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ACPM Headlines 9/23/11
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1. Congressional members query HHS re: PMR funding decision

2. HHS announces "Million Hearts” Campaign

3. Public health accreditation board off and running

ACPM News

4. ACPM and Audax Health officially announce consumer health information partnership

5. ACPM joins National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

6. Looking for an exciting job in preventive medicine?

7. ACPM to partner with AMSA on joint webinar series

8. Haven’t logged into the new ACPM web site yet? Do it now, it’s easy!

Policy and Practice

9. Senate Labor, HHS Subcommittee holds mark-up on FY 2012 spending bill

10. Major tobacco companies file suit against FDA

11. Sec. Sebelius proposes rules to expand patients’ access to health info

Research and Reports

12. New study suggests exercise helps teen smokers quit

13. Let’s Move partners with national restaurants to reduce calories/sodium

Announcements

14. New career opportunities at HRSA

15. AMA Foundation Excellence in medicine awards


Top Stories

1. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER FUNDING DISPARITY FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE RESIDENCIES

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) delivered a joint letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing "concern that the allocation of $35 million in FY 10 and FY 11 Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for public health workforce development has not included any support for preventive medicine residencies.” ACPM has been working to expand federal support for preventive medicine residency training programs by positioning such programs as a critical component of current efforts to advance clinical and community-based preventive services across all health care settings.

To view a copy of the letter, visit http://bit.ly/r6lmDr.

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2. HHS ANNOUNCES "MILLION HEARTS” CAMPAIGN

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced a new "Million Hearts” campaign being launched by a public-private partnership of several government and private sector organizations, with the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes within the next five years by implementing proven, effective, inexpensive preventive strategies. Million Hearts is focused on two goals: empowering Americans to make healthy choices and improving care. Cardiovascular disease results in $444 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity in Americans.

Among the agencies and organizations joining in the initiative are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Heart Association (AHA), Walgreens and United Healthcare.

For more information, visit: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/about-mh.shtml.

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3. PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION BOARD LAUNCHES HEALTH DEPARTMENT ACCREDITATION

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has launched the first national program to accredit and standardize state, local, Tribal, and territorial health departments across the country. The goal of this program, initiated with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to improve and protect the health of every community by advancing the quality of performance of public health departments.

For more information, visit the Board’s website at http://www.phaboard.org/.

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ACPM News

4. ACPM ROLE IN CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION SITE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED

ACPM and Audax Health have publicly announced their partnership to expand CarevergeTM, an online destination for consumers interested in improving their health, to provide physician-based guidance on disease prevention, health promotion and healthy lifestyle choices. As a result of the partnership Careverge members will be able to post questions and receive expert recommendations from ACPM specialty physicians uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health issues.

The two groups are currently pilot testing the site in preparation for a full launch in November. If you are interested in participating in this initiative as an ACPM medical expert, please send a brief statement of interest and CV to Mike Barry at mbarry@acpm.org. To read the press release announcing the launch, visit http://ow.ly/6CVEy.

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5. NATIONAL FORUM FOR HEART DISEASE AND STROKE WELCOMES ACPM

 



The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention recently welcomed ACPM as its newest member at the 9th National Forum conference held in Bethesda, MD. The National Forum provides leadership for implementation of a public health action plan to prevent heart disease and stroke and works to encourage collaborative action between organizations committed to heart disease and stroke prevention. Other member organizations of the National Forum include the American Public Health Association, the American Heart Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, among others.

For more information on the National Forum, visit http://bit.ly/eud8jU.

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6. LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITY? CHECK OUT THE NEW ACPM FELLOWSHIP

ACPM is now accepting applications for a new Clinical Risk Management (CRM) Fellowship, which aims to place recent preventive medicine graduates and young preventive medicine physicians looking for new career opportunities into a two-year fellowship training program at Merck headquarters located just outside Philadelphia, PA.

The goals of the Fellowship program are to expose preventive medicine physicians to various aspects of global product safety and to provide direct training and experience in how pharmaceutical manufacturers use data to support research, development, adoption, and utilization of their products.

For more information about and to apply to the CRM Fellowship, contact Paul Bonta at pbonta@acpm.org or 202-466-2044, x110.

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7. ACPM ANNOUNCES WEBINAR SERIES WITH MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION

ACPM is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) to formalize a preventive medicine webinar series for AMSA students. The program will institutionalize an initiative begun last year by ACPM’s Young Physician Section, in concert with the Resident Physician Section and Medical Student Section, to make the webinar series a more formal part of AMSA’s initiatives.

The webinar series will now serve as one of three core components of AMSA’s new Academy Scholars Program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine designed to teach AMSA members how to effectively work with their local community, as well as develop, implement, and evaluate a local project. Sami Bég, MD, MPA, MPH and Elizabeth Salisbury Afshar, MD, MPH will serve as the ACPM advisors to the program.

The webinar series, entitled Community Healers Inspiring Tomorrow (CHIT) Chats, will be a monthly series starting in October and lasting through March, 2012. ACPM President Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, will inaugurate the CHIT Chats on October 12 at noon EDT, where she will discuss the importance of prevention and public health. Details for the webinar will follow.

ACPM is looking for volunteers for future webinars and has identified the following topics with AMSA:

  • The impact of the gulf oil spill on environmental health
  • The "teamlet” model of delivery reform
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Cultural competency in disaster relief
  • Toward a Healthy City: the intersection between public health and city planning
  • Doctors who make house calls
  • Concierge medicine and effect
  • The impact of health reform on primary care

We strongly encourage you to support this important initiative with AMSA and volunteer for a future one-hour webinar. If you are interested, please email Sami Bég at samibeg@gmail.com with the topic you are interested in addressing.

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8. ACPM'S WEBSITE: HAVE YOU LOGGED IN?

Have you seen ACPM's new website? If so, have you logged in yet?

The power of this new site and membership management system can only be achieved if members register (one-time only), review and update their profiles, and engage with the site. The ACPM website allows ACPM members to update their contact information, make connections with other members, upload photos, files, CVs, create blogs and mini-sites, access member-only pricing for meetings, and much more!

An email was sent to all ACPM members on Thursday, August 11, informing them of their new user name and password (passwords from the old web site are no longer valid). If you have not already, please log in to the new site, verify and update your membership information, list your areas of interest and post your CV/biosketch, search for fellow members, and look for new opportunities to become involved with ACPM.

ACPM's success as an organization representing you and your colleagues depends on accurate information and member involvement. This requires ACPM members to harness the power of the website to work for them by connecting you to the people and resources that can meet your needs. This can only be achieved if you log in and update your profile.

To log in and start receiving the full benefits of ACPM membership, please visit www.acpm.org.

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Policy and Practice

9. SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ADOPTS FY 2012 SPENDING BILL FOR HHS

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill which provides the HHS with $70.18 billion, compared to $70.44 billion in FY2011. While few details of the bill have emerged, the overall cuts appear to be less than predicted earlier this year with the largest cut, $190 million, reportedly sustained by the National Institutes of Health.

The House Appropriations Committee has yet to act on its version of the bill given differences among House Republicans on the top-line spending level for this bill.

To view a press release on the bill from the Senate Appropriations Committee, visit http://1.usa.gov/pjWje6.

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10. TOBACCO COMPANIES FILE NEW LAWSUIT AGAINST FDA

On the heels of recent court action that upheld the graphic warning label requirement on cigarette packaging, several major tobacco companies filed a new lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) questioning the constitutionality of the label requirement. The graphic warning labels, which will cover 50 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs starting in September 2012, are part of the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, historic public health legislation endorsed by ACPM and signed into law in 2009 that grants the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacture, sale and marketing of tobacco products.

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11. HHS PROPOSES RULES TO EXPAND PATIENTS’ ACCESS TO HEALTH INFORMATION

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology (IT). Specifically, the new rules would allow patients to gain access to test results reports directly from labs. Under the rules labs covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) would provide such information, upon request, directly to patients or their personal representatives.

The announcement was made at the first-ever HHS Consumer Health IT Summit, which brought consumers, providers, and the public and private sectors together to discuss how best to empower consumers to be partners in their health and care through health IT. More information: http://ow.ly/6CYR9

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Research and Reports

12. NEW STUDY SUGGESTS EXERCISE HELPS TEEN SMOKERS QUIT

West Virginia University researchers found that teenagers, particularly boys, were more likely to quit smoking if exercise was a part of their smoking-cessation program. The research team randomly assigned 19 high schools to offer either the standard cessation program, the program plus exercise advice, or a "brief intervention" in which teen smokers had one session with a program facilitator. After six months, the study found the standard-plus-exercise group had the highest self-reported quit rate, at 31 percent. That compared with 21 percent in the standard program and just under 16 percent in the brief-intervention group.

Among boys in the exercise version of the program, 37 percent had quit by six months, versus only about 18 percent in the standard program. Girls' quit rates, however, were similar in both groups. Their quit rates were at 26 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Experts hope the program’s success in West Virginia can be scaled to the whole country. West Virginia has the worst teen smoking problem in the country, with 29 percent of people under 18 who smoke, compared to a national average of 20 percent. The study was published in the September 19 issue of Pediatrics.

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13. LET’S MOVE! CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE HEALTHIER FOOD OPTIONS AT NATIONAL RESTAURANTS

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign has partnered with the Darden Restaurant company, which includes popular restaurant chains such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden, to reduce calories and sodium content in their foods. Some of the changes include healthier default options and removal of carbonated beverage choices from children’s menus.

For more information on this initiative please visit http://1.usa.gov/oudPEp.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

14. NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking a Director and Deputy Director for the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education within its Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr).

The BHPr, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, provides leadership and serves as the principal focal point for the Agency and the Bureau for increasing the public health workforce, interdisciplinary health professions issues and programs, including geriatric training, and research activities to increase the diversity of the health professional workforce. The Bureau also administers HRSA’s preventive medicine residency training program that provides federal funds to a handful of such programs.

Applicants must possess and or have demonstrated a high degree of public health prominence and expertise and a distinguished record of accomplishments. Applicants also must show a willingness to stimulate interest in HRSA's mission and have leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction in a large organization, such as public health, academic or non-governmental organization.

To view a copy of the job postings, visit http://1.usa.gov/oWRhl9.

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15. AMA FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE IN MEDICINE AWARDS

The AMA Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the 2012 Excellence in Medicine Awards. Each year the AMA Foundation honors a select group of physicians and medical students who exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care.

Submissions are due Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

For more information about the awards and selection criteria, visit: http://bit.ly/nufI5w.

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