|ACPM Headlines 8/6/10|
In This Issue:
4. ACPM submits nominees for key HHS advisory groups
Research and Reports
12. USPSTF seeks topic nominations
1. FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAMS BEGIN TO FLOW
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced 15 awards totaling more than $9 million to support an expanded preventive medicine residency training pipeline. The $9 million was allocated to HRSA by Congress as a result of ACPM advocacy efforts to secure a dedicated and stable federal funding stream for preventive medicine residency training programs. The allotment represents nearly $7 million in funding secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) of 2009 and $2.3 million provided to HRSA through the FY 2010 appropriations process.
In another positive development, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its FY 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, which provides HRSA with $12.3 million to expand training opportunities for preventive medicine residents. This represents a significant increase above HRSA's $2.3 million funding baseline—noteworthy because ARRA awards represent a one-time investment and will not be sustained beyond their two-year grant periods. The House Appropriations Committee has not yet considered its version of the bill, so ACPM will continue its staunch advocacy to influence the FY 2011 appropriations process in the House. Stay tuned for related action alerts.
Obesity rates in the U.S. are trending upward more quickly than expected. According to data from the CDC's recently-released report, "State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009,” 2.4 million more Americans became obese from 2007 to 2009. The report estimates the medical costs of obesity to be as high as $147 billion a year, and stated that medical costs for obese people were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
The report provided an update on national and state-specific obesity prevalence using new Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey data. This system yields state-level public health data and gives states a way to monitor their progress toward the national Healthy People goals. The system derives its data from telephone surveys of approximately 400,000 people.
Read the story in CDC's MMWR "Vital Signs": http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e0803a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e0803a1_ws_cid=mm59e0803a1_w
ACPM is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, a Walt Disney World-affiliated property, to host its Preventive Medicine 2012 conference. Mark your calendars for February 22-25, 2012, to ensure you don't miss this unique opportunity to blend participation in the premier preventive medicine conference with one of the country's top entertainment destinations. You can learn more about the outstanding rates, amenities, and services ACPM has secured for its members at Buena Vista Palace at Preventive Medicine 2011 in San Antonio, Texas, February 16-19, 2011.
4. ACPM NOMINATES PREVENTIVE MEDICINE LEADERS TO NEW NATIONAL ADVISORY BODIES
ACPM has nominated President-elect Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, and former ACPM Secretary-Treasurer Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM, to the newly created Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Alexander's nomination was backed by the American Medical Association. ACPM also nominated Immediate-Past President Michael Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM, to the National Health Care Workforce Commission. Both advisory bodies were created as part of the Affordable Care Act and will consider issues of import to the preventive medicine community.
The Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health is charged with providing recommendations on the development of a national prevention strategy to the Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health chaired by the Surgeon General's office and comprised of various cabinet secretaries across government. The Nation Health Care Workforce Commission will examine the current health care workforce environment and recommend policy actions to ensure the nation has an adequate supply of providers and health professionals to meet the demands of a growing elderly population and a strained public health system.
ACPM will continue to keep its members apprised of opportunities to represent the preventive medicine community on important national health panels and advisory bodies.
Ever wonder how ACPM proactively formulates its policy positions, or how you might become involved? Now is your chance. ACPM's Prevention Practice Committee, which prepares ACPM's position statements on clinical and community preventive services, is seeking nominations for active members to join the committee. The committee facilitates ACPM member participation in developing and publishing practice guidelines on preventive topics, serves as a scientific review committee for potential ACPM endorsements, and seeks to encourage and conduct research on practice guideline implementation. Position statements currently in the development pipeline will address HPV Vaccine, HIV Routine Testing, Tobacco and Indoor Air Quality, Built Environment and Obesity, Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Adults, Screening Adolescents and Children for Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Factors, and Promotion of Nutrition in Schools.
6. "CREATING HEALTHY OPPORTUNITIES: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts”
The ACPM Adolescent Health Initiative, together with its partner grantees (http://www.acpm.org/ah/partners_PIPPAH.htm), are pleased to announce the release of a series of print and podcast interviews, "Creating Healthy Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts.” The series features Shay Bilchik, JD, Jane Brown, PhD, Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Abigail English, JD, and Richard Kreipe, MD—experts from diverse areas of the field of adolescent health who cover topics ranging from the juvenile justice system and positive youth development to sexuality in media and cultural competency.
All interviews were conducted by Karen Brown, a public radio reporter and freelance journalist who specializes in health care.
The interviews are now available on the ACPM Adolescent Health website under products and publications: http://www.acpm.org/ah/AHC.htm. The podcasts are expected to be released in early fall.
ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry and Associate Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs Paul Bonta recently met with the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Rebecca Spitzgo, and her staff to urge that preventive medicine be included in the disciplines eligible for participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Participation in the Corps is currently limited to primary care physicians (MD or DO), family nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, and certain mental health clinicians.
Ms. Spitzgo noted that HRSA is currently exploring opportunities to include preventive medicine in the NHSC and that support for this action has been expressed at the highest levels of HRSA leadership. Nailah Thompson, MD, MPH, who recently completed the ACPM/Pfizer Practicum Rotation in Health Policy and Preventive Medicine, also participated in the meeting, expressing her personal interest in the NHSC while highlighting the commonalities between the unique training requirements for preventive medicine residents and the needs of the NHSC.
8. OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT ACPM HEADQUARTERS IN D.C.
ACPM is pleased to announce the immediate availability of sublease space in its new office headquarters at 455 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001. This brand new space offers state-of-the-art amenities, including a conference center, fitness center, 24-hour security guard on premises, and a rooftop deck with a view of the Capitol building. Located in an up-and-coming area of town, ACPM's offices are in walking distance from Metro, Verizon Center, Union Station, and Capitol Hill. Parking also is available in the building.
We encourage you to share this opportunity throughout your organization or with colleagues in other organizations who may be looking for 1-3 offices near Capitol Hill. For more information, contact Wanda Manson at ACPM.
9. ACPM SIGNS ON TO AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION FUND
ACPM has signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court led by the American Academy of Pediatrics in support of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program established as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act of 1986. Leading up to passage of the Vaccine Act, injury compensation lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers had risen so steeply that the production of life-saving vaccines was in jeopardy. Congress responded by passing the Vaccine Act, which established a no-fault alternative Vaccine Injury Compensation Program intended to compensate the families of children who suffer from potential adverse reactions from vaccines and to safeguard the nation's vaccine supply.
As stated in the amicus brief, if the Supreme Court holds that state courts may decide on a case-by-case basis whether a particular vaccine can be made safer, it could threaten "a resurgence of the very problems which led to instability in the vaccine market and which caused Congress to intervene through the passage of the Vaccine Act in the first place.”
To view a copy of the amicus brief please visit http://www.acpm.org/AmicusBrief-VaccineInjuryCompensation.pdf.
10. TOBACCO CONTROL ACT PROHIBITS "LIGHT,” "LOW,” AND "MILD” LABELS
Starting July 22, 2010, tobacco manufacturers are prohibited from distributing tobacco products labeled or advertised using such terms as "light,” "low,” "mild,” and similar descriptive terms. This ban was enacted by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009.
Cigarettes are described "light,” "low,” or "mild” when they deliver less than 15 mg of tar. After the 1964 Surgeon General's report on smoking, cigarette manufacturers looked to produce and promote low-yield cigarettes, advertising them to be safer than regular cigarettes. However, there is no scientific evidence that supports such a conclusion, and according to the FDA and the CDC, "there is no safe cigarette.”
For more information on low-yield cigarettes and the Tobacco Control Act, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/TobaccoRegulations/.
RESEARCH AND REPORTS
11. ACIP RELEASES 2010 INFLUENZA VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued new 2010 recommendations for prevention and control of influenza with vaccines, according to early-release guidelines reported in the July 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Among the primary changes and updates, these guidelines recommend routine influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months, representing an expansion of the previous recommendations for annual vaccination of all adults aged 19—49 years, and include the influenza A (H1N1) vaccine virus derived from a 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus.
To view the recommendations, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5908a1.htm?s_cid=rr5908a1_w
12. USPSTF SEEKING TOPIC NOMINATIONS
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites individuals and organizations to nominate primary and secondary prevention topics pertaining to clinical preventive services that they would like the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to consider for review. For complete information and directions please review the Federal Registry Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-19117.pdf
All topics previously reviewed by the USPSTF are available on AHRQ's Web site, http://www.preventiveservices.ahrq.gov/.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for public members of its National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Advisory Council members are charged with providing guidance to AHRQ on the priorities for health care research, the field of health care research including training needs and information dissemination on health care quality, and the role of the Agency in light of private sector activity and opportunities for public private partnerships. If you are actively seeking your nomination to the AHRQ Advisory Council and would like to inquire about ACPM support, please contact ACPM Associate Executive Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Paul Bonta at ACPM, 202-466-2044, x1-110.
To view the AHRQ call for nominations please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16102.htm.
14. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE RESIDENCY REVIEW COMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR RESIDENT MEMBER
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Preventive Medicine is accepting nominations for its next resident member. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to August 20, 2010.The Preventive Medicine Review Committee's function is to set accreditation standards and to provide a peer evaluation of residency programs in the specialty of preventive medicine and accompanying subspecialties. For details on qualifications, responsibilities and information on the nomination process, please visit http://www.acgme.org/acWebsite/RRC_380/380 Preventive_Medicine_Resident_Nomination.pdf.
15. AHRQ INTRODUCES PREVENTIVE SERVICES SELECTOR WIDGET
AHRQ has introduced the electronic Preventive Services Selector Widget to access recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) at the click of a button. The electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS widget) is an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. A widget is an online tool that can be easily added to any website or blog.
16. HHS SEEKING COMMENTS ON TWO NATIONAL PLANS