|ACPM News May 2016|
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AMPLIFYING OUR VOICE
In my earlier columns this year, I alluded to our efforts to raise the profile of ACPM and preventive medicine within organized medicine and the broader health care system. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t find myself in a conversation about how rapidly the health system is changing, how far we’ve come in just a few short years recognizing the growing role of prevention and population health, and the role preventive medicine can and should play in this transformation.
Our President Dan Blumenthal and I in prior communications have touched on ACPM’s strategic goal to put preventive medicine front and center within the health care system, and our specific Population Health in Health Care Systems initiative. We’ve highlighted our CDC-funded work in health systems transformation, the impending launch of our lifestyle medicine core competencies online program, our advocacy work on Capitol Hill, and our outreach to medical students at schools around the country as examples of how we are positioning ourselves to respond.
We have only scratched the surface of what we want to accomplish, but I can tell you our work is beginning to pay off. Just in the past few weeks there have been several signs that ACPM and our specialty are becoming more visible and more in demand. For instance:
· ACPM has been approached by CDC to engage healthcare and public health stakeholders to support CDC’s 6|18 initiative, and is pursuing additional partnerships around diabetes prevention programs and Zika virus preparedness and response.
· ACPM senior staff has been invited to participate in two, invitation-only roundtable meetings with HHS Secretary Burwell around high-priority policy issues for the Obama Administration, such as diabetes prevention coverage, Zika virus emergency funding, opioid dependence, and MACRA implementation.
· ACPM’s presence at the recent ACP conference received a strong response from attendees.
· Two external specialty boards—the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology—have approved ACPM’s Preventive Medicine Board Review Course as a MOC Part II CME Activity, enabling physicians Board-certified by either of these two ABMS member boards to count credits earned through this course toward their MOC requirements.
To close, I want to alert you that next week you will be receiving a communiqué from Dr. Blumenthal announcing a bold, new communications initiative to magnify the brand of preventive medicine. This is an admittedly ambitious and costly undertaking, and your support for this initiative will be critical to our success. You have challenged us to amplify the voice of preventive medicine, and we are stepping up to the challenge. You generosity in recent campaigns has helped us connect with and support more residents and medical students, enhance our programming in lifestyle medicine, and strengthen our voice in policy circles. We hope you agree this may be our most important initiative yet and, again, devotedly contribute to the cause.
Michael A. Barry, CAE
ACPM exhibited at the American College of Physicians (ACP)’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC, May 5-7. Over 100 people visited the ACPM booth to learn more about preventive medicine, board certification, residency programs and how to emphasize prevention within their practices. We loved seeing ACPM members at this conference and having them stop by! We plan to continue to get the word out about preventive medicine through exhibiting at more medical conferences later this year.
AJPM BOARD MEETS IN ANN ARBOR, MI
The governing Board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine held its annual in-person meeting at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, hosted by AJPM Editor-in-Chief Dr. Matthew Boulton and his editorial team, on April 26. The meeting was the first for new ACPM representative, Dr. Robert Gilchick, two new Board members from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), as well as the new AJPM publisher at Elsevier, Kate Williamson. Two ACPM representatives—Drs. Neal Kohatsu and Randall Stafford—served in their new officer positions, chair and secretary, respectively.
ON YOUR BEHALF
A listing of activities in which ACPM has been involved on behalf of the organization in the past month
National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH): ACPM was one of 26 organizations that signed on to a letter urging Congress to fund $226.8 million for NCEH in Fiscal Year 2017. Housed within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NCEH funding would support several important programs, including environmental health surveillance, childhood lead poisoning prevention activities, asthma control and enhancement of environmental health laboratories.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): ACPM was one of 31 organizations that signed on to a letter strongly opposing any attempt by Congress to weaken FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products including cigars and e-cigarettes.
Zika Virus: ACPM and 67 other organizations signed on to letters urging congressional leaders to provide for supplemental emergency funding to prepare and respond to the Zika Virus outbreak. The letter further notes that Congress should allocate new funding rather than shift funding from other high priority programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Office of Smoking and Health: ACPM and 42 other organizations signed on to a letter to urge Congress to allocate $210 million in FY 2017 to CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health (OSH). The funds will support OSH’s activities aimed at preventing tobacco use among youth while helping adult tobacco users quit.
ACPM signed a separate letter opposing any effort to limit the authority that Congress granted the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and urged Congress to approve $635 million in user fees as authorized under the TCA to support FDA’s tobacco oversight activities.
Paul Bonta, ACPM Associate Executive Director and chair of the National Violence Prevention Network (NVPN), presented on behalf of NVPN at the recent Safe States Alliance annual conference to promote the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and encourage unfunded states to respond to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month. Mr. Bonta presented at a session titled, "NVDRS: Recent Findings and Innovative Uses of Data to Inform Prevention and Policy" alongside CDC and state NVDRS representatives.
ACPM is the administrative home of the National Violence Prevention Network (NVPN), which is a broad-based coalition of local, state, and national organizations dedicated to violent death prevention by advocating for the full implementation of the NVDRS in the United States. NVPN has been working to encourage greater use of NVDRS data by researchers and state public health officials. Safe States Alliance is a member of NVPN.
ACPM ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR THE 2016 IN-SERVICE EXAM
ACPM is now accepting orders for the 2016 Preventive Medicine In-Service Examination, scheduled for August 1-31, 2016. This 2.25 hour electronic exam, administered annually, enables residents and program directors to identify specific areas where more study and experience are needed. It is a voluntary exam that allows residents to compare themselves with others at the same level nationally.
Though not intended to be an examination preparation tool, the In-service Exam can be a gauge of how well residents are being trained and prepared for the content of the Board examination. It is designed for residents in all specialty areas of preventive medicine. The material covered in the exam relates to the core (morning) portion of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification exam.
For more information and the order form, please visit http://www.acpm.org/?InserviceExamination.
ACPM Fellow and former Regent Robert Orford, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM, was elected President of the Airlines Medical Directors Association (AMDA) last month. AMDA serves as an international forum for airline medical directors and airline medical advisors who wish to exchange information on problems relating to airline medicine. Dr. Orford is the former medical director of Northwest airlines. Congratulations Dr. Orford!
CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE SPOTLIGHT: MCNEIL CONSUMER HEALTHCARE
Last year McNeil Consumer Health joined the ACPM Corporate Roundtable as a Silver-level member. McNeil Consumer Healthcare is committed to patient safety. As the makers of TYLENOL®, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has launched the GET RELIEF RESPONSIBLY campaign, which provides facts about responsible pain relief to reduce the risk of accidental acetaminophen overdose while effectively treating symptoms.
The Get Relief Responsibly campaign is important to physicians, as more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications contain acetaminophen, including TYLENOL®, Nyquil®, Percocet® and Vicodin®, as well as other medicines used to treat pain, fever, and the symptoms associated with allergies, cold/flu and pain with sleeplessness. It’s an unfortunate fact that some people accidentally exceed the recommended dose when taking multiple products at the same time, often without realizing they contain acetaminophen or by not reading and following the dosing instructions. Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed, but if patients exceed the recommended dosage, it can harm the liver.
Visit the Get Relief Responsibility for videos from medical experts on responsible use of acetaminophen, access the medicine checker tool to find out which medications contain acetaminophen, test your knowledge about pain relief with a quiz, learn more about acetaminophen, print out dosing instructions and guidelines, and get answers to frequently asked questions.
About the ACPM Corporate Roundtable
Established in 2008, the American College of Preventive Medicine Corporate Roundtable links ACPM, the nation’s sole medical specialty organization exclusively dedicated to preventive medicine, with highly regarded private-sector organizations committed to preventing disease and improving patient care. Please contact Maureen Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-202-466-2044, Ext. 120 to learn more about the ACPM Corporate Roundtable and Corporate Roundtable Members.