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ACPM Headlines 9/20/13
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Top Stories

1. More than 100,000 Americans quit smoking due to national media campaign

2. ACPM conducts webinar on governance changes

3. Task Force issues recommendations to reduce excessive alcohol consumption

ACPM News

4. ACPM issues call for Award nominations

5. ACPM volunteer opportunities abound

6. In Your Corner: Corporate Roundtable member NuVal

Policy and Practice

7. ACPM signs letter to Congressional Tri-caucus

8. ACPM thanks Congress for adopting updated national school nutrition standards

9. FDA extends comment period on menthol regulations

Research and Reports

10. New data show continuing decline in preterm and teen birth rates

11. "The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety”

12. E-cigarette use jumps among youth

Announcements

13. Lifestyle Medicine 2013

14. Draft HHS Strategic Plan open for public comment

15. Members in the News: Olugbenga O. Obasanjo


Top Stories

1. MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS QUIT SMOKING BECAUSE OF NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

A CDC study published in The Lancet estimates that 100,000 smokers have successfully quit smoking as a result of the first, federally-funded anti-smoking media campaign. An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking and more than 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month national ad campaign in 2012. Researchers estimate that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently. These results exceed the campaign’s original goals of 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits.

The media campaign, "Tips From Former Smokers” (Tips), featured the true, emotional stories of smokers suffering from complications of tobacco use. The ad campaign not only increased quit attempts and smoking abstinence among self-reported smokers, but ad exposure also positively impacted the health recommendations of non-smoking individuals. Non-smokers, exposed to "Tips” media, were more likely to communicate the dangers of smoking, recommend that smoking friends and family quit, and provide recommendations for cessation services. The effectiveness of this short-term "Tips” campaign may provide a framework for the development of future public health education campaigns aimed at decreasing smoking prevalence.


2. ACPM UNVEILS PROPOSED GOVERNANCE CHANGES TO THE MEMBERSHIP

The ACPM Board of Regents has introduced to its membership a series of structural changes in its governance system that it is considering for adoption. ACPM President Halley Faust, Immediate Past President and chair of the initiative Miriam Alexander, and executive director Michael Barry were on hand September 11 to present a live webinar, "The New Work of Governing at ACPM.” The webinar enabled ACPM leaders to introduce and engage directly with members around proposed changes to the size and composition of the Board and the process by which ACPM identifies, nominates and elects its Board members. The Board will formally take up these changes for adoption at its October 1 meeting in Washington, DC.

The proposed changes, along with an archive of the webinar, remain available to members for on-demand access at http://www.acpm.org/?NewWorkOfGoverning. Also on that page is a Member Discussion Forum through which you can submit feedback on the proposed changes, or review and respond to other members’ feedback. While the initial open comment period closes today (Friday, September 20) at 11:59 pm EDT, ongoing feedback is welcome. Note, you will need to use your ACPM member log-in to access the forum.

The new governance model, along with the corresponding changes to the ACPM Constitution and other governing documents, will be presented February 21, 2014 at ACPM’s membership meeting/Town Hall at Preventive Medicine 2014 in New Orleans, LA.


3. TASK FORCE ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

The Community Preventive Services Task Force has announced that it recommends electronic screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and related problems. e-SBI can be used in various settings, such as health care systems, universities, or communities. Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 80,000 deaths each year and costs the U.S. economy more than $223.5 billion.

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that analyzes community-based interventions for evidence of effectiveness and issues recommendations for the public health practice community. Task Force recommendations and other findings are available at The Community Guide website.


ACPM News

4. ACPM ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Annually, ACPM recognizes individuals for significant contributions, dedication and service to the College and to preventive medicine. The Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service, Ron Davis Special Recognition, William Kane Rising Star, and Donald Gemson Resident Award. Award recipients will be recognized during the ACPM annual meeting, Preventive Medicine 2014.

The deadline is rapidly approaching! Nomination criteria is available online. All submissions are due by Friday, November 15, 2013. To submit a nomination, or if you would like to be considered for any of the vacancies listed above, please submit a nomination letter, along with the proposed candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV), to ACPM’s Membership Department at membership@acpm.org.


5. ACPM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND

ACPM offers specialized resources, programs, and networks to help advance your career and provide opportunities to connect, learn and share with a collective force of preventive medicine specialists.

Members are encouraged to actively participate in ACPM membership sections and committees. Each group has a unique purpose and benefit, and provides a network through which you can meet other members, pursue professional interests, enhance leadership skills, and stay informed concerning the latest developments in preventive medicine.

Volunteering for a section or committee has never been easier. You may now complete a volunteer interest form online through ACPM’s website. An ACPM staff liaison or section/committee leader will contact you with additional information.

Make the most of your membership investment, and support ACPM’s work to advance the preventive medicine specialty—volunteer today.


6. IN YOUR CORNER: CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

ACPM Corporate Roundtable member NuVal LLC, owner of one of the leading nutritional guidance systems in the country, continues to expand into the health and wellness industry. The NuVal® Nutritional Scoring System guides millions of grocery shoppers to healthier foods at more than 1,600 supermarkets nationwide and is now used by primary care physicians, wellness coaching providers, corporate wellness plans, and in diabetes education programs.

Launched in 2008, the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System uses a 1 to 100 scale to rate more than 80,000 foods based on nutrition. NuVal Scores and technology solutions have been in use by ActiveHealth Management since 2010.In 2009, ACPM endorsed the NuVal scoring system as having met its criteria for effective nutritional guidance systems.

"NuVal Scores are backed by years of scientific research from the top minds in nutrition,” said Tom Wilber, Senior Director of Business Development for NuVal LLC. "Combine that with NuVal’s ease of use for the average consumer, and the NuVal System is an ideal solution for health and wellness initiatives.”

For more information about NuVal LLC please visit NuVal on the Web.


Policy and Practice

7. ACPM SIGNS LETTER TO CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS

ACPM joined its partner organizations in medicine and public health on a sign on letter to the Congressional Tri-Caucus (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus) thanking them for their commitment to introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act. The law provides a comprehensive roadmap to address health disparities through promotion of activities such as health promotion and disease prevention, access to health care, cultural competency, and health care workforce diversity. The legislation is expected to be introduced later this year.


8. ACPM THANKS CONGRESS FOR ADOPTING UPDATED NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION STANDARDS

ACPM joined numerous partner organizations on a sign-on letter to Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) thanking them for their leadership in advancing legislation to update the national school nutrition standards for foods sold through vending machines, school stores, a la carte, and other venues outside school meal programs. Many provisions of the "Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act,” which laid the groundwork for improving the nutritional quality of competitive foods nationwide, were ultimately included as part of the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” recently enacted by Congress.

The letter states, "As you know, child nutrition and obesity inextricably affect our nation's physical and fiscal health. With one out of every three children in America overweight or obese and most children consuming diets too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugars, and too low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, improving school foods is a key step toward supporting healthful eating by children.”


9. FDA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON MENTHOL REGULATIONS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a request by the tobacco industry to extend the comment period deadline for the "Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” regarding the regulation of menthol cigarettes. The new deadline for public comment is November 22, extended from the original deadline of September 23. The FDA Center for Tobacco Products is seeking comments regarding establishing tobacco product standards, restricting sale and distribution, and any other regulatory actions they should take regarding menthol cigarettes given their disproportionate appeal to younger smokers.


Research and Reports

10. PRETERM AND TEEN BIRTH RATES CONTINUE TO FALL

Teen, non-marital, and preterm birth rates continue to decline, according to Births: Preliminary Data for 2012, released by the CDC earlier this month. The birth rate for teens in 2012 fell to 29.4 births per 1,000 teens 15-19 years, down 6% from 2011 and a historic low for the nation. The non-marital birth rate declined 2% in 2012 to 45.3 births per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44, the fourth consecutive year that the rate has dropped, while the preterm birth rate fell for the sixth straight year in 2012, to 11.54%. Data are from the National Vital Statistics System based on birth certificates data filed in all states and compiled into national data.

Among other key findings:

  • In 2012, the preliminary number of births for the U.S. was 3,952,937 – essentially unchanged from 2011 (3,953,590). Births had declined from 2007 through 2011.
  • From 2011 to 2012, birth rates declined for women aged 15-29, but rose for women aged 30-44.
  • The 2012 cesarean delivery rate was 32.8%, unchanged since 2010.
  • The 2012 low birthweight rate was 7.99, down 1 percent from 2011.


11. "THE YEAR IN US OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY”

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services have published an annual report charting the progress of occupational health and safety in the United States. "The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2012-Summer 2013” reviews published research, congressional and federal agency actions, state and local laws, and occupational health activism and notes expectations for the year ahead. Available online, the report is intended to be used as a resource for communities to encourage occupational health and safety and chart national progress over time.


12. E-CIGARETTE USE JUMPS AMONG YOUTH

The use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students has increased at an alarming rate, according to data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey published in an article in the September 6th edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Among all students, the percentage of those who have "ever used e-cigarettes” and "currently use e-cigarettes” doubled during the 2011-2012 period.

In addition, the MMWR notes that 9.3% of students in 2012 that reported ever having smoked an e-cigarette said they do not smoke conventional cigarettes, while 76.3% of this group reported smoking conventional cigarettes. As a result of these findings, CDC estimates nearly 1.8 million students have used e-cigarettes at some point. Given the limited data currently available on e-cigarettes’ long-term impact on health and how nicotine may affect adolescent brain development, CDC plans to continue working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase surveillance and research on e-cigarettes.


Announcements

13. LIFESTYLE MEDICINE 2013

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine, an ACPM academy partner, is pleased to present Lifestyle Medicine 2013, taking place this October 27–30, 2013 in Washington, D.C. If you register now for the conference, you can take advantage of the $50 "Final Countdown" discount, which ends Monday, October 14th.

Lifestyle Medicine 2013 offers 2.5+ action-packed days and well over 20 academic sessions covering the importance of evidence-based medicine, initiating and maintaining behavior change and treating the cause to end the disease epidemic.

To learn more about ACLM and to join the Treat the Cause Movement taking place this October

27-30, visit the event website at: www.lifestylemedicine2013.org.


14. DRAFT HHS STRATEGIC PLAN OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

A draft of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Strategic Plan (2014-18) is available for public comment. According to the HHS release, "Every four years, HHS updates its strategic plan, which describes its work to address complex, multifaceted, and ever-evolving health and human service issues." The comment period closes on October 15th. There are several different options included in the above link for submitting comments.


15. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: OLUGBENGA O. OBASANJO

Olubenga Obasanjo, MD, PhD, FACPM, was recently appointed as the District Health Director for District 4 Public Health in LaGrange, Georgia. Dr. Obasanjo received his medical degree at the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria in 1994. He earned his Master of Public Health degree in 1996 and Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology in 1999 from the Johns Hopkins University, gaining experience as an epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health during his doctoral studies. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and returned to Johns Hopkins, where he completed his residency training in public health and preventive medicine in 2001.

For several years, Dr. Obasanjo worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria and as a consultant to Nigerian governments and private industry on HIV prevention. He returned to the U.S. in 2009 as a medical officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In May 2011, he began work as a physician in Prince William County in Northern Virginia, later taking a tour of duty with the US Army in the Middle East as a Preventive Medicine Officer.


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