|ACPM News March 2016|
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I hope you were able to join us for Preventive Medicine 2016 last month in Washington, DC. The conference was a huge success, drawing more than a record 800 attendees and 451 ACPM members. I left the conference feeling exhilarated (in addition to exhausted!) by the energy that was palpable and the ideas put forward at the meeting. This is preventive medicine’s time to shine, and the conference and its theme—the Power of Prevention—was clearly a reflection of that.
Michael A. Barry, CAE
2016 ACPM FELLOWS CLASS
As part of the New Fellows & Awards Banquet held during Preventive Medicine 2016, Annette E. Kussmaul, MD, MPH, FACPM, chair of the ACPM Membership Committee, announced the following candidates had fulfilled all requirements and been approved for Fellowship in ACPM:
Jayaram Srinivasan Brindala, MD, MPH, FACPM
Shawn Marie Garcia, MD, MPH, FACPM
Eric Garges, MD, FACPM
Timothy H. Holtz, MD, MPH, FACPM
Lucas Johnson, MD, MTM&H, FACPM
Lawrence C. Loh, MD, MPH, FACPM
Jordana Rothschild, MD, MPH, FAPCM
Ines Vigil, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
Marc Braman, MD, MPH, FACPM
Congratulations on this accomplishment to our newest Fellows!
For more information on the new Fellows and on how to become an ACPM fellow, please visit www.acpm.org/fellow
ACPM ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS
ACPM Awards Committee Chair Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, FACPM was honored to announce the following award winners at the New Fellows and Awards Banquet during Preventive Medicine 2016. The winners were:
ELECTION RESULTS FOR ACPM'S BOARD OF REGENTS
We are happy to announce the winners of this year's election for the ACPM Board of Regents:
Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM
CONDOLENCES TO GREGORY HOLZMAN, MD, MPH
We are sad to share that former ACPM member Gerald Bruce Holzman, MD has passed away. He is the father of ACPM Member, Gregory Holzman, MD, MPH.
ACPM and its Corporate Roundtable Members hosted a highly-successful symposium, "Building Community Health & Wellbeing through Business, Culture and Policy," which took place on February 23, 2016, in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2016. The event drew more than 100 attendees from across the spectrum of business, government, policy, community, and non-governmental sectors.
"We had an amazing group of speakers at our symposium that focused on building community health and wellbeing," said Daniel S. Blumenthal, president of the ACPM. "Together, each of these individuals offered a rich and diverse perspective that touched on every part of the health care ecosystem and focused on how to foster successful, vibrant and healthy communities."
Speakers at the symposium included:
The speakers addressed key questions related to community health and healthy living, including topics like engineering better health, the role of communities in healthcare, and strategies for pharmaceutical, insurance, health systems, and other healthcare companies to serve as agents for positive change.
ACPM and its Corporate Roundtable members would like to thank everyone who attended the symposium. ACPM and the members of its Corporate Roundtable released a joint statement after this event stressing the need to incorporate lifestyle medicine into clinical practice to lower rates of chronic disease in America. The statement provides a list of strategic initiatives to influence the successful adoption of lifestyle medicine.
Videos of each of the sessions will be made available in the coming weeks thanks to a sponsorship from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. If you would like to be notified of future community health and lifestyle medicine activities from ACPM, please subscribe to the Lifestyle Medicine newsletter.
Please contact Maureen Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-202-466-2044, Ext. 120 to learn more about the ACPM Corporate Roundtable.
By any measure, Preventive Medicine 2016, held February 24-27 in Crystal City, VA, was a huge success! ACPM welcomed over 800 physicians and other healthcare professionals—a record number of registrants—who gathered to learn about the latest topics and scientific advances in the field.
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, the KBS Guest Lecturer, set the tone during the Opening General Session with an inspirational address on Health Equity and Social Justice: Let's Start a Movement. Other plenary sessions followed suit: Using Information Technology, Analytics and Quality Improvement Techniques to Improve Population Health, presented by Nirav Shah, MD, MPH; Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with Diet, presented by Kim Williams Sr., MD, FACC, FAHA, FASNC; The Power of Global Prevention, presented by Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH; and The Affordable Care Act: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here? Additionally, attendees heard a TEDTalk-like presentation from CDC policy chief John Auerbach, MBA, on Health Systems Transformation. Late breaker sessions on the Zika Virus and the Flint, MI, Water Crisis were also featured at the conference.
Keep your eye out later this month for a post-conference update that will provide much more detail about the conference and a final message from your Preventive Medicine 2016 Meeting Chair. If you didn’t have the chance to attend Preventive Medicine 2016, recordings of select sessions of the conference will be available for purchase within the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
And don’t forget to Save the Date! for Preventive Medicine 2017 in Portland, Oregon, May 23-26, 2017. Click here to volunteer and get involved!
BOARD APPROVES SUBSCRIBER PROGRAM AND SEVERAL OTHER NEW POLICIES AND INITIATIVES
The ACPM Board of Regents took action on several key initiatives and policies presented at its two meetings in Crystal City, VA, last month, which were held in conjunction with the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference.
Headlining these actions was adoption of an "ACPM Subscriber” program for non-physician health professionals in the preventive medicine field. Under the program, non-physician health care professionals and/or scientists with a commitment to the mission of the College shall be eligible to enroll in the program for an annual subscriber fee and receive benefits such as reduced pricing for ACPM events, educational modules and other online content and career services, as well as receive ACPM newsletters, an online subscription to American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and access to the ACPM online community. These health professionals will not be ACPM members and, hence, not be allowed to vote, run for ACPM office, or participate in ACPM committees without a specific invitation. The program is being developed to further engage the growing number of health professionals who are participating, or want to participate, in ACPM meetings and educational courses as part of the preventive medicine team.
Among other important actions taken, the Board: (1) approved moving forward with a comprehensive, strategic communications plan to promote the role of preventive medicine in health systems transformation; (2) adopted a Board Liaison policy that encourages ACPM membership sections, affiliate organizations, and component academies to name one of their members to serve as a liaison to the Board; (3) conducted an annual review of its strategic initiatives and agreed to begin refining and updating the specific objectives and actions under the current plan; (4) approved a set of policy recommendations on reducing/preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths; (5) approved a resolution on enhanced collaboration with primary care specialty societies; and (6) approved falls prevention as a topic for the development of an ACPM position statement.
For questions, comments, or more information on the actions of the ACPM Board of Regents, please contact ACPM executive director Michael Barry.
ACPM AND UNITED HEALTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF SPOTLIGHT: PREVENTION
The United Health Foundation, in partnership with ACPM, released the 2016 America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Prevention on February 26 at the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference. The report takes an in-depth look at prevention measures across all 50 states through the lenses of health care access, immunizations and chronic disease prevention.
The report found that use of clinical preventive services is uneven and varies by race, income, education, and geography. For example, a lower percentage of Hispanic adults report having a dedicated health care provider (59.2%), compared with non-Hispanic white (82.1%) and non-Hispanic black (76.5%) adults. A lower percentage of Hispanic adults also receive colorectal cancer screenings and cholesterol screenings. The report also found health care access is strongly associated with overall prevention, and states that score well in one prevention category generally score well across the other two categories in the model, suggesting the importance of taking a holistic view of prevention activities.
"We have a strong and growing body of clinical evidence pointing to the fact that preventive services and interventions work to improve people’s health and well-being, all while lowering overall health care system costs,” said ACPM President Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM in a statement to the press. "The members of American College of Preventive Medicine have been on the frontlines of developing and delivering comprehensive preventive care strategies for more than half a century and are pleased to collaborate with United Health Foundation to increase understanding of the important prevention-related issues that require our continued focus as a nation.”
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Coalition for Health Funding
As a long standing member, ACPM signed on to the coalition's letter asking the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate as high a funding level as possible for U.S, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2017.
Friends of HRSA
As a member, ACPM signed on to a Friends of HRSA's letter urging Congress to fund $7.48 billion for HRSA programs in FY 2017.
Friends of NCHS
As a member, ACPM signed on to a letter urging House and Senate members of the Appropriations Committee to fund $170 million for NCHS for fiscal year 2017.
ACPM joined more than 30 national health organizations on an open letter to the nation's governors urging them to support and advance the Clean Power Plan to help protect the health of Americans from threats to health and survival posted by Climate Change.
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