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Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest 


      Federal Action

  • As you know, the House of Representatives voted this past Thursday, 217-213, to approve the Affordable Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  It now moves on to the Senate for consideration.  It has been widely reported that 13 Senators are working on an alternative health reform bill, including Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Thune (R-SD), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
  • In March, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) organized a sign-on letter to the President with over 500 organizations supporting 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 to the Senate. 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 Friday).  Thanks!
  • In addition, we’d like to encourage individuals and organizations to reach out to your Senators and urge them to oppose this bill. To assist you, we’ve compiled a state-specific set of documents from TFAH and a few partner organizations on the impact of the AHCA.  In addition, we maintain a toolkit of materials to highlight the critically important work that PPHF supports, and you can also browse our state-specific story bank of prevention and public health stories to assist in you communication efforts.
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Expert Panel on the Future of Health Care, chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, issued the following statement –
  • “As the health care reform debate now moves to the U.S. Senate, the policymaking process should be thoughtful and transparent, with congressional hearings and opportunity for bipartisan input. Any legislation advancing to the Senate floor must include an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Cooperation across party lines is critical to creating legislation that will be sustainable over the long term. The current political debate on health care is in part the result of the inability of the parties to work together and compromise. A fully partisan result this year will exacerbate existing divisions and make it more difficult to find a lasting solution.”

      Reports and Materials

  • Here’s a blog by Dr. William Dietz, Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University – It’s No Time to Relax: Food, Physical Activity Policies Critical to Keep Up Progress on Childhood Obesity. In responding to the recent relaxation of certain school nutrition regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he states that, “As a grandparent and someone who has worked on obesity prevention for nearly my entire career, I agree that both improved nutrition and increasing our children’s physical activity are high priorities. We desperately need to engage in a serious policy discussion on how to continue to make progress on the prevention and control of childhood obesity.”

     Take Action 

  • From the American Public Health Association – “The House of Representatives has put health reform successes and the health of millions of Americans in jeopardy by passing the American Health Care Act. We must continue to urge Congress to oppose such harmful efforts that will lead to less coverage, higher costs and poorer health. Discussions are already underway on a Senate version of health reform. Urge them to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act instead of rolling back progress.
  • 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.
  • Hold your representative accountable. Thank your representative if he or she opposed the bill and express your disappointment if he or she voted in favor of this flawed legislation by calling, emailing, tweeting or attending a town hall while representatives are in their home districts May 5th -15th. Find out how your representative voted.
  • Reminder – First Focus and other leading stakeholders are circulating a sign-on letter to Congressional leaders urging Congress to act quickly to enact a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The groups call for securing CHIP’s future so that this essential program will continue to be available for the 8.9 million children and hundreds of thousands of pregnant women who rely on CHIP for their coverage.” To sign on (by Wednesday).

     Upcoming Events

  • This Wednesday, May 10th, 2:30 p.m., the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee is hosting a hearing – America Speaks Out: The High Costs of Trumpcare for Families.  It will feature a number of individuals who would be adversely affected by the legislation.  It will be webcast live.
  • A number of new events listed below.



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 (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


Inclusive Health Reform

Sponsored by Special Olympics

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

For more information


Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Cross-sector Collaboration in Maternal and Child Health

Sponsored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Tuesday, May 9th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

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)


Ensuring Equity-Centered Provisions in Upcoming Infrastructure Proposals

Sponsored by Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity

Thursday, May 11th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) -webinar

For more information and to register


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

A Dialogue4Health webinar, sponsored by The California Endowment, Human Impact Partners, CA4Health and California Leadership Academy for the Public’ Health

Thursday, May 11th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


Exploring Competencies for the Emerging Field of Legal Epidemiology Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Hosted by the Public Health Foundation and Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ChangeLab Solutions

Thursday, May 11th, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


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


Prevention Diaries: The Practice and Pursuit of Health for All

Sponsored by Dialogue4Health

Friday, May 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar

For more information and to register


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


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)