Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 5

Today’s News (10/5/17)       

  • Last evening, the House Energy & Commerce Committee completed marking up a slate of health bills, including the CHAMPION Act, which includes a $6.35 billion cut (FY19-FY26) to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. While the measure moved forward under a party line vote, several panel members expressed strong support for the Fund during the deliberations. We encourage everyone who has not yet weighed in to send a letter to House leadership to oppose this offset, while remaining supportive of the health programs extended in the bill such as Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps.
  • Here’s a set of letters of opposition collected thus far. Please share your organizational letters/statements for inclusion.
  • Additionally, both the House and Senate committees passed reauthorizations of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which covers millions of low income children.  The measures would extend funding for five years.
  • According to CQ, the Trump Administration has “asked Congress for more than $29 billion in additional disaster relief funds for U.S. territories and states devastated by hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.” The breakdown for the emergency supplemental is as follows:
  • $12.77 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund
  • $576.5 million to combat wildfires
  • $16 billion in debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program, along with proposed legislative changes to the NFIP
      Take Action
  • Reminder – The American Public Health Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Public Health Institute, Society for Public Health Education, Trust for America’s Health, and YMCA of the USA are circulating an organizational sign-on letter to House appropriators in support of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. To sign-on (by October 13th).
      Reports and Announcements
  • TFAH has released case studies featuring efforts in CaliforniaNew Orleans and New York City to prevent and respond to childhood lead exposure. The case studies are part of a series highlighting lead remediation work in communities, with eleven more to be published throughout October. The series is a tie-in to the report Ten Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • The 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-Learning Institute (ELI) application period has been extended to October 20th. “The ELI Fellowship is a no cost, six-month online program that empowers education and training professionals with limited experience developing e-learning products to improve their course development skills. Participants will create an online training product, receive mentoring support from CDC and outside e-learning experts, collaborate with peers, and take part in online learning opportunities. 
  • 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. CDC experts are also hosting a Facebook Q&A, Wednesday, October 18th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
      Upcoming Events 
  • Save the date for NDD United’s Faces of Austerity Lunch Briefing on Wednesday, October 25th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., HVC 201 Capitol Visitors Center. The event will mark the release of the report Faces of Austerity 2.0, which “tells the stories of individuals who have both seen the good that is done by the federal government but also the repercussions of cuts at the federal level on themselves and their communities.” Additional details to follow. To sponsor.
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center is hosting an event to release the recommendations of its Early Childhood InitiativeThursday, October 26th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Former Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) will provide remarks, with additional participants to be announced.
  • The Big Cities Health Coalition has scheduled a webinar, Thursday, November 11th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) to showcase the Big Cities Health Inventory (BHCI) Data Platform. “The data platform is designed for the user to easily explore snapshots of a city’s health, compare data across indicators or jurisdictions, share visuals on social media, or download the full dataset for further analysis.”


     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 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)
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) has organized Children’s Environmental Health Day for Thursday, October 12th. CEHN has provided a toolkit for organizations interested in promoting the event on social media, and will be hosting a Twitter chat from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) using #CEHchat. For more information.
     Regulatory Comments
  • 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 American College of Preventive Medicine is calling for grant proposals for health care providers and health systems to address the national type 2 diabetes epidemic. For more information. (deadline Tuesday)
  • The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is seeking a postdoctoral fellow (two years) in disability policy research, an opening in its postdoctoral research training program in disability policy research. “Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of currently ongoing Lurie Institute research projects such as a national research center for parents with disabilities, a study examining pregnancy outcomes and experiences of women with disabilities, and a study of contraception use, unintended pregnancy, and sex education among people with disabilities.”  For a more complete set of details. (deadline, October 15th)
  • 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, November 3rd)
  • 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)

Upcoming Events

Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing

Thursday October 5th, 10:00 a.m.

430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

For more information and livestream


From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work- Alzheimer’s Disease

Sponsored by Research!America

Thursday, October 5th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

2075 Rayburn House Office Building

To register


Improving Mental Health and Well-Being Makes $en$e for States

Sponsored by Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and National Council for Behavioral Health

Thursday, October 5th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way

Sponsored by America Walks

Thursday, October 5th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


America’s New Tobacco Crisis

Sponsored by the Truth Initiative

Tuesday, October 10th, 11:30 a.m.

The Newseum

For more information and to register


Get Active Policy Fair

Sponsored by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association

Wednesday, October 11th, 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.

2075 Rayburn House Office Building (updated room)

For more information


The Comprehensive Care, Community, and Culture Program

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, October 11th, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement

Sponsored by America Walks

Wednesday, October 11th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Who Cares About the Health of Migrants?

Sponsored by UTMB Health

October 11th -12th (Registration deadline 9/30)

Galveston, TX

For more information and to register


Advancing Therapeutic Development for Pain and Opioid Use Disorders through Public-Private Partnerships

Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders

October 11th – 12th

Keek Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

500 5th Street, NW

For more information and to register


Children’s Environmental Health Day

Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network

Thursday, October 12th

For more information


The Opioid Epidemic: From the Front Lines to the Boardroom, Best Practices and Recommendations for Addressing Substance Use

Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Safety Council

Thursday, October 12th, 8:30 a.m.

1615 H Street NW

For more information and to register


Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Expo

Sponsored by the Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity

Friday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building Foyer



National Alliance for Medicaid in Education Annual Conference

October 15th – 18th

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL

For more information and to register


Financing and Service Delivery Integration for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, October 18th, Noon (EDT)

For more information and to register


New Opportunities: Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Cessation Policy

Sponsored by University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and American Lung Association

Wednesday, October 18th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register {corrected link}


CFHA 19th Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

October 19th – 21st

Houston, TX

For more information


The Society for Public Health Education Advocacy Summit

October 21st – 23rd

Washington, DC

For more information and to register


National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 22nd – 28th

Sponsored by National Center for Healthy Housing and the Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition

For more information


A Model Population Health Initiative: Reducing Costs by Going Upstream

Hosted by the Public Health Foundation

Monday, October 23rd, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities

Sponsored by Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina

October 23rd – 24th

Columbia, SC
For more information and to register


America’s Opioid Epidemic: Aging & Addiction

Sponsored by The Hill

Tuesday, October 24th, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The Newseum

For more information and to register


Collaborating for Health Conference

Sponsored by the Idaho Department of Public Health

October 25th – 26th

Boise, ID

For more information and to register


Transforming Health Care to Drive Value

Sponsored by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

Friday, October 27th, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

For more information and to register


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)

For more information and to register


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:

Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 

November 4th – 8th

Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register


Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Lead and Healthy Housing

November 7th – 8th

Embassy Suites- Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA

For more information and to register


{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)


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.

For more information


Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course

Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

November 3rd – 4th

Bethesda, MD

For more information and to register


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

For more information


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

For more information and to register


Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter

Sponsored by the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence

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)

For more information and to register


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

For more information and to register


28th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference

March 26th – 30th

San Diego, CA

For more information and to register


{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

For more information and to register  (abstracts deadline extended to September 25th)


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)

For more information and to register

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