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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest 


 Federal Action

  • On final chance to join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on a sign-on letter to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In light of passage of the American Health Care Act in the House, TFAH is planning to send virtually the same letter previously sent to the President.  This will be an opt-out letter- if your organization signed onto the letter in March, and wishes to be removed, please let us know. If your organization did not previously sign on, but would like to now, please fill out this form (deadline, c.o.b. today).  Thanks!
  • Thought you would be interested in a copy of a letter from the entire Senate Democratic caucus, “Requesting that the Senate work in a bi-partisan, open and transparent way to improve and reform the health care system.”
  • Last week, the Senate voted down (49-51) a procedural motion to move forward on passage of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would have blocked an Obama Administration-era rule to curb methane emissions. Because of the procedural rules permitted under CRA resolutions, the Senate only needed 50 votes to proceed (instead of the usual 60) so this was a narrow victory for public health. During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Mark Udall (D-NM) also visually acknowledged TFAH and other partner organizations for their support.
  • From the National Academy For State Health Policy, a comprehensive comparison chart of the American Health Care Act and the Affordable Care Act.
  • A total of 66 Safe Kids Worldwide coalitions joined together in signing a letter urging Congress to reverse the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the lead paint removal program.

      Regulatory Actions

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance titled Three-Month Extension of Certain Tobacco Product Compliance Deadlines Related to the Final Deeming Rule. “All provisions with compliance dates that have already occurred – such as mandatory age and photo-ID checks to prevent illegal sales to minors – will remain in effect. The FDA will continue to enforce such requirements. For all future compliance dates related to the final deeming rule, the FDA is deferring its enforcement for an additional three months. Provisions for which this extension will apply include, but are not limited to: submission of cigar rotational warning plans; registration and listing; ingredient listing; health documents; substantial equivalence (SE) exemption requests; SE applications; premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs); and harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) reports.

      Reports and Materials

  • The National League of Cities, in collaboration with colleagues at the GWU Milken School of Public Health, have released a report exploring the role of cities in advancing education and health including a focus on the community schools strategy. Advancing Education and Health through a Community Schools Strategy, “includes several city spotlights highlighting innovative health and education efforts, and strategies for cities to navigate the changing health care landscape.”
  • The CDC has released new resources on the role of school health services in the management of chronic health conditions.  New information has been added to the CDC Healthy Schools website “on acute and emergency care, care coordination, family engagement, and chronic disease management in schools. New resources are now available that give evidence-based strategies schools can use to manage chronic health conditions and that focus on the relationship between chronic health conditions and academic achievement.”
  • The American College of Sports Medicine and Anthem Foundation released the 10th annual American Fitness Index. “The 2017 data report ranks the 50 most fit cities in America. Twenty-five of the cities (50%) improved on their scores from 2016, and there is a new #1 (Minneapolis-St. Paul); a new #50 (Louisville); and a decade of data to share about America’s fitness and how communities might improve. To follow the dialogue on Twitter, check out #FitCityIndex.”
  • Voices for Healthy Kids and Center for Science in the Public Interest have released two new resources to address junk food marketing practices within schools. “The first fact sheet gives examples of the types of unhealthy food and beverage marketing often found in schools. The second resource addresses school marketing through local wellness policies (LWP) and gives examples on how to meet or exceed USDA’s final rule; school districts will need to include a policy on food marketing in the LWP by June 30, 2017.”

     Take Action 

  • Reminder – from the American Public Health Association – Call and email your senators to voice your strong opposition to the American Health Care Act and any effort to weaken or repeal the Affordable Care Act. Dial 202-224-3121 for the Capitol switchboard and ask to be transferred to your senator’s office.

     Upcoming Events

  • The 500 Cities Project “provides first-of-its-kind data on nearly 40 health indicators and some of the most costly and preventable chronic diseases at the census-tract level in 500 of the largest U.S. Cities.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hosting a webinar, Wednesday, May 24th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) to learn how to use a “new interactive website to retrieve, explore, and visualize city and census tract-level data in your community. “
  • The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is hosting a WebEx for its mid-year member meeting on World Hypertension Day (WHD), this Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT). “The forum will highlight members’ actions to improve blood pressure control.  The theme for WHD is Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world.”  To register.
  • Research!America is hosting two upcoming Congressional briefings:
  • Innovation Intersection – Monday, June 12th, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Capitol Visitors Center, SVC 201-00 – Experts from across the medical research continuum will focus on the development phase of the discovery, development and delivery continuum, exploring the who, what, why and how of clinical research that is pivotal to delivering safe and effective medical innovations to patients.  To RSVP.
  • The Value of Research and Prevention in Addressing the Societal Burden of Migraine – Thursday, June 15th, Noon – 1:00 p.m., 2043 Rayburn House Office Building.  The panel will discuss the debilitating impact of migraine on health, the economy and society.  For more information and to register.



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

Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • The Food and Drug Administration recently delayed menu labeling implementation to May 7, 2018 and is asking for comments on changes that could weaken the regulations (deadline, July 3rd). The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) is coordinating a model comment. For more information and to get involved.Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has an active action alert  and a sign-on letter opposing a menu labeling rider in FY 2017 appropriations.  To sign-on.
  • CSPI 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.”
  • 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 International International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is hosting a May 19th Thunderclap at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) in support of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act “that will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness and sporting goods equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues.” To sign up.  (#passPHIT)

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.

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.”
  • Systems for Action (S4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their latest Call for Proposals. “
  • Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago has announced the “availability of funding to advance the Healthy Chicago 2.0 vision to promote health equity. Funding is available to support efforts identified through a community planning process that promote health and well-being in community areas in Chicago with high economic hardship and/or very low childhood opportunity.” Funding for the award is made available by Chicago Department of Public Health. (deadline for full applications, May 19th)
  • 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.” (deadline, May 20th)
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched a new signature research program, Health Data for Action (HD4A), “that seeks to fund up to five innovative, rigorous research studies that leverage health data to draw actionable insights to help inform health policy and build a Culture of Health. Supported by AcademyHealth, the first Call for Proposals (CFP) will make data from the Health Care Cost Institute and athenahealth available to successful applicants (applicants will need to select one of these two datasets). For more information, including application instructions. (deadline, May 24th)
  •  This year’s focus of in depth study of the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine, and Society (AHSG) Program is the opioid epidemic in the U.S. “As a country, we need new ideas to address this complex and controversial health challenge. AHSG members know that good ideas can come from anyone. If you have a “Big Idea” for addressing opioid addiction, share it with Aspen by filling out a short form. The deadline for Big Ideas is May 26th.
  • 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
  • Since its launch, the CDC’s Million Hearts® “has recognized 59 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in attaining a blood pressure control rate of at least 70 percent among their patients with high blood pressure through the smart use of health information technology, innovative communication techniques, and implementation of a team approach to health care.”  The 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open to health professionals, practices, and health systems that achieve hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent over a 12-month period (deadline, June 2nd).
  • Through a collaborative network of experts, data, and tools, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program “connects environmental and public health information to drive innovative programs and solutions that protect and improve the health of communities across the country.” In an effort to identify and promote innovative uses of data from CDC’s Tracking Network, the CDC has announced the Enviro Health App Challenge. (deadline, June 23rd)


Upcoming Events

today’s additions in red


May is Global Health and Fitness Month

Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness

For more information


Vaccines: Healthcare’s First Line of Defense

Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology

Tuesday, May 16th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

For more information and to register


Police and Community Relations: Fostering a Shared Vision for Safe Communities by Applying Principles from Prevention Science 

Sponsored by National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Location TBD

To register


National Women’s Health Empowerment Summit

Sponsored by Hadassah and co-sponsored by the American Heart Association, WomenHeart: the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease, and others

Wednesday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Newseum

For more information and to register


Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

Sponsored by the National Complete Streets Coalition

Wednesday, May 17th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

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 (deadline extended to April 21st)


Investing in Physical Activity: Creating an Active America Together

Sponsored by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

Thursday, May 18th, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

1310 Longworth House Office Building



Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? – Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

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

Thursday, May 18th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Housing as a Social Determinant of Health: Regulations and Their Impact

Sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program

Thursday, May 18th, 1:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Diabetes Prevention Institute (ACPM Annual Meeting)

Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine

Tuesday, May 23rd, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Portland, OR

For more information and to register


American College of Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting

May 23rd – May 26th

Portland, OR

For more information


Changes to the Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants Resulting from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

Sponsored by the Department of Education

Wednesday, May 24th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


Healthy Masculinities: Mobilizing Men and Boys to Foster Positive Gender Norms

Sponsored by Prevention Institute

Wednesday, May 31st, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

To register


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


Build Power for Health Equity: Strategic Practices for Local Health Departments

Sponsored by Dialogue4Health

Thursday, June 1st, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

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 


Preparing Health Care Providers for Obesity Care

Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center

Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

BPC, 1225 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC



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


Latino Health Summit

In conjunction with the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference

Sponsored by the National Council of La Raza

July 8th – 11th

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

To register


Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-being: Challenges and Opportunities

Sponsored by the National Academies – Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities

Tuesday, June 13th, 8:00 a.m. (EDT) – meeting and webcast

Montgomery Marriott Prattville, Capitol Hill, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL

For more information and to register


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training Institute

Sponsored by CommonHealth Action

June 14th – 15th

For more information and to register


2nd Annual Public Health Fair

Sponsored by the Coalition for Health Funding

Thursday, June 15th, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

902 Hart Senate Office Building

To host a booth, and/or to sponsor the event


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)


Your Weight Matters National Convention

Sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition

August 10th – 13th

For more information and to register


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)


CHA Community Benefit 101 Program

Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association

October 3rd – 4th

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO

For more information and to register


Children’s Environmental Health Day

Sponsored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network

October 12th

For more information


CFHA 19th Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

October 19th – 21st

Houston, TX

For more information


The Society for Public Health Education Advocacy Summit

October 21st – 23rd

Washington, DC

For more information and to register

21st Century Student Scholarship (open to full-time undergraduate and graduate level students to attend the Summit – application deadline, May 31st)


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting:

Creating the Healthiest Nation: climate Changes Health 

November 4th – 8th

Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register


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


Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter

Sponsored by the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence

December 5th

National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ

(Applications are being accepted for workshop and poster presentations – deadline, Friday, May 19th)