Activities Report 2020
Public Health Rotterdam

Societal impact

Three examples of direct impact

Hoe komen we uit de intelligente lockdown_ Luc Coffeng en Sake de Vlas over de scenario’s

Modelling the COVID-19 pandemic

We felt the urgent need to offer our expertise of infectious disease modelling to provide…

Gezond010: the Local Prevention Agreement

The academic collaborative center CEPHIR, the Centre for Effective Public Health in the Rotterdam area,…

COVID Outcome Prediction in the Emergency Department (COPE)

Development and validation of a model for predicting death and need for intensive care in…

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the wallstreet journal

Lung-Cancer Screening Saves Heavy Smokers’ Lives, Study Finds

MEDIA | newspaper

Results bolster case for more widespread screening of heavy smokers who are at higher risk, researchers say.

Screening for lung cancer reduces deaths among current and former heavy smokers, according to a new study that adds to the evidence supporting wider testing.

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National screening for breast cancer now every three years rather than two years due to a lack of radiographers


The national screening program for breast cancer is suffering from a backlog because there is lack of qualified radiographers. The screening interval will therefore temporarily be extended from 2 years to 3 years. This means that more women will die from breast cancer in the coming years.

Hein Raat hoogleraar gezondheidszorg

Hein Raat about the love for his job and inter-disciplinary exchanges

MEDIA | Other

His first encounter with a medical sociologist in the 80s turned out ominous for his future career in social medicine. Today, Hein Raat is the professor in youth health care at Erasmus MC, where he focuses on innovation amongst others: “The succesful organization of youth health care in the Netherlands offers potential lessons for other disciplines, both nationally and internationally.”

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How can end-of-life care be optimized during the COVID-19 pandemic?

MEDIA | Radio

The Erasmus MC Rotterdam will conduct nationwide research to end-of-life care of patients with COVID-19. The hospital is not only interested in the experiences of relatives, but also in those of healthcare workers.

“We are conducting this research because the focus lies in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, whilst personal attention and proximity are important during the last stage of life” according to Agnes van der Heide of Erasmus MC.

Hoe komen we uit de intelligente lockdown_ Luc Coffeng en Sake de Vlas over de scenario’s

How can we get out of the intelligent lockdown? Luc Coffeng and Sake de Vlas discuss the scenarios


A concrete plan for the Netherlands to get out of the intelligent lockdown has not yet been designed. Governments from other countries experience trouble as well with finding an exit strategy. Professor in infectious disease moddeling Sake de Vlas and infection disease modeller Luc Coffeng discuss what would happen if we would release all measures, and come up with their own strategy.


“I saw the first results, and I thought: Holy fuck, that timeline”

MEDIA | newspaper

Exitscenarios: There still is no way out of this crisis. Scientists collaborate with the National Institute of Public Health to come up with the best exit strategy for the pandemic. Such a strategy can easily take one to two years. One sneeze, one cough and the virus may strike again. (please note: this is a paid subscription by NRC newspaper)

podcast food and health inequalities

Food and Health Inequalities

MEDIA | Podcast

In this episode, dr. Julian Schaap (Erasmus University Rotterdam) talks to prof.dr. Jeroen van der Waal (EUR) and dr. Joost Oude Groeniger (EUR) about the relation between health inequalities and social and cultural inequalities. Negative health outcomes such as low life expectancy and disease prevalence are often linked to lower classes, usually followed by an explanation that looks at socio-economic causes.

podcast Judith Rietjens en Ida Korfage

A ‘Good’ Death

MEDIA | Podcast

What is a ‘good’ death? According to health scientists Ida Korfage and Judith Rietjens this is a question we should think about in time. In this episode of the MENS podcast they tell us why. ‘I want my children to know what I want later. Thereby I am doing them a favour and myself as well.’

Dagblad Trouw

Addressing the underlying cause of healthy living

MEDIA | newspaper

A healthy lifestyle and obesitas are only partly a medical problem. Frank van Lenthe, professor social epidemiology, argues that policy makers can do more than they think.

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Hospital seeks an answer to the backlog in procedures

MEDIA | newspaper

The COVID-19 pandemic created a mount of suspended operating room procedures. In the Erasmus MC alone, 5000 patients are awaiting their procedures. The question health care planners face is, whom to serve first? The hospital is working on an answer.