Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 7

Today’s News (12/7/17) 
  • Reminder – tax bill letter: We have extended the deadline to COB today to join our updated letter to tax conferees expressing concern over the major health impacts, including repealing the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. With estimates forecasting a large deficit increase, this bill could imperil funding for other key public health and non-defense discretionary programs and could potentially trigger cuts to mandatory programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. This will be an opt-out letter for those signing the original tax letter. If your organization would like to newly sign on. Or, if you would like to take your organization off the letter.
  • Here is a reminder to contact Congressional leadership to express opposition to using the Prevention Fund as an offset for the extenders package, while urging swift action to provide funding for critical programs including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers. It is currently unclear if it will be included in a potential funding CR.
  • The deadline for the  Senate sign-on letter supporting full funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program has been extended to COB today.  Please urge your Senators to sign-on by contacting Senator Schatz’ office. Fifty-seven members joined the House version sent last week, and we hope to see a similar display of support. The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has also issued an action alert.
      Regulatory Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has released new draft menu labeling guidance for industry. “It addresses calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, including buffets and grab-and-go foods; reasonable basis, and the criteria for considering the natural variation of foods.” Comments are due by January 8th.       Reports and Announcements

      Upcoming Events 
  • Reminder – A  Dialogue4Health web forum is scheduled on the recent report,10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, Wednesday, December 13th, 2:30 – 4:00 (EST). The web forum will highlight the report, as well as offer attendees the opportunity to hear from professionals doing lead prevention and remediation work on the ground, followed by a Q&A session.
  • Transportation for America is hosting a webinar, Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities, December 11th, Noon (EST). The webinar “will focus on planning, funding, and building, improved walking and bicycling projects.”
  • APHA is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) from April 2nd – 8th to highlight the message of healthy living through activities in your communities.
    • This year includes the 1 Billion Steps Challenge, which runs from January 1st – April 8th. Last year’s challenge surpassed 2 billion steps.
    • To become an NPHW partner or to submit an event to participate in NPHW
    • An NPHW partnership webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST) with APHA staff and partners to discuss strategies for promoting NPHW in local communities and on social media.
      Opportunities to Join the TFAH Team
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) is asking organizations to sign a pledge to have healthy meetings, conferences, and events.  To assist organizations, NANA has developed a Healthy Meeting Toolkit. (no deadline)
  • The American Association of Health & Disability is circulating a  confidential survey to “learn more about the physical, cultural, and attitudinal barriers that women with disabilities face when seeking breast health care services.” Please circulate through your networks if relevant to your work.
     Regulatory Comments
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has published its Clean Power Plan repeal proposal in the Federal Register.  To submit comments. (deadline, December 15th)
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a public docket to solicit suggestions, recommendations, and comments from interested parties on questions relevant to FDA’s newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also posted a blog highlighting steps FDA is taking to stem the tide of opioid misuse. (deadline, December 28th)
     Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • Voices for Healthy Kids has issued a targeted call for proposals in the areas of the school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, ESSA, school food, and water); early care and education and out-of-school-time policy levers. For more information. (Deadline, Friday)
  • The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has issued a request for proposals to “help community organizations develop programs to improve indoor air quality and reduce asthma cases across the country.” For more information and a link to the application. (Deadline, December 15th)
  • The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living has announced a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. It is “seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.” Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration.
  • Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States. “For communities that are engaging in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team’s capacity and skills through a community leadership process.” (deadline, January 12th)
  • America’s Promise and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are leading the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools  initiative. “The initiative is a collective effort to better understand the dynamics in diverse schools and communities that foster or stand in the way of creating healthier school environments. As a part of this initiative, America’s Promise seeks to activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to build demand for healthy schools.” America’s Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities (deadline, January 22nd).
Upcoming Events
National Influenza Vaccination Week
Sponsored by CDC
December 3rd – 9th
10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health 
Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and AcademyHealth
December 4th – 6th
Washington, DC
Six Practical Steps to Implementing Population Health
Sponsored by the Public Health Foundation and Insightformation
Tuesday, December 5th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter
Tuesday, December 5th
National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ
Housing for Health: Cross-Sector Impacts of Supportive Housing for Homeless High Users of Health Care
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 6th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register

Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity
Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Thursday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA
30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative
Sponsored by the Wilson Center
Friday, December 8th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium
An Update to Medicaid
Sponsored by the Access to Innovation Forum Steering Committee
Monday, December 11th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
F Street Conference Center
Meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Monday, December 11th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

Learning and Growing: Healthy Development During Childhood and 

Sponsored by Healthy People 2020
Tuesday, December 12th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
PEPFAR 4.0: Reauthorization and Beyond
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Tuesday, December 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1000
Family Caregiving Through the Generations
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Wednesday, December 13th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
National Press Club
Building the Case: Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Health
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Wednesday, December 13th, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street, Suite 1000
10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Poisoning
Sponsored by the National Center for Healthy Housing, Trust for America’s Health, and the Health Impact Project
Wednesday, December 13th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training
Sponsored by CommonHealth ACTION
December 13th – 14th
1301 Connecticut Ave, Suite 200

For more information and to register

Elevating State Progress
Sponsored by the SCAN Foundation
Thursday, December 14th, Noon – 12:45 p.m. (EST) – webinar
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Monday, December 18th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)
What Payment Reform Means for Caring for People with Complex Needs
Sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Tuesday, December 19th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Integrating Behavioral Health with TANF to Build a Culture of Health
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 20th, Noon (EST) – webinar
Improving Population and Clinical Health with Integrated Services and Decision Support
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, January 10th, Noon (EST) – webinar

Walking Towards Justice – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Sponsored by America Walks
Thursday, January 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
2018 AMCHP Annual Conference
Sponsored by the Association of Maternal And Child Health Programs
February 10th – 13th
Crystal City, VA
Active Living Research Conference
Sponsored by Active Living Research, Alberta Centre for Active Living, and Elsevier
February 11th – 14th
Banff, Canada
Agents of Change Summit
February 12th and 13th
San Diego, CA
28th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference
March 26th – 30th
San Diego, CA
Announcing Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets
Sponsored by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Transportation for America’s Arts & Culture Team
April 3rd – 4th
Nashville Music City Center, Nashville, TN
2018 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine
April 11th – 14th
New Orleans, LA
SYNChronicity Conference
Sponsored by HealthHIV
April 22nd – 24th
Arlington, VA
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness
May 2018
NNPHI Annual Conference and Workforce Development Forum
Sponsored by the National Network of Public Health Institutes
May 22nd – 24th
New Orleans, LA
Preventive Medicine 2018
Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine
May 22nd – 25th
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance
June 24th – 27th
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN
2018 Public Health Law Conference
Sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
October 4th – 6th
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ
For more information and to register (abstract deadline December 31st)

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