Community & Health

Our goal is to identify risk and protective factors for health and disease in community settings (discovery science), to test which interventions improve health in the community (evaluation science), and to assess ways to implement these findings into real-world programs and policy (implementation science).

 

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Body height and mortality

Sabine Rohrmann /
David Fäh

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This study examines the associations between body height and mortality for cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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Cancer incidence in the
Cantons of Zurich & Zug (Cancer Registries)

Sabine Rohrmann

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This project registers patients with newly detected cancer in the cantons of Zurich and Zug in order to compute incidence rates of cancer.

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CAPACITY: Community approach to increase physical activity in older adults

Milo Puhan

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CAPACITY evaluates a community-based physical activity promotion intervention appropriate for older adults.

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Children with special health
care needs in Switzerland

Meichun Mohler-Kuo

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The study aims to estimate the prevalence of children from 10 to 15 years old with special health care needs.

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Cochrane Public Health Europe

Margot Mütsch /
Milo Puhan

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As a Cochrane Public Health Europe satellite, our overall aim is to support the dissemination and use of public health evidence by public health decision makers. 

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Demographic Change and State of Health in Switzerland

Matthias Bopp

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The project aims at examining pathways empowering individuals to stay healthy as long as possible.

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Diet and cancer risk

Sabine Rohrmann /
David Fäh

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This project examines the association between lifestyle and environmental factors and cancer mortality in Switzerland.

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Estimation of the public health impact of meat consumption in Switzerland

David Fäh /
Sabine Rohrmann

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We use data from MenuCH in order to estimate the frequency and determinants of consumption of animal products and its impact on health.

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Evaluation of Vitamin D Status in pregnant women and neonates

Sabine Rohrmann

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This study determines vitamin D concentrations in pregnant women and neonates.

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Health Technology Assessments for the Swiss Medical Board (Dementia, Bariatric Surgery)

Matthias Schwengklenks

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We perform Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) for the Swiss Medical Board, in cooperation with units at the Universities of Basel and Geneva.

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Impact of green space on health

Martin Röösli / David Fäh

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We examine the impact of green space on health, and evaluate how much of this effect is due to less pollution.

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Knowledge and perception of vaccination among adolescents

Phung Lang

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As part of the measles elimination campaign in the Canton of Zurich, we evaluate knowledge and perception of vaccination among adolescents attending the first year of apprenticeship training.

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M-HEALTH

Oliver Gruebner

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We work on providing big geo- social media data that will allow studies on health and social behaviour monitoring

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Measles Elimination Zurich: defining the role of school doctors

Phung Lang

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We evaluate the role of school doctors employed in the Canton of Zurich in measles vaccination and the factors that motivate school doctors to vaccinate.

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Medical end-of-life decisions

Matthias Bopp

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Medical progress increases the need for medical decisions at the end-of-life - this study examines the determinants of continuing or forgoing life-prolonging procedures.

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Mercury biomonitoring in urine and hair of women and children in a region with partly elevated mercury levels in soil in Switzerland

Holger Dressel

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We conducted a mercury biomonitoring study using urine and hair samples of women and children in a region in the upper Valais with partly elevated mercury levels in the soil.

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Modifiable risk and protective factors of cancer - a population based approach in Switzerland

Sabine Rohrmann

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We determine risk factors as well as protective factors of cancer mortality in Switzerland.

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Mortality risk by occupation and education in the Swiss National Cohort

Matthias Bopp

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Population based analyses of socio-demographic determinants of mortality are scarce and often unreliable - a shortcoming that can be solved with the Swiss National Cohort.

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Occupational exposure
and mortality risk

Matthias Bopp / David Fäh

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We evaluate the association between occupation and death for different occupations. 

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We are compiling a brochure showing mortality and life expectancy for as many professions as possible. 

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Opair: Health impact assessment of Plan Opair

Thomas Götschi

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This project is a health impact assessment of reductions in air pollution through plan Opair in the greater Lausanne area.

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Overweight and obesity
in school children

David Fäh

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We evaluate the distribution and determinants of overweight and obesity in school children in the city of Zurich.

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PASTA: physical activity through sustainable transportation approaches

Thomas Götschi

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PASTA is a broadband, interdisciplinary, pan-European project on active travel and its determinants, its relation with physical activity and safety, and its health impacts.

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Prevalence, risk factors and consequences of gestational overweight/diabetes

David Fäh 

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We analyze the prevalence of excess weight gain during pregnancy and associated determinants and risks.

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SELFIS project: Implementation evaluation of the LWWCOPD program

Milo Puhan

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With the SELFIS study we evaluate the implementation of the “Living well with COPD“ self-management program by Cantonal Lung Associations in their already existing offers of preventive and therapeutic services.

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SPAcE: supporting
policy & action for active environments 

Sonja Kahlmeier

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This Erasmus+ Collaborative Partnership project aims to stimulate more participation in physical activity through the development of Urban Active Environments Action Plans in five communities. 

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SPLASHY -
Swiss Preschooler‘s Health Study

Susi Kriemler

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Pilot Study
This is a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of a motor skill enhancing intervention in preschoolers.

Observational Study
This is an observational study to test the relation between physical activity and stress and important health outcomes such as motor skills, cognition, psyological health and obesity in preschoolers.

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Swiss MS Registry: Supply and Demand of MS Care (2)

Viktor von Wyl, Milo Puhan

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This substudy of the MS Registry will explore patterns of care access and treatment among Swiss persons with MS to detect possible over- or underuse of care.

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Swiss National Vaccination Coverage Survey: Vaccination status of children and adolescents in Switzerland

Phung Lang

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We conduct a survey of vaccination coverage of children and adolescents in all 26 cantons within a 3-year cycle.

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VALVE: Videoanalyse im Langsamverkehr (of slow-moving traffic)

Thomas Götschi

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This is an exploratory project about the feasibility of automated video analysis for the evaluation of safety measures in active travel planning.

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Variations in Prostate Cancer Mortality in Switzerland

David Fäh /
Sabine Rohrmann

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We analyze the difference in prostate cancer mortality between language regions in Switzerland and of explanatory risk and protective factors.

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