|ACPM Headlines 6/13/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. HHS UNVEILS NATIONAL PREVENTION STRATEGY
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care, but also from clean air and water, safe worksites and healthy foods. The strategy was developed by the National Prevention Council, which is composed of 17 federal agencies who consulted with outside experts and stakeholders.
Authorized under last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the strategy has four main areas of focus: building healthy and safe community environments, expanding quality preventive services in clinical and community settings, helping people make healthy choices, and eliminating health disparities.
To read more about and access the full strategy: http://t.co/QwFTakJ.
German officials have announced bean sprouts are almost certainly the source of the deadly outbreak of E.coli that has killed 37 and sickened more than 3,000 across Europe. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) confirmed test results identifying bean sprouts from an organic farm in the northern village of Bienenbuettel as carrying the virulent E. coli strain EHEC-0104. The outbreak has led to several bans on vegetables grown in Europe, and wrought damages costing the European Union between 500 million and 600 million euros.
The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's disease control center is continuing to investigate how pathogens came in contact with the sprouts.
Registrants should also make their hotel reservations soon to avoid being shut out. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City is the only hotel offering discounted rates to ACPM attendees. Reservations must be made byFriday,July 29in order to take advantage of the special group rate. Call now to reserve a room at 1-800-233-1234 or 703-418-1234 and be sure to request the ACPM reserved block.
If you cannot attend the course in person, you can pre-order the Annual Board Review Course Syllabus and DVD-ROM, including all audio and course materials from approved sessions. Orders received by August 1stwill receive a $50 discount. To place an order, download the order form at http://acpm.org/RC_syllabus.htm.
4. ACPM BOARD CONVENES MID-YEAR TELECONFERENCE
The ACPM Board of Regents held its mid-year teleconference this week to address several important issues. Among actions taken, the Board accepted the 2010 audited financial statements and auditor’s report to the Board, approved a package of minor changes to the ACPM Conflict of Interest policy and forms, which were developed to bring ACPM’s policy into full compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) standards, provided direction on the development of a new ACPM logo, and provided direction to ACPM staff on site selection for the Preventive Medicine 2014 annual meeting.
Other Board agenda/discussion items included a live demonstration, or sneak preview, of ACPM’s new Association Management Software (AMS) system, ACPM partnerships with theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicinend with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and updates on strategic planning, business development, ACPM’s advocacy agenda, the Preventive Medicine Board Review Course, and Governance Task Force.
For more information on the Board teleconference, contact Mike Barry at ACPM. Click to view a current listing of ACPM Board leaders.
On June 20, 2011, ACPM will convene an in-person Asthma Skill-Building Institute in conjunction with the National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, CO. The Institute features leading environmental health experts who will train providers to use tools to counsel patients, especially parents with potentially exposed children and low income individuals, and manage exposure to indoor asthma triggers and ETS.
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.
ACPM was recently invited to participate with other leading organizations from the public health community in a roundtable discussion with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Administrator Tom Frieden, MD. The meeting, organized by the Campaign for Public Health, provided participants a rare opportunity to sit at the table with Dr. Frieden and engage in a direct dialogue about the CDC’s successes, challenges, and future goals in an era of reduced federal spending across all public health agencies.
The discussion with Dr. Frieden covered awide range of topics, including the cost benefit of public health programs, the CDC’s use of ever-changing technology, concerns with proposed budget cuts and prioritization of preventive efforts, and the critical role the Prevention and Public Health Fund mandated by the Affordable Care Act now plays in supporting the work of the agency. Paul Bonta, ACPM’s associate executive director for policy and government affairs, attended the roundtable discussion on behalf of the College.
For more information about the roundtable meeting please contact Paul Bonta at ACPM.
7. ACPM JOINS LETTER TO CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF STRONG FDA OVERSIGHT
ACPM joined several public health organizations in a letter to Congress speaking out against language included in a draft House appropriations bill intended to weaken the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to address public health issues such as tobacco control, antibiotic resistance, and obesity. The letter urged such language be stripped prior to formal consideration and passage of the bill. The language was included in a draft of the House FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations.
To view a copy of the letter please visit http://www.acpm.org/Ltr-FDASupport.pdf
8. ACPM SENDS LETTER TO HRSA ADMINISTRATOR URGING STRONGER SUPPORT FOR PMR PROGRAMS
ACPM President Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, sent a letter to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) administrator Mary Wakefield urging a more equitable distribution of funding under HRSA’s "preventive medicine and public health” line-item. After release of HRSA’s FY 2011 spending plan, it was revealed that while funding for the "preventive medicine and public health” line-item increased from $10 million to $30 million, no new funding would be allocated to preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs. The $20 million increase was a result of funds made available from the Prevention and Public Health Fund mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
In her letter, Dr. Alexander noted "While we are excited to see nearly $30 million appropriated to this line (by far the largest increase across all health professions programs), we are deeply disappointed that less than 10% of that amount will be allocated to support preventive medicine residency training programs.” Current HRSA funding supports 17 PMR training programs.
To view a copy of Dr. Alexander’s letter please visit http://www.acpm.org/Wakfield_disparity_Ltr.pdf.
9. COMMUNITY GUIDE TASK FORCE RELEASES RECOMMENDATION ON DEPRESSION AND COLLABORATIVE CARE
The Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force) has issued a recommendation calling for collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. The specific Task Force recommendation states:
Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving depression symptoms, adherence to treatment, response to treatment, and remission and recovery from depression, the Task Force recommends collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. The Task Force also finds that collaborative care models provide good economic value based on the weight of evidence from studies that assessed both costs and benefits.
For more information, visit http://ow.ly/5gsUZ.
A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated screening for ovarian carcinoma with annual serum CA-125 levels and vaginal ultrasound did not affect the mortality rate compared to women with usual care. Complications were associated with diagnostic procedures following false-positive screening test results. Ovarian screening and mortality results were from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial, a randomized clinical trial conducted in the United States at 10 different sites.
To review the study in its entirety, please visit the Journal of American Medical Association available at: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/current.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released the 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), adding eight newly reviewed substances. RoC is a congressionally mandated, science-based, public health document prepared for the HHS Secretary by the National Toxicology Program identifying chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer.
The industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical called aristolochic acids are listed as known human carcinogens. Captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form), certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene, riddelliine and styrene are the 6 other added substances listed as reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. With these additions, the 12th Report on Carcinogens now includes 240 listings.
To access the full report, visit http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc12.
12. HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY FUTURE CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF LET’S MOVE! CHILD CARE
The First Lady officially has announced Let’s Move! Child Care—the newest initiative in her Let’s Move! Campaign being conducted in collaboration with Healthy Kids, Healthy Future. Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary set of standards to engage child care providers in establishing healthier environments for children. The standards address physical activity, nutrition, screen time and infant feeding reflecting the best practices Healthy Kids, Healthy Future has been promoting over the past two years. Child care providers who participate in and achieve the goals laid out by the initiative will receive some manner of recognition for their efforts.
Let’s Move! Child Care includes a web-based resource center with tools, training, and technical assistance opportunities to support providers in their efforts to meet the voluntary standards. These resources along with more information about Let’s Move! Child Care are featured on the new healthykidshealthyfuture.org website, hosted by Nemours.
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) and the National Chlamydia Coalition released a webinar on June 2, 2011 highlighting the potential for improved screening and treatment of Chlamydia infections through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Webinar included 4 presentations from individuals representing CDC and large health insurance carriers. The presentations focused on the morbidity of Chlamydia and medical expenditure costs; an overview of populations at risk; the need to remove barriers preventing screening; and examples of how two health insurance companies overcame barriers preventing screening for Chlamydia in high risk beneficiaries.
For full review of all presentations, please visit the National Institute For Health Care Management website at http://www.nihcm.org/component/content/article/429.