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The influence of social media on children's and adolescents' diets, understanding engagement strategies in digital interventions for mental health promotion, mapping digital public health interventions in practice, the role of technology to promote social participation during the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of evidence-based digital health interventions to support public health. These are selected recent publications from the LSC DiPH.

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) has appointed Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb and Laura Maaß from the Leibniz Science Campus Digital Public Health to its Steering Committee. The EUPHA seeks to build a unified understanding of public health in Europe. In the interview, Laura Maaß talks in detail about the EUPHA as well as her motivations for getting involved in it.


Eike Dahle:
Hello Laura, please introduce yourself briefly, who you are and what you do.

Laura Maaß:
I'm Laura Maaß, 29 years old, and I did my Bachelor's and Master's in Public Health at the University of Bremen. I have been at SOCIUM since 2018 in Professor Rothgang's department, which deals with health economics and nursing economics, among other things. In April 2020, I applied for one of the six PhD positions from the Leibniz Science Campus. Since then, I have been researching European healthcare systems regarding the use of digital technologies (e.g. electronic health record or telemedicine) and why they might not be used yet.

What made you and Hajo Zeeb decide to work together?
I have actually known Hajo since my bachelor's degree, back when he was still teaching epidemiology and I worked for him as a tutor. He is also my second supervisor for the doctoral thesis, together with Professor Rothgang. He then came up with the idea that we could apply together for the European Public Health Association, or EUPHA.

When did you join the EUPHA Steering Committee?
We applied in February 2021. We have actually been on the committee since April 2021.

What is your general task and what is the basic task within the committee?
The European Society consists of 26 different sections, one of which is Digital Health. The Steering Committee leads the Digital Health section.
Our general task is to inform, exchange and network. This means that our members get access to the website of our section, where we try to collect publications that we consider important. But we also send out e.g. information about conferences, job offers in important key positions or publication calls in the newsletter.
Within the Steering Committee we are in the process of establishing four working groups. One is the group that takes care of communications, meaning they take care of social media content and getting the word out about our section.
Then we have the Academic group - I'm a member of that - that takes care of writing comments/statements in scientific journals. Furthermore, we have a group that deals with monitoring. This group posts relevant articles on Digital Public Health on our website. A brand new addition is now a working group that deals with Digital Public Health education of healthcare providers such as nurses or physicians.

Can you tell us a bit more about the EUPHA?
EUPHA was founded in 1992, so it is exactly as old as I am now (Laughs). The EUPHA consists of 80 members from 47 countries, so there are over 20,000 public health experts from all over Europe. Among others, the German Society for Public Health is represented, whose first chairman is Prof. Gerhardus from Bremen. The EUPHA tries to expand and advance the European public health picture and to network scientists.

How did you and Hajo Zeeb come to be on the committee?
Hajo is our spokesperson from the Leibniz Science Campus in Bremen. That is, his hope was most likely to make the campus a bit better known. For me, it was mainly to establish contacts as a young scientist. And I was already in close contact with the Vice President of the Section Stefan Buttigieg, because he already helped me with my PhD thesis as an expert in Digital Public Health from Malta. Accordingly, the path was not so distant and far-fetched to say:
"Okay come on, we'll just apply for it and maybe we'll make it in or one of us will make it in." (Laughs) And now we're both in.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen is a highly interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Leibniz-Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology –BIPS and the University of Bremen, funded for an initial period of 4 years (2019-2023). To join us in this endeavour, we invite the application for a full-time scientist (Post-doc, salary grade TVL-13) for the duration of two years (with opportunity for extension) who will support and drive research in one of our key research clusters, namely cluster 3. The post can also be filled as a less than full-time position, depending on negotiations.

Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Colloquium Series:
 
13 November 2020, 2pm - 3:30pm
Meeting-ID: 940 2702 3247
Kenncode: 9HhH6!
 
Title: The Patient-Manager: Empowerment or Technological Paternalism?
 
Speaker: 
Dr. Katleen Gabriels
Assistant Professor in philosophy and ethics of computer technology
Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
 
Abstract:
What will a ‘good’ patient look like in the near future? Someone who closely monitors his or her health and chronic diseases through the use of wearables and apps, and adjusts behavior and treatment accordingly? This talk takes a critical look at the notion of ‘patient-manager’. The starting point is a qualitative study for which we conducted expert interviews with doctors (Gabriels & Moerenhout, 2018). The aim of this study was, first, to offer an analysis of how medical doctors evaluate self-tracking (classic and digital) methods in their practice and, second, to explore the anticipated shifts that digital self-care will bring about in relation to our findings and those of other studies. Interestingly, the patient as health manager was an important theme that arose from our body of data. The interviewees describe both opportunities and concerns in a nuanced way.
 
Drawing on these findings, the concept of ‘patient-manager’ will be explored more in-depth. During the past decade, technology developers, policy makers, researchers, and doctors have increasingly approached the patient in terms of a manager of his or her health. This conceptual shift is linked to the rise of smart technology, in particular digital self-tracking. For instance, when CEO Tim Cook was asked about Apple’s greatest contribution he replied: “We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. [...] But I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question: Apple’s most important contribution to mankind has been in health”.
 
Databased artificial intelligence (AI) offers a plethora of opportunities to monitor patients at home, such as intelligent video monitoring that can also include wearable cameras. At the same time, patients, whose home is equipped with sensors and/or cameras, can also carry digital self-tracking technologies on the body (cf. Internet of Things). All these data can be exchanged in order to analyze patterns. What is the ultimate goal of the empowered patient as a ‘health manager’? To what extent leads the shift towards a patient-manager to a new relation of dependency that is currently neglected, namely the dependency on smart technology or ‘technological dependency’ (see Hofmann, 2003)?
 
This talk is based on research that Dr. Gabriels conducted together with Dr. Tania Moerenhout, University of Otago, New Zealand.
 
The talk (approx. 45 minutes) will be followed by a discussion.

1st Scientific Symposium –
Aspects and Challenges of Digital Public Health
January 10, 2020
Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstraße 4/5, 28195 Bremen

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