TFAH Health Reform News

February 7th Health Reform Digest

February 7, 2012

Wellness and Prevention
Health Reform Digest

     Today’s News (2/7/12)    

     While the working deadline for conferees to reach agreement on the “extenders” package is February 17th (providing sufficient time for final Congressional passage prior to February 29th), discussions on financing options are happening right now, and you can be certain that the Prevention Fund remains on the table.   To help us again successfully turn back use of the Fund as an offset, it is vitally important that you communicate your position to Congress now.  Here’s a link to copies of recent letters in support of the Fund – urge you to join your colleagues in issuing a letter in support of the Fund and in opposition to its use as an offset.  No time like the present!

      And here’s the conferee list:  Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Bob Casey (D-PA).   In the House, it’s Dave Camp (R-MI), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Nan Hayworth (R-NY), Tom Price (R-GA), Tom Reed (R-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), Greg Walden (R-OR), Sander Levin (D-MI), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and Henry Waxman (D-CA). 

      Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued a statement today on TFAH’s report, Bending the Obesity Cost Curve – Reducing Obesity Rates by Five Percent Could Lead to More than $29 Billion in Health Care Savings in Five Years, stating that, “This study reinforces the common-sense notion that prevention is the best medicine.  This is exactly why the Prevention and Public Health Fund created in the Affordable Care Act is such an important step toward changing our sick care system into a true health care system. Investing in proven community-based prevention programs that promote health and wellness, such as those that improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity, and decrease tobacco use, could save the country more than $16 billion within five years. I applaud the Trust for America’s Health for their recognition of the great opportunity we have before us to make ours a healthier and more fiscally responsible nation.”   And here’s TFAH’s release –

     The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is hosting a Congressional reception on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in 902 Senate Hart Office Building.  Stop by to network and learn more about maternal and child health programs in your state!  You also will have the opportunity to hear from Rep. DeLauro (Ranking Member House LHHS Subcommittee).  Please RVSP to


{the Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links which you can click on for further   information}


            Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input


   Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is facilitating the submission of letters to the editor in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (no current deadline)    


   National Wildlife Foundation seeks signatures on a letter opposing elimination of federal funding for the EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (no current deadline)    


     Nemours seeks signatures on a letter in support of the Healthy Kids from Day One Act (no current deadline)


     The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) seeks signatures on a letter urging Congress to address the antibiotics crisis (deadline, February 9th)


           Regulatory Comments


   None current.  


           Funding Opportunities


  The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has announced a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations hosting state level meetings promoting cross-sector examples of the intersection between agriculture and human health. (deadline, February 13th)


  The Public Health Foundation has launched a national award program to promote use of quality improvement (QI) (deadline, March 16th)


  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the availability of $110 million in grants under the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative to transform public and assisted housing and to revitalize communities. (deadline, April 10th)



    Upcoming Events 


Community Commons:  Creating Maps and Exploring Resources

Wednesday, February 8th, Noon (EST) – webinar

To register for February 8th


Just a Little Heart Attack{new}

Sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign

Reception and screening of Just a Little Heart Attack

Tuesday, February 14th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cannon Caucus Room – 345 Cannon House Office Building

To RSVP: Please contact Nikki Davis at or (202) 785-7947


The Power of Prevention:  Spending Smarter to Improve Dental Health

Sponsored by The Pew Children’s Dental Campaign

Wednesday, February 15th, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Gold Room (2168 Rayburn House Office Building)

To RSVP:  Please contact Crystal Scott at or call (202) 540-6634


Prevention in the Affordable Care Act:  Highlighting Community Success Stories {new}

Sponsored by Dialogue4Health

Wednesday, February 15th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

To register:  Click on the following and scroll down to the February 15th event –


Tobacco Use in Homeless Populations

Sponsored by Break Free Alliance

Three-part webinar series (below)

To register:


Wednesday, February 15th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Making the Case: Tobacco-Free Policies and Cessation Programming for Homeless Populations


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Systems Change: Integrating Tobacco-Free Policies and Cessation Services into Homeless Service Provider Settings 

Wednesday, February 29th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Innovative Partnerships: Developing Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs

for Homeless and Formerly Homeless Populations 


Prevention and Public Health Fund Strategy Meeting

Sponsored by Trust for America’s Health

Friday, February 17th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Location to be determined

To RSVP:  Harmeet Singh at


Promoting Health and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities:  The Unique Role of CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability

Sponsored by the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and the Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Tuesday, February 21st, 4:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

To register:


Putting the Tobacco Industry’s Words to Work for You

Sponsored by Legacy and the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

The University of California, San Francisco

Thursday, February 23rd, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

To register:


National Forum on the Future of Healthcare:  The Essential Health Benefits

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Tuesday, February 28th, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

National Press Club – 529 14th Street NW

To register (by February 1st):


2nd Annual Kidney Action Day on the Hill (and free screenings)

Sponsored by the American Kidney Fund

Thursday, March 1st Noon – 3:00 p.m.

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building


Treating Cardiovascular Disease:  Advancements in Medical Technology Innovation

Sponsored by California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and LifeScience Alley (LSA)

Tuesday, February 28th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

1539 Longworth House Office Building  

Save the Date – for more information:  Caitlin Doyle at or (202) 974-6323


The Science is Clear:  Inappropriate Use in Animal Agriculture Threatens Public Health

Sponsored by Center for Science in the Public Interest and

the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Thursday, March 8th, 11:00 a.m. – Noon

2168 Rayburn House Office Building


2012 National Association for Health and Fitness Forum

March 25th – 27th, Paris Las Vegas Hotel

Las Vegas, NV

To register:


National Health Impact Assessment Meeting

April 3rd – 4th

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

Call for abstracts:

To Register:


2012 National Health Promotion Summit

Sponsored by the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the

Association For Prevention Teaching and Research

April 10th – 11th, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

For more information:


Teaching Prevention 2012

Sponsored by the Association For Prevention Teaching and Research

Getting it Together: Prevention in Health Professions Education

April 11th – 12th, Madison Hotel, Washington, DC

For more information:


SOPHE 2012 Midyear Scientific Conference – Tuning Up Health Promotion: New Lyrics

Across the Lifespan
Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education

April 11th – 15th
Sheraton Music City Hotel – Nashville, Tennessee

For more information:


22nd Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion

Sponsored by the American Journal of Health Promotion

April 11th-15th, San Diego, CA

To register:

For more information:


Society of Behavioral Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions

Engaging New Partners and Perspectives

April 11th– 14th, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA

For more information:


Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities:  The Power of Communities

Sponsored by the Break Free Alliance

April 17th-18th – New Orleans, LA

To Register:


Sugary Drinks Summit {new}
Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest
June 7th-8th, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
To register:

Save the Date – Series of Viral Hepatitis Summits

May 10th  – Ohio Viral Hepatitis Summit, Quest Conference Center, Columbus, OH

September 20th – Kansas Viral Hepatitis Summit, Kansas City Airport Marriott

October 11th – Wisconsin Viral Hepatitis Summit, Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

For more information:  Please call (800) 891-0707 or email


The New Public Health – Rewiring for the Future

Midyear meeting of the American Public Health Association

June 26th – 28th, Charlotte, NC

For more information:


2012 Public Health Law Conference – Practical Approaches to Critical Challenges

Sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the Network for Public Health Law

October 10th – 12th, Atlanta, GA

For more information: