March 19th Wellness and Prevention Digest

Wellness and Prevention Digest
TODAY’S NEWS – March 19th, 2019
Reports and Announcements
  • Today, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin released the latest County Health Rankings, which helps counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the current overall health of each county in all 50 states. They also look at a variety of measures that affect the future health of communities, such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity, and teen births. Take Action to Improve Health is a hub of information to help any community member or leader who wants to improve their community’s health and equity.
  • Yesterday, CDC released new Vital Signs on HIV transmission in the United States at each stage of HIV care. The results provide powerful evidence that increasing the number of people with HIV who are in care and virally suppressed is key to eliminating new HIV infections in our nation. According to this report, 80% of new HIV infections in 2016 were transmitted by people who did not know they had the virus or knew but were not in HIV care.
  • According to a new survey released by the National Safety Council (NSC), 75 percent of employers say their workforce has been impacted by opioid usage. NSC provides a free Prescription Drug Employer Kit to help employers manage opioid use at work. Based on additional survey results, NSC intends to add components to the kit, including a robust workplace policy.
Take Action
  • TFAH is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to House and Senate leadership encouraging them to advance the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. This is a revised version of a letter sent in January that many groups joined- changes from the previous version and past signers are highlighted in yellow. Please fill out this form to join the letter by COB March 21st- we are only listing organizations that fill out this version of the form, so please do so again even if you see your name in yellow on this version.
  • 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 supporting a strong funding allocation for the House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittees. The deadline to join the letter is March 20th.
  • 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.
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 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 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 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 today 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
Tuesday, March 19th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET) – Webinar
Briefing on Immigrant Health and Public Charge
Sponsored by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Wednesday, March 20th, 2:00 – 300 p.m.
2168 Rayburn
The Landscape of Hepatitis B in the United States
Sponsored by the National Association of County & City Health Officials
Wednesday, March 20th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
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
March 21st, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Washington, D.C.
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Tobacco
Sponsored by Healthy People 2020
March 21st, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET) – webinar
Brave Girl Rising Film Screening
Sponsored by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Thursday, March 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
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
March 25th – 28th
Atlanta, GA
Health Centers: Addressing America’s Health Care Needs
Sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers
Tuesday, March 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 203-02
2019 Preparedness Summit
Sponsored by the National Association of County & City Health Officials
March 26th – 29th
St. Louis, MO
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Conference
March 26th – 29th
Salt Lake City, UT
A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts
Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Monday, April 1st
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET) – webcast
Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
Sponsored by the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute
April 1st – 5th
Hilton Head, SC
2019 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
April 3rd – 5th
Baltimore, MD
SYNChronicity 2019 – the National Conference for HIV, HCV, STIs, and LGBT Health
Sponsored by HealthHIV
April 14th -16th
JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Xavier University Health Conference
April 16th
Cincinnati, OH
Disasters and Health: State of Science Symposium
Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
April 25th – 26th
Washington, DC
Weight of the State Conference
Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections
April 28th – 30th
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
May 1st – 2nd
Washington, DC
NFID Annual Awards Dinner
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
May 9th
Washington, DC
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
May 16th
Houston, TX
National Network of Public Health Institutes National Conference
May 20th – 22nd
Washington, DC
Prevention 2019
Annual Conference of the American College of Preventive Medicine
May 20 – 23, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by School-Based Health Alliance
June 23-26
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
National Association of School Nurses 51st Annual Conference
June 28 -July 1, 2019 (pre-conference June 27, 2019)
Gaylord Rockies
Denver, CO
10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
July 15th – 18th
Anaheim, CA
2019 National Prevention Network Conference
August 27th – 29th
Chicago, IL
Community Benefit 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Reporting Community Benefit
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association
October 15th – 16th
St. Louis, MO
2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo
November 2nd – 6th
Philadelphia, PA

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