Workshop Modena 2014

LocandinaThe main aim of the workshop held in Modena on 14th and 15th May, 2014 was the development of an International Network on Public Health Environmental Tracking – INPHET – to strengthen existing networks in environmental health surveillance among national and regional public health institutes, as well as developing new initiatives across both Europe and other continents.
The first step towards the implementation of INPHET was the exchange of knowledge and experience among the participating countries. This exchange took place in interactive working groups, chaired by key international experts in environmental public health, which focused on three main themes:

  • Partnerships: strategies and opportunities in developing an international network;
  • Science and Data: data availability, indicators, methods and training;
  • Ethics and Confidentiality: legal frameworks, relationships with industry, data exchange and confidentiality.

The workshop focused on procedures to initiate INPHET and explore:

  • Advancing environmental health by tracking exposures, hazards and health effects;
  • Identifying INPHET goals in a way to align with broader public health infrastructure needs, yet retaining a focus on environmental health surveillance;
  • Identifying partnerships with mutual potential benefits and explore strategies to deliver and receive information;
  • Identifying processes that can strengthen communication about INPHET and collaboration among stakeholders;
  • Supporting/co‐ordinating/leading any initiative (such as bids for support) which need to be “winnable”, based on persuasive approach and realistic expectations.

The Modena initiative falls close to the semester of the Italian EU Presidency and creates an opportunity for Italy to be in a privileged position to face environmental issues from an international perspective.

«The integration of experiences matured in different countries in the field of prevention could help overcome the passiveness typical of this world», explained Paolo Lauriola from Modena. He also hoped that «participating in the INPHET network may lead up to a widening of the cultural and operative horizon not only for people who produce knowledge in the environmental health field, but also for decision-makers involved in public health, who are now expected to overcome the contrast among health, environment, work and development».


Position Paper (PDF) – (EnglishItalian)
Workshop Report (PDF)

Report Working Party 1: PARTNERSHIP (PDF)

The objective of WP1 was to find an answer to the following questions:
1. How to identify key potential partners?
2. What are the strategies and tactics for building and sustaining these partnerships?
3. What are areas for potential partnership outreach?
4. How could partners use and promote the INPHET?

Report Working Party 2: SCIENCE AND DATA
(final pdf, 360k)

The objective of WP2 was to discuss the science of relevance to EPHT. In particular, aspects focused on identifying the main constraints in Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) especially in relation to exposure data and modelling, plus presenting an overview of available tools and initiatives which may help overcome these problems.

(final pdf, 520k)

The objective of WP3 was to consider what ethics/confidentiality concerns we advise to pay particular attention to in upcoming INPHET projects. To review ethics and confidentiality in recent epidemiology and surveillance projects we have each been involved in.

Multimedia Contents

May 14th, 2014 May 15th, 2014
Welcome address


Plenary session (part 1)
Plenary session (part 2)

WP 1: Partnerships
Part 1 Video
Part 2 Video

WP 2: Science and data
(Video 1Video 2Conclusion)

WP 3: Ethics and confidentiality

Welcome address

WP 1: Partnership

WP 2: Science and data
(Video 1Video 2Video 3Video 4)

WP 3: Ethics and confidentiality

Sandro Gozi’s speech


WP1: Partnerships: strategies, opportunities in developing an international network

rapporteur Brigit Staatsen National Institute for Public Health and Environment, Netherlands
coordinator Lina Ballouz Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US
coordinator Sylvia Medina Institut de Veille Sanitaire, France
Petra Elisabeth Bechtold AUSL Modena, Italy
Romeo Bellini Agricultural and Environment Centre Organization, Italy
Enrico Bergamaschi University of Parma, Italy
Paola Borella University of Modena, Italy
Carlo Alberto Goldoni AUSL Modena, Italy
Ivano Iavarone WHO Coll. Centre on Contaminated Sites, Italy
Isabella Karakis Ministry of Health, Israel
Karin Ljung Björklund The Public Health Agency, Sweden
Marinella Natali Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
Patrick Saunders Universities of Birmingham and Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Luciana Sinisi Ispra, Italy
Tommaso Trenti Local Healthcare Modena, Italy

WP2: Science and Data: data availability, indicators, methods and training.

rapporteur Kees de Hoogh Imperial College London, United Kingdom
coordinator Jan Semenza European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
coordinator Leonardi Giovanni Public Health, England
Paola Angelini Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
Laura Bonvicini AUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
Lucia Borsari University of Modena, Italy
Serena Broccoli AUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
Alice Casari ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Michele Cordioli ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Tom De Smedt Scientific Institute of Public Health, Belgium
Federico Fabbri Imperial College, UK
Bianca Gherardi ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Rebecca Ghosh Imperial College, United Kingdom
Ferdinando Luberto AUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
Federica Parmagnani ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Andrea Ranzi ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Meri Scaringi ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Giulia Tommaso ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Agnese Veronesi Nuovo Ospedale Civile S.Agostino Estense, Italy
Stefano Zauli Sajani ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy

WP3: Ethics and Confidentiality: legal frameworks, relationships with industry, data exchange.

rapporteur Helen Crabbe Public Health England, United Kingdom
coordinator Tony Fletcher Public Health England, United Kingdom
coordinator Lisbeth Knudsen Department of Public Health, Denmark
Edoardo Bai ISDE, Italy
Claudia Bellucci University of Modena, Italt
Luca Carra Zadig, Italy
Susanna Conti National Institute of Public Health, Italy
Tommaso Filippini University of Modena, Italy
Paolo Lauriola ARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Nunzia Linzalone CNR, Pisa
Silvano Piffer TRENTO Epidemiologia APSS
Francesco Venturelli University of Modena, Italy
Benedict Wheeler European Centre for Environment & Human Health, United Kingdom
Adriano Zavatti  Vicepresidente UN.I.D.E.A.
Allegato Dimensione
INPHET_flyer_versionefinale.pdf 336.68 KB
INPHET Modena Workshop Final Report v1.0 961.95 KB
INPHET WP1 Partnerships Final Report v1.0 386.07 KB
INPHET WP2 Science and data Final Report v1.0 362.77 KB
INPHET WP3 Ethics and Confidentiality Final Report v1.0 517.64 KB