TFAH Health Reform News

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest 


  • This past weekend, the Senate passed its tax reform bill 51-49 along a mostly party line vote. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the only Senator to break ranks. The bill now moves to conference with the House, with some conferees already named yesterday. The legislation would have major health impacts, including repealing the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. With estimates showing that the bill could increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion over 10 years, this bill could imperil funding for other key public health and non-defense discretionary programs and could potentially trigger cuts to mandatory programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
  • Thank you to the more than 80 groups that signed our previous letter expressing concerns over the public health impact of the tax bill. We have updated the letter to send to conferees expressing the aforementioned concerns. This will be an opt-out letter for those signing the original tax letter. If your organization did not sign that letter and would like to sign this one, please  complete this form. Or, if you would like to take your organization off the letter.
  • Also on Congress’ to-do list for the month is enacting an extenders package to provide funding for critical programs including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers. States are close to running out of funding for these programs and Congress needs to act, but they should do so without cutting other important health programs.
  • Please continue to send the message to Congress that the Prevention Fund should not be used as an offset for the extenders package. We expect it will be attached to another piece of legislation sometime this month. As a reminder, here’s a letter sent by more than 100 organizations, and a breakdown of the House bill’s impact on the Prevention Fund. The National Association of County & City Health Officials has issued an action alert.
  • Fifty-seven members of the House of Representatives signed onto a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of full funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The program is the only direct federal investment in eliminating health disparities, and was not funded in either the House or Senate appropriations bills. A Senate version is currently out for sign-on and may close later today. We urge you to contact your Senators in support. In addition, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has issued an action alert.
  • The Washington Post published an article yesterday highlighting asthma “hot-spots” in Baltimore, MD, and how hospitals can do more to better serve their communities in regard to the issue.

      Reports and Announcements

  • The ACA open enrollment period continues until December 15th. From Get America Covered – “Fewer people will sign up this year unless there is a nationwide effort to make sure that people know this is the last chance to get covered for 2018 at That’s why health advocates, hospitals, doctors, mayors, insurers, businesses, faith leaders and many more are coming together for the Last Chance to Get Covered Weekend of Action, December 8-10.” To join.
  • New findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s System for Action program show that investing in public health my reduce Medicare spending. The new study tracked hundreds of U.S. communities from 1993-2013, and suggested that the federal Medicare program could realize $1.10 in savings for every $1.00 invested in local public health activities over time.

     Upcoming Events 

  • Corrected time – A  Dialogue4Health web forum is scheduled on the recent report,10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, Wednesday, December 13th, 2:30 – 4:00 (EST). The web forum will highlight the report, as well as offer attendees the opportunity to hear from professionals doing lead prevention and remediation work on the ground, followed by a Q&A session.
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is sponsoring two events next Wednesday, December 13th:
    • Building the Case: Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Health1:30 – 3:00 p.m., BPC Headquarters, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000. “The event will focus on the social, economic, and educational benefits the tax credit has provided for families and communities,” and feature remarks from Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). For the webcast.
  • The SCAN Foundation is hosting the Elevating State ProgressThursday, December 14th, Noon – 12:45 p.m. (EST). The interactive webinar will highlight the work of Pacesetter Prize winners and seek to answer “questions around support for family caregivers, effective transitions, and other aspects of the LTSS State Scorecard.”

      Opportunities to Join the TFAH Team

  • Senior Health Policy Researcher and Analyst to manage public policy communications, including the research, writing and development of reports and other materials. Candidate must have strong research and critical analysis skills – including the ability to identify, evaluate and synthesize relevant and timely source material; exceptional communications and writing skills including the ability to summarize and clearly explain complex policy issues; and proficiency in managing/collating/interpreting significant amounts of public policy and health data.  Qualitative and quantitative research capabilities are preferred.  Must have demonstrated prior experience in developing and writing policy reports and/or briefing materials.  Minimum five to 10 years of professional research and writing experience. Prior work experience in policy environments and MPP, MPA, JD or other advanced degree in relevant area are preferred.  For full information.
  • Healthy Students, Promising Future Project Manager to lead the organization’s work on school health (a one-year grant-funded position with the possibility of extension with additional funding).  The major components of the work include organizing and implementing a learning collaborative for states, including in-person meetings and technical assistance via webinars, deployment of subject matter experts, establishment of state peer learning groups, and other methods; drafting related grant reports; and other activities related to school health, many conducted in partnership with an external partner organization. The Project Manager must have a Bachelor’s degree. A Masters’ degree in a field related to public health and at least five years of relevant policy experience in health and/or education is preferred, including substantive work experience in project management, school health, health services administration, federal or state healthcare policy, education, or any other field that equips the candidate to understand and effectively lead projects is preferred.  For full information.
  • State Public Health Policy Project Manager to lead the organization’s work in implementing a 15-month initiative to promote the adoption and implementation of effective, evidence-based state public health policies.  The Project Manager manages daily and recurring project activities related to the management of the initiative’s state public policy change efforts. The Project Manager must have a Bachelor’s degree. A Masters’ degree or substantive work experience in project management, state-level public health advocacy, state or federal healthcare policy development and analysis, or any other field that equips the candidate to understand and effectively lead projects is preferred.  For full information.
  • TFAH is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to  Please, no calls or faxes.




Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • 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)
  • The American Association of Health & Disability is circulating a  confidential survey to “learn more about the physical, cultural, and attitudinal barriers that women with disabilities face when seeking breast health care services.” Please circulate through your networks if relevant to your work.

Regulatory Comments

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has published its Clean Power Plan repeal proposal in the Federal Register.  To submit comments. (deadline, December 15th)
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a public docket to solicit suggestions, recommendations, and comments from interested parties on questions relevant to FDA’s newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also posted a blog highlighting steps FDA is taking to stem the tide of opioid misuse. (deadline, December 28th)

Funding Opportunities and Awards

  • Voices for Healthy Kids has issued a targeted call for proposals in the areas of the school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, ESSA, school food, and water); early care and education and out-of-school-time policy levers. For more information. (Deadline, Friday)
  • The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has issued a request for proposals to “help community organizations develop programs to improve indoor air quality and reduce asthma cases across the country.” For more information and a link to the application. (Deadline, December 15th)


  • The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living has announced a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. It is “seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.” Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration.
  • Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States. “For communities that are engaging in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team’s capacity and skills through a community leadership process.” (deadline, January 12th)
  • America’s Promise and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are leading the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools  initiative. “The initiative is a collective effort to better understand the dynamics in diverse schools and communities that foster or stand in the way of creating healthier school environments. As a part of this initiative, America’s Promise seeks to activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to build demand for healthy schools.” America’s Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities (deadline, January 22nd).




Upcoming Events

today’s additions in red


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


Six Practical Steps to Implementing Population Health

Sponsored by the Public Health Foundation and Insightformation

Tuesday, December 5th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register


Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter

Sponsored by the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence

Tuesday, December 5th

National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ

For more information and to register


Housing for Health: Cross-Sector Impacts of Supportive Housing for Homeless High Users of Health Care

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, December 6th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register


Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity

Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement

Thursday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center

2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA

To register or view via webcast


30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative

Sponsored by the Wilson Center

Friday, December 8th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium

To register


An Update to Medicaid

Sponsored by the Access to Innovation Forum Steering Committee

Monday, December 11th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

F Street Conference Center

To register (by December 6th)


Meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030

Monday, December 11th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register


Learning and Growing: Healthy Development During Childhood and 


Sponsored by Healthy People 2020

Tuesday, December 12th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


PEPFAR 4.0: Reauthorization and Beyond

Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center

Tuesday, December 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bipartisan Policy Center

1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1000

To register


10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Poisoning

Sponsored by the National Center for Healthy Housing, Trust for America’s Health, and the Health Impact Project

Wednesday, December 13th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar/corrected time

For more information and to register


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training

Sponsored by CommonHealth ACTION

December 13th – 14th

1301 Connecticut Ave, Suite 200

For more information and to register


What Payment Reform Means for Caring for People with Complex Needs

Sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Tuesday, December 19th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

For more information and to register


Integrating Behavioral Health with TANF to Build a Culture of Health

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, December 20th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register




Improving Population and Clinical Health with Integrated Services and Decision Support

Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office

Wednesday, January 10th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register

Walking Towards Justice – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Sponsored by America Walks

Thursday, January 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

For more information and to register


2018 AMCHP Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Association of Maternal And Child Health Programs

February 10th – 13th

Crystal City, VA

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


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


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

For more information and to register


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


SYNChronicity Conference

Sponsored by HealthHIV

April 22nd – 24th

Arlington, VA

For more information and to register


Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness

May 2018

For more information


NNPHI Annual Conference and Workforce Development Forum

Sponsored by the National Network of Public Health Institutes

May 22nd – 24th

New Orleans, LA

For more information and to register


Preventive Medicine 2018

Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine

May 22nd – 25th

Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL

For more information and to register


2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention

Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance

June 24th – 27th

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

For more information and to register


2018 Public Health Law Conference

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

October 4th – 6th

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ

For more information and to register (abstract deadline December 31st)