Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 9

Today’s News (6/9/17)      

      Take Action
  • Following House passage of the American Health Care Act and news that the Senate may soon take up similar legislation, we urge individuals and organizations to join Trust for America’s Health and our partner organizations on Thursday, June 15th for a Virtual Advocacy Day in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  As you know, the American Health Care Act would eliminate the Prevention Fund starting in Fiscal Year 2019.  Additionally, the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposes to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by an additional 17 percent. It is critical that we let Members of Congress know about your, and your organization’s, support of the Prevention Fund.
    We hope you will take three quick but important steps today:
    • First, sign up for a Thunderclap to spread the word about the June 15th Advocacy Day;
    • Second, please RSVP for the Advocacy Day.  We will send you a reminder email about the 15th and include a link to a tool that will make it simple and easy to contact your Members of Congress by phone and via social media;
    • Finally, please forward this e-mail to any and all colleagues who support prevention!
    Additionally, for other social media, please consider using #ProtectPrevention to underscore your support for prevention and public health, and for any questions or further details about how you or your organization can get involved.
    Two deadlines today:
  • The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to appropriators urging Congress to maintain current chronic disease funding levels at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as to “maintain the existing funding mechanisms of {the} Center, which provide resources and technical expertise through state health departments, national organizations, and local partner groups. To sign on.
  • Reminder – Center for Science in the Public Interest is seeking additional co-signers for a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, initially sent in February, supporting the July 2018 compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts label. To sign on.
Upcoming Events
  • The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health is hosting a Congressional briefing, The Opioid Epidemic: Findings from Public Health Research Experts, Monday, June 19th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. “The leaders of public health schools in five states in the Appalachian region will discuss the complex and dynamic processes at work in the opioid crisis and share their findings on unique approaches to address the course of the epidemic.
  • Reminder – The next meeting of the Prevention and Public Health Strategy Group is Friday, June 16th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (with lunch), at the American Public Health Association, 800 I Street, NW.  To RSVP.
      Funding Opportunities
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has released a new funding opportunity announcement, Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative.   Applications are due by July 31st with a projected start date of September 30th. The initiative “will seek to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.”
      Reports and Materials
  • Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition has released the annual review of the best Complete Streets policies of the last year, finding that 1,000 Complete Streets policies are now in place nationwide. That includes more than 130 passed in 2016 alone.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Jun e brings summer to our doorstep, along with National Safety Month. This year’s theme encourages us to Keep Each Other Safe. One of the best ways to keep each other safe is to Stand Up to Falls.”
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center reports on the release by more than 20 leading health organizations, representing a dozen health professions, of “the first-ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.”
  • Have a great weekend!


The Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links you can click on for complete information.
  • 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.
  • The Food and Drug Administration recently delayed menu labeling implementation to May 7, 2018 and is asking for comments on changes that could weaken the regulations (deadline, July 3rd). The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) is coordinating a model comment. For more information and to get involved. Also, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has an active action alert.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)
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Systems for Action (S4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their latest Call for Proposals.
  • 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

Community Health Improvement (CHI) Week
Sponsored by the American Hospital Association’s Association for Community Health Improvement
June 4th – 10th
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
Innovation Intersection
Sponsored by Research!America
Monday, June 12th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitors Center, SVC 201-00
Building Mental Wellness and Psychological Resilience for Climate Change
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association
Monday, June 12th, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE
Cooking Up Change (national finals reception and award ceremony)
Sponsored by the Health Schools Campaign
Monday, June 12th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
To RSVP (by June 5th)
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
Maximizing Access: Connecting Health Care and Oral Health Care – A Healthy People 2020 Progress Review 
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Tuesday, June 13th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-being: Challenges and OpportunitiesSponsored by the National Academies

Tuesday, June 13th
Prattville, AL
For more information and to register (in person or remotely)
Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements Between Tribes and Counties for Emergency Readiness
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, June 14th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

Diversity and Inclusion Training Institute
Sponsored by CommonHealth Action
June 14th – 15th
Health Systems Transformation: Evolving for Changing Times
June 15th – 16th
Macon Marriott City Center, Macon, GA

The Value of Research and Prevention in Addressing the Societal Burden of Migraine
Sponsored by Research!America
Thursday, June 15th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
2043 Rayburn House Office Building.
Vital Signs Metrics: Learning from the California Demonstration Project
Sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine
Friday, June 16th, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Population Health Academy
Sponsored by Jefferson College of Population Health
June 17th – 21st
Jefferson College (Philadelphia campus)
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
Fighting an Unseen Enemy: Reducing
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Tuesday, June 20th, 4:30 – 7:15 p.m. (EDT) (panel discussion, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.)
Carnegie Library, 801 K Street, NW
Accountable Community of Health Structures and Cross-Sector Coordination
Sponsored by Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, June 21st, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Workshop on Strategies to Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children
Sponsored by the National Academies
June 21st – 22nd
For more information and to register (in person or via webcast)
Healthy People 2030 Development
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Public Health Association
Thursday, June 22nd, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Large Scale Real Time Asthma Event Monitoring: Civic Tech and Public Policy
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Thursday, June 23rd, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
June 25th – 27th
New Orleans, LA
Future of Health Care: Balancing Coverage and Cost in Medicaid
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Thursday, June 29th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
BPC, 1225 Eye Street, NW – Suite 1000
2017 Annual Educational Conference
National Environmental Health Association
July 10th – 13th
Grand Rapids, MI
Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PREVCON)
Sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide
July 26th – 29th
Baltimore, MD
National Association of Local Boards of Health – 25th Annual Conference 
August 2nd – 4th
Cleveland, Ohio – Downtown Westin Hotel
15th Annual Unity Conference
Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach
August 6th – 9th
Hilton Anatole – Dallas, TX
Call for abstracts (deadline, April 21st)
Your Weight Matters National Convention
Sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition
August 10th – 13th
National Prevention Network Conference
September 12th – 14th
Anaheim, CA
1st Annual Exploration: Community-Based Research Summit
Sponsored by the Community Health Councils
September 28th
Los Angeles, CA

{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)
CHA Community Benefit 101 Program
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association
October 3rd – 4th
The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Children’s Environmental Health Day
Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network
October 12th
CFHA 19th Annual Conference
Sponsored by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
October 19th – 21st
Houston, TX
The Society for Public Health Education Advocacy Summit
October 21st – 23rd
Washington, DC
21st Century Student Scholarship (open to full-time undergraduate and graduate level students to attend the Summit – application deadline, May 31st)
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:
Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 
November 4th – 8th
Atlanta, GA
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
Call for abstracts (deadline, June 16th)
Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter
December 5th
National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ

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