|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2020
Welcome to the April newsletter of EUPHA. We hope you are keeping well.
In this newsletter we present the latest COVID-19 updates. The countdown to the European Public Health Week (11-15 May 2020) has started and an important decision has been made for the World Congress on Public Health: the congress will go virtual. Furthermore, this month we welcomed a new institutional member: Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus.
Wishing you a pleasant reading and stay safe,
2. EUPHA update
EUPHA statement on Combatting COVID-19: the importance of sharing knowledge to create a comprehensive and publicly available evidence-base
The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting everyone worldwide, and policymakers, scientists and practitioners are exploring uncharted territory while trying to get to grips with this new virus. Especially in such times of great uncertainty, building on up-to-date and accurate information is crucial. Therefore, EUPHA released a statement on the importance of sharing data, research outcomes and experiences to build a common, growing body of intelligence. A comprehensive and publicly available evidence-base is key when battling the outbreak and saving lives.https://eupha.org/repository/advocacy/EU...
E-collection: Ageing and health
The ageing of the population, occurring worldwide, leads to increased prevalence of chronic diseases and disability, yet, at the same time it offers opportunities for long and healthy lives for people. This can be seen from two perspectives: on the one hand, people live longer and to a large extent healthier. Many people can work longer, travel for leisure and practice sports. On the other hand, the current COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that older people are especially in need of protection as they are more vulnerable to illness and diseases. The e-collection Health and ageing lists scientific peer-reviewed papers on healthy ageing that are published in the European Journal of Public Health in the past three years. The e-collection is accompanied by an editorial describing the policy links and summarising the evidence.
EUPHA Health Workforce Research Section Online Mid-term Conference,18-19 June 2020
How to make a future health workforce happen? The renewed online programme is now available.https://hwrconference.publichealth.ro/
3. European Public Health Week
Countdown to the European Public Health Week (11-15 May 2020)!
Host an event: Is your country on the EUPHW calendar yet?
Deadline extended! You can submit your activity by 6 May.
We prepared a 10-step guide for webinar hosts including tips to disseminate any kind of event
If you have registered an event, make sure your event summary describes how others can register and find you.
Spread the word
4. European Public Health Conference
16th World Congress on Public Health moved into VIRTUAL Congress
These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures. The coronavirus pandemic is having its repercussions on the way the international scientific community is organizing its meetings as well. The nationwide lockdowns imposed on many countries have already required the cancellation or postponement of several global congresses. It is in this light that the Congress Management Committee (CMC) has decided to move the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) into a virtual congress to be held 12 – 17 October 2020. What this entails for all planned congress activities will be discussed in the coming weeks. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.
Abstract submission results postponed
5. EUPHA members update
Position statement COVID-19 crisis by German Society of Medical Sociology
The Germany Society of Medical Sociology has issued a position statement regarding the COVID-19 crisis. You can find the statement in the link.https://eupha.org/repository/EUPHA_newsl...
New institutional member: Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus
We are happy to welcome the Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus into our network.
6. European Journal of Public Health
Volume 30, Issue 2, April 2020
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
Education level and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: an education approach is required
Alessandra Buja, Constructing data-derived family histories using electronic health records from a single healthcare delivery system
Maya Leventer-Roberts, Ilan Gofer, Yuval Barak Corren, Ben Y Reis, Ran Balicer
The organizational domain in HTA reports: towards a technology-oriented assessment
Pasquale Cacciatore, Maria Lucia Specchia, Maria Giuliana Solinas, Walter Ricciardi, Gianfranco Damiani
Geographical variation in palliative cancer care in a tax-based healthcare system: drug reimbursement in Denmark
Cecilie Daugaard, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Anne Høy Seemann Vestergaard, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, David C Goodman, Søren P Johnsen
Assessment of technical efficiency of public hospitals in Turkey
Aziz Küçük, Volkan Soner Özsoy, Dursun Balkan
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
WORK AND HEALTH
Barriers and opportunities for prolonging working life across different occupational groups: the SeniorWorkingLife study
Lars L Andersen, Per H Jensen, Emil Sundstrup
Mortality among Italian male workers in the construction industry: a census-based cohort study
Gianfranco Alicandro, Paola Bertuccio, Gabriella Sebastiani, Carlo La Vecchia, Luisa Frova
Favourable changes in physical working conditions and the risk of all-cause sickness absence: a pseudo-experimentRahman Shiri, Aapo Hiilamo, Olli Pietiläinen, Minna Mänty, Ossi Rahkonen, Tea Lallukka
Night work and risk of ischaemic heart disease and anti-hypertensive drug use: a cohort study of 145 861 Danish employees
Ann D Larsen, Reiner Rugulies, Johnni Hansen, Henrik A Kolstad, Åse Marie Hansen, Harald Hannerz, Anne Helene Garde
Impact of antibiotic consumption on the carriage of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by school children
Maja Farkaš, Tatjana Čulina, Jadranka Sišul, Gordana Pelčić, Martina Mavrinac, Vladimir Mićović, Arjana Tambić Andrašević
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
The Dutch influenza vaccination policy and medication use, outpatient visits, hospitalization and mortality at age 65
Tom Van Ourti, Nicolas Bouckaert
Rotavirus vaccination impact, Ireland, implications for vaccine confidence and screening
Heather E Burns, Abigail M Collins, Una B Fallon, Paul V Marsden, Caitlin M Ni Shuilleabhain
Knowledge and beliefs on vaccines among a sample of Italian pregnant women: results from the NAVIDAD study
Fabrizio Bert, Elena Olivero, Paola Rossello, Maria R Gualano, Silvana Castaldi, Gianfranco Damiani, Marcello M D’Errico, Pamela Di Giovanni, Maria P Fantini, Leila Fabiani,Giovanni Gabutti, Ilaria Loperto, Marina Marranzano, Giuseppe Masanotti, Nicola Nante, Annalisa Rosso, Raffaele Squeri, Carlo Signorelli, Roberta Siliquini, Collaborating Group
GENDER AND HEALTH
Does country-level gender equality explain individual risk of intimate partner violence against women? A multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (MAIHDA) in the European Union
Anna-Karin Ivert, Enrique Gracia, Marisol Lila, Maria Wemrell, Juan Merlo
Gender differences in treatment with antidepressants during first weeks of a sick-leave spell due to depressive episode
Per Lytsy, Kristina Alexanderson, Emilie Friberg
Social inequalities in health: duration of unemployment unevenly effects on the health of men and women
Paula Acevedo, Ana I Mora-Urda, Pilar Montero
Perceived gender discrimination at work and subsequent long-term sickness absence among Finnish employed women
Marjut Pietiläinen, Jouko Nätti, Satu Ojala
Weight gain in early years and subsequent body mass index trajectories across birth weight groups: a prospective longitudinal study
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
W2 tenure track professorship in public health evaluation at LMU Munich
Applications are invited for a W2 tenure track professorship in public health evaluation, located at the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research at the Medical Faculty of the LMU Munich. In addition to the aspects mentioned in the call, we offer established research and policy and practice networks from local to global levels, including well-established collaborations with the City of Munich and the Bavarian State Office of Health and Food Safety and links to the WHO - in April 2020 the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research was appointed as a WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-based Public Health. We address a broad spectrum of topics with a focus on Complex Interventions in Complex Systems, Public Health Nutrition, Public Mental Health and Environmental Health. German language skills are helpful in view of the local public health landscape under the umbrella of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, but not essential in view of the international orientation of our research activities.
Call for stories: We want to hear your experiences with delivering mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Mental Health Innovation Network, in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at the World Health Organization, is creating a blog series to share experiences of front line workers and health systems with the aim of supporting others engaged in similar work. We would like to invite you to make a submission if you are part of a team working in or with your healthcare system in delivering mental health support. This is a great opportunity to highlight Europe’s critical role in sharing mental health and social care best practices in dealing with the pandemic.
To make a submission please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Submission for mental health experiences and practices at times of service disruption’.
8. Interesting news
Connecting Communities: for COVID-19
The connecting communities newsletters including interesting news on public policies, healthcare innovations, isolation tips and more.https://nfind.uk/corona_virus/
Pandemic parlance: public health needs new language for the coronavirus pandemic
Words matter. If officials want people to buy into lifestyle changes, they need to use more inviting terminology say Joanne Silberner and Howard Frumkin
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research: Health in Context.
Alastair Leyland and Peter Groenewegen. Springer Open March 2020.https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2...
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health special issue on 'Health Promotion and Sport'
A flyer with a message from the guest editors and Editor-in-Chief can be found here.https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/spec...
Special Issue of the Journal of Public health on 'public health ethics and the science of social justice'
The Journal of Public Health has recently published a special issue on “Public Health Ethics and the Science of Social Justice”, edited by two members of the Faculty’s Ethics Committee. The issue, which was collated prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, explains and contextualises what it means to understand ethics for, in, and of public health. The special issue’s broad approach reminds us of the importance of public health considerations within and beyond questions concerning contagious disease, and promotes understanding of how ethical deliberations feature in public health policy and practice. The press release can be found here.https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/page...
The Fourth edition of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment Forum - highlights and outcomes
The European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) organizes an annual Forum with stakeholders to receive feedback on its activities, processes, and outputs produced. The fourth edition of the EUnetHTA Forum brought together representatives of HTA bodies, patient organizations, healthcare professionals (HCPs), academia, payers, regulators, and industry. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the highlights presented at the 2019 EUnetHTA Forum, reporting the main items and themes discussed in the plenary panel and breakout sessions. The leading topic was the concept of unmet medical need seen from different stakeholders’ perspectives. Breakout sessions covered the joint production of assessment reports and engagement with payers, patients, and HCPs. Synergies, pragmatism, and inclusiveness across Member States and stakeholders were emphasized as leading factors to put in place a collaboration that serves the interest of patients and public health in a truly European spirit.https://eupha.org/repository/EUPHA_newsl...
What Other Countries Can Learn From Italy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Italy has been hit very hard, with 110 574 documented cases and 13 155 documented deaths related to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection as of April 1, 2020. The number of cases and deaths cannot be explained simply because of the epidemic starting in Italy earlier compared with other countries besides China. It is important to understand why death rates were so high in Italy to learn how to best prepare and how to plan for optimal actions in other countries. Some contributing factors may be immutable (eg, age structure of the population), but even these need to be laid out carefully in preparedness assessments. Some other contributing factors are potentially modifiable.
Japan's HPV vaccine crisis: act now to avert cervical cancer cases and deathshttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
Partnering to promote public health across the Mediterraneanhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpu...
11. European Commission news
Coronavirus: Commission launches data sharing platform for researchers
On 20 April 2020, the European Commission together with several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, marks another milestone in the EU's efforts to support researchers in Europe and around the world in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
ERNs and COVID-19
In the context of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission launched the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System (CMSS). The aim is to support doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in hospitals that are currently dealing with COVID-19 cases all over the EU, UK and the EEA countries. This system allows for professionals to communicate easily with colleagues, exchange knowledge, discuss cases and improve training, namely via webinars.https://ec.europa.eu/health/ern/covid-19...
Coronavirus: Commission adopts Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps
On 8 April 2020, the Commission recommended steps and measures to develop a common EU approach for the use of mobile applications and mobile data in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Digital tools can play an important role in the gradual lifting of containment measure when the time will be ripe for that if they are compliant with EU rules and well-coordinated. The Recommendation sets out a process towards the adoption with the Member States of a toolbox, focusing on two dimensions:
Medical Devices Regulation: Commission welcomes Council support to prioritise the fight against coronavirus
23 April 2020: The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council of the proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation. This will allow all key players - Member States, health institutions and economic operators to give priority to the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, forming a key position in the timing of the lifting of confinement measures as Member States return to the road of recovery.
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 13, 02 April 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 14, 09 April 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 15, 16 April 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 16, 23 April 2020
13. WHO news
Public Health Panorama, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020
Public Health Panorama is a peer-reviewed, bilingual (English–Russian), openaccess journal published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This is the latest edition Arts and health: creative solutions to complex challenges.https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/hand...
Visit WHO Europe's COVID-19 website for latest updates and complete collection of epidemiological data, technical guidance, and protection advice.http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics...
European Immunization Week, 20-26 April 2020
Countries working to sustain population immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases during COVID-19 pandemic
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