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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, April 9th, 2013

April 9, 2013

Wellness and Prevention 

Health Reform Digest 


Today’s News (4/9/13)

  • Wednesday afternoon, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will release the President’s FY 2014 proposed budget for HHS.  The event will be simulcast via webcast at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).   The HHS Budget in Brief will be available online at that time.
  • While we await the FY 2014 budget, including the Administration’s proposed allocations for the Prevention Fund, we’re still waiting to see the final FY 2013 Prevention Fund allocations.  In the meantime, one allocation is now public. In a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) today, we learned that $54 million in Prevention Fund dollars are financing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) navigators, which are “individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”  No news yet on the rest of the allocations, including the Community Transformation Grant program.
  • Smart Growth America has announced its list of the 10 best Complete Streets policies in the country.  “Complete Streets policies formalize a community’s intent to plan, design, operate and maintain streets so they are safe for all users of all ages and abilities. Policies direct decision-makers to consistently fund, plan, design and construct community streets to accommodate all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, motorists and freight vehicles.”
  • One final piece from a successful American Public Health Week — a video from the American Public Health Association (APHA).  According to APHA’s executive director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, “We hope this new video will help educate policy makers and the public about the important role public health plays in our lives every day and the significant value it delivers in saving lives, saving costs and improving quality of life over the long term.”




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

Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • The American Diabetes Association is circulating a sign-on letter in support of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act. (deadline, April 16th)
  • Rails-to-Trails is circulating a model letter to the nation’s Governors promoting active transportation (walking and bicycling). (no current deadline)
  • The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health are seeking supporters for a vision promoting health and wellness for all students, Health in Mind:  Improving Education Through Wellness.  (no current deadline)

Regulatory Comments/Federal Postings

  • CDC has announced has opened a docket to obtain information from the public on walking as an effective way to be sufficiently active for health. (deadline, April 30th)
  • The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new food safety standards for foodborne illness, prevention and produce safety (deadline, May 16th)
  • HHS is seeking comments on proposed rules that:  prohibit insurance companies from discriminating because of pre-existing or chronic conditions; outline policies and standard for coverage of essential health benefits; and implement and expand employment-based wellness programs (multiple deadlines)
  • A series of regulations regarding nutrition, obesity prevention, menu labeling and nutrition facts have been published in the Federal Register (series of deadlines)

Funding Opportunities

  • The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has announced the availability of funding for its Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) (deadline, April 10th)
  • The Justice and Society Program of the Aspen Institute is conducting a one-year Excellence in State Public Health Law program. (deadline extended to April 16th)
  • The CDC has announced the availability of FY13 funds for chronic disease coordinated programming — State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health.  (deadline for letters of intent on the competitive portion of the program,

March 19th, and for full applications for both components, April 19th)

  • The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), has announced a grant funding opportunity for implementing evidence-based, community-education programs that promote wellness an (deadline, May 15th)
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize applications are being accepted. (deadline, May 23rd)
  • A call for proposals has been issued for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Healthy Eating Research program that promotes healthy eating among children (multiple deadlines)



Upcoming Events

today’s additions in red


Violence Against Women, Children and Families — New Health Policy Responses and Opportunities

Sponsored by The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse

Wednesday, April 10th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

B-339 Rayburn House Office Building



How State Health Agencies Can Support Effective Early Care and Education Initiatives to Meet the Physical Activity Guidelines

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Wednesday, April 10th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


California Healthy Cities and Communities 2013 Annual Conference 

Sponsored by Center for Civic Partnerships

Thursday, April 11th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (PDT)

The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA

For more information and to register
New and Innovative Models from the Field:  Alternative Retail Strategies (healthy food)

Sponsored by PolicyLink
Thursday, April 11th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register

Economics Research: Saving Lives and Money

Sponsored by AcademyHealth, American Economic Association, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, Population Association of America and Research!America

Friday, April 12th, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

To RSVP (By April 10th)

National Food Policy Conference

Sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America

April 15th – 16th

Capital Hilton

To register


The Facts Hurt:  A State Perspective (injury prevention) 

Sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association
Tuesday, April 16th, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

To register

Newborn Screening: 50 Years of Saving Babies’ Lives

Sponsored by the March of Dimes

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00 -1:30 p.m.

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

RSVP to Khadijah Brown

For more information


Healthy People 2020 Progress Review:   

Violence Across the Lifespan

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, April 18th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Sleep Apnea Awareness Day

April 18th

For more information

Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School:  Educating Student Transportation Departments
 Sponsored by Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Thursday, April 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


VAPHA Spring Meeting: Redefining Health and Wellness for an Aging Population

Sponsored by the Virginia Public Health Association

April 19th

Greater Richmond Convention Center

For details or to register


Save the Date -2013 Viral Hepatitis Summits Series

April 19th  – Four Points by Sheraton BWI, Maryland

May 9th – Courtyard by Marriott Decatur, Georgia

August 2nd – Charleston, West Virginia

September 19th- St. Louis, Missouri

October 4th  – Birmingham, Alabama

For more information or call (800) 891-0707
Prevention and Public Health Fund Strategy Meeting

Sponsored by Trust for America’s Health

Friday, April 19th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

National Association of Counties

25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW — Suite 500

Environmental Public Health Tracking Meets Public Health Laboratories

Sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Monday, April 22nd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention & Exposition

April 23th – 27th

Charlotte, NC

For more information and to register

Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community | Por Qué Es Importante la Obesidad para la Comunidad Latina

Sponsored by Dialogue4Health
Tuesday, April 24th, 1:30- 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

To register and listen in English 

Para registrar y escuchar en Español


2013 Annual Meeting and Conference

Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association

April 24-25th

Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY

For more information and to register

Pre-Conference workshop “Shaking the Money Tree-Winning Grant Dollars to Support our Services”

Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association

Wednesday, April 24th 9:00am-1:00pm

For more information and to register


Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health:  

Social Determinants of Health

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and


April 24th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Designing for Affordable and Active Housing

Sponsored by Active Living Research and Public Health Institute

Wednesday, April 24th, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register  

Strategies to Build Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Curriculum, and Research that Improve Health of Hispanics

National Hispanic Medical Association Annual Conference
Apr 25th -28th,

Washington DC

For registration, agenda

Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability:  A National Conference

April 25th – 26th

Washington, DC

Abstract deadline extended to January 28th and for more information

Integrating Prevention, Care & Treatment in Rural States

Friday, April 26th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Grappone Conference Center -Concord, NH

To register


SOPHE 64th Annual Meeting  

The Magic of Health Education:  Vision, Imagination & Transformation 

April 17th – 19th

Hilton Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

For more information

Advocating for Our Hispanic Community:  Nurses’ Role in the Affordable Care Act

Sponsored by the Los Angeles-National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Friday, April 26th, 8:30- 3:30 (PDT)

The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA

To register and for more information

2013 Global Employee Health & Fitness Month – Save the Date

Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness

May 2013

For information

On Slippery Slopes: Principles, Problems and Cases in Lab Ethics

Sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Tuesday, May 7th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) -webinar

To register (by May 5th)


Global Youth Traffic Safety Month May 2013

Sponsored by National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)

Wednesday, May 8th Launch Event

Washington, D.C.

For more information and to find out how to become involved

The Impact of Global Warming on Vector-borne Diseases

Sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Tuesday, May 4th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register

ACE Symposium West

Sponsored by the American Council on Exercise

May 16th – 18th

For more information and to register


2013 National Meeting of the Safe States Alliance & Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)

Hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
June 5th – 7th

Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel

For more information and to register


{Save the Date} Fifth Annual National Summit on Critical Care Policy 

Sponsored by the Roundtable on Critical Care Policy

Wednesday, July 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:0o p.m.

The Pavilion Room

Ronald Reagan Building and International Center

Washington, D.C.

To confirm your attendance


2013 National Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Meeting 

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, The California Endowment, Health Impact Project and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MN and the National Network of Public Health Institutes

September 24th and 25th
The Washington Hilton

To register

{Save the date} – 2013 Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit 

Sponsored by Leadership for Healthy Communities
September 29th – October 1st
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
For more information on LHC and previous summits

Registration opens in June

2013 Walking Summit

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
October 1st – 3rd
Washington, DC
For more information


Save the date – Charting a New Course for School Health  

Sponsored by the American School Health Association

October 9th – 12th

Myrtle Beach, SC

Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Conference

Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

October 10th – 11th

Chicago, IL

For information and to register

ACE Symposium East

Sponsored by the American Council on Exercise

October 17th – 19th

For more information and to register

{Save the Date} Overcoming Disparities:  Diabetes Care in High Risk Populations — A Rising Threat – The Impact of Social Determinants of Health 

Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association

October 21st – 22nd

Hilton Crystal City – Arlington, VA

For more information