|ACPM Headlines 1/12/15|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM ANNOUNCES LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CURRICULUM TRAINING AT PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ACPM members will soon be getting a special invitation to participate in a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Symposium on February 24th in Atlanta, GA. This symposium will take place one day prior to the official start of Preventive Medicine 2015 and offers an opportunity to learn more about a newly created curriculum around lifestyle medicine (LM) competencies. The session will provide an overview of the fifteen lifestyle medicine physician competencies identified by the national blue ribbon panel and published in JAMA. The sections covered in the session represent a subset of a comprehensive 30-hour course aimed at covering a range of topics central to LM, including nutrition, physical activity, sleep, coaching behavior change, alcohol use, tobacco cessation, emotional wellness, and mindfulness based stress reduction. Participants are eligible to receive 6 hour of CME/MOC. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional information and registration instructions!
You can learn more about Lifestyle Medicine and the newly developed curriculum by visiting the ACPM website.
In a study published by Clinical Pediatrics, researchers found initial evidence linking fast food consumption to academic achievement. "Fast Food Consumption and Academic Growth in Late Childhood,” examined fast food consumption and academic achievement in a group of children as they progress from kindergarten to 8th grade. Study results found that fast food consumption during 5th grade predicted lower academic achievement in reading, math, and science by 8th grade. While the study suggests that fast food may negatively impact academics, additional research is needed to establish causation.
Following Senate approval of Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA as the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S., ACPM president Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM sent a letter to Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH thanking him for his service as the nation’s public health physician. Dr. Lushniak, an ACPM member and occupational medicine physician, assumed the role of acting surgeon general in July 2013 following the departure of Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA who was appointed to the post by President Obama in 2009.
4. ACPM BOARD ADOPTS 2015 BUDGET: PROJECTS CONTINUED GROWTH
The ACPM Board of Regents has adopted a 2015 budget for its operations, which projects an increase of $46,000 in spending over the 2014 budget. Budgeted expenses for 2015 are $2.958 million, compared to $2.912 million in 2014, and if realized would represent a high-water mark for ACPM.
Among the highlights of this year’s budget is the Board’s commitment to the new ACPM strategic plan, adopted in late October, 2014. The Board has allocated over $100,000 in new spending toward advancing the strategic initiatives under the plan’s four pillars. These initiatives are to:
The contributions of ACPM members through the Your Gift Matters campaign have provided significant resources to support investments in these strategic priorities, and the College is grateful for its members’ generosity.
Another highlight of the budget is ACPM’s co-sponsorship of the Healthy Aging Summit, scheduled for July 27-28 in Washington, DC, which is a key driver of budget growth in 2015.
ACPM also thanks its Treasurer, Dr. Rob Gilchick, and all of the members of the Finance Committee for their guidance in preparing this year’s budget. For more information about the budget, contact ACPM executive director Mike Barry.
The ACPM Corporate Roundtable has started work on a special project titled "The Original Prescription: Lifestyle Medicine Paves the Way for Community Health by Design”. The goal of the project is to hold a symposium on creating healthy communities in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2016 in Washington, DC. The project will be the first of its kind for the Corporate Roundtable.
For information on the ACPM Corporate Roundtable please visit ACPM Corporate Roundtable.
The ACPM Corporate Roundtable continues to grow with its recent expansion to include Omada Health, a new digital therapeutics company focused on lowering the risk of disease by targeting common risk factors. With digital therapeutics, Omada Health provides access to the world's most effective behavior change therapies through the use of smart technology that is delivered directly to patients.
Omada Health delivers behavioral medicine that is clinically validated and evidence-based and can be integrated seamlessly into everyday life. To learn more about Omada Health please plan to visit their exhibit booth at Preventive Medicine 2015!
For more information on the ACPM Corporate Roundtable please email Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, at email@example.com.
The ACPM Prevention Practice Committee (PPC) is seeking ACPM members with expertise in Hepatitis C to serve as reviewers for an upcoming position statement for the College. The manuscript is complete; however, co-authors are seeking hepatologists to provide revisions to the final draft. If you are interested in lending your expertise to this article prior to its submission for PPC and Board of Regents approval, please contact Andrea Lowe, Director of Policy & Practice, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All reviewers will be acknowledged in the final publication.
8. CDC APPROVES STANDARDS FOR DIGITIAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new standards for digital diabetes- prevention programs that allow the use of virtual tools to enroll, track and coach people with pre-diabetes. There are an estimated 87 million people at risk for diabetes but only about 9 million actually realize their risk. Today, there are 527 organizations delivering the CDC-approved intervention.
Separately, a major research study led by the National Institutes of Health demonstrated that either intensive lifestyle intervention or metformin could prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults for at least 10 years after randomization. The study analyzed the CDC-approved Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) administered by the YMCA in communities across the country.
According to a recent advisory by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season may be more deadly than usual and the flu vaccine is a relatively poor match to the viruses now circulating. CDC director Tom Frieden, MD has urged that providers prescribe antiviral drugs to vulnerable patients with flu symptoms without waiting for a positive flu test.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a new position paper, "Integration of Primary Care and Public Health” that recommends primary care collaboration with the public health sector to improve health. The paper calls on primary care physicians to become informed about the value of integration and the role of the physician in primary care and public health integration efforts.
ACPM is currently working on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded health systems transformation project that will highlight integration efforts across the U.S. More information on this project can be found at the ACPM website and information on upcoming events will be announced soon.
11. IOM RELEASES "BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT IN BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES”
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report "Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities: Workshop Summary” that promotes the role of business in improving population health. The report, which provides a detailed look at the presentations and discussions during the July 30, 2014 IOM workshop, notes the value of business in population health and provides recommendations on how to effectively engage communities beyond workplace wellness and health promotion initiatives.
A study published in JAMA found that diets with a low-glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate, compared with high-glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate, did not result in improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure. The study authors noted that using a glycemic index to select specific foods may not improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance.
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found a high prevalence of comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among nearly 30,000 people who had some level of contact with the events of September 11 in lower Manhattan. Comorbid PTSD and depression was associated with high 9/11 exposures, low social integration, and health-related unemployment. Comorbid individuals experienced poorer life satisfaction and overall health, and reported greater unmet mental health care needs compared to those with a single condition.
While scientists have known for years that consumption of red meat is linked to elevated cancer risk, a new study by University of California San Diego (UCSD) scientists found that the culprit is a sugar molecule called Neu5Gc. Found in animals such as cows, pigs and sheep, this chemical is unnatural to human biology.
The study concludes that when people consume beef, pork, lamb and bison, a sugar molecule called Neu5Gc from those meats gets fully incorporated into human tissue. The immune system then attacks that substance leading to tissue inflammation and a higher lifetime risk of cancer.
15. AAMC-CDC PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR EARLY CAREER PHYSICIANS
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Policy Fellowship is currently seeking early career physicians who are interested in the intersection of business, policy, and public health. The current fellowship position is in the CDC’s Office of Chief of Staff for "Engaging Corporate Chief Medical Officers: Analysis of Operationalized Efforts for Partnership Development." This is a unique opportunity for a fellow to work with policy experts to evaluate the impact of partnerships with external healthcare organizations and the businesses community on addressing community needs. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed residency training within two years of applying. Surgical residents also may apply to participate during their research year. To apply, visit their website. Application Deadline: January 22, 2015.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CSPSTF) is seeking stories from the public health and health care community on how The Community Guide has helped "make communities safer and healthier.” Applicants are invited to email their story to TCGinAction@cdc.gov with the requested information. Successful applicants will be featured on "The Community Guide in Action: Stories from the Field” webpage, which currently features stories such as cancer screening, worksite wellness, immunizations, tobacco, and other initiatives from across the United States.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced opportunities to serve on their multi-stakeholder advisory panels, which play a key role in bringing the voices of the healthcare community to their work. Applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Visit the advisory panel application page to learn more on how to apply. PCORI, created by the ACA, is authorized by Congress to conduct research and provide information on the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is offering a series of free webinars related to the clinical practice of genomic medicine. The webinars will focus on the role and use of genome and exome sequencing technologies in clinical practice to help physicians and other healthcare professionals not board-certified in geneticists to understand the application of genetics and genomics in their practice in the areas of Genetic Testing, Genomic Sequencing, Genetic Counseling, sequencing and Interpretation, and Reporting and Delivery Results. Each webinar contains several modules addressing different aspects of the application of genomic testing. Webinar modules include: Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening, Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS), Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Screening and Understanding Your Genome: Genomics in Clinical Practice Symposium. For more information please visit www.acmg.net/Education.