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The American College of Preventive Medicine is a professional society for physicians dedicated to prevention. ACPM provides leadership in research, professional education, development of public policy, and enhancement of standards of preventive medicine for and on behalf of our members.

ACPM Mission

Preventive medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. Preventive medicine specialists are trained in both clinical medicine and public health, and are equipped to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death in individuals and in population groups.

Preventive Medicine
News / Announcements
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Dr. Zaza Editorial on Essential Qualifications for CDC Directors
Opinion – February 17, 2018

The Hill published an editorial by ACPM President-Elect Dr. Stephanie Zaza on the importance of ensuring those appointed to public health physician leadership positions—like the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—have adequate training and background in public and population health.

ACPM Press Statement on Trump Administration's Budget
Press Release – February 12, 2018

ACPM is deeply concerned that the President's budget once again proposes to eliminate the sole source of federal support for our nation's preventive medicine residency training programs. The budget proposal—which targets funding at the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—would weaken the country's ability to respond to and prevent the very diseases and health problems that burden our health system today.

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Slate Election Call for Nominations
Announcement – February 9, 2018

ACPM is announcing the 2018 Call for Nominations for the Board of Regents Slate Election to take place in March. You may nominate yourself or a colleague. Review the call, timeline, webinar, and submit your nominations as soon as possible as nominees must be fully vetted and have their paperwork submitted by March 1.

Next CDC Director Must Possess Public and Population Health Competencies
Letter – February 6, 2018

ACPM wrote a letter to Secretary Alex M. Azar of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offering perspective on the qualifications necessary for the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, ACPM asserts that candidates to this position must be capable of addressing the CDC's main responsibilities of ensuring the nation's health at a population and public health level, which requires competencies that not all physicians possess.

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ACPM Comments on USDA Rule for School Nutrition Standards
Comment – January 26, 2018

ACPM submitted a comment on Friday to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service opposing the interim final rule, "Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements." ACPM urged the USDA to not weaken the 2012 updates to school nutrition standards and to continue enforcement of standards that will benefit the health of school-aged children.

Events & Education
Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program
CME/MOC Education

Developed by ACPM and ACLM, the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program is an evidence-based online program designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for doctors as well as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals with an interest in learning the basic foundational principles of lifestyle medicine. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is available for select medical specialties.

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