|ACPM Headlines 10/10/14|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM TO CO-SPONSOR HEALTHY AGING CONFERENCE
ACPM and the HHS’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have announced they will co-sponsor a national conference on healthy aging in Washington, DC, during the summer of 2015. The "2015 Healthy Aging Summit” will convene federal and non-federal subject matter experts to explore the state of the science on healthy aging; highlight evidence-based practices that are working in communities; identify knowledge gaps that need to be filled; discuss strategies and public health infrastructure needed to improve the delivery of care for those aging in place or in transition; and create a "call to action” to ensure healthy aging for all Americans.
The number of adults aged 65 and over (35 million in 2010) is expected to more than double—to 72 million—by 2030. With health care expenditures for Medicare beneficiaries expected to rise over that time, this conference is aimed at addressing needed improvements in the delivery of preventive services and care coordination, and fostering a greater understanding of the social, environmental, and emotional factors that influence health in the later years of life, all of which could help reduce health care costs.
Stay tuned for more information about the conference in the coming months.
Although only 1 in 10 Americans are aware of it, obesity is quickly overtaking smoking as the leading cause of preventable cancer. With this alarming rise, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is calling for greater awareness to the dangers of obesity.
Although the exact link between extra body weight and cancer is not fully understood, it is thought by experts that obesity may cause the body to operate differently.
ASCO hopes by bringing more awareness to this significant cancer risk, it will encourage more individuals, including those who are currently overweight or obese, to make serious lifestyle changes.
More information can be found on the ASCO website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security's Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week will begin new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The new screening procedures will be implemented this Saturday at New York's JFK International Airport, which received nearly half of travelers from the three West African nations in the 12 months ending July 2014. Enhanced entry screening at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O'Hare, and Atlanta international airports will be implemented next week.
The enhanced screening was announced on the same day that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States, died of the disease in an isolation ward of aDallas hospital 11 days after being admitted. The latest health advisory issued by CDC reminds healthcare personnel and health officials to:
4. ESLM OFFERS DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIP TO ACPM MEMBERS
ACPM is pleased to announce the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ESLM) will offer to ACPM members a 20% discount on its membership dues.
ESLM provides leadership in research, prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases through nutrition, physical activity, psychology and public health. ESLM represents all nations in Europe and around the Mediterranean, and is a founding member of the Global Lifestyle Medicine Alliance (GLMA).
A featured interview with Integrative Medicine Program (IMP) grantee, Rutgers University, and Preventive Medicine resident and ACPM member, Dr. Yvonne Farnacio, MD,has been published in the New Jersey Medical School's Pulse magazine. The articles, focused on the new integrative medicine rotation at Rutgers’ Preventive Medicine residency program, can be accessed by clicking on the links above.
Rutgers is one of 12 IMP grantees funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to incorporate evidence-based integrative medicine curricula into their preventive medicine residency training program. ACPM’s Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education (IMPriME) Center serves as the national coordinating center for the two-year HRSA project. Additional information about the IMPriME project can be found at www.imprime.org.
ACPM has accepted an invitation to serve as a Partner Organization of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). The ABOM was created to serve the public and the field of obesity medicine through the establishment and maintenance of criteria and procedures for examination and certification of candidate physicians who seek recognition of their accomplishments in obesity medicine.
Physicians in any specialty who complete the ABOM certification process in obesity medicine are designated Diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. For example, ACPM member Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, is board certified in both Preventive Medicine and Obesity Medicine, and serves on the ABOM Board of Directors. Dr. Kahan is the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, a multidisciplinary obesity treatment clinic in Washington, DC.
To learn more about eligibility requirements and the certification process please visit www.abom.org.
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Because of your support, ACPM can continue to be the leading voice of our profession from education to the halls of Congress. Check one item off of your 2015 to-do list by renewing quickly and easily via the ACPM website.
If you have any questions about your membership feel free to contact the ACPM Membership Department by phone (202-466-4044) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
8. ACPM SUPPORTS FUNDING TO ADVANCE HEALTH EQUITY
ACPM has partnered with 180 national, state, and local organizations to support continued federal funding for programs addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Spearheaded by the National Health Equity Coalition, this letter urges U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) to consider the importance of these programs for communities across the United States. In addition, the letter outlines support for a diverse array of public health programs and offices within the Department of Health and Human Services, including Title VII of the Public Health Service Act, which supports funding for preventive medicine residencies among other health care workforce training programs.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a call for public comment on a draft evidence review and draft recommendation statement for Type 2 diabetes screening. The evidence review for "Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Systematic Review to Update the 2008 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation,” discusses the previous USPSTF recommendation, the prevalence and burden of diabetes in the United States, rationale for screening, and interventions and treatment. It further discusses specific contextual and key clinical questions for Type 2 diabetes screening.
The draft recommendation statement for "Screening for Abnormal Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” (B recommendation) encourages clinicians to screen adults for abnormal blood glucose and Type 2 diabetes if they are at increased risk for diabetes. In addition to screening, USPSTF further recommends appropriate interventions for lifestyle-related risk factors (e.g., physical inactivity, smoking) to reduce adult risk of diabetes.
The public comment period for each of these documents will be open until Monday, November 3rd.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded contracts to advance research and development of tests to help doctors diagnose influenza sooner and more accurately. Contracts of $12.9 million and $7.9 million have been awarded from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to Alere Inc., headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and InDevR Inc., of Boulder, Colorado, respectively. The tests could help boost influenza pandemic preparedness by increasing diagnostic capabilities in near-patient care settings such as doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals.
One award will advance the development of a simple, low-cost molecular test, while the other award will allow a biochip test. The tests use different technologies to detect influenza viruses and offer different levels of information about the viruses detected. Both tests would use swabs taken from a patient’s nasal passage.
11. CDC RELEASES PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFILES FOR SCHOOLS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a set of Physical Education Profiles (PE Profiles), 2012 that summarize the state of physical education policies and practices in middle and high schools across 18 states, one tribe, and one territory. Working with physical education teachers in each of these jurisdictions, CDC found that 93.4% of middle and high schools in the 18 states surveyed require physical education, 87.6% include all six national physical education standards in their curricula, and 53.2% offer students opportunities to participate in intramural, voluntary physical activity programs either before, during, or after school.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report, Building Health Workforce Capacity Through Community-based Health Professional Education, summarizing the presentations from the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held in May 2014. The workshop focused on developing and disseminating health professional educational opportunities within community settings.
The goals of the workshop included broadening the definition of health, examining the role of community health workers, evaluating education’s role in impacting health, and leveraging global accreditation and licensure for education. Examples presented in this report include collaborations between educational institutions and communities, as well as practical educational opportunities available within communities.
The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has announced a call for public comment on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP). Since its launch, the NPAP has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation. In the coming months, the NPAP will be celebrating its 5th anniversary and an effort is underway to review the NPAP’s content and structure. The Alliance is inviting individuals to participate in a brief survey regarding the update and revision of the plan. The deadline is October 31st.
14. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: KATRINA RHODES
ACPM Fellow and Young Physician Regent, Katrina Rhodes, MD, MS, was honored by her medical school, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as a 2013 Inspiring Supporter and member of the Nathan Smith Davis Recognition Program as a result of her support for the medical school. Northwestern University chronicled Dr. Rhodes’ career path to preventive medicine and public health in their annual report. Congratulations Dr. Rhodes!
The YMCA of the USA has released a new digital storybook, Inspiring Change in Communities & States, which illustrates the impact and inspiration surrounding its work to improve health in communities around the country. The storybook promotes real life accounts of strategies that have made a difference in improving community health. The first three stories are entitled, Transformations, Out of School & Afterschool Programs and Access to Healthier Foods.
The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) is seeking nominations for its Health Leader of the Year Award. "Established in 1987, the award recognizes individuals who achieved prominence in public health. Persons who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in making notable contributions to the health of the Nation may be nominated for this award. Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery or some other area of public health." For details, visit the USPHS website. Deadline for submission is October 31st.