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JAHEE update: short review of 3rd WP9 online meeting

3rd March 2020 the 3rd online meeting of JAHEE work package 9 (WP9) was held. The WP9 is dedicated to Health and equality in all policies. The aim of the meeting was to inform participants on WP9 issues, to support the Implementation Actions, and to share experiences.

The meeting was moderated by Tuulia Rotko (chair of the WP9), and 10 partner countries were represented.

In the beginning, the main JAHEE updates were shared:

  • Every month, JAHEE is spreading actual news in a newsletter.
  • A mid-term evaluation report of the Joint Action was submitted at the end of January 2020 to the European Commission.
  • EUPHA conference 2020 is included in the World Congress on Public Health on 12-17th October 2020 in Rome.  WP9 and WP6 have together submitted a session proposal “Implementing local health equity policies in Europe – Needs, governance and tools”. If it will be accepted, there will be 5 presentations from WP9 and WP6.

Tuulia Rotko mentioned that all 20 WP9 Implementation Actions are in progress in all member states. JAHEE WP3 will evaluate all Implementation Actions.

Later, the Wales team presented their integrated model of using HIAP tools. The model is based on Kingston’s University insights, and it’s all about five ways of working (long-term, prevention, integration, collaboration, involvement) in four levels (individual, team, organization, and system). Wales team presented activities and toolkits for each level.

After this presentation, members shortly discussed how they could use Wale‘s experience and tools  for developing policies in their countries.

The next online meeting will be held on 27th April 2020.

Contact: Saulius Vainauskas, Head of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre,  phone no. +370 5 212 4660, e-mail: saulius.vainauskas@hi.lt, Daiva Jakštienė, Team member of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, e-mail: daiva.jakstiene@hi.lt.

 

The baltic occupational health network and international experts discussed priority themes and actions in the new ndphs 2020–2025 strategy on skype-meeting

On February 10, 2020, occurred skype-meeting of the Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety (BSN) and the Expert Group on Occupational Safety and Health (EG OSH).

The meeting discussed proposals for the priority themes and actions of OSH EG to the new strategy of NSPHS (The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being) 2021–2025.

FOCUS AREAS: (1) Demographic change; (2) Changing working life; (3) Psychosocial risks / Mental health; (4) Integrated care from an OH and workability perspective.

The next EG OSH meeting will be on 2–3 April 2020 in Trondheim (Norway).

Further information is available from the Head of the Occupational Health Center, Institute of Hygiene, Dr. Saulius Vainauskas, phone no. +370 5 212 1969, e-mail: saulius.vainauskas@hi.lt.

 

Ongoing activities of the JAHEE project

The Institute of Hygiene participates in the Joint Action Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) project activities related to its coordination, spread, evaluation, national policy integration and monitoring. On October 3–4, 2019, at the third meeting of the WP9 Working Group in Rome (Italy), together with representatives from 25 other European countries, a specialist from the Innovation Unit of the Occupational Health Center of the Institute of Hygiene participated in the meeting.

The main task of the working group was "Health and equality in all policies - Governance". The meeting emphasized active involvement of all societal groups in the process of reducing health inequalities, organizing publicity days, discussions, creating billboards presenting health indicators, joint information websites and so on.

In Lithuania, increasing the availability of occupational health services to employees is foreseen as a priority area as defined in the strategic documents - National Public Health Care Development Program 2016–2023 and National Action Plan for Occupational Safety and Health 2017–2021.

Contact: Saulius Vainauskas, Head of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre,  phone no. +370 5 212 4660, e-mail: saulius.vainauskas@hi.lt, Giedrė Šereikaitė, Team member of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. +370 5 212 0861, e-mail: giedre.sereikaite@hi.lt.

Networking for Health Promotion at Work

Center of Occupational Health of the Institute of Hygiene organized the seminar-discussion for the Networking participants – “Workers safety and health assurance under heat conditions”. It was attended by representatives of various companies, institutions, Vilnius University and Vilnius College.

The participants of the event had the opportunity to hear presentations about legal aspects of work under heat conditions indoor and outdoor, methodological recommendations prepared by the Occupational Health Center of the Institute of Hygiene – “Prevention of heat exposure in indoor and outdoor workplaces”. Also there was a presentation about the effect of heat on workers working on road construction work in outdoor areas. All presentations were followed by a discussion.

At the end of the seminar, the participants in the groups carried out a practical task in which practical experience was shared. They discussed about the personal and collective protective equipment that employees provide when workers are working in heat conditions.

For more detailed information about the Networking for Health Promotion at Work contact: tinklaveika@hi.lt.
 

Representatives of the Baltic Occupational Health Network and international experts shared their experiences

On October 3–4, 2019, Vilnius hosted the 25th meeting of the Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety (BSN) and the Expert Group on Occupational Safety and Health (EG OSH). The meeting presented the strategy and evaluation of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, BSN and EG OSH 2021–2025 action plan, its goals and expected results.

The meeting also discussed the project „Better prevention, identification and reporting of work-related and occupational diseases and emerging risks“ (FWC BENEF 2013 - RfS 2016/380168/1) results. Information was also disseminated on new future projects on demographic changes and their impact on working life, as well as new risks in the context of digital and artificial intelligence. In addition, they discussed advanced approaches to preventing psychosocial risks in the workplace, opportunities for cooperation and participation in the project. There has been a lot of discussion on updating the BSN website in countries.

The BSN annual meetings to exchange knowledge and best practices between  representatives of different countries and  experts of  international Occupational Health and Safety organizations .

The priorities for cooperation between the Baltic Sea and the Nordic countries and possible joint projects are envisaged. The event was organized by the Institute of Hygiene in collaboration with the Norwegian and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
 
Further information is available from  the Head of the Occupational Health Center, Institute of Hygiene, Dr. Saulius Vainauskas, phone no. +370 5 212 1969, e-mail: saulius.vainauskas@hi.lt.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
 

Joint Action Health Equity Europe, JAHEE

The Institute of Hygiene started participation in the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020), project Joint Action Health Equity Europe, JAHEE.

The project’s implementation period is 2018–2021.

The project’s coordinator – Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy).

The project’s participants – 25 European countries, a total of 49 institutions. Lithuania is represented by the Institute of Hygiene.

General objective of the project:

The general objective of the Joint Action Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) is to contribute to achieve greater equity in health outcomes across all groups in society in all partici­pating countries and in Europe at large and to reduce the inter-country heterogeneity in tackling health inequalities. JAHEE will also include a specific focus on migrants and vulnerable groups.

For more information about the project please see the JAHEE Leaflet: https://jahee.iss.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/JAHEE11152018_leaflet.pdf.

The Institute of Hygiene will participate in the following activities: WP1-WP4, WP5, WP9.

The project’s website: https://jahee.iss.it/.

Contact: Saulius Vainauskas, Head of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre,  phone no. +370 5 212 4660, e-mail: saulius.vainauskas@hi.lt, Giedrė Šereikaitė, Team member of Project Execution Group, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. +370 5 212 0861, e-mail: giedre.sereikaite@hi.lt.

 
The Finnish project "Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work" (2015–2018)

The aim
 of the project was to share the experience / to learn how to apply the networking principle to health and well-being of employees; also to discuss the challenges of employee’s health and well-being at different ages; and to seek for the solutions together taking into account the good Finnish experience. During the project, four events took place in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Subsequently, representatives of these countries presented their experiences and tailor-made measures at a joint meeting.

An introductory workshop-discussion "Health and well-being at work at all ages" was held in Vilnius in December, 2017. It was organised by the Institute of Hygiene in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

The event brought together nearly 50 representatives from business and public enterprises and institutions, universities, and non-governmental organisations. The theoretical material on how to improve health and well-being of employees of all age groups, as well as networking and network operation principles were presented at the event. During the discussions the participants noted that one of the most important challenges faced by enterprises is the lack of a positive attitude of the employer towards different age employees and the creation of a better working environment and an individual approach to workers of different age. They also missed opportunities for lifelong learning.

The raised issues were further discussed in the next meetings arranged in spring 2018.

In June, 2018 in Helsinki (Finland), the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH) organised the final event of the project "Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work". The aim of the event was to review and evaluate the activities and the results achieved by the project.

The participants of the event discussed what strategic and practical steps each country should be taking in order to develop occupational health and safety networks and how it would be possible to continue cooperation in order to develop such networks at national and international level.

The discussions in the Lithuanian group emphasized the importance of not losing relations with the participants of the project and continue the network development in Lithuania. It was suggested to initiate a Network for Health Promotion at Work and look for funding possibilities.

For more detailed information about the said project results contact: tinklaveika@hi.lt.

 

Networking for Health Promotion at Work

As a result of the Finnish project "Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work" (2015–2018) the Networking for Health Promotion at Work continues in Lithuania. Several Networking meetings were organised in 2018 and the relevant issues have been discussed.

The Networking for Health Promotion at Work is an informal activity coordinated by the Institute of Hygiene. The Networking administration group will be established which will also include external representatives of the networking participants.

The principle of the Networking operation is dissemination of good practice, raising the problems and finding solutions, thus improving knowledge. Emphasis was placed on the importance of the feedback, i. e. each networking member should be motivated not only to benefit but also to share the information with others, to participate in the Networking actively.

It was decided that further Networking meetings will be organised by the Institute of Hygiene on a quaterly basis.

For more detailed information about the Networking for Health Promotion at Work contact: tinklaveika@hi.lt.


Networking for Health Promotion at Work

As a result of the Finnish project „Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work“ (2015–2018) the Networking for Health Promotion at Work continues in Lithuania. On the 20th of June, 2019 the Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre organized a seminar-discussion “Occupational Health Services in Lithuania, Opportunities and Challenges”. It was held in Vilnius for professionals working in the field of occupational safety and health. It was attended by representatives of various companies, institutions, universities and public health bureaus. Participants of the seminar analyzed how occupational health services are provided in Lithuania.

For more detailed information about the Networking for Health Promotion at Work contact: tinklaveika@hi.lt.

Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces

In 2018 the Occupational Health Centre of the Institute of Hygiene, in cooperation with the Institute of Management and Psychology, implemented the project "Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces".

During the implementation of the project, the following events were organised in 2018:

- 10 information days "Friendly from stress and its affecting factors working environment" in Vilnius, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Telšiai, Priekule, Jurbarkas, Kėdainiai, Lazdijai, Skuodas, Ukmergė. Number of participants: 50.

3 one-day training sessions: in Birštonas, Vilnius, Palanga. Number of participants: 25.

1 final international seminar in Vilnius (including lecturers from EU and the Nordic countries). Number of participants: 100.

An international seminar "Friendly to Worker, Safe from Stress and It Affecting Factors Working Environment" took place in December in Vilnius, as a final event of the project "Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces".

Over 100 participants from companies, business leaders, organisations, occupational safety and health services, occupational safety and health committees, representatives from institutions and universities, dealing with the occupational safety and health matters, participated in the seminar.

Participants gained knowledge about psychosocial risk factors at work, work-related mental disorders, disease detection and prevention, and work-related stress management. Much attention has been paid to creating a mental health-friendly working environment and to promoting mental health and well-being at work.

Presentations were given by the foreign lecturers Prof. Dr. Lode Godderis, Leuven University, Belgium, Prof. Wilmar Schaufeli, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Dr. Dr. Manal Azzi, International Labour Organisation, as well as the professionals from the following Lithuanian institutions: Institute of Hygiene, Institute of Management and Psychology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University and the other.

The purpose of all the events of the project was to draw attention to the employees working environment, disseminating information about actions and measures that would contribute to the development of a safe psychosocial working environment at workplaces.

The events‘ information stand and a symbol - the small wooden sailing ship "Direction: Healthy Workers" - on sails of which the information about a safe psychosocial working environment is presented during the events.

During the events the lecturers presented the recent research studies on psychosocial risk factors and their prevention at work, present the recommendations and the best practices on stress management. Much attention was paid to science and practice-based modern assessment instruments, burnout syndrome and its forms of management. The events also dealt with the emotional support and the enhancement of psychological resistance at work in order to balance physical, emotional, spiritual and mental harmony.

The events were intended for professionals working in the field of occupational health, occupational health specialists, representatives of enterprises / organisations (business enterprises, state institutions, trade unions, associations, non-governmental organisations, public health bureaus / public health centers, etc.).