Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 28

Today’s News (9/28/17)

As you all have likely heard by now, the Graham-Cassidy Amendment to the American Health Care Act was not brought to a vote this week, lacking sufficient support for passage. Politico provides a good breakdown.  Thanks for all your support, including those organizations sending letters opposing the legislation. Current budget reconciliation instructions expire this Saturday, so any legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would need 60 votes after that date. 

While we can breathe a sigh of relief, similar future efforts are always possible, and we urge everyone to stay vigilant.  Keep up the good work – but also enjoy this victory! Thank you!Moving forward, there is already movement via the Senate HELP Committee to restart bipartisan talks on insurance market stabilization. In addition, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires this Saturday, and although there were reports of a deal, no Senate Finance Committee vote has been scheduled.

      Take Action
  • The American Lung Association is recruiting health professionals to sign a letter (deadline, October 3rd) to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it not to weaken critical clean car standards, “which are one of the nation’s most effective tools for addressing climate change.” Please help them get health professionals from all 50 states on board – only seven more states to go – Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
  • 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).
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a Twitter chat on Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) #OpioidAwareChat. “National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Director Dr. Walter Koroshetz, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff, the National Library of Medicine, and the NIH Pain Consortium will be on hand to answer questions.”
      Reports and Announcements
  • The National Center for Health Housing has announced the release of a new resource “for those working to institute or expand the delivery of home-based asthma services. “Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services is a new eLearning and technical assistance platform designed to equip staff in public health agencies, state asthma-control programs, state Medicaid agencies, and other housing and health organizations with information about how to build the systems, infrastructure, and financing to put home-based asthma services in place in their own states, communities, or regions.” 
      Funding Awards and Announcements
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded National 4-H Council a $4.6 million grant to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the nation over the next ten years. “Youth will work alongside public health organizations, businesses, government entities, non-profit agencies, and community members to address top public health priorities in each community. Five land-grant universities have been selected to identify a minimum of three communities each to begin the ten-year partnership: South Dakota State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, and Utah State University.”
      Regulatory Action 
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing the Menu Labeling Rule in May 2018. The rule requires chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments to disclose calorie counts and other health information for standard menu items. Congress passed a law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act requiring menu labeling, which took until 2014 for the FDA to finalize with an original plan of enforcement beginning in 2015. After numerous delays, The Center for Science in the Public Interest and National Consumers league sued the FDA this past June. The U.S. District Court approved an agreement on Wednesday between the parties that paves the way for enforcing these regulations at chain restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores beginning next May.
  Upcoming Events
  • Have a great weekend!


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)
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest and MomsRising are hosting #FoodFri tweet chat on Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) to “cut through the confusion on dietary fats, share  tips for cooking healthier fats – and avoiding the bad ones.” Participate by using #FoodFri and tweeting @CSPI and @MomsRising. To tweet the questions in advance.
  • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is hosting a Twitter chat to discuss the latest information on Zika Virus Friday, 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To participate, use #Zikachat.
  • World Heart Day 2017, sponsored by the National Forum on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is scheduled for Friday. To participate, sign up here for a thunderclap to share the “ABC’s” of reducing the risks of heart disease and stroke.
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) has organized Children’s Environmental Health Day for 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 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) using #CEHchat. For more information.
  • 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, Friday)
  • 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, Saturday).
  • 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

1st Annual Exploration: Community-Based Research Summit

Sponsored by the Community Health Councils

September 28th

Los Angeles, CA

For more information and to register


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

For more information and to register


#FoodFri Nutrition Tweet Chat

Sponsored by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and MomsRising

Friday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For CSPI’s twitter


Zika Twitter Chat

Sponsored by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Friday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For AMCHP’s twitter


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 Association

October 3rd – 4th

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO

For more information and to register


Midwest Regional Conference on Lead and Healthy Housing

October 3rd – 4th

Embassy Suites Downton, St. Louis, MO

For more information and 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


{save the date} America’s New Tobacco Crisis

Sponsored by the Truth Initiative

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

The Newseum

Additional details to follow


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


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


Collaborating for Health Conference

Sponsored by the Idaho Department of Public Health

October 25th – 26th

Boise, ID

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)


{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.

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


Achieving Health Equity for All Workshop

Sponsored by the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health

Tuesday, November 14th

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




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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