Project Details

Monitoring of environmental health inequalities in Europe

Duration: Since 01.05.2017
Research Team:

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte (Projektleitung);

 

Dr. Stefanie Dreger;

 

Lisa K. Hilz;

 

Dr. Steffen Schüle;

 
Project Partner: Jon Fairburn (Professor of Sustainable Development, Staffordshire University); Matthias Braubach (Technical Officer Urban Health Equity, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health)
Project Type: own project
Funding: Eigenmittel

Description

Following the declaration of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health held in Parma, Italy, in 2010, the WHO Regional Office for Europe published the report "Environmental health inequalities in Europe" in 2012. This assessment report indicated for the first time that environmental health inequalities exist in all subregions and in all countries of the WHO European Region. Currently, an international team of experts works in collaboration with the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health on an update of this report which will be published in 2019.

The research team of the Department of Social Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research, as part of this international team, is conducting four systematic reviews on social inequalities in exposure to environmental resources (green and blue space), environmental noise, outdoor air pollution (in cooperation with Staffordshire University, UK), and environmental chemicals, respectively. These reviews are focused on the WHO European region and will contribute substantially as background information to the update of the WHO report on environmental health inequalities in Europe. Furthermore, the research team of the Department of Social Epidemiology wrote the chapter on social inequalities in self-reported noise annoyance for the update of the report.

Since 2009, Gabriele Bolte contributes as an invited expert to the work of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health on environmental health inequalities. At the WHO expert meeting 2018, the methodology of the evidence review, newly developed equity indicators, and a resource package on environmental health equity have been discussed. The next expert meeting will take place in April 2019 to finalise the update of the report on environmental health inequalities in Europe.

Protocols of these four systematic reviews have been published 2018 in the PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews:

-       social inequalities in environmental resources:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099460

-       social inequalities in environmental noise exposure: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099466

-       social inequalities in exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099468

-       social inequalities in exposure to environmental chemicals:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099484 

 

Publications

Journal Article reviewed

Schüle, S.; Hilz, L.; Dreger, S.; Bolte, G., 2019: Social inequalities in environmental resources of green and blue spaces: a review of evidence in the WHO European Region, in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (7) (1216), doi:10.3390/ijerph16071216

Fairburn, J.; Schüle, S.; Dreger, S.; Hilz, L.; Bolte, G., 2019: Social inequalities in exposure to ambient air pollution: A systematic review in the WHO European Region, in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (17) (3127), doi:10.3390/ijerph16173127

Dreger, S.; Schüle, S.; Hilz, L.; Bolte, G., 2019: Social Inequalities in Environmental Noise Exposure: A Review of Evidence in the WHO European Region, in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 1011, doi:10.3390/ijerph16061011

 
Journal Article

Conrad, A.; Steinkühler, N.; Bolte, G., 2020: Bericht zum Workshop „Ungleichheiten im umweltbezogenen Gesundheitsschutz und in der Gesundheitsförderung“ und Launch des WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities., in: UMID – Umwelt + Mensch – Informationsdienst, 1, S. 23 - 27, Download PDF (Stand: 13.12.2023)

Bolte, G.; für das Team des WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities, 2020: Ziele und erste Aktivitäten des WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities., in: UMID – Umwelt + Mensch – Informationsdienst, 1, S. 29 - 32, Download PDF (Stand: 13.12.2023)

 
Book Article

Dreger, S.; Bolte, G., 2019: Inequalities in self-reported noise annoyance , in: World Health Organization 2019 (Hg.), Environmental health inequalities in Europe. Second assessment report, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, S. 66 - 71

Braubach, M.; Bolte, G.; Dimitroulopoulou, S.; Fairburn, J.; Ganzleben, C.; Machado, F.; Martuzzi, M., 2019: Key messages and conclusions , in: World Health Organization 2019 (Hg.), Environmental health inequalities in Europe. Second assessment report, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, S. 128 - 132

 
Working and Discussion Paper

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in lack of a bath or shower in the dwelling. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in overcrowding. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in inability to keep the home adequately warm. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in lack of a flush toilet in the dwelling. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in dampness in the home. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Schmiege, D.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in access to at least basic drinking-water services. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Bolte, G.; Czwikla, G.; Dreger, S.; Hasselder, P.; Reineke, B.; Braubach, M.; Schmiege, D.; Netanyahu, S., 2022: Inequalities in access to at least basic sanitation services. Environmental health inequalities: fact sheet series/2022, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

 
Grey Literature reviewed

Fairburn, J.; Bolte, G.; Braubach, M., 2019: Environmental health inequalities resource package. A tool for understanding and reducing inequalities in environmental risk, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen

 
Presentation / Poster

Bolte, G.; Bunge, C., 2023: Umwelt- und Klimagerechtigkeit ist ohne Gesundheit nicht denkbar – Konzepte, empirische Evidenz und kommunale Praxisbeispiele aus Public Health-Perspektive, Kolloquium Umweltgerechtigkeit, artec Forschungszentrum Nachhaltigkeit & EnJustNetwork, Bremen, Deutschland, 19.01.2023

Bolte, G., 2023: Evidence for action on environmental health inequalities: the WHO fact sheet series on environmental health inequalities. Session „Addressing inequalities in environment and health“, Seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Budapest (virtual), Ungarn, 06.07.2023

Bolte, G., 2022: Environmental health inequalities in Europe – launching the inequality fact sheet series, Launch event (virtual), WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Dänemark, 16.02.2022

Bolte, G., 2021: Environmental health inequalities of specific relevance during COVID-19 pandemic, 10th Meeting of the WHO European Environment and Health Task Force, Dänemark, 17.02.2021

Bolte, G., 2020: Environmental health inequalities in Europe , Environmental Health Sciences – Symposium. Ungleiche Umweltbelastung: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, Augsburg, Deutschland, 01.10.2020

Bolte, G.; Dreger, S., 2020: Key findings on inequalities in noise exposure in the WHO European Region, International Workshop: Traffic-related noise, health (inequalities) and the Environmental Noise Directive, Bremen, Deutschland, 30.09.2020

Bolte, G., 2020: Findings from the 2nd environmental health inequalities assessment report, WHO-online seminar "Environmental health inequalities. Evidence for action", Dänemark, 19.10.2020

Dreger, S.; Schüle, S.; Hilz, L.; Bolte, G., 2019: Social Inequalities in Environmental Noise Exposure: A Review of Evidence in the WHO European Region, 31st annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2019), Utrecht, Niederlande, 26.08.2019

Schüle, S.; Hilz, L.; Dreger, S.; Bolte, G., 2019: Social Inequalities in Environmental Resources of Green and Blue Spaces: A Review of Evidence in the WHO European Region, 31st annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2019), Utrecht, Niederlande, 27.08.2019

Dreger, S.; Hilz, L.; Schüle, S., 2019: Review of evidence in the WHO European Region: Social inequalities in exposure to ambient air pollution, environmental noise, chemicals and resources of green and blue spaces, Workshop des gemeinsamen Arbeitskreises „Umweltmedizin, Expositions‐ und Risikoabschätzungen“ der DGEpi, DGSMP und GMDS in Zusammenarbeit mit der Abteilung Sozialepidemiologie des Instituts für Public Health und Pflegeforschung (IPP), Universität Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland, 18.10.2019


Further information

[Translate to English:]

Protokolle der vier systematischen Übersichtsarbeiten wurden 2018 im PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews publiziert:
-    Soziale Ungleichheiten bei der Verfügbarkeit von Umweltressourcen:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099460
-    Soziale Ungleichheiten bei der Exposition von Umgebungslärm: http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099466
-    Soziale Ungleichheiten in der Exposition von Luftverschmutzung:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099468
-    Soziale Ungleichheiten bei der Exposition Umweltchemikalien:
http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42018099484