|ACPM Headlines 5/6/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. COMING SOON: NEW ACPM WEBSITE AND ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
After several years of planning, ACPM is pleased to announce that a new website, fully integrated with up-to-date membership management software, is on the way. This marks the first major overhaul of the ACPM membership infrastructure in more than 12 years, and signals an exciting new era for ACPM members and the entire association.
The YourMembership.com platform is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), an on-demand software delivery model that allows ACPM staff to manage all membership and website functions on YourMembership.com's secure servers via the internet. This arrangement ensures instantaneous membership data and web content updates through its Association Management Software (AMS) and Content Management System (CMS).
ACPM members not only will be able to update their membership data on the website, but also will be able to create and access file libraries, blogs, photo galleries, wikis, and much more. Additionally, members will be able to send private messages to, and engage in real-time chat with, other College members and administrative staff.
ACPM has tentatively scheduled the launch of the new system for this summer. Should you have any questions, you may contact David Dauphinais at ACPM.
ACPM's Board of Regents has called for the redesign of ACPM’s current logo, the first such facelift of the ACPM brand identity in decades. This logo will be part of the new website launch, as announced in#1above.
ACPM is forming a task force of volunteer members to help select the new ACPM logo. Members interested in joining this task force will engage in a staff-guided, interactive process spanning just a few weeks. The current teal logo will be replaced with a logo that will provide the ACPM brand a fresh and modern visual identity, while preserving the association's reputation and rich history.
If you would like to join this task force, please contact David Dauphinais at ACPM.
Registration is now open for the ACPM skill-building institute, "Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: A Skill-Building Institute for Health Care Professionals." This live CME/MOC event will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, CO.
Those planning to attend the Healthy Homes Conference are invited to pre-register for the institute and learn more at: http://bit.ly/iAHfl6. For information about the Healthy Homes Conference and to register, please visit www.healthyhomesconference.org.
4. ACPM PERSPECTIVES IN PREVENTION: "OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN YOUNG WORKERS” AVAILABLE FOR CME
The latest ACPM Perspectives in Prevention column, "Occupational Health and Safety in Young Workers,” by Jane Uva, MD, MPH, is now available for CME on Medscape/WebMD. The article addresses statistics on unintentional work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths in young workers; the relatedHealthy Peopleobjectives; ways in which adolescent workers differ from adult workers; and clinical guidance for healthcare providers.
The article stresses how healthcare providers caring for young workers can play an integral role in preventing unintentional injuries, illnesses, and deaths among these workers. Providers should be familiar with state-specific child labor laws, high-risk workplaces, hazardous orders, adolescent development, and youth occupational data to help guide minors, parents/guardians, educators, school nurses, employers, and policy makers on these vital issues to prevent needless injury, illness, and death to adolescent workers.
To read the full article and access previously published Perspectives in Prevention articles, please visit http://www.acpm.org/perspectives.htm.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has spotlighted Preventive Medicine in its quarterly newsletter,Choices, designed to provide medical students with pertinent information about residency training options that they may wish to consider. The newsletter notes, "PM physicians are uniquely trained in public health and clinical medicine so they can understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death and can safeguard and promote health and well-being across all areas of life. As a result of their particular expertise, these physicians typically lead in communities or health settings that bridge the divide between public health and clinical medicine.”
To view a copy of the newsletter please visit http://bit.ly/l0UWOx.
Congratulations to the new members of ACPM’s Medical Student Section (MSS) Governing Council: President Hyun Hong, UMDNJ; Vice President Priya Sehgal, University of Toledo; and Secretary/General Ben Schanker, Harvard University.
A special thanks to outgoing council members, President Leonard Moore, Vice President Cole Zanetti, and Secretary/General Owen Vincent, for their outstanding contributions to and leadership of the section.
The new Governing Council is very interested in hearing from all ACPM MSS members, so please send your thoughts/comments to ACPM Director of Member Services Jennifer Edwards at ACPM.
7. MORE JOBS AVAILABLE TO SEARCH THROUGH ACPM CAREER CENTER
The ACPM Career Center, part of the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), has enhanced features for employers and job seekers. An employer may now post a job opportunity and make it available to all disciplines listed in the NHCN. Previously employers could select only the disciplines selected by the association through which they are posting the job.
ACPM members will continue to be able to search for all employment postings on the NHCN. You may search job opportunities, place announcements for positions, or post your resume on the ACPM Career Center at anytime by visiting http://www.acpm.org/?page=CareerCenter
The Committee’s charge is to examine ways that would help public health and primary care work together toward the shared goal of healthy communities. The IOM’s work will ultimately result in an evidence-based, integrated model and other recommendations to help achieve successful linkages between public health and primary care.
For more information about the IOM committee please visit http://bit.ly/fzj2oD.
9. COSTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS IN CHILDREN INCREASING RAPIDLY
According to a new study in the May issue of Health Affairs, childhood illness attributable to environmental factors cost the US $76.6 billion in 2008. This represents an increase from 2.8 percent of total health care costs in 1997 to 3.5 percent in 2008. The leading cost contributors are conditions that are linked to environmental toxins and pollutants in the air, food, water, and soil, as well as in homes and neighborhoods such as lead poisoning, childhood cancer and chronic conditions, including asthma, intellectual disability, autism and attention deficit disorders. To read the full article, visit http://bit.ly/mUNlOF.
10. ASTHMA DIAGNOSES ON THE RISE
According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.3 million people were diagnosed with asthma from 2001 to 2009. Data in the most recent MMWRVital Signs:Asthma Prevalence, Disease Characteristics, and Self-Management Education -- United States, 2001—2009, shows asthma diagnoses increased among all demographic groups, but children were hit hardest, with asthma affecting 9.6 percent of children. The biggest increase in asthma rates was among black children, rising almost 50 percent.
While the cause of the increase is still unknown, researchers suggest the need for coordinated efforts at the local, state, and national levels to develop programs that empower persons with asthma to better control and manage their asthma. They urge health care providers and public health officials to continue to address gaps in access to care and to support preventive measures that can improve asthma health outcomes.
Read the report here: http://1.usa.gov/mbV0eX
For more information about ACPM’s Indoor Air Quality Initiative, visit :http://www.acpm.org/iaq/
A comprehensive study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’sBridging the Gapprogram shows that the nation’s public secondary schools are making an effort to offer students healthier options in the cafeteria.
The report, School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Secondary School Survey Results, examined practices that affect nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention for a nationally representative sample of middle and high school students. Its conclusions provide timely guidance about nutritional guidelines and wellness policies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider as it begins to implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It also includes policy opportunities for increasing physical activity that are relevant to the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Access the full Executive summary here: http://bit.ly/mFWlUM
12. AJPM ISSUES CALL FOR PAPERS ON INTEGRATING PRIMARY CARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) will publish a joint theme issue addressing the question: "How do we improve population health and promote health equity through the effective integration of primary care and public health?" Papers are invited in the following areas: science, education, practice, or policy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are jointly sponsoring the special issue.
Manuscripts are due to AJPM by August 1 and will undergo the standard peer review process as defined by AJPM and AJPH editors.
13.ACPM SUPPORTS NATIONAL EMPLOYEE WELLNESS MONTH
ACPM has joined a growing list of national organizations in support of National Employee Wellness Month (June 2011), sponsored by two ACPM-aligned coalitions, The STOP Obesity Alliance and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. This effort is aimed at educating business leaders on how companies develop successful strategies around prevention and good health, and how supportive social communities, such as the workplace, can help improve employee health and productivity and lower healthcare costs.
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation is convening stakeholders via a live webinar to discuss how health plans and health plan foundations can provide the education, tools and resources necessary for adolescents to lead long and healthy lives. The free webinar, Partnering to Promote Health Equity for Adolescents, will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT). A draft agenda and more information is available here: http://bit.ly/isnKoG. Please register by noon (EDT) on May 24, 2011at: http://bit.ly/l7HmBU
The American Medical Association (AMA) has introduced a new series of online tutorials for physicians to help simplify health IT decision-making and implementation. The series of six short, narrated modules provides step-by-step instructions to help physicians choose, purchase and implement the best technology systems for their practice. Physicians who meet meaningful use requirements for health IT can begin receiving federal incentives this year.
The CME-accredited series enables physicians and their staff to align health IT with their patient and practice needs. The tutorials last about eight minutes each and cover all aspects of health IT adoption, including adoption strategy and needs assessment, workflow analysis, technology selection, training and implementation.
To access the online tutorials, please click here: http://www.ama-cmeonline.com/health_it/