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In This Issue:

Top Stories

  1. Sen. Udall circulates "Dear Colleague” letter in support of PMR programs

  2. ACPM releases adolescent obesity Time Tool

  3. HHS launches high-impact patient safety program

ACPM News

  1. ACPM releases archive of lifestyle medicine and employee wellness webinar

  2. ACPM brings asthma skill-building institute to National Healthy Homes Conference

  3. American Journal of Preventive Medicine has new URL

Policy and Practice

  1. ACPM signs onto brief in support of graphic warning labels for tobacco products

  2. ACPM joins sign-on letter to Congress in support of prevention fund

  3. ACPM submits congressional testimony in support of funding for PMR programs

Research and Reports

  1. HHS announces plan to end health disparities

  2. CMS releases data on "hospital acquired conditions”

  3. WHO releases report on children’s exposures to mercury compounds

Announcements

  1. National Commission on Correctional Health Care Conference

  2. Public comment period extended for federal health IT strategic plan

  3. Journal special issues focuses on nuclear preparedness

  4. Public Health Services and Systems Research releases call for proposals


Top Stories

1. SENATORS URGED TO SUPPORT $10 MILLION FUNDING REQUEST FOR PMR TRAINING PROGRAMS

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has circulated a "Dear Colleague” letter to his Senate colleagues urging they sign-on to a letter he has drafted to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting $10 million in FY 2012 funding for preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs. Current funding for PMR training, appropriated through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Professions Training Programs, is $2.3 million.

To help ensure broad support for Sen. Udall’s letter, ACPM delivered its own sign-on letter to Senate offices with strong support from more than a dozen public health partner organizations asking Senators to support Sen. Udall’s "Dear Colleague” letter.

However, strong support for Sen. Udall’s letter will be realized only if constituents back home take the time to call or email their Senators requesting they sign-on to the "Dear Colleague” letter. ACPM members are urged to respond to an alert on ACPM’s Legislative Action Center in support of Sen. Udall’s effort to help secure strong bipartisan support for the Sen. Udall letter. If you have not yet responded to the ACPM alert, please take a moment to contact your Senators now by visiting http://capwiz.com/acpm/home/.

To view the Sen. Udall "Dear Colleague” letter visit http://www.acpm.org/Udall-DearColl-Ltr.pdf.

To view the letter to U.S. Senators signed by 14 organizations, visit http://www.acpm.org/Akaka-Ltr.pdf.

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2. ACPM LAUNCHES ADOLESCENT OBESITY TIME TOOL

To assist providers in managing adolescent obesity issues, ACPM has launched a new Time ToolTM for clinicians, "Adolescent Obesity: Time for a Commitment to Action." The Time Tool provides information and medical guidance to help health care providers address obesity and discuss concerns about nutrition and weight with adolescents and parents.

Development and dissemination of the tool was supported by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Office of Adolescent Health. To access the Adolescent Obesity Time Tool and the full portfolio of Time Tools available on the ACPM web site, visit http://www.acpm.org/timetools/.

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3. HHS PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVE AIMS TO SAVE LIVES AND REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS

The Obama Administration has launched the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a new public-private partnership to help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, along with state and federal governments, in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.

 

The program has two objectives: decreasing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013 compared to 2010; and decreasing hospital readmissions by 20 percent over the same time period.

For more information or to join the Partnership, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/center/programs/
partnership/join/index.html.

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ACPM News

4. ACPM RELEASESARCHIVE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE AND EMPLOYEE WELLNESS WEBINAR

ACPM has released a free archive of its webinar, Lifestyle Medicine Approaches to Effective Employer Health and Wellness Initiatives, which drew over 275 registrants from across the country for the live broadcast. The session featured presentations by ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Task Force Chair Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, ACPM member Dexter Shurney, MD, of Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, and Shawn Leavitt of Safeway.

The program, supported by an unrestricted grant from EHE International, focused on the lifestyle medicine definition, competencies, and rationale for development of the competencies; how such competencies can translate to or be integrated with employee wellness programs; actionable steps employers can take to promote the physician-patient dialog around lifestyle interventions, prescriptions, and action plans as a first line of therapy; and resources employers and others can use and share with their constituents to improve medical care, disease prevention, and health promotion practices. Dr. Lianov engaged the audience and moderated a stream of insightful comments and questions.

To access the archive, and earn free CME/MOC credit, visit http://acpm.org/LifestyleMedicine/.

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5. ACPM BRINGS ASTHMA SKILL-BUILDING INSTITUTE TO NATIONAL HEALTHY HOMES CONFERENCE

ACPM will be presenting "Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: A Skill-Building Institute for Health Care Professionals” in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation at the 2011 National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC), in Denver, CO. The CME/MOC institute will convene on Monday, June 20, 2011, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

During this session, participants will learn how to integrate environmental management of asthma into pediatric health care by developing the necessary competencies in environmental health relevant to pediatric asthma. Registration information for the institute will be available soon.

The NHHC, to be held June 20-23 in Denver Colorado, is the housing industry’s most comprehensive, progressive and educational forum on the issue of healthy, safe and sustainable homes. The conference is a federally-sponsored event, bringing together a wide range of health, housing and environmental professionals to work toward making housing healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable. For more information about NHHC, please visit www.healthyhomesconference.org.

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6. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE HAS NEW URL

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has updated its URL. The new link is www.ajpmonline.org. Use this link to read articles online and earn both CME and MOC credit for selected articles each month. The May issue ofAJPMfeatures the following articles for CME and MOC credit:

  • Adherence to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines and Mortality Risks

  • The Public's Response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's 2009 Recommendations on Mammography Screening

You may also view articles previously approved for CME/MOC on the AJPM website. For information on all the CME/MOC products the College offers, please visit: http://www.acpm.org/education/cme.htm.

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Policy and Practice

7. ACPM JOINS COURT BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TOBACCO GRAPHIC WARNING LABELS

ACPM joined its public health and medicine colleagues in an amicus brief in support of New York City’s tobacco graphic warning sign requirement. The brief was filedin the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and focuses on the evidence demonstrating the efficacy and public health importance of graphic warnings on tobacco products. Other organizations that signed onto the brief include the American Legacy Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society–Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, and American Medical Association.

To view a copy of the brief visit http://www.acpm.org/Spr11-TobaccoAmicusBrief.pdf.

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8. ACPM JOINS NATIONAL SIGN-ON LETTER IN SUPPORT OF PREVENTION FUND

ACPM joined several health care-related organizations in a sign-on letter to all members of Congress to express "serious concern over recent Congressional proposals to eliminate, reclassify or substantially reduce the Prevention and Public Health Fund.” The letter was sent in response to the recent approval of legislation in the House, HR 1217, to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund established under the Affordable Care Act. ACPM will continue to work with national partner organizations to oppose efforts to eliminate or divert dollars from this important fund.

To view the letter, visit http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/PPHF%20Group%
20Letter%20to%20House-4-13-11.pdf.

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9. ACPM SUBMITS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF PMR TRAINING PROGRAMS

Now that the FY 2011 federal budget has been settled, ACPM is working actively to influence the FY 2012 appropriations process to bolster funding for preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs. The College kicked off its 2012 advocacy campaign with submission of formal testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services requesting $10 million in FY 2012 funding to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for PMR programs. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the HRSA budget and will be working this summer to propose programmatic HRSA funding for FY 2012. Current HRSA funding for PMR training is $2.3 million.

To view a copy of the ACPM testimony, visit http://www.acpm.org/FY12-CongressionalTestimony.pdf.

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Research and Reports

10. HHS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO REDUCE HEALTH DISPARITIES

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched two strategic plans aimed at reducing health disparities.

The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.

HHS also released theNational Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved groups reach their full health potential. The strategy, a product of the National Partnership for Action (NPA), incorporates ideas, suggestions and comments from thousands of individuals and organizations across the country. The NPA was coordinated by the HHS Office of Minority Health.

For more information about the plans and the National Partnership for Action, visit: www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa.

For more information about health disparities and the Affordable Care Act, visit: www.healthcare.gov/law/infocus/disparities.

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11. CMS RELEASES DATA ON MEDICAL CONDITIONS ACQUIRED IN HOSPITALS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the release of data on hospital-acquired conditions, including infections and pressure ulcers, as well as falls and transfusion complications. This data are available through CMS’s Hospital Compare website, which allows consumers to compare the claims data from different facilities. Currently, the data are not risk-adjusted and do not take into account differences in patient acuity between facilities. CMS plans to have risk-adjusted data by 2015.

For more information, visit the CMS HAC link at: http://www.cms.gov/HospitalQualityInits/06_HACPost.asp

The Hospital Compare side can be found at: http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/

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12. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION PUBLISHES REPORT ON CHILDREN’S EXPOSURES TO MERCURY COMPOUNDS

To inform public health professionals about the sources of children’s exposure to mercury, the World Health Organization has published a report titled "Children’s Exposures to Mercury Compounds.” The document emphasizes the critical importance of primary prevention. The full report can be accessed at: http://www.who.int/ceh/publications/
children_exposure/en/index.html.

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Announcements

13. NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CORRECTIONAL CARE CONFERENCE

The National Commission on Correctional Care will hold its upcoming convention in Phoenix, AZ, beginning May 21-24, 2011.

The convention will offer various sessions on topics of interest to those providing health care in the corrections field. ACPM is a supporting organization of the Commission, represented by Ryung Suh, MD, MPH, FACPM. For more information, visit http://www.ncchc.org/education/updates/.

To browse other conferences and events of interest to preventive medicine physicians, visit ACPM’s online Events Calendar at http://www.acpm.org/calendar.htm.

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14. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR FEDERAL HEALTH IT PLAN EXTENDED

The public comment period for the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011 – 2015 has been extended to Friday, May 6, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). Developed in coordination with other Federal partners, the Plan outlines the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) strategy for realizing Congress’ and the Administration's health IT agenda. ONC encourages and welcomes all comments from the public regarding the Plan.

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15. JOURNAL PUBLISHES SPECIAL ISSUE ON NUCLEAR PREPAREDNESS

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness has published a special issue devoted to Nuclear Preparedness, in light of recent events in Japan. Nuclear Preparedness brings together the best available science and evidence to address the daunting challenges of a nuclear crisis. The editors and authors also provide practical recommendations and guidance that create a rational framework for grappling with almost inconceivable events. The entire issue, as well as articles from previous issues related to the crisis, have been made open access and can be viewed at the journal’s website: http://www.dmphp.org.

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16. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES AND SYSTEMS RESEARCH RELEASES CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Call for Proposals to expand the evidence base for effective public health policy and practice through investment in Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR). PHSSR examines the organization, financing and delivery of public health services within a community and determines the links between the quality and performance of the public health system and population health outcomes.

For more information on the Call, please visit: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=21142&cid=XEM_206615

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