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ACPM News March 2016
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March 2016


1. From the Executive Director
2. Members in the News
3. Corporate Roundtable
4. Latest Happenings


  From the Executive Director

We're Listening!

I hope you were able to join us for Preventive Medicine 2016 last month in Washington, DC.  The conference was a huge success, drawing more than a record 800 attendees and 451 ACPM members. I left the conference feeling exhilarated (in addition to exhausted!) by the energy that was palpable and the ideas put forward at the meeting.  This is preventive medicine’s time to shine, and the conference and its theme—the Power of Prevention—was clearly a reflection of that.  

Among a number of new events and innovations we debuted at this year’s conference was the Executive Director’s Listening Session, which was part of our General Membership Meeting.  This session enabled me to meet with and hear from the lifeblood of ACPM -- our members.  I asked the more than 75 members in the room what it is they value most about their membership in ACPM, how well are we delivering that value, and what we can be doing better.  The responses were fascinating and sometimes eye-opening, so I want to use my column this month to share with you, the membership at large, what I heard at that meeting, as well as some things that we are doing at ACPM to begin to address some of these issues.

First, what is it you value most about ACPM?  Many of the responses to this question aligned with the ability to connect with peers in the field, be part of the preventive medicine community, and meet with other professionals who hold a variety of jobs in preventive medicine.  Members told me they felt ACPM does a relatively good job at meeting these needs—with the conference being a big part of that—but with room for improvement.  Members liked some of the resources we provide to help them better connect and receive important information and tools for advancing the practice of preventive medicine, but wanted to see more, particularly on our web site.  Several of the public health physicians (government-based) in the room felt that ACPM has been deemphasizing the public health focus of the organization in its zeal to advance lifestyle medicine and population health in health systems. While not our intent, this perception is critical for us to hear.

I’m happy to share with you that we are taking a number of important steps to address the concerns that have been raised, including a full revamp of our web site in 2016 to meet the types of resource needs and customized experiences you have been demanding, improving our newsletter formats and distribution capabilities, conducting a President’s tour of medical schools, ensuring our conference meeting tracks reflect public health, and expanding the scope of our advocacy efforts.

Beyond these specific issues, the responses at the Listening Session seemed to draw out a much bigger theme:  the need to communicate and amplify the role of preventive medicine in today’s transforming health care systems, particularly at a time when prevention and population health is being valued in health care more than ever before.  Concern about the relative obscurity of the specialty was expressed within the context of preventive medicine jobs, and how so few positions right for preventive medicine specialists are actually advertising for such specialists, and how these jobs are not being compiled in one place by ACPM.  Other contexts mentioned within this theme included making preventive medicine part of the residency Match program, doing more to make medical students aware of the specialty, and increasing ACPM’s visibility and clout (in numbers) to make a bigger impact.

Having been part of this organization for 16 years, I can honestly say that these issues have been at the top of the challenges list for a long time.  In fact, reading reports about the specialty that long pre-dated my time here, I can safely say this issue has led ACPM headlines for decades.  While ACPM has marshalled its limited resources to address this issue in a number of ways over the years, it speaks to the nature and magnitude of the challenge that this is still at the top of our list.  We have been tinkering at the margins.

In that vein, you may be aware of our strategic goal to put preventive medicine front and center within the health care system, and our specific Population Health in Health Care Systems initiative.  To advance this initiative, the Board has approved ACPM moving forward with a wide-scale strategic communications plan to promote preventive medicine in health systems transformation.   This is an admittedly ambitious and costly undertaking that will require extensive financing to successfully implement.  We are working on such a financing plan that will seek to tap multiple sources, but one component of that plan likely will be a targeted fundraising campaign among our members.  You will be hearing more about this from the College in the coming weeks, and we hope that you will agree that this may be the most important effort we’ve undertaken at ACPM and devotedly give to the cause.  The future of the specialty, ACPM, and most importantly the American people, are too important to leave to chance!




Michael A. Barry, CAE
Executive Director
American College of Preventive Medicine 


Action Alert! Contact Your Federal Representatives to Restore $4,000,000 in Slashed Funding

As you may know, the president's FY2017 budget request slashed $4 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) account that supports preventive medicine residency training programs. Fortunately, Rep. Green and Sen. Udall have agreed to help us fight any attempt to reduce PMR funding.

But the only way to win this fight is to have you contact your elected officials in Washington to ask that they sign the Dear Colleague letters. Your Representative and Senators will only sign on if they hear from constituents back home!

For information on how to contact your elected officials and a sample email please visit: 

 Members in the News


As part of the New Fellows & Awards Banquet held during Preventive Medicine 2016 Annette E. Kussmaul, MD, MPH, FACPM, chair of the ACPM Membership Committee, announced the following candidates had fulfilled all requirements and been approved for Fellowship in ACPM:


Jayaram Srinivasan Brindala, MD, MPH, FACPM
Shawn Marie Garcia, MD, MPH, FACPM 
Eric Garges, MD, FACPM
Timothy H. Holtz, MD, MPH, FACPM
Lucas Johnson, MD, MTM&H, FACPM
Lawrence C. Loh, MD, MPH, FACPM
Jordana Rothschild, MD, MPH, FAPCM
Ines Vigil, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
Marc Braman, MD, MPH, FACPM 


Congratulations on this accomplishment to our newest Fellows!


For more information on the new Fellows and on how to become an ACPM fellow, please visit www.acpm.org/fellow



ACPM Awards Committee Chair Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, FACPM was honored to announce the following award winners at the New Fellows and Awards Banquet during Preventive Medicine 2016. The winners were:

William Kane Rising Star
Jaspal Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, FACPM

Donald Gemson Resident Award
Bhavini Patel Murthy, MD, MPH

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Karsten Lunze, MD, DrPH, MPH, FACPM

Ronald Davis Special Recognition Award

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH, FACPM

Distinguished Federal Preventive Medicine Medical Officer Award
Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH 

Distinguished Service Award
Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, FACPM

For more information on each of these awards and their winners, please visit www.acpm.org/awards.


We are happy to announce the winners of this year's election for the ACPM Board of Regents:


Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM


Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM

Regents At-Large

Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH, FACPM

Paul Jung, MD, MPH, MA, MBA, FACPM

Joannie (Jo) Shen, MD, MPH, PhD, FACPM


We are sad to share that former ACPM member Gerald Bruce Holzman, MD has passed away. He is the father of ACPM Member, Gregory Holzman, MD, MPH.

After a short stint in private practice, Dr. Holzman, dedicated his life to patient care, medical education and research.  At different times during his career he held academic medical positions at Johns Hopkins University, University of California Los Angeles, Michigan State University and Medical College of Georgia.  Through out his career, he held leadership positions in numerous medical organizations: President, Lansing Obstetrical Society; President, Medical College of Georgia Faculty Senate; President, Council of Medical Specialty Society.  His working career culminated as Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist from 1994 – 2001.

He was a pioneer for computers (Apple) and technology in medical education.  His patients often talked about his compassionate and caring nature while his students’ appreciated his professionalism and breath of knowledge.  His life work will be carried on by the numerous medical students and OB/GYN residents who not only learned the fundamentals of OB/GYN from Dr. Holzman, but also how each and every patient should be attended to with empathy, kindness and care.  

ACPM offers its condolences to Dr. Holzman and his family.


 Corporate Roundtable Spotlight


ACPM and its Corporate Roundtable Members hosted a highly-successful symposium, "Building Community Health & Wellbeing through Business, Culture and Policy," which took place on February 23, 2016, in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2016.  The event drew more than 100 attendees from across the spectrum of business, government, policy, community, and non-governmental sectors.

"We had an amazing group of speakers at our symposium that focused on building community health and wellbeing," said Daniel S. Blumenthal, president of the ACPM. "Together, each of these individuals offered a rich and diverse perspective that touched on every part of the health care ecosystem and focused on how to foster successful, vibrant and healthy communities."

Speakers at the symposium included:

  • Robin Schepper, a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center's Prevention Initiative and former Executive Director of the White House program, "Let's Move.”
  • Dr. Robert W. Carr, ACPM president–elect and director of the Executive Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program at Georgetown University.
  • Rick Brush, CEO of HICCup, an innovative health startup that addresses the multiple clinical, social and contextual determinants of health.
  • Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute and former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Monica Hobbs Vinluan, JD, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Sarah Brokaw, program manager of the Montana Diabetes Prevention Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
  • Chad Royal-Pascoe, National Vice President, Corporate Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Club of America.
  • Alyson W. Harder, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, CEO of Heartland Behavioral Health Service

The speakers addressed key questions related to community health and healthy living, including topics like engineering better health, the role of communities in healthcare, and strategies for pharmaceutical, insurance, health systems, and other healthcare companies to serve as agents for positive change.

ACPM and its Corporate Roundtable members would like to thank everyone who attended the symposium. ACPM and the members of its Corporate Roundtable released a joint statement after this event stressing the need to incorporate lifestyle medicine into clinical practice to lower rates of chronic disease in America. The statement provides a list of strategic initiatives to influence the successful adoption of lifestyle medicine.

Videos of each of the sessions will be made available in the coming weeks thanks to a sponsorship from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. If you would like to be notified of future community health and lifestyle medicine activities from ACPM, please subscribe to the Lifestyle Medicine newsletter.

Please contact Maureen Simmons at msimmons@acpm.org or 1-202-466-2044, Ext. 120 to learn more about the ACPM Corporate Roundtable.


 Latest Happenings


By any measure, Preventive Medicine 2016, held February 24-27 in Crystal City, VA, was a huge success!  ACPM welcomed over 800 physicians and other healthcare professionals—a record number of registrants—who gathered to learn about the latest topics and scientific advances in the field.

Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, the KBS Guest Lecturer, set the tone during the Opening General Session with an inspirational address on Health Equity and Social Justice: Let's Start a Movement.  Other plenary sessions followed suit: Using Information Technology, Analytics and Quality Improvement Techniques to Improve Population Health, presented by Nirav Shah, MD, MPH; Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with Diet, presented by Kim Williams Sr., MD, FACC, FAHA, FASNC; The Power of Global Prevention, presented by Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH; and The Affordable Care Act: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here? Additionally, attendees heard a TEDTalk-like presentation from CDC policy chief John Auerbach, MBA, on Health Systems Transformation. Late breaker sessions on the Zika Virus and the Flint, MI, Water Crisis were also featured at the conference.

Keep your eye out later this month for a post-conference update that will provide much more detail about the conference and a final message from your Preventive Medicine 2016 Meeting Chair.   If you didn’t have the chance to attend Preventive Medicine 2016, recordings of select sessions of the conference will be available for purchase within the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

And don’t forget to Save the Date! for Preventive Medicine 2017 in Portland, Oregon, May 23-26, 2017.  Click here to volunteer and get involved!


The ACPM Board of Regents took action on several key initiatives and policies presented at its two meetings in Crystal City, VA, last month, which were held in conjunction with the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference.


Headlining these actions was adoption of an "ACPM Subscriber” program for non-physician health professionals in the preventive medicine field.  Under the program, non-physician health care professionals and/or scientists with a commitment to the mission of the College shall be eligible to enroll in the program for an annual subscriber fee and receive benefits such as reduced pricing for ACPM events, educational modules and other online content and career services, as well as receive ACPM newsletters, an online subscription to American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and access to the ACPM online community.  These health professionals will not be ACPM members and, hence, not be allowed to vote, run for ACPM office, or participate in ACPM committees without a specific invitation.  The program is being developed to further engage the growing number of health professionals who are participating, or want to participate, in ACPM meetings and educational courses as part of the preventive medicine team.


Among other important actions taken, the Board: (1) approved moving forward with a comprehensive, strategic communications plan to promote the role of preventive medicine in health systems transformation; (2) adopted a Board Liaison policy that encourages ACPM membership sections, affiliate organizations, and component academies to name one of their members to serve as a liaison to the Board; (3) conducted an annual review of its strategic initiatives and agreed to begin refining and updating the specific objectives and actions under the current plan; (4) approved a set of policy recommendations on reducing/preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths; (5) approved a resolution on enhanced collaboration with primary care specialty societies; and (6) approved falls prevention as a topic for the development of an ACPM position statement.


For questions, comments, or more information on the actions of the ACPM Board of Regents, please contact ACPM executive director Michael Barry


The United Health Foundation, in partnership with ACPM, released the 2016 America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Prevention on February 26 at the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference.  The report takes an in-depth look at prevention measures across all 50 states through the lenses of health care access, immunizations and chronic disease prevention.


The report found that use of clinical preventive services is uneven and varies by race, income, education, and geography.  For example, a lower percentage of Hispanic adults report having a dedicated health care provider (59.2%), compared with non-Hispanic white (82.1%) and non-Hispanic black (76.5%) adults.  A lower percentage of Hispanic adults also receive colorectal cancer screenings and cholesterol screenings.  The report also found health care access is strongly associated with overall prevention, and states that score well in one prevention category generally score well across the other two categories in the model, suggesting the importance of taking a holistic view of prevention activities.


"We have a strong and growing body of clinical evidence pointing to the fact that preventive services and interventions work to improve people’s health and well-being, all while lowering overall health care system costs,” said ACPM President Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM in a statement to the press. "The members of American College of Preventive Medicine have been on the frontlines of developing and delivering comprehensive preventive care strategies for more than half a century and are pleased to collaborate with United Health Foundation to increase understanding of the important prevention-related issues that require our continued focus as a nation.”


Read the Press Release

A listing of all letters, bills and groups ACPM has been involved with in the past month

Interoperability Pledge
ACPM has taken the interoperability pledge to implement three core commitments:

Consumer Access: To help consumers easily and securely access their electronic health information, direct it to any desired location, learn how their information can be shared and used, and be assured that this information will be effectively and safely used to benefit their health and that of their community.


No Blocking/Transparency: To help providers share individuals’ health information for care with other providers and their patients whenever permitted by law, and not block electronic health information (defined as knowingly and unreasonably interfering with information sharing).


Standards: Implement federally recognized, national interoperability standards, policies, guidance, and practices for electronic health information, and adopt best practices including those related to privacy and security.


For more information and to view other organizations that have taken the pledge click here.


Coalition for Health Funding
As a long standing member, ACPM signed on to the coalition's letter asking the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate as high a funding level as possible for U.S, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2017.
Friends of HRSA
As a member, ACPM signed on to a Friends of HRSA's letter urging Congress to fund $7.48 billion for HRSA programs in FY 2017.

Friends of NCHS
As a member, ACPM signed on to a letter urging House and Senate members of the Appropriations Committee to fund $170 million for NCHS for fiscal year 2017.

Climate Change
ACPM joined more than 30 national health organizations on an open letter to the nation's governors urging them to support and advance the Clean Power Plan to help protect the health of Americans from threats to health and survival posted by Climate Change. 

The American College of Preventive Medicine contributes to policy guidelines and recommendations on preventive health topics for clinicians and public health decision makers.





















































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