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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, March 30, 2017

March 31, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest 


  • Clearly, another one of those weeks with a vast amount of activity.  You may need to read this one twice, much to digest (no pun intended).

      Reports and Materials

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. “The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.”
  • Trust for America’s Health has released a new brief, Impact of the 2017 Health Reform Proposals on Clinical Preventive Services, which reviews the current status of public and private insurance coverage of preventive services, and what would be at stake if they were eliminated or reduced, either through legislation or administrative actions.  We hope it’s a valuable resource to have in hand for any future health reform discussions.
  • The National Safety Council and Shatterproof have collaborated with NORC at the University of Chicago to design The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers tool, “an authoritative, easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use (including prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol abuse and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction as well as abuse of other illicit drugs and marijuana) in their workplace based on size of employee base, industry and state.”
  • The CDC’s National Tobacco Control Program has published a series of resources, including state fact sheets “presenting the latest nationally representative data available for each state.”

      Federal Update

  • From Vox – “In a sweeping new executive order, President Trump will order his Cabinet to start demolishing a wide array of Obama-era policies on global warming – including emissions rules for power plants, limits on methane leaks, a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and the use of the social cost of carbon to guide government actions.”  The public health community quickly expressed its concern:
  • Check out former CDC Director Tom Frieden in Time on the threat of blockgranting CDC programs: History Proves the Dangers of Underfunded Health Programs. “One of the details in the new Administration’s budget proposal is to switch some state funding to block grants: capped sums of money given to local governments with few requirements attached about how that money get spent. In short: block grants make it impossible for the CDC to continue its diligent stewardship of funds.”
  • From Politico – “The White House is proposing a spending cut of more than $1.2 billion to NIH as well as more than 15 significant cuts to other federal health agencies and programs for the current fiscal year, according to a proposal sent to appropriators … Overall, the administration has proposed $18 billion in cuts across more than 20 federal departments for fiscal year 2017.” Plus, here’s a helpful visual from PoliticoPro. The proposed cuts, while not expected to be implemented, are important to note as a possible precursor to what to expect when the FY 2018 budget is released, and include proposed cuts to CDC alone of:
    • $49 million from public health preparedness and response grants
    • $50 million from the global HIV/AIDS program and $50 million from domestic HIV/AIDS program
    • $65 million from Prevention Research Centers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, climate change, tobacco prevention research and other programs

     Take Action      

  • Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Big Cities Health Coalition in a Thunderclap campaign urging Congress to protect public health funding.  During National Public Health Week, on April 6th at 10  a.m., everyone signed up will speak with one voice demanding Congress protect public health programs from the deep cuts anticipated in the President’s budget.
  • Final reminder: The American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, Trust for America’s Health and YMCA of the USA are circulating a sign-on letter in support of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program to House and Senate appropriators. Over 100 organizations have already signed on. To sign-on (deadline, Friday).

      Funding and Awards      

  • The Health Project is seeking nominations for the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards in recognition of outstanding health promotion programs. “It is dedicated to spotlighting private and public health programs that have measurably improved the health and well-being of individuals and their families, and have done so cost-effectively.  The deadline for applications is May 31st.
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has announced the winners of its annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, “a six-week competition that saw participation from more than 300 congressional staffers and 10 members of Congress. The challenge offers Congress and their staff the opportunity to serve as role models of healthy living by tracking various forms of physical activity, including the steps they take each day, as they strive to incorporate more movement into their daily lives.”

      Upcoming Events

  • The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee is holding a hearing on Federal Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis, Wednesday, April 5th, 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building.
  • National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017 is next week.  This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030, with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. From April 3rd to 9th, “people will implement hundreds of events around the country and demonstrate ways in which everyone can take an active role in helping us to become the healthiest nation in one generation. This supports Generation Public Health, a national movement working to ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.
  • In related news, APHA is hosting a NPHW webinar, Advancing Physical Activity through Innovative Approaches, Tuesday, April 4th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT). “Join this webinar to learn about innovative, collaborative approaches to promoting physical activity and preventing chronic diseases. Gain understanding through concrete examples of working with partners to provide physical activity options that advance health equity and promote connecting people to the outdoors.”
  • Reminder – The Affordable Care Act: What Comes Next? – The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) is hosting an April 4th symposium “to discuss the future of health reform, including the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to repeal it. The event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – Noon, Milken Institute SPH Auditorium.
  • Have a great weekend!  Play ball!



The Opportunities/Deadlines categories are live links you can click on for complete information.

Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest 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.”
  • As part of World Salt Awareness Week, the American Heart Association is launching the #BreakUpWithSalt Campaign, “which urges the food industry to lower the amount of sodium its products. To take action.
  • 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)
  • The Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Consensus Project (C3) invites organizational sign-ons to its 2016 recommendations for a consensus statement of CHW roles (duties), skills and essential qualities in order to build a greater common understanding of this growing workforce. Individuals are also “invited to review and comment on the recommendations and officially recognize, acknowledge or endorse them as a fair representation of the nature of the CHW workforce.” For more information. (deadline, April 30th)

Regulatory Comments/Federal Postings

  • Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants has updated its document on upcoming regulations that provides a summary of upcoming key regulations regarding nutrition, obesity prevention, nutrition facts labels, tobacco, early care and education, and other public health topics based on a scan of the most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda publication (December 2015 update) – with multiple deadlines.
  • The CMS Innovation Center recently released a Request for Information “seeking input on the design of alternative payment models focused on improving the health of children and youth covered by Medicaid and CHIP. It is specifically interested in approaches that encourage pediatric providers to collaborate with health-related social service providers at the state and local levels to share accountability for health outcomes in children.” Deadline for comments is March 28th.

Funding Opportunities and Awards

  • The Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) has announced a call for proposals for Innovation Grants that will “provide up to $150,000 for evaluations of cost and/or utilization impacts on clinical interventions addressing social and economic hardships.”
  • 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!”
  • Transportation for America is accepting applications for its new Smart City Collaborative with Sidewalk Labs.  “The collaborative is intended to help a small group of ambitious cities use technology thoughtfully and intentionally to meet their pressing transportation challenges.”
  • The National Public Health Information Coalition has announced the 2017 Berreth Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication.  Agencies that focus on health communication in the government, not-for-profit or corporate sectors are eligible to be recognized for “exceptional and innovative health information campaigns that help people lead healthier lives in healthier communities.” Applications will be accepted between April 1st and May 20th.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has released a funding opportunity announcement for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreements. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and CDC are recommending awardees review the findings of the national Health Security Preparedness Index and state preparedness reports to gauge risks and gaps. (deadline, April 4th)
  • The Public Health Foundation has announced its Future of Population Health Awards. In addition, It is accepting applications through April 21st.
  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting nominations for several awards which will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. “Once a year, we think it is important to pause, take a step back, and honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health. Help us identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions.” Nominations are due by Friday, May 5th. For awards descriptions, criteria and nomination forms.


Upcoming Events

today’s additions in red


Designing for Inclusive Health

Sponsored by America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability – Lakeshore Foundation

Thursday, March 30th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) -webinar

For more information and to register


Occupational Health: Vaccinations in the Workplace

Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Thursday, March 30th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Rural Demography

Sponsored by the Population Association of America

Monday, April 3rd, Noon – 1:15 p.m.

2045 Rayburn House Office Building

For more information and to register



National Public Health Week Forum: 

Working Across Sectors to Create the Healthiest Nation

Sponsored by Walden University
Monday, April 3rd, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – in person and webcast

Kaiser Family Foundation – Barbara Jordan Conference Center

For more information on speakers and agenda.

To view the Webcast


What’s Next for Health Policy?

Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, AHCJ and NIHCM Foundation

Tuesday, April 4th, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


What the Science Says: How EPA Matters to Children’s Health

Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network and UCSF

Wednesday, April 5th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

SVC 212-10 Capitol Visitor Center

To register


Connecting Public Health and Food Sector Collaborators: Reducing Sodium in Food Service Settings

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes

Wednesday, April 5th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


The 2017 Children’s Environmental Health Translational Research Conference: 

New Challenges 

April 5th – 7th

Arlington, Virginia

For more information and to register


The Challenge of Treating Obesity and Overweight: Learning What Works and Making It Happen

Sponsored by the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions

Thursday, April 6th – in person and webcast

Washington, DC

For more information and to register

Engaging Families for Thriving Communities

Sponsored by the California WIC Association

April 9th – 12th

San Diego, CA

For more information and to register


40th Annual National Food Policy Conference

Sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America

April 11th – 12th

Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC

To register


Comprehensiveness in the Delivery Systems for Population Health Activities: Geographic and Longitudinal Variation

Sponsored by Systems for Action

Wednesday, April 12th, Noon (EDT)

For more information and to register


Exploring the Great Outdoors

Sponsored by America Walks

Wednesday, April 12th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Sponsored by Operation Unite

April 17th – 21st

Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register


HPV Vaccinations: From Recommendations to Practice

Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Wednesday, April 19th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Education and Health: The Role of Mayors and City Leaders to Ensure 

Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn

Sponsored by the National League of Cities

Wednesday, April 19th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Battery Safety Concerns in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Public Workshop; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments

Sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration

April 19th – 20th (public comment session on April 20th)

Silver Spring, MD

For more information and to register


Integrating Health Care & Public Health to Improve HIV Early Detection and Control

Sponsored by Systems for Action

Thursday, April 20th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


SYNChronicity (SYNC 2017) 

Sponsored by HealthHIV

April 23rd – 25th

Arlington, VA

For more information and to register


National Oral Health Conference

Sponsored by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry & Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

April 24th – 26th (pre-conference sessions April 22nd – 23rd)
Albuquerque, NM
For more information and to register


20th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

April 24th – 26th

Bethesda, MD

For more information and to register


NB3F Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference

The Notah Begay III Foundation

April 26th – 27th

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino – Santa Fe, NM

For more information and to register


Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5)

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wednesday, April 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


The National Adolescent Sleep, Health, and School Start Times Conference

Sponsored by Start School Later

April 27th – 28th

Washington, DC

For more information


Improving Public Health: Advocating & Activating for Change

Sponsored by the NYS Public Health Association

April 28th – 29th

High Peaks Resort – Lake Placid, NY

For more information and to register


Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain: Effective Alternatives to Opioids

Sponsored by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Saturday, April 29th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA

For more information and to register


2017 National Health Outreach Conference – Navigating the World of Health: A Sea of Opportunity

May 2nd – 4th

Annapolis, MD

For more information
Implementing the New York City Macroscope Electronic Health Record Surveillance System

Sponsored by Systems for Action, University of Kentucky

Wednesday, May 3rd, Noon (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


New Horizons in Clinical Lactation-Second National Conference

Sponsored by the US Lactation Consultant Association

May 3rd – 6th

San Antonio, Texas

For more information and to register


21st Annual National Conference – National Hispanic Medical Association

Integrated Healthcare for Hispanics

Sponsored by the National Hispanic Medical Association

May 4th – 7th

Gaylord National Harbor Hotel

For more information and to register


Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities

May 4th – 5th

FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

For more information and to register


Trabajando Juntos – Integrated Healthcare for Hispanics

Sponsored by the National Hispanic Medical Association

May 4th – 7th

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center – Maryland

For more information and to register


{save the date} Inclusive Health Reform

Sponsored by Special Olympics

Tuesday, May 9th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information


Building a Healthier Future Summit

Sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America

May 10th – 12th

Call for proposals (for a list of priority topics and details on submission)


2017 Maryland Statewide Tobacco Conference: Navigating the Changing Landscape: The Future of Tobacco Control in Maryland                            

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy

Thursday, May 11th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Maryland

For more information and to register


Navigating Uncertainty, Spanning Boundaries, Improving Health

National Network of Public Health Institutes Annual Conference

May 17th – 19th

New Orleans, LA

For more information and to register


American College of Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting

May 23rd – May 26th

Portland, OR

For more information


Childhood Obesity Conference

May 30th – June 2nd

San Diego, CA

For more information and to register


Improving Population Health: Collaborative Strategies That Work

2017 Practical Playbook Annual Meeting

Sponsored by the de Beaumont Foundation, Practical Playbook and Duke Community and Family Medicine

May 31st – June 2nd

Westin Washington DC City Center

For more information and to register


2017 Basic Summer Institute: Principles & Practice of Injury Prevention

Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Prevention

June 5th – 8th

Baltimore, MD

For more information and to register


National Amish Health Care Conference – Best Practices in Communication, Access, Delivery and Design

June 7th – 9th

Mohican State Park Lodge, Perrysville, Ohio (near Columbus)

For more information and to register


Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PREVCON)

Sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide

July 26th – 29th

Baltimore, MD

For more information and to register


National Association of Local Boards of Health – 25th Annual Conference 

August 2nd – 4th

Cleveland, Ohio – Downtown Westin Hotel

For more information


15th Annual Unity Conference

Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach

August 6th – 9th

Hilton Anatole – Dallas, TX

For more information and to register

Call for abstracts (deadline, April 21st)


National Prevention Network Conference

September 12th – 14th

Anaheim, CA

For more information and to register


2017 National School-Based Health Care Convention

Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance and

the California School-Based Health Alliance

June 18th – 21st

Long Beach, California

For more information


2017 Annual Educational Conference

National Environmental Health Association

July 10th – 13th

Grand Rapids, MI

For more information and to register


{save the date} 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 (deadline for abstracts – May 1st)


CFHA 19th Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

October 19th – 21st

Houston, TX

For more information


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:

Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 

November 4th – 8th

Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register


{save the date} 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