|ACPM Headlines 3/5/14|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM LEADERS MEET WITH WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL
ACPM leaders recently met with Carole Johnson, senior policy advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, to discuss the need to increase federal funding for preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs. Ms. Johnson handles the public health portfolio for the White House and has intimate knowledge of public health workforce programs, including the preventive medicine program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
ACPM was represented by president-elect and past chair
of the department of community health and preventive medicine at Morehouse
School of Medicine Dan Blumenthal, MD,
MPH, FACPM; Graduate Medical Education Committee chair and University of
California San Diego program director Linda
Hill, MD, MPH, FACPM; Council of Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Directors chair and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill program
director Deborah Porterfield, MD, MPH,
FACPM; Walter Reed preventive medicine resident William Washington, MD; and ACPM executive director Michael Barry
and Associate Executive Director Paul Bonta.
The ACPM team noted the inherent alignment between the unique skill set
instilled in preventive medicine physicians and the goals espoused in the
Affordable Care Act aimed at advancing disease prevention efforts and promoting
health at the population level. The
group communicated the value preventive medicine physicians offer, particularly
at the health system level, and urged that the President prioritize expansion
of the PMR training pipeline.
2. RESERVES POLICY AND BOARD EVALUATION TOP ACPM BOARD AGENDA IN NEW ORLEANS
The ACPM Board of Regents held two meetings in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014 in New Orleans, adopting a new policy governing its financial reserves and devoting its “spotlight issue” to Board performance and evaluation. The reserves policy protects the financial stability of the organization by setting guidelines that balance the investment of internal funds on projects appropriately aligned with strategic priorities with the maintenance of adequate internal funds to ensure ongoing operations during times of financial shortfall. The new policy calls for ACPM to maintain reserves between 6 and 12 months of actual annual operating expenses.
For its spotlight issue the Board reviewed tools for improving its governance practice, including a Board self-evaluation questionnaire. Also during the meeting, the Board took steps to advance its weight management certification program (more details forthcoming), a candidate endorsement policy, the next phase of its strategy development, and criteria for membership in the ACPM Corporate Roundtable.
For more information about actions or deliberations of
the Board, contact Mike
3. ACPM APPLAUDS CVS’ DECISION TO HALT TOBACCO SALES
ACPM issued a public
statement in support of last month’s historic
decision and announcement by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of cigarettes
and other tobacco products at its outlets across the country. In the statement, ACPM’s President-Elect, Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, said
“The American College of Preventive
Medicine congratulates CVS Caremark on its decision to discontinue the sale of
tobacco products. The decision sends a strong message to CVS customers, to
other retailers, and to the public at large that a business focused on health
and health care -- such as a pharmacy -- should not be selling products that
are injurious to health. CVS has taken an important leadership
role; we hope that other pharmacy chains, as well as independent
pharmacies, will follow suit.”
4. THE RESULTS ARE IN: CONGRATULATIONS TO ACPM’S ELECTION WINNERS!
ACPM announced at its recent Preventive Medicine 2014 conference the winners of this year’s elections to the ACPM Board of Regents:
Congratulations to the winners, as well as all of this year’s outstanding nominees.
ACPM also would like to recognize and thank outgoing Southeast Regent Elizabeth (Betsey) Tilson, MD for her tremendous leadership, service, and contribution to the College.
For information on each Board member, please visit http://www.acpm.org/?BORMain.
The ACPM Young Physician Section (YPS) elected new officers during its annual business meeting held during Preventive Medicine 2014. The 2014-2015 officers are:
Congratulations to the election winners, and thank you Dr. Shih for your
excellent leadership over the past year at the helm of YPS. The Resident Physician Section (RPS) and
Medical Student Section (MSS) will hold elections for officers in the near
5. ACPM’S AMENDED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION ADOPTED AT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
ACPM’s "Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (Articles),” as presented by the Board of Regents in December 2013, were formally adopted at the College’s General Membership Meeting held February 21 in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014 in New Orleans, LA. ACPM management will work with its attorney to file its amended Articles in the state of North of Carolina in the coming days.
An organization’s "Articles of Incorporation,” previously referred to as a "Certificate of Incorporation,” is its highest level governing document. Filed with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is formed, it provides the organization legal standing and is rarely amended. Articles of Incorporation document the purposes of the organization, and the responsibilities, liabilities, and rights of its directors and shareholders. ACPM’s Certificate of Incorporation was filed in North Carolina when the organization was founded in 1956. ACPM later acquired a certificate to operate in the District of Columbia.
At the General Membership
Meeting members also heard brief reports from the ACPM President, Treasurer,
Secretary, and Executive Director and engaged in a town hall-style discussion
about ACPM’s strategic direction, initiatives, programs, and other issues of
interest to members.
6. ACPM RECOGNIZES NEW FELLOWS DURING PM 2014
New Fellows of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) were formally recognized at the Preventive Medicine 2014 Awards and New Fellows Banquet in New Orleans, LA, on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Designation as a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) is an honor bestowed upon highly-qualified candidates by their peers on the ACPM Membership Committee. Fellows of the College are recognized for demonstration of significant efforts to advance the Preventive Medicine specialty and mission of ACPM.
New Fellows recognized at this year’s banquet include:
ACPM extends congratulations to all of our new Fellows, and wish them continued success.
7. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PM2014 SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACT WINNERS
The scientific abstract winners for best posters and oral presentation were announced at the Preventive Medicine 2014 Awards Banquet in New Orleans, LA on Saturday February 22, 2014. The oral presentation winner for Clinical Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Practice, Integrative Medicine, and Medical Quality tracks was Christopher Evans from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. Carolyn M. Senger, MD, University of California at San Diego, was the winner for oral presentation under the Population Health Practice track. Dr. Senger was also the poster presenter winner among those posters presented by the American Cancer Society. The winner for best poster presentation was David R. Walker, Associate Director of Abbvie, Inc. Annette M. Von Thun, MPH, MTM&H, PhD, US Navy, was also an abstract poster winner in the Medical Students and Residents category.
ACPM extends congratulations to all the winners, and thanks
those members who volunteered to serve as judges.
8. CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE MEETING IN NEW ORLEANS FEATURES PREVENTION IN ACTION PANEL
ACPM’s Corporate Roundtable held its semi-annual meeting in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014 in New Orleans. The meeting featured a panel of ACPM and Roundtable speakers sharing short “Prevention in Action” case examples, which served as topics for lively, provocative small-group discussions around ways preventive medicine and industry could partner to advance the prevention agenda. The panel featured ACPM President-Elect Dan S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, Associate Dean of Community Health, Morehouse School of Medicine, Joanne Pike, Executive Director, Preventive Health Partnership, Kathleen A. Shoemaker, PharmD, MBA, Director of Outpatient Quality and Health IT for the American Heart Association (AHA), Angela Moskow, VP, Chronic Disease Prevention & Wellness, Sanofi Aventis, and Maciek Sasinowski MD, PhD, VP, Clinical Affairs, Clinical Strategy, Health Diagnostics Laboratory.
ACPM’s Corporate Roundtable (CR) is an ongoing forum
for mission-aligned private sector organizations to discuss and advance issues
of shared interest with the College, leveraging the impact of the nation's sole
medical specialty organization primarily focused on prevention and public
health with like-minded organizations from the private sector. To learn more
about the CR, visit ACPM
Corporate Roundtable and/or email Maureen Simmons, Chief
Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. YOUR GIFT MATTERS!
ACPM's major gift campaign, “Your Gift Matters,” was a tremendous success in 2013 because of the contributions from members like you. The campaign, launched in October 2013, has raised over $100,000 in contributions and pledges, with more than 5% of ACPM members joining the campaign with a financial gift.
"The goal for the campaign is $250,000, and we
encourage all ACPM members to join us," said Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE,
ACPM Chief Development Officer. "Your gift, of any size, will make a
difference in what ACPM can do." Please help support ACPM and help us
continue to lead the way in preventive medicine. Learn more about
the campaign, and donate
10. ACPM CONVENES IMPriME WORKSHOP AND CONCURRENT SESSION AT PM 2014
ACPM’s Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education (IMPriME) coordinating center convened its second Workshop in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014, where several Integrative Medicine Program (IMP) grantee speakers participated, including Preventive Medicine Residency Directors Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH, FACPM of Loma Linda University and Linda Hill, MD, MPH, FACPM of the University of California San Diego. IMPriME Steering Committee Chair and Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, chaired the workshop and spoke at the IMPriME Concurrent Session along with National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Director Josephine Briggs, MD, IMP grantee Eden Wells, MD, MPH, FACPM, Preventive Medicine Director at the University of Michigan, and moderator Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor at University of New Mexico.
IMPriME is a two-year project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to incorporate evidence-based integrative medicine curricula into 12 IMP grantee preventive medicine residency training programs.
Workshop topics ranged from IMPriME project overviews and practice, to research and faculty-development models, to the evolution of integrative medicine in America from research and academic perspectives. All IMPriME presentations offer CME and MOC credit and will be archived in the coming months for access by all. Please visit www.imprime.org for more information about IMPriME annual conference activities.
Policy and Practice
11. UPDATES FROM THE USPSTF
The United States Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) has released the following recommendation statements, evidence reviews, and other products in recent weeks:
More information on the USPSTF and its products and methods can be found at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/.
12. NIH OFFICE OF PREVENTION STRATEGIC PLAN RELEASED
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of
Disease Prevention (ODP) has released its “Strategic
Plan for Fiscal Years 2014 – 2018”
which identifies several priority areas aimed at guiding the NIH prevention
research portfolio. ACPM provided input
into the strategic plan as did several partner organizations in public health
and medicine. The ODP will continue to
update its website
regularly with new information highlighting strategic plan efforts, as well as
news about ongoing prevention research at the NIH and across the federal
government. To receive notifications
about ODP programs and activities please consider signing up for the ODP
13. CDC ANNOUNCES 2014 TIPS FROM FORMER SMOKERS CAMPAIGN
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
released its 2014 Tips from Former Smokers
campaign that features real people speaking in frank and often frightening
terms about the high price paid for a lifetime of exposure to cigarettes. Designed to prevent tobacco use among young
and middle-aged Americans, the campaign aims to grab the attention of 18- to
54-year-olds by exposing them to hard-hitting messages from former
smokers. Federal health officials noted
that the 2013 Tips from Former Smokers
was so successful that they set aside funding to
continue the campaign this year.
Research and Reports
14. DATA SHOW DECREASE IN OBESITY AMONG 2-5 YEAR OLDS
A paper published in the Journal of the Americans Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a significant reduction in obesity levels among children 2-5 years of age. The paper, Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012, reported that obesity in children 2-5 years old dropped from 14% in 2003-2004 to just over 8% in 2011-2012, representing a total decline of 43%.
Although the paper notes the exact reasons for the decline are unclear, the authors suggest it could be attributed to: improved nutrition and physical activity standards at day care centers, a decrease in consumption of sugary beverages, and the rising rates of breastfeeding.
For data on other age groups, the paper shows:
Researchers analyzed data from the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for the
15. STATE GOVERNORS RELEASE REPORT ON REDUCING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
The National Governors Association (NGA) has released a new issues brief, Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from and NGA Policy Academy, which seeks to highlight lessons learned in seven states to reduce prescription drug abuse. An emerging public health crisis, death from prescription drug overdose has continued to increase while states have struggled to develop effective public policy.
To address the emerging public health and safety crisis resulting from prescription drug abuse, the NGA launched a year-long Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Academy that worked to develop and coordinate strategic action plans in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia. Key findings include:
The issue brief describes the challenges states
encountered while creating and implementing their plans, as well as the
importance of creating an evaluation component into the strategic planning
process. According to the brief, more research is still needed to determine
which interventions are effective at reducing prescription drug abuse and
evaluating unintended consequences of potential policy solutions.
16. ALLOPATHIC AND OSTEOPATHIC COMMUNITIES COMMIT TO UNIFIED GME ACCREDITATION SYSTEM
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have announced an agreement to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S.
The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies. Currently, the ACGME and AOA maintain separate accreditation systems for allopathic and osteopathic educational programs.
“The commitment to a single accreditation
system comes at a watershed moment for medical education in the U.S.,” said
Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, chief executive officer of the ACGME. “As we move
forward into the Next Accreditation System, this uniform path of preparation
for practice ensures that the evaluation of and accountability for the
competency of all resident physicians – MDs and DOs – will be consistent across
17. STAFF CHANGES AT ACPM
ACPM is pleased to welcome Danielle (Dani) Pere, MPM, as its new Associate Executive Director for Practice and Programs. Dani joins ACPM from the Washington, DC-based Alliance for Retired Americans, where she held multiple positions over an 11-year period, including National Director of ARA’s Department of Field Mobilization since 2007. “Dani brings tremendous experience in program development and management, team-building, strategic partnerships, and fundraising, as well as a myriad of intangible attributes, including high energy and work ethic, dynamic personality, and innovative mind set,” said ACPM executive director Mike Barry. In this newly-created position, Dani will be responsible for assuring the quality of deliverables under existing federal grants, leading the development of grant proposals, contributing to program development initiatives, and assuring organizational effectiveness through strong operations and governance.
On a sad note, ACPM said
goodbye to its Director of Meetings and Education, Haydee Barno, MBA, CMP, whose
last day was February 28. Haydee has managed ACPM’s meetings—most notably the Preventive
Medicine conference and Board Review Course—since joining ACPM in 2006 and
was a tremendous asset to ACPM over that time. She was an exceptional meeting
planner, manager, and driver of consistently high-quality events with a knack
for continuous quality improvement. Over
the past year she directed ACPM’s combined meetings and education area, leading
numerous innovations in ACPM’s CME and MOC programming. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her
well in her new position.
18. CDC INJURY CENTER SEEKS NEW DIRECTOR
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively recruiting a director for its National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) in Atlanta. The Injury Center director will employ evidence-based solutions to lead national efforts for non-occupational injury prevention and control, including the prevention of prescription drug overdose, motor vehicle-related injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and violence against child and youth. The Injury Center’s priority is to equip states, local communities, and partner organizations with the best science, tools, and resources so that they can take effective action to save lives and protect people from injuries and violence.
For more information, please visit CDC’s application announcement.