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ACPM reaches out to media, government officials, and the public to increase preventive medicine’s influence in discussions on healthcare and health systems reform. ACPM also works to amplify the voices of members who take stances on important issues in the public policy sphere.

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ACPM Opposes the Prohibition of Scientific Terms
December 18, 2017

In response to recent reports that the Trump Administration is prohibiting or discouraging the use of specific words or phrases in annual budget proposals, ACPM has released a statement opposing any efforts that suppress the use of appropriate and accurate scientific language used by federal agencies. ACPM also joined 300 organizations expressing concern in a letter to Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan.

ACPM Comments on HHS 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
November 6, 2017

ACPM responded to the request for comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. ACPM noted the need for investment in prevention, increased support for and use of preventive medicine physicians, lifestyle medicine, and referenced ACPM’s Principles of Health Reform, among other topics in the draft Strategic Plan.

American College of Preventive Medicine Endorses Don Wright for HHS Secretary
October 10, 2017

ACPM sent a letter today praising President Trump's choice of Dr. Don Wright for Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and endorsing Dr. Wright for the position of HHS Secretary. The letter states the need for a Secretary who understands the necessity of a shift in focus to prevention.

ACPM Opposes Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill
September 22, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has reviewed Senator Lindsey Graham's and Senator Bill Cassidy's proposal to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strongly opposes the bill. ACPM's Principles of Health Reform clearly outline recommendations for any future health reform legislation, which this bill does not meet. The Graham-Cassidy proposal would eliminate insurance subsidies, coverage requirements for businesses, and requirements for essential health benefits, including clinical preventive services.

Funding for the Public Health Workforce Senate Letter
August 8, 2017

ACPM joined 20 organizations in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, advocating for funding for Public Health Workforce Programs. The letter expresses the need for full funding in the FY18 appropriations bill for both preventive medicine residency programs and Public Health Training Centers.

PMR/PHTC Senate Letter
August 8, 2017

Thirty one directors from preventive medicine residency programs and Public Health Training Centers signed onto a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. In the letter, the directors stress that their programs are vital to a strong public health system in the United States and losing these programs would jeopardize the readiness to address the country's healthcare challenges.

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ACPM Hosts Briefing on Lifestyle Medicine: 'Transforming Medical Education to Prevent Chronic Disease'
July 26, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine, in conjunction with the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, held a congressional briefing entitled, “Transforming Medical Education to Prevent Chronic Disease.” The briefing focused on the need to include training on nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle elements in medical school curricula and continuing medical education. 

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ACPM Opposes "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017"
June 22, 2017

ACPM is deeply disappointed that the Senate's draft legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) entitled the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," aims to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, rollback Medicaid expansion gains, and allow states to waive coverage of essential health benefits including clinical preventive services.

ACPM Statement on Leaving Paris Climate Agreement
June 8, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine is disappointed in the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nation’s Paris Agreement. Climate change is a threat to the health of every population regardless of borders, and without the steps put forth by the agreement, the U.S. could face major setbacks in the strides we have made in the public health arena.

ACPM President Dr. Robert Carr Opinion Piece Published
June 4, 2017

At a time when greater focus should be placed on the prevention of chronic diseases and injuries that drive up health care spending, lead to millions of lives lost and create significant productivity loss to our economy, it is deeply concerning that President Trump's budget proposes to eliminate large portions of critical prevention funding.

ACPM Past-President in the News
May 16, 2017

"After a brief respite, health insurance is back in the headlines. House Republicans have passed the latest version of “repeal and replace,” and the nation is waiting to see what the Senate will do. While the focus has been on coverage of pre-existing conditions and the fate of Medicaid expansion, one of the most important issues has been largely overlooked: how best to actually improve the health of the population."  Read more.

Preventive Medicine ID Crisis
Preventive Medicine’s Identity Crisis
Dr. Boris Lushniak (former Acting Surgeon General)
Dr. Paul Jung (ACPM Board Member)
January 19, 2017

"What is preventive medicine? Specifically, what is the specialty of preventive medicine, and how should it best be described? The specialty of preventive medicine is poorly understood, not only by the medical profession and the general public, but even among some of its practitioners. Currently, there is no unifying, vernacular explanation of the specialty of preventive medicine, to its detriment. This paper presents the argument that preventive medicine is the medical specialty for public health, which should be the preferred identity for the specialty."

Working with Leaders on Antimicrobial Resistance
January 13, 2017

ACPM joined almost 50 organizations from the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) in a letter to President-elect Trump stating our hope to work with the Administration in combating antimicrobial resistance, an acute threat to public health, patient safety, and national security.

Prevention and Public Health Fund
January 9, 2017

ACPM joined 333 organizations on a letter to Congress warning that repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would leave significant funding gaps for essential public health programs. The letter urged congressional leadership to protect funding for prevention and public health programs.

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