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ACPM Headlines 3/11/11
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In This Issue:

Top Stories

  1. HHS announces $750 million investment in prevention

  2. Latest CR keeps government funded through March 18

ACPM News

  1. Applications now being accepted for ACPM practicum rotation

  2. AJPM theme issue on GIS and child obesity: call for abstracts

Policy and Practice

  1. USPSTF invites public comment on behavioral counseling interventions

  2. Community Guide review: ignition interlocks and alcohol-impaired driving

  3. Supreme Court preserves vaccine compensation program

  1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host Workplace Wellness Week briefing

  2. Canadian medical society changes name of preventive medicine discipline

  3. Members in the News: Katz

Top Stories

1. HHS ANNOUNCES $750 MILLION INVESTMENT IN PREVENTION

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced an investment of $750 million in clinical and community-based prevention activities as a result of FY 2011 funding made available through the Prevention and Public Health Fund established as part of the Affordable Care Act. The investment includes $45 million to "support [the] training of public health providers to advance preventive medicine, health promotion, and disease prevention, epidemiology, and improve the access to and quality of health services in medically underserved communities.”

ACPM is working with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to ensure an allotment for preventive medicine residency training programs.

For more information please visit, http://1.usa.gov/dF00Sb.

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2. SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION KEEPS GOVERNMENT FUNDED

President Obama recently signed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund federal government agencies through March 18. Despite including approximately $4 billion in spending cuts, the CR maintained funding for the preventive medicine residency training line-item in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at FY 2010 spending levels. While House and Senate leaders continue to work toward an agreement on a final FY 2011 spending bill, reports indicate a final compromise is still illusive and another short-term CR is likely, which would allow more time for negotiations to continue.

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ACPM News

3. ACPM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE RESIDENCY ROTATION

ACPM currently is accepting applications for the Practicum Rotation in Health Policy and Preventive Medicine for the period June 1, 2011 through July 30, 2012. The application deadline is April 15, 2011.

The rotation, funded by Pfizer, takes place in Washington, DC, and is intended to give Preventive Medicine residents an opportunity to participate in prevention policy activities in the Nation's Capital. Residents spend two to three months working at ACPM headquarters, exploring the College's national policy focus and meeting with many of the policy bodies in Washington, including Congress, federal health agencies, and non-governmental health organizations.

For more information or to apply for the ACPM Practicum Rotation in Health Policy and Preventive Medicine, please visit: http://bit.ly/hU93yG.


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4AJPM ISSUES CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THEME ISSUE ON GIS AND CHILDHOOD OBESITY

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine will publish a theme issue on GIS-related technologies and childhood obesity in early 2012 and is seeking original papers on childhood obesity research that draw on the innovative use of geospatial technologies, data, and spatial analytical methods.

For consideration in the theme issue, potential authors are asked to submit byMarch 31, 2011a 300-word abstract/paper outline to the guest editor, Stephen A. Matthews (E-mail:matthews@psu.edu). The authors of selected abstracts/paper outlines will be contacted in mid-April and invited to submit a full paper (2,500 words) by July 1, 2011 for consideration in the theme issue. Each manuscript will be subject to peer review. Author instructions for submissions to AJPM can be found at http://www.ajpm-online.net.

Questions about the theme issue may be directed to Stephen A. Matthews, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography and Academic Director of the Geographic Information Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute and the Social Science Research Institute, Penn State (E-mail: matthews@psu.edu or phone (814) 863-9721).

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Policy and Practice

5. USPSTF INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING INTERVENTIONS

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) invites public comment submissions on itsdraft recommendation statement on behavioral counseling interventions topromote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults. The draft recommendation is an updateof the USPSTF 2002 recommendation on behavioral counseling in primarycare to promote physical activity and a partial update of its 2003 recommendation on behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a healthy diet (the part of the recommendation that dealt with counseling patients at risk of cardiovascular disease was not updated at this time). To provide comments, go to www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm. The public comment period is open until March 22, 2011.

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6. IGNITION INTERLOCKS REDUCE ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING

Ignition interlocks help prevent drivers who were previously arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) from being re-arrested, according to the latest release from CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services. Researchers at the Community Guide branch conducted a systematic review of 15 scientific studies and found after these devices were installed re-arrest rates for alcohol-impaired driving decreased by a median of 67 percent relative to drivers with suspended licenses. The review is in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Impaired-driving crashes resulted in nearly 11,000 deaths in the United States in 2009—nearly one third of all traffic deaths. The annual cost of impaired driving is more than $110 billion.

Full-text versions of the evidence review are available online at www.thecommunityguide.org.

CDC also is releasing "Policy Impact: Alcohol-impaired Driving." Learn more at www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/alcoholbrief.

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7. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to preserve the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) established in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act of 1986. ACPM joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics and 21 other physician and public health organizations in filing an amici brief in support of the VICP.

In a 6-2 decision, the Court upheld a recent ruling by the Third Circuit Court and supported the position of ACPM and the other co-signers of the brief, stating "The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act preempts all design-defect claims against vaccine manufacturers brought by plaintiffs who seek compensation for injury or death caused by vaccine side effects."

By providing an avenue for vaccine injury claims separate from the traditional litigation process, the VICP expedites compensation for families in need, prevents manufacturers from abandoning the vaccine market, and ensures a stable supply of vaccines to protect against childhood diseases.

For more information and to view a copy of the brief as filed please visit, http://bit.ly/gfpj5l.

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Announcements

8. US CHAMBER BRIEFING WILL COMMEMORATE "NATIONAL WORKPLACE WELLNESS” WEEK

To commemorate "National Workplace Wellness Week,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) will host a forum on Tuesday, April 5, "Workplace Wellness: How Business is Part of the Solution.” The forum will address the state of workplace wellness programs and highlight the new trends, challenges, and opportunities to improve health and wellness among employees.

For more information and to register for the forum please visit, http://bit.ly/hQ0n31.

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.  CANADIAN ROYAL COLLEGE: "COMMUNITY MEDICINE” OUT; "PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE” IN

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has granted a request by the Special Committee in Community Medicine to change its name to "Public Health and Preventive Medicine.” This change was granted after careful consideration of feedback received via public consultations conducted in December 2010 and January 2011.

ACPM supported this change, noting in its recommendation letter: "ACPM supports this discipline name change for the reasons outlined by the Specialty Committee—namely to better reflect the discipline’s scope of practice and to ensure consistency of terminology in Canada and with international jurisdictions… We also echo the concerns expressed by the committee regarding confusion among medical students and other external parties about the term "Community Medicine” and its implied meaning of primary care practiced in the community.”

For more information, contact ACPM’s International Regent, Bart Harvey, MD, MPH, FACPM, at bart.harvey@utoronto.ca.

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10. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: KATZ

ACPM Fellow David L. Katz, MD,has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Childhood Obesity journal.Dr. Katz’s role will be to bring a strong, broad vision to the Journal, help foster collaborations, and encourage high-quality manuscript submissions. Childhood Obesity is a bimonthly journal, published in print and online, and the journal of record for all aspects of communication on the broad spectrum of issues and strategies related to weight management and obesity prevention in children and adolescents.

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