Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam – Partner Profile

Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam is dedicated to promoting population health and advancing healthcare excellence through rigorous research and education initiatives. As the largest university medical center in the Netherlands and one of Europe’s premier medical research institutes, Erasmus MC collaborates closely with local, national, and international public health organizations. Leading Work Package 5 (WP5), focused on evaluating intervention effectiveness, Erasmus MC will work in tandem with pilot sites to ensure robust evaluation methodologies. Leveraging its expertise in understanding the social and physical determinants of population health, as well as in developing and implementing effective health promotion strategies, Erasmus MC will play a pivotal role in the project’s success. Furthermore, Erasmus MC will spearhead the scientific dissemination efforts (WP6) and coordinate the Dutch pilot site (WP4).

Recent Project Activities:

In March, Erasmus MC engaged in discussions with the Municipality of Rotterdam to align HORUS project goals with existing programs, such as Rotterdam Loopt («Rotterdam Walks»), coordinated by the municipality. The potential synergy between these initiatives underscores the collaborative spirit of the project. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for April to further explore integration opportunities.

Scientific articles from EMC Public Health department

  • Beenackers, M. A., Oude Groeniger, J., van Lenthe, F. J., & Kamphuis, C. B. (2018). The role of financial strain and self-control in explaining health behaviours: the GLOBE study. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(4), 597-603.
  • Boderie, N. W., Sheikh, A., Lo, E., Sheikh, A., Burdorf, A., van Lenthe, F. J., … & Been, J. V. (2023). Public support for smoke-free policies in outdoor areas and (semi-) private places: a systematic review and meta-analysis. EClinicalMedicine.
  • Boelens M, Raat H, Jonkman H, Hosman CMH, Wiering D, Jansen W. Effectiveness of the Promising Neighbourhoods community program in 0-to 12-year-olds: A difference-in-difference analysis. SSM Popul Health. 2022 Jul 8;19:101166. doi: PMID: 35859931; PMCID: PMC9289725.
  • Cardinali, M., Beenackers, M. A., van Timmeren, A., & Pottgiesser, U. (2024). The relation between proximity to and characteristics of green spaces to physical activity and health: A multi-dimensional sensitivity analysis in four European cities. Environmental Research, 241, 117605.
  • Fierloos IN, Windhorst DA, Fang Y, Hosman CMH, Jonkman H, Crone MR, Jansen W, Raat H. The association between perceived social support and parenting self-efficacy among parents of children aged 0-8 years. BMC Public Health. 2023 Sep 29;23(1):1888. doi: PMID: 37775741; PMCID: PMC10541688.
  • van Grieken A, Wang L, van de Gaar VM, Jansen W, Raat H. Associations between family and home-related factors and child’s snack consumption in a multi-ethnic population. J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 Sep 30;41(3):430-438. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy124. PMID: 30020495.
  • Hogendorf, M., Groeniger, J. O., Noordzij, J. M., Beenackers, M. A., & Van Lenthe, F. J. (2020). Longitudinal effects of urban green space on walking and cycling: A fixed effects analysis. Health & place, 61, 102264.
  • Luo J, van Grieken A, Yang-Huang J, van den Toren SJ, Raat H. Psychosocial health disparities in early childhood: Socioeconomic status and parent migration background. SSM Popul Health. 2022 Jun 6;19:101137. doi: PMID: 35711725; PMCID: PMC9194643.
  • Mölenberg, F. J., Mackenbach, J. D., Poelman, M. P., Santos, S., Burdorf, A., & van Lenthe, F. J. (2021). Socioeconomic inequalities in the food environment and body composition among school-aged children: a fixed-effects analysis. International Journal of Obesity, 45(12), 2554-2561. 1038/s41366-021-00934-y
  • Mölenberg, F. J., Noordzij, J. M., Burdorf, A., & van Lenthe, F. J. (2019). New physical activity spaces in deprived neighborhoods: Does it change outdoor play and sedentary behavior? A natural experiment. Health & place, 58, 102151. 1016/j.healthplace.2019.102151
  • Mölenberg, F. J., Panter, J., Burdorf, A., & van Lenthe, F. J. (2019). A systematic review of the effect of infrastructural interventions to promote cycling: strengthening causal inference from observational data. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 16, 1-31.
  • Oude Groeniger, J., van Lenthe, F. J., Beenackers, M. A., & Kamphuis, C. B. (2017). Does social distinction contribute to socioeconomic inequalities in diet: the case of ‘superfoods’ consumption. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14, 1-7.
  • Wargers A, Queral J, Mölenberg FJ, Tarro L, Elphick CM, Kalogerakou E, Karagiannis A, Llauradó E, Manios Y, Mavrogianni C, Murray C, Vlachopoulos D, Williams CA, Jansen W, Solà R. Citizen Science to improve healthy and active living among adolescents in four European countries: a protocol of the cluster randomised controlled trial of the Science Engagement to Empower aDolescentS (SEEDS) project. BMJ Open. 2023 May 8;13(5):e070169. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-070169. PMID: 37156575; PMCID: PMC10173974.
  • Wijtzes AI, van de Gaar VM, van Grieken A, de Kroon ML, Mackenbach JP, van Lenthe FJ, Jansen W, Raat H. Effectiveness of interventions to improve lifestyle behaviors among socially disadvantaged children in Europe. Eur J Public Health. 2017 Apr 1;27(2):240-247. PMID: 28375430.
  • Yang-Huang J, van Grieken A, You Y, Jaddoe VWV, Steegers EA, Duijts L, Boelens M, Jansen W, Raat H. Changes in Family Poverty Status and Child Health. Pediatrics. 2021 Apr;147(4):e2020016717. Epub 2021 Mar 8. Erratum in: Pediatrics. 2022 Feb 1;149(2): PMID: 33685984.
  • Zhou S, Raat H, You Y, Santos S, van Grieken A, Wang H, Yang-Huang J. Change in neighborhood socioeconomic status and childhood weight status and body composition from birth to adolescence. Int J Obes (Lond). 2024 Jan 31. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38297032.