March 14th Wellness and Prevention Digest

Wellness and Prevention Digest
TODAY’S NEWS – March 14th, 2019
Reports and Announcements
  • This week, the CDC Foundation launched the Contagious Conversations podcast. The first season features a series of three in-depth interviews with experts who share their unique perspectives on today’s toughest health challenges, including antibiotic resistance, global disease outbreaks, health equality and more. A second season will launch in Spring 2019.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing its website Calories on the Menu – Information for Consumers  to coincide with National Nutrition Month. Educational materials focus on areas where there are gaps in consumer understanding and use of nutrition information, such as the number of calories that are needed in a day.
  • FDA announced a draft compliance policy for certain deemed tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, replacing earlier compliance policies, in an attempt to tighten sale of these products to minors. A Washington Post article  discusses reactions to the draft guidance.
Take Action
  • The Friends of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) coalition is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to appropriators requesting that NIDDK be funded at $2.165 billion in FY20. The deadline to join the letter is COB March 22nd.
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations are hosting a briefing on Immigrant Health and Public Charge on Wednesday, March 20th in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Experts in the field will discuss the context of immigrant access to health care, current challenges and what Congress can do.
  • Join the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the Senate & House Community Health Center Caucus for the Congressional Briefing Health Centers: Addressing America’s Health Care Needs on Tuesday, March 26th.Panelists will describe how health centers have grown into America’s largest primary care network and highlight the release of NACHC’s national policy agenda.
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 Council for Behavioral Health has issued an action alert asking 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 National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is circulating an organizational sign-on letter supporting 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
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
Brave Girl Rising Film Screening
Sponsored by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
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
A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts
Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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
American Climate Leadership Summit
Sponsored by ecoAmerica
Washington, DC
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
AICR’s 2019 Research Conference – Diet, Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer: Beyond the Blueprint
Sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Chapel Hill, NC
Combatting Childhood Obesity Summit
Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report and Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, TX
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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