|ACPM Headlines 1/27/12|
In This Issue:
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. HHS ISSUES FURTHER GUIDANCE OF COVERAGE OF PREVENTIVE SERVICES FOR WOMEN
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently clarified that nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will have an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with a new requirement in the Affordable Care Act requiring health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including contraceptive services.
Employers who do not currently offer coverage of contraceptive services will be required to provide a notice to employees stating that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support.
For more information visit, http://1.usa.gov/wtoe9v.
2. ACPM MEETS WITH HRSA OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
ACPM senior staff recently met with senior Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) officials to discuss implementation of the new "integrative medicine” language found in the "public health and preventive medicine” section of the HRSA’s FY 2012 budget. The new language provides $2.5 million to HRSA to provide grants to residency training programs that incorporate "competency-based integrative medicine curricula in graduate medical education.”
ACPM urged HRSA officials to define "integrative medicine” in a manner that adheres to the evidence-based practice of medicine while recognizing the important contributions of "integrative medicine” in supporting health promotion and behavior modification activities. HRSA expressed its commitment to work with ACPM as it works to develop guidance for the new funding opportunity.
Preventive medicine residency training programs interested in learning more about this funding opportunity should contact Paul Bonta at email@example.com.
3. ACPM BOARD OF REGENTS ELECTIONS
The ballot for the ACPM Board of Regents elections was sent, via email, to all current Fellow, Member, Associate, and Affiliate members on January 20, 2012. The ballot will close on February 7. Weekly ballot reminders will be sent to all members who are eligible to vote until the election closes.
To view a list of the candidates, visit: http://www.acpm.org/?2012Elections. If you wish to vote but have not yet paid your membership dues, visit www.acpm.org and log into your account. For assistance, please contact Jennifer Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. APPLY NOW FOR ACPM CLINICAL RISK MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
ACPM is now accepting applications from preventive medicine physicians interested in pursuing a great opportunity to gain experience in clinical risk management through participation in a two-year program at Merck headquarters in North Whales, PA. The goals of the program are to expose preventive medicine physicians to various aspects of global product safety in a major pharmaceutical company and to provide direct training and experience in how pharmaceutical manufacturers use data to support research, development, adoption, and utilization of products. The fellowship includes a highly competitive annual salary.
Interested ACPM members should apply now as interviews are currently being scheduled during the Preventive Medicine 2012 conference in Orlando.
For more information or to apply please contact Paul Bonta at email@example.com.
Policy and Practice
5. CDC LAUNCHES NATIONAL WORKPLACE WELLNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (NHWP)
CDC has launched a new workplace wellness assistance program called the National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP). NHWP is designed to assist employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and wellness strategies leading to specific, measureable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. Seven counties have been selected to participate in the program: Somerset County, ME; Shelby County, TN; Marion County, IN; Harris County, TX; Buchanan County, MO; Kern County, CA; and Pierce County, WA.
For more information on the NHWP visit, http://1.usa.gov/tgMkpp.
6. NEW NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES
First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. The new meal requirements will raise current standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids participating in daily school meal programs.
The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law by President Obama and championed by the First Lady as part of her Let’s Move! campaign.
For more information on the new standards visit, http://www.letsmove.gov/
7. JEFFREY ZEINTS NAMED ACTING DIRECTOR OF OMB
President Obama recently announced current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director for Management and Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients will serve as the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Jack Lew, the former director of OMB, was named White House chief of staff.
For more information visit, http://1.usa.gov/wIJ6xG.
8. ACADEMY NEWS: FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
For more information on the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine in Action initiative visit, http://conta.cc/wyYvym.
9. ONE IN FIVE SKIP DOCTOR VISIT TO SAVE MONEY
According a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), more than 20% of older Americans reported making changes in their prescription drug use to save money. The changes reported include switching to cheaper generic drugs, relying only on free samples, or reducing dosages. Furthermore, nearly 20% reported saving money by either skipping or postponing doctor appointments. According to the study, the data suggests persons nearing or in retirement tend to reduce their spending to match their declining income, even if it means giving up essential needs. Single women, minorities, and those reporting poor health had the highest involuntary spending adjustments.
To read a copy of the report visit, http://bit.ly/xZCV9S.
10. NCHS DATA BRIEF AND JAMA PAPERS ON YOUTH AND ADULT OBESITY
According to a recent brief from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the most recent national data on obesity prevalence among U.S. adults, adolescents, and children show more than one-third of adults and almost 17% of children and adolescents were obese in 2009–2010. The differences in prevalence between men and women lessened between 1999–2000 and 2009–2010, with the prevalence of obesity among men reaching the same level as women. Among children and adolescents, the prevalence of obesity was higher among adolescents than among preschool-aged children. Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in obesity prevalence among men and boys but not among women and girls overall.
Furthermore, the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) recently released two articles on the prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among adults, children and adolescents.
To read the NCHS brief visit, http://1.usa.gov/z0kHYY.
To access the JAMA article visit, http://bit.ly/rnslfz.
A recent study finds women aged 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density (BMD) scores may not need repeat screening for another 10 to 15 years. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found it would take about 15 years for 10 percent of women in the highest bone density ranges to develop osteoporosis, longer than expected. The researchers concluded if a woman’s bone density at age 67 is very good, then she doesn’t need to be rescreened in two or three years, because change would be unlikely.
ACPM, as well as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other expert bodies, recommend screening with BMD testing for osteoporosis in women aged 65 years or older. However, ACPM in its 2009 position statement did not make recommendations on the periodicity of screening after age 65, while the USPSTF has suggested a 2-year screening interval might be appropriate. Results of the study were published in the January 19 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. For more information, click here.
12. 2012 EPIDEMIC INTELLIGENCE SERVICE CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Alumni Association announced the availability of scholarships to participate in the April 16 EIS Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA. Up to eight scholarships of $800 each will be awarded to partially subsidize participation in the conference. Acceptance of a scholarship does not obligate the recipient to apply for the EIS, but indicates an interest in considering applying for a position in the EIS within the next several years. Applications are due by February 10.
For eligibility criteria and further information about the EIS and the EIS Conference visit, http://www.cdc.gov/EIS/More.html.
13. PHYSICIAN TRAINING AWARD IN CANCER PREVENTION
The American Cancer Society is once again accepting grant requests from accredited preventive medicine residency training programs for four-year awards of approximately $300,000 per institution. The funding is based on an annual average of $50,000 per resident and supports preventive medicine residents who train with an emphasis on cancer prevention and control. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2012.
For more information on this funding opportunity visit, http://bit.ly/yTP27b.
14. NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH (NLAPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) has announced a new public health leadership opportunity available with the Public Health Institute (PHI). The leadership program will focus on improving community health by working with collaborative, multi-sector leadership teams and training these teams through an applied, team-based, collaborative leadership development model. Twenty teams of four people each will be selected through a competitive process. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2012.
For more information on this program please visit, http://bit.ly/zSW3Jc.Table of Contents