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October 2016


1. From the President 
2. Latest Happenings
. Member Highlights 
. Staff Updates
5. On Your Behalf

6. Corporate Roundtable

  From the President

ACPM on the International Scene 

One of my initiatives as ACPM President is to increase our international connections. When ACPM reduced the Board from 16 to 12 Regents two years ago, we ceased to have an International Regent. That did not mean, however, that we intended to abandon efforts to establish relationships with sister organizations and public health and preventive medicine physicians in other countries.


To this end, we now have formal affiliation agreements with the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC), the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO) and the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa.  The ACPM Resident Physician Section, under the leadership of Regan Stiegmann, has developed a working group with PHPC to write about common public health interests to be printed in each other's newsletters, as well as share educational opportunities between the two countries and health systems. Last year, we sent a representative to participate as an examiner in the annual Fellowship Examination of the Nigeria Postgraduate College in Public Health. And President-Elect Bob Carr is currently exploring relationships in Asia and Oceania.


Why pursue connections in other countries? First, while we are the American College of Preventive Medicine, we welcome  member physicians from other countries who share our interests and values. Secondly, our affiliation agreements give us the ability to broker teaching and research collaborations for our members in other countries (interested members should let us know; we may be able to help).  And third, we have much to learn from other countries, just as they can learn from us.

For instance, I recently attended a meeting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote Public Health 3.0, an approach to addressing the social determinants of health through partnerships with traditionally non-health sectors, such as education, business, transportation, and housing. This strategy has been employed in many countries and was studied by the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, appointed by the World Health Organization, from 2005-2008. The commission’s final report includes many examples from around the world.

 I don’t expect ACPM to become an international organization. However, I think we will increasingly recognize that, by interacting with like-minded organizations abroad, we will find ways to strengthen our own organization.

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

 Latest Happenings

Audio from Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Launch Now Available 

Physician leaders in prevention and behavior coaching recently held a teleconference providing an in-depth introduction to the new Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program. An audio recording of the call is available for press, providers, and educators interested in learning more about how the program was developed and ways it is being used to educate physicians and allied health professionals.

Participants on the call included:

  • Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, President, ACPM
  • David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, President, ACLM
  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, Past President of ACLM, former ACPM Board member, and the project’s Director of Faculty
  • Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH, FACPM, Past President of ACLM, current ACPM Board member, and Physician and CEO of Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
  • Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, Chief Medical Director / Executive Director Global Health and Wellness, Cummins, Inc.


ACPM Board Adopts Tobacco 21 Policy, Among Other Actions

The ACPM Board of Regents has adopted a policy statement that “strongly advocates that states and local jurisdictions adopt legislation to raise the minimum age of legal access (MLA) to all tobacco products to 21 years.  ACPM further encourages the U.S. Congress to pass federal legislation to raise the MLA to all tobacco products to 21 years for nation-wide adoption.”  The recommendations are based on research showing that if initiation of tobacco use is delayed until age 21, many more people may remain smoke free for their entire lives.


The Board adopted the statement at its October meeting in Washington, DC.  The gathering was part of ACPM’s semi-annual business meetings, which also convened the Corporate Roundtable, executive branch officials, and key stakeholder focus groups tied to ACPM’s strategic communications campaign.


Among other actions, the Board:

  • Voted to co-sponsor an American Medical Association (AMA) policy resolution authored by the American Thoracic Society. The resolution urges AMA to adopt policy barring it from holding its House of Delegates meeting in states that enact physician gun gag rule laws (e.g., Florida)

  • Approved a proposal by the Resident Physician Section to create a Resident Leaders in Preventive Medicine (RLPM) Scholarship fund for the PM 2017 meeting

  • Approved a plan to accept pre-existing quality improvement projects from Preventive Medicine diplomates (whose certificates expire in 2022 or later) to meet the new ABPM Improvement in Medical Practice requirements

  • Adopted changes to ACPM’s Bylaws renaming two ACPM Committees

  • Approved the creation of a new ACPM President’s Award to recognize outstanding achievement in an area of critical importance to the field of preventive medicine


The Board also devoted its “Spotlight Issue” to discuss objectives tied to ACPM’s four strategic pillars as part of a strategic plan refresh.  A revised strategic plan should be complete by year end.  For questions about the Board of Regents, please contact ACPM executive director Michael Barry.


Kevin Sherin MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM and members of the membership department were in Orlando for the 

American Academy of Family Physician’s Family Medicine Experience (FMX) 2016 to promote ACPM’s newest initiatives and programs.


Current members and those interested in learning about our programs available for AAFP credit and how Family Medicine and Prevention work together both visited our booth.

ACPM will next visit the AMSUS – The Society of Federal Health Professionals 2016 Annual Meeting, November 29 – December 2 at the Gaylord National Harbor, outside of Washington, D.C. If you plan to attend and would like to discuss ACPM at our booth, please contact ACPM membership director Benjamin Butz.

Physicians Needed for Diabetes Prevention Program Advisory Council

ACPM is recruiting 5-8 preventive medicine physicians with expertise in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to serve on an advisory council for at least one year. The council will help implement a 1-year grant awarded to ACPM by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This opportunity is available for existing and new ACPM member physicians. To be considered, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest no later than October 28.

Seeking Members for Prostate Cancer Screening Project

ACPM is seeking members who are interested in contributing to ACPM's new CDC-funded project, "Developing Informed Decision Making Materials for Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions." The purpose of this project is to develop materials that will promote and enhance informed decision making for men considering prostate cancer screening decisions and their providers. The decision aids will:

1. Incorporate information about benefits and harms of screening, and patient values
2. Include consideration of individual patient risks
3. Include both provider tools/materials and patient tools/materials
4. Facilitate a dialogue among patients and their providers to promote shared decision making based on best available information regarding benefits, harms, and individual risks

ACPM and CDC are pulling together a small panel of experts to serve as advisors to the project. The panel will include experts:

* In prostate cancer and decision aids to discuss current evidence and content in developing decision aids
* In patient communication to examine options for modality (web app, videos, devices, etc.) and discuss considerations related to patient communication, health literacy, etc. 
* Representing the clinical provider community to discuss needs, facilitators, and barriers to providers using decision aids in primary care settings

Panel members are expected to attend a 2-day workshop in Atlanta within the next few months (travel costs covered). Subsequent work will involve electronic reviews and periodic teleconferences, as necessary. If you are interested, Submit your CV and Statement of Interest on the ACPM website no later October 28, 2016. When completing the form, be sure to select "Prostate Cancer Screening Expert Panel" under Internal Opportunities. In your statement, please describe which category(ies) of expertise you fit, based on the three categories listed above, and your related work and experience. Only current ACPM members are eligible to apply.

Member Highlights 


ACPM/Medical Community Loses Beloved Colleague and Friend, Bob Keimowitz

Although over six months old, we only recently learned of this sad news and want to share with the ACPM community.  

Dr. Robert I. Keimowitz, former dean and professor emeritus of the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away on March 25, 2016.  A revered and beloved figure within the academic medicine community, many ACPM colleagues know him as husband to former ACPM executive director, Hazel Keimowitz.  Read more about his life and professional accomplishments here. 


If you were a friend of Hazel, she would love to hear from you at hazel@keimowitz.com.   


Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPM

ACPM Fellow Stephanie Zaza has retired from the US Public Health Service. Dr. Zaza retired as a captain, having spent 25 years in the USPHS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Zaza’s career highlights include starting and overseeing the Guide to Community Preventive Services and the “Steps to a Healthier US” program. She also served in strategy and leadership roles in the areas of preparedness and response, epidemiology methods, CDC library and knowledge management programs, and adolescent and school health. Dr. Zaza and her husband relocated from Atlanta, GA to Carbondale, CO.  In addition to hiking and skiing, Dr. Zaza plans to resume an active role in the College.


 Staff Updates


ACPM Welcome New Staff Members

We are pleased to welcome 2 new staff members to the ACPM family—Angel Waldron

 and Bruce Hadloc. 


Angel is serving as ACPM’s first Director of Communications.  In this role, she will set and guide the strategy for all 

communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate ACPM’s mission, broaden awareness of preventive medicine, and strengthen brand identity across key stakeholder audiences.  This includes leading implementation of ACPM’s strategic initiative to position preventive medicine front and center in health systems transformation, aligned with the Preventive Medicine Amplified campaign to which many of you generously contributed this summer.  Angel brings to ACPM a strong track record in strategic communications, advertising, marketing, and public relations, helping amplify the voices and enhance reputations of organizations such as American University, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the National Tobacco Independence Campaign.  Welcome aboard Angel!


Bruce has been hired as Program Manager working in both Development and Membership. He will play a critical support role with our Corporate Roundtable, Annual Giving Campaign and membership recruitment, engagement and renewal. Bruce comes to ACPM with over a decade of association experience working a variety of roles from meeting planning to membership. We are excited to add his experience and enthusiasm to the team! Welcome Bruce!


On Your Behalf


ACPM Expert Review – Chinyere Omeogu, MBBS, MPH

ACPM would like to thank Chinyere Omeogu, MBBS, MPH, for providing an ACPM expert peer review of the Anthem, Inc. new medical policy LAB.00032 on the topic of Zika Virus Testing.  ACPM greatly appreciates your service, Dr. Omeogu!


Funding for Health Professions: ACPM and 54 organizations sent a letter asking members of Congress to support a FY2017 funding request of $524 million for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s health professions and workforce development programs.

Funding for Zika: ACPM joined 48 organizations urging Congress to support Zika provisions in the latest draft of the Continuing Resolution. Funds contained in this package will allow federal, state, tribal and local agencies to pursue efforts to combat Zika virus and life-altering birth defects it can cause.

NCHS Funding: Housed within Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the nation’s principal health statistics agency. ACPM and 46 organizations sent letters to members of Congress in the House and Senate requesting funding of at least $160.4 million for NCHS for FY2017.  

CDC Funding: ACPM joined 98 national, state and local organizations to send a letter to members of Congress in the House and Senate to provide at least $7.8 billion in funding for all programs and services within CDC for FY2017.


 Corporate Roundtable


CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE SPOTLIGHT: RediClinic Adds Online Appointment Scheduling

ACPM Silver-Level Corporate Roundtable member RediClinic, leading operator of convenient care clinics, announced recently that it has added online appointment scheduling to its menu of options for customers seeking high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare. Using RediClinic’s new online appointment system, customers can now schedule same- or next-day appointments from their desktop, tablet or mobile device, making access to RediClinic’s high-quality, affordable healthcare even easier than before.

Using RediClinic’s user-friendly online appointment system, customers can schedule appointments with a board-certified clinician who can treat more than 30 common medical conditions as well as provide a broad range of preventive services including screenings, medical tests, immunizations and basic physical exams. Unlike existing registration systems that place patients in a queue, RediClinic customers can make a same- or next-day appointment for a specific time at a chosen location. While walk-in appointments remain available, the option to schedule an appointment for a specific date, time and location provides added convenience for customers who can plan in advance without the wait.

“We’re excited to be launching our new online appointment system in time for back-to-school season so children and their parents won’t need to wait for physicals and immunizations,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic CEO. “With just a few clicks, customers can make same- or next-day appointments at a time that works for them, a feature that advances our commitment to providing maximum convenience in high-quality healthcare.”

To learn more about RediClinic and its new online appointment scheduling, click here.


About RediClinic

RediClinic currently operates 36 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and 53 clinics inside select Rite Aid stores in the greater Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Seattle areas. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than two million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program, certified by ACPM, is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services, insurance coverage and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.

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. To learn more about the roundtable and its members, contact Chief Development Officer Maureen Simmons.


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