March 12th Wellness and Prevention Digest

Wellness and Prevention Digest
TODAY’S NEWS – March 12th, 2019
Reports and Announcements
  • Yesterday, the White House released the President’s FY20 proposed budget, which includes an approximate 10 percent reduction to CDC’s overall program budget. The budget request proposes about $750 million in spending cuts to CDC’s program level, compared with FY19. See here for a statement from TFAH that “urges Congress and the Administration to work to raise the budget caps and enact appropriations bills that reflect the health needs of our population.”
  • According to a CDC Vital Signs report, more than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days. This was a considerable increase from 2017, which was driven by an increase in e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use increased from 11.7% to 20.8% among high school students and from 3.3% to 4.9% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. No change was found in the use of other tobacco products, including cigarettes, during this time.
Take Action
  • The National Council for Behavioral Health has issued an action alertasking members of Congress to sign a Dear Colleague letter in support of increased funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant in FY20. The block grant is the largest funding stream going to states for substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery systems.
  • The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University is hosting the debut screening of Brave Girl Rising. The film was made in collaboration with Girl Rising, the nonprofit behind the global campaign for girl’s education and empowerment, and International Rescue Committee. The screening will include a discussion with officials from Girl Rising, International Rescue Committee, and Citi. Panelists for the event include Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising, and Kristin Solheim, Director of Global Government Affairs at Citibank.
  • On April 1st, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions will host a workshop to explore the history of health equity issues in demographic groups who have above-average obesity risk and consider principles and approaches to addressing these issues as part of obesity prevention and treatment efforts. The workshop will also feature presentations that address current policies and practices that perpetuate health inequities and advance health equity. While in person registration is full, a webcast will be available.
  • Join ecoAmerica for the American Climate Leadership Summit from May 1st – 2nd in Washington, DC. The summit will explore “breakthrough” strategies and ideas to help transform the climate action into a true national priority, and will feature a large and diverse group of climate change experts from across the country. The deadline to register is April 28th.
Opportunity 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.
Opportunities and Deadlines
Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is circulating an organizational sign-on lettersupporting increased funding for CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. To sign on. Deadline, March 15th.
  • The Coalition for Health Funding, Coalition on Human Needs, Committee for Education Funding, and Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce are circulating an organizational sign-on letter to secure a strong 302b funding allocation for the House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittees. The deadline to join the letter is COB March 15th.
  • Last week, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, HIMSS, and NAPHSIS launched a campaign: Data: Elemental to Health, seeking $1 billion over 10 years — $100 million in FY 2020 – for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a new, cross-cutting initiative that will transform the public health surveillance enterprise and save lives. If your organization would like to sign the letter to appropriators, please fill out this form by March 15th. Questions can be directed to
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
Regulatory Comments
  • The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released their draft report entitled Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. The Task Force was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 with the goal of identifying, revising, and developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices for pain management (including chronic and acute pain) and includes representatives from federal agencies and non-federal stakeholders. The draft report is open for a 90-day public comment period. More information on submitting comments can be found here. Deadline, April 1st.
  • As you may have seen, the USDA announced a proposed rule that would enforce time limits on SNAP benefits for unemployed and underemployed people who can’t document sufficient weekly work hours. This proposed rule is a version of provisions that were rejected in the 2018 Farm Bill, and could result in an estimated 775,000 people losing benefits. FRAC has launched a platform for comments to the USDA in opposition to the proposed rule. Comments are due April 2, 2019.
Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • The American College of Preventive Medicine is collaborating with the American Medical Association and Black Women’s Health Imperative to offer three grants to healthcare organizations to develop innovative strategies to identify prediabetes and refer high-risk African American and Hispanic women to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program. Proposal submissions for this funding opportunity will be accepted through March 19th at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
  • The American College of Preventive Medicine has released a new request for proposals to increase physician awareness and practices to prevent, detect, and control hypertension among priority populations, and refer patients with hypertension or at high-risk for hypertension to community evidence-based self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) programs with clinical support and other related evidence-based lifestyle change programs. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 30th.
  • The BUILD Health Challenge is looking to support up to 17 innovative collaboratives within the US that include a community-based organization, hospital or health system, and public health department working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Inclusion of additional cross-sector partners such as health plans, businesses, foundations, and others that are aligned with the proposed efforts are encouraged. The BUILD Health Challenge is supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, de Beaumont Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., New Jersey Health Initiatives, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Applications are due April 5th.
Upcoming Events
Today’s Additions in Red
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hosted by the Public Health Foundation
Tuesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
Advancing Smoking Cessation in California’s Medicaid Population: The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project
Sponsored by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Tuesday, March 12th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET) – webinar
Rural vs. Urban Youth: Are They Really That Different?
Sponsored by the Dibble Institute
Wednesday, March 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
38th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)
42nd Annual National Food Policy Conference
Sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America
Washington DC
Leadership Training Session
Sponsored by the Climate Reality Project
Atlanta, GA
2019 National HIV Prevention Conference
Sponsored by CDC
Atlanta, GA
For more information and to register(Registration deadline, March 1st)
Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in State Medicaid Programs
Sponsored by the American Lung Association
The Landscape of Hepatitis B in the United States
Sponsored by the National Association of County & City Health Officials
3 WINS Fitness: The Largest Free Exercise and Diabetes Prevention Program in Los Angeles
Sponsored by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University
Washington, D.C.
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Tobacco
Sponsored by Healthy People 2020
2019 HIV Diagnostics Conference
Sponsored by the American Sexual Health Association, the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
Atlanta, GA
2019 Preparedness Summit
Sponsored by the National Association of County & City Health Officials
St. Louis, MO
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Conference
Salt Lake City, UT
Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
Sponsored by the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute
Hilton Head, SC
2019 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Baltimore, MD
SYNChronicity 2019 – the National Conference for HIV, HCV, STIs, and LGBT Health
Sponsored by HealthHIV
JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Xavier University Health Conference
Cincinnati, OH
Disasters and Health: State of Science Symposium
Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Washington, DC
Weight of the State Conference
Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections
Richmond, VA
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
NFID Annual Awards Dinner
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Washington, DC
10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
Albuquerque, NM
National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit
Atlanta, GA
2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
Albuquerque, NM
National Network of Public Health Institutes National Conference
Washington, DC
Prevention 2019
Annual Conference of the American College of Preventive Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by School-Based Health Alliance
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
National Association of School Nurses 51st Annual Conference
Gaylord Rockies
Denver, CO
10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
Anaheim, CA
2019 National Prevention Network Conference
Chicago, IL
Community Benefit 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Reporting Community Benefit
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association
St. Louis, MO
2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo
Philadelphia, PA

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