|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - August 2019
Welcome to our August newsletter. We hope you had an enjoyable summer and enjoyed some time off.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA co-signs letter - calling on news outlet Politico to reject any form of advertising of tobacco companies
"We, the European health community, ask Politico to reject any form of advertising of tobacco companies, as this is unethical and unacceptable from our perspective as well as in order to retain Politico’s credibility in health reporting." - read the full letter here.
Summer newsletter from Infectious diseases control section
The EUPHA Infectious diseases control section (EUPHA IDC) published their summer 2019 newsletter.https://eupha.org/repository/sections/id...
Call for nominations: section president Chronic diseases
The EUPHA Chronic diseases section (EUPHA CHR) announces the start of the election procedure for the section president, following the completion of the mandates by the current president.
‘Job requirements’ section president
Additional requirements EUPHA CHR
3. European Public Health Conference
12th European Public Health Conference
Thursday 21 November, 12:30 – 13:30
Chair: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA. Keynote speaker: Martin McKee, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, presents the recent report on the organisation and delivery of vaccination services, prepared for the European Commission. Panellists: to be announced. Organised by EUPHA with support from Sanofi
Friday 22 November, 12:30 – 13:30
Chair: Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive Director, EUPHA. Panellists: Donata Meroni, EU Health Programme, Tit Albreht, National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, EU Healthy gateways, Andrea Pavlickova, Scirocco Consortium, Anne Sophie Lapointe, European Reference Networks. Organised by DG SANTE and CHAFEA, European Commission.
Wednesday 20 November 2019
An introduction to Public Health Foresight Studies
Contagion! A table-top outbreak management simulation
Road to Framework Convention on Food Systems: tackling global syndemic with food policy
Quatre images de la santé publique en France [Four images of public health in France]
Towards influenza vaccination programmes for health care professionals
Demystifying causal inference and mediation methods for public health researchers
Policy game: Agendasetting of health in urban planning
EU cooperation to strengthen preparedness and management of cross-border health threats
Showcasing innovative cases in health reporting
Over 1,600 people have already registered for the biggest annual public health event in Europe. Pre-conferences can also be added to your registration after you have registered. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration. Registration for lunch symposiums is not required. Register here.
16th World Congress on Public Health
EPH Conference part of the World Congress
The 13th EPH Conference of 2020 will be an integral part of the 16th World Congress on Public Health in Rome where over 4,000 public health professionals, policy makers and students are meeting to share their work and experience with others. Theme of the Congress is: Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action.
Theme of the Congress
The World Congress comes at a critical time for our planet. Commentators have warned that the very survival of humanity is at risk. This year, global temperatures are far beyond what has been seen since records began. Threats to food and water supply, biodiversity, are leading to conflict and mass migration. Political structures at all levels, are struggling to respond. International agreements, on climate change, nuclear weapons, trade and much else, are being torn up. At a time when global solidarity is required, populist politicians are exploiting divisions.
The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. We must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies.
Registration for the World Congress is already open and you can benefit from low cost fees until 1 December. Register here.
World Leadership Dialogues
World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) are high-level sessions on current topics in public health intended to complement the plenary themes. The purpose is to provide in-depth perspectives on key issues integrated into public health strategic plans/policies/health budgets perspectives.
WLD applications can be submitted by organizations, foundations but not individuals. The call for WLD proposals is open until 31 December 2019. The Congress Management Committee (CMC) is in charge of selecting the WLDs. Detailed instructions can be here.
The World Congress on Public Health offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons. Abstracts for single presentations and workshops can be submitted via the WCPH 2020 website from 1 December 2019 until 1 March 2020. Detailed instructions can be here.
4. EUPHA members update
Maggie Rae is the new president of UK Faculty of Public Health
Maggie Rae took over the presidency from John Middleton in July 2019. EUPHA is looking forward to continue our strong working relationship with the UK Faculty.
6th SAVEZ conference 24-25 October, Kosice, Slovakia
The 6th conference of the Slovak Public Health Association (SAVEZ) is taking place 24-25 October 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. This year the SAVEZ conference is organised conjointly with the International Conference on Chronic Diseases. The theme of the conference is "Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems".https://conference2019.mc3.sk/
5. European Journal of Public Health
Hantavirus infections in humans in Poland—current state of knowledge and perspectives for research
Evaluating reach, adoption, implementation and maintenance of Internet-based interventions to prevent eating disorders in adolescents: a systematic review
Prolonged mental health sequelae among doctors and nurses involved in patient safety incidents with formal complaints and lawsuits
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Post-doc vacancy at Bielefeld University, School of Public Health
The Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (head: Prof. Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr) seeks for a highly motivated researcher to conduct independent quantitative research related to the department’s research priorities in one or more of the following areas: social determinants of health, global health, social epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, migration, health care inequalities, and infectious disease epidemiology. Extended deadline for application: Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Call for submissions for Casebook on Advocacy in Public Health
The goal of the Casebook is to assist National Public Health Associations and other actors to improve their capacity of influence on national public health policies through advocacy efforts.
7. Interesting news
Newly Published Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics Provides Sweeping and Authoritative Review of Field
Representing the culmination of a multi-year scholarly effort, this month’s publication of The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics provides for the first time a sweeping and authoritative review of public health ethics, with faculty from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics taking a leading role in its creation.
The CDC is investigating the link between vaping and a mysterious lung disease in teens
In a message to healthcare providers, the CDC noted that all patients who have the illness reported vaping in the weeks and months before they got sick.
Why the term 'natural' is so seductive -- and possibly misleading
“But it’s natural, so it can’t hurt you.”
Sustainable food systems for good health
With three billion people malnourished globally and a food production system damaging the planet, the health impacts of the current food system on people and planet should be placed in the spotlight this World Health Day. More must be done to build sustainable food systems that provide access to safe, nutritious food for all.
International Youth Day 2019: Transforming education means safer workplaces
Transforming education is the theme of the International Youth Day 2019.
Observed annually on August 12, it is designed to raise awareness around the world of the challenges faced by the younger generations.
Every year, some 120 million young people reach working age. Nurturing a culture of healthy workplaces and investing in young workers’ safety and health competences are essential prerequisites for their sustainable working lives. EU-OSHA is committed to support these processes by providing occupational safety and health (OSH) knowledge tailored for young people and their teachers, and campaigning for healthy workplaces in all sectors and businesses.
He, she, or ... ? Gender-neutral pronouns reduce biases
The finding marks an easy win, the researchers believe, and shows how a minor change in language can help chip away at long-standing gender inequities.
'War on cancer' metaphors may do harm, research shows
“People who die from cancer have not died because they didn’t try hard enough. This research should give pause for thought to organisations who continue to use war terminology. The language we choose has profound consequences.”
The vaccine whisperers: Counselors gently engage new parents before their doubts harden into certainty
“Often the first question that I address with parents is: What’s your opinion about vaccines for your baby?” he said. “What do you think?”
Vaping companies sue to delay U.S. e-cigarette review
A vaping industry group sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to delay an upcoming review of thousands of e-cigarettes on the market.
Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread
Global measles cases are the highest they have been since 2006, with almost three times as many cases reported to date in 2019 as there were at the same time last year, the latest preliminary report from the World Health Organization has found.
MDMA treatment for alcoholism could reduce relapse, study suggests
The first study looking into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction has shown the treatment is safe and early results show encouraging outcomes from the approach, scientists have said.
Reflections On Public-Private Collaborations In Rural Health
This blog article carries out the lessons learned in the US about health in rural areas.
Containing the Ebola outbreak means addressing its root causes: a weak health system and insecurity
"We must intensify our efforts to stop the current epidemic while building infrastructure and preparing for the next ones, as Ebola and its close cousin, Marburg hemorrhagic fever, are endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s time to treat Ebola like the global health threat it is — and that means addressing the conditions that make any disease too viral to contain."
Ebola treatment trial: two drugs identified as more effective
Two out of the four drugs tested in a multi-drug randomised control trial have been found more effective in treating Ebola, the World Health Organization announced on Monday. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent body that has been reviewing interim safety and efficacy data, has therefore recommended that the study be stopped and that all future patients be randomized to receive either REGN-EB3 or mAb114, in what is being considered an extension phase of the study.
Pinterest's new vaccine search will offer something rare on social media: facts
Pinterest announced a new step in its efforts to combat health misinformation on its platform: users will be able to search for 200 terms related to vaccines, but the results displayed will come from major public health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Vaccine Safety Net.
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
How to save drug users' lives
Developing and applying a 'living guidelines' approach to WHO recommendations on maternal and perinatal health
Ambient Particulate Air Pollution and Daily Mortality in 652 Cities
Genomic medicine: time for health-care transformation
Because empathy matters
Tabaré Vázquez: Uruguay's fight against non-communicable diseases and tobacco
Non-communicable diseases and climate change: linked global emergencies
Improving the health of trans people: the need for good data
Financing Long-Term Care: Lessons From Japan
Children who say hand dryers 'hurt my ears' are correct: A real-world study examining the loudness of automated hand dryers in public places
European tobacco use: Trends report 2019 (2019)
10. European Commission news
Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health - factsheet defining value in ‘Value-based healthcare’
Horizon Europe programme - webinar
Streaming recording available of the EU Health Policy Platform Webinar on Health in the Horizon Europe programme, which was held Wednesday 31 July 2019.
https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/item/item/19345 (requires login)
Give migrant youth a chance
Across the EU, various promising initiatives have sprung up to support young migrants become part of European society, following the large-scale influx of migrants and refugees to the EU. Marking International Youth Day on 12 August, FRA draws attention to their situation and urges Member States to do more to help them fully integrate.
G7 Summit: EU announced record €550 million contribution to save 16 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
On August 24th, the EU announced a €550 million pledge to The Global Fund during the G7 summit in Biarritz. The Fund is an international partnership to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Its work has already saved 27 million lives since it was created in 2002.
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 31, 01 August 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 32, 08 August 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 33, 15 August 2019
Eurosurveillance - Volume 24, Issue 34, 22 August 2019
12. WHO news
WHO convenes global stakeholders to improve access to assistive technology
On 22 and 23 August WHO held a global consultation on assistive technology to gauge global demand and supply, bottlenecks to access and ways to improve the availability of quality-assured, affordable assistive products for everyone who needs them.
WHO congratulates new UNAIDS Executive Director
The Director-General of the World Health Organization welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS.
WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution
The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.
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