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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest 


      Federal Action

  • Several recent group letters completed:
    • TFAH sent this sign-on letter with more than 520 signatories to the Senate in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Thanks to all of the organizations that signed on. If you are able, please circulate this letter through your networks and continue to reach out to your Senators about the importance of the Prevention Fund to the CDC’s budget. We appreciate your partnership as we continue this effort.
    • According to Center for Science in the Public Interest, more than 40 scientists and researchers from across the country “have called on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to maintain the July 2018 compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts label.”
    • The American Lung Association spearheaded a sign-on letter in opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act, calling it “a permanent, sweeping attack on the ability of federal agencies to take action to protect public health and promote public safety. Strong federal safeguards are critical for protecting kids, preventing disease and saving lives.”
    • Led by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, more than 100 organizations and local health departments signed a letter con the American Health Care Act.  “As organizations responsible for protecting the public’s health, we respectfully request your continued support for vital public health programs currently funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).
  • Correction: Last week, it was Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) who spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to a resolution that would have blocked an Obama Administration-era rule to curb methane emissions (#richuptoolateatnight).

      Reports and Materials

  • AASA, the School Superintendents Association, recently published a new School Governance & Leadership (SG&L) publication entitled, Feeding Hungry Minds: Stories from the Field, with support from the Walmart Foundation.  “The SG&L focuses on the impact of school breakfast by telling the stories of stakeholders including superintendents, food service directors, parents and students who eagerly share the reasons they support breakfast served in school classrooms and hallways, first thing in the morning or a little later.”
  • Community Catalyst has created a new resource for preventing drug and alcohol misuse by young people, a brief video “promoting verbal or written screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), an effective public health strategy that can help all our communities tackle addiction.”  Also made available is an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) handout with links to places SBIRT is already getting results.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, in partnership with Mission Readiness, has released a new infographic, Unfit to Serve – Obesity is Impacting National Security. “This infographic outlines how the obesity epidemic in the United States impacts our national security.”

      Upcoming Events

  • Quite a few new events highlighted below.
  • Have a great weekend!



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


Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input

  • 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.
  • 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


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)


Climate Changes Health: The Breath and Heart of it All

Sponsored by American Public Health Association, American Lung Association, Global Health Climate and Health Alliance, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, Planetary  Health Alliance and U.S. Climate and Health Alliance

Monday, May 22nd, 1:30 – 3:00 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


500 Cities Project

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Wednesday, May 24th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


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


How Americans Benefit from Global Health Research

Sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Research!America and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Thursday, May 25th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and 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


Regional Needs Assessments Related to Dementia

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Thursday, June 8th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

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


Innovation Intersection

Sponsored by Research!America

Monday, June 12th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Capitol Visitors Center, SVC 201-00



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


Health Systems Transformation: Evolving for Changing Times

June 15th – 16th

Macon Marriott City Center, Macon, GA

For more information and to register


The Value of Research and Prevention in Addressing the Societal Burden of Migraine

Sponsored by Research!America

Thursday, June 15th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

2043 Rayburn House Office Building.

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


Vital Signs Metrics: Learning from the California Demonstration Project

Sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine

Friday, June 16th, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

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)


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)