President's Column 2/6/09
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By Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM - ACPM President

We can"grow the pipeline" of public health and preventive medicine physicians. And we can increase the number of physicians and other health care providers committed to disease prevention, health promotion and evidence-based approaches to improving health and health care. Through ongoing participation with the Institute of Medicine, proactive Capitol Hill Days with Board members and residents visiting Congressional offices, and behind-the-scenes networking and political savvy, ACPM has made the case that doubling our nation's preventive medicine residencies is a critical need. We've enlisted more co-sponsors than ever before and with the reintroduction of S1120 and HR 3404, the "Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Act," we will be successful.

We can "build the brand" of ACPM, its Fellows, members and staff through high value and visible products, services and alliances. ACPM's "brand" has benefited from demonstrating again and again that we stand for evidence-based public health, clinical preventive services and systems-based approaches to improving health and reducing excessive costs. Through leadership in the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and other influential policy coalitions we have made the clear and compelling statement that prevention and preventive medicine are the antidote to the epidemic of chronic disease, which is bankrupting the health and budget of Americans.

We can go "direct to the 3C's" - citizens, consumers, and new constituencies - to impact more people, leaders, and organizations to advance our mission. We did create and launch ACPM's Corporate Roundtable to extend our reach and impact; partner with ACPM experts in preventive cardiology, clinical preventive medicine and epidemiology to improve the use of aspirin to save 45,000 American lives annually; present to physicians, employers, legislators and consumers during the presidential campaign and the transition team; and build national and state-level partnerships with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and other groups to take the message of public health, healthy behaviors and enlightened health care reform to citizens, companies and key stakeholders.

We can. We did. And we will continue to be the only medical specialty society dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion and systems-based improvement in health care. It has been an honor to lead and represent you and your ACPM colleagues: 2,400 fellows, members, residents and students strong. Thank you for your intellect, passion and support. See you in LA for PM 2009!


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