisting of 18 different French institutes, NGOs and organisations.

The UK Faculty of Public Health seeks views on the role of the NHS in prevention

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has received a grant from the Health Foundation to undertake a policy development and research project examining the role of the NHS in the prevention of ill-health.
The Role of the NHS in Prevention project aims to:

  • Build a better understanding of how the NHS currently delivers prevention
  • Understand what ‘good’ prevention in the NHS looks like
  • Explore the enablers and barriers for NHS organisations seeking to take a more preventative approach
  • Determine initial priorities for increased investment and focus

FPH is seeking feedback on the first of three discussion papers from not only public health professionals, but also from policy makers and front-line NHS staff or managers with an interest in prevention.
Themes explored in this discussion paper include:

  • What is the evidence telling us?
  • Defining the role of NHS organisations in ill-health prevention
  • Action and focus for the next 3-5 years

You can offer your views on the paper either

6. European Journal of Public Health

Latest issue of the journal, April 2019

European-wide monitoring of sexual and gender minority health: a necessary and feasible task for advancing health equity 
Richard BränströmArjan van der StarJohn Pachankis
Comparing alcohol with tobacco indicates that it is time to move beyond tobacco exceptionalism 
Jim McCambridgeStephanie Morris
Re-admission patterns in England and the Netherlands: a comparison based on administrative data of all hospitals 
Karin HekkertFemke van der BrugEilís KeebleIne BorghansSezgin Cihangir ...
Views and experiences of ethnic minority diabetes patients on dietetic care in the Netherlands – a qualitative study 
Mirjam J JagerRob van der SandeMarie-Louise Essink-BotMaria E T C van den Muijsenbergh
Admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a national observational study in the general and COPD population 
Marieke C PaulJan-Willem H DikTrynke HoekstraChristel E van Dijk
Cost-effectiveness of strategies to improve delivery of brief interventions for heavy drinking in primary care: results from the ODHIN trial 
Colin AngusJinshuo LiEsperanza Romero-RodriguezPeter AndersonSteve Parrott ...
Disparities in avoidable hospitalization by income in South Korea: data from the National Health Insurance cohort 
Sung-Youn ChunWoorim KimEun-Cheol Park
Satisfaction of physicians working in hospitals within the European Union: state of the evidence based on systematic review 
Alicja DomagałaMałgorzata M BałaJuan Nicolás Peña-SánchezDawid StormanMateusz J Świerz ...
Hepatitis C prevalence and associated risk factors among individuals who are homeless and diagnosed with mental illness: At Home/Chez Soi Study, Vancouver, BC 
Nooshin NikooSanam JavidanbardanMoniruzzaman AkmSyune HakobyanMohammadali Nikoo ...
What factors explain socioeconomic inequalities in adults’ television-related sitting time? 
Joreintje D MackenbachRosa de GrootJeroen LakerveldKatrien De CockerGreet Cardon ...
Examining gender health inequalities in Europe using a Synthetic Health Indicator: the role of family policies 
Sara Pinillos-FrancoNoelia Somarriba
Heterogeneity/granularity in ethnicity classifications project: the need for refining assessment of health status 
Nazmy VillarroelEmma DavidsonPamela Pereyra-ZamoraAllan KrasnikRaj S Bhopal
Socioeconomic differences in healthy and disease-free life expectancy between ages 50 and 75: a multi-cohort study 
Jenny HeadHolendro Singh ChungkhamMartin HydePaola ZaninottoKristina Alexanderson ...
Differential self-report error by socioeconomic status in hypertension and hypercholesterolemia: INSEF 2015 study 
Irina KislayaHanna TolonenAna Paula RodriguesMarta BarretoAna Paula Gil ...
The impact of the economic recession on inequalities in induced abortion in the main cities of Spain 
Gloria PerezMercè GotsensCarlos Cevallos-GarcíaMaría Felicitas Domínguez-Berjón
Effects of a community-based exercise and motivational intervention on physical fitness of subjects with type 2 diabetes 
Francesca GalléValeria Di OnofrioAlessandra MielePatrizia BelfioreGiorgio Liguori
Mapping a measure of physical ability for persons with long-term musculoskeletal pain to the ICF and ICF Core Sets 
Magdalena FreskNina BrodinWim J GrootenConran JosephAnna Kiessling
Validation and calibration of self-reported height and weight in the Danish Health Examination Survey 
Soren NeermarkCharlotte HolstThue BisgaardMorten Bay-NielsenUlrik Becker ...
Physical activity, BMI and oral health behaviour among adolescents: Finnish School Health Promotion Study 
Jorma I VirtanenTuija MuikkuToni SimiläAyse B CinarVesa Pohjola
Cross-sectional associations between body mass index and social–emotional wellbeing among differentially active children 
Robert J NoonanStuart J Fairclough
Long-term effects of a preconception lifestyle intervention on cardiometabolic health of overweight and obese women 
Vincent WekkerEmilia HuvinenLotte van DammenKristiina RonoRebecca C Painter ...
The effects of cigarette smoking on the associations between sitting time and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis 
Xianguo ChenLiuji ZhangQi ZhangRenqing Zhao
Impact of digital technologies for communicating messages on weight loss maintenance: a systematic literature review 
W Samuel HolmesS Anne MoorheadVivien E CoatesRaymond R BondHuiru Zheng
Socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of adherence to the Mediterranean diet in a general adult Italian population 
Emilia RuggieroAugusto Di CastelnuovoSimona CostanzoMariarosaria PersichilloFrancesca Bracone ...
Association between dietary patterns and metabolic syndrome in the selected population of Polish adults—results of the PURE Poland Study 
Anna CzekajłoDorota RóżańskaKatarzyna ZatońskaAndrzej SzubaBożena Regulska-Ilow
Lifestyle and cancer—a joint pairwise association of lifestyle habits with subsequent cancer diagnosis 
Eira T RoosJouni M LahtiOssi Rahkonen
The legal framework for European cervical cancer screening programmes 
Ondřej MájekAhti AnttilaMarc ArbynEvert-Ben van VeenBirgit Engesæter ...
Firearm deaths in Sweden 
M JunuzovicA RietzU JakobssonP MidlövA Eriksson
The impact of intimate partner violence on forgone healthcare: a population-based, multicentre European study 
Diogo CostaEleni HatzidimitriadouElli Ioannidi-KapoloJutta LindertJoaquim Soares ...
Antidepressant medication might increase the risk of self-harm injuries: findings in 17 OECD countries 
Göran N HögbergSven G Bremberg
Application of EASY-Care Standard 2010 instrument in a population-based survey in transitional Kosovo 
Naim JerliuGenc BurazeriErvin ToçiIan PhilpKatarzyna Czabanowska ...
How to reduce biases coming from a before and after design: the impact of the 2007–08 French smoking ban policy 
Sandra ChyderiotisFrancois BeckRaphael AndlerSara C HitchmanTarik Benmarhnia
Urban road traffic noise and noise annoyance—a study on perceived noise control and its value among the elderly 
Natalie RiedelHeike KöcklerJoachim ScheinerIrene van KampRaimund Erbel ...
European Public Health News 
Dineke Zeegers PagetNatasha Azzopardi MuscatZsuzsanna JakabVytenis AndriukaitisYves Charpak
Stan Tarkowski: an appreciation 
Walter RicciardiNatasha Azzopardi MuscatMartin McKeeDineke Zeegers Paget

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

EUPHA is looking for a Brussels-based policy liaison officer

The European Public Health Association – EUPHA – is recruiting a Policy liaison officer (m/f) (36 hours per week). The policy liaison officer will work at the EUPHA satellite office in Brussels, Belgium, to support the main office.

Main responsibilities:
a) represents EUPHA in Brussels

  • represents EUPHA according to the instructions of the Executive Director.
  • attends relevant meetings/events; or identifies a EUPHA representative to attend.
  • maintains contact with Brussels-based stakeholders, including EUPHA partners, the European Parliament, European Commission.

 b) liaises between Brussels and EUPHA office

  • updates the EUPHA office about opportunities in Brussels, e.g. events, conferences, public health files

 c) identifies interesting opportunities for EUPHA related to European health policy

  • follows policy process of (public) health related files
  • monitors EU policies, activities and programmes
  • assists with the drafting of statements, press releases, policy briefs etc.

 d) supports the organisation of EUPHA events in Brussels

  • arranging logistics for a EUPHA event in Brussels e.g. location

 e) contributes to the operation of the EUPHA office and all the activities of EUPHA and the EPH conference

  • performs tasks within the EUPHA office, as delegated by the Executive Director
  • assists the Executive Director and Conference coordinator in the planning and organising of the content of the EPH Conference.

 Job requirements:

  • MSc working and thinking level;
  • 1-3 years of experience in European public health or related disciplines;
  • Familiar with European health policy making;
  • Previous experience working in and/or a solid understanding of EU public, legislative and regulatory affairs, including experience in advocacy and dealing with the European institutions;
  • Knowledgeable about the policy-making processes at the European level;
  • Good communication skills in English;
  • Insight in the working field of public health and relevant performers therein.


  • Representative;
  • Strong communication skills, including face-to-face interaction;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Pro-active;
  • Independent working.

We offer:
A salary between 2500 - 3200 euro gross per month (based on experience), a one-year contract.

Time plan:
Applications can be sent to until 26 April 2019. Please include your CV, motivational letter and two references when applying.

  • Interviews will be organised in the week of 20 May.
  • Preferred commencement: June or July 2019.

Executive Director, European Health Management Association

The mission of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) is looking for an Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. The Executive Director will be the face of the organisation, responsible for giving strategic direction and implementing a high-quality vision. We are looking for an exceptional individual who is an influential manager with the ability to lead and motivate. The ideal candidate would have great communication skills and take a holistic approach to manage the organization’s operations. The goal is to manage and lead the organisation towards the realisation of its mission.  
Deadline 3rd April 2019 (midnight CET)

8. Interesting news

How much medicine is too much?

WHO chief unveils reforms, with more science, apps and an academy

Could too low blood pressure in old age increase mortality?

All Policies for a Healthy Europe manifesto

EUPHA is happy to be one of the many organisations endorsing the All Policies for a Healthy Europe manifesto, advocating for cross- and inter-sectoral action on health and well-being under the next European Commission as part of a broader EU approach to sustainable development and inclusive growth.  
Please find here a link to download the digital version of the Manifesto Summary, which was distributed at the launch event on 20 March. The summary and full manifesto are also available on the AP4HE website (

Why and how Europe's food systems need to change?

What can be done to prepare Europe’s food systems for the future? In a new Policy Précis, EuroHealthNet examines pathways, solutions and best practices to move towards healthier and more sustainable and inclusive food systems in Europe and beyond. 
Despite growing concern about sustainability, Europe’s food systems still put undue stress on our environment. By restraining access to decent and affordable nutrition, our food systems perpetuate and drive up health inequalities. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) continues to subsidise intensive production of alcohol, meat, dairy fats and sugars, products that are known to contribute to the growing prevalence of obesity, and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). 

This Policy Précis is also available in ItalianFrench, and German

Addressing digital health literacy is essential to avoid widening health inequalities

In a step towards ensuring that the development of digital health leaves no one behind and benefits the most vulnerable, EuroHealthNet and the Portuguese Directorate-General of Health have drawn conclusions on how national public health bodies can strengthen digital health literacy following an expert meeting. The growth of digital health is rapid and unstoppable. It brings many advantages, but threatens to exacerbate existing health inequalities experienced by people who have lower levels of digital health literacy

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.

Health Care Technology master’s programme 2019-2020 - admission now open
1 Apr 2019 - 1 May 2019 / Talinn, Estonia
Organiser: Tallinn University of Technology

Culture & Health webinar - Waste and wellbeing: cultural waste disposal practices and health
2 Apr 2019 / Webinar
Organiser: Evidence for health and well- being (EHC) - WHO Regional office for Europe

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

Time to Deliver – WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
9 Apr 2019 - 10 Apr 2019 / Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Organiser: WHO

World Vaccine Congress Washington
14 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2019 / Washington, USA
Organiser: World Vaccine Congress

2nd World Congress on Public Health, Epidemiology and Nutrition
15 Apr 2019 - 16 Apr 2019 / Milan, Italy
Organiser: Allied Academies

European Immunization Week 2019 – celebrating everyday heroes who make immunization possible
24 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 /
Organiser: WHO

Spring Symposium 2019, “Human Resources for Health – Innovations in Medical Education, Vocational Training and Continuing Professional Development”
8 May 2019 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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

7th World Congress on Public Health, Nutrition & Epidemiology
15 May 2019 - 16 May 2019 / Singapore
Organiser: Conference series

Short Course Methods in Social Epidemiology
15 May 2019 - 17 May 2019 / Antwerp, Belgium
Organiser: University of Antwerp

Improving Student Mental Health Outcomes
16 May 2019 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: Open Forum Events

Executive Course on Health Risk Strategies and Communication (RISC) in the European Union
16 May 2019 - 17 May 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Maastricht University

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

Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
2 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 / Cison di Valmarino, Italy
Organiser: Biostatepi

3rd International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases: Health risk factors and prevention on injuries and diseases. Info at 
5 Jun 2019 - 7 Jun 2019 / Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Organiser: Nicolae Testemitanu State University, Moldova and others

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

Challenges and Realistic Solutions to Migrant Health Burden in Europe
12 Jun 2019 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: APH Global health

Final conference: Integrated care for multi-morbidity
13 Jun 2019 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: SELFIE 2020

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

Summer school: Advanced topics in epidemiology
24 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 / Bologna, Italy
Organiser: S. Orsola-Malphighi University Hospital

4th edition of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4)
26 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 / Montreal, Canada
Organiser: International Public Policy Association

APHES Summer Course – Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations
1 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Université catholique de Louvain

International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction
1 Jul 2019 - 5 Jul 2019 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: ISSUP

10th International Public Health Summer School - Obesity, Complexity, and Public Health
11 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019 / Graz, Austria
Organiser: Public Health School Graz

7th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2019)
13 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019 / Yangon, Myanmar
Organiser: ASVAC

7th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy
15 Sep 2019 - 17 Sep 2019 / Jerusalem, Israel
Organiser: The Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research

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

MyData 2019 Conference - Rebuilding trust for human-centred data economy
25 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019 / Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: MyData

EU-safety 2019
3 Oct 2019 - 4 Oct 2019 / Luxembourg
Organiser: EuroSafe and Luxembourg Institute of Health

Linear and logistic regression analysis of epidemiologic data
7 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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

World Health Summit
27 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: World Health Summit

Breaking professional boundaries
1 Nov 2019 - 2 Nov 2019 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: EFAD

Course on Linear and logistic regression analysis of epidemiologic data
7 Nov 2019 - 11 Nov 2019 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE)
27 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 / Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: ECDC

10. Interesting publications

Prioritising prevention of hearing loss

Integrating research and system-wide practice in public health: lessons learnt from Better Start Bradford

Countdown Global Mental Health 2030

Socioeconomic factors, body mass index and bariatric surgery: a Swedish nationwide cohort study

UK citizens are losing the right to health--who cares?

Germany's Global Health hub

Health professionals' perspectives on breast cancer risk stratification: understanding evaluation of risk versus screening for disease


Ebola virus disease

How will Brexit affect health services in the UK? An updated evaluation

Distinct trajectories of physical activity and related factors during the life course in the general population: a systematic review

LGBT: the vital fight for the right to health

Rising cancer incidence in younger adults: is obesity to blame?

Perinatal self-harm: an overlooked public health issue

Measuring population ageing: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

Deprivation-specific life tables using multivariable flexible modelling - trends from 2000-2002 to 2010-2012, Portugal

Association of childhood pulmonary tuberculosis with exposure to indoor air pollution: a case control study

Mass media promotion of a smartphone smoking cessation app: modelled health and cost-saving impacts

Can the health effects of widely-held societal norms be evaluated? An analysis of the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (UN-CEDAW)

Engaging parents using web-based feedback on child growth to reduce childhood obesity: a mixed methods study

Perceived health effects of vaping among Hungarian adult e-cigarette-only and dual users: a cross-sectional internet survey

Migrant health research in the Republic of Ireland: a scoping review

Perceived discrimination, health and mental health among immigrants in Norway: the role of moderating factors

Inequalities in employment rates among older men and women in Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the UK

Investment in health is key to boosting wealth

Progress in adolescent health and wellbeing: tracking 12 headline indicators for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016

11. European Commission news

Health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment

28 February was Rare Disease Day. The European Commission launched a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety calls out for curing HIV stigma in Verona on 06 March 201

Hard pill to swallow? Authorities prepare the pharmaceutical industry for the UK's withdraw from the EU

The Commission, the European Medicines Agency and national competent authorities informed the pharmaceutical industry about the need to adapt processes and to consider changes to the terms of marketing authorisations in order to ensure their continuous validity and exploitation.

Students invited to take a shot at a creating public service announcements promoting vaccine uptake!

Ahead of the European Immunisation Week (24 to 30 April), the European Cancer League is holding a Youth Competition for Schools, encouraging students to work in groups to create Public Service Announcements targeting their own age group. Deadline for submission is April 3.

Commission launches valuable new resources for professionals working in health and migration

The Training on Health and Migration for Professionals Platform is a free resource of materials, including training modules, for front-line professionals whose work may involve migrant health issues. It also can be used to exchange experiences and provide feedback.

Fighting antimicrobial resistance: AMR One-Health Network meets in Brussels today

On 12 March, the EU AMR One-Health Network, chaired by the European Commission, met in Brussels. The bi-annual EU AMR One-Health Network meetings provide its members with a platform to present national action plans and activities, share best practices, discuss policy options and enhance coordination.

Commission launches public consultation on Preliminary Guidelines on the benefit-risk assessment of the presence of phthalates in certain medical devices

Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) provided Guidelines on the benefit-risk assessment of the presence, in the medical devices specified in the mandate, of phthalates which have one or more of the following properties: carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMR) or endocrine-disrupting (ED).

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 10, 07 March 2019

Rapid communication
Detection in the United Kingdom of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae FC428 clone, with ceftriaxone resistance and intermediate resistance to azithromycin, October to December 2018
Increased risk of chikungunya infection in travellers to Thailand during ongoing outbreak in tourist areas: cases imported to Europe and the Middle East, early 2019

Influenza C virus in pre-school children with respiratory infections: retrospective analysis of data from the national influenza surveillance system in Germany, 2012 to 2014
Hepatitis E virus in blood donors in England, 2016 to 2017: from selective to universal screening
Epidemiology and genotype 3 subtype dynamics of hepatitis E virus in Belgium, 2010 to 2017

HEVnet: a One Health, collaborative, interdisciplinary network and sequence data repository for enhanced hepatitis E virus molecular typing, characterisation and epidemiological investigations

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 11, 14 March 2019

Rapid communication
Travellers as sentinels of chikungunya epidemics: a family cluster among Finnish travellers to Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2019

Epidemiology of Lyme borreliosis through two surveillance systems: the national Sentinelles GP network and the national hospital discharge database, France, 2005 to 2016

A comparative analysis of prophylactic antimicrobial use in long-term care facilities in Ireland, 2013 and 2016
Strong increase of true and false positive mycobacterial cultures sent to the National Reference Centre in Belgium, 2007 to 2016
Cost-effectiveness of measles control during elimination in Ontario, Canada, 2015 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 12, 21 March 2019

Tuberculosis in the European Union/European Economic Area: much progress, still many challenges

Rapid communication
Will we reach the Sustainable Development Goals target for tuberculosis in the European Union/European Economic Area by 2030?
Influenza A(H3N2) virus exhibiting reduced susceptibility to baloxavir due to a polymerase acidic subunit I38T substitution detected from a hospitalised child without prior baloxavir treatment, Japan, January 2019

Isoniazid (INH) mono-resistance and tuberculosis (TB) treatment success: analysis of European surveillance data, 2002 to 2014
Visual tools to assess the plausibility of algorithm-identified infectious disease clusters: an application to mumps data from the Netherlands dating from January 2009 to June 2016

Influenza surveillance: determining the epidemic threshold for influenza by using the Moving Epidemic Method (MEM), Montenegro, 2010/11 to 2017/18 influenza seasons

Letter to the editor: Prevention of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI) in France: why not recommend using condoms and safer sex?
Authors’ response: Prevention of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI) in France: a comprehensive approach

13. WHO news

New WHO study shows more action needed to monitor and limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children

A new report from WHO/Europe calls for greater monitoring of the digital marketing of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food products, especially those high in salt, sugar and fat. It comes amid the advertising industry’s continued efforts to target children and adolescents on social media and on difficult-to-track mobile devices.

Romanian EU Presidency aims to strengthen Europe's One Health approach to fighting antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is widely recognized as one of the 21st century’s greatest threats to health, welfare and food security. Worldwide, an estimated 700 000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections. In the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) alone, 33 000 lives are claimed each year, and these numbers are rising.
Romania, which currently holds the EU Presidency, aims to build on previous efforts by focusing specifically on combating AMR through a One Health approach. This approach recognizes that one sector cannot single-handedly ensure the proper use of antibiotics, and thus aims to bring together professionals in human, animal and environmental health as one force – collectively committed to keeping antibiotics working.

V4 countries meet to strengthen collaboration on fighting TB

WHO representatives and delegations from the Visegrad Four (V4) countries gathered in High Tatras, Slovakia, on 20–21 February 2019 for an expert meeting on health with a specific focus on fighting tuberculosis (TB).
The Visegrad platform for intercountry cooperation dates back to a series of summit meetings in 1991. The V4 countries comprise Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Zsuzsanna Jakab appointed WHO Deputy Director-General

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has been appointed Deputy Director-General of WHO by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The announcement was made as part of extensive reforms unveiled on 6 March 2019, seeking to modernize and strengthen the institution and make it more effective and efficient as the world’s leading authority on public health.

WHO studies reveal Kazakhstan has among the highest levels of salt intake globally

Traditional food markets and street vendors throughout central Asian countries play a central role in the region’s cuisine, offering a diverse array of foods ranging from fruits and vegetables to meats, yoghurts and ready-to-eat meals. But recent studies conducted in Kazakhstan identify many of these foods as energy-dense products that are rich in saturated fat, trans fats and salt – too much salt.

National policy experts call for bold action for healthy ageing in the Region

National policy experts on healthy ageing have called for bold action to promote healthy ageing and to invest in a future where all older people have the freedom to live an active and healthy life that allows them to continue doing what they value. The call was made during a meeting held on 26–27 February 2019 in Moscow, Russia, Russian Federation, where participants from more than 30 countries of the WHO European Region came together to take stock of the policies and strategies across the Region.

Supporting the development of a national strategy for improving quality of care in Belarus

With the aim of supporting the development and implementation of a national strategy for improving the quality of health care in Belarus, WHO conducted a 2-day workshop on 17–18 January 2019 in the Brest region of the country. The event was an opportunity to build the capacities of national stakeholders and policy-makers working on quality of care by sharing international evidence and best practices in this area.

Developing a national action plan to stop violence against children in Ukraine

Supporting the development of a national action plan to stop violence against children, WHO held a policy dialogue on 6–7 February 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. The policy dialogue enabled key health actors and policy-makers to jointly set the course for the development of a national action plan. The plan will serve to strengthen national action to achieve the SDGs in eliminating all forms of violence against children.

Gender equity in the health workforce: Analysis of 104 countries: working paper

Authors: Mathieu Boniol, Michelle McIsaac, Lihui Xu, Tana Wuliji, Khassoum Diallo, Jim Campbell
Source: World Health Organization Published online: March 2019

Key messages  

  • Women form 70% of workers in the health and social sector.
  • Women’s representation in the most highly paid health occupations has been improving steadily since 2000.
  • Women are less likely than men to be in full-time employment.
  • Overall, an average gender pay gap of around 28% exists in the health workforce. Once occupation and working hours are accounted for, the gender pay gap is 11%.
  • Although the sector performs well regarding women’s participation, gender transformative policies are needed to address inequities and eliminate gender-based discrimination in earnings, remove barriers to access to full-time employment, and support access to professional development and leadership roles.”

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