ACPM Listening Session on the CDC 6|18 Initiative
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ACPM is hosting three in-person listening sessions to explore the role of providers in implementing the CDC 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
  • 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.


Preliminary Agenda

10:00–10:45 AM
Registration / Check-In
  • Light breakfast will be available
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.) 
11:15–11:45 AM
Overview of CDC 6|18 Initiative
  • CDC to provide overview of initiative's priority conditions and interventions
  • Q and A (11:35 - 11:45) 
11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Case Studies
  • Examples of current implementation of the initiative
  • Q and A (12:15- 12:45)
12:45 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 focus on one of the initiative's priority health conditions: asthma,  high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco use, haealthcare-associated infections, and unintended teen pregnancy.
  • Each group will have a guided discussion of the role of physicians in advancing and implementing the initiative based on the health condition. (See additional details about the discussion below.)
2:30–3:30 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 
3:30–4:00 PM
Next Steps, Wrap-Up and Evaluation 

4:00 PM


Atlanta, GA
January 2017

Houston, TX
February 2017

New York City, NY
February 2017


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

ADVANCE READING MATERIALS: Those who complete their registration will receive an email in the following days that includes background reading material on the CDC 6|18 initiative. Please be on the lookout for this email.We encourage all participants to review these materials to become familiar with the initiative and engage in productive discussions during the listening session. 

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



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

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List 18 evidence-based interventions that can be used to address six health conditions including asthma, blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco use, healthcare associated infections and unintended pregnancy.
  2. Identify the role of preventive medicine physicians in advancing the 6|18 initiative.
  3. 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.
  4. Articulate the differences in the implementation of the 6|18 initiative in the traditional fee-for service and value-based care models.

6|18 Initiative

The 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.

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