TFAH Health Reform News

March 2nd Health Reform Digest

March 2, 2012

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest





Today’s News (3/2/12)    


     Here are some materials from yesterday’s appearance by HHS Secretary Sebelius before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.  We attached the Secretary’s written testimony yesterday.  Today you’ll find Chairman Joseph Pitts’ (R-PA) opening statement –, and a link to the video of the hearing.  As always, we have a lot of work to do.  Much tough questioning on the Prevention and Public Health Fund and issues around transparency and accountability.  We all have to do a better job educating the individual members serving on various key committees and subcommittees!

     Be on the lookout for a CEO level sign-on letter to President Obama that we will begin to circulate early next week.  The letter will call upon the President to actively oppose any further cuts to the Fund.

     Here are a few news articles/blogs that appeared in Health Affairs in response to the recent cut in the Prevention Fund.  From TFAH Executive Director Jeff Levi –; from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, –; and from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation –

     The Coalition on Health Funding (CFH) is circulating the following letter urging Congressional appropriators to provide the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) the largest possible 302(b) allocation for FY2013.  To sign on, please contact Ernesto Alfonso at by March 15th. .  For those not fluent on federal “budgetese,” CHF provides the following explanation – “The 302(b) allocation is the amount of funding the Appropriations Committees provide to the subcommittees. The subcommittees then divvy up the funding between the agencies and programs within their respective jurisdictions. For the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees, health agencies include NIH, CDC, HRSA, AHRQ, SAMHSA and Administration on Aging, among others.  The bigger the allocations, the better our chances for securing increases for these agencies and programs; or in the current environment, preventing further cuts.”

     Friends of Maternal and Child Health are circulating a sign-on letter in support of $645 million for the Title V MCH block grant for FY2013.  To sign on, please contact Carolyn Mullen at by close of business on March 9th.

     A coalition of social scientists are seeking sign-ons to a letter to Secretary of Labor Solis opposing the department’s virtual elimination of funding in FY 2012 for the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth, which collect critical longitudinal data that inform economic, health, education, and social public policy development.  Information gleaned from the surveys includes:  employment, housing, smoking/tobacco and alcohol use, child care decisions, military service, breast-feeding, chronic disease, retirement savings, and hundreds of other data points that support 5,000 researchers in the academic, public and private sectors.  To sign-on to a letter urging restoration of funding, please contact  Rebecca McGrath at or 202/230-5 (no current deadline).

     According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a final ruling was issued earlier this week blocking implementation of new, graphic cigarette warning labels. “The government has already appealed Judge Leon’s first ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and oral arguments in that case are scheduled for April 10th.  It’s also important to remember that another federal judge has upheld the warning labels requirement. The appeal of that ruling is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  So this ruling is by no means the final word on the warning labels. The next rulings will come from the two appellate courts, and the issue could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.”  Attached is a copy of the ruling – and news release from the Campaign –

     The next Prevention and Public Health Fund monthly strategy meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 30th, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  The meeting will take place at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Office, located at 444 North Capitol St NW in the Hall of States.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Harmeet Singh at as soon as possible.


{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)


           Regulatory Comments


   None current.  


           Funding Opportunities


  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 

      {new listings in red}


15th Annual Health Education Advocacy Summit

Sponsored by the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO)

March 3rd – 5th, Washington Court Hotel, Washington DC

For additional information:


Celebrate National School Breakfast Week and Share Your Breakfast {new}

Sponsored by Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids

Tuesday, March 6th, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

2203 Rayburn House Office Building

Please RSVP to


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

Registration is now open:


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 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:


National Conference on Tobacco or Health

August 15th – 17th, Kansas City, MO

To register:


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: