Modena 2014

The 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

rapporteurBrigit StaatsenNational Institute for Public Health and Environment, Netherlands
coordinatorLina BallouzCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, US
coordinatorSylvia MedinaInstitut de Veille Sanitaire, France
 Petra Elisabeth BechtoldAUSL Modena, Italy
 Romeo BelliniAgricultural and Environment Centre Organization, Italy
 Enrico BergamaschiUniversity of Parma, Italy
 Paola BorellaUniversity of Modena, Italy
 Carlo Alberto GoldoniAUSL Modena, Italy
 Ivano IavaroneWHO Coll. Centre on Contaminated Sites, Italy
 Isabella KarakisMinistry of Health, Israel
 Karin Ljung BjörklundThe Public Health Agency, Sweden
 Marinella NataliEmilia-Romagna Region, Italy
 Patrick SaundersUniversities of Birmingham and Staffordshire, United Kingdom
 Luciana SinisiIspra, Italy
 Tommaso TrentiLocal Healthcare Modena, Italy

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

rapporteurKees de HooghImperial College London, United Kingdom
coordinatorJan SemenzaEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
coordinatorLeonardi GiovanniPublic Health, England
 Paola AngeliniEmilia-Romagna Region, Italy
 Laura BonviciniAUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
 Lucia BorsariUniversity of Modena, Italy
 Serena BroccoliAUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
 Alice CasariARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Michele CordioliARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Tom De SmedtScientific Institute of Public Health, Belgium
 Federico FabbriImperial College, UK
 Bianca GherardiARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Rebecca GhoshImperial College, United Kingdom
 Ferdinando LubertoAUSL Reggio Emilia, Italy
 Federica ParmagnaniARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Andrea RanziARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Meri ScaringiARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Giulia TommasoARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Agnese VeronesiNuovo Ospedale Civile S.Agostino Estense, Italy
 Stefano Zauli SajaniARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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

rapporteurHelen CrabbePublic Health England, United Kingdom
coordinatorTony FletcherPublic Health England, United Kingdom
coordinatorLisbeth KnudsenDepartment of Public Health, Denmark
 Edoardo BaiISDE, Italy
 Claudia BellucciUniversity of Modena, Italt
 Luca CarraZadig, Italy
 Susanna ContiNational Institute of Public Health, Italy
 Tommaso FilippiniUniversity of Modena, Italy
 Paolo LauriolaARPA Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 Nunzia LinzaloneCNR, Pisa
 Silvano PifferTRENTO Epidemiologia APSS
 Francesco VenturelliUniversity of Modena, Italy
 Benedict WheelerEuropean Centre for Environment & Human Health, United Kingdom
 Adriano Zavatti Vicepresidente UN.I.D.E.A.
INPHET_flyer_versionefinale.pdf336.68 KB
INPHET Modena Workshop Final Report v1.0961.95 KB
INPHET WP1 Partnerships Final Report v1.0386.07 KB
INPHET WP2 Science and data Final Report v1.0362.77 KB
INPHET WP3 Ethics and Confidentiality Final Report v1.0517.64 KB