April 23rd Wellness and Prevention Digest

Wellness and Prevention Digest
TODAY’S NEWS – April 23rd, 2019
Reports and Announcements
  • CDC has published a paper that describes obesity burden by major racial/ethnic categories and outlines what CDC is doing to address these disparities. In addition to critical findings that disparities in obesity prevalence are disproportionately burdensome for particular populations, CDC reported that the current annual investment in CDC’s obesity efforts equals to about 31 cents/person. For the past four years, CDC has published detailed state and territorial maps that help demonstrate the geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in self-reported obesity burden. The racial and ethnic maps for 2015 through 2017 show that Non-Hispanic black adults had the highest prevalence of obesity (38.4%) overall, followed by Hispanic adults (32.6%) and non-Hispanic white adults (28.6%). The maps in the publication also identified areas with the highest burden (obesity prevalence of 35% or higher) among specific populations:
  • 31 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic black adults;
  • 8 states had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among Hispanic adults;
  • Only 1 state had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic white adults
Events
  • Join 1,000 Days on Wednesday, May 1st for a conversation on the critical role nutrition plays for the health and well-being of moms, babies and toddlers.
  • Engage with national, state, and local experts on their use of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map in a virtual panel discussion, hosted by ASTHO on May 13 at 3pm ET. For more information and to register.
Take Action
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT) and enabling patients to electronically access their health information. The new deadline for the submission of comments – June 3, 2019 – will allow additional time for the public to review the proposed regulations.
Opportunities to Join the TFAH Team
  • TFAH has an opening for a Government Relations Manager with a focus on infectious disease prevention and other public health issues. The Government Relations Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the legislative, federal oversight and regulatory strategy on a range of priority issues related to infectious disease as well as federal appropriations that impact public health and prevention. Full Description.
  • TFAH is seeking a motivated undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate for a summer 2019 internship working with the Government Relations Department and the External Relations and Outreach team. Candidates should be students or recent graduates in public health, public policy, political science or a related field. Demonstrated interest in public health and policy preferred. Full Description.
Opportunities and Deadlines
Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations is circulating this organizational sign-on letter supporting a resolution the designate April 30th as National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day. The deadline to join the letter is tomorrow, April 19th. For questions, please email Rita Kuwahara.
  • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is looking for organizations to join the 22 by 22 campaign, an initiative urging Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 22 percent by fiscal year 2022 (FY22). For more information or to sign onto the campaign, contact Carolyn Mullen at cmullen@astho.org.
  • The American Lung Association is launching the “Year of Air Pollution & Health” (YAPH) in 2019 to increase public education and engagement around air pollution, climate change and health. Each month of the year will focus on a different aspect of air pollution and climate change – from major pollution sources, to vulnerable populations, to steps everyone can take to protect the air we all breathe. January’s focus is all about the impact of air pollution on real people like you. We would love to hear why healthy air matters to you! Please take a minute to fill out this short survey to let us know why you fight for healthy air.
  • If your organization is part of a local partnership that is sharing data with other sectors to improve individual or community health, consider participating in the National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health, a nationwide survey conducted by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) on behalf of All In: Data for Community Health. Contributions will inform a national analysis of community partnerships that are systematically sharing data across sectors to drive population health improvement. The results will highlight opportunities to advance a common agenda that can help support and expand this crucial work.
Regulatory Comments
  • The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is requesting input on the proposed National Disaster Pediatric Initiative with a pilot project for two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence. Comments (two pages or fewer) are due April 26, 2019 to to ASPRStakeholder@hhs.gov with the subject line: NDMS NDPI – ‘Your Agency Title’.
Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • None at present
Upcoming Events
Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
Sponsored by CDC
April 22nd – 25th
Atlanta, GA
Prevent Cancer Foundation Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, April 24
Crystal City, VA
Strengthening the Carrying Capacity of Local Health and Social Service Agencies to Absorb Increased Hospital/Clinical Referrals
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, April 24th, 12:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
Disasters and Health: State of Science Symposium
Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
April 25th – 26th
Washington, DC
Investing in Interventions that Address Non-Medical Health – Related Social Needs
Sponsored by NASEM
Friday, April 26th
Washington, DC
Weight of the State Conference
Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections
April 28th – 30th
Richmond, VA
Innovations: Redesigning Wellness
Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Monday, April 29th
Catch the Wave: WIC Moves Families Forward
Sponsored by California WIC Association
San Diego, CA Apr. 28-May 1, 2019
2019 Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Sponsored by the National Association of Health and Fitness
May 2019
American Climate Leadership Summit
Sponsored by ecoAmerica
May 1st – 2nd
Washington, DC
Linking Medical Homes to Social Service Systems for Medicaid Populations
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, May 8th, 12:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
NFID Annual Awards Dinner
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
May 9th
Washington, DC
STD Federal Action Plan Virtual Listening Session
Sponsored by HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Thursday, May 9th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
May 13th – 15th
Albuquerque, NM
National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit
May 14th – 15th
Atlanta, GA
2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
May 15th – 17th
Albuquerque, NM
AICR’s 2019 Research Conference – Diet, Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer: Beyond the Blueprint
Sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
May 15th – 17th
Chapel Hill, NC
Combatting Childhood Obesity Summit
Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report and Texas Children’s Hospital

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