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Population-Based Strategies to Address Gun Violence, Diabetes and Opioid Epidemic Highlight PM 2018

May 17, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) will host Preventive Medicine 2018, May 23–26, for more than 600 medical professionals dedicated to disease prevention and public health. Organized around the theme "Prevention at the Nexus of Health System Transformation," the meeting will feature evidence-based, population health approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic, diabetes prevention, gun violence, human trafficking, and many more high-priority public health issues.

ACPM—the leading U.S.-based medical society for preventive medicine physician specialists with expertise in both clinical care and population health—welcomes national and local members of the media, as well as medical and healthcare writers, to attend sessions held Wednesday through Saturday at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL. Participation is free for all credentialed press; please check in at the registration desk when arriving onsite.

Key sessions for your consideration include:

Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger

Keynote Speaker Tom Linebarger
Wednesday 1:00–2:30pm

Cummins, Inc. Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger will describe how the Indiana-based, Fortune 500 company designed and implemented a strategy to improve employee health and productivity through evidence-based disease prevention, lifestyle medicine, and care coordination. A follow-up panel will provide insights on how to adapt this approach for other health sectors.

Gun Violence: A Biopsychosocial Disease: Myths, Science, Prevention
Thursday 10:30am–12:00pm

This session will discuss public health approaches to reduce the burden of gun violence and identify opportunities for providers and health systems make a positive impact. Dr. Stephen Hargarten will examine how framing gun violence as a complex, political biopsychosocial disease provides an important platform for health professionals and leaders to partner with public health agencies and policy makers.

Dr. José Montero

Dr. José Montero

Awards Banquet Guest Speaker Dr. José Montero
Thursday 12:15–2:45pm

Speaking at the Awards Banquet / Membership Meeting will be José Montero, CDC Deputy Director and Director of the CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support.

“We aimed to design a meeting that provides inspiration and tools for participants to lead and actively participate in health systems transformation at all levels,” said Preventive Medicine 2018 Co-chair Dr. Catherine Witkop, MD, MPH. “By exploring the interconnected web of disciplines and professionals and identifying those leaders and innovators making a difference in their communities, we feel the program effectively challenges previously conceived notions of how to approach the most vexing issues within healthcare and population health.”

Throughout the event, press may attend live sessions, follow social media conversations using the #PrevMed2018 tag, and access additional products for media and attendees through ACPM's social media resources page. Please confirm all session times, locations and speakers in the online meeting program.

ACPM will also host pre-conference activities early in the week for medical professionals to delve into issues critical to public health and their professional practice. With advance approval, press are welcome to attend the half- and full-day institutes on the following topics:

Diabetes Prevention Program
Tuesday 1:00–5:00 pm +
Wednesday 8:00 AM–12:00 am

This 2-part institute will bring together national experts to examine best practices to increase screening, testing, and referral to the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The agenda specifically cover strategies to utilize the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based preventive being made available more widely as a result of an historical decision by the federal government to expand service April 2018 to all Medicare Part B beneficiaries at no cost. Diabetes accounts for $1 in every $3 spent in Medicare. Presenting at this institute will be a diverse set of more than ten speakers from regional health providers and nation health leaders—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation), and American Medical Association. 

Clinical and Population Level Approaches to the Opioid Crisis
Saturday 8:30am–5:00pm

This full-day institute will review the history of the opioid crisis in the U.S. and identify promising, evidence-based practices that have shown to effectively address it. The speakers—including Drs. Phillip Coffin, Christina Mikosz, Josiah Rich, and Avani Sheth—will identify primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions at the population/public health and individual levels.

Human Trafficking Through a Public and Population Health Lens
Wednesday 8:00am–12:00pm

This half-day institute will examine strategies for physicians, health care providers and organizations to identify and appropriately respond to the needs of affected populations with victim-centered and trauma-informed care. Speakers include: Elisabeth Corey, trauma recovery expert and life coach, and Dr. Susie Baldwin, co-founder of HEAL Trafficking.

Culinary Medicine
Wednesday 8:00am–12:00pm

This half-day institute will discuss practical aspects of healthy food, including teaching about it, delivering it, and cooking it. Food lovers, chefs, physicians, nutritionists, and members of the public are welcome. This active and participatory session will have many opportunities for photographs and potentially interviews.

"Preventive Medicine 2018 is the premier conference for medical professionals addressing today's most-pressing public health issues and featuring some of the nation's foremost experts in preventive medicine and population health.” said Michael Barry, ACPM's executive director. "The conference views these issues through the lens of today's rapidly changing health system, emerging models of care delivery and payment, and the role prevention and population health can play at the interface of health systems and communities."

The American College of Preventive Medicine is a medical society for physician specialists with expertise in both clinical care and population health. The College advances the practice of preventive medicine in public health and health systems, and advocates for health policies that work to prevent disease, promote health, and avert health crises.



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