|ACPM Headlines 7/8/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. FDA ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHIC WARNING LABELS FOR CIGARETTE PACKS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced new graphic warning labels to appear on all cigarette packs and ads starting in September 2012. According to the FDA, "These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.”
For a link to the new warning labels, please visit http://1.usa.gov/j2DI5f.
ACPM invites you to attend "Transforming Communities: Health Disparities and Patient Assistance Programs” on July 26, 2011, at 2:00 pm EDT. This educational webinar is aimed at healthcare professionals to help patients who lack prescription drug coverage access the medicines they need through patient assistance programs offered by many pharmaceutical companies. Because many patients—and even many physicians—are unaware this help may be available, ACPM is working to promote the public health benefits of these important prescription assistance programs, with the goal of reducing the risks of disease, disability and death among underserved populations.
For more information, please visit:http://acpm.org/patientassistance/.
3. COMING SOON: NEW ACPM WEBSITE AND MEMBERSHIP DATABASE!
Following two years of study, ACPM has selected YourMembership.com to provide membership management software embedded in a new, fully-integrated website. 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 platform is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), an on-demand software delivery model that will allow ACPM staff to manage all membership and website functions on YourMembership.com's secure servers via the Internet. This arrangement will ensure instantaneous membership data and web content updates through its Association Management Software (AMS) and Content Management System (CMS).
ACPM members will not only be able to edit their membership data on the website, but they will also 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 ACPM members and administrative staff.
ACPM has tentatively scheduled the launch of the new system for August 1. Should you have any questions, contact David Dauphinais at email@example.com.
4. ACPM CONVENES NATIONAL COALITION FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH
Male reproductive health was the focus of the annual National Coalition for Adolescent Health Meeting, hosted by ACPM in Washington, DC on June 29th. With more than 24 member and guest organizations in attendance, presentations focused on specific health challenges young males face and guidance for the health-care community to better support these needs. Other topics includedHealthy People 2020, health reform updates, health care and the juvenile justice system, and the LGBTQ and Foster Care Project. A panel of young people from Teens Against the Spread of AIDS (TASA) and Teen Life Club, both previous attendees of past coalition meetings, offered valuable adolescent perspectives on the topics discussed.
With August 31 marking the end of ACPM’s HRSA-grant funding (which has supported the Coalition meeting for the last 5 years), the meeting also included an in-depth discussion of how to keep the work of the 20-plus-year-old-Coalition moving forward. The College and the Coalition will continue to work over the next few months to develop a plan for the continuation of this important work.
For more information about ACPM’s adolescent health initiative or to learn more about the Coalition’s mission and goals, visit http://www.acpm.org/ah/AHCoalition.htm.
5. ACPM HOSTS PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2012 PLANNING COMMITTEE IN WASHINGTON, DC
The Preventive Medicine 2012 planning committee held its only face-to-face meeting on June 27th at ACPM headquarters in Washington, DC. Following several weeks of preliminary planning by the committee and its track subcommittees via teleconferences, the in-person meeting allowed the planning committee to roll up its sleeves and blend the work of each track into the first draft of a cohesive, high-caliber meeting program. ACPM’s annual meeting is scheduled for February 22-25, 2012 in Orlando, FL.
Though still a work in progress, the program promises to be a "home run,” something no practicing preventive medicine physician would want to miss. Proposed plenary session topics include: Food as Medicine; Behavioral Economics and Persuasive Technology: Effects on Health; and Global Trigger Tool and Other Methods of Transforming Care and Changing Culture for the Better.
An outstanding schedule of concurrent sessions and skill-building institutes, carefully selected to reflect input from past conference attendees and recent ACPM member surveys, also is in the works. Proposed topics will address prenatal and well child care, obesity, correctional health, breast feeding, food policy, health IT, behavioral economics, entrepreneurism, emergency preparedness, behavioral issues in the uniformed services, cancer prevention, and HIV prevention. More information on the conference will be featured soon on ACPM’s new website!
ACPM would like to recognize and thank its Preventive Medicine 2012 planning committee and subcommittee members who have worked countless hours putting together such a great program!
ACPM is accepting nominations for leadership positions and to fill vacancies on its Board of Regents. Elections will be held in early 2012 forSecretary, Treasurer (previously the positions of Secretary and Treasurer were held by one member), Public Health/General Preventive Medicine Regent (previously this position was held by two separate members, but is now combined into one position to reflect the current structure of ABPM certification), regents for the International and Mid-Atlantic regions, and Young Physician Regent.All candidates, with the exception of the Young Physician Regent position, must be Fellows of ACPM. Nominations are due November 11, 2011. For more information about the Board of Regents nomination process and how to submit a nomination, please visit: http://www.acpm.org/callfornominations.htm.
ACPM also is seeking nominations for ACPM awards. Each ACPM award honors an individual for contributions, dedication and service to the College and preventive medicine. The Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following awards: Ron Davis Distinguished Service, Special Recognition, William Kane Rising Star, and Donald Gemson Resident Award. Nominations are due November 11, 2011. For more information about the awards and nomination process, please visit: http://www.acpm.org/callforawards.htm.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a component society of ACPM, will host "Realizing The Dream: Lifestyle Medicine Practice Management Workshop,” September 25-28, 2011, at the Skamania Lodge in Washington state. ACPM is co-hosting the workshop and providing CME/MOC credit.
The hands-on, intensive training conference will provide attendees with techniques to design a profitable Lifestyle Medicine practice. For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.lifestylemedicine.org/pmworkshop.
Policy and Practice
8. ACPM ADVANCES POLICY AT AMA ON ENHANCING AWARENESS OF RESEARCH PARTICIPATION
The AMA House of Delegates at its annual meeting in Chicago last month adopted an ACPM-sponsored policy resolution on enhancing awareness of research participation. The resolution specifically called on the AMA to work with relevant stakeholder groups and the National Institutes of Health to encourage physicians to promote increased awareness among their patients of the societal and public health benefits of, and opportunities for, research participation.
ACPM delegate Robert Gilchick, MD, MPH, FACPM, led the successful adoption of the ACPM resolution with support from ACPM alternate-delegate Jason Spangler, MD, MPM, FACPM, and ACPM representative to the AMA Section Council on Preventive Medicine Wendy Braund, MD, MPH.
ACPM, as a member of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), signed on to a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Administrator Tom Vislack urging the agency to develop and implement strong regulations called for under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) recently enacted by Congress. The letter contained a series or recommendations for inclusion in new regulations and noted they were identified to "assist you in developing a strong rule, which will ensure that foods sold outside of school meals align with current nutrition science and meet the Dietary Guidelines, while avoiding some of the pitfalls written into current state and local policies.”
In recognition of the June Prevention and Wellness Month, the Obama Administration has been working to promote Medicare covered preventive services to patients and providers. The National Council on Aging recently dedicated its newsletter to informational items helping explain the new prevention and wellness benefits available to beneficiaries with no co-pays. The newsletter also contains a new public service announcement aimed at raising public awareness about Medicare covered preventive services.
To view the National Council on Aging newsletter please visit, http://bit.ly/mRq5gC.
Research and Reports
11. F AS IN FAT: 2011 REPORT SHOWS NO PROGRESS IN STEMMING OBESITY EPIDEMIC
Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states over the last year and did not decrease in any, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, the eighth annual report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
For the first time, the report tracks adult obesity rates in each state over the last two decades. Twenty years ago, no state had a rate above 15 percent. Today, more than two out of three states, 38 total, have rates over 25 percent, and just one has a rate lower than 20 percent.
Included in the report are recommendations for how policymakers and businesses can help to reverse the obesity epidemic by making it easier for children and families to be active and eat healthier foods.
Access the report at: http://ow.ly/5zZp3
12. CDC REPORT SHOWS 1 IN 3 ADULTS 50-75 ARE NOT SCREENED FOR COLORECTAL CANCER
As of 2010, one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 are not up-to-date with recommended colorectal cancer screening, according to this month’sCDC Vital Signs. The July issue ofVital Signsfocuses on the importance of increasing screening for colorectal cancer, describing which screening tests are recommended for adults, who should be screened more often, and what can be done to help more people get screened.
Vital Signswas launched by CDC in July, 2010, as a call to action to policy leaders, federal, state, and local public health departments, physicians and other health care providers, and consumers. Each month the program focuses on a single, important public health topic.
To learn more, visit http://1.usa.gov/oM3ycL.
Poverty, lack of education, and poor social support contribute to as many U.S. deaths as heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer, researchers say in an article published in the June 16th American Journal of Public Health. In the article, "Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States,” researchers calculated the relative risks of mortality from social factors of education, poverty, health insurance status, employment status and job stress, social support, racism or discrimination, housing conditions and early childhood stressors.
The study found about 245,000 U.S. deaths in 2000 were attributable to low levels of education, 176,000 to racial segregation, 162,000 to low social support, 133,000 to individual-level poverty, 119,000 to income inequality and 39,000 to area-level poverty.
For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/mErUvS
14. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR UNSUNG HEROES OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is collecting nominations for its second annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards. These awards are an excellent opportunity for public health leaders to showcase their successful prevention programs in Washington, DC. The Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards recognize the efforts of our nation’s public health workforce, and help highlight the overlooked value of our nation’s behind-the-scenes disease control and prevention efforts. A reception to honor the 2011 awardees will be held in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2011. Nominations will close July 31.
For more information on the awards and the nomination process please visit http://bit.ly/cOiHtG.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider call on "The ABCs of the Initial Preventive Physical Examination and Annual Wellness Visit.”CMS officials will discuss basic information about each benefit, when to perform these services, and coding and billing requirements, with a question and answer session following the presentations. The call is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 1:30-3:30 pm (EDT). Advance registration is required.
In order to register and receive the call-in information you must register by 1:30 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 20. For more details, including instructions on registering for the call, please visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/072111.
16. NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURES ACTION AGENDA RELEASED
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have announced the release of Addressing Public Health and Chemical Exposures: An Action Agenda. The Action Agenda, authored by the National Conversation Leadership Council, includes clear, achievable recommendations to help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures.
To read or download the Action Agenda and contribute ways to accomplish the goals outlined in the Action Agenda, visit http://www.nationalconversation.us.
17. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: MATTHEW BOULTON
ACPM Fellow Matthew Boulton, MD, MPH, FACPM, has been awarded the Romani Award by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health AlumniSociety Board of Governors. The award is named forUniversity of Michigan Professor Emeritus John Romani. It recognizesUMichigan School of Public Healthalumni who have demonstrated outstanding career accomplishments and leadership in public health. Dr.Boulton was cited for his founding of the School's Office of Public Health Practice, the China Scholars Exchange Program, the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies, and for his 10-year leadership as Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency program.