ACPM News June 2016
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June 2016


1. From the President 
2. Latest Happenings
3. Member Highlights 
4. Staff Updates

5. Corporate Roundtable


  From the President

Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Launch

This may come as no surprise, but last week CDC announced that we continue to tip the scales with over 35% of men, 40% of women, and 17% of children classified as obese. Despite our best collective efforts, chronic disease continues to escalate; for instance, over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes.

Obesity control demands a comprehensive approach. Policy initiatives and advocacy have important roles to play but so does individual patient care. Clinicians need training to counsel patients on lifestyle and write prescriptions for physical activity, sleep, nutrition, and stress reduction.

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and our partner, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to introduce a new Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Online Program (LMCC) for our members, which is available now for your use via our e-learning portal.

ACPM and ACLM define Lifestyle Medicine as the evidence-based scientific approach to using lifestyle to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases. As our healthcare systems continues to transform towards value based care with an emphasis on rewarding clinicians for keeping patients healthy and for coordination of care, knowledge and skills in Lifestyle Medicine will become even more crucial.

 The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Online Program is a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum designed for physicians and applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is available for select medical specialties. I encourage you to take this opportunity to review this new curriculum, which is a culmination of over 4 years of work by ACPM and our partners. You can learn more here:

PS: This was written before the horrific massacre in Orlando.  We are reminded of the cogency of the ACPM policy statement on reducing firearms-related injuries and deaths at 


Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM
American College of Preventive Medicine 

 Latest Happenings


ACPM’s delegation was active at the recent AMA House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting in Chicago advocating public health policies and positions.  ACPM delegates were successful in shepherding ACPM’s sponsored resolutions on Zika virus and emergency response funding through the process to adoption by the HOD, with only minor changes.  The first resolution adopted asked “That our American Medical Association oppose quarantine measures for suspected Zika-infected patients.”  The second resolution called on the AMA to “support the reauthorization and appropriation of sufficient funds to a public health emergency fund within the Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate adequate responses to public health emergencies without redistributing funds from established public health accounts.

The House was in session and, like all of America, shaken when the news broke of the worst mass shooting in American history.  In the wake of the shooting, and with more than 6,000 deaths already in 2016 from gun violence, the AMA adopted policy calling gun violence in the United States "a public health crisis" requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution. Additionally, the AMA resolved to actively lobby Congress to overturn legislation that for 20 years has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence. This has been an important legislative priority for ACPM.

ACPM thanks Dr. Rob Gilchick, delegate, and acting alternate delegate Wendy Braund, and Associate Executive Director Paul Bonta for their efforts to assure our success at the AMA HOD this year.


The Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report has released its 2015 Impact Factors, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) was 4.465, a slight decrease from the 2014 Impact Factor of 4.527, the high-water mark for the journal.  AJPM is the official journal of ACPM and Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

A journal’s Impact Factor is a key measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field.  Some highlights from this year’s rankings: 

  • AJPM ranks 14/171 journals by Impact Factor in the Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health category
  • AJPM ranks 16/151 journals by Impact Factor in the Medicine-General and Internal category
  • Overall citations to AJPM increased from 15,587 in 2014 to 17,735 in 2015 (13.7% increase)
  • The 5-year Impact Factor of AJPM has increased from 5.395 in 2014 to 5.590 in 2015
  • The Immediacy Index of AJPM has increased from 1.14 in 2014 to 1.271 in 2015 (this is the ratio of 2015 citations to articles published in 2015)

The journal also continues to experience rapid growth in article submissions.  The 2015 year represented the greatest number of annual submissions received in the history of the journal and with monthly totals continuing to increase during 2016, the journal is on a pace to exceed that record submission total from 2015.  The editorial team, led by chief editor Matthew Boulton, MD, MPH, FACPM, has worked to expand the portfolio of prevention topics covered in the journal.  Congratulations to the entire AJPM team for another strong year!


On Thursday, June 16, 2016 ACPM hosted a webinar to learn about the significant changes that are occurring nationwide to integrate public health and healthcare and the health systems transformation (HST) led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and private health systems.

Moderated by ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry, the webinar provided an overview of health system transformation efforts at ACPM and was attended by 130 participants including preventive medicine physicians, public health practitioners, state and county health departments, federal agencies, insurers, healthcare administrators and clinicians from other specialties.

Dr. Christa Singleton from CDC highlighted the agency’s 6-18 initiative which allows for collaboration between purchasers, providers and payers to address high-burden conditions through evidence-based prevention interventions. Dr. Alexander Billioux from CMMI provided an overview of innovative payment models that intersect with preventive medicine and public health initiatives. Finally, ACPM member Dr. Eliza Shulman provided a case study of an Accountable Care Organization and the emerging role of preventive medicine physicians in leading health systems transformation efforts in delivery and payment reform. The recording of the webinar and the slides of the presenters are available here at no cost. It the coming weeks it will also be available on our e-learning portal for CME. 

This webinar was made possible through a cooperative agreement between ACPM and CDC, with the guidance of several ACPM members who serve on ACPM’s HST Task Force. To learn more about the task force, other HST projects and subscribe to our monthly HST newsletter, please visit www.acpm/org/HST


Executive Director, Michael Barry and ACPM Program Manager, Anita Balan attended a conference titledBringing Public Health and Primary Care Together: The Practical Playbook National Meeting.”  Co-hosted by Duke Community & Family Medicine, deBeaumont Foundation, and CDC, the meeting was a milestone event towards advancing robust collaborations that improve population health. Key stakeholders from across sectors – representing professional associations, community organizations, government agencies and academic institutions – and across the country came together at the National Meeting to help catalyze a national movement, accelerate collaborations by fostering skill development, and connect with like-minded individuals and organizations to facilitate the exchange of ideas to drive population health improvement.

ACPM Fellow Steven Woolf was one of the plenary speakers who spoke about best practices on collecting, using and sharing data. Click here to learn more about the Practical Playbook initiative. 


ACPM executive director Michael Barry attended an invitation-only meeting of the Provider Roundtable with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell on May 20.  The invitations were sent to a group of CEOs and other executives of select partner organizations to join Secretary Burwell and senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for CEO-level discussions on HHS priority issues.

Unfortunately, Sec. Burwell was called away at the last minute for a meeting with President Obama on the Zika virus and could not attend the meeting.  Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield chaired the meeting in her stead, and other key HHS leaders, such as Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Karen DeSalvo, were in attendance. The meeting focused on the Affordable Care Act and other departmental initiatives, including delivery system reform, MACRA, opioids, and the Zika virus.




A listing of activities in which ACPM has been involved on behalf of the organization in the past month

Zika Virus Funding: ACPM and 42 other organizations signed on to a letter urging congressional leaders to immediately provide for adequate 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 (CDC).

Gun Control and Gun Violence Research: ACPM and 57 other organizations signed a letter urging US Senators to vote yes on two amendments to an appropriations bill; S.Amdt. 4750 would expand background checks on all gun purchases, and S.Amdt. 4720 would make it more difficult for known or suspected terrorists to purchase firearms. The letter further urges Congress to allocate 10 million to support gun violence prevention research at CDC. 

Member Highlights 


The Prevention Practice Committee has a new chair, Dr. Catherine Livingston, MD, MPH. Dr. Livingston is double boarded in Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  She went to Harvard Medical School, and then completed a joint residency at Oregon Health & Science University.  She splits her time between an academic clinic practice at OHSU and working for state government.  She serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Health Evidence Review Commission, which is responsible for managing the Prioritized List of Health Services (which determines coverage for the Oregon Medicaid population) and developing evidence-based coverage guidance for public and private insurers. Congratulations Dr. Livingston. 

ACPM fellow Michael C. Sokol, MD, MS, FACPM, was recently appointed Chief Medical Officer of WebMD health services.  As part of the executive leadership team, Dr. Sokol will be responsible for providing health and wellness solutions to large employers and health plans.  He most recently was Chief Wellness Officer at Sanofi where he developed, implemented, and measured a comprehensive incentives-based health and wellness initiative at this large global health care company.  Dr. Sokol also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York, and he sits on the editorial board of the journal Population Health Management.

ACPM is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shawn Garcia as the new Vice-Chair for the Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee.  Dr. Garcia’s experience as the Associate Program Director for a General Preventive Medicine Residency has given her a solid understanding of medical education and the expectations that ACGME and ABPM have for graduating residents. This knowledge is easily translatable to an understanding of where practicing preventive medicine physicians should be focusing their lifelong learning. Additionally, Dr. Garcia served for the last two years as the Vice-President of the Uniformed Services Academy of Preventive Medicine and worked closely with the ACPM staff to advance the activities of the group including offering scholarships for uniformed medical students to attend annual ACPM meetings, sponsorship of the USUHS Medical Student Interest Group, and creation of a Uniformed Services Research Award.

 Staff Updates


Congratulations to the following staff members on their accomplishments:

-Executive Director Michael Barry was selected by the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Nominating Committee to serve on the AAMSE Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in July, 2016. 

- Amy Fleishman, Controller and Finance, recently became a grandmother!

-Jessica Bradshaw passed the exam for the Certified Meeting Professional designation (CMP).  This is her initial certification.  The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. Congratulations, Jessica!  

-Haydee Barno successfully completed the requirements and has received her CMP recertification through 2022.  Congrats, Haydee!

 Corporate Roundtable



In its just released annual survey of corporate giving The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that ACPM Corporate Roundtable member Gilead, ranks first in charitable giving and second in total giving (charitable giving + in-kind donations) among the Fortune 150. Last year, Gilead increased its charitable contributions nearly two-fold since 2014 and gave nearly $500 million to almost 2,000 grantees who are helping to address unmet needs and lessen the impact of diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. ACPM was one of those grantees!

Grants are made to organizations like ACPM – patient advocates, nonprofits and healthcare associations working to improve the well-being of millions of people around the world. Together ACPM members and its corporate partners work to improve health access, eliminate the barriers to healthcare encountered by underserved populations, advance education among healthcare professionals and support local communities.

Gilead invites grantees, including ACPM members to view some of the recent funding opportunity announcements that Gilead has issued. These programs seek to support HIV cure activities, lessen the impact of HIV on an aging population and improve the diagnoses and care surrounding hepatitis C.

For more information on the Corporate Roundtable, please visit ACPM Corporate Roundtable or contact Maureen Simmons, M.A., CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer at  

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 or 1-202-466-2044, Ext. 120 to learn more about the ACPM Corporate Roundtable and Corporate Roundtable Members.


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