Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 14

Today’s News (9/14/17) 

      Take Action
  • Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced legislation that “repeals the structure and architecture of Obamacare and replaces it with a block grant given annually to states to help individuals pay for health care.” A Section-by-Section Analysis is also available.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities had earlier shared a good backgrounder on the bill, which would (again) repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restructure and cut Medicaid, and weaken or eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. With a September 30th deadline for moving the reconciliation bill, there is a very limited amount of time for the Senate to vote on this legislation. Please call or email your Senator to express opposition to this bill.
      Reports and Announcements
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new data that emphasizes the connection between student health and academic performance. “The data confirms that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity, and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and risky sexual behavior. Students who reported positive academic outcomes were more likely to report healthy behaviors.” This demonstrates the importance of the school as a key setting for improving health.
  • Former CDC Director Tom Frieden has launched a new $225 million global health initiative addressing cardiovascular disease and infectious disease epidemics.  The initiative, Resolve, will be housed at Vital Strategies, which announced that the initiative “will save more than 100 million lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes and will help countries close life-threatening gaps in epidemic preparedness and response… Born of Dr. Frieden’s experience and vision, Resolve has received a truly remarkable funding commitment from three of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations – Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
  • The Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) has extended the deadline for abstracts for its 2018 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions to Monday, September 18th. “SBM welcomes abstract submissions from members and non-members alike, for presentation consideration as posters, papers, seminars, panel discussions, or symposia. Early-career investigators are especially encouraged to submit their work. SBM offers more than 30 topic areas, including cancer, diabetes, pain, physical activity, nutrition, and digital health.” Find more information, and to submit your abstract.
      Upcoming Events
  • The Alliance for Health Policy is hosting two events this week:
  • New Administration, New Approach to Medicaid Waivers?, today, 1:30 p.m. (EDT). “This webinar will give attendees an understanding of the Medicaid waiver landscape heading into a busy fall, when precedent-setting decisions are expected on several states’ proposals. Speakers will discuss the kinds of flexibility states have asked for – and are likely to ask for in the coming months and years – and how these changes may affect Medicaid beneficiaries, state budgets, and the future of the ACA coverage discussion.”
  • Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: The Role of Integrated Care, this Friday, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EDT), 325 Russell Senate Office Building. “This briefing will examine innovative non-pharmacologic models to address chronic pain, including among the military and veteran population and through state Medicaid and safety net programs.”
  • The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is hosting a webinar to discuss the recently released Health Impact Project report, 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, a joint effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. TFAH, National Center for Healthy Housing, Urban Institute, Altarum Institute, Child Trends, and many of the nation’s most respected lead poisoning prevention researchers and partners contributed to the report. The webinar is scheduled for this Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT).
  • Join Healthy People 2030 on Thursday, September 21st, Noon (EDT) for a webinar entitled, Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Tobacco. Participants will learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Leading Health Indicators and hear how the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Education Program is implementing a comprehensive strategy to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and to promote quitting among adults and youth.
  • There are two upcoming  regional conferences to discuss lead and healthy housing. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about childhood lead poisoning prevention strategies, the prevalence of health disparities, using GIS mapping to gather data, and home remediation strategies.”
  • Truth Initiative is hosting a briefing on tobacco disparities at the Newseum, Tuesday, October 10th, 11:30 a.m. The event will take an in-depth look at issues explored in the Washington Post article America’s New Tobacco Crisis, particularly how smoking rates have risen for lower-income Americans while rates for high-income Americans have dropped. Additional details to follow.
  • Have a great weekend, and to those first responders and others helping with the hurricane(s) recovery, thanks for all that you do!!


The Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links you can click on for complete information.
  • 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)
  • SHAPE America Funding informs us that funding that would allow schools to support health and physical education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is in jeopardy for FY 2018. Title IV, Part A supports a well-rounded education, safe and healthy students programs, and technology and was authorized at $1.65 billion in ESSA. For FY 2017, Congress only appropriated $400 million for this critical program – far less than the authorized amount.  It urges the following step to be taken:
  • For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the CDC and partners are spreading the message that “we can all stop suicide-before it happens-by working together.” Sign up on Thunderclap to share a message and resource on Facebook or Twitter. This one-time message will automatically post from your account on September 21st, Noon (EDT).
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has announced “the creation of a new Task Force to develop best practices for prescribing pain medication and for managing chronic and acute pain. HHS, which is overseeing this effort with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, is seeking member nominations from the public.”  According to HHS Secretary Tom Price, “This Task Force represents a critical piece of HHS’s five-point strategy to defeat the opioid epidemic, which includes advancing the practice of pain management.”  (deadline, September 27th)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework developed by the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee.  (deadline, September 29th)
  • 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!”
  • The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, with support from the JPB Foundation and other partners, announced the GHHI Lead Poisoning Prevention Catalytic Award. The award “will work to eradicate lead exposure by providing financial and programmatic support to organizations demonstrating excellence in the mission to end lead poisoning in their  communities.”  Awardees will receive up to $35,000 in financial support and $10,000 in technical assistance. For more information (deadline, September 30th).
  • 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 October 10th)
  • 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)

Upcoming Events

Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Thursday, September 14th, 10:00 a.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
AFIX: A Multi-state Randomized Control Trial to Increase Adolescent HPV Immunization through Provider Best Practices
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Thursday, September 14th, Noon (EDT) – webinar
Exploring Early Childhood Care and Education Levers to Improve Population Health
Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Thursday, September 14th
New York, NY
6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park

Sponsored by the National Foundation for the Infectious Diseases Friday, September 15th

Outside the Hospital Walls: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for High-Need Patients
Sponsored by the Healthcare Leadership Council
Friday, September 15th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
2020 Rayburn House Office Building
Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction
The Role of Integrated Care
Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Policy
Friday, September 15th, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch served at 11:45)
325 Russell Senate Office Building

Public Health Grand Rounds: Healthy Aging, Promoting Well-Being in Older Adults

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tuesday, September 19th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Pay for Success Efforts & Cities:
The Concept, Key Considerations and What It Takes to Be Successful
Sponsored by the National League of Cities
Tuesday, September 19th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
ASTHO Policy Summit, Gala, and Annual Meeting – Celebrating the Power of State and Territorial Public Health
September 19th – 21st
Capital Hilton, Washington, DC


STHO Annual Meeting & 75th Anniversary Gala
Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
September 19th – 21st
Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: Resources to Guide Implementation
Sponsored by National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Thursday, September 21st, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Building a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure
Sponsored by the Coalition for Health Funding
Tuesday, September 26th, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)
Aging & the Immune System: Rethinking Vaccines for Older Adults
Sponsored by the National Vaccine Program Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tuesday, September 26th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America
Sponsored by AmericaWalks
Wednesday, September 27th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

1st Annual Exploration: Community-Based Research Summit
Sponsored by the Community Health Councils
September 28th
Los Angeles, CA
How to Increase the Impact of Behavioral Medicine through Health Policy Briefs
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine
September 29th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register

People, Power, Purpose (P3) Summer 2017
Sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity
Friday, September 29th
Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave, NW

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(registration now open)
CHA Community Benefit 101 Program

Sponsored by the Catholic Health AssociationOctober 3rd – 4thThe Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO

Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way

Sponsored by America WalksThursday, October 5th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement
Sponsored by America Walks
Wednesday, October 11th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

Children’s Environmental Health Day

Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health NetworkThursday, October 12th

National Alliance for Medicaid in Education Annual Conference
October 15th – 18th

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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)
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
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 22nd – 28th
Sponsored by National Center for Healthy Housing and the Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition
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
Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities
Sponsored by Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina
October 23rd – 24th

Columbia, SC
For more information and to register

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:
Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 
November 4th – 8th
Atlanta, GA
{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)
{save the date} 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.
Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course
Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
November 3rd – 4th
Bethesda, MD
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
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
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
{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)

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