Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Jan 25

Today’s News (1/25/18) 
  • Yesterday, by a vote of 55-43, the Senate voted to confirm Alex Azar as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. The New York Times provided background information on Secretary Azar, as well as reactions from various Senators.
  • The White House is expected to release the Fiscal Year 2019 budget no earlier than Monday, February 12th.  At that time, it will be available here.
      Reports and Announcements
  • The Alliance for Patient Access and National Coalition for Infant Health released a video highlighting the risk of hepatitis C amongst women of childbearing age in light of “the opioid epidemic and a national spike in heroin use.”

      Upcoming Events 

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest, MomsRising, American Heart Association, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Public Health Association, and Slow Food USA are hosting a tweet chat “to help oppose efforts to roll back school nutrition” tomorrow, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EST). Use #FoodFri to participate.
  • Leaders of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) will host the second annual Obesity Care Network Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 27th in Washington, DC. Participants will attend meetings with Capitol Hill offices between 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and a lunch briefing at noon. The day’s events will conclude with an ANDPAC and ObesityPAC reception from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. to honor legislators who have championed efforts to promote patient access to, and coverage of, obesity treatment services. For more information and to register.  Once registered, please fill out this form.
  • Join the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) for Healthcare Disaster Resilience: A View to the Future with Implications for PAHPRA 2018 on Thursday, February 22nd at the National Press Club, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. The JHCHS “will release new policy recommendations for building a more effective disaster health system in the United States.”
  • Reminder – The next meeting of the Prevention Strategy Group is scheduled for tomorrow, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the American Public Health Association, 800 I Street, NW.
  • Reminder – TFAH will be hosting two Congressional briefings in February:
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to weaken school nutrition by delaying the next levels of sodium reduction, continuing the whole-grains waiver, and allowing flavored one-percent milk to be sold. The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity has developed sample comments, which can be submitted here. The group is also circulating an organization sign-on letter (deadline, tomorrow).
  • 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 Environmental Protection Agency has announced three additional hearings and extended the comment period on the Clean Power Plan Repeal Proposal. Hearings will be held in Kansas City, MO; San Francisco, CA; and Gillette, WY this February and March.
  • After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declined to host further public hearings on the proposed repeal of the federal Clean Power Plan, DelawareNew York, and Maryland have announced they are hosting a series of “People’s Hearings”  beginning today.
       Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is conducting a nationwide, open competition for organizations interested in achieving reimbursement for comprehensive asthma care management programs. “GHHI will provide pro bono technical assistance to two sites in 2018 focused on understanding the relevant state and federal policy landscape, selecting an appropriate reimbursement mechanism, and securing payers.”  For the reimbursement support RFP and other materials (deadline, January 29th).
  • 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.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids is currently accepting grant applications for campaigns focused on “effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children.” Grants should be focused on one of the targeted policy levers. (Deadline, February 9th)
  • The Kresge Foundation will soon be accepting applications (April 2nd) for its Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative – “an 18-month leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health department leaders advance innovative models, which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities.” (deadline, April 30th)
Upcoming Events
$300 Billion Crisis: The High Cost and Impact of Arthritis in the United States
Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation
Thursday, February 1st, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2043 Rayburn House Office Building
For more information and to register (deadline January 29th)

Examining Community Health Worker Models in Managing Chronic Conditions
Sponsored by the Urban Institute
Tuesday, February 6th, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
2100 M Street NW, 5th Floor
Strengthening the Carrying Capacity of Local Health and Social Service Networks
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, February 7th, Noon (EST) – webinar
10th Kristen Anderson Moore Lecture- Childhood Lead Poisoning Discussion
Sponsored by Child Trends
Thursday, February 8th, 10:00 a.m.
Bethesda, MD

To register

Cultivating Our Roots: Leveraging a Gendered and Cultured Lens to Advance Community Strategies to Improve Population Wide Mental Health and Wellbeing
Sponsored by Dialogue4Health
Thursday, February 8th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
For more information and to register

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
Linking Medical Homes to Social Service Systems for Medicaid Populations
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, February 21st, Noon (EST) – webinar
Successfully Meeting the New CACFP Nutrition Standards: Selecting, Purchasing, and Accessing Affordable Healthy Foods for CACFP Child Care and Afterschool Programs
National Anti-Hunger Policy Pre-Conference
Saturday, February 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
Sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center
February 25th – 27th
Washington, DC
SHAPE America National Conference & Expo
March 20th – 24th
Nashville, TN

For more information and to register

The 2018 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
Convention & Trade Show
March 21st – 24th
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
SOPHE Conference- Igniting Change and Innovation: The Impact of Health Education
Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education
April 4th – 6th
Columbus, OH

For more information and to register

National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference
Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
April 8th – 11th
Norfolk, VA
Testing and Integrated Delivery and Financing System for Older Adults with Health and Social Needs
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
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
Testing a Shared Decision-Making Model for Health and Social Service Delivery in East Harlem
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, April 25th, Noon (EDT) – webinar
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness
May 2018
Engaging in a Culture of Health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
2018 National Health Outreach Conference
May 2nd – 4th
Bloomington, MN
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 Healthy Aging Summit
Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine
July 16th – 17th
Washington, DC
For more information and to register (abstract deadline February 5th)
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
National Health Education Week
Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education
October 15th – 19th

For more information

Integrated Care Conference
Sponsored by Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
October 18th – 20th
Rochester, NY
Community Integrated Health Conference
Sponsored by the Community Integrated Health Collaboration
December 10th – 12th
Washington Hilton Hotel

For more information

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