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Initiatives

ACPM programs and initiatives address a wide range of important disease prevention and public health issues important to our members. Initiatives focus on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. We also publish position statements on critical preventive medicine issues to exert a positive influence on policy, practice, and research.

General

Policy and Advocacy

ACPM develops and advocates for public and practice policies consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. We publish policy resolutions which describe and endorse a defined course of action for a particular individual, organization, event, or piece of legislation. Members provide a great deal of support prioritizing issues and enacting change.

Position Statements

ACPM coordinates the development of position statements which outline the College’s perspective on critical preventive medicine issues. Statements often address issues that are controversial or lack clear guidance for health practitioners and aim to exert a positive influence on featured policy, practice, and research dealing.

Lifestyle Medicine

ACPM believes lifestyle medicine is a core competency of preventive medicine and supports the continued exploration of the scientific basis, best practices, and need for education in lifestyle medicine. As the discipline continues to mature, ACPM and key stakeholders will play an important role in ensuring lifestyle medicine practices and programs are based on proven and effective methods of preventing and controlling disease.

Violence Prevention

ACPM is the chair of the National Violence Prevention Network, a broad-based coalition of local, state, and national organizations dedicated to violent death prevention by advocating for the full implementation of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in the United States.

CDC Funded Projects

Brain Health

ACPM is working toward the creation of a course on blood pressure management to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Once completed, the course will be pilot tested among ACPM members added as an elective to the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Program.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The purpose of this project is to assist the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation to increase physician/clinician awareness of prediabetes as a serious health condition and to increase the number of physician/clinicians who are screening, testing, and referring patients with prediabetes to a CDC recognized diabetes prevention programs.

Health Systems Transformation

The main focus of the cooperative agreement is to include professional development in health systems transformation (HST) on topics including, financing and service delivery reform, preventive medicine leadership in health systems transformation, policy drivers, among others. Project activities include developing educational materials, hosting regional meetings, hosting a day-long institute and webinar on health systems transformation. All these events are available for CME.

Prostate Cancer Screening Decision Aids

ACPM has received funding from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to develop materials that will promote and enhance informed decision making for men considering prostate cancer screening decisions and their providers.

WISEWOMAN Education Project

ACPM has received a grant create and deliver new lifestyle medicine education modules for providers in the CDC WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program. During the one-year project, ACPM will research, develop, and disseminate new lifestyle medicine curriculum modules and educational materials designed specifically for the needs of WISEWOMAN providers. The curriculum modules will be made available for CME.

Past Projects

ICRC Cross Thematic Networks

This project was intended to leverage the collective expertise of the leading injury and violence prevention researchers and scientists within Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to further the field’s thinking and strategy around critical challenges through the development of up to two thematic Cross-Center networks. The development and collaborative structure of the networks will serve as a pilot for future collaborations and partnerships.

Zika Preparedness

The purpose of this project is to establish a two-month Zika-focused practicum rotation for preventive medicine residents in state and local health departments. ACPM will and select residents for placement and priority will be given to state and local health departments in those states at greatest risk of Zika.

Falls Prevention CPT Codes

With support from National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (housed in the CDC), ACPM established reimbursable current procedural terminology (CPT) codes to screen and assess for falls in the older adult population.This is necessary for healthcare providers to be directly reimbursed for activities in support of fall prevention and to support promotional activities to encourage fall prevention in clinical settings. This project has been completed. View the project page to access the reimbursement codes for falls-related services!

Childhood Injury Risk Assessment Tool

ACPM has developed a childhood injury risk assessment tool for early childhood home visitation programs. Completed in March 2014, this tool is designed to help home visitors start a conversation with families and educate them on major causes of injury in the home. It includes assessment questions, educational topics, and references for home visitors to gain additional background knowledge on each injury topic.

Aspirin Initiative

ACPM is leading the initiative on Aspirin Talks: Start a Life-Saving Conversation. Its goal is to improve appropriate aspirin use to prevent heart attacks and strokes. For more information about this initiative—including our clinical use toolkit—please contact Danielle Pere.

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