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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - June 2020

Newsletter - June 2020

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

1. Editorial

Welcome to our June newsletter. In this newsletter, we look back on a successful  EUPHA Health workforce research conference. Furthermore you will find updates on the World Congress on Public Health, the list of titles from the latest issue of the European Journal of Public Health, and key numbers from the European Public Health Week.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe summer and pleasant reading,

Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

2. EUPHA update

COVID-19 video reports - on EUPHA's YouTube channel

Check out the COVID-19 video reports playlist with 7 short clips on our YouTube channel. 

  • What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe in terms of economics and mental illness?
  • What is known about the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment?
  • What is the importance of having and sharing evidence-based approaches to combatting COVID-19?
  • How do we increase an understanding of health information in the general population?
  • How are European health systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What long-term lessons can be drawn from this unprecedented time?
  • Wider impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: freedom of movement and access to healthcare.

Successful EUPHA Health workforce research section mid-term conference

On 18 and 19 June the EUPHA Health workforce research section mid-term conference took place. The future of the health workforce was the theme of this two-day event. Via a livestream, the conference could be followed and there were a total of 180 registered participants. The book of abstracts is published and available online.

3. European Public Health Week

Thanks to you, EUPHW was a great success for the second time, even in the context of a global pandemic. 
We are also grateful for your feedback. Here are some highlights from EUPHW 2020:

  • 147 online events in 31 countries
  • Hosting countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom; non-European countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, USA
  • Event languages: English (68), Bulgarian (34), Portuguese (18), German (10), Russian (7), French (4), Greek (3), Italian (2), Serbian (2), Turkish (2), Romanian (1), Macedonian (1), Ukrainian (1), Hebrew (1)
  • Most downloaded resources: guide to host webinars, key messages, promotional e-flyer
  • Number of tweets using #EUPHW (11-15 May alone): 2,943; Contributors: 1,345; Reach: 9.6 million
  • Top theme-specific hashtags (11-15 May): #mentalhealth, #HealthForAll, #Global Goals (each one with more than 1 million impressions on Twitter)

4. European Public Health Conference

16th World Congress on Public Health goes virtual from 12-16 October 2020

When the WCPH 2020 actually takes place in October, it is more relevant than ever. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of knowledge becomes ever more important, and the WCPH 2020 is the place to do it. The congress will feature a dedicated Covid-19 track, covering the latest on the fight against the pandemic, the impact on health systems and the future for public health after the crisis.  But we will also focus on other pressing challenges: climate change, food and water supply, poverty and inequalities. The theme of the congress remains unchanged: ‘Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action’. More news on our website.  

Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action 
The theme of the virtual WCPH 2020 reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to the current coronacrisis and other emerging global challenges. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of science – especially the latest public health science – becomes ever more important, and the virtual WCPH 2020 is the event to do it. A dedicated COVID-19 track will be featured, covering the latest on the efficacy of policy measures, impact on health systems, etc. In our eight plenary sessions we will further explore the challenges posed by the corona pandemic and other threats. Read more.

Programme online
The parallel programme of short communications and posters will be online on the WCPH 2020 website under the programme tab as of 1 July. If you want to access the online programme you have to use your EUPHA/EPH Conference account details. If you do not have an account with EUPHA/EPH Conference, you have to create one here

Plenary speakers
We are excited to announce the following confirmed speakers: Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, Philip Baba Adonga, President Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa, Ghana; Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, WHO Regional Office for the European Region; Mauricio Lima Barreto, Professor Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; Sara Cerdas, Member European Parliament, Portugal; Kasia Czabanowska, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands;Desmond D’Sa, Environmental campaigner, South Africa; Summer May Finlay, campaigner for the rights of indigenous people, Australia; Walter Flores, campaigner civil society, Guatemala; Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, United Kingdom; Richard Horton, The Lancet; Bronwyn King, Tobacco Free Portfolios and radiation oncologist, Australia; Stephen K. Klasko, President Thomas Jefferson University, United States; Laura Magana, President Association of Schools of Public Health in the Americas, Mexico; Patricio V. Marquez, The World Bank; Diogo Martins, Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom; Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; John Middleton, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region; Christopher Murray, University of Washington, United States; Walter Ricciardi, Professor Public Health, Italy; Gita Sen, Professor Public Health and campaigner for women’s rights, India; Sarah Wollaston, Former Member of Parliament, Medical Doctor, United Kingdom. Read more here. 

Registration fees for the virtual congress has been significantly reduced as to offer each and everyone the possibility to join the global public health community at WCPH 2020. Reduced fees are available for EUPHA and WFPHA members, attendees from emerging countries and students. Register now to benefit from standard fees until 5 August. More information and registration here.

5. EUPHA members update

Federation for Health launches member channel

The digital platform for members of the Dutch Federation for Health allows members to connect, collaborate and exchanges experiences.

GLEPHA newsletter - June 2020

Read the June newsletter from the Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association (GLEPHA).

6. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 30, Issue 3, June 2020

Personalized prevention and population health impact: how can public health professionals be more engaged?
Stefania Boccia, Walter Ricciardi

Prevention of vitamin D deficiency improves population health, social inequalities and health care budgets
Magda Aguiar, Wolfgang Högler
Use of pseudo-trials in public health research: a case for propensity score matching
Tea Lallukka, Rahman Shiri
Public health in the eye of the storm: what can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic experience to strengthen public health services in Europe?
Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Hans Henri P Kluge

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

EFPC Executive Board Call for Nominations 2020

The European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) is inviting members to submit their interest or to nominate a member to fill a vacancy on its Executive Board. This is a three-year term.
If you would like to know more about the role and functions of an EFPC Executive Board member, please refer to the following document. You can also check the EFPC webpage and view the current composition of the Board.
If you are interested, please complete the before the 1st of August 2020.

EUPHA and EUPHAnxt Fellowship programme for the WCPH

EUPHA and EUPHAnxt are looking for 12 enthusiastic individuals who are ready to show initiative in promoting the World Congress on Public Health and in advancing the global public health knowledge.
The selected fellows will:

  • have the opportunity to work alongside the EUPHAnxt team, the EUPHA office and the World Congress on Public Health planners to disseminate information about the conference through various communication platforms;
  • receive mentoring session with prestigious public health specialists;
  • receive a waiver of the conference fee;
  • have the opportunity to network at the virtual World Congress on Public Health;
  • have the opportunity to co-author an EUPHA report;
    receive a signed certificate of appreciation from EUPHA.

If you want to submit your application for the Fellowship Programme 2020, click here and fill the form. The deadline is 1 August 2020 (23:59 CEST). 

8. Interesting news

ECDC expert discusses the need for public health support

"The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is a European agency operating under the European Commission, with the mandate of increasing Member States’ public health preparedness and providing independent scientific guidance on infectious disease prevention and control. Dr Agorista Baka explores the key challenged facing public health support."

General Report of Activities 2019 - key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work.

Public Health in 5 Podcasts

1. Environmental Health Chat - This podcast series explores how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.
2. Emerging Infectious Diseases - A podcast highlighting key articles in the current issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
3. Leading with Health - Leading with Health is the podcast where women dive into societal change through the lens of healthcare.
4. Public Health Perspectives - JPHMP presents Public Health Perspectives, a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce and explores the narratives of public health care professionals and gain insight on career paths that shape the profession. 
5. Public Health Insight - Public health is a population-based field of science focused on preventing disease and promoting health

e-Guide for Financing Health Promoting Services

EuroHealthNet launches an online guide for financing health promoting services. Good health and wellbeing is a value in itself but also arguably our greatest social and economic asset. Relatively few resources however, go into fostering this asset by promoting health and preventing illness across the population. The e-guide encourages health and social planners and policy makers at all levels to address this issue, and to find innovative ways to invest in health and wellbeing. It includes case studies and examples that can provide inspiration, and the latest developments on potential new sources and novel approaches to finance health and social measures that tackle the underlying causes of ill-health and disease.

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

NHS Workforce Management Virtual Conference
7 Jul 2020 - 8 Jul 2020 / Online
Organiser: NHS

33rd International Papillomavirus Conference (IPVC 2020)
20 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 / Online event
Organiser: IPVC2020

Farewell Symposium for Ingrid Felger and Hans-Peter Beck: Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Diagnostics of Malaria
1 Sep 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

Virtual Island Summit: Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide
6 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 / Online
Organiser: Organisations of Eastern Caribbean States

5th International public mental health summer school 2020
21 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 / Porto, Portugal
Organiser: EUPHA Public mental health section and partners

Health Management - Realigning Systems, Contexts and Players
17 Nov 2020 - 19 Nov 2020 / online
Organiser: EHMA

Winter Symposium 2020: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains
1 Dec 2020 / Parterre Rialto Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
1 Dec 2020 - 3 Dec 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)
21 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
8 Mar 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

10th Europaediatrics 2021
10 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

5th European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health
19 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021 / 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)
1 Sep 2021 - 3 Sep 2021 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

10. Interesting publications

Statement on COVID-19 from the European Forum for Primary Care: Reducing the Impacts on Vulnerable Groups

On behalf of its members and partnering institutions, and based on four focus groups and a two-part survey, the EFPC has prepared a statement on Covid-19.
It is our intention that this statement highlights the impacts that the current COVID-19 pandemic will have on two vulnerable groups: within the field of mental health and within elderly populations. Furthermore, we wish to highlight the collateral damage as a result of health systems operating within ‘COVID-19 Mode’.
Based upon this statement, the EFPC has also created several messages for health policy which can be used as a rough guide when implementing and/or creating policy.

Lancet Migration situational briefs - Global collaboration to advance migration health

This series of situational and policy briefs summarises key practical and operational aspects of the COVID-19 response in relation to migrants and refugees. They include public health and policy recommendations and perspectives that build on the Lancet Migration Global Statement recommendations to ensure migrants and refugees: have access to healthcare; are included in prevention, preparedness and response; and are part of responsible and transparent public information strategies, during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are intended to be short briefs providing key information on particular migrant and refugee contexts and thematics, rather than fully comprehensive country or regional overviews.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest during the COVID-19 pandemic in Paris, France: a population-based, observational study

Rethinking the role of the school after COVID-19

COVID-19: long-term effects on the community response to cardiac arrest?

Investing in the health of girls and women: a best buy for sustainable development

The corona crisis and the need for public health foresight studies

Human mobility, climate change, and health: unpacking the connections

Prevalence and attributable health burden of chronic respiratory diseases, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

Does urbanicity modify the relationship between a polygenic risk score for depression and mental health symptoms? Cross-sectional evidence from the observational HUNT Study in Norway

Are we all in this together? Longitudinal assessment of cumulative adversities by socioeconomic position in the first 3 weeks of lockdown in the UK

Self-rated health inequalities in the intersection of gender, social class and regional development in Spain: exploring contributions of material and psychosocial factors

Where are the women? Gender inequalities in COVID-19 research authorship

The role of alcohol use and drinking patterns in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: a systematic review

A Health Impact Assessment of the Staying at Home and Social Distancing Policy in Wales in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the COVID-19 response

Realising the Potential of Primary Health Care

New edition: Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (fourth edition)

Edited by Ichiro Kawachi, Iain Lang, and Walter Ricciardi

  • Provides everything that a public health practitioner needs to know in seven easy-to-navigate sections
  • Includes professional competencies, matched to international standards
  • Emphasizes practical evidence-based advice, contemporary issues, and emerging topics
  • Features work from expert contributors from around the world to make it a truly global guide

New to this Edition:

  • Includes coverage of the latest developments such as genomic medicine and implementation science
  • Features new chapters on professional skills and competencies, matched to revised standards
  • Fully updated and revised to reflect developments in the field

11. European Commission news

Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps

Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in the EU. Once the technical solution is deployed, such national apps will work seamlessly when users travel to another EU country which also follows the decentralised approach.

Infographic: Disinformation and misinformation around COVID-19

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) prepared an infographic about fake news on COVID-19. We have to keep in mind that spreading disinformation and misinformation about COVID-19, though not always a criminal offence, has very serious repercussions, endangering public health and directly affecting people’s lives.

European Vaccines Strategy unveiled

On 17 June, the European Commission presented a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. The strategy proposes a joint EU approach and builds on the mandate received from EU health ministers. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides said: "This is the EU at its best: pooling resources, joining efforts, bringing tangible results to the everyday lives of people. No one is safe until everyone is safe and we will leave no stones unturned in our efforts to protect EU and global citizens."

EU4Health programme for a healthier and safer Union

The European Commission has published a proposal for an ambitious and dedicated health programme for the next seven years - ‘EU4Health’. The programme will fill gaps revealed by the COVID-19 crisis to build more resilient health systems and strengthen our common crisis preparedness and response. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “EU4Health shows that the EU is ready to support Member States in building more resilient health systems. EU health systems must be prepared for future pandemics, deal effectively with non-communicable diseases”.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 24, 18 June 2020

Rapid communication
Multicentre comparison of quantitative PCR-based assays to detect SARS-CoV-2, Germany, March 2020
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 specific neutralising antibodies in blood donors from the Lodi Red Zone in Lombardy, Italy, as at 06 April 2020
A common source for a trichinellosis outbreak reported in France and Serbia in 2017
Author's correction
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(23)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 22, 04 June 2020

Rapid communication
SARS-CoV-2-related paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, an epidemiological study, France, 1 March to 17 May 2020
Infection prevention guidelines and considerations for paediatric risk groups when reopening primary schools during COVID-19 pandemic, Norway, April 2020
High impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, suggestion for monitoring in the EU/EEA, May 2020
Genetic structure of SARS-CoV-2 reflects clonal superspreading and multiple independent introduction events, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, February and March 2020
2017/18 and 2018/19 seasonal influenza vaccine safety surveillance, Canadian National Vaccine Safety (CANVAS) Network
Author's correction
Author’s correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(10)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 23, 11 June 2020

Rapid communication
SARS-CoV-2 infection in farmed minks, the Netherlands, April and May 2020 Meta-analysis of diagnostic performance of serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies up to 25 April 2020 and public health implications
Measuring the effectiveness of an automated text messaging active surveillance system for COVID-19 in the south of Ireland, March to April 2020
Utilising sigmoid models to predict the spread of antimicrobial resistance at the country level
Descriptive study of COVID-19 outbreak among passengers and crew on Diamond Princess cruise ship, Yokohama Port, Japan, 20 January to 9 February 2020
Letter to the editor: Wide indication for SARS-CoV-2-testing allowed identification of international risk areas during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany
Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 25, 25 June 2020

Rapid communication
Rapid spread of OXA-244-producing ST38 in Germany: insights from an integrated molecular surveillance approach; 2017 to January 2020
SARS-CoV-2 does not replicate in embryonated hen’s eggs or in MDCK cell lines
An epidemic CC1-MRSA-IV clone yields false-negative test results in molecular MRSA identification assays: a note of caution, Austria, Germany, Ireland, 2020
Recurrent invasive meningococcal infections – quantifying the risk, Germany, 2002 to 2018
Active surveillance of acute paediatric hospitalisations demonstrates the impact of vaccination programmes and informs vaccine policy in Canada and Australia

13. WHO news

Stories of hope as refugees help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

As many countries in the WHO European Region still struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees and migrants are playing an important part in efforts to fight the coronavirus, supporting health systems and communities with their skills across the Region.

Photo story: World Refugee Day - refugees contribute to efforts against COVID-19

On World Refugee Day 2020, WHO/Europe highlights the lives, work and societal contributions of refugees and migrants to a united response to a common public health threat: the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugees and migrants play a critical role in societies’ response to COVID-19 and many across the European Region have found ways to contribute, such as working in the health sector – volunteering, supporting vulnerable members of their communities, producing masks and more.

COVID-19 website

Visit WHO Europe's COVID-19 website for daily updates.

HealthBuddy - COVID-19 chatbot

The chatbot is supported by experts from WHO/Europe and UNICEF ECARO and will provide you with accurate information on COVID-19. It is now available in English, Greek, Italian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. More languages are coming soon.

How to make health systems more resilient to COVID-19 and other crises

Why have some health systems coped better than others during the COVID-19 pandemic? Some answers might become clear if we could assess how resilient health systems are in response to crises or shocks, such as the current pandemic and other emergencies, including financial ones, or how well health systems were prepared for such events in the first place.

This newsletter received co-funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). The content of this newsletter represents the views of the author(s) only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.


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