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 behavioral health promotion, prevention and treatment services in schools using a multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) utilizing federal and state funds. To register.

      Reports and Materials

  • From Healthy Schools Campaign,  State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness. The report, a third edition released last month, “focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with state-level policymakers to develop state ESSA plans. It provides practical resources and emphasizes several key areas with the greatest potential impact on student health.”

     Take Action   

  • The International International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is hosting a May 19th Thunderclap at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) in support of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act “that will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness and sporting goods equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues.” To sign up.  (#passPHIT)
  • Three Friday deadlines/events:
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum informs us that the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) “is asking for public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data. These standards apply to all federal agencies and provide data on everything from healthcare, education, housing, transportation and civil rights.” You are asked to sign-on letter with a number of recommendations addressing Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.
  • The national menu labeling law is scheduled to take effect on May 5th. Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is hosting a tweet chat Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT), “to discuss the history of this landmark public health victory, the importance of menu labeling, and what to expect.” (#menulabeling: @MomsRising & @CSPI #FoodFri)
    • The Coalition for Health Funding, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce and the Committee for Education Funding are circulating a sign on letter in support of increased funding for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations. To sign on.
  • Quite a few new events listed below.


The Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links you can click on for complete information.

Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has an active action alert  and a sign-on letter opposing a menu labeling rider in FY 2017 appropriations.  To sign-on.
  • CSPI has issued an action alert in opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which recently passed the House and is up for consideration in Senate committee.  “The RAA could undermine all laws that establish health, safety, and other safeguards.  Rather than choose the best health and safety protections, agencies would have to choose the cheapest option.”
  • As part of World Salt Awareness Week, the American Heart Association is launching the #BreakUpWithSalt Campaign, “which urges the food industry to lower the amount of sodium its products. To take action.
  • The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity’s CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is a “national campaign to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance. The CEO Pledge is an evidence-based strategy for promoting a culture of physical activity within an organization. The Pledge is important because studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. To sign on.
  • 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)
  • The Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Consensus Project (C3) invites organizational sign-ons to its 2016 recommendations for a consensus statement of CHW roles (duties), skills and essential qualities in order to build a greater common understanding of this growing workforce. Individuals are also “invited to review and comment on the recommendations and officially recognize, acknowledge or endorse them as a fair representation of the nature of the CHW workforce.” For more information. (deadline, April 30th)

Regulatory Comments/Federal Postings

  • Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants has updated its document on upcoming regulations that provides a summary of upcoming key regulations regarding nutrition, obesity prevention, nutrition facts labels, tobacco, early care and education, and other public health topics based on a scan of the most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda publication (December 2015 update) – with multiple deadlines.

Funding Opportunities and Awards

  • The Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) has announced a call for proposals for Innovation Grants that will “provide up to $150,000 for evaluations of cost and/or utilization impacts on clinical interventions addressing social and economic hardships.”
  • The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M announced the sixth annual National Bike Challenge. “The Challenge will welcome over 60,000 riders to pedal a combined 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30, 2017 for improved health, fitness and fun!”
  • Transportation for America is accepting applications for its new Smart City Collaborative with Sidewalk Labs.  “The collaborative is intended to help a small group of ambitious cities use technology thoughtfully and intentionally to meet their pressing transportation challenges.”
  • The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is accepting submissions for the 2017 Berreth Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given for Excellence in Health Marketing and Real-Time Risk Communication (government health agencies only). (deadline, May 1st)
  • From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects funding opportunity “seeks applications from organizations and/or institutions with existing programs that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported approaches that promote both individual healing and take a structural approach to change policies and practices that are causes of trauma for entire groups of young men of color.”  (deadline, May 1st)
  • Systems for Action (S4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their latest Call for Proposals. “

The goal of this call for proposals (CFP) is to fund research that supports new scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems in ways that improve health and reduce inequities.” (deadline, May 5th)

  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting nominations for several awards which will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. “Once a year, we think it is important to pause, take a step back, and honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health. Help us identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions.” Nominations are due by Friday, May 5th. For awards descriptions, criteria and nomination forms.
  • The National Public Health Information Coalition has announced the 2017 Berreth Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication.  Agencies that focus on health communication in the government, not-for-profit or corporate sectors are eligible to be recognized for “exceptional and innovative health information campaigns that help people lead healthier lives in healthier communities.” (deadline, May 20th)
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched a new signature research program, Health Data for Action (HD4A), “that seeks to fund up to five innovative, rigorous research studies that leverage health data to draw actionable insights to help inform health policy and build a Culture of Health. Supported by AcademyHealth, the first Call for Proposals (CFP) will make data from the Health Care Cost Institute and athenahealth available to successful applicants (applicants will need to select one of these two datasets). For more information, including application instructions. (deadline, May 24th)
  •  This year’s focus of in depth study of the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine, and Society (AHSG) Program is the opioid epidemic in the U.S. “As a country, we need new ideas to address this complex and controversial health challenge. AHSG members know that good ideas can come from anyone. If you have a “Big Idea” for addressing opioid addiction, share it with Aspen by filling out a short form. The deadline for Big Ideas is May 26th.
  • The Health Project is seeking nominations for the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards in recognition of outstanding health promotion programs. “It is dedicated to spotlighting private and public health programs that have measurably improved the health and well-being of individuals and their families, and have done so cost-effectively.  The deadline for applications is May 31st
  • Since its launch, the CDC’s Million Hearts® “has recognized 59 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in attaining a blood pressure control rate of at least 70 percent among their patients with high blood pressure through the smart use of health information technology, innovative communication techniques, and implementation of a team approach to health care.”  The 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open to health professionals, practices, and health systems that achieve hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent over a 12-month period (deadline, June 2nd).
  • Through a collaborative network of experts, data, and tools, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program “connects environmental and public health information to drive innovative programs and solutions that protect and improve the health of communities across the country.” In an effort to identify and promote innovative uses of data from CDC’s Tracking Network, the CDC has announced the Enviro Health App Challenge. (deadline, June 23rd)

Upcoming Events

National Oral Health Conference

Sponsored by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry & Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

April 24th – 26th (pre-conference sessions April 22nd – 23rd)
Albuquerque, NM
For more information and to register


20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

April 24th – 26th

Bethesda, MD

For more information and to register


Improving Care for the Chronically-Ill Medicare Patients

Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center

Tuesday, April 25th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

BPC – 1225 Eye Street, NW – Suite 1000

To register


Promoting Active Communities: Finding Data That Tells Your Story

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association

Tuesday, April 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Moving Policy into Practice: Building School Wellness Policies to Expand Reach and Impact

Sponsored by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Tuesday, April 25th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Menu Labeling (on the latest research and resources for increasing awareness)

Sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration, ChildObesity180, and CSPI

Wednesday, April 26th, 11:00 – Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


NB3F Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference

The Notah Begay III Foundation

April 26th – 27th

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino – Santa Fe, NM

For more information and to register


Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5)

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wednesday, April 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, April 27th, Noon – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

For more information and to register

Green Schoolyards for Connecting Children to Nature

Sponsored by the National League of Cities

Thursday, April 27th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


The National Adolescent Sleep, Health, and School Start Times Conference

Sponsored by Start School Later

April 27th – 28th

Washington, DC

For more information


Improving Public Health: Advocating & Activating for Change

Sponsored by the NYS Public Health Association

April 28th – 29th

High Peaks Resort – Lake Placid, NY

For more information and to register


Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain: Effective Alternatives to Opioids

Sponsored by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Saturday, April 29th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA

For more information and to register


May is Global Health and Fitness Month

Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness

For more information


Moving from Assessment to Action in Community Health Improvement

Hosted by the Public Health Foundation and Association for Community Health Improvement

Monday, May 1st, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Public Health Crisis: Solutions to Violence and Abuse

Sponsored by Futures Without Violence and the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse

Tuesday, May 2nd, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

2043 Rayburn House Office Building

For more information and to RSVP


2017 National Health Outreach Conference – Navigating the World of Health: A Sea of Opportunity

May 2nd – 4th

Annapolis, MD

For more information
Implementing the New York City Macroscope Electronic Health Record Surveillance System

Sponsored by Systems for Action, University of Kentucky

Wednesday, May 3rd, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


IHA’s 16th Annual Health Literacy Conference

Sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement

May 3rd – 5th

Irvine, CA

For more information and to register


New Horizons in Clinical Lactation-Second National Conference

Sponsored by the US Lactation Consultant Association

May 3rd – 6th

San Antonio, Texas

For more information and to register


21st Annual National Conference – National Hispanic Medical Association

Integrated Healthcare for Hispanics

Sponsored by the National Hispanic Medical Association

May 4th – 7th

Gaylord National Harbor Hotel

For more information and to register


Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities

May 4th – 5th

FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

For more information and to register


Trabajando Juntos – Integrated Healthcare for Hispanics

Sponsored by the National Hispanic Medical Association

May 4th – 7th

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center – Maryland

For more information and to register


The E-Cigarette Summit – Science, Regulation and Public Health

Monday, May 8th

The Marriott, Georgetown

For more information and to register


Inclusive Health Reform

Sponsored by Special Olympics

Tuesday, May 9th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information


Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Cross-sector Collaboration in Maternal and Child Health

Sponsored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Tuesday, May 9th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Building a Healthier Future Summit

Sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America

May 10th – 12th

Call for proposals (for a list of priority topics and details on submission)


Exploring Comp

etencies for the Emerging Field of Legal Epidemiology Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Hosted by the Public Health Foundation and Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ChangeLab Solutions

Thursday, May 11th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


2017 Maryland Statewide Tobacco Conference: Navigating the Changing Landscape: The Future of Tobacco Control in Maryland                            

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy

Thursday, May 11th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Maryland

For more information and to register


Vaccines: Healthcare’s First Line of Defense

Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology

Tuesday, May 16th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

For more information and to register


Police and Community Relations: Fostering a Shared Vision for Safe Communities by Applying Principles from Prevention Science 

Sponsored by National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Location TBD

To register


Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

Sponsored by the National Complete Streets Coalition

Wednesday, May 17th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

For more information and to register


Navigating Uncertainty, Spanning Boundaries, Improving Health

National Network of Public Health Institutes Annual Conference

May 17th – 19th

New Orleans, LA

For more information and to register (deadline extended to April 21st)


American College of Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting

May 23rd – May 26th

Portland, OR

For more information


Healthy Masculinities: Mobilizing Men and Boys to Foster Positive Gender Norms

Sponsored by Prevention Institute

Wednesday, May 31st, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Childhood Obesity Conference

May 30th – June 2nd

San Diego, CA

For more information and to register


Improving Population Health: Collaborative Strategies That Work

2017 Practical Playbook Annual Meeting

Sponsored by the de Beaumont Foundation, Practical Playbook and Duke Community and Family Medicine

May 31st – June 2nd

Westin Washington DC City Center

For more information and to register


2017 Basic Summer Institute: Principles & Practice of Injury Prevention

Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Prevention

June 5th – 8th

Baltimore, MD

For more information and to register


National Amish Health Care Conference – Best Practices in Communication, Access, Delivery and Design

June 7th – 9th

Mohican State Park Lodge, Perrysville, Ohio (near Columbus)

For more information and to register


Latino Health Summit

In conjunction with the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference

Sponsored by the National Council of La Raza

July 8th – 11th

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

To register


Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-being: Challenges and Opportunities

Sponsored by the National Academies – Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities

Tuesday, June 13th, 8:00 a.m. (EDT) – meeting and webcast

Montgomery Marriott Prattville, Capitol Hill, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL

For more information and to register


2nd Annual Public Health Fair

Sponsored by the Coalition for Health Funding

Thursday, June 15th, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

902 Hart Senate Office Building

To host a booth, and/or to sponsor the event


Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PREVCON)

Sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide

July 26th – 29th

Baltimore, MD

For more information and to register


National Association of Local Boards of Health – 25th Annual Conference 

August 2nd – 4th

Cleveland, Ohio – Downtown Westin Hotel

For more information


15th Annual Unity Conference

Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach

August 6th – 9th

Hilton Anatole – Dallas, TX

For more information and to register

Call for abstracts (deadline, April 21st)


National Prevention Network Conference

September 12th – 14th

Anaheim, CA

For more information and to register


2017 National School-Based Health Care Convention

Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance and

the California School-Based Health Alliance

June 18th – 21st

Long Beach, California

For more information


2017 Annual Educational Conference

National Environmental Health Association

July 10th – 13th

Grand Rapids, MI

For more information and to register


{save the date} Southern Obesity Conference

Sponsored by the Texas Health Institute, Georgia Shape and Georgia Department of Public Health

October 1st – 3rd

Marriott Marquis – Atlanta, GA

For more information (deadline for abstracts – May 1st)


Children’s Environmental Health Day

Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network

October 12th

For more information


CFHA 19th Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

October 19th – 21st

Houston, TX

For more information


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:

Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 

November 4th – 8th

Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register


Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health

Sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Institute, Michigan Public Health Institute, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and Health Policy Institute of Ohio

November 29th – December 1st

Westin Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL

For more information

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