|ACPM Headlines 7/1/14|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM BOARD ADOPTS NEW COMMITTEE STRUCTURE
The ACPM Board of Regents at its annual summer teleconference last week adopted a set of Bylaw changes that will create a new structure for ACPM committees and groups. The structure defines four types of committees and groups—committees of the Board, committees of the College, membership sections, and special interest groups. These changes are the latest in a series of Board actions over the past two years to restructure and codify ACPM’s governance functions.
As part of these changes, most of ACPM’s committees and sections will remain intact and functioning. However, a few will be renamed, reclassified, shift its functions to other committees, or created for the first time. For example, a new Strategy and Board Development Committee will be created to regularly review the College’s strategy documents, ensure strategic priorities are aligned within the organization, and provide member and Regent professional development opportunities. The Committee, to be chaired by the President-elect, also will coordinate annual evaluations of the Board and Regents and serve as the College’s nominating committee. The Bylaw changes will be posted on the ACPM website and announced soon.
Also this past week, a Board-directed strategic planning task force, led by ACPM President-elect Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, met and forged a framework for recommending to the Board several bold, strategic initiatives for the Board’s consideration. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks as the plan unfolds.
2. GILCHICK RE-ELECTED TO AMA COUNCIL
Robert Gilchick, MD, MPH, FACPM, ACPM Treasurer and delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, was re-elected to a second 4-year term to the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) at its recent annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Gilchick carried endorsements from ACPM, the California Medical Association, the AMA Section Council on Preventive Medicine, and the AMA Specialty and Service Society. Dr. Gilchick’s campaign highlighted his population-health training and expertise as credentials highly relevant to the work of the CSAPH.
ACPM’s AMA team also helped advance two policy resolutions cosponsored by ACPM through the AMA House of Delegates to adoption. The resolutions called on the AMA to "strongly oppose any FDA rule that exempts any tobacco product, including cigars, from FDA regulation,” and to "submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…regarding existing power plant emissions to underscore the need to keep the standards strong and protective of public health.”
ACPM congratulates Dr. Gilchick on his successful campaign and thanks ACPM alternate-delegate Jason Spangler, MD, MPM, FACPM, and ACPM representative to the AMA Section Council on Preventive Medicine Wendy Braund, MD, MPH for their contributions to another successful AMA meeting for the College.
ACPM, in conjunction with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), presents the first webinar session of the Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum pilot series on Monday July 7th at 2:00 PM EDT. This session will provide an overview of the nutrition curriculum. To review the learning objectives, speakers, or agenda, visit the ACPM website. CME and MOC credits are available.
This new webinar series will pilot the development of a comprehensive curriculum in lifestyle medicine, and we need your feedback! Get a jump start on the knowledge and skills to boost your practice and help us evaluate and improve the material. This session is part of a new course being developed and tested to potentially serve as the foundation for comprehensive training and physician recognition in lifestyle medicine.
This is the first in a series that will occur between July and October, 2014. Webinars will cover topics related to nutrition, weight management, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, emotional wellness, mindfulness, sleep, as well the importance and role of lifestyle medicine in clinical care. Register HERE!
4. YOUR GIFT MATTERS CAMPAIGN: ANOTHER MEMBER MAKING A DIFFERENCE
ACPM Fellow Janet Greenhut, MD, MPH, CSC, FACPM enjoys being "able to give back to those who have helped me as well as those who are in need." She also likes "to help people do things they otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to do."
A supporter of the ACPM campaign,"Prevention Matters. ACPM Matters. Your Gift Matters,” Dr. Greenhut understands the importance of giving. For Dr. Greenhut the most fulfilling aspect of donating to the ACPM is knowing she's helping to promote the goals of preventive medicine. She knows her donations have helped others by "increasing the exposure of the College to the wider public and informing people about the benefits of prevention."
As an ACPM member, you can also help ACPM continue to lead the way in preventive medicine. Your investment is a demonstration of your personal dedication to preventive medicine and your profession. Learn moreabout the campaign andshow your commitment to preventive medicine and ACPM by donating online today.
5. ACPM CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE: UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
ACPM Corporate Roundtable member UnitedHealth Group, a member of the Corporate Roundtable since 2013, is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 85 million people worldwide.
Some recent activities include:
About the ACPM Corporate Roundtable
The American College of Preventive Medicine Corporate Roundtable is an ongoing forum for mission-aligned private sector organizations to discuss and advance issues of shared interest with the College. The intent of theCorporate Roundtableis to foster communication between ACPM andCorporate Roundtablemembers about topics of mutual interest. Corporate Roundtable members meet twice annually, once in September at ACPM headquarters in Washington, DC, and once at the Preventive Medicine conference held each year in February.
6. ACPM WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
ACPM welcomes the following new members:
Kenji Saito, MD, JD
Kelvin Wren, MD, MBA, MS
Jeremy Sobel, MD, MPH
Samuel Barker, MD, MPH
Maria Rafanan Prince, MD, MPH
Ajirogho Enakeno Ikede, MD, MPH
Tracie A. Caller, MD, MPH
Monica Kaitz, MD, MPH
Heather Alker, MD, MPH
Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH
Aimin Zhang, MD, MPH
William Gentry, MPH, MS
Leigh Goldstein, MD, MS
Noura Louise El-Eid, MS
Nevine Mahmoud, MD, MSc
Saud A Siddiqui, MBBS
Catherine Dingman, MD
Chelsea Payne, MD
Regina Stokes Offodile, MD
Jose F. Lopez, MD
Richard Langton, MD, MPH
Robert Bruce Ellis, DO, PhD
Naila Khalaf, MD, PhD
7. GET INVOLVED! ENGAGE WITH ACPM!
Just as with any professional organization, the real strength and value of ACPM comes from the efforts of volunteers working together to better the profession and society in general. With your help, ACPM can become even stronger. No matter the amount of time or interests you have, there is an opportunity to engage. From articles in Headlines to serving on task forces and committees to just completing your online profile, each step will help ACPM help you and the profession. For opportunities to engage, please contact ACPM’s membership director, Benjamin Butz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Immediate Openings –ACPM is looking for members to join the Committee on Finance. The committee, led by the ACPM Treasurer, is responsible for annual budget review and approval, annual audit review and liaison with external accountants, quarterly reports to the Board on the College’s financial status, investment strategies and policies, and determination of capital requirements. If interested, please contact ACPM’s membership director, Benjamin Butz (email@example.com).
Policy and Practice
8. FROM THE USPSTF: SCREENING FOR AAA (FINAL) AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN ADULTS (DRAFT)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a final recommendation statement for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and a draft recommendation statement for vitamin D deficiency in adults. The USPSTF recommends that men ages 65 to 75 who smoke or have ever smoked should have a one-time AAA screening. The recommendation statement for AAA makes different recommendations for various groups depending on patient’s age, sex and other risk factors. The draft recommendation statement for vitamin D deficiency in adults notes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency ("I” recommendation).
9. FROM CPSTF: IMMUNIZATION INFOMRATION SYSTEMS TO INCREASE VACCINATION RATES
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommendation for immunization information systems to increase vaccination rates along with the associated systematic and economic reviews were recently published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice(JPHMP). The Task Force recommendation states that immunization information systems can increase vaccination rates and reduce vaccine-preventable diseases by:
The recommendation is based on systematic reviews of the scientific literature conducted, with oversight from the Task Force, by scientists and subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.
ACPM staff recently attended the Kenneth E. Warner Lecture Series on tobacco control at which Mitch Zeller, Director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, outlined his strategy for the Center. Hosted by Legacy, the organization behind the well-regarded truth® campaign, Mr. Zeller outlined five initiatives that he plans to undertake to protect public health:
A recording of this webcast is now available online.
ACPM joined with the Center for Tobacco-Free Kids and a number of other public health and primary care associations to strongly urge U.S. Senators to oppose any amendments to Agriculture Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015. A similar letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives. Potential amendments discussed by several Congressional members would have impeded the ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cigars and other tobacco products, despite the FDA’s current rulemaking process to include additional tobacco products under its purview.
Research and Reports
12. BEYOND HEALTH CARE: A SPECIAL REPORT TO THE WASHINGTON POST
A recent special report to the Washington Post focused on how to change the culture of health by focusing on the innovations of investors, policymakers, architects, and city planners to address the challenge of improving the health of Americans in urban centers and rural communities. The special reports showcase the creative efforts that thought leaders in the traditionally non-health care-related fields are embarking upon—from turning once blighted areas into multi-use parks, youth farm-to-table initiatives, re-designing cities with a focus on walking and biking, banning fried chicken at church suppers and replacing it with a walking track, and many more.
The Children’s Hospital Association hosted a webinar on June 17th discussing "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Safe Sleep for Infants in the Hospital.” This webinar defined Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and its diagnosis, the latest science on its risk factors, and how health care professionals can best educate parents about SIDS. In addition, Polina Gelfer, MD, presented a quality improvement module for hospitals to assist staff with incorporating safe sleep recommendations into practice. The webinar recording is now available for viewing.
14. HELP ACPM SUPPORT "80% BY 2018” COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING INITIATIVE
ACPM members are encouraged to help the College support "80% by 2018,” a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) movement in which more than 100 organizations have committed to reaching the goal of an 80% screening rate for colorectal cancer by 2018. ACPM, a long-time member of NCCRT, signed on to the campaign in March, when it first launched.
We encourage ACPM members to sign-on to the pledge and share information about the campaign with your networks. A wide array of materials such as talking points, fact sheets, webinars, and press kits are available for use in your communications to help shine the light on colorectal cancer screening all year long. About 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old—about 23 million people—are not getting tested as recommended.
15. JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE PHYSICIANS
The National Institutes for Health (NIH) is seeking a Director for its National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Successful applicants will have an MD or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences, senior-level experience in minority health and health disparities research, and leadership experience collaborating with stakeholder groups. Complete applications must be submitted by September 15th. For more information, please visit the NIMHD position announcement.
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department in Huntington, West Virginia, is seeking a Physician Director to oversee the administrative and professional medical work of the health department. The successful applicant will advise personnel on conducting medical procedures, interpret regulations, review health department programs and recommend new ones, and be available 24/7 for public health emergency or disaster response. All applicants must have a medical degree and a (temporary or permanent) license to practice in West Virginia. For more information, please visit the health department position announcement.
Congratulations to the following members on their achievements:
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH has joined the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Philip C. Gioia, MD, MPH, FACPM is celebrating his 30th Anniversary at Cayuga County Health and Human Services department.
If you have achievements or news you would like to share with your colleagues please send them to Benjamin Butz (firstname.lastname@example.org).