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. While next steps for Congress remain uncertain, we’ve come a long way. It’s important to note that 20 Senators submitted their names to co-sponsor a motion by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to preserve the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Several other Senators had also intended to submit their own Prevention Fund motions.  This incredible response is in no small measure due to the tireless work of many of you! So appreciate this hard fought victory, and then remain vigilent. Here are several statements generated since last week’s defeat of the legislation from Trust for America’s HealthPublic Health InstituteAmerican Lung Association, and the American Heart Association,
  • Last week, Representative Frank Pallone, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Representative Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, in a letter called upon the President to staff up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calling attention to an ongoing hiring freeze. In the letter, the members of Congress state that, “We worry that these vacancies have left CDC unable to fulfill its mission of developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities.  Additionally, these vacancies, including those within the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, raise serious questions about whether CDC has the personnel available to detect and immediately respond to sudden health emergencies – whether domestic or foreign.”

      Reports and Announcements

  • The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has released an interim report.  Among the recommendations:
    • Declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.
    • Rapidly increase treatment capacity.
    • Mandate prescriber education.
    • Immediately establish and fund a federal incentive to enhance access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
    • Provide model legislation for states to allow naloxone dispensing via standing orders, as well as requiring the prescribing of naloxone with high-risk opioid prescriptions; we must equip all law enforcement in the United States with naloxone to save lives.
    • Provide federal funding and technical support to states to enhance interstate data sharing among state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).
  • A new Prevention Institute report “acknowledges and builds on domestic violence prevention work taking place throughout the state and country. It also offers updated research, analysis, and next steps to systematically address this complex problem, including inequities in rates of domestic violence.”
      Upcoming Events
  • The Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health, is scheduled for November 29th – December 1st, Westin Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. “The Forum will attract hospital and health leaders and stakeholders from seven Midwestern states:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin. Attendees will include hospital CEOs and decision-makers, leaders in primary care, local and state health departments, state Medicaid and human service agencies, and social service and community advocacy sectors.” Forum organizers are seeking abstracts for breakout sessions (deadline, August 11th).

Opportunities/Deadlines    

The Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links you can click on for complete information.
  • The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is circulating a sign-on letter in support of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “DNPAO protects the health of Americans at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity, good nutrition, and preventing adult and childhood obesity.” To sign on.
  • Call and email your senators to voice your strong opposition to the American Health Care Act and any effort to weaken or repeal the Affordable Care Act. Dial 202-224-3121 for the Capitol switchboard and ask to be transferred to your senator’s office.
  • 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.”
  • 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 Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework developed by the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee.  Deadline for submitting comments is September 29th.
  • 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 American Public Health Association has announced a call for applications for its 2018 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.” For eligibility information, applications and additional information. (deadline, August 14th).

Upcoming Events

Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Syphilis and HIV – A Healthy People 2020 Progress Review 

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

Tuesday, August 1st, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

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)

 

Use of Telepsychiatry to Improve Access to Care for Rural Populations – State Considerations for Incorporating Telepsychiatry into Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integrated Systems

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Monday, August 7th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register

 

Hospital Investment and Interaction in Public Health Systems

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Thursday, August 10th, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register

 

Your Weight Matters National Convention

Sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition

August 10th – 13th

For more information and to register

 

Alternative Payment Models for FQHCs and Rural Health Clinics

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Integration Forum

Monday, August 21st, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register

 

Comprehensive Population Health Systems & Hospital Uncompensated Care Costs

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, August 23rd, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register

 

Improving License Portability through Interstate Licensure Compacts – An Interstate Approach to Improving Access to Care and Addressing Workforce Gaps

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)- webinar

To register

 

Better Health, Better Learning: A Conversation on Tennessee Student Success

Sponsored by SCORE and NashvilleHealth

Monday, August 28th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nashville, TN

To register

(by today)

 

Crisis Leadership in Disasters Symposium

Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Wednesday, September 6th

Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences

Bethesda, MD

For more information and to register

 

Interorganizational Relationships and Public Health System Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, September 6th, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register

 

Disaster Health Education Symposium: Advancing the State of the Art

Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Thursday, September 7th

Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences

Bethesda, MD

For more information and to register

 

2017 Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting and Conference –

The Sacred Practice of Caring: Working Together for Healthier Communities

September 11th – 13th

Erlanger, KY

For more information and to register

 

Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting

September 12th – 14th

Aurora, CO

For more information and to register

 

National Prevention Network Conference

September 12th – 14th

Anaheim, CA

For more information and to register

 

2017 National Walking Summit

Sponsored by America Walks

Wednesday, September 13th

St. Paul, MN

For more information and to register(by July 15th)

 

AFIX: A Multi-state Randomized Control Trial to Increase Adolescent HPV Immunization through Provider Best Practices

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Thursday, September 14th, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register

 

6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park

Sponsored by the National Foundation for the Infectious Diseases

Friday, September 15th

For more information

 

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STHO Annual Meeting & 75th Anniversary Gala

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

September 19th – 21st

Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

To register

 

1st Annual Exploration: Community-Based Research Summit

Sponsored by the Community Health Councils

September 28th

Los Angeles, CA

For more information and to register

 

People, Power, Purpose (P3) Summer 2017

Sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Friday, September 29th

Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel

1143 New Hampshire Ave, NW

For more information and to register

 

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(registration now open)

 

CHA Community Benefit 101 Program

Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association

October 3rd – 4th

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO

For more information and to register

 

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

 

The Society for Public Health Education Advocacy Summit

October 21st – 23rd

Washington, DC

For more information and to register

21st Century Student Scholarship (open to full-time undergraduate and graduate level students to attend the Summit – application deadline, May 31st)

 

Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities

Sponsored by Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina

October 23rd – 24th

Columbia, SC
For more information and to register

 

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 (abstract deadline, August 11th)

 

Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter

Sponsored by the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence

December 5th

National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ

 

2018

 

2018 AMCHP Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Association of Maternal And Child Health Programs

February 10th – 13th

Crystal City, VA

Call for proposals (deadline September 1st)

For more information and to register

 

2018 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions

Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine

April 11th – 14th

New Orleans, LA

For more information and to register  (abstracts deadline, September 12th)

 

Preventive Medicine 2018

Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine

May 22nd – 25th

Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL

Call for proposals (deadline, August 25th)

For more information and to register

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