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September 2016


1. From the Executive Director
2. Latest Happenings
. Member Highlights 
. Staff Updates

5. On Your Behalf

6. Corporate Roundtable

  From the Executive Director

Advancing Science in Real World Practice 

ACPM recently received notice of a substantial grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supporting multiple projects for which we had applied.  This is exciting news on several fronts.  Not only is this good for the organization from the financial and external visibility perspectives, more importantly this funding will help ACPM take its strategic goal to “Advance Science in Real World Practice” to the next level.  

The strategic goal calls on ACPM to “promote the advancement of scientific knowledge in preventive medicine through multi-disciplinary education, collaboration, and communication. This includes promoting, advancing, and optimizing the delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive services, including competencies in lifestyle medicine, health systems innovation, community-based improvement in social determinants of health, community supports and linkages that foster healthy behaviors, and worksite employee health performance and productivity.”

Within this strategic goal, ACPM has been focusing on a major initiative to advance community-level promotion of healthy lifestyles and lifestyle medicine.  You’ve likely heard about our Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Online Program, the feature program for the initiative.  We are ramping up efforts to disseminate the curriculum and improve the uptake of lifestyle medicine in practice.  At the same time, the new CDC projects provide us with ample opportunity to amplify our work in lifestyle medicine and support other projects that advance the science and practice of preventive medicine, as aligned with the above-mentioned strategic goal.  

For example, this award is supporting the following projects:
Exploring the role of preventive medicine physicians in advancing the 6|18  initiative 
Increasing provider screening, testing, and referral to the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program  
Preventive medicine physicians collaboration with CDC WISEWOMAN program
Developing informed decision making materials for prostate cancer screening decisions
Current procedural term (CPT) codes for fall prevention in clinical settings
Injury control research centers cross-center thematic networks

ACPM’s success in securing these project grants is the result of several years of work to build relationships with the various centers, institutes, and offices of CDC, demonstrated achievement and earned trust through prior project work, and the power of what the ACPM brand represents—i.e., physician leaders committed to achieving health and wellness for all.

It is the latter element of success that I’d like to single out.  Our ability to shine in carrying out the work of these projects ultimately lies with you—our members who bring the expertise and passion to these issues every day.  It is the chief reason we sought these projects, so that we can engage you in our work to address the issues you care most about, and which may have even driven some of you to join the College.  So be on the lookout over the next several weeks for communications from us to engage in these projects—or if you know you are interested now, please let me know (mbarry@acpm.org).  We look forward to working hand-in-hand with you to “advance the science of preventive medicine in real world practice.”

Michael A. Barry, CAE

Executive Director

American College of Preventive Medicine 

 Latest Happenings


The ACPM Board of Regents held its bi-monthly, web-assisted meeting on August 24, tackling a full agenda.  Among its actions taken, the Board approved the six-month financial performance statements, the 2015 financial audit, and the organization’s 2015 annual tax return (Form 990).  ACPM’s financial performance in 2016 to date is strong.

The Board also reviewed a proposal from the Resident Physicians Section to create a Resident Leaders Scholarship Fund (still under development); discussed options for revising the ACPM tag line; and accepted an invitation to join the newly-formed American Board of Lifestyle Medicine as an ex officio, non-voting liaison member, and appointed ACPM executive director Michael Barry to serve as the liaison.  Lastly, the Board adopted a Public Health Funding policy statement, as reported later in this edition.  

The Board’s next meeting will be October 17 in-person in Washington, DC at ACPM’s headquarters.  Please contact Mike Barry if you have any questions about or suggestions for the ACPM Board of Regents.  


The ACPM Board of Regents has adopted a Policy Statement on Public Health Funding that calls on ACPM to advocate "for policies that recognize the health and economic value of Public Health funding and promote investment in these vital capabilities.   Shortfalls in Public Health infrastructure, particularly workforce funding, must be corrected to ensure lasting benefits.  Contingency funding for Public Health emergencies should be established and fully funded to adequately respond to emerging threats."  The policy statement was originally drafted and approved by the ACPM Policy Committee prior to adoption by the Board. 


ACPM welcomed 150 preventive medicine physicians at its Board Review Course in Baltimore, MD August 20-24, 2016.  The course featured an extensive review of topics slated for the Preventive Medicine Board Certification and Recertification Exams in addition to offering an excellent opportunity to refresh knowledge, learn about ACPM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV program, and network with peers.

The course continues to be the only comprehensive preparation course for the Board exam.  However, it also has become an important lifelong learning event for Preventive Medicine and other specialty diplomates, as heralded by this attendee:

“I did not need the MOC or exam prep. I went in for the validation as to where I was, after the years of practice, in the world of Preventive Medicine. It was such a great and gratifying 5 days. The [course] kept me on my toes. I realized what I had forgotten and what I preached on daily basis. It was a comfort to know what I knew. Better yet I surely learned what I should have known but took for granted. So… do not miss out on the next course. You will be delighted and enlightened.” 

J Ramsay Farah, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACPM, DFASAM, CMRO, CPE, Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine, CMO, Phoenix of Heath L.L.C.

ACPM would like to thank its longstanding Board Review Course Chair, Jill Waalen, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM, for again organizing a top-notch event, and the dedicated faculty members for their critical contributions and expertise.

If you missed the course and would like to purchase the online recordings or learn and enroll in ACPM’s MOC Part IV program, we invite you to visit the ACPM website.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced ten new awardees for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) as a result of an additional $2.1 million in funding over the prior fiscal year.  The new funding expands NVDRS from 32 to 42 participating states and territories, enabling greater collection of critical data on violent deaths. Such data enables states to design and implement prevention programs aimed at combating violent deaths.

The following 10 states and territories join the 32 states currently funded: Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Puerto Rico and West Virginia. This expansion represents a milestone achievement long championed by the National Violence Prevention Network (NVPN).  Chaired by ACPM, NVPN is a broad-based coalition of local, state, and national organizations dedicated to violent death prevention through advocacy for the full implementation of the NVDRS in the United States. 



In a position statement published online and included in the October 2016 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, ACPM stressed the importance of incorporating weight management strategies into clinical practice and increasing patient referrals to effective, evidence-based weight management programs in their community. The commitment to administer and reimburse for lifestyle interventions has the potential to significantly reduce rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, improve emotional health and quality of life, and decrease healthcare costs. This statement is an update to a previously published statement on weight management counseling of overweight adults. 

“We need to accept the transforming clinical models of practice at the individual and public health levels that incorporate evidence-based lifestyle interventions to meet the needs of weight management, especially among underserved populations,” said Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH, ACPM member and lead author of the statement.

About 18% of adult deaths in the United States are related to weight, yet only 20% of overweight and obese patients are being screened, diagnosed, and treated according to established medical guidelines.



ACPM has launched the PH/GPM Standardized Application Process (SAP) web site for residency program directors and residents. The Council of Residency Program Directors approved (by a required 70% vote) the policy for ACPM to manage a standardized acceptance process (SAP) for Preventive Medicine residents.  ACPM expects 25-30 programs to participate. This represents a historic milestone for PM training programs, prospective residents, and ACPM.

This process was developed by the ACPM SAP Task Force under the leadership of Dr. Johnnie Rose, MD, PhD, program director of the preventive medicine residency at Case Western University School of Medicine.  Thank you to Dr. Rose, and these other members of the task force, who volunteered countless hours toward this effort: 
Dr. Tisha Johnson, MD, MPH, Chair of Council of PM Residency Program Directors 
Dr. Edward Kalpas, MD, MPH, Resident, Stonybrook University Hospital  
Dr. Clarence Lam, MD, MPH, Program Director at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Dr. Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH, Program Director at Suny Stony Brook
Dr. Haq Nawaz, MD, MPH, Program Director at Griffin Hospital 
Dr. Kristin Oliver, MD, MHS, Deputy Director of PM Residency, Icahn School of Medicine 
Dr. James Tacci, MD, Program Director at University of Rochester Medical Center 
Dr. Paul Washburn, MD, Resident, University of Buffalo



ACPM has submitted a public response to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt detailing recommended changes to the proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) on the Medicare expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program model (MDPP)  (CMS-1654).

To prepare its response, ACPM formed the MDPP Advisory Council composed of preventive medicine physicians with expertise in prediabetes and the delivery of the DPP, including members Kaylan Baban, Ayanna Buckner, Michele Etling, Elizabeth Joy, Shaylona Kirk, Nuria Lopez-Pajares, Heather Readhead, and Franciso Tejeda. ACPM would like to thank the Council members for their service in producing and submitting these recommendations to CMS. 


Member Highlights 



ACPM is pleased to welcome the Preventive Medicine 2017 Planning Committee to ACPM headquarters for its annual planning committee meeting this week. The committee, chaired by Dr. Linette Scott, will assemble the annual meeting program based on an impressive pool of session proposals submitted by ACPM members and other groups.  
The 2017 Planning Committee Team includes:
Dr. Joannie Shen, Public Health & Population Medicine Track
Dr. Ingrid Edshteyn, Clinical Preventive & Lifestyle Medicine Track
Dr. Robert Carr, Global Health Track
Dr. Aldo Tinoco, Informatics Track
Dr. Robert Dana Bradshaw, Medical Quality Track
Dr. Pooja Jani, Careers Development Track

Additional Planning Committee Members include:
Dr. K. Leila Njimoluh, Social Media Chair
Dr. Valerie King, Local Liaison
Dr. Lorraine Yeung, Scientific Review Committee Chair
Dr. Wendy E. Braund, CME Chair Liaison 
Dr. Shawn Garcia, CME Vice-Chair Liaison
Dr. Ronald Stout, AAFP CME Liaison 
Dr. Bryant J. Webber, Uniformed Services Track Chair
Dr. Catherine Witkop, Uniformed Services Co-Chair
Dr. Byron Kennedy, Clinical Preventive & Lifestyle Medicine  Assistant Track Chair
Dr. Regan Stiegmann, Clinical Preventive & Lifestyle Medicine Assistant Track Chair
Dr. Shavonda Thomas, Careers Development Assistant Track Chair

Visit the Preventive Medicine 2017 website to view more information on the conference and the planning committee.


Donald A. "D.A.” Henderson, MD, MPH, an epidemiologist, public health educator, and long-time ACPM member, passed away on August 19 at the age of 87. 

In 1966, as a 39-year old epidemiologist, Dr. Henderson became the first chief of the World Health Organization's smallpox eradication unit. He led the successful campaign to all but wipe out smallpox worldwide, a monumental feat that was realized within his one decade tenure. A self-described "disease detective," he deployed an army of 150,000 medical volunteers across the globe in an effort that has since saved an estimated 60 million people.

Among Dr. Henderson's numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Henderson was ACPM's KBS Lecturer in 1990, and recipient of the Special Recognition Award in 1992. 

 Staff Updates



ACPM Continuing Education Director, Haydee Barno, MBA,CMP-HC was accepted to serve as a Surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  ACCME surveyors are a pool of professionals with expertise in the CME world who assist ACCME with the evaluation and accreditation of CME programs.  In return for their donation of time and expertise, ACCME volunteers receive the opportunity to learn from their colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system.   Congratulations, Haydee!  

On Your Behalf


Regulation of Tobacco Products: ACPM joined 52 other groups on a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging they reject any policy riders in the Continuing Resolution bills that would weaken the ability of the FDA to regulate tobacco products. 

CBO Scoring: ACPM and 97 other organizations signed on to a letter, led by Health Leadership Council, to urge the Senate to pass the Preventive Health Savings Act.  This bill would allow the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to assess or score long term health savings that are possible from preventive health services.  


 Corporate Roundtable



ACPM members are invited to become part of the Cocoa Supplement & Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS). The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is conducting a five-year, large-scale randomized controlled trial to test the effect of a concentrated cocoa extract and multivitamin supplements in reducing risks of CVD and cancer and is sponsored by Corporate Roundtable members Mars Symbioscience and Pfizer, Inc. 

Cocoa flavanols, natural bioactive compounds in the cocoa bean, have been shown to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors such as blood pressure, HDL and LDL cholesterol, insulin and inflammation, but it is unknown whether these effects will translate into real reductions in CVD rates.

A recent large scale trial in male physicians found no effect on CVD but suggested that multivitamins reduced the risk of cancer by 8%. In older men (ages ≥ 70), the risk reduction was 18%.  The study will help determine whether these commonly used supplements will help reduce the risk of cancer, particularly in older women.

If you would like to participate in the study or would like more information about the study please call 800-633-6913 or visit www.cosmostrial.org.

About Mars Symbioscience
Mars Symbioscience is a technology-based health and life sciences business focused on evidence-based product development. First established in 2005, Mars Symbioscience acts as an incubator for business ideas generated throughout Mars business segments. Pioneering some of the most innovative and breakthrough fundamental scientific research, Symbioscience is developing solutions that translate science into products which have a positive impact on people, pets and the planet.

About Pfizer Inc
Pfizer applies science and global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. Pfizer strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Its global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures for some of the world’s most challenging diseases. Consistent with its responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, Pfizer collaborates with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. To learn more, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.

In May we reported Silver-level member McNeil Consumer Healthcare, makers of TYLENOL®, launched the GET RELIEF RESPONSIBLY campaign, which provides facts about responsible pain relief to reduce the risk of accidental acetaminophen overdose while effectively treating symptoms. In addition to the re-launch of the GetReliefResponsibly.com site now with updated content, McNeil Consumer Healthcare have also launched the GetReliefResponsiblyProfessional.com site targeted to healthcare providers to help them make appropriate OTC analgesic recommendations and to encourage safe use dialogue with their patients.

About the ACPM Corporate Roundtable

The American College of Preventive Medicine Corporate Roundtable links ACPM, the nation’s sole medical specialty organization exclusively dedicated to preventive medicine, with highly regarded private-sector organizations committed to preventing disease and improving health care. Please contact Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer, at msimmons@acpm.org  1-202-466-2044, Ext. 120, to learn more about the ACPM Corporate Roundtable and Corporate Roundtable Members.


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