|ACPM Headlines 4/14/15|
April 10, 2015
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM LEADERS MEET WITH CDC TO DISCUSS EXPANDING PARTNERSHIP
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted an ACPM leadership team that included President Dan Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, and senior staff for a three-day reverse site visit March 31st–April 2nd to explore developing new partnerships. The reverse site visit included a formal ACPM introduction and overview to CDC leadership, along with 19 one-on-one meetings with CDC Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs) to discuss the potential for collaboration around preventive medicine projects.
With over 89 members working at the CDC, ACPM members played a key role in facilitating and participating in many of the meetings. The reverse site visit was supported by ACPM’s five-year cooperative agreement with the CDC. ACPM currently has formal partnerships with the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the CDC.
Stay tuned for subsequent informational updates and resource sharing from some of our CIO partners in subsequent editions of Headlines.
ACPM co-sponsored a policy briefing with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 7 in Washington, DC, titled "Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Bridging Personal and Population Health.” ACPM had a strong presence at the packed-house event, with several leaders and members featured on the agenda.
ACPM Member Jonathan Ballard, MD, MPH, MPhil, from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, keynoted the event and shared lessons learned from statewide efforts in Kentucky to reform health care. ACPM President-elect, Bob Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM, presented as part of a panel session titled "The Triple Aim: Integrating Physical, Emotional, and Financial Well-Being in Program Design.” ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry, CAE, moderated a "Conversation with Experts,” featuring two nationally recognized and widely published thought leaders in health and productivity management—Raymond Fabius, MD, co-founder of HealthNEXT, and Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—talking about building a culture of health within corporations.
Other co-sponsors of the event included Integrated Health, a Pfizer Solution company, and Preventure, a manager of corporate wellness programs.
A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day, and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped, according to research from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The percentage of children consuming fast food on a given day dropped from 38.8 percent in 2003-2004 to 32.6 percent in 2009-2010, according to the study, published online byJAMA Pediatrics.
"We saw a decrease in the number of calories per eating occasion, which suggests that a combination of consumer behavior and changes made by the restaurants can actually impact diet and change the amount of calories people are consuming,” said Dr. Colin D. Rehm, the lead study author, in an interview with TIME. "That’s promising. It means people are not unchangeable.”
This study, the first of its kind for children, used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to analyze trends in children’s energy consumption by fast food restaurant type.
4. ACPM PRESIDENT FEATURED IN PhRMA "CONVERSATIONS” WEBSITE
ACPM President Dr. Dan Blumenthal is featured on PhRMA’s Conversations website, representing the preventive medicine community in answering the following question: "How does a strong doctor/patient relationship translate into better quality of care for the patient?”
In his response, Dr. Blumenthal articulated: "Prevention should be an important element of most doctor-patient interactions, and here the doctor-patient relationship becomes particularly important. Physicians should be advising their patients on diet, exercise, stress, sexual behavior, alcohol and tobacco use—and some physicians are styling themselves as practitioners of "lifestyle medicine” and focusing on such counseling. But absent a strong doctor-patient relationship, their words of wisdom will fall on deaf ears.”
Dr. Blumenthal was among a panel of 4 physician authors chosen by PhRMA to participate. PhRMA is a partner of ACPM through the ACPM Corporate Roundtable.
This year, the ACPM Distinguished Service Award was presented to Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM. Dr. Lianov was a central figure in leading efforts within ACPM to advance the priority for lifestyle medicine at the leadership level. Both within ACPM and with outside organizations, she has represented ACPM in a multitude of areas.
She served admirably as ACPM’s GPM and later PH/GPM Regent on the Board for six years. She chaired the Preventive Medicine 2011 conference, and was a catalyst for ACPM and American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) partnering on several annual meetings. While also serving as the ACLM President, she was a key driver in efforts to bring ACPM and ACLM closer together.
Her company, HealthTypeTM, offers consulting services and develops innovative interventions, including mobile technologies, for helping patients make sustainable health behavior changes.
Congratulations Dr. Lianov and thank you for your many contributions to both ACPM and the specialty of Preventive Medicine!
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a Fellow or Member for outstanding service to the American College of Preventive Medicine. To nominate or learn more about ACPM’s Awards, visit: http://www.acpm.org/awards.
6. ACPM CO-SPONSORS GLOBAL LIFESTYLE MEDICINE WEBINAR
ACPM will co-sponsor "Lifestyle Medicine Strategies for Weight Management and Chronic Disease Prevention” with its affiliate, European Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and other partners on May 5th. This free webinar will introduce participants to lifestyle medicine strategies and focus on the negative effects of overweight and obesity on a global scale. It also will highlight important aspects in the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases.
Expert speakers include Carol Garber, PhD, President of American College of Sports Medicine, Gregory Hand, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology at West Virginia University, and Yannis Manios, MMedSc, MPhil, PhD, from Harokopio University in Athens, Greece.
Please visit the website for more information and to register for this exciting event!
ACPM has joined 35 other organizations in support of $375 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). In letters to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, ACPM thanks each Appropriations subcommittee chair and ranking member for their support for sustained funding in recent years, as well as budget authority for AHRQ in FY2015—preventing dependence on transfer funds from other agencies. In addition, the letters tout a 2014 report, AHRQ: 15 Years of Transforming Care and Improving Health, which highlights the experiences of researchers using AHRQ-funded evidence and tools.
ACPM, as a member of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC), has co-signed two comment letters in support of the National Adult Immunization Plan. This plan, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office, outlines a strategy for increasing adult immunization rates through 1) Strengthened infrastructure; 2) Improved access; 3) Increased community demand; and 4) Innovation in vaccine development and related technologies.
The first letter, written to the National Vaccine Program Office, supports each of these goals and recommends continued partnerships with stakeholders to reach Healthy People 2020 targets for immunization. The second letter was written to the co-sponsors of H.Res. 117: "Recognizing the importance of vaccinations and immunizations in the United States.” This letter introduces the AVAC as well as commends the co-sponsors’ continued support and commitment to routine immunization.
ACPM periodically profiles members of its Corporate Roundtable. This edition features ACPM Bronze-level member Nuvita.
Nuvita has a simple goal: to help people live healthier lives. Over the past twentyyears, Nuvita has worked closely with thought leading companies like Walmart, Ford Motor Company, and Intel as they endeavored to understand and improve their employees’ health. Nuvita’s approach to improving a population’s health is by the design of highly individualized, flexible and fun wellness programs.
Last October, Nuvita announced the release of the NuvitaCardio 2.0 app for iPhone. The new app measures participants’ cardiovascular fitness, known as Vo2max, at any time, on demand and with no additional equipment.This brief video explains how it works: NuvitaCardio 2.0-app for iPhone . To learn more about Nuvita, please visit About Nuvita
10. WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTIC DISEASE
The White House has announced its plan to create a "whole-of-government” approach to reducing anti-biotic resistant bacteria. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria focuses on five goals to guide national strategies to address this issue: 1) Slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria and preventing their spread; 2) Strengthening One Health surveillance efforts; 3) Advancing development and use of diagnostic tests; 4) Accelerating research for new therapies; and 5) Improving international collaboration and capacity for each of the previous goals. The report includes recommendations for moving forward and commits task force members involved in developing the plan to monitoring progress toward achieving its outcomes.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) has reviewed the evidence for the effectiveness of high school completion programs and recommends their implementation among students at high-risk for non-completion, including subsets of pregnant or parenting teens. In Promoting Health Equity Through Education Programs and Policies: High School Completion Programs, CPSTF finds that programs such as vocational training, alternative schools, social-emotional skills training, and others have a strong level of effectiveness for at-risk students. Significant effectiveness was reported for interventions across a variety of forms and settings, including individual-/group-based or single-focus/multiservice programs.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced its new online Data, Trends & Maps database providing state-specific statistics on obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding. Users can search for information by state or large city/county. Data presented consists of information from a variety of CDC surveillance systems and include behavioral and environmental/policy supports.
13. GALLUP-HEALTHWAYS RELEASES LATEST WELL-BEING INDEX
A new report from Gallup-Healthways, "State of American Well-Being: 2014 Community Well-Being Rankings,”ranks the 100 largest communities in the United States by their comparative well-being. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a unique view of societies’ progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
This year’s index found that North-Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, has the nation’s highest well-being, followed by Urban Honolulu, Hawaii; Raleigh, North Carolina; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California; and El Paso, Texas. El Paso also leads the nation in purpose and physical well-being.Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania, has the lowest overall well-being in the country, with Toledo, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Dayton, Ohio; and Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana, rounding out the bottom five in overall well-being. The state of Ohio has five communities among the ten ranked for lowest overall well-being.
14. FROM THE IOM: CHILD HEALTH, TOBACCO REGULATION, AND EMERGING VIRAL DISEASES
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released several reports and workshop briefs focused on child health, tobacco regulation and emerging viral diseases.
Child Health: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation focuses on the learning supports needed for professionals working with young children. In addition, IOM has released a workshop brief on childhood obesity: Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity. Finally, three workshop briefs focus on various aspects of child behavioral health, including strategies for scaling effective preventive interventions, using scientific investment in preventive science to promote health, and innovations in measurement systems.
Tobacco Regulation: Assessing the Use of Agent-Based Models for Tobacco Regulation provides guidance on using these models to improve the effects of tobacco control policy on public health, describes the current tobacco policy environment, and presents an evaluation framework for these models.
Emerging Viral Diseases: This workshop summary, convened prior to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, focuses on MERS coronavirus and H7N9 Influenza A virus. Emerging Viral Diseases: The One Health Connection examines factors driving the appearance and spread of such viruses, their impact on global health and national economies, and scientific and policy approaches to improve capacity for detection and response to these infectious diseases.
15. STUDY FINDS FEW ONLINE E-CIGARETTE VENDORS BLOCK SALES TO MINORS
A study led by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that teens can buy electronic cigarettes easily online, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age.
This first-of-its-kind, National Cancer Institute-funded study was published online March 2 in The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. It found that only five of 98 attempts by teens to buy e-cigarettes online were blocked by online vendors’ attempts to verify customer age.
"Very few online vendors even gave the appearance of trying to comply with North Carolina’s e-cigarette age verification law,” said Dr. Rebecca S. Williams, a member of the UNC Lineberger center and the study’s principal investigator.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that states with bans on texting while driving had an average of seven percent less crash-related hospitalizations than states that did not have such bans. For adults 22 years old and older, the difference was even greater at nine percent. Hospitalizations were reduced for both drivers and passengers.
"Our research indicates that adults in states with a primary texting ban stand to benefit the most in terms of potentially avoiding crash-related hospitalizations,” lead researcher Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand said. "Given that the texting driver may cause a crash, but may not be the one most seriously injured, restricting texting bans to young drivers only is perhaps not the best approach to preventing crash-related hospitalizations.”
17. AHRQ SEEKS NOMINATIONS TO THE U.S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). AHRQ appoints members to serve 4-year terms to replace those who are completing their service. AHRQ seeks candidates in preventive medicine, among other specialty areas, and who have demonstrated expertise and leadership in clinical prevention, critical evaluation of research, and the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice. Nominations are due May 15, 2015.
ACPM coalition partner Partnership for Prevention has created regular updates and other resources around smoking cessation and aspirin therapy. ACPM members can join the Action to Quit – smoking cessation campaign to receive weekly email updates with the latest news and research and/or the Aspirin Project to receive a monthly Aspirin in the News update.
The University of Michigan invites nominations for the Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health. The Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health is awarded to individuals who have contributed to significant advancements of global public health through one or more of the following: