ACPM programs and initiatives address a wide range of important disease prevention, public health and population health issues. Working in collaboration with partner organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these initiatives focus on improving 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.
ACPM is committed to educating health care professionals about the wide array of preventive measures that can help protect brain health, including blood pressure control. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ACPM has developed a set of tools and CME opportunities to help health care professionals assess, diagnose and refer patients to evidence-based blood pressure management programs for preventing the onset of cognitive decline and other brain-related health conditions.
More than 100 million Americans have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, both preventable diseases. ACPM is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a multi-year initiative to increase health care provider awareness of prediabetes as a serious health condition and to increase the number of providers who are screening, testing, and referring patients with prediabetes to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.
Hypertension is a critical public health problem and unmanaged hypertension is a strong predictor for acute cardiovascular complications such as heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and heart failure. African-American men, in particular, face a higher incidence of developing hypertension. ACPM is collaborating with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate health care providers on hypertension prevention, detection and control for African-American men.
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. ACPM and other key stakeholders are playing an important role in ensuring lifestyle medicine practices and programs are based on proven and effective methods of preventing and controlling disease.
Public health and population health share a core set of components: a community-level approach to patient care, epidemiology and statistics, as well as program development, testing and evaluation. ACPM is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a comprehensive Population Health Integration Curriculum for health care providers to provide the skills necessary to develop care strategies tailored to the specific needs of patient populations and foster a culture of prevention.
ACPM’s Power of Prevention campaign is a multi-year initiative to advance awareness of the critical role prevention plays in ‘curing’ our healthcare system.
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.