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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest

         Affordable Care Act

  • Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began its debate of health reform legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act through reconciliation.  The markup ran for more than a dozen hours on day one.  The Ways and Means Committee completed its markup after 18 hours.
  • Among the latest supportive statements and articles on the Prevention Fund:

      Reports and Materials 

  •  According to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine of the Green Dot program, sexual and dating violence can be prevented by teaching students how to speak up and step in to help as active bystanders when they see harassment, bullying, or abuse. “Bystander-based programs have shown promise to reduce interpersonal violence at colleges, yet limited rigorous evaluations have addressed bystander intervention effectiveness in high schools.”
  • CDC Vital Signs presents the “latest findings on how arthritis affects the lives of millions of adults by limiting their ability to do everyday activities.” The report highlights “how health care providers can help their patients manage arthritis symptoms with physical activity and self-management education.”

      Upcoming Events

  • Updated information – TFAH is hosting a Congressional Briefing: Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, Thursday, March 23rd, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Capitol Visitor Center Room SVC 201-00. The briefing will feature Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston; John Dreyzehner, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health; Paul Kuehnert from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will be moderated by John Auerbach, TFAH’s President and CEO.
  • Several new events listed below.
  • Happy 26th Birthday, Perry!!



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

Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • According to Center for Science in the Public Interest, in May 2016 the Food and Drug Administration announced its Updates to the Nutrition Facts label. “This is the first comprehensive update since Nutrition Facts first appeared on packaged food labels in 1991.” The compliance date for the updated label is July 26, 2018, but there have been efforts to delay this date by several years.
  • CSPI is circulating an organizational sign-on letter requesting a commitment to maintain the compliance date.From Center for Science in the Public Interest, an action alert in support of prevention provisions in the Affordable Care Act, including national menu labeling, funding for prevention and public health activities (Prevention Fund), and support for breastfeeding.
  • 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.
  • An action alert from NACCHO/Big Cities Coalition in support of the Prevention Fund – “Eliminating core public health programs that are now funded by the PPHF without a clear plan for replacement would seriously undermine the ability of counties, cities, states and territories to protect and promote health.”
  • 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 College of Sports Medicine is circulating a sign-on letter highlighting the importance of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  The letter asks the president to “fill the leadership roles of the President’s Council as soon as possible.”  To sign on.  Deadline is Friday.
  • 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

  • The Society for Public Health Education has issued a Call for Public Comments on Draft School Health Educator Preparation Standards “that would serve as expectations for people graduating from a college or university prepared to teach health education at the K-12 level(s).  Deadline is March 15th.
  • The White House Office of Management and Budget has released a Spring 2016 update of the status of regulations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 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.

Funding Opportunities and Awards

  • 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 Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has announced two new funding opportunities (deadline, March 24th):
  • Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families – providing an integrated and seamless network of supportive services to improve health and related educational, social, and economic outcomes in multiple primary settings.  Up to 20 grants with an annual budget of $500,000 – $1.5 million is available for a three year period.
  • The CDC has announced a Request for Applications for Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury.  Approximately $1 million will be available in FY17 for up to three awards. “The agency is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance knowledge about what works to prevent violence by rigorously evaluating primary prevention strategies in four areas.”  For more information. (deadline for submissions, Friday)
  • Policies for Action (P4A) – a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – has just opened its 2017 call for proposals. “P4A seeks to engage long-standing health care, mental and behavioral health, and public health researchers, as well as experts in areas that we recognize have strong influence on health, well-being and equity-such as labor, criminal justice, education, transportation, housing, and the built environment.” (deadline, Friday)
  • 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

(all in-person events in Washington, DC unless otherwise noted) 

today’s additions in red


The 2017 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association 

Convention and Trade Show

March 8th – 11th

Los Angeles, CA

For more information and to register


Curbing Marketing to Students: What the Final Wellness Policy Rule Means for Schools

Sponsored by ChangeLab Solutions and Alliance for a Healthier Generation

March 9th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register


14th Annual Conference – Association for Community Health Improvement 

March 9th – 11th

Denver, CO

For more information and to register


Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Communities in a Changing Climate

Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Monday, March 13th

For more information and to register

 (also webcast live)


Making Eye Health and Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow

Sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Monday, March 13th

For more information and to register


SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention & Expo

March 14th – 18th

Boston, MA

For more information


Spring 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

March 10th – 12th

Swissotel Chicago

For more information and to register


Healthy Communities: An Assessment and Implementation Framework to Achieve Inclusion of Persons with Disability

Sponsored by University of Albany, School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Continuing  Education

Thursday, March 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

For more information and to register


Better Together: Partnerships to Enhance and Advance Approaches to Healthy Housing

Sponsored by the National League of Cities

Wednesday, March 22nd, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Will We Have Medical Treatments in the Event of an Attack or Pandemic?

Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center

Tuesday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. – Noon (EDT)

BPC – 1225 Eye Street, NW – Suite 1000 (also webcast)

For more information and to register


Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

March 29th – April 1st

San Diego, CA

For more information


2017 National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH)

March 22nd – 24th

Austin Texas

For more information and to register


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Training

Sponsored by CommonHealth Action

March 22nd – 23rd (8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days)

1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200

For more information and to register


2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee: Public Meeting

Thursday, March 23rd, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

For more information and to register


27th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference: 

Awareness, Motivation, Skills and Opportunity…What is the Right Mix?

March 27th – 31st (intensive training seminars, March 27th – 28th)

For updated information, and to register


2017 National Lead and Healthy Housing Conference

HUD’s OLHCHH Grantee Program Manager School

March 28th – 30th

Indianapolis, IN

For more information and to register


Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

Sponsored by ecoAmerica and Climate for Health, in collaboration with the American Psychological Association

Wednesday, March 29th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


SOPHE 68th Annual Meeting

Scaling New Heights: Health for All

March 29th – April 1st

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


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 – 112th

Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC

To register


National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Sponsored by Operation Unite

April 17th – 21st

Atlanta, GA

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


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


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


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


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)


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 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


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