Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 2

Today’s News (11/2/17)       
  • Today, the House will likely begin consideration of the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT (H.R. 3922), which would slash billions from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund). A vote is expected tomorrow. The programs within this bill are vitally important, but should not be paid for by cutting other, equally important public health programs.  It is important to note that the proposed cut in the Fund has been reduced (at this time) to its committee-approved level of $6.35 billion.
  • For new and/or updated supporting materials:
  • A shout out to Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) for offering an amendment to strike the Prevention Fund cut from H.R. 3922, although it is unlikely it will be approved for floor consideration.
  • Open enrollment for those who want to sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act is now open and runs through December 15th. People can log onto healthcare.gov and sign up for 2018 health insurance. The Administration has shortened the enrollment period and cut funding for enrollment assistance, but Get America Covered has put together resources to get the word out, including a sharable video message from President Obama encouraging people to sign up for coverage.  To tweet about it.
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Regulatory and Agency Announcements
  • The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued its final report draft which contains 56 policy recommendations.  According to the report, “the primary goal of the Commission is to develop an effective set of recommendations for the President to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction in our nation.”
  • Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released several proposed rules related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of which would give states more flexibility in defining the essential health benefits that are required for qualified health plans sold on state health insurance exchanges.  Additional proposed changes would potentially affect insurance enrollment periods and other features of the law.  A public comment period on these proposals is open until November 27th.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has developed a new retailer education program, This Is Our Watch, “to provide resources to tobacco retailers to encourage consistent compliance with the federal law that makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors.  The agency is offering updated messages and an expanded suite of materials that reflect today’s tobacco retail laws and the modern retail environment.”
Reports and Announcements
        Upcoming Events 
  • The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States is presenting An Across the Aisle Conversation on Our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic.  It features Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this afternoon, 3:00 p.m. (EDT).  To livestream.
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials in partnership with the national Association of Counties, and U.S. Conference of Mayors is hosting a Congressional briefing, Tackling the Opioid Epidemic and its Hidden Casualties: Local Health Departments on the Front Lines, Monday, November 13th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 2074 Rayburn House Office Building. “This briefing will focus on prevention strategies and underscore the necessity for a strong federal-state-local partnership and dedicated resources for local public health in any national opioid strategy.” 
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center is launching the My Healthy Weight Initiative with an event at their offices, Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. “My Healthy Weight is the first-ever collective initiative providing obesity prevention and treatment for individuals of all ages.”
  • Congratulations, Astros fans.
  • Most importantly, stay strong my fellow New Yorkers!
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • CounterTobacco.org is holding a Point of Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest to highlight marketing techniques used by the tobacco industry. Participants can submit photos into any of 10 categories, with winners receiving a prize pack. (deadline, November 6th).
  • 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)
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and CDC has provided social media tools to raise awareness. This month features an intimate partner violence theme week, which will share prevention information, resources, and images focusing on evidence-based prevention strategies on the VetoViolence Facebook page.
     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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2018 Culture of Health Prize call for applications is now open. It’s “an annual competition honoring communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live well. Prize communities will receive $25,000, have the opportunity to share their story and lessons learned with the country, and join a national network of past winning communities.” (deadline, Friday)
  • America Walks is “extending a round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or helping to make walking more commonplace. The program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking.” (deadline November 10th)
  • Innovation Next, a partnership between the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and global design company IDEO, is accepting applications for innovation teams to participate in their six month accelerator program to address teen pregnancy prevention. For more information and to apply.(deadline, November 14th)
  • 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)
  • The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative is recruiting for its next cohort. “ELPH is an 18-month, action-oriented leadership development program that equips local public health department leaders with the knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. Teams of two leaders receive up to $125,000 to develop and implement a transformative concept designed to deliver a new model of public health for their community.”
Upcoming Events
Community Complex Care Response Team to Improve Geriatric Public Health Outcomes
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Thursday, November 2nd, Noon (EDT)
Opportunities, Applications, and Challenges in Using Wearables for Physical Activity Research
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Thursday, November 2nd, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
November 3rd – 4th
Bethesda, MD
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:
Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 
November 4th – 8th
Atlanta, GA
Addressing Cancer Disparities Among Vulnerable Populations Through Community Engagement
Sponsored by SelfMade Health Network
Monday, November 6th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Lead and Healthy Housing
November 7th – 8th
Embassy Suites- Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA
The Role of Exercise Professionals in a Healthy Afterschool
Sponsored by the American Council on Exercise and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Wednesday, November 8th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – Twitter chat
Follow along using #ActiveKidsActiveFuture
{save the date} 2nd Annual Public Health Fair
Sponsored by the Coalition for Health Funding
Wednesday, November 8th
Rayburn House Office Building Atrium
(details to follow)
National Diabetes Heart Connection Day Briefing
Sponsored by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Thursday, November 9th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2203 Rayburn House Office Building
Achieving Health Equity for All
Sponsored by the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health (C-CAB)
November 14th
National Academy of Sciences Building  
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Marijuana and Our Health: What We Do and Don’t Know
Sponsored by Dialogue4Health
Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities
Sponsored by America Walks
Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
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. (EDT) – webinar
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity 
Thursday, November 16th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Big Cities Health Inventory
Sponsored by the Big Cities Health Coalition
Thursday, November 16th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT)- webinar
Cooking up Change
Sponsored by Healthy Schools Campaign
Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (CST)
Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
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 30 – December 1, 2017
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
For more information and to register ($55 early bird registration ends October 15th)
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)
Active Living Research Conference
Sponsored by Active Living Research, Alberta Centre for Active Living, and Elsevier
February 11th – 14th
Banff, Canada
For more information and to register (abstracts due August 24th)
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
Call for proposals (deadline, August 25th)
2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance
June 24th – 27th
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN
For more information and to register (abstracts deadline November 6th)

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