Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Dec 20

Today’s News (12/20/17) 
  • TFAH has released its latest report, Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism. The report found the country does not invest enough to maintain strong, basic core capabilities for health security readiness and, instead, is in a continued state of inefficiently reacting with federal emergency supplemental funding packages each time a disaster strikes.  Ready or Not? includes key recommendations, such as supporting sufficient emergency preparedness funding and a complementary public health emergency fund, supporting global health security and strengthening health system preparedness.
  • December 22nd is the deadline for Congress to enact a year-long spending bill or pass another Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open. The House plans to vote this week (potentially today) on a CR, H.J. Res 124, that would fund the Department of Defense through fiscal year 2018 and remaining government agencies through January 19th.  The measure may still include the extenders package which would provide five-year funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other measures, but unfortunately includes $6.35 billion in cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), and an $81 billion disaster supplemental for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Today, Congress is expected to finalize passage of a $1.5 trillion tax bill.  While the bill eliminates the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate, the ACA – including the critical subsidies – still stands. Families USA has a fact sheet on the tax bill’s impact on health.
      Take Action 
  • Several public health organizations are circulating an organizational sign on letter to HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan expressing concern about reports of the CDC being discouraged by the Administration from using a number of phrases, including “evidence-based” and “science-based” and requesting a further explanation from HHS.  If you would like to sign your organization onto the letter, please complete this form by tomorrow at Noon.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) has collaborated with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) “to assess the evidence around non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain using five common conditions-low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, tension headache, and osteoarthritis of the knee hip, or hand. The review showed exercise, acupuncture, and cognitive-behavioral therapy may improve pain outcomes.” The review is open for public comment until December 26th.
      Reports and Announcements
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation has announced that it will include fighting the life expectancy gap as one of the central goals of its deployment of more than $10 billion over the next 10 years in underinvested urban and rural communities.
      Upcoming Events 
  • The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference is scheduled for February 25th – 27th in Washington, DC.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about “best practices, innovative advocacy methods, and personal connections to help better fight hunger at the community, state, and national level.”
  • The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is hosting the National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference in Norfolk, VA, April 8th – 11th. The conference will showcase the latest in tobacco-use prevention, reduction, and cessation amongst young adults.
  • The American College of Preventative Medicine is accepting abstracts (deadline, February 5th) for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit, July 16th – 17th in Washington, DC. The Summit “will focus on social and community context, maximizing quality of life, health and health care, and natural and build environment for older Americans.”
  • This is the last edition of the Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest for 2017. TFAH wishes you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • 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 American Association of Health & Disability is circulating a  confidential survey to “learn more about the physical, cultural, and attitudinal barriers that women with disabilities face when seeking breast health care services.” Please circulate through your networks if relevant to your work.
     Regulatory Comments
  • The Food and Drug Administration has released new draft menu labeling guidance for industry. “It addresses calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, including buffets and grab-and-go foods; reasonable basis, and the criteria for considering the natural variation of foods.” Comments are due by January 8th.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a public docket to solicit suggestions, recommendations, and comments from interested parties on questions relevant to FDA’s newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also posted a blog highlighting steps FDA is taking to stem the tide of opioid misuse. (deadline, December 28th)
     Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living has announced a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. It is “seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.” Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration.
  • Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States. “For communities that are engaging in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team’s capacity and skills through a community leadership process.” (deadline, January 12th)
  • America’s Promise and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are leading the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools  initiative. “The initiative is a collective effort to better understand the dynamics in diverse schools and communities that foster or stand in the way of creating healthier school environments. As a part of this initiative, America’s Promise seeks to activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to build demand for healthy schools.” America’s Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities (deadline, January 22nd).
Upcoming Events
Integrating Behavioral Health with TANF to Build a Culture of Health
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 20th, Noon (EST) – webinar
Commemoration of the 1918 Flu Pandemic Webinar
Sponsored by CDC
Tuesday, January 9th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar (updated date/time)
New Years Resolutions for Public Health: Reflecting Back on 2017 and Moving Forward in 2018
Sponsored by American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health
Tuesday, January 9th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register

Improving Population and Clinical Health with Integrated Services and Decision Support
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, January 10th, Noon (EST) – webinar

Walking Towards Justice – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Sponsored by America Walks
Thursday, January 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
2018 AMCHP Annual Conference
Sponsored by the Association of Maternal And Child Health Programs
February 10th – 13th
Crystal City, VA
Active Living Research Conference
Sponsored by Active Living Research, Alberta Centre for Active Living, and Elsevier
February 11th – 14th
Banff, Canada
Agents of Change Summit
February 12th and 13th
San Diego, CA
28th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference
March 26th – 30th
San Diego, CA
National Public Health Week
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association
April 2nd – 8th
Announcing Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets
Sponsored by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Transportation for America’s Arts & Culture Team
April 3rd – 4th
Nashville Music City Center, Nashville, TN
2018 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine
April 11th – 14th
New Orleans, LA
SYNChronicity Conference
Sponsored by HealthHIV
April 22nd – 24th
Arlington, VA
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness
May 2018
NNPHI Annual Conference and Workforce Development Forum
Sponsored by the National Network of Public Health Institutes
May 22nd – 24th
New Orleans, LA
Preventive Medicine 2018
Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine
May 22nd – 25th
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance
June 24th – 27th
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN
2018 Public Health Law Conference
Sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
October 4th – 6th
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ
For more information and to register (abstract deadline December 31st)

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