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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - December 2019

Newsletter - December 2019

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

1. Editorial

Welcome to our December newsletter with updates from us, our members, and key partners, including the European Commission, ECDC and WHO. We hope the information is useful to further your work. This is the last newsletter of 2019 giving us time to reflect on our achievements in 2019 (e.g. see the story with highlights of the European Public Health conference).

We would like to wish you all a happy festive season and a good start in 2020 and we look forward to working with you again in 2020.

Wishing you pleasant reading,

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, EUPHA President and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA Sexual and gender minority health on Twitter

EUPHA Sexual and gender minority health section has launched their Twitter account. Follow them at @EUPHA_SGMH.

EUPHA at the European Public Health conference in Marseille 2019

Getting the Marseille blues? We prepared a summary of highlights from plenary sessions, workshops and other seminars, social events and many of your tweets! You can find it here.

European conference on aging & gerontology - EUPHA as event supporter

This month the European conference on aging & gerontology took place at University College London, 7-8 December. This conference brought together all disciplines to discuss in a holistic way one of the greatest challenges humanity currently faces: the ageing of the population. EUPHA was a supporter for this event, with several EUPHA representatives in the organising committee of this conference.

DG SANTE Director-General appoints members of the Expert Panel for 2019-2022 term of office

Anne Bucher, Director-General for Health and Food Safety, appointed 17 experts for the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health. We are delighted that our president, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat is appointed, as well as our immediate past-president, Martin McKee.

EUPHA statement: standing up for the vulnerable

On the occasion of International Migrants Day 2019, EUPHA publishes the statement ‘standing up for the vulnerable’. This statement responds to the call to action that was made by Sophie Beau, co-founder of the European Civil Rescue Association SOS Méditerranée, during the opening ceremony of the 12th European Public Health Conference in Marseille, France, held last month. Read the statement here.

European Public Health Week 2020

The European Public Health Week (EUPHW) is back! Following this year’s success, the second edition will take place on 11-15 May 2020. If you want to know more and potentially get involved, please send the email address(es) that you would like to include in our EUPHW mailing list to

3. European Public Health Conference


Marseille 2019 testimonies

Every year, hundreds of young professionals join the EPH Conference, many of them for the first time. We asked some of them what they enjoyed the most. You can read their testimonies here.

16th World Congress on Public Health, 12 – 17 October 2020, Rome, Italy

Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action

Next year EUPHA and EPH Conference will be joining with colleagues from across the globe in a unique partnership organizing the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) in Rome, Italy. The 13th EPH Conference will be an integral part of the World Congress on Public Health. WCPH 2020 is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI), and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is organized by EUPHA and is open until 1 March 2020. See our website for more information.

Abstract mentor programme

The Abstract Mentor Programme offers an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. The programme is especially targeted at researchers who have limited access to colleagues to ask for guidance and comments on their proposed abstracts. Mentors will provide one-time, anonymous feedback on the writing and format of an abstract. More information here.

World Leadership Diaglogues

World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) can be organised by health organisations, NGOs, and commercial organisations. WLDs are high-level sessions on current topics in public health intended to complement the plenary sessions. WLDs are free for delegates, organisers are charged for the costs. Detailed information here.

Early bird registration

You can benefit from early bird fees until 6 May 2020 with reductions for EUPHA members, delegates from emerging countries and students. Don’t miss the largest global public health event in 2020 and register early to benefit from the reduced rates. Members’ fees EUR 620, delegates from emerging countries EUR 450, students EUR 390 (all fees inclusive of VAT). Registration here.


We received reports that a World Congress on Public Health is being advertised to be held 20 - 21 May 2020 in Berlin, Germany. This conference is reportedly organised by Conference Era. We would like to point out that we, as organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health, are in no way involved in this event.

4. EUPHA members update

New members in 2019

This year EUPHA welcomed several new members, including:

  • GGD GHOR Netherlands (Regional Public Health and medical emergency Services)
  • Public Health Network Netherlands – PHNed

Institutional members:

  • Fulda Public Health Centre – Germany
  • Institute of Public Health – Ireland
  • The Bridge Foundation – Italy
  • Department of Public Health of the Babeș-Bolyai University – Romania


  • Dr Ibrahim Shady, Mansoura University, Faculty of Medicine – Kuwait

Public health symposium organised by the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine

The public health symposium, held 29 November, was a great success. In spite of the tension in the country the public health community gathered to celebrate public health research and put the spotlight on health issues that need to be tackled in the coming years.
In her opening remarks Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat reminded the public health community that their role is inherently a political one since public health professionals work to bring about policy changes in all aspects of life that influence health & well-being.
The symposium was live streamed and is available here.

New president at the Society for Social Medicine in Finland

In 2020, the Society for Social Medicine in Finland will have a new president: Hannamaria Kuusio. We look forward to continuing the collaborations between EUPHA and the Finnish society.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 29, Issue 6, December 2019

The social responsibility of public health: Italy’s lesson on vaccine hesitancy
C Signorelli, A Odone, W Ricciardi, B Lorenzin

Health in Slovenia––a successful transition story with gaps to resolve in the future
Tit Albreht

Re-examining access points to the different levels of health care: a cross-sectional series in Austria
Kathryn Hoffmann, Aaron George, Elena Jirovsky, Thomas E Dorner

Psychological profile of teenagers toward organ donation: a multicentric study in Spain
B Febrero, A Ríos, A López-Navas, L Martínez-Alarcón, J Almela-Baeza, J Sánchez, J J Parrilla, P Parrilla, P Ramírez

Examining differences in out-of-hours primary care use in Belgium and the Netherlands: a cross-sectional study
Marleen Smits, Annelies Colliers, Tessa Jansen, Roy Remmen, Stephaan Bartholomeeusen, Robert Verheij

Ambulatory care-sensitive emergency department cases: a mixed methods approach to systemize and analyze cases in Germany
Wiebke Schuettig, Leonie Sundmacher

The effect of off-hour delivery on severe maternal morbidity: a population-based cohort study
Jin Young Nam, Sang Gyu Lee, Chung Mo Nam, Sohee Park, Sung In Jang, Eun-Cheol Park

The association between future time perspective and sexual behaviours in individuals attending HIV testing centres
Marlène Guillon, Sébastien Fouéré, Christophe Segouin, Anne Simon

Secular trends in stillbirth by maternal socioeconomic status in Spain 2007–15: a population-based study of 4 million births
Miguel Angel Luque-Fernandez, Aurielle Thomas, Bizu Gelaye, Judith Racape, Maria Jose Sanchez, Michelle A Williams

Perinatal health of refugee and asylum-seeking women in Sweden 2014–17: a register-based cohort study
Can Liu, Mia Ahlberg, Anders Hjern, Olof Stephansson

Trajectories of sickness absence, disability pension and unemployment in young immigrants with common mental disorders
D Di Thiene, E Mittendorfer-Rutz, S Rahman, M Wang, K Alexanderson, J Tiihonen, G La Torre, M Helgesson

Company-level determinants of disability retirement: a multilevel study of Finnish private sector workplaces
Mikko Laaksonen, Juha Rantala, Jyri Liukko, Anu Polvinen, Jarno Varis, Meeri Kesälä, Susan Kuivalainen

Healthcare use before and after changing disability pension policy: a regional Danish cohort study
Line J Borup, Nanna Ø Weye, Vibeke Jensen, Kirsten Fonager

Physical illness leading to absence from work and the risk of subsequent suicide: a national register-based study
Fang Tang, Lars Mehlum, Ingrid S Mehlum, Ping Qin

Joint contribution of rotation of the back and repetitive movements to disability pension using job exposure matrix data
Jenni Ervasti, Olli Pietiläinen, Ossi Rahkonen, Eero Lahelma, Anne Kouvonen, Tea Lallukka, Minna Mänty

Social support and cognitive function in middle- and older-aged adults: descriptive analysis of CLSA tracking data
Mark Oremus, Candace Konnert, Jane Law, Colleen J Maxwell, Megan E O’Connell, Suzanne L Tyas

Parents survive longer after stroke than childless individuals: a prospective cohort study of Swedes over the age of 65
Anna C Meyer, Jenny Torssander, Mats Talbäck, Karin Modig

Trends across 20 years in multiple indicators of functioning among older adults in the Netherlands
Erik J Timmermans, Emiel O Hoogendijk, Marjolein I Broese van Groenou, Hannie C Comijs, Natasja M van Schoor, Fleur C F Thomése, Marjolein Visser, Dorly J H Deeg, Martijn Huisman

The influence of patient case mix on public health area statistics for cancer stage at diagnosis: a cross-sectional study
Matthew E Barclay, Gary A Abel, Lucy Elliss-Brookes, David C Greenberg, Georgios Lyratzopoulos

Does the Flemish colorectal cancer screening programme reach equity in FIT uptake?
S Hoeck, W van de Veerdonk, I De Brabander, E Kellen

Lung cancer survival and comorbidities in lung cancer screening participants of the Gdańsk screening cohort
Marcin Ostrowski, Michał Marczyk, Robert Dziedzic, Małgorzata Jelitto-Górska, Tomasz Marjański, Sylwia Pisiak, Tadeusz Jędrzejczyk, Joanna Polańska, Tomasz Zdrojewski, Bogdan Wojtyniak, Witold Rzyman

Determinants of non-participation in colon examination following positive stool sample in colorectal cancer screening
Ulrik Deding, Anna Sharon Henig, Peter Hindersson, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Henrik Bøggild

Patterns of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among European university students
Richard Cooke, Franca Beccaria, Jakob Demant, Maria Fernandes-Jesus, Lena Fleig, Jorge Negreiros, Urte Scholz, Richard de Visser

Alcohol’s harms to others: the self-rated health of those with a heavy drinker in their lives
Kim Bloomfield, Heidi A R Jensen, Ola Ekholm

Doping among high school students: findings from the French ESPAD survey
Jalpa Shah, Eric Janssen, Olivier Le Nézet, Stanislas Spilka

Alcohol use among conflict-affected persons in Ukraine: risk factors, coping and access to mental health services
Anu Ramachandran, Nino Makhashvili, Jana Javakhishvili, Andriy Karachevskyy, Natalia Kharchenko, Marina Shpiker, Nadine Ezard, Daniela C Fuhr, Bayard Roberts

Effects of changes in living environment on physical health: a prospective German cohort study of non-movers
Benjamin Aretz, Gabriele Doblhammer, Fanny Janssen

The impact of a gender-specific physical activity intervention on the fitness and fatness profile of men in Ireland
Liam Kelly, Michael Harrison, Noel Richardson, Paula Carroll, Steve Robertson, Aisling Keohane, Alex Donohoe

The association between obesity and cardiovascular disease mortality in different strata of socioeconomic position: evidence from pooled Norwegian health surveys
Marte Kjøllesdal, Eirik Degerud, Øyvind Næss

Factors associated with improving diet and physical activity among persons with excess body weight
Rainer Reile, Mall Leinsalu

A Dictator’s Gift: Dominant party regimes and health expenditures
Huang-Ting Yan, Yu-Chun Lin

Religious service attendance, health behaviors and well-being—an outcome-wide longitudinal analysis
Jakub Pawlikowski, Piotr Białowolski, Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Tyler J VanderWeele

Constructing a general competency model for Chinese public health physicians: a qualitative and quantitative study
Lei Shi, Lihua Fan, Hai Xiao, Zhenkang Chen, Xinfa Tong, Ming Liu, Depin Cao

European Public Health News
Dineke Zeegers Paget, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Vytenis Andriukaitis

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Recruiting international leaders in oncology 2020

To heighten France's competitiveness and extend its international renown in the field of cancerology, it is essential that the skills already present in the country be strengthened and enriched through programmes that welcome top-tier researchers and help them establish in France. The call for proposal "Recruiting international leaders in Oncology" will allow to bring a high-level researcher from abroad to set-up a research team in a French structure, and implement an ambitious translational research project in 2020.
Projects must be in line with the ARC Foundation's scientific strategy for accelerating discoveries, developing new treatments, preventive and therapeutic approaches in the field of oncology with a translational part.

Dead Line for applications: March 13th 2020
Maximum amount: Up to 1 500 000 € / 5 years

The "Recruiting international leaders in oncology” CFP is aimed at French research structures located within France, composed of internationally renowned teams offering the critical mass necessary to this programme’s ambition and who wish to develop a new research programme in the field of oncology.
It is expected that the host structures make substantial commitments to guarantee the team and research project the best hosting condition.
The "Recruiting international leaders in oncology" CFP targets are top-tier researchers recognised for their scientific career and world-class quality, their ability to form their own team and to conduct their research project independently.

  • Candidates must have defended their Doctoral thesis (PhD) for more than 10 years and up to 20 years at the time of their arrival in France;
  • The candidates chosen by the research structure must hold a position abroad as of the opening of the call (October 2019).

Postdoc researcher at ECEVE

ECEVE (Clinical Epidemiology, Economic Evaluation applied to Vulnerable populations), a public health research unit of INSERM (French Institute for Health and Medical Research) invites applicant for a one-year postdoc position on health behaviors of childhood cancer survivors.

Food For Good Challenge: apply now

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) recently joined forces with FAMAE, an independent family foundation based in France, that supports innovation in the field of environment.
Every year, FAMAE organises an International Challenge to seek pragmatic, efficient, durable, universal and money-saving solutions to make life easier for urban citizens while reducing their environmental footprint. Their 2020 challenge is dedicated to Food: 'Food for Good'. The total prize is 2 million euros and application deadline is 14 February 2020.

7. Interesting news

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

How is digitalisation affecting safety and health at work?

The incredible potential of digital technologies is transforming the workplace, but what does this mean for workers’ safety and health? The new brochure of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work provides an overview of our ongoing work on digitalisation — including a recent foresight project — and its impact on occupational safety and health

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 52, hospitalizations to 2,409

Dramatic health benefits following air pollution reduction

Knowledge-sharing: a how-to guide