ACPM’s Prevention Alliance is a diverse group of organizations committed to advancing the power of prevention through strategic initiatives, collaborative advocacy and joint leadership. The alliance provides preventive medicine job opportunities, training, resources and platforms to expand our collective voice.
At our most recent Prevention Alliance meeting on June 29, we were treated to an excellent presentation on “Approaches to Achieving Health Equity in Diabetes Prevention” by ACPM’s Director of Programs and Grants, Kate Shreve, MPH. This was followed by a reaction from Dr. Karen Salvesen-Sykes, MD, who serves as the U.S. Senior Medical Director at Novo Nordisk Inc. In her commentary, Dr. Salvesen-Sykes reiterated the need for us to work together in a cross-functional, collaborative manner as there are no simple solutions to this diabetes crisis. Together, we need to take action to prevent diabetes and start limiting this growing problem in the U.S. and worldwide.
The Prevention Alliance is positioned to help transform the healthcare system through the power of prevention and improve the health and well-being for individuals, families and communities. We bear witness to the breadth and depth of this group, which includes technology companies, biopharmaceutical manufacturers, academic institutions, physician networks, health and wellness companies and nonprofit organizations.
ACPM’s initiatives and reach over the past few years truly showcase the importance the Prevention Alliance plays in helping the College achieve its mission. It helped ACPM conduct research and brand development for the Vaccine Confident campaign, create the foundation for the ambassador program and develop a roadmap for implementing colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Members of the Prevention Alliance have been true partners of the College!
We make it a priority to provide members of the Prevention Alliance with a platform to exchange knowledge and engage with leaders and members in our specialty and with other industry partners. To that end, at this last meeting we had the pleasure of several ACPM past presidents and members from our newest class of ACPM Fellows in attendance. We also expanded the meeting invitee list to include ACPM members who have a special interest in diabetes.
We are grateful for the support the Prevention Alliance has provided to the College and look forward to more opportunities to partner with this group. For anyone seeking to have their companies, academic institutions or organizations join the Prevention Alliance, please reach out to the ACPM at PreventionAlliance@acpm.org
We look forward to seeing more of you at our next meeting in October at the Blumenthal Lecture in Washington, DC, and later at PM24, also in Washington, DC, next April. In the meantime, I encourage you to stay engaged with the College.
Mirza I. Rahman
MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM