Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 16

Today’s News (11/16/17) 
  • As you may have heard, the tax proposal under consideration this week by the Senate Finance Committee contains a provision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage.  The most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis concludes that enacting this provision into law would result in an estimated 13 million more uninsured Americans by 2027.  In addition, an analysis prepared by the House Budget Committee Democrats concludes that the amount of deficit spending that would occur under these tax proposals would trigger across-the-board spending cuts and would result in complete elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
  • Yesterday, 60 organizations sent a letter to Senate and House leadership expressing serious concerns that legislative proposals being considered by Congress that would make significant changes to the tax code could result in increased deficits and reduced resources to fund vital government services, including public health services.  We will send an updated version with additional signatures to the Senate on Monday. To sign on (deadline, Monday, 1:00 p.m.)
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials has posted an action alert on the tax bill.
  • On Wednesday, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing with the U.S. Surgeon General – Encouraging Healthy Communities. Topics ranged from the Prevention Fund, lead, the impact of housing on health, behavioral science and the built environment, gun violence, and Medicaid expansion. Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray stated that the Prevention Fund is essential to supporting public health and wellbeing. The Surgeon General spoke about public-private partnerships and wellness programs, and stated that we need to invest in prevention and public health from public/private sources and that funding needs to increase. If you missed it, to watch the webcast to watch the webcast.
 Other Actions Requested
  • Recently, a new bipartisan public health bill, BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, was introduced in the House and Senate. “The bill would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective interventions focused on public health issues such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.”  The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement is circulating a letter of supportTo sign on. 
  • Reminders:
  • The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is circulating an organizational sign-on letter urging “continued support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the FY 2018 appropriations process, specifically the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.” Members of Congress are urged to provide the higher program levels from either the House or Senate bills.  To sign on.
    • Research!America is hosting its annual Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD) on Monday to “celebrate the critical role public health professionals play in advancing health in the United States and around the world.”  It is asking for support from organizations and institutions. They are asking for partner organizations and institutions to lend their names.  To add your organization’s name.
      Funding Opportunities
  • 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).
  • The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has issued a request for proposals to “help community organizations develop programs to improve indoor air quality and reduce asthma cases across the country.” For more information and a link to the application.
    • GHHI will host a National Launch Webinar, today, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EST) to provide information about the entire EPA grant as well as specific information about the Business Development RFP. To register.
      Upcoming Events 
  • Today is the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. “Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. Find ACS resources on quitting and on how to spread the word here.”  Help from the Centers for Disease Control can be found here.
  • CommonHealth Action is offering a two-day training, December 13th -14th “that will develop your knowledge and skills to apply equity, diversity, and inclusion, professionally and personally. Participants in the training will leave prepared to decide and act more equitably through policies, programs, and practices.” For more information and to register.
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • 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 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 published its Clean Power Plan repeal proposal in the Federal Register.  To submit comments. (deadline, December 15th)
  • 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)
Upcoming Events
Determining Caregiver Needs and Well-Being
Sponsored by the State University of New York at Albany
Thursday, November 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EST) – webinar
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity 
Thursday, November 16th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
Big Cities Health Inventory
Sponsored by the Big Cities Health Coalition
Thursday, November 16th, 1:00 p.m. (EST)- webinar
Cooking up Change
Sponsored by Healthy Schools Campaign
Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (CST)
Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
Young in the City: Addressing the Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health of Urban Adolescents and Youth
Sponsored by the Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative
Monday, November 20th, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center
Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health
Sponsored by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity
Tuesday, November 28th
Oakland, California
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
Injury Prevention in The Midwest: Our Goal is Zero
2017 Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance Summit
November 30th – December 1st
Bloomington, MN
10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health 
Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and AcademyHealth
December 4th – 6th
Washington, DC
Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter
December 5th
National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ
Housing for Health: Cross-Sector Impacts of Supportive Housing for Homeless High Users of Health Care
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 6th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register

Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity
Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Thursday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA
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
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
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
{save the date} 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
Registration opens in September
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

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