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The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

International Conference: eHealth Innovation Days 2017, Germany

Come and visit the eHealth Innovation Days!

The second eHealth Innovation Days will take place at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) on 7th and 8th September 2017.

The conference will bring together academics, citizens, patient-groups and also eHealth developers and small companies from around the Baltic Sea Region in their common interest to explore the full potential of eHealth innovations. It will offer a platform for networking, initiating new partnerships and exchanging knowledge and experiences. The interesting sessions and an exhibition will reveal different aspects of eHealth, ranging from education to usability and innovative services.

The sessions will focus on:

  • eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Consumer-centered eHealth services (interactive workshop)
  • How to teach eHealth (panel discussion)
  • Innovative projects and companies
  • User involvement and usability

Excellent speakers from the Baltic Sea Region, Great Britain and Belgium will attend the conference and discuss with the audience.

The eHealth Innovation Days are a great opportunity to discover new developments and innovations in eHealth and discuss with experts the future of digital health.

For further information, please visit the conference web page.

Conference: eHealthTallinn 2017

Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health 16–18 October 2017, Tallinn

"Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ will focus on how digital technologies and wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare.
The conference will show already existing digital health solutions, use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that value-adding citizen-centric health services and systems are the reality and the future has already arrived to be made available to all Europeans.

Tallinn will bring you the latest developments in three hot topics:

  • Building citizen-driven demand in eHealth
  • eHealth supporting the value driven and sustainable health and social services
  • eHealth as a driver of innovation and economic development

The topics of discussion will include:

  • Giving citizens access and more control over the use of their health data
  • Cross-border exchange of health data
  • Making better use of health data for research and innovation
  • Creating the right conditions for a digital single market in health – interoperability, cybersecurity, data protection

The conference will bring together the EU policymakers and Member State ministers responsible for health, patient organization representatives, national and international IT and healthcare companies, health professionals, healthcare managers, and the R&D sector.

Registration for "Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ is scheduled to be live in May 2017.

Further information and a detailed agenda will be made available in due course.

Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health is organised by Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and the Government Office as part of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

For more information, please see eHealthTallinn 2017 website.

Call for Proposals (2017) for “Ageing and Place in a digitising world”

Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
Call for research proposals 2017 "Ageing and place in a digitising world"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 03 OF APRIL AT 17:00 (CET)

This Call 2017 “Ageing and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. As it is conventional, with “older” we here broadly refer to anyone over the age of 50: from those who are still healthy and active to those in the final stages of life, whether living at home or in long-term institutions. This group is rapidly growing in the population and the experience of later life is changing for many people. Although many older people remain very active, as they age, they are increasingly likely to have particular needs in terms of their living environment. To participate in learning and to have access to new technologies -and to be able to use them- becomes even more important as we age as our conditions, prospects and abilities are changing.

The overarching aim of our JPI is to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, to enable less-active elderly to be more engaged in social life and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost-effective ways. Also, it is important to recognise the diversity of older people and to ensure that practical and policy changes do not unfairly put them at a disadvantage on the basis of factors like gender, ethnic origin, social class, location or disability.

To achieve this, we need a better understanding of how to introduce changes based on a multitude of needs in older people. We are interested, therefore, in understanding the implementation of new technologies in an inclusive manner, to help finding new solutions which accommodate individuals´ needs, aspirations and limitations, as well as the ways in which they learn and interact with others.

Under the umbrella of the JPI MYBL, the 3rd Joint Transnational Call will be launched with funding from the following partner organisations:

  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Austria
  • Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland
  • Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – State Agency for Research, Spain
  • National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Sweden
  • The Swedish Innovation agency (Vinnova), Sweden
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Netherlands

For more information click here.

 

NDPHS E-Newsletter is published

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that a new issue of its bi-annual e-newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. You can download the newsletter directly on this link.

Where are we heading: Healthier and wealthier?

Current and possible future regional challenges to health and social care as well as the economic impacts of population health in the Northern Dimension countries were discussed in a seminar organized by the ND Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network during the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm.

AIDS Denialism: Fear and Uncertainty

December 1 marked World AIDS Day, the purpose of which is to increase global awareness of the disease. Researchers from HSE’s campus in St. Petersburg have spent the last two years studying a movement of individuals called ‘AIDS dissidents,’ or people who deny the existence of AIDS. Peter Meylakhs, Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Health Economics, Management, and Policy at HSE St. Petersburg, Russia discusses the phenomenon in detail 

Read the full article on HSE website.

Different cultures and their experiences of pain

Swedes have a higher threshold and longer tolerance to pain, research carried out on three cultures by Malmö University’s Faculty of Odontology has discovered.

The findings are published in the thesis, ‘Cross-cultural differences in patients with temporomandibular disorders-pain’, written by Mohammad H Al-Harthy. It is hoped that the thesis will aid the treatment of patients in an ever-globalised world.

The main idea behind the research was to gain a better understanding of the cultural differences in some issues relating to pain, particularly orofacial pain, which is felt in the jaw, mouth and face - prevalence varies from country to country

Read more on Malmö University website.

Nutrition and physical activities: How European Union contributes to public Health priorities including obesity?

More than 20 pan-European actions have been co-financed under the 2nd and 3rd EU Health Programmes of the European Commission, with the aims to exchange best practices, to develop recommendations, and to improve standardized methods of data collection about nutrition and physical activity promotion.

From 30 November to 2 December 2016, in Budapest, the European Commission with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of the Human Capacities, has organised a very successful meeting to share these projects' results.

More than 30 projects were presented during this 3-day meeting. Read the presentations on EC website.

Health at a Glance: Europe report published

As a first step in the Commission’s State of Health in the EU cycle, the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report was published in November 2016. Developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with cooperation from the Commission, this publication provides updated analysis of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of health systems.

Apart from various chapters with statistical indicators of 35 European countries, the 2016 report includes two cross-cutting chapters on political priorities: the labour market impacts of behavioural risk factors and related chronic diseases, and the strengthening of primary care systems.

Download the report and infograph on European Commission website

Nordic welfare research: Inequalities in health and public health policy

The Nordic Welfare Centreis an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its mission is to enhance social policy work in the Nordic countries through education, public information, research and development, networking and international co-operation. The institution has now published its first issue of a research magazine "Nordisk välfärdsforskning".

The magazine site is in Norwegian but following English articles can be downloaded:

  • The Norwegian policy to reduce health inequalities: key challenges
  • ‘All’s well in Iceland?’ Austerity measures, labour market initiatives, and health and well-being of children
  • Health inequalities – a challenge for the social investment welfare state
  • Reducing health inequalities in Finland: progressing or regressing?

Please visit the website to download the articles.

The Nordic welfare society amid a whirlwind of changes

The two-day event "Nordic Welfare States and Public Health – A Need for Transformative Change" will bring together over 200 experts from the Nordic countries.

The conference will also discuss public health and healthcare and social services reforms. Keynote speakers at the conference include Professor Franco Sassi (OECD, Imperial College Business School), Olle Lundberg (chair of the commission for Equity in Health in Sweden), Professor Gunnel Gustafsson (NordForsk), and Docent Mirjam Kalland (Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki).

The conference is one of the events under Finland's Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health organises the conference in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Institute for Health and Welfare, among others.

Follow the conference on social media with #Norden2016 and read more on the conference webpage.

Economic Dimensions on Health and Social Care

The NDPHS Secretariat is pleased to announce a report ”Economic Dimensions of Health and Social Care,” which Dr. Björn Ekman has recently written for the NDPHS.

This report reviews the evidence for the efficiency of investments to improve health and prevent disease in the Baltic Sea Region. Based on the existing evidence it also assesses the returns to such investments, both in the short- and long-term. Finally, it discusses policy options for best-practices for health promotion and disease prevention.

The report can be downloaded from the NDPHS Database here.

“Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?” NDPHS Seminar in 7th Annual EUSBSR Strategy Forum

The seminar, organized by the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network (eH4R) focused on linkages between health of populations and the economic prosperity of their countries, current and possible future regional challenges to health and social care, and debated how big impact what is happening now can have on our future lives and on the economies of our countries.

The seminar was moderated by Mr. Marek Maciejowski, Director of the NDPHS Secretariat and the speakers were Dr. Björn Ekman of the Lund University (Sweden), Prof. Dr. Roland Trill of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and MD Dr. Galina Maslennikova of the National Research Centre for Preventive Medicine (Russia).

Read the full article on NDPHS website.

Evaluation of EU Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan shows clear added value of European action

Reducing the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial medicines is vital to stop the appearance of resistant microorganisms. To raise awareness about this issue, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) founded the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) which aims to provide a platform and support for national campaigns about prudent antibiotic use. Over the years, European Antibiotic Awareness Day - marked annually on 18 November - has developed into a platform of global reach, partnering up with many countries outside the EU as well as relevant stakeholders, in line with the Commission's "One-Health" approach to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

The Commission's 2011 Action Plan against the rising threats from AMR contains 12 actions for implementation with EU Member States and identifies 7 areas where measures are most needed:

•making sure antimicrobials are used appropriately in both humans and animals

• preventing microbial infections and their spread

• developing new effective antimicrobials or alternatives for treatment

• cooperating with international partners to contain the risks of AMR

• improving monitoring and surveillance in human and animal medicine

• promoting research and innovation

• improving communication, education and training

The evaluation of the Commission's Action plan published in October 2016 shows that this had a clear added value acting as a symbol of political commitment, stimulating several actions within Member States, and has served to strengthen international cooperation. The Action Plan has also provided a framework to guide and coordinate activities on AMR at international level in the area of monitoring and surveillance and on R&D.

Download the action plan and its evaluation on European Commission website.

Exchanging sedentariness for low-intensity physical activity can prevent weight gain in children

As little as 10 minutes of high-intensity physical activity per day reduces the amount of adipose tissue and enhances cardiorespiratory fitness in 6–8-year-old children, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The higher the intensity of physical activity, the stronger the association with the amount of adipose tissue. Exchanging sedentary behaviour –mainly sitting – for even low-intensity physical activity reduces the amount of adipose tissue. In order for physical activity to enhance cardiorespiratory fitness, the intensity needs to be at least moderate.

The results published in Sports Medicine are part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study carried out in the University of Eastern Finland. The study was conducted in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.

Read more on the University of Eastern Finland website.

Healthy diet boosts children’s reading skills

A heathy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study constitutes part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä. University of Eastern Finland is a member of Northern Dimension Institute.

Read more about the study on UEF website.

Call for papers: 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference

The Program Committee of the 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference, June 12th–15th, 2017 Alta, Norway, invites researchers, social workers and other authors to submit abstracts for oral presentation for parallel sessions during the Conference.

The symposia/workshops are based on assumed Abstracts on the following topics:

a. Healing and social work practice with individuals and families

b. Restorative practice

c. Community work and empowerment

d. Indigenism and transition in social work education

e. Indigenous based knowledge and research

f. Decolonization and anti-marginalization

Read more on the UArctic website.

Northern Dimension events at EUSBSR Strategy Forum

The future of Northern Dimension cooperation will be discussed in at least two events during the 7th Strategy forum of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm, Sweden, 8-9 November.

The second Northern Dimension Day will take place back-to-back to the strategy forum on 7 November.  Following the lines of the Forum, it will focus on envisioning the achievements of ND cooperation by 2030 and topical challenges within the thematic areas of the four partnerships in 2030. For more information and registration see http://northerndimension.info/news/news/613-northern-dimension-day-7-11-2016

As part of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)  will host a seminar "Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?"on 8 November. The seminar, organized in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network, will discuss a topic close to the heart of each and every one of us, namely our chances to live a healthy and wealthy life in 2030. For more information see http://www.ndphs.org/?e-news

Innovative e-Health solutions providing better care at lower cost

Electronic health record and telemedice services have already become essential parts of health care. In the treatment of chronic diseases, eHealth solutions can also be utilised to provide better and more patient centred health care at a lower cost. To achieve this, the user’s needs and competences need to be in focus in the development of eHealth services.

Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?

As part of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)  will host a seminar "Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?" on November 8th. The seminar, organized in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network, will discuss a topic close to the heart of each and every one of us, namely our chances to live a healthy and wealthy life in 2030.

Food and Water Security in the Arctic

Clean water and healthy food are basic elements of good health and quality of life for circumpolar populations. Nevertheless, recent studies indicate elevated rates of household food insecurity in many places in the Arctic.

Northern Dimension Institute Steering group member, Research professor Arja Rautio is also lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic. Together with Professor Rautio and David Natcher, Professor, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, they have studied the issue of food and water security projects in the Arctic. 

Read the full article the UArctic Shared Voicesmagazine. 

European Regions bring a digital single market in active and healthy ageing

74 European regions have been recognised as Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing for their commitment to excellence in investing and scaling up innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing. The Reference Sites range from Oulu, Finland, to Heraklion-Crete, Greece and from Andalucia, Spain to Olomouc, Czech Republic. Together, they commit to investing more than €4 billion in digital innovation for active and healthy ageing, which is expected to benefit over 5 million people in the next 3 years.

Read more from this link.

Health and Wellbeing in the Circumpolar Area - University of Oulu

University of Oulu, a member of Northern Dimension Institute network, is coordinating a Master's program in Health and Wellbeing in the Circumpolar Area.

Aaltje Bos was admitted to the master’s in health sciences degree in circumpolar health in 2013 to explore how mobile people experience and deal with loneliness, or the absence of a close emotional connection, in an environment that is culturally, geographically and socially different from their home countries. Moving to a sub-arctic environment, lacking support and not speaking the local language can cause social exclusion and have serious health consequences. Read more about her experiences on uarctic.org 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Director of the NDPHS Secretariat

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is looking for an experienced professional to fill the post of the Director of the NDPHS Secretariat. Applicants must be a citizen of one of the NDPHS Partner Countries. The starting date for the position is 01 June 2017. The required documentation is to be sent to the indicated addressees no later than 19 September 2016.

Further details are included in the Vacancy notice and application form.  

Please visit also www.ndphs.org for further information about the Partnership.

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