European Association for Health Information
          and Libraries – EAHIL
 Public Health Information Special Interest
  ...
European Association for Health Information
           and Libraries - EAHIL


• An active professional association unitin...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group



• Originally a group of World Health Organization
  Documentation Centres – estab...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


We are

‘A Forum for information professionals in health
 libraries and informatio...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


Our group aims to:

• Promote equitable access to public health
  information for ...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


• Develop networking and collaborative practices for
  the World Health Organizati...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


Who can join?

• Membership is open to all individuals or institutions
  involved ...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


Our activities:

• We organise training sessions at the EAHIL
  conferences or wor...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group

Our activities continued

• We have a regular column in the EAHIL Journal,
  publis...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


Research activities

• We are currently starting a project led by Tomas
  Allen fr...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


Research activities continued

• We want to find out how organisations and countri...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


What can we offer to ECDC?

• Use PHIG to exchange information on infectious
  dis...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group


What can we offer to ECDC continued

• Facilitate easy access to relevant informat...
EAHIL Public Health Information Group

Contact us:

• Co-Chair: Paivi Pekkarinen Finland at
  Paivi.Pekkarinen@helsinki.fi...
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European Association for Health Information
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Päivi Pekkarinen & Sue Thomas

Scientific Consultation Group (SCG) Meeting of Pan-European Public Health Associations, Federations, Societies,
and Organizations, 2-3 December 2008, ECDC, Stockholm

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EAHIL PHIG Overview For ECDC

  1. 1. European Association for Health Information and Libraries – EAHIL Public Health Information Special Interest Group Päivi Pekkarinen & Sue Thomas Scientific Consultation Group (SCG) Meeting of Pan- European Public Health Associations, Federations, Societies, and Organizations, 2-3 December 2008, ECDC, Stockholm
  2. 2. European Association for Health Information and Libraries - EAHIL • An active professional association uniting and motivating librarians and information officers working in medical and health science libraries in Europe - established 1987. • EAHIL encourages professional development, improves cooperation and enables exchanges of experience. • EAHIL organizes regularly conferences and workshops. • More than 1,000 people are EAHIL members - membership is free. http://www.eahil.net/
  3. 3. EAHIL Public Health Information Group • Originally a group of World Health Organization Documentation Centres – established in 2005 http://www.euro.who.int/InformationSources/Publications/DocCentres . • Extended to include all those in EAHIL involved in public health in 2007. http://www.eahil.net/subgroups.htm http://www.eahil.net/PHISIG-page.html
  4. 4. EAHIL Public Health Information Group We are ‘A Forum for information professionals in health libraries and information centres and all those in public health organisations in Europe.’
  5. 5. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Our group aims to: • Promote equitable access to public health information for all communities. • Enhance communication and facilitate networking between public health libraries, information centres and associations. • Facilitate the sharing of experiences and best practice in managing public health information.
  6. 6. EAHIL Public Health Information Group • Develop networking and collaborative practices for the World Health Organization Documentation Centres in the WHO European Region, and facilitate communication between these Centres and the World Health Organization. • Work in collaboration with all organizations in Europe involved in public health information. • Meet the needs of our members by providing, and, or supporting continuing professional development.
  7. 7. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Who can join? • Membership is open to all individuals or institutions involved or interested in public health and who are members of EAHIL. • Membership is free.
  8. 8. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Our activities: • We organise training sessions at the EAHIL conferences or workshops http://www.eahil.net/conferences_eahil.htm • We encourage our members to submit abstracts, or posters for the EAHIL events. • We hold business meetings at EAHIL events http://www.eahil.net/PHIG-meetings.html
  9. 9. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Our activities continued • We have a regular column in the EAHIL Journal, published as a print and as a net version, on public health issues http://www.eahil.net/journal/. • We have a web site, which we are developing as a valuable tool in exchanging information and best practice http://www.eahil.net/PHISIG-page.html • We are starting to undertake research.
  10. 10. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Research activities • We are currently starting a project led by Tomas Allen from World Health Organization Geneva on definitions of key concepts of public health. • This will include ‘health promotion’ ‘health education’ ‘health protection’
  11. 11. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Research activities continued • We want to find out how organisations and countries in Europe define these terms to help policy-makers when they are comparing strategies and policies. • The information collected will be made available on our web pages, and an article is being planned to be published in the EAHIL Journal.
  12. 12. EAHIL Public Health Information Group What can we offer to ECDC? • Use PHIG to exchange information on infectious diseases through our website or with articles in the EAHIL Journal. • Presentations on infectious diseases at EAHIL events. • Support for research activities in individual countries, or across Europe.
  13. 13. EAHIL Public Health Information Group What can we offer to ECDC continued • Facilitate easy access to relevant information centres. • Use of membership email discussion list to post critical information to all.
  14. 14. EAHIL Public Health Information Group Contact us: • Co-Chair: Paivi Pekkarinen Finland at Paivi.Pekkarinen@helsinki.fi • Co-Chair: Sue Thomas Wales at Susan.Thomas@wales.gsi.gov.uk • Secretary: Katri Larmo Finland at Katri.Larmo@helsinki.fi
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