1 Jul 2019, Φ „Sustainable Urban Health” in the Patriotic Society Hamburg (5th meeting)

1.7.2019, „Sustainable Urban Health” in the Patriotic Society Hamburg (5th meeting) / “Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit” in der Patriotischen Gesellschaft Hamburg (5. Treffen)

2019_07_01 Bienenkorb 2_2019 p2 Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit
2019_07_01 Bienenkorb 2_2019 p2 Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit

Sustainable Urban Health had been suggested as a topic to the Patriotic Society Hamburg on 7 Feb 2019, by Trojan and Fehr / Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit hatten Trojan und Fehr der Patriotischen Gesellschaft Hamburg am 7.2.19 als Thema vorgeschlagen.

As a consequence, the Patriotic Society initiated a thematic group, convening on the first Monday each month. Today, the 5th such meeting took place / Daraufhin richtete die Patriotische Gesellschaft eine Themengruppe ein, die sich jeweils am ersten Montag im Monat trifft. Heute erfolgte das 5. Treffen dieser Art.

The „Bienenkorb“ (beehive – the Patriotic Society’s newsletter) No.2/2019 contains a brief report on this thematic group / Der „Bienenkorb“ (Nachrichtenblatt der Patriotischen Gesellschaft) Nr.2/2019 berichtet auf S.2 über diese Themengruppe, www.patriotische-gesellschaft.de/webfile/show/2458/PG_Bienenkorb_02_19_RZ_WEB_190611.pdf.

13 Jun 2019, Φ EPH conf Marseille: submissions accepted

13.6.19, Φ EPH conference Marseille: our submissions were accepted / unsere eingereichten Vorschläge wurden akzeptiert

The 12th European Public Health (EPH) conference takes place in Marseille, 20-23 Nov 2019 / Die 12. Europäische Public Health-Konferenz erfolgt in Marseille, 20.-23.11.2019, https://ephconference.eu/. Venue: Marseille Chanot, Palais des Congrès et des Expositions, 114 Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, France, https://ephconference.eu/.

The organizers received nearly 2.200 abstracts, including 150 for workshops. With a rejection rate of 40%, it is a pleasure to see the following workshop accepted: “Greening the European Public Health conferences, and beyond”. Organiser: EUPHA’s Green Club; HIA section; Environment & Health section / Die Veranstalter erhielten fast 2.200 Abstracts, darunter 150 für Workshops. Bei einer Ablehnungsquote der Workshops von 40% wurde erfreulicherweise folgender Vorschlag akzeptiert: “Greening the European Public Health conferences, and beyond”. Organisatoren: EUPHA’s Green Club; Sektion HIA; Sektion Environment & Health [19-09]. Chairs: Rainer Fehr, Peter van den Hazel.

Workshop papers / Workshop-Beiträge:

  1. Greening the European Public Health conferences – The Green Club (J. Mamo, U Malta)
  2. Using the WHO EURO checklist for healthy and sustainable meetings (D. Zeegers Paget, EUPHA)
  3. Towards quantifying CO2 emissions from EPH conference travel (R. Fehr, U Bielefeld; D. Zeegers Paget, EUPHA; OCL Mekel, LZG.NRW Bochum; N. Bos, U Wageningen) [19-09a]

Main workshop messages: (i) For reasons of responsibility and credibility, professional associations need to care about their ecological footprint; EUPHA created a “Green Club” and explores practical measures for “greening”, (ii) Both resource consumption and emissions from EPH conferences are considerable, calling for intensified action, e.g. provision of evidence, awareness-building, and promotion of eco-friendly options.


Also accepted:

  • As a pitch presentation: Building bridges: Sustainable Urban Health in Hamburg, 2018 (R. Fehr; A. Trojan, UKE Hamburg; Claudia Hornberg, U Bielefeld) [19-08]. Main messages: (i) Sustainable Urban Health (SUH), based on Human ecology, is an integrative “no regrets” approach and can cooperatively be applied anywhere, informing and guiding professionals and civic society. (ii) Even where activities around “health” constitute a remarkable element of urban culture, there is room for improvement, e.g. quality assurance on systems level, and more focus on sustainability.
  • As a contribution to the workshop “Health in Environmental Impact Assessment: getting serious about primary prevention” (Chair: P. Martín Olmedo): paper “Health in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Gaining strength from the ‘Family of health assessments’ approach” (R. Fehr) [19-06]. From the abstract: “… The ‘family’ perspective helps to make best use of existing (local) knowledge (which is often embedded in diverse forms of health assessments); and to assure consistent practice across assessments. The inter-relationship of health assessments is a reason to reconsider training courses and to develop more integrated approaches”.

For the HIA pre-conference, see here.

In summary, all our submissions met with approval / Ergebnis: alle unsere Einreichungen wurden akzeptiert.

13 Jun 2019, Φ EPH conf Marseille: HIA Preconference – contribution accepted

13 Jun 2019, Φ EPH conf Marseille: HIA Preconference – contribution “HIA in context” accepted

There is a Pre-conference to the 12th European Public Health Conference: “Health Impact Assessment (HIA) institutionalization and multisectoral collaboration in Europe”. Wednesday 20 November 2019, 09:00 – 18:00, Marseille Chanot, Palais des Congrès et des Expositions.

Organised by: European Public Health Association (EUPHA) HIA Section, International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Health Section, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), NRW Centre for Health (LZG.NRW), Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU)/Public Health Wales (PHW), World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.


For this pre-conference, the following presentation was accepted: “HIA in context” (R. Fehr) [19-10].

From the abstract:

Background: Efforts to institutionalize HIA, and to pursue its further development on multisectoral collaboration, have a track record of being variably successful …

Goal and methods: To explore innovative ways of invigorating HIA by utilizing its diverse relations with other forms of governance-supporting health assessments, as analyzed by the EUPHA “health assessments” working group (involving 10 EUPA sections) …

Results: … HIA’s close connectedness with related approaches, including health reporting, health needs assessment, health technology assessment, health systems performance assessment … as well as evaluative activities. Insights can be grouped as follows:

  • Mutual exchange concerning concepts and experiences …
  • Improved practice by collaboration and exchange: …
  • Teaching and training: …

Discussion: Viewing HIA as one (important) type among the group of “health assessments” fruitfully inspires HIA, both on conceptual and on practice level, and may help to strengthen HIA significantly.

26-27 Mar 2019, Φ Bonn, WHO: Human Health in Environmental Impact Assessment

At the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH) in Bonn, a two-day meeting was held on “Population and Human Health in Environmental Impact Assessment” / Im WHO-Zentrum Umwelt und Gesundheit (ECEH) in Bonn erfolgte eine zweitägige Tagung zum Thema “Bevölkerung und menschliche Gesundheit in der Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung“.

The meeting was organized by the WHO-ECEH programme of Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHI); results will be published by WHO at due time / Die Tagung wurde von dem Bereich Umwelt und Health Impact Assessment (EHI) des WHO-Zentrums durchgeführt; Ergebnisse werden von der WHO zu gegebener Zeit veröffentlicht werden.