|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2019
We are happy to present you with the April newsletter. If you are planning to submit your abstract for Marseille 2019, please do so today or tomorrow at the latest, as the submission closes on 1 May 2019 12:00 noon, CEST. We are happy to present you with an update of the European Public Health WEEK and are very pleased that so many of you are planning to be active in the 13-17 May week. Let's create some public health waves!
We hope this newsletter will provide you with an update on public health in Europe and wish you pleasant reading,
Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA President and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director
2. EUPHA update
We would like to know with which of the three options you identify with the most:
Vaccine acceptance meeting at ECDC
EUPHA participated at the expert consultation meeting around training of the frontline healthcare professionals in vaccine acceptance that was organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in April 2019. The meeting report is being drafted by ECDC and will be published soon.
EUnetHTA Forum 2019
EUPHA participated at the EUnetHTA forum that ook place on 10-11 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Representatives spoke about unmet medical needs and public health.
Letter to the Editor. Re: Why aren't medical devices regulated like drugs?
Together with several other Health care professionals organisations and Patients/Consumers organisations, EUPHA wrote a letter to the editor of the BMJ, commenting on 'Why aren’t medical devices regulated like drugs?'. Read the letter here.
EUPHA creates the Rapid Responses Team
In order to be able to provide the evidence-base on a large number of public health topics in a short period of time (24-hours is our aim), EUPHA has created the Rapid Responses Team. Based on the positive experiences of our Spanish member, SESPAS, EUPHA has installed this network of over 40 public health experts to be able to provide input within 24 hours.
Successful V4 conference in Debrecen, Hungary
On 25-26 April, a group of around 150 public health professionals from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary met in Debrecen for the 4th V4 Public Health Conference. The chair of the conference was Roza Adany, president of the Hungarian association. Zuzana Katreniakova, president of the Slovak Association, Martin Dlouhy, president of the Czech Society and Andrzej Fal, president of the Polish Society were all presenting their latest work. The V4 conferences create a wonderful setting for regional exchange and collaboration. The 5th V4 conference will be organised in Kosice, Slovakia in 2021.
2nd International Public Mental Health Conference, of the EUPHA Public mental health section, 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
Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health, 21-23 October 2019, Edinburgh
In the latest LEPH2019 eNews key speakers are announced, including Sir Harry Burns, that will deliver the conference's oration. The conference programme addresses three main ideas:
Registration for LEPH2019 is now open.
International Conference on Chronic Diseases & 6th SAVEZ Conference "Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems"
The International Conference on Chronic Diseases & 6th SAVEZ Conference “Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems” provides a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases effectively in the European region. The EUPHA Chronic Diseases section is organisor of this conference that is held 24-25 October 2019, in Kosice, Slovakia.
3. EUPHW: 2 weeks left!
Which events are you joining?
Almost 30 events hosted by 13 countries are already listed, including seminars, workshops, exhibitions, webinars, campaigns and even a yoga class! Many are taking place online, so you can join them from anywhere.
Is your own event listed?
Please check if it appears under your hosting country page and make sure that participants know how they can find you on the day. If you haven’t submitted your event yet, please fill in this online form as soon as possible to increase visibility.
Join the kick-off on 13 May at 10:00-12:00 CEST
EUPHW participants and partners will be in Brussels to launch the initiative, discuss public health and take part in a “walkinar” to promote physical activity! Join us in person or via live streaming and send your questions to the panel using #EUPHWkickoff. All details on our event page.
Spread the word
Our media toolkit includes key messages, resources and guidance to help you promote any EUPHW event and public health messages. To help us get media coverage, please contact your institution’s communications office to make them aware of the kick-off on 13 May and of your own event.
4. European Public Health Conference
Marseille, 20-23 November 2019
Only 1 day left to submit your abstract!
Hurry up! Only 1 day left to submit your abstract for the EPH Conference 2019 in Marseille, France. Deadline is 1 May at 12:00 noon, CEST. Abstracts are welcome in all possible fields of public health, including digital health. Submit your abstract here. Don't miss the opportunity to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons!https://ephconference.eu/marseille-2019-...
News Flash of local partner Marseille 2019
The co-organiser of Marseille 2019, Sociéte Française de Santé Publique, published news flash in April. It's available here (in French).https://www.sfsp.fr/component/acymailing...
Digital Public Health
This year’s EPH Conference in Marseille will feature a full track on Digital Health. 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 through the DPH Conference submission system. Deadline for submissions is 25 May 2019. Submit your abstract here.
5. EUPHA members update
New secretary general at the French Society
The French Society of Public Health is welcoming a new secretary general this month. François Berdougo will take over from Flore Lecomte. We welcome François as our new contact person.
Au revoir, Flore (SFSP)
Flore Lecomte, from the French society, Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP), has announced to leave the SFSP for other professional horizons as of April 12th. The EUPHA board and office team thank Flore for a pleasant collaboration and wishes her all the best. A bientôt!
New representative from Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services
The Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS) (EUPHA Institutional Member) put forward a new representative. Dr Maria Chiara Corti is welcomed to the EUPHA Governing Board and we thank Mr Mario Braga for his excellent collaboration.
6. European Journal of Public Health
The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal in the field of public health.
The European Journal of Public Health is published bimonthly. The journal provides a forum for discussion and debate of current international public health issues with a focus on the European region. In 2018, the impact factor of the journal is at 2.782. The 5-year impact factor is 2.902. The European Journal of Public Health is the official journal of EUPHA.
Advanced access April 2019
A Dictator’s Gift: Dominant party regimes and health expenditures
Determinants of non-participation in colon examination following positive stool sample in colorectal cancer screening
Company-level determinants of disability retirement: a multilevel study of Finnish private sector workplaces
Inequity in postpartum healthcare provision at home and its association with subsequent healthcare expenditure
Sociodemographic factors associated with secondhand smoke exposure and smoking rules in homes with children
Trends in substance use and in the attributable burden of disease and mortality in the WHO European Region, 2010–16
Trends across 20 years in multiple indicators of functioning among older adults in the Netherlands
Trajectories of mobility limitations over 24 years and their characterization by shift work and leisure-time physical activity in midlife
Lung cancer survival and comorbidities in lung cancer screening participants of the Gdańsk screening cohort
Impact of the 2017 measles outbreak on the emergency care system of a large tertiary-care teaching hospital in Italy: a retrospective analysis
Addressing alcohol in routine healthcare in Sweden—population-based surveys in 2010 and 2017
Self-efficacy and social competence reduce socioeconomic inequality in emotional symptoms among schoolchildren
Physical workload and bodily fatigue after work: cross-sectional study among 5000 workers
Association between place of delivery for pregnant mothers and neonatal mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Parents survive longer after stroke than childless individuals: a prospective cohort study of Swedes over the age of 65
Transnational exchange of surveillance data reveals previously unrecognized TBEV microfocus
The prevalence of metabolic syndrome among Ghanaian migrants and their homeland counterparts: the Research on Obesity and type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM) study
Constructing a general competency model for Chinese public health physicians: a qualitative and quantitative study
Psychological profile of teenagers toward organ donation: a multicentric study in Spain
Social support and cognitive function in middle- and older-aged adults: descriptive analysis of CLSA tracking data
Re-examining access points to the different levels of health care: a cross-sectional series in Austria
World Immunization Week
In support of World Immunization Week, Oxford Journals has curated a special collection of related articles, freely available for a limited time. Included are two articles from the European Journal of Public Health.https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/...
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Breaking the childhood obesity vicious cycle: Commission launches EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools
On 1 April 2019, the European Commission launched the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools. This year, aiming to reward initiatives seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years).
8. Interesting news
Pills or public health?
How does the GDPR apply to genomic data?
CAR-T: immunotherapy for blood cancer
Is health-care data the new blood?
Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia
Lack of access to antibiotics is a major global health challenge
Being a car commuter with obesity linked to a 32% increased early death risk
Do you eat fruit and vegetables daily?
In 2017, around 1 in 4 people (27%) ate fruit at least twice a day, according to a survey of the European Union (EU) population.
Fewer people died on European roads last year
Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed.
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
Addressing weight stigma
The World Health Organization - A History
The effect of introducing a free breakfast club on eating habits among students at vocational schools
BMC Public Health 2019 19:369, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6701-9
The "great live and move challenge": a program to promote physical activity among children aged 7-11 years. Design and implementation of a cluster-randomized controlled trial
BMC Public Health 2019 19:367, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6648-x
Attractive running environments for all? A cross-sectional study on physical environmental characteristics and runners' motives and attitudes, in relation to the experience of the running environment
BMC Public Health201919:366, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-
Richard Hurley, The BMJ
Why patients want to take or refuse to take antibiotics: an inventory of motives
Knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions towards waterpipe tobacco smoking amongst college or university students: a systematic review
Associations between family structure and young people's physical activity and screen time behaviors
Intimate partner violence, depression, and sexual behaviour among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in the PROUD trial
Do trajectories of economic, work- and health-related disadvantages explain child welfare clients' increased mortality risk? A prospective cohort study
Kids Out; evaluation of a brief multimodal cluster randomized intervention integrated in health education lessons to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among eighth graders
Trends in Belgian cause-specific mortality by migrant origin between the 1990s and the 2000s
The quality of air outside and inside the home: associations with emotional and behavioural problem scores in early childhood
A 'Cut-Down-To-Stop' intervention for smokers who find it hard to quit: a qualitative evaluation
Adolescent criminality: multiple adverse health outcomes and mortality pattern in Swedish men
WhatsApp embedded in routine service delivery for smoking cessation: effects on abstinence rates in a randomized controlled study
Changing the channel: television health campaigns in Portugal
Discrimination and public health
Populism: A health check for constitutional democracy?
Transforming health care: the policy and politics of service reconfiguration in the UK's four health systems
Work on antibiotic resistance is essential for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals - new report on AMR & SDG's
A new report ‘When the Drugs Don’t Work: Antibiotic as a Global Development Problem’ by ReAct and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation looks at how antibiotic resistance is a global development problem and spans across multiple SDGs.https://www.reactgroup.org/wp-content/up...
Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata". Report of the High-Level Commission
To mark the 40th anniversary of Alma-Ata, PAHO convened the Regional Forum “Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 years of Alma-Ata” on December 11-12, 2017, in Quito, Ecuador.
Factsheet on childhood, health inequalities, and vaccine preventable diseases
11. European Commission news
Europeans' attitudes towards vaccination - Special Eurobarometer 488
This Special Eurobarometer investigates not only beliefs about vaccines among citizens of the European Union, but also levels of knowledge and patterns of behaviour. The results are to inform improvements in targeted action to strengthen cooperation in the area of vaccine-preventable diseases.http://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/publ...
Health Systems in the EU: Commission publishes report on tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services
The EU Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) published its report titled "Tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services in Europe: an overview of current approaches and opportunities for improvement".https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/sante/news...
TRAINING FUTURE-PROOF DOCTORS FOR A DIGITAL SOCIETY: How smart health is changing the profession of our doctors
Held in Rotterdam, the meeting aimed to define joint principles and to deliver recommendations for action to integrate digital healthcare in the education and training programmes of medical doctors in the Member States across Europe. Hosted by Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam and the European Commission, the event is endorsed by the European University Hospital Alliance.https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-mark...
Vaccination: Time to speak out against disinformation! Statement by Vice - President Jyrki Katainen on European Immunisation Week
"Vaccination is one of the most successful public health measures to date. Not only do vaccines prevent diseases and save lives, they also reduce healthcare costs..." Read the full statement here.http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STA...
Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life
An initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 14, 04 April 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 15, 11 April 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 16, 18 April 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 17, 25 April 2019
13. WHO news
TOMYS and the rapid growth of primary health care in Greece
In just over a year, Greece has established almost 120 new community-based primary health units, free at the point of access and known locally as Topikes Monades Ygias or TOMYs.
Out-of-pocket payments for health, particularly for medicines, are unaffordable for many in Europe
Even in Europe’s richest countries, people are pushed into poverty as a result of having to pay out of pocket for health services. This is one of the findings of the WHO report “Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Europe”.
WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from noncommunicable diseases in Europe by one third
WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which governments have committed to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. The interventions range from policies that promote physical activity and curb tobacco and alcohol consumption, to reducing salt and sugar and eliminating trans-fats in food. The actions countries can take to achieve the target was the focus at the WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 9–10 April 2019.
Small countries of the WHO European Region exchange ideas and experiences of equity, sustainable development
A rich exchange of good practices and ideas for confronting health challenges took place at the Sixth High-level Meeting of Small Countries, hosted in San Marino on 31 March–1 April 2019. Under the theme “Equity and sustainable development – keeping people at the centre”, the 8 original members of the Small Countries Initiative (Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino) once again convened for robust dialogue on key health issues. They were joined for the first time by Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia.
Celebrating universal health coverage across the WHO European Region
Every year on 7 April, WHO celebrates World Health Day to mark the anniversary of its founding. This year’s celebrations focused on the themes of universal health coverage and primary health care.
Joint statement: European Immunization Week 2019
Vaccines have transformed our societies. They have increased the chances for each newborn to reach adulthood, and for each fully vaccinated adult to maintain good health and well-being, thereby contributing enormously to productivity in every country.
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