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Top Stories

1. ACPM seeks pilot sites for child injury risk assessment tool

2. ACPM submits testimony to House appropriations subcommittee

3. ASPH to create new association for programs and schools of public health

ACPM News

4. CME and MOC opportunities in AJPM

5. Help plan PM2014 and earn fellowship points

6. Board Review Course registration now open

7. Looking for a new job? Visit ACPM’s Online Career Center!

Policy and Practice

8. Continuing resolution keeps HRSA PMR funding afloat

9. FDA will not petition Supreme Court on tobacco graphic warning label

10. USPSTF draft evidence report: genetic testing for BRCA-related cancers

Research and Reports

11. Many U.S. teens have poor health habits

12. CDC reports lowest U.S. TB rate in 20 years

13. Salt consumption responsible for 2.3 million deaths worldwide in 2010

Announcements

14. PM Jobs: Deputy Director, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions

15. Submit success stories of integration of primary care and public health

16. Last call: Luther Terry Fellowship

17. Members in the News: Titus


Top Stories

1. ACPM SEEKS PILOT SITES FOR CHILD INJURY RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL

ACPM has completed the first phase of project to develop an evidence-based child injury assessment tool for use by home visitation program staff to facilitate targeted and effective injury prevention efforts in local communities. Developed by an expert panel of ACPM members and home visitation program directors, the assessment tool is now ready to enter the pilot-testing phase. ACPM is seeking state- or locally-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) programs that would be willing to pilot the tool with a minimum of 20 clients over a six-month period.

The project is being funded through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention.

If you or an MIECHV program in your state is interested in learning more, please email Andrea Lowe.

2. ACPM SUBMITS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY TO HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE

ACPM has submitted congressional testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education requesting an increase of approximately $10 million for preventive medicine residency training programs and $25 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in FY 2014 funding. Current funding is $3.8 million and $3.5 million respectively. Proposed FY 2014 funding levels will not be announced until the full House Appropriations Committee meets to consider the FY 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill this summer.

The Senate appropriations process is again lagging behind the House process. ACPM will submit similar testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in support of both programs later this month.

3. ASPH TO CREATE NEW ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) board of directors has approved a resolution to create a new association to represent Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited programs and schools of public health. The ASPH board, following two years of discussion about and exploration of the changing environment of public health education, concluded that there is a great need for collective leadership for all CEPH-accredited academic public health education. Currently, ASPH represents CEPH-accredited schools of public health.

For more information about the ASPH board decision, visit info@asph.org.

ACPM News

4. AJPM: YOUR SOURCE FOR CME AND MOC

ACPM members may earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits through the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Two AJPM articles are offered for credit each month.

Now available for April 2013:

  • "Redefining "child-directed advertising” to reduce unhealthy television food advertising”
  • "Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening Discussion: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

To read the articles and claim CME, visit the AJPM website page. These articles also are eligible for maintenance of certification credit (MOC). If you wish to claim MOC credits for these articles, please forward a copy of your CME certificate to ACPM at hbarno@acpm.org. Credits will be reported to the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) directly.

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for the credits to appear on the ABPM website. Past AJPM articles are also available for CME & MOC credits. To learn more about CME/MOC opportunities, visit the ACPM Educational Modules page and begin earning additional CME & MOC credits today! And don’t forget that AJPM now can be accesses through an iPad app!

5. HELP PLAN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2014 AND EARN FELLOWSHIP POINTS!

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Program Planning Committee for ACPM's Annual Meeting, Preventive Medicine 2014. The meeting will be held February 19-22, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Program Planning Committee volunteers earn significant points toward ACPM Fellowship and opportunities for advancement in the ACPM leadership pipeline.

Participation also is a great way to network with your peers, advance the College's strategic plan, and help determine the shape of next year's premier event in preventive medicine. The theme of next year’s meeting is "Innovation in Preventive Medicine, and programming will focus on the following areas:

  • Clinical Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Practice
  • Population Health Practice
  • Technology and Informatics
  • Medical Quality
  • Career Development

Additional service opportunities:

  • Wellness Activities Subcommittee
  • Abstract Judges for poster and oral presentations

Additional information about the conference will be added to the website as it becomes available. Please be sure to check back often.

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to be a part of the planning for next year’s meeting, and help ACPM create the conference you and your colleagues want to attend! To become a volunteer,please email Haydee Barno at hbarno@acpm.org.

6. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 26th ANNUAL PREVENTIVE MEDICINE BOARD REVIEW COURSE

Join your colleagues at ACPM’s 26th Annual Preventive Medicine Board Review Course & Weekend Refresher! The course will be held August 17-21, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The course will feature a unique, comprehensive review of ABPM’s study guide to aid in attendees’ preparation for the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification and recertification examinations.

Even if you are not preparing for the board exam, ACPM’s Board Review Course is a great opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC) credits. Online registration is now open! Register now and take advantage of early-bird registration fees. Discounts are available until June 30, 2013.

7. LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB? VISIT ACPM’S ONLINE CAREER CENTER

Make a connection that counts through the American College of Preventive Medicine's (ACPM) Online Career Center. The redesigned Online Career Center is an easy-to-use, highly targeted resource that connects healthcare organizations and relatedaffiliates to highly qualified professionals in preventive medicine.

Employers may post jobs online, search for candidates based on specific job criteria, and create online résumé agents to email candidates daily. They also benefit from the enhanced online reporting feature, which provides job activity statistics. For job seekers, the ACPM Online Career Center provides a free service that connects candidates with access to employers and jobs with a preventive medicine focus. Registered job seekers may post résumés, browse available jobs based on specific criteria, archive up to 100 jobs for future viewing or later submission, and create search agents to provide email job notifications.

As an added benefit, all registered employersand job seekers also gain access to the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), a network of nearly 300 top healthcare organizations and professional societies. ACPM's alliance with the NHCN helps employers increase their reach to a larger database of industry-specific resumes (100,000+), while job seekers gain access to a diverse pool of postings.Employers and job seekers may also connect through ACPM's presence on social media outlets,including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Select the links below to visit our pages.

If you are ready to stop searching andstart connecting, visit ACPM's Online Career Center today!

Policy and Practice

8. CONTINUING RESOLUTION KEEPS HRSA PMR FUNDING AFLOAT

The FY 2013 continuing resolution (CR) signed by President Obama last month protects Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding for preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs from any of the targeted spending cuts included in the legislation. However, the CR did not delay or nullify the sequester, and funding for federal non-defense programs and activities will decrease by roughly 6 percent. Agencies have not yet announced new FY 2013 funding levels that reflect the impact of sequestration, but funding for PMR training is likely to decrease from the current $3.8 million to roughly $3.5 million.

ACPM has kicked its advocacy efforts into high gear and is working with its champions in Congress to secure an allotment of $10 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for PMR training programs.

9. FDA WILL NOT PETITION SUPREME COURT ON TOBACCO GRAPHIC WARNING LABEL

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it will not appeal the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals decision that invalidated FDA’s proposed graphic warning labels for tobacco products. The court noted that the proposed warning labels violate the tobacco industry’s First Amendment right to free speech. As a result of this decision, FDA will review and amend its current rules for cigarette warning labels.

In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that not only gave the FDA the authority to regulate most tobacco products but also create new graphic warnings for cigarette packages. The FDA created nine labels that graphically illustrated the consequences of smoking, such as showing someone smoking through a tracheotomy via picture labels that cover half of the cigarette package. Their effectiveness, however, despite mounting evidence, is still unproven.Enforcement of the law was blocked in the District of Columbia court circuit by five tobacco companies arguing that they should not have to pay for labels that have no proven effect.

10. USPSTF RELEASES DRAFT RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT AND EVIDENCE REPORT ON GENETIC TESTING FOR BRCA-RELATED CANCERS

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued the draft recommendation statement and evidence report on risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancers. According to the draft recommendation statement, the USPSTF "recommends that primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer with one of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Women with a positive screen should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, BRCA testing” (B recommendation).

Furthermore, the USPSTF "recommends against routine genetic counseling or routine BRCA testing for women whose family history is not associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes” (D recommendation).

Recommendations are based on the draft evidence report, which reviews new evidence on the benefits and harms of risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancers in women. Both the draft recommendation statement and the draft evidence report are available for public comment through April 29, 2013.

Research and Reports

11. MANY U.S. TEENS HAVE POOR HEALTH HABITS

More than 80 percent of U.S. teens eat unhealthy diets and many are sedentary, which raises the odds they’ll develop heart disease in adulthood, according to a study published in the April 2 issue of Circulation. Researchers assessed the health behaviors of 4,600 teenagers against model criteria established by the American Heart Association and found that none of the teens met all seven criteria for "ideal” cardiovascular health. Rather, researchers uncovered poor health habits that contribute to obesity and overweight, which are risk factors for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

About one-third of both males and females had less than ideal body mass index (BMI) and about one-third of both males and females had also smoked. Females also were more likely than males to have ideal fasting glucose levels.

12. CDC REPORTS LOWEST U.S. TB RATE IN 20 YEARS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) noting that tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States fell to an all-time low last year. A total of 9,951 new TB cases were reported in 2012, translating into an incidence of 3.2 cases per 100,000 people, a decrease of 6.1% from the incidence reported in 2011. The U.S. has experienced a steady decline of TB incidence over the years, and the latest figure marks the 20th consecutive year of declining rates. Despite the downward trend, however, foreign-born persons and minority communities in the U.S. continue to be disproportionately affected.

13. SALT CONSUMPTION RESPONSIBLE FOR 2.3 MILLION DEATHS WORLDWIDE IN 2010

Elevated daily sodium intake worldwide led to an estimated 2.3 million cardiovascular disease-related deaths in 2010, according to preliminary data presented by Harvard School of Public Health researchers at the American Heart Association’s 2013 EPINPAM Conference in New Orleans. Using direct data and imputation modeling, the researchers analyzed 187 countries finding 119 (containing 88% of the worldwide adult population) averaged more than 3,000 mg per day, per capita. Only six nations had an average sodium intake less than or equal to the recommended 2,000 mg per day.

Announcements

14. PM JOBS: DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HRSA BUREAU OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is conducting a search for an executive to co-lead HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions.The Deputy Associate Administrator position provides national leadership to support health professions workforce training programs to increase availability of health professionals across the nation in response to changing health care delivery systems.

HRSA seeks a candidate with executive leadership skills to effectively direct an organization with over 180 employees and an annual budget of over $700 million.Ideally, the candidate will have experience with innovative programs that help build the training infrastructure to produce clinicians prepared to provide essential services in a changing health care environment.In addition, the candidate must have the ability to effectively communicate and engage with other federal agencies, state and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit and private sector organizations on behalf of Bureau policies that support the development and utilization of health personnel.

This position is located in Rockville, Maryland.The salary ranges from $119,554 to $179,700 per annum depending on qualifications.If the selected applicant is a physician, he/she may be eligible for a Physicians’ Comparability Allowance up to $30,000 a year.Recruitment and relocation incentives may also be offered.

Please note that this is a Senior Executive Service position and additional application requirements must be addressed in order to qualify for the position.Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Executive Core Qualification Requirements and Technical Qualifications in advance to properly complete the application process.For additional information, or to apply, please visit the USA JOBS website.

15. SUBMIT SUCCESS STORIES OF INTEGRATION OF PRIMARY CARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

ACPM and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) are collecting primary care and public health integration success stories to identify specific tools and resources that can be used to develop an online repository of "best practices” that can help guide and further integration efforts. ACPM and ASTHO are working with other local, state, and federal partners on a Primary Care and Public Health Integration Initiative that grew out of the 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report: Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.

To learn more, or submit your story, please visit ASTHO’s Primary Care and Public Health Integration webpage or email Andrea Lowe.

16. LAST CALL: LUTHER TERRY FELLOWSHIP

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is accepting applications for the Luther Terry Fellowship until April 15th for preventive medicine physicians interested in gaining direct health policy experience at the federal level. The Fellow will serve as a Senior Clinical Advisor with ODPHP for a term of one year, and receive intensive experience in a health policy setting while providing ODPHP with technical expertise in support of federal prevention policies and programs.

This fellowship provides a critical link between ODPHP and the medical and public health communities and offers a physician valuable experience in health policy development and implementation. The 2013 application cycle is open through April 15, 2013.

For more information on applying and eligibility, please visit the ODPHP Fellowship website.

17. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: TITUS

Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM was featured in the April 2013 issue of Georgia Trend magazine on behalf of ACPM. The article focused on the benefits and risks of health screening tests. Titus, who is based in Atlanta, and previously served as the only preventive medicine specialist with the Atlanta VA, clarifies the role of screenings in disease prevention and health promotion, and offers suggestions about how patients may approach these recommendations based on individual needs and medical history.

ACPM encourages all of its members to log into the ACPM web site and update their member profiles, which will aid staff in finding experts to respond to these types of opportunities.


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