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August 21, 2015
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM’s LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CURRICULUM SYMPOSIUM STARTS THIS SUNDAY!
Join us at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore this Sunday and Monday, August 23-24th, for the Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Symposium to learn about the core competencies of lifestyle medicine. Registration includes up to 12 hours of CME and MOC credits, refreshments, and all learning materials. Attendees will also receive at 15% discount on the comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum being released later this year.
2. PLANNING COMMITTEE APPROVES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR PM 2016 PROGRAM
The planning committee met this past Monday, August 17th, at ACPM’s headquarters to put the finishing touches on the program for the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference. Planning committee members reviewed and discussed the new conference structure, final plenary and concurrent sessions, innovative cross-cutting skill-building institutes, and social media strategies, among other aspects of the program.
High profile keynote speakers have been selected for the Preventive Medicine 2016 plenary sessions, including:
In addition, the planning committee, in collaboration with ACPM and the Scientific Review Committee, implemented innovative changes for the Preventive Medicine 2016 meeting. These changes include but are not limited to:
Cross-cutting content: A number of sessions have been developed by two tracks in order to deliver cross-cutting content that can be of interest to a broader audience. This also has helped reduce the number of competing concurrent sessions during several time slots.
Deeper Dive Sessions: There are a select number of two-hour concurrent sessions to facilitate more in-depth learning and skill building on a single topic.
Call for Sessions: The planning committee has issued a “Call for Sessions” among the membership to further encourage ACPM members’ participation in the program.
Half-day Saturday Workshops: The PM2016 conference will discontinue concurrent sessions on Saturday afternoon and instead offer afternoon optional, CME workshops on Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday Evening Institutes: The PM2016 conference will introduce two-to-three additional institutes on Wednesday evening, aimed at those who are unable to participate in daytime institutes and/or who wish to further deepen their skills.
More CME Content: Due to the introduction of the Wednesday evening institutes and the addition CME poster sessions in the mornings, the conference is offering more CME for a maximum of 35.5 CME credits.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), titled Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2015, shows that the number of uninsured persons continue to decline. In the first three months of 2015, 29 million persons of all ages (9.2%) were uninsured at the time of interview, 7 million fewer persons than in 2014. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the report also presents estimates of public and private coverage, coverage through exchanges, and enrollment in high deductible health plans and consumer directed health plans.
4. ACPM MEETS WITH CDC LEADERS
ACPM President Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, Executive Director Michael Barry, CAE, and Associate Executive Director Dani Pere, MPM, recently met with CDC leaders from the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke, the Division of Oral Health, and the Office of Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as a follow-up to ACPM’s reverse site visit back in March of this year.
During these visits ACPM and CDC continued to discuss opportunities for formal and informal partnerships. In addition, ACPM spent time with the Director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Dr. Judy Monroe, to discuss expanding the opportunities under its five-year cooperative agreement. To learn more about the ACPM’s work with the CDC and the cooperative agreement, please click here.
5. CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE MEMBER IN THE NEWS: METAGENICS
ACPM Corporate Roundtable member Metagenics was founded in 1983 on the concept of how nutrition and better lifestyle choice might help people realize their optimal health. Its nutritional supplements and formulas are scientifically formulated based on proprietary and published studies in nutrigenomics and designed to help patients reach their genetic potential through nutrition.
Today, Metagenics is in the forefront of making lifestyle medicine more effective with the support of targeted clinical nutrition. ACPM thanks Metagenics for not only its membership in the Corporate Roundtable at the Silver level but also for its support of the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit that took place last month in Washington, DC, and for its support of the Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Symposium, August 23–24 in Baltimore.
ACPM is proud to partner with Metagenics as it helps patients lead happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential. To learn more about Metagenics please visit Metagenics.
For more information on the ACPM Corporate Roundtable, contact Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer.
6. ACPM SEEKS RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN DRAFTING POLICY STATEMENTS
The ACPM Policy Committee is in search of residents interested in drafting policy statements to promote ACPM’s position on timely and relevant policy issues. The Policy Committee has identified some early hot topics such as immunizations, Tobacco 21, reproductive health, and firearms death/injury reduction that could benefit from ACPM’s voice. While residents will be assigned a mentor from the Policy Committee, they must secure a local mentor at their institution to provide appropriate oversight.
For more information, please contact Paul Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy and Practice
7. NATIONAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION NETWORK SUPPORTS MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION
The National Violence Prevention Network, an ACPM-administered coalition of over 30 national organizations that have joined to build support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), sent a letter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-LA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, congratulating them on their introduction of the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act (S. 1893). The legislation recognizes the important role the NVDRS program plays in contributing to the evidence needed to improve mental health treatment protocols by calling for expansion of the NVDRS program beyond the 32 states that currently participate. The president called for nationwide implementation of the NVDRS program in his FY 2016 budget request to Congress.
8. PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE RELEASES DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has released its Dietary Guidelines to Treat and Prevent Atherosclerosis. The report includes seven warning signs of clogged arteries: stroke, fatigue/dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, lower back pain, erectile dysfunction and painful, numb or cold hands and feet.
Along with pathology and dietary risk factors, the report also details five dietary guidelines to prevent atherosclerosis. These include: 1. Choose plant-based foods: vegetables, beans, whole grains, and fruit; 2. Minimize refined grains, added salt, and sweeteners; 3. Include some nuts and seeds; avoid oils; 4. Avoid foods containing saturated and trans fats; 5. Have a reliable source of vitamin B12.
9. FROM THE USPSTF: SCREENING FOR CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a draft recommendation statement on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), recommending against screening in asymptomatic populations (D recommendation). The Task Force found no evidence that screening for COPD among persons without symptoms results in improved health outcomes. The most important step individuals can take to prevent COPD is to avoid smoking.
The Task Force is providing an opportunity for public comment on this draft recommendation statement and companion draft evidence review until September 14.
10. FROM THE COMMUNITY GUIDE: ANNUAL REPORT AND CALL FOR RECOMMENDATIONS IN ACTION
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has released its annual progress report to Congress and other federal agencies to build evidence for public health programs, policies and services. The report also includes recommendations on areas where more research and evidence are needed to reduce and prevent cancers. The Task Force has identified approaches that 1) promote appropriate screening services and follow up, 2) reduce risk factors associated with cancer, and 3) reduce the health and economic burden of some cancers. These approaches include community-based, provider-oriented and health systems practices.
The Community Guide also is collecting stories and documents of how evidence-based findings, recommended by the Task Force, are being implemented in the state and local health departments across the United States. If you have shaped an intervention or implemented a program to promote health in your community using the Task Force’s evidence-based findings and you are interested in sharing your story, please click here to submit a summary of the program.
Research and Reports
11. VITAMIN D SUPPLMENTS WON’T STRENGTHEN OLDER WOMEN’S BODIES
A recent study in JAMA found that high doses of Vitamin D do not help prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Vitamin D increased the absorption of calcium only by 1% and did not translate to gains in spine, hip or total bone mineral density. In addition, the study did not find any benefit of vitamin D, in high or low dose, in muscle mass, muscle fitness or fall risk.
The study was conducted between 2010 and 2013 among 230 mostly white women, all under the age of 75. The study’s lead investigator Dr. Karen Hansen cautioned that the study results may not apply to non-white women, young adults, women over the age of 75 or men. Overall, post-menopausal women who take a low dose of vitamin D of 600-800 IU a day are unlikely to become vitamin D deficient.
12. JUST 1 IN 3 SENIORS WITH DIABETES HAVE DISEASE UNDER CONTROL
Only one-third of senior Americans with diabetes have the disease under control, according to a study published in the July issue of Diabetes Care. The study looked at over 1600 diabetes patients, all over the age of 65, in Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina. The study examined whether participants were able to meet the three key measures of diabetes control, as established by the American Diabetes Association (ADA): blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Some experts feel that the ADA guidelines for seniors may be too stringent. There are concerns that seniors may be over treated or under treated for blood sugar control and other clinical targets. The study also found significant racial disparities in women. Black women were 58% less likely than white women to have control of all three measures.
13. SMOKING HAS NOT DECREASED AMONG INDIVIDUALS WITH POOR MENTAL HEALTH
Smoking rates among people with mental health problems have remained the same for a decade, according to a study published in AJPM. The study looked at data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System between 2000 and 2010.
The study also showed that the prevalence rates of smoking among people with poor mental health were higher than of rates among people with better mental health. While the smoking rates among adults with better mental health have gone down, they have remained the same among people with poor mental health. This suggests that the tobacco cessation programs do not work with people with poor mental health or that the messages are not translating into successful cessation.
The study found that there is no significant difference among either of the groups with numbers of attempts to quit. One third of the adults who smoke have mental illness and, hence, the study suggests developing targeted tobacco cessation programs for people with poor mental health.
14. AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION OFFERS NEW COMPREHSIVE RESOURCES FOR PHYSICIANS
The American Diabetes Association provides health care professionals with the most current information about breakthroughs in diabetes research and treatment options. The Association has produced some new resources to help manage patients with diabetes and at risk for type 2 diabetes:
Abridged diabetes guidelines – The Association recently published an abridged version of its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, which was written with the busy clinician in mind. Download your copy to receive the most clinically relevant diabetes and prediabetes treatment information.
Free continuing education webcasts – Gain up to 8.25 hours of free continuing education credits from the Association’s Diabetes Is Primary program. Nationally-recognized experts presented the latest diabetes information at this one-day program. Webcasts include guideline updates, type 2 diabetes prevention, and cultural aspects of diabetes care.
Downloadable patient materials –Download information for your patients on preventing type 2 diabetes, getting the very best care for type 2 diabetes, and preventing diabetes complications. Handouts are available in English and Spanish and written at a 5th grade reading level.
For more information, visit professional.diabetes.org.