EAHIL PHIG Overview For ECDC

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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

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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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