EuSANH methodology article published
The EuSANH methodology article “A framework for scientific advice on health: EuSANH’s principles and guidelines” has been published in author version in Health Research Policy and Systems.
The publication can be downloaded from the website of Health Research Policy and Systems: http://www.health-policy-systems.com/content/11/1/6
EuSANH members’ update, December 2012
Let me first thank all of you for the confidence and support received to propose me as new president. EuSANH enters now a new period during which we have to develop this network based upon the good foundational work done so far. We have something to offer, and we have to make sure that we can disclose this potential to policy makers, public health practitioners and society at large. We already discussed in Malta some activities for 2013, and we will review them at the beginning of the year.
EuSANH is as capable as the ideas we all may have. Please let me know about them.
EuSANH is highly indebted to the Health Council of the Netherlands. Great thanks to André, Louise and of course Dorine. Many thanks also to the rest of you, who made EuSANH what it is.
Please find the latest EuSANH news, mainly focussing on the activities EuSANH performed during the last European Public Health Conference in Malta on 7-10 November.
NEW EUSANH PRESIDENT – CARLOS SEGOVIA
On 8 November EuSANH held its second Governing Council meeting at the EPH conference in Malta. Nine EuSANH member organisations were represented. With the transfer of the EuSANH banner, Carlos Segovia from the Carlos III Health Institute in Spain was officially nominated as the new EuSANH president for the coming period. Segovia gave a short speech highlighting his ideas for 2013. Also the EuSANH secretariat will be transferred to ISCIII, contact persons are Lucía del Rio email@example.com and Mercedes García firstname.lastname@example.org. Minutes of the meeting have been sent to all EuSANH members.
NEW EUSANH ADVICE PUBLISHED: childhood leukaemia and environmental factors
This EuSANH report is a joined activity of the Dutch and Belgian Health Councils. All EuSANH members were contacted at the review phase to nominate national experts for review the report. They provided constructive comments. Furthermore, in a face-to-face review meeting last May, all provided comments were discussed by the Committee.
This concrete example from collaboration of EuSANH members was presented at the GC meeting by Jean Nève (SHC, BE). He stated that it is stimulating to work together and harmonise the advisory process. As it is also time consuming, good project management is essential. The report was published in the Netherlands and Belgium on 7 December 2012 and is also being widely distributed among EuSANH members. Click here for the report and inform your Ministry of Health on this EuSANH advice.
EXCELLENT EUSANH WORKSHOP ON ‘REASONS BEHIND THE DIFFERENCES IN NATIONAL VACCINATION SCHEDULES FOR UNDER FIVE’
The issue was presented by prof. Karl Ekdahl from ECDC and Heidi Theeten from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute of the Antwerp University. This was be followed by a panel discussion with EuSANH members’ experts on the observed differences. Harmonisation of vaccination schedules is not considered the main issue, as differences in vaccination schedules do exists. But the reasons behind the differences should be explained in an understandable and coherent way to the public. A workshop report will follow soon. Presentations can be found in the EuSANH public library.
KEY NOTE LECTURE ON VALORISATION BY LOUISE GUNNING
Past EuSANH’ President Louise Gunning gave a keynote lecture on valorisation at the opening session of the EPH conference in Malta last November. She highlighted that producing sound scientific advice is one way to get the message from research to policy and decision makers.
EUPHA MEMBERS WERE TRAINED IN EUSANH METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK
Last EPH conference EuSANH members also gave a training seminar to EUPHA members on the principles and guidelines of producing sound science advice. The presentation and booklet of the framework can be downloaded here .
REQUEST FOR MEMBERS’ WORK PROGRAMME OF ADVISORY TOPICS FOR 2013
A reminder to send the advisory topics your organisation is going to work on next year to the EuSANH secretariat. These topics might be relevant for others too and can help you to make use of existing advisory reports from other SABs. On the other hand collaboration between members on the same topics can be initiated as was done on the leukaemia advice by the Dutch and Belgian Health Council. Furthermore, a POP tool developed by our Belgian partners might be used in near future to listing, planning and searching all members’ activities.
Finally, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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