|ACPM Headlines 3/12/13|
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1. FAUST TAKES OFFICE AS ACPM PRESIDENT
Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM, has become ACPM’s 44th President, taking the reins from Dr. Miriam Alexander on Saturday, February 23, in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, at ACPM’s Annual Awards and New Fellows Banquet. Dr. Faust has been the Managing Member of Jerome Capital, LLC, a venture capital company, since 1997; Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, since 2007; and Clinical Ethics Consultant, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, since 2006.
Dr. Faust, ACPM’s Distinguished Service Award winner in 2009, has been a Fellow of the College since 1981, serving ACPM in many capacities over that time. Currently, he represents ACPM on the AJPM Board of Governors, and most recently chaired ACPM’s Code of Ethics Development Committee and served as the first chairman of ACPM’s Committee on Ethics following the adoption of the code. He also was ACPM’s Secretary-Treasurer from 2004-2008, chaired the finance and policy committees, and has been an active member of the policy track of ACPM’s Preventive Medicine conference planning committee, including chair in 2004, for most of the past decade. Among his many accomplishments in the field, he co-edited the book, Prevention vs. Treatment, What’s the Right Balance?, published by Oxford Press in 2011.
In his inaugural speech, Dr. Faust highlighted three priorities for his presidency: sustainability, innovation, and imagination. His focus for sustainability includes financial—building the base of ACPM financial reserves through internal fundraising, new partners and new funding sources; and strategic—challenging our own orthodoxies and thinking outside of the box. His innovation priority, which will serve as the theme for Preventive Medicine 2014, consists of finding ways to be more efficient and effective in the face of financial austerity and organizational change in health care delivery. And lastly, how do we enhance the vividness of prevention by capturing the imagination of decision makers, practitioners, and the public? This theme will be captured during the Preventive Medicine 2015 conference.
ACPM at the recent Preventive Medicine 2013 conference announced the winners of this year’s elections to the ACPM Board of Regents:
Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s outstanding nominees, and thanks to all ACPM members who took the time to vote in this year’s elections.
ACPM also would like to recognize and thank the outgoing Board members for their tremendous leadership, service, and contributions to the College, including: Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, FACPM (Past President); Mary Anderson, MD, MPH, FACPM (Aerospace Medicine Regent); Diana Petitti, MD, MPH, FACPM (Central/Southwest Regent); and Jill Waalen, MD, MPH, FACPM (West Regent). Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM now assumes the role of Immediate-Past President.
Please join us in welcoming the new Board members and thanking the exiting members for their service! For information on each Board member, please visit: http://www.acpm.org/?page=BORMain
Enhancing its capacity for effective governance continues to be a priority of the ACPM Board of Regents, which convened for its semi-annual, in-person business meetings in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, on February 20 & 23 in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2013. As part of a three-hour Board "spotlight issue” discussion in Arizona, an expert Board consultant presented the results of his six-month engagement to review ACPM’s current governing structures, processes, and mindset, provide education on 21st century association governance, and deliver a set of recommendations for ”embracing the new work of governing at ACPM.” His report included ten "next truths” as a frame for challenging deep-seated assumptions about how associations should govern themselves, four hard-hitting recommendations on mindset shifts (shifting the way ACPM thinks about governing), and five proposed mechanics shifts (shifting the way ACPM structures governing). ACPM Immediate Past-President Miriam Alexander will be leading a small task force to prepare options for implementing the recommendations, which will be presented to the Board in advance of its summer teleconference in June. Substantive changes will be rolled out to the membership for review and input later this year.
Among other actions taken in Arizona, the Board:
For more information on Board deliberations, contact ACPM executive director Mike Barry.
4. ACPM RECOGNIZES NEW FELLOWS DURING PM 2013
New Fellows of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) were formally recognized at the Preventive Medicine 2013 Awards and New Fellows Banquet in Phoenix-Scottsdale, AZ, on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Election 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: Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, FACPM; David Blaney, MD, MPH, FACPM; Sajida Chaudry, MD, MPH, FACPM; Jessica M. Núñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH, FACPM; Andrea Feller, MD, MS, FACPM; Stephen Haering, MD, MPH, FACPM; CAPT Paul Jung, MD, MPH, MA, MBA, FACPM; P. Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM, FACOEM; Boris Pavlin, MD, MPH, FACPM; Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP, FACPM; and Frank Welch, MD, MSPH, FACPM. ACPM extends congratulations to all of our new Fellows, and wish them continued success.
Reed V. Tuckson MD, FACPM, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group, created a "buzz” as the keynote speaker during ACPM’s Corporate Roundtable semi-annual meeting, held in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2013 in Phoenix. Dr. Tuckson spoke candidly during a lively, stimulating, and sometimes provocative session focused on innovations in healthcare and preventive medicine. "There has never been a time when we’ve had an opportunity like we have today to do something to meaningfully address health issues,” Dr. Tuckson said. "We have more tools available than ever before.”
His presentation included snippets from his recent book, The Doctor in the Mirror, which focuses on how the key to wellness rests in the hands of the doctor in the mirror – "Dr. You.” The book aims to provide older Americans and their families with information and practical tools to help them recognize the barriers that might stand between them and better health.
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 http://www.acpm.org/?CR and/or email Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM’s Chief Development Officer.
There was standing room only at the College’s first Residency Fair, held in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2013 in Phoenix, AZ. Targeted to both medical students and non-preventive medicine (PM) residents, the first-time event, organized by volunteers from the Resident Physician Section (RPS) and ACPM staff, drew more than 50 registrants in attendance, as well as 16 preventive medicine residency programs represented. Attendees were able to network with current preventive medicine residents and preventive medicine residency (PMR) program directors to learn more about pursuing a PM residency and potential career opportunities.
Former Surgeon General and long-time ACPM member C. Everett Koop died at his home in Hanover, NH on February 25 at the age of 96. His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth, but the cause of death was not disclosed. A retired pediatric surgeon at the time Ronald Reagan nominated him in 1981, Dr. Koop possessed no formal public health training. However, he was later revered as the most recognized surgeon general of the 20th century.
During Dr. Koop’s tenure as surgeon general, he faced the difficult task of responding to the AIDS epidemic/pandemic. His report on HIV/AIDS faced initial resistance from government leaders stemming from the need to explicitly discuss methods of preventing transmission—for heterosexuals and homosexuals. Despite the resistance, Dr. Koop succeeded in spearheading an engaging, effective dialogue about HIV and AIDS at a time when little was known about either, there were few treatment options, and a widespread fear existed that the HIV virus would soon threaten the entire population.
In May 1988, Dr. Koop mailed a seven-page brochure, "Understanding AIDS” to all 107 million households in the US. This and other effective awareness campaigns and public health initiatives solidified Dr. Koop’s reputation as "America’s doctor.”
ACPM’s Resident Physician Section (RPS) will host an informative webinar, entitled "Lifestyle Medicine: What is It and Who Does it Benefit?”, on Monday, March 18,2013 at 8PM (ET).
The featured speaker will be Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH, an Integrative Medicine Fellow at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. Dr. Maltz completed a combined internal medicine and preventive medicine residency in 2011 and during her fellowship has gained expertise in acupuncture, trigger point injections, spirituality, nutrition, mind-body therapies, botanicals and herbs. She will provide an overview of the fields of Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Medicine, how they complement Preventive Medicine, and who benefits from these fields.
Please contact Dr. Laura Sander for additional information, or simply register online today. This webinar is sponsored by the Resident Physician Section, but is free as an ACPM member benefit, and, therefore, open to all membershipgroups.
The relationship between physicians and pharmaceutical companies is critical to ensuring patients receive a high standard of care. Last month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released rules to implement the Sunshine Act, which is designed to improve transparency between physicians and industry. Each year drug and device firms must disclose payment and other "transfers of value” to doctors. The first filing will appear on a public database by September 30th, 2014.
ACPM and PhRMA hosted the non-CME session: Working with Industry Partners: Physician Sunshine Act Essentials at Preventive Medicine 2013 in Phoenix. The breakfast session featured updates from Michael Barry, CAE, ACPM Executive Director, James A. Tacci, MD, JD, MPH, FACPM, Xerox Chief Medical Officer, and ACPM Committee on Ethics Chair, and Kendra Martello, PhRMA Assistant General Counsel. The session focused on the specifics of the CMS final rule, along with the ways in which ACPM assures transparency and minimizes industry influence in all of its corporate sector relationships.
ACPM has joined the Partners for Healthy Dialogues campaign to help physicians, industry and patients learn about the new ruling.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) has announced Round Three of its Childhood Obesity Challenge. The Challenge is an online competition for innovative ideas that present ways to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, in particular, those approaches that might not fit the scientific publishing model. The winning submission will be featured in print and online submissions of the AJPM, and receive a $5,000 cash prize. Second and third prize winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. The deadline for round three submissions is March 19, 2013. Winners will be announced on April 30. Visit the AJPM website for additional information.
11. ACPM VISITS WHITE HOUSE TO URGE SUPPORT FOR NVDRS PROGRAM
ACPM joined a coalition of medicine and public health organizations on a visit to the White House to discuss the prevention of childhood gun violence. Led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, coalition members discussed general gun violence prevention strategies, background checks, school safety, mental health parity, and gun violence research, particularly the utility of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). Since 2007, ACPM has led the National Violence Prevention Network, a coalition of organizations advocating for national expansion of this important public health surveillance system.
NVDRS is a comprehensive, linked reporting system that collects and centralizes statewide information on violent deaths from a variety of sources to help state public health officials improve their understanding of the circumstances that surround violent deaths so that they may better target their prevention efforts. For more information on NVDRS or the National Violence Prevention Network, please visit: www.PreventViolence.net.
ACPM has been active with its partner organizations in calling on Congress to support continued funding for Title VII health professions funding and improved surveillance of antibiotic use in animal feed, and to oppose legislation that would exempt cigars from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of tobacco products.
In a letter to President Obama and leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, ACPM joined more than 50 partner organizations in medicine to urge continued FY 2013 funding for Title VII health professions programs, which includes the preventive medicine residency training line-item in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) budget. ACPM also joined several leading public health organizations in a letter to Senate leaders urging enhancements to the Animal Drug User Fee Act to improve the collection and reporting of information on use of antibiotics in animal feed. The Animal Drug User Fee Act is due to be reauthorized this year.
The College also joined its long-standing partners in the tobacco control community on a letter to Congress urging opposition to legislation that would exempt cigars from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of tobacco products.
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published its final recommendation statement for vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in non-institutionalized adults. View the full recommendation here.
The Task Force also issued two draft recommendation statements and one draft research plan for public comment. The first draft recommendation statement focuses on screening for hypertension in children and adolescents and concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents to prevent subsequent cardiovascular disease in childhood or adulthood (an "I statement”). The draft recommendation statement is available for public comment through March 25, 2013.
The second statement deals with screening for glaucoma and concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in adults (also an "I statement”). The statement is available for public comment through March 18, 2013.
Finally, the draft research plan on screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults is available for public comment through March 25, 2013.
Mitchell Zeller, JD, a leader in federal tobacco control issues since the 1990s, has returned to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to direct the Center for Tobacco Products. The Center was created in 2009, allowing the FDA to regulate various aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing processes.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Zeller has worked for the FDA, American Legacy Foundation, and International Tobacco Control Project among other organizations focused on tobacco policy issues. In his new role, Mr. Zeller is expected to implement a multi-million dollar anti-smoking campaign, address backlogs of tobacco product applications, and address legal battles forcing manufacturers to add graphic warning labels to product packages.
15. CDC REPORTS MIXED RESULTS FROM HOSPITALS IN REDUCING INFECTIONS
According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. hospitals continued to make progress in decreasing central line-associated bloodstream infections and some surgical site infections while catheter-associated urinary tract infections remained unchanged between 2010 and 2011. The report reviewed the data submitted to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) by more than 11,500 healthcare facilities across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
The report revealed a 41 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections since 2008 and a 17 percent decline for surgical site infections since 2008. However, for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, there was a 7 percent reduction since 2009, which is the same percentage of reduction reported in 2010. While commending progress made thus far, the report highlighted the need for hospitals to continue their efforts in reducing healthcare-associated infections. To access the full report, visit the CDC’s website.
16. STATE OF THE SCIENCE OF ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme have published State-of-the-Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals 2012. The work highlights the fact that endocrine systems are very similar across vertebrate species and that endocrine effects manifest themselves independently of species. The effects are endocrine system-related and not necessarily species-dependent. Effects shown in wildlife or experimental animals may also occur in humans if they are exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals at a vulnerable time and at concentrations leading to alterations of endocrine regulation. Of special concern are effects on early development of both humans and wildlife, as these effects are often irreversible and may not become evident until later in life. Visit the WHO’s website to obtain the full report.
17. 2013-2014 APTR-ODPHP PREVENTION HEALTH POLICY RESIDENCY ROTATIONS
APTR is pleased to announce continuing field placements for Preventive Medicine and Primary Care residents based at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Residents will witness the process of federal health policy making and will be able to consider potential roles for physicians. Residents may become involved in any aspect of ODPHP activities. They may also participate in ODPHP’s policy advisory role by commenting on documents reviewed by the office. Residents will be encouraged to attend meetings and briefings with high-level policy makers and other prevention-related events which often occur in Washington.
The application deadline is March 20, 2013. Please visit APTR’s website for additional information.
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