Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest /Nov 7

Today’s News (11/7/17)       
  • Last Friday, the House passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act by a vote of 242-174. We were, however, pleased by the strong vote in opposition.  For the full roll call vote. The final bill included $6.35 billion in cuts to the Prevention Fund, including a $400 million cut beginning in FY19.  Action now moves to the Senate.
  • Thank you again to all the organizations and individuals that made such a strong push by sending letters and making calls to House members. We are hopeful that this will give the Senate Prevention Fund supporters a strong hand in negotiating a final agreement with bipartisan offsets that do not include the Prevention Fund so that the vitally important safety net programs in this legislation can be quickly reauthorized. Senate timing remains unclear so please begin reaching out to members of the Senate, and as always, stay vigilant.
  • To help achieve the above goal, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) organized a dear colleague letter opposing use of the Prevention Fund as a pay-for for the above reauthorization legislation. Twenty-two Senators signed the letter! “Using the PPHF as a piggy bank, even for important health programs, will result in major cuts to state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, as well as other grantees working at the local level.”
Take Action
  • The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (collectively known as the Tri-Caucus) are circulating a Member-level sign-on letter supporting full restoration of funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program during conference committee (as you probably know, the program was zeroed out in both the House and Senate appropriations bills.
Reports and Announcements
  • The Prescription for Activity Task Force has released its plan to get 50 percent of Americans to recommended levels of physical activity by 2035. The plan revolves around care delivery, recruiting communities to make physical activity a priority, and clinic-community integration. A toolkit is available.
  • The National Association of County & City Health Officials has published a report, The Changing Public Health Landscape, containing new findings on the forces that are affecting the nation’s local health departments. Findings show that although the economic situation is slowly improving for many local health departments, one in five still reported a lower budget in 2017 than in 2016.
        Upcoming Events 
  • A joint House committee hearing on opioids is schedule for tomorrow, 10:30 a.m.,  2175 Rayburn House Office Building.  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education and Workforce Development are hosting the joint hearingClose to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities.
  • The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies and Advocates for Opioid Recovery are hosting a Congressional briefing, Medication-Assisted Treatment as a Frontline Response to the National Opioid Emergency, Wednesday, November 15th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 200. For more information and to RSVP.
     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
  • 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, Friday)
  • 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)
Upcoming Events
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:
Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 
November 4th – 8th
Atlanta, GA




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




2nd Annual Public Health Fair


Sponsored by the Coalition for Health Funding
Wednesday, November 8th, Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building
To RSVP (with Health Fair in the subject line)
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
My Healthy Weight Initiative Launch
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000
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
Tackling the Opioid Epidemic and its Hidden Casualties: Local Health Departments on the Front Lines
Sponsored by the National Association of Counties
Monday, November 13th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
2074 Rayburn House Office Building
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)
Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity
Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA
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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