|ACPM Headlines 11/12/12|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. MESSAGE FROM THE ACPM PRESIDENT: YOUR GIFT COUNTS!
Make your philanthropic gift today! Your contribution to ACPM will help advance ACPM’s strategic priorities, grow the pipeline of preventive medicine physicians, and develop young leaders within the College and within the field. Your gift to the Preventive Medicine Leadership Fund or Future Leaders of Preventive Medicine Fund is 100% tax deductible and helps support your profession in long lasting and meaningful ways. Visit www.acpm.org/donations to make a donation using our secure server or offline by mail, phone or fax.
ACPM has joined with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and other partner organizations in submitting comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opposing a Citizen Petition filed by the tobacco industry. The petition seeks a rulemaking proceeding to change the warnings mandated by the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) for smokeless tobacco.
In its petition tobacco companies argue that one of the current warnings, "This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes,” is misleading because it implies that smokeless tobacco products are just as dangerous as cigarettes, contrary to the scientific evidence. Tobacco companies seek to replace the current warning statement with, "No tobacco product is safe, but this product presents substantially lower risks to health than cigarettes.”
The ACPM comments emphasize that the current statutory warnings on smokeless products are not misleading and entirely supported by the scientific evidence. The comments further state that the statutory language giving FDA the authority to alter the smokeless warnings does not support the tobacco industry’s effort to convert the warnings into a claim of modified risk.
To view the comments please visit, http://bit.ly/ZuVkkm.
According to a systematic review from CDC's Community Guide Branch, health communication campaigns can change health behaviors when combined with the distribution of free or reduced-price related products.Based on this evidence review, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has issued the following recommendation:
The Task Force is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts that provides evidence-based findings about community preventive programs, services, and policies to improve health.
4. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS—DEADLINE APPROACHING!
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 2013.
Board of Regents
The ACPM Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the ACPM Board of Regents. Elections will be held in early-2013 for President-Elect, Aerospace Medicine Regent, Central/Southwest (Regional) Regent, and West (Regional) Regent. If nominated for a Regional Regent position, candidates must reside in the region they wish to represent.
Please take a moment and consider whether you or someone you know would be a strong candidate for a leadership position with ACPM. Also, before submitting a nomination, please check with the member to ensure they are an active ACPM Fellow, meet regional residency requirements (if applicable), and would be willing to accept the nomination. All candidates for Board of Regents positions must be active ACPM Fellows.
The deadline is rapidly approaching! Nominations for both categories (Awards and Board of Regents) are due by November 16, 2012. 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 Membership Manager Camille Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open for Preventive Medicine 2013! Join us in warm, sunny Phoenix-Scottsdale in February for a jam-packed conference program centered on the conference theme, Population Health is Good Medicine: Improving the Health of People from the Clinic to the Community. The program agenda includes full and half-day workshops, plenary sessions, concurrent breakouts and the inaugural ACPM/AJPM Research Symposium, Salud America!
Register before December 30th to secure the early-bird registration rate and you will automatically be entered to win two complimentary nights at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. These nights may be used during your stay at PM2013 or at a later date within the next 12 months. Visit the PM2013 website for more information, and to view the upcoming program agenda.
With its focus on preventive medicine and related healthcare career opportunities, ACPM’s Online Career Center offers an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
Both members and non-members can use the ACPM’s Online Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
For job seekers, ACPM’s Online Career is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the health industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
Visit careers.acpm.org today to stop searching—and start connecting!
The ACPM Prevention Practice Committee is seeking new members to help advance its priority objectives under the ACPM Strategic Plan. The committee is charged with activities that:
Examples of these activities include publishing ACPM position statements on preventive and lifestyle medicine; publishing consumer-focused summaries of ACPM positions in mainstream print and online publications; and building working relationships with health professionals and systems to promote preventive medicine expertise. This is a fantastic opportunity for members who are interested in greater involvement with ACPM and obtaining fellowship with the College.
If you would like more information on the committee’s strategic plan priorities, please contact Andrea Lowe, Policy and Practice Manager, at email@example.com. To apply please submit a short statement of interest and qualifications along with your curriculum vitae (CV) to Ms. Lowe.
8. GAO DETAILS ACA PREVENTION FUND EXPENDITURES
Forty-three activities across five agencies received funding from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, according to a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on expenditures from the Fund. Most of the $500 million available in 2010 went to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs, while most of the $750 million available in 2011 went to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-three of the activities, accounting for 72 percent of program funds over the two fiscal years, went to programs already receiving other funds. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it’s still too early to grade most activities receiving PPHF money.
The GAO report is available at http://1.usa.gov/R7ecSR.
Russia, the world’s second-largest cigarette market, is eyeing a severe crackdown on tobacco use that could have major implications for companies like Phillip Morris International, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. According to the article, a bill that would establish nationwide smoking restrictions, such as limits on advertising and smoking in restaurants, was expected to be submitted to parliament on November 1 for a vote early next year. A separate effort to raise excise taxes nearly 135% by 2015 has already passed a parliamentary committee.
Such measures pose a significant challenge to the world's big four tobacco companies that control 90% of the Russian market. The article notes that in Russia cigarettes are inexpensive, restaurants and bars are normally thick with smoke, and nearly 40% of the population and 60% of men smoke cigarettes.
To view the article, visit http://on.wsj.com/R1RmgT.
Advances in influenza vaccine technology include the possibility of universal flu vaccination, according to an article published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases. The article examines several ongoing research projects that address novel technology in influenza vaccines.
The authors are pursuing their own research in this field by attempting to develop a T-cell based vaccine that could attack the section of the virus that does not mutate on an annual basis. Vaccine clinical trials have already produced strong results with fewer vaccinated subjects developing influenza than control subjects; and shorter viral shedding in vaccinated subjects overall.
The leading national group that evaluates health plans has released a study concluding that Medicare's program for making higher payments to health plans based on performance is reaping dividends, and that, prodded by quality measures, doctors are stepping up efforts to identify and counsel obese patients. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) found that health plans have shown big improvements on its health quality measures, such as those for obesity and colorectal screening.
On average, PPOs in the Medicare Advantage program screened 55 percent of their enrollees for colorectal cancer in 2012, up from 41 percent in 2011, and Medicare HMOs improved from 57.6 percent to 60 percent. The report also showed that caregivers in health plans are more likely to screen enrollees for obesity, not only among the elderly but also among the young. In 2009, NCQA introduced adult BMI assessment to its quality measures, and by 2011 major improvements were observed on this measure across commercial, Medicaid and Medicare lines of business and for HMOs and PPOs, the report said. Medicare plans saw the greatest success, increasing rates by 18 and 26 percentage points, respectively in HMOs and PPOs. Measuring BMI "naturally leads to counseling," said NCQA’s President Margaret O’Kane.
Originally established by the insurance industry, NCQA has won a reputation for independence and promoting quality measurement that improves health care.
12. ADDING VITAL SIGN FOR EXERCISE COULD IMPROVE PATIENT CARE
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente have published a study in the November Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise on the addition of physical activity as a "vital sign.” This construct was measured alongside traditional vital signs by health care professionals in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health system during medical visits between April 2010 and March 2011.
Throughout the study period, patients were asked two questions regarding their physical activity. The first was related to the number of days per week they engage in exercise and the second asked how long the patient engaged in this exercise on average. Results from the study were similar to national population-based surveys on physical activity, providing validity for the measurement of exercise during medical visits.
The project originated from the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan and the Exercise is Medicine initiative sponsored by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. For more information and access to the article, please visit this link.
13. ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM ISSUES NEW PUBLIC HEALTH BRIEF
The Alliance for Health Reform has released a report, "Public Health Prevention Efforts: Saving Lives, Saving Money?” The issue brief was based on a Congressional briefing held in July 2012 focused on the utility of public health programs in prevention of chronic health conditions.
The report examines three aspects of preventive health spending: whether it improves health outcomes, if public agencies can recoup their investments, and if the expenditures can lower the overall deficit and/or contribute to economic growth. While the first measure is supported by many research studies, research on the second two measures is not conclusive. Finally, the brief provides examples of communities that are addressing prevention through policies and programs.
14. WEBINAR TO EXAMINE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION FUND
Research to Reality is hosting a November 14 webinar, "Where We Stand and What’s Ahead: Public Health and the Prevention Fund.” The webinar will start at 2:30 PM EST/11:30 AM (PST) and will focus on the post-election environment, sequestration, and the challenges and goals of Community Transformation Grant (CTG) awardees.
Instead of utilizing the traditional webinar format, Research to Reality is conducting an interactive web forum providing key strategies, tools, and resources to participants. Please visit the link located above to register and participate.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee during 2013. This committee will provide advice and make recommendations for the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in serving on this committee, HHS and USDA are accepting nominations by email, fax, or postal mail until November 26, 2012. If you are interested in being nominated by ACPM, please submit a statement of interest and qualifications along with your curriculum vitae (CV) to Camille Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the announcement for details.
The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) has named ACPM past-president Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH, FACPM, Sagadahoc County Health Officer, as the recipient of its prestigious President’s Award during the organization’s recent annual meeting. Tilson’s leadership and remarkable résumé of sustained contributions over more than 45 years were praised, along with recognition of his fifteen years each in government, academia, and the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Tilson was cited for his "exemplary service and commitment to the practice and profession of public health in the State of Maine” over a 15-year period.
Robert Orford, MD, CM, MS, FACPM, FACOEM, FAsMA was elected to the Council of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine at its recent meeting in Melbourne, Australia. A past Joint Medical Director for Northwest Airlines and former director of the Aerospace Medicine programs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Scottsdale, AZ, he also serves on the Council of the Aerospace Medical Association as Parliamentarian, and as a Council member of the Airlines Medical Directors Association. He formerly served as ACPM’s Occupational Medicine Regent.