ACPM Listening Session on the CDC's 6|18 Initiative
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CDC's 6|18 Initiative, Accelerating Evidence into Action

ACPM and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting three in-person listening sessions to explore the role of providers in implementing the CDC's 6|18 Initiative. Are you involved or interested in preventing or addressing any of the following six health conditions?

  • Asthma 
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Tobacco use
  • Unintended pregnancy

We want to hear from you! This is a rare opportunity to share your expertise, engage with fellow providers, and be a voice for prevention in your community.

Space is limited to 40 participants for each listening session! These free sessions will fill up fast, so register today for one in your area: Atlanta, Houston, and New York City. Dates and deadlines listed below.


If you are already registered, scroll down to access the participant guide (subject to revision)

Preliminary Agenda (10:45 AM - 4:00 PM)

10:00–10:45 AM
Registration / Check-In
  • Light breakfast will be available

Meeting starts at 10:45 

10:45–11:15 AM
Introductions / Overview of Health Systems Transformation
  • Welcome remarks from institution co-hosting with ACPM
  • Summary of ACPM's Health Systems Transformation projects and 6|18 physician survey
  • Q and A session (11:05–11:15 a.m.) 
11:15–12:00 Noon
Overview of CDC 6|18 Initiative
  • CDC to provide overview of initiative's priority conditions and interventions
  • Q and A (11:45 - noon) 
12 Noon–12:30 PM
Case Studies
  • Examples of current implementation of the initiative
  • Q and A (12:20- 12:30)
12:30 PM
  • Boxed lunch will be available
  • Participants will begin assembling into breakout groups
1:00–2:30 PM
Listening Session & Discussion
  • Physicians will break into six groups of 5-7 participants
  • Each group will have a guided discussion of the role of physicians in advancing and implementing the initiative. (See additional details about the discussion below.)
2:30 PM - 2:40


2:45–3:45 PM
Report Back 
  • One representative from each group will report back to the whole audience with highlights and lessons learned from the 90 minute discussion 
  • Each group will have 7 minutes for highlights and 3 minutes for Q and A 
3:45–4:00 PM
Next Steps, Wrap-Up and Evaluation 

4:00 PM


NYC Health

New York City, NY
(Concluded. View presentations and photos from the event.)

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street (8th Floor, Room 8-25)
Long Island City, NY 11101

Houston, TX
February 24, 2017

(Register by Monday, February 20)

The University of Texas School of Public Health, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

The University of Texas School of Public Health
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
1200 Pressler St., First Floor, Room 102-A
Houston, TX 77030

Final Houston Agenda 

Final Houston Participation Guide 

Atlanta, GA
February 28, 2017

(Register by Monday February 20)

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Emory University Hospital Annex Building
Conference Room 240
531 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322 

Final Atlanta Agenda

Final Atlanta Participation Guide 


Physicians must register at least seven days in advance to attend these free listening sessions. Specific registration deadline dates will be forthcoming.

Attendees will receive 4 CME/MOC credits at no cost. 



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This listening session is intended for all physicians who are involved or interested in preventing or addressing these common and costly health conditions. Share your experience, learn from ACPM's preventive medicine specialists, and be voice for preventive medicine in your community.

Participants will discuss and identify:

  • Role of physicians to advance the initiative
  • Opportunities and barriers of the initiative in traditional fee-for-service and value-based care settings
  • Strategies to advocate for the initiative at your practice setting
  • Ways to collaborate with health systems, insurers, businesses, community-based organizations, health departments to make a business case for the initiative
  • How ACPM and CDC can help you integrate the the initiative into your practice

Residents may also participate in the listening sessions and are encouraged to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Network with other preventive medicine physicians to provide input, directly to CDC officials, on the role of physicians in implementing the 6|18 initiative.
  • Ability to obtain 4 CME at no cost.
  • Participate in discussions, take notes, and synthesize themes and salient points to be incorporated into the final report.
  • Potential acknowledgement in ACPM position statement on 6|18 initiative that is currently in development.

Advance Reading Materials 

We highly encourage you to review the reading materials prior to the listening session. This will allow you to gain additional background information on the 6|18 initiative and participate in a substantive discussion.

6|18 Initiative
Health Systems Transformation

This listening session is made possible through a grant from the CDC as part of a five year cooperative agreement on health systems transformation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and describe how physicians can utilize evidence and collaborate with payers, public health and other stakeholders to achieve sustainable systems-based change.
  • Identify the role of preventive medicine physicians in advancing the 6|18 initiative.
  • Discuss how preventive medicine physicians can collaborate with businesses, health insurance plans and other stakeholders to adopt the 6|18 initiative to address the six health conditions among employees.
  • Articulate the differences in the implementation of the 6|18 initiative in the traditional fee-for service and value-based care models.

Participant Guide 

Please refer to each location for the corresponding participant guide 

The guide includes the following:

  • Introduction to ACPM's role in CDC's 6|18 initiative
  • Locations of all three listening sessions with calendar invite 
  • Agenda
  • Learning Objectives 
  • Advance Reading List
  • Final discussion questions 
  • Logistics
  • CME/MOC 

6|18 Initiative

CDC is partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. CDC provides these partners with rigorous evidence about high-burden health conditions and associated interventions to inform their decisions to have the greatest health and cost impact. The 6|18 Initiative offers proven interventions that prevent chronic and infectious diseases by increasing their coverage, access, utilization and quality. Additionally, it aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment and delivery models. By 6|18, we mean that we are targeting six common and costly health conditions—tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes—and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers.


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