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ACPM Headlines 12/09/13
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Top Stories

1. ACPM to amend its Certificate of Incorporation

2. Prevention matters. Further the cause.

3. ACPM and ASTHO to co-host webinar on team-based care

ACPM News

4. Career Opportunities in Clinical Risk Management through ACPM

5. ACMP meets with NIH Office of Disease Prevention

6. ACPM seeks reviewers for weight management certification pilot

Policy and Practice

7. New clinical practice guidelines for overweight and obesity management released 

8. ACPM joins sign on letter urging FDA regulation of menthol in cigarettes

Research and Reports

9. Study finds a relationship between depression and Type 2 diabetes

10. Improving communication handoffs among residents can reduce medical errors

11. Public health groups release National Health Security Preparedness Index

Announcements

12. National Influenza Vaccination Week


Top Stories

1. ACPM TO AMEND CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

The ACPM Board of Regents has voted to present "Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation” to the members for their consideration and approval at the College’s annual business meeting on February 21 in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014.

An organization’s "Articles of Incorporation,” previously referred to as a "Certificate of Incorporation,” is its highest level governance document.  It is filed with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is formed.  It provides the organization legal standing and is rarely amended.  Articles of Incorporation document the purposes of the organization, and the responsibilities, liabilities, and rights of its directors and shareholders.  ACPM’s Certificate of Incorporation was filed in North Carolina when the organization was founded in 1956.  ACPM later acquired a certificate to operate in the District of Columbia.

The Board of Regents is recommending Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation to the members as part of a comprehensive governance review and overhaul begun in 2012 following the adoption of the College’s most-recent strategic plan.  The Amended and Restated Articles are intended to bring the College’s governing document into compliance with current legal requirements and to more accurately reflect the College’s current mission, management, and governance practices.   Consistent with best practice, the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation will eliminate the College’s constitution, leaving the College’s Bylaws to set forth the rules governing ACPM’s internal structure and management.

A brief summary of the changes and a copy of the Amended and Restated Articles have been posted on a secure page of the Members-only section of the College’s website for review by the members in advance of the February vote.  The page includes a forum for submitting feedback and discussing the changes, and will soon include FAQ’s and responses based on members’ feedback.

2. PREVENTION MATTERS. FURTHER THE CAUSE.

Prevention Matters. ACPM Matters. Your Gift Matters. Join your fellow ACPM members in supporting the ACPM fundraising campaign by making your gift today. As part of the campaign ACPM is profiling member donors who passionately support the cause. This week, ACPM President-elect Dr. Daniel Blumenthal shares his thoughts on the importance of supporting ACPM. "The quickest and surest route to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity is through prevention, and furthering the cause of prevention is what ACPM does.”

Read more from Dr. Blumenthal’s donor profile.  Help us continue to lead the way in preventive medicine.  Learn more about the campaign, and donate online today. 

3. ACPM TO CO-HOST WEBINAR ON TEAM-BASED CARE FOR HYPERTENSION CONTROL

ACPM is partnering with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to co-host "Implementing Team-Based Care: A Public Health Agency Perspective and A Health System Perspective” on December 19th at 12:00 pm (EST).  The webinar will feature recommendations from the Community Preventive Services Task Force on team-based care to improve blood pressure control among patients.  ACPM Fellow, Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, FACPM, at the Stanford Prevention Research Center will be presenting the provider and health systems perspective on the use of team-based care in the clinical setting.  For more information, and to register, please visit the webinar link


ACPM News

4. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CLINICAL RISK MANAGEMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH ACPM

ACPM is sponsoring multiple clinical risk management and pharmacovigilance job opportunities for early-to-mid-career preventive medicine physicians at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Interviews will be conducted during the Preventive Medicine 2014 conference in New Orleans.

Successful applicants will be offered a full-time position monitoring the efficacy of Otsuka’s global drug and device products. The initial two-year training period includes rotating through different departments within Otsuka’s drug safety division in Princeton, New Jersey. Annual salary starts at $150,000, including benefits.If you are interested, please send a copy of your CV and a statement of interest to Andrea Lowe, ACPM Policy and Practice Manager, at alowe@acpm.org

5. ACPM MEETS WITH NIH OFFICE OF DISEASE PREVENTION

ACPM representatives met with the new director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), David Murray, PhD, to discuss opportunities for ACPM to contribute the expertise of preventive medicine physicians in informing the prevention research agenda at NIH.  Dr. Murray noted his interest in working with stakeholder groups including preventive medicine physicians to help identify priority areas for prevention research across all NIH institutes.  While ODP does not have direct grant-making authority, it resides within the office of the NIH director and can augment funding for specific research grants.

ACPM president Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM, executive director Mike Barry, associate executive director Paul Bonta, and policy and practice manager Andrea Lowe attended the meeting.  Dr. Murray was joined by ODP director of communications Jody Engel and senior public health advisor Wilma Peterson Cross.

6. ACPM SEEKS REVIEWERS FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION PILOT

ACPM is seeking program reviewers for its new weight management certification initiative.  Under this initiative ACPM will certify weight management programs that meet specific, evidence-based standards for safe and healthy weight loss and maintenance defined by the ACPM Prevention Practice Committee.  Program reviewers will anonymously analyze program data for the first pilot program in this certification initiative; score the program and provide feedback that could lead to ACPM certification of the program; and provide an overall assessment of the certification initiative review process.   If you have expertise in weight management, nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle medicine, or other related areas and are interested in becoming a program reviewer, please submit a short statement of interest and your CV to Andrea Lowe, ACPM Policy and Practice Manager, at alowe@acpm.org


Policy and Practice

7. NEW CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY MANAGEMENT RELEASED

New clinical practice guidelines for overweight and obesity management in adults released in the November 2013 issue of Cardiology emphasize an individualized approach to managing weight in patients. The guidelines were developed through a collaboration of the American College of Cardiology, The Obesity Society, and the American Heart Association.

The guidelines recommend at least annual body mass index (BMI) measurements by primary care providers (PCPs) to identify at-risk patients, and individually-tailored weight control measures.  Key control measures should include 1) reduced calorie diet, 2) a focus on sustained weight loss between 5 and 10 percent within the first six months, and 3) advising patients with a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more with comorbidities, on the health benefits of bariatric surgery. The guidelines do not endorse a specific form of surgery, and they advise against surgery for patients with a BMI less than 35. 

8. ACPM JOINS SIGN ON LETTER URGING FDA REGULATION OF MENTHOL IN CIGARETTES

ACPM joined with national primary care and public health organizations to provide comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on proposed regulations for mentholated cigarettes.  The groups urged the FDA to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes, prohibit the sale of menthol kits sold separately to consumers, and implement public education and cessation programs specific to menthol smokers.  In addition, the letter details statistics and research on the population of menthol smokers and recommends effective strategies to help Americans prevent or quit smoking mentholated cigarettes. 


Research and Reports

9STUDY FINDS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

A study published in the November issue of Diabetes Care identifies a relationship between minor depressive symptoms and Type 2 Diabetes.  Authors of "Recurrent Subthreshold Depression in Type 2 Diabetes: An Important Risk Factor for Poor Health Outcomes” conducted a prospective community study of Type 2 Diabetes patients living in Quebec.

Analysis of the data showed that patients with at least four minor depressive episodes over the course of the five-year study were nearly three times more likely to have poor health than those with no or minimal depressive symptoms.  The authors recommend early identification, monitoring, and treatment of recurrent minordepressive symptoms to potentially prevent poor quality of life among patients with Type 2 Diabetes. 

10. IMPROVING COMMUNICATION HANDOFFS AMONG RESIDENTS CAN REDUCE MEDICAL ERRORS

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a new study finding that improving communication handoffs among residents in a children’s hospital can significantly decrease medical errors.  The authors of "Rates of Medical Errors and Preventable Adverse Events Among Hospitalized Children Following Implementation of a Resident Handoff Bundle,” conducted a prospective intervention study at Boston Children’s Hospital with 84 of their resident physicians.

The researchers found that interventions including standardized communication and handoff training, verbal mnemonics, computerized handoff tools, and a new team handoff structure decreased medical errors and preventable adverse events by nearly half.  In addition, residents were less likely to omit key handoff elements and were more likely to spend more time at the patient bedside after the intervention.  

11. PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS RELEASE PREPAREDNESS INDEX

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 20 development partners, has released the 2013 National Health Security Preparedness Index.  The Index is based upon the creation of a "set of objective, national indicators that can be universally applied to facilitate the high-level assessment of progress in achieving health preparedness capabilities while driving continuous quality improvement."  Among its goals is to "strengthen preparedness efforts at all levels; raise awareness of next generation trends that may allow more effective response to emerging threats; support evidence-informed decisions; and empower guidance on how to build resilience."


Announcements

12. THIS IS NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINE WEEK

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week.  The National Public Health Information Coalition is offering numerous resources to help you get on board with the promotional campaign. Check out their resources on page nine of their November-December newsletter. Information is also available directly from the CDC.

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