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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - January 2020

Newsletter - January 2020

  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 first newsletter of the year. In this newsletter you can read that we are welcoming some new members (or in new role) to the ‘EUPHA family’, as well as updates from the European Commission, WHO Regional Office for Europe, and interesting publications in Eurosurveillance and the European Journal of Public Health, and more.

Wishing you pleasant reading,

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

2. EUPHA update

New chair of the EUPHA Section Council: Alastair Leyland

At the EUPHA Section Council 14 and 15 January 2020 a new chair was elected: Alastair Leyland. Congratulations, Alastair! We are very delighted to have you chairing the Section Council.

Introducing EUPHA's policy liaison officer

The EUPHA office welcomes Tugce Schmitt, EUPHA's policy liaison officer. Tugce is based at the EUPHA satellite office in Brussels. As policy liaison officer in Brussels, Tugce supports EUPHA in its presence in the European institutions and advocates for evidence-informed health policy making.

EUPHAnxt departing team members and one new member

We are saying farewell to two lovely EUPHAnxt team members. Anton Hasselgren (EUPHAnxt partnerships manager) and Keitly Mensah (EUPHAnxt conference manager) – thank you for all your hard work and energy you put into the network.

And welcome to Monica Brinzac, the new EUPHAnxt conference manager!

EUPHA Health Workforce Research Section Mid-term Conference - abstract submission is open

EUPHA HWR section is delighted to announce its first midterm conference ‘How to make a future health workforce happen? Policy, practice and people’, which will be held in Cluj Napoca, Romania, 18-19 June 2020, in collaboration with partners and the Department of Public Health – Babeș-Bolyai University.

Abstract submission is open! Instructions for submission can be found on the website. Abstract submisison is open until 29 February 2020.

3. European Public Health Conference

16th World Congress on Public Health, 12 – 17 October 2020, Rome, Italy 
Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy, and action

In October 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. Deadline: 10 February 2020 at 12:00 (noon) CET. More 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, reportedly organised by Conference Era and a conference on Public Health, Epidemiology, and infectious Diseases in October 2020 in Rome by The Experts Meet. We would like to point out that we, as organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health, are in no way involved in these events.

4. EUPHA members update

SFSP supports dry January #LeDéfiDeJanvier

'Dry January' is the challenge to stop drinking in the month of January. Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP) supports this challenge. Read this and more news from the French association in their first newsletter of the year.

Newsletter of Federation for Health

The Federation for Health (EUPHA member from The Netherlands) publishes their first newsletter of the year (available in Dutch only).

5. European Journal of Public Health

Advance Articles - January

Weight gain in early years and subsequent body mass index trajectories across birth weight groups: a prospective longitudinal study
Yi Lu, Anna Pearce, Leah Li

The association between parity, CVD mortality and CVD risk factors among Norwegian women and men
Øystein Kravdal, Aage Tverdal, Emily Grundy

Assessing volume and variation of low-value care practices in the Netherlands
Rudolf Bertijn Kool, Eva Wilhelmina Verkerk, Jill Meijs, Niels van Gorp, Martijn Maessen, Gert Westert, Wilco Peul, Simone van Dulmen

Wood dust exposure and risks of nasopharyngeal carcinoma: a meta-analysis
Meng E, Jinzhu Yin, Wu Jin, Yiyang Mao, Qihong Wu, Jun Qiu

Diabetes as a risk factor for severe exacerbation and death in patients with COPD: a prospective cohort study
Maria T Castañ-Abad, Josep Montserrat-Capdevila, Pere Godoy, Josep R Marsal, Marta Ortega, Miquel Alsedà, Ferran Barbé

Bringing the commercial determinants of health out of the shadows: a review of how the commercial determinants are represented in conceptual frameworks
Nason Maani, Jeff Collin, Sharon Friel, Anna B Gilmore, Jim McCambridge, Lindsay Robertson, Mark P Petticrew

Prevalence of three lifestyle factors among Australian adults from 2004 to 2018: an age–period–cohort analysis
Yang Peng, Zhiqiang Wang

Educational differences in acute infectious diseases in the Netherlands: results from a nationwide health survey
Brechje de Gier, Marieke Houben - van Herten, Ellen Uiters, Susan J M Hahné

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Call for papers: Digital public health

In recent years the world has seen a rapid expansion in the development and use of digital technologies. These developments have had a significant impact on the lives of the global population, ranging from the widespread use of mobile phones and the introduction of social media, to 3D printers, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 
This is an open-ended collection and articles will be accepted for on-going publication.

Call for papers: Leveraging Data and Information Systems on the Sustainable Development Goals

This issue seeks to highlight innovative approaches and informatics methodologies used for achieving SDG and lessons learned from digital solutions. Read the full call on the journal's website.

7. Interesting news

E-cigarettes: how risky are they?

A Q&A on e-cigarette published by the World Health Orgnization (WHO).

Vaping epidemic a major threat to public health

21st January 2020: The World Health Organization has issued its strongest warning yet about e-cigarettes, claiming that they increase the risk of heart disease and lung disorders. It recommends governments tax the products and regulate their promotion and use.
As of January 14, 2020, a total of 2,668 hospitalized e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury cases or deaths have been reported to CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). Sixty deaths have been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Although a cause has not been identified and a clear connection between the reported deaths has not been made, all cases have used e-cigarettes, with some also containing cannabinoid products.
Want to learn more about vaping? Visit the dedicated page to view research published in BMC Public Health.

Our best weapons against cancer are not magic bullets

A personal take on science and society in Nature Worldview by Vinay Prasad. "Better health and social policy would save more lives than sophisticated drugs."

The Lancet Coronavirus webpage

The first reports of clinical data from initial cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China are now available online. This hub page houses all articles, comments, and editorials that are received in relation to 2019-nCoV, as and when they are published.

Coronavirus--knowledge is the antidote to fear

The outbreak of a serious infectious disease is not just a biomedical event. It affects people and their communities, says Julian Sheather.

Wake-up call: 10 years remaining to address inequalities on right to health for all

The millennium development goals sought to create a global movement to achieve targets in key areas of health and development. The problem is, we failed to reach most of them. Among those missed were important health related targets: reductions in undernutrition, mortality in children under 5, maternal mortality, and incidence of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis as well as improvements in reproductive health. Inequalities between women and men and uneven progress between wealthy and poor populations largely account for the failure. [continue reading the article on BMJ]

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Winter School on “Reimagining leadership for healthcare”
4 Feb 2020 - 6 Feb 2020 / Grimbergen Belgium
Organiser: EHMA

Patient Safety Policy Summit
3 Mar 2020 - 4 Mar 2020 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)

33rd International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshops
23 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: IPVC2020

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
23 Mar 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Better future of healthy ageing
6 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: University of Zagreb school of medicine/Ministry of Science and Education

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
22 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

How to make a future health workforce happen? Policy, practice and people.
18 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 / Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organiser: EUPHA Health workforce research section

29th ETC-PHHP summerschool titled “People centered health promotion: empowerment, competencies and evaluation”
19 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 / Lodz, Poland
Organiser: European Training Consortium in Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC-PHHP)

5th European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health
20 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: LMU Munich and University of Liverpool

16th Annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe (WHO/Europe network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity)
2 Sep 2020 - 4 Sep 2020 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

10th Europaediatrics 2020
3 Sep 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

9. Interesting publications

Counting early deaths due to socioeconomic inequality

The Lancet Public Health | Comment | Volume 5, ISSUE 1, Pe6-e7, January 01, 2020
Author: John N Newton
Descriptive studies of inequality in England include classic works such as Charles Booth's poverty maps of London, and the Black report. The Black report powerfully linked measures of deprivation to health outcomes. Similar analyses are now widely available for many other countries. Statistical summary measures, such as the slope index of inequality, are routinely used to inform public health practice and policy in England. Therefore, more descriptive studies of inequality might not seem needed and the focus now might seem to be on what to do about this inequality.

Read more

Affordability of the EAT-Lancet reference diet: a global analysis

The Lancet Global Health |Articles| Volume 8, ISSUE 1, Pe59-e66, January 01, 2020
Authors: Kalle Hirvonen, PhD, Yan Bai, MIB, Derek Headey, PhD, Prof William A Masters, PhD

Read the article

Study protocol of the Healthy High School study: a school-based intervention to improve well-being among high school students in Denmark

The BMC Public Health | Study protocol | Open Access | Open Peer Review | Published: 22 January 2020
Authors: Camilla Thørring Bonnesen & al.

Read the article

Suicide among persons who entered same-sex and opposite-sex marriage in Denmark and Sweden, 1989-2016: a binational, register-based cohort study

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | Volume 74, Issue 1 | Research Report 
Authors: Annette Erlangsen, Sven Drefahl, Ann Haas, Charlotte Bjorkenstam, Merete Nordentoft, Gunnar Andersson

Understanding the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for health policy and systems research: results of a research priority setting exercise

Globalization & Health l Research | Published: 09 January 2020
Authors: Sara Bennett, Nasreen Jessani, Douglas Glandon, Mary Qiu, Kerry Scott, Ankita Meghani, Fadi El-Jardali, Daniel Maceira, Dena Javadi & Abdul Ghaffar

Read the article

Increasing the public health voice in global decision-making on nutrition labelling

Globalization and Health | Commentary | Published: 03 January 2020
Authors: Anne Marie Thow, Alexandra Jones, Carmen Huckel Schneider &
Ronald Labonté

Read the article

Should health professionals participate in civil disobedience in response to the climate change health emergency?

The Lancet | Viewpoint | Volume 395, ISSUE 10220, P304-308, January 25, 2020

Health System Resilience: What Are We Talking About? A Scoping Review Mapping Characteristics and Keywords

International Journal of health POlicy and Management | Volume 9, Issue 1,
January 2020
Authors: My Fridell, Sanna Edwin, Johan von Schreeb, Dell D. Saulnier

Bringing the commercial determinants of health out of the shadows: a review of how the commercial determinants are represented in conceptual frameworks

European Journal of Public Health | Advance articles | 18 January 2020
Authors: Nason Maani, Jeff Collin, Sharon Friel, Anna B Gilmore, Jim McCambridge, Lindsay Robertson, Mark P Petticrew

10. European Commission news

Webinar on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

The next steps in the consultation process (6 February 2020, 14.30 - 16.00 CET, Meeting ID: 840 178 172 - Password: webinar2020).

Avian flu: European Commission takes action against the spread of the disease

Member States unanimously supported a Commission proposal consolidating the protective measures in relation to outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5N8 in the  four affected Member States (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania). Read the full news update on the Commission's website.

The Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases holds its Formal Meeting

The Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (SGPP) held its formal meeting 23 January in Brussels. The meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of Member States, the European Investment Bank and several European Commission services to discuss a wide range of public health policies and initiatives. The flash report of the meeting is availble here. The following day the Steering Group held a joint meeting with the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee SC1 (Health) and the flash report of this meeting is available here.

EU Health Policy Platform - final joint statements

Final 2019 Joint Statements on healthcare on the EU Health Policy Platform:- Healthcare in cross-border regions by the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

  • Improving access to healthcare for vulnerable and underserved groups by No Body Left Outside Platform (NLO)
  • Improving INtegrated people-centered Solutions Health Care Solutions (INCASO) by Mattone Internazionale Salute Programme (ProMIS)
  • Improving Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU by the European Kidney Health Alliance

Innovation for age friendly buildings, cities and environments - Meeting in Italy

The goal of this meeting, besides networking and sharing of experiences around the themes of Active and Healthy Ageing and Age-Friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments, is to jointly work on the D4 Action Plan and to discuss the future of the partnership beyond the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Date and Place: 03/03/2020 - 04/03/2020 in Trieste, Italy. For more information please see the link.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 1, 09 January 2020

Note from the editors: Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Rapid Communication
Travel-associated chikungunya acquired in Myanmar in 2019
Trends in tuberculosis notification and mortality and factors associated with treatment outcomes in Serbia, 2005 to 2015
The impact of repeated vaccination using 10-year vaccination history on protection against influenza in older adults: a test-negative design study across the 2010/11 to 2015/16 influenza seasons in Ontario, Canada

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 2, 16 January 2020

Rapid communication
Detection in two hospitals of transferable ceftazidime-avibactam resistance in due to a novel VEB β-lactamase variant with a Lys234Arg substitution, Greece, 2019 Co-circulation of multiple enterovirus D68 subclades, including a novel B3 cluster, across Europe in a season of expected low prevalence, 2019/20 The cost of insecurity: from flare-up to control of a major Ebola virus disease hotspot during the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2019
Systematic Review
Electronically assisted surveillance systems of healthcare-associated infections: a systematic review
infections, 11 countries in Europe and Israel, 2011 to 2016

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 3, 23 January 2020

Note from the editors: novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Rapid Communication
Real-time tentative assessment of the epidemiological characteristics of novel coronavirus infections in Wuhan, China, as at 22 January 2020
Outbreak of KPC-2-producing endowed with ceftazidime-avibactam resistance mediated through a VEB-1-mutant (VEB-25), Greece, September to October 2019
Pre-emptive genomic surveillance of emerging ebolaviruses
Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR
Measles recognition during measles outbreak at a paediatric university hospital, Austria, January to February 2017

Risk assessment: outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, China; First cases imported in the EU/EEA; second update

12. WHO news

Promoting healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy: the "Move your health" project

Coordinated by the Local Heath Unit of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the "Move your health" project proposes tools and initiatives aimed at helping families to choose healthier lifestyles and reducing health inequalities associated with outreach activities, involving migrant or socioeconomically disadvantaged families

The year ahead: key events across the WHO European Region in 2020

A busy and exciting year is in store for the WHO European Region with a range of important initiatives, campaigns and events already appearing on the horizon. WHO/Europe and Member States will continue their work in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals as well as WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work.

Public Health Panorama, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2019

Public Health Panorama provides a platform to scientists and public health practitioners for the publication of lessons learned from the field, as well as original research work, to facilitate the use of evidence and good practice for public health action.
This issue holds an editorial on 'Research and innovations as key drivers to end tuberculosis in the WHO European Region by 2030'. And interviews with:

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