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ACPM reaches out to media, government officials, and the public to increase preventive medicine’s influence in discussions on healthcare and health systems reform. ACPM also works to amplify the voices of members who take stances on important issues in the public policy sphere.

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ACPM Statement on House of Representatives’ FY 2020 Proposed Budget
RELEASE – May 7, 2019

ACPM is very pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives included a $2 million increase to the "Public Health and Preventive Medicine" program at the Health Resources and Services Administration in its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget. This program is the sole source of funding for our nation’s preventive medicine residency training programs, as well as Public Health Training Centers.

ACPM Secures Support for Advocacy Priorities in FY19
Article – April 30, 2018

After a busy spring in the Congressional appropriations process, ACPM had strong gains with its Dear Colleague letter campaigns in support of restoring funding to $11.136 million for preventive medicine residency programs and increasing funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to $23.5 million—enough to allow the program to expand to all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the first time.

Omnibus Fully Funds National Violent Death Reporting System For the First Time
Release – March 23, 2018

ACPM applauds Congress for increasing funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) omnibus package to allow the program to expand to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In previous years, NVDRS had added states to the program as funding would allow. This is the first year that Congress has appropriated funding to ensure it will reach all 50 states.

Dr. Zaza Editorial on Essential Qualifications for CDC Directors
Opinion – February 17, 2018

The Hill published an editorial by ACPM President-Elect Dr. Stephanie Zaza on the importance of ensuring those appointed to public health physician leadership positions—like the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—have adequate training and background in public and population health.

ACPM Press Statement on Trump Administration's Budget
Release – February 12, 2018

ACPM is deeply concerned that the President's budget once again proposes to eliminate the sole source of federal support for our nation's preventive medicine residency training programs. The budget proposal—which targets funding at the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—would weaken the country's ability to respond to and prevent the very diseases and health problems that burden our health system today.

Next CDC Director Must Possess Public and Population Health Competencies
Letter – February 6, 2018

ACPM wrote a letter to Secretary Alex M. Azar of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offering perspective on the qualifications necessary for the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, ACPM asserts that candidates to this position must be capable of addressing the CDC's main responsibilities of ensuring the nation's health at a population and public health level, which requires competencies that not all physicians possess.

AMA Features ACPM's Resolution to Improve Lifestyle Medicine Education
Article – February 2, 2018
AMA Wire published an article titled, "Schools push lifestyle medicine to boost chronic-disease prevention" featuring ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry and the lifestyle medicine resolution ACPM put forth to the AMA House of Delegates. The resolution is in support of policies and mechanisms that incentivize or provide funding for the inclusion lifestyle medicine education and the social determinants of health in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
ACPM Comments on USDA Rule for School Nutrition Standards

ACPM submitted a comment on Friday to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service opposing the interim final rule, "Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements." ACPM urged the USDA to not weaken the 2012 updates to school nutrition standards and to continue enforcement of standards that will benefit the health of school-aged children.

ACPM Opposes the Prohibition of Scientific Terms
Letter – December 18, 2017

In response to recent reports that the Trump Administration is prohibiting or discouraging the use of specific words or phrases in annual budget proposals, ACPM has released a statement opposing any efforts that suppress the use of appropriate and accurate scientific language used by federal agencies. ACPM also joined 300 organizations expressing concern in a letter to Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan.

ACPM Comments on HHS 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
November 6, 2017

ACPM responded to the request for comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. ACPM noted the need for investment in prevention, increased support for and use of preventive medicine physicians, lifestyle medicine, and referenced ACPM’s Principles of Health Reform, among other topics in the draft Strategic Plan.

American College of Preventive Medicine Endorses Don Wright for HHS Secretary
October 10, 2017

ACPM sent a letter today praising President Trump's choice of Dr. Don Wright for Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and endorsing Dr. Wright for the position of HHS Secretary. The letter states the need for a Secretary who understands the necessity of a shift in focus to prevention.

ACPM Opposes Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill
September 22, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has reviewed Senator Lindsey Graham's and Senator Bill Cassidy's proposal to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strongly opposes the bill. ACPM's Principles of Health Reform clearly outline recommendations for any future health reform legislation, which this bill does not meet. The Graham-Cassidy proposal would eliminate insurance subsidies, coverage requirements for businesses, and requirements for essential health benefits, including clinical preventive services.

Funding for the Public Health Workforce Senate Letter
August 8, 2017

ACPM joined 20 organizations in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, advocating for funding for Public Health Workforce Programs. The letter expresses the need for full funding in the FY18 appropriations bill for both preventive medicine residency programs and Public Health Training Centers.

PMR/PHTC Senate Letter
August 8, 2017

Thirty one directors from preventive medicine residency programs and Public Health Training Centers signed onto a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. In the letter, the directors stress that their programs are vital to a strong public health system in the United States and losing these programs would jeopardize the readiness to address the country's healthcare challenges.

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ACPM Hosts Briefing on Lifestyle Medicine: 'Transforming Medical Education to Prevent Chronic Disease'
July 26, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine, in conjunction with the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, held a congressional briefing entitled, “Transforming Medical Education to Prevent Chronic Disease.” The briefing focused on the need to include training on nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle elements in medical school curricula and continuing medical education. 

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ACPM Opposes "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017"
June 22, 2017

ACPM is deeply disappointed that the Senate's draft legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) entitled the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," aims to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, rollback Medicaid expansion gains, and allow states to waive coverage of essential health benefits including clinical preventive services.

ACPM Statement on Leaving Paris Climate Agreement
June 8, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine is disappointed in the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nation’s Paris Agreement. Climate change is a threat to the health of every population regardless of borders, and without the steps put forth by the agreement, the U.S. could face major setbacks in the strides we have made in the public health arena.

ACPM President Dr. Robert Carr Opinion Piece Published
June 4, 2017

At a time when greater focus should be placed on the prevention of chronic diseases and injuries that drive up health care spending, lead to millions of lives lost and create significant productivity loss to our economy, it is deeply concerning that President Trump's budget proposes to eliminate large portions of critical prevention funding.

ACPM Past-President in the News
May 16, 2017

"After a brief respite, health insurance is back in the headlines. House Republicans have passed the latest version of “repeal and replace,” and the nation is waiting to see what the Senate will do. While the focus has been on coverage of pre-existing conditions and the fate of Medicaid expansion, one of the most important issues has been largely overlooked: how best to actually improve the health of the population."  Read more.

Preventive Medicine ID Crisis
Preventive Medicine’s Identity Crisis
Dr. Boris Lushniak (former Acting Surgeon General)
Dr. Paul Jung (ACPM Board Member)
January 19, 2017

"What is preventive medicine? Specifically, what is the specialty of preventive medicine, and how should it best be described? The specialty of preventive medicine is poorly understood, not only by the medical profession and the general public, but even among some of its practitioners. Currently, there is no unifying, vernacular explanation of the specialty of preventive medicine, to its detriment. This paper presents the argument that preventive medicine is the medical specialty for public health, which should be the preferred identity for the specialty."

Working with Leaders on Antimicrobial Resistance
January 13, 2017

ACPM joined almost 50 organizations from the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) in a letter to President-elect Trump stating our hope to work with the Administration in combating antimicrobial resistance, an acute threat to public health, patient safety, and national security.

Prevention and Public Health Fund
January 9, 2017

ACPM joined 333 organizations on a letter to Congress warning that repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would leave significant funding gaps for essential public health programs. The letter urged congressional leadership to protect funding for prevention and public health programs.

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