Awards / Fellowships

Seeking Input on Prevention of Breast Cancer Research

I work for the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), and I’m excited to announce that we recently launched the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer to encourage individuals to share transformative primary prevention ideas. This is a tremendous opportunity to change the trajectory of breast cancer research. Winners will influence $15 million in grant funding to be

Call for Nominations: RWJF-APIC Award for Health Equity

We are very pleased to announce the third annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, presented by the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (RWJF-APIC Award). The RWJF-APIC Award is a seven-year program to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions towards achieving health equity. Entry Period:  ​​ EXTENDED to: July 29, 2018 at 11:59PM EST Application Link: http://www.apicaucus.org/2018-rwjf-award-for-healthy-equity.html To learn more about how you can nominate a health equity leader for

2018 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health. This award recognizes the contributions of public health and health care services professionals in improving the health status of all Californians and the millions who visit the state every year. The Beverlee A.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 24

Today’s News (10/24/17)        No movement yet on the Champions Act, which would cut the Prevention Fund by more than $6 billion. It is not on the House calendar this week, which instead is preparing to take up a Senate-passed FY19 budget resolution.  Please continue to generate letters of opposition, and also utilize this breakdown of how much funding

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 11

Today’s News (10/11/17)        The CHAMPION Act (H.R. 3922), reported out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week, is not on this week’s House schedule, so timing remains in flux. The latest reports hold out hope for bi-partisan negotations on the legislation’s current funding offsets. In the meantime, please continue to contact

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 3

Today’s News (10/3/17)        TFAH sends its thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas last evening. For those in the Las Vegas area who would like to help, information on blood donation is available. From Prevention Institute –  “The violence that haunts our society is not only all too

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 28

Today’s News (9/28/17) As you all have likely heard by now, the Graham-Cassidy Amendment to the American Health Care Act was not brought to a vote this week, lacking sufficient support for passage. Politico provides a good breakdown.  Thanks for all your support, including those organizations sending letters opposing the legislation. Current budget reconciliation instructions expire this Saturday, so any

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 19

Today’s News (9/19/17)        Take Action The Senate Majority continues to work to pass ACA repeal legislation introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), which would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restructure and cut Medicaid, and weaken or eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / August 17

Today’s News (8/17/17)            Reports and Announcements Trust for America’s Health has released an updated version of Special Analysis: How Healthy Is Your Congressional District? The report is a one-year (not longitudinal) snapshot of seven preventive health measures for each Congressional District and for each state and the District of Columbia. It uses

Job Listing: UCSF HEAL Global Health Two Year Fellowship Now accepting applications

Dear Spirit of 1848 members: I wanted to alert you about an innovative Global Health fellowship, UCSF HEAL fellowship. The goal of HEAL is to train and transform front line health professionals through building a community dedicated to serving the underserved as their life long choice. We have over 80 health professionals from 8 countries as part of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 15

Today’s News (8/15/17)            Reports and Announcements The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University is in the process of creating a report to highlight wellness and nutrition initiatives and programs, and plans to “share this report with people, communities, businesses, and legislators with the hope that these

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 8

Today’s News (8/8/17)      Thirteen U.S. Senators wrote to the Food and Drug Administration expressing concern over its 2016 tobacco product ‘deeming rule.’  “There is no reason for the Agency to delay oversight of newly-regulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and cigars that contain kid-appealing flavors and are actively marketed to children.”      

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 2

Today’s News (8/2/17)      As you are aware, last week the Senate shut down debate on the health care reconciliation package after a final attempt to pass a so-called “skinny repeal bill” failed by a 49-51 vote, with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joining all Democrats in opposition.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 23

Today’s News (6/23/17)         As you know, the Senate health care legislation was finally released to the public Thursday morning.  It is believed that like the House bill (which would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage), this bill will result in a greater number of uninsured people due to deep cuts to

Call for RWJF-APIC Award Nominations: DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for the RWJF-APIC Award for Health Equity has been extended until June 30 at 11:59 pm PST. We’re very pleased to announce the second annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (RWJF-APIC Award). The RWJF-APIC Award is a seven-year program to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 15

Today’s News (6/15/17)             Take Action Thanks so much for the great individual and organizational response to today’s Thunderclap, with over 550 registrants reaching over 750,000 via social media. Today is also our Virtual Advocacy Day in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund and other important public health provisions threatened by

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 31

Today’s News (5/31/17)  Today is World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “A Threat to Development.” The World Health Organization aims to “demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens, and will propose measures that governments and the public

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 16

Today’s News (5/16/17)        Federal Action On final chance to join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on a sign-on letter to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In light of passage of the American Health Care Act in the House, TFAH is planning to send virtually the same letter previously

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 4

Federal Action It appears that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Affordable Health Care Act today.  If you haven’t already, we urge you to contact your Members of Congress (202-224-3121) to vote no on the Upton/Long amendment, the MacArthur amendment and the underlying American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which would

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 1

Federal Action From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a summary of the impact upon persons with pre-existing conditions under the current MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act. Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that, “USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, as his first official act as Secretary, signed a proclamation that delays

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 28

Federal Action By now, you have likely seen the most recent amendment (thanks Politico) to the American Health Care Act, offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur, which would allow states to waive preexisting conditions and essential benefits. The bill would also still eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund and could result in the loss of health insurance

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 25

Upcoming Events On Wednesday, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT), TFAH and Healthy Schools Campaign are co-hosting a webinar under the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative to discuss the components of a comprehensive school behavioral health system and highlight two examples from Colorado and California where schools or school districts are implementing innovative models to provide

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 21

Reports and Materials STAT published an op-ed by TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic and Expensive Condition: So Why Aren’t We Investing in Them?  “It’s a pretty simple equation: Continued budget cuts equal a decrease in the ability of public health organizations to protect and improve the nation’s health.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 18

Reports and Materials The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its CDC Grant Funding Profiles site last month with fiscal year (FY) 2016 data and profiles. “The profiles provide quick access to information about CDC funding provided to health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 12

Today’s News (4/12/17)              Reports and Materials Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: A State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017, which found that core funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by around $580 million federally and has remained flat

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 7

Today’s News (4/7/17)              Reports and Materials A new research brief has been published by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University which “examines the benefits of social emotional development in elementary schools and provides guidance on how schools can support students’ development.”       Federal Update According to

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 30

Clearly, another one of those weeks with a vast amount of activity.  You may need to read this one twice, much to digest (no pun intended).       Reports and Materials The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. “The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 28

Friday was a good day for the nation’s health!  The Affordable Care Act survives, and with it the programs supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Thanks so much to all of you for the work you did contacting your members of Congress, generating letters, op-eds, action alerts, phone calls, e-mails and success stories.  So

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 24

To vote or not to vote, that is the question!  As you are probably well aware, under a fast-track procedure approved Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today (don’t hold me to that) on a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Among the provisions that would negatively