Today’s News (9/14/17)
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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Midwest Regional Conference, October 3rd – 4th, St. Louis, MO.
- Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, November 7th -8th, Philadelphia, PA.
- 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!!
Opportunities/DeadlinesThe 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:
- After September 14th – Participate in their Online Advocacy Day by sending a SHAPE America Action Alert to Congress asking to fully fund Title IV, Part A.
- 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 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)
Sponsored by the National Foundation for the Infectious Diseases Friday, September 15th
Public Health Grand Rounds: Healthy Aging, Promoting Well-Being in Older Adults
Sponsored by the Catholic Health AssociationOctober 3rd – 4thThe Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Sponsored by America WalksThursday, October 5th, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health NetworkThursday, October 12th
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL
For more information and to register
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine