|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2019
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.
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:
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?’
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 https://eupha.org/chronic-diseases
EUPHA PHPP becomes EUPHA PHPP
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 (https://eupha.org/precedi). 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.
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: https://www.wcpt.org/europe
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
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). https://ephconference.eu/
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 email@example.com
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.https://www.federatievoorgezondheid.nl/o...
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 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.
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.
You can offer your views on the paper either firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. European Journal of Public Health
Latest issue of the journal, April 2019
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.
b) liaises between Brussels and EUPHA office
c) identifies interesting opportunities for EUPHA related to European health policy
d) supports the organisation of EUPHA events in Brussels
e) contributes to the operation of the EUPHA office and all the activities of EUPHA and the EPH conference
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 adulthoodhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lance...
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.http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-...
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety calls out for curing HIV stigma in Verona on 06 March 201https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health...
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.https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health...
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.https://www.europeancancerleagues.org/sc...
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.https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/redire...
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.https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...
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).https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 10, 07 March 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 11, 14 March 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 12, 21 March 2019
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
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.
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).
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/regi...
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/kaz...
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/rus...
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/bel...
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.http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/ukr...
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
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