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November 2, 2012

 

Coordinated Chronic Disease Program Leads and Chronic Disease Program Directors:

 

Welcome to the Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program’s (CCDP) weekly update featuring news, tools, and resources that may be useful for your state-based chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. 

 

Should you have any questions about the update, please feel free to contact me using the information located at the end of the update.  Enjoy!

 

Features highlighted in this update include:

 

Cross-Cutting Updates:

·        RWJF Marks 40 Years: Board Approves Over $400 Million for Improving Health in 2013

·        New York Times: Smoke-Free Workplaces Leads to Fewer Heart Attacks

·        Community Commons

·        APHA: State Progress Toward Defining Essential Health Benefit Packages

·        APHA: New Provisions in Effect: Value-Based Purchasing and Other Reforms

·        Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Funding Opportunities (Attached)

 

Diabetes:

·        Information You Can Use Newsletter: October Edition (Attached)

 

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:

·        Partnership for a Healthier America

·        New York Times: In Fight Against Obesity, Drink Sizes Matter

·        Childhood Obesity Declines in Several States, Cities

·        Market-based Models for Increasing Access to Healthy Food: Defining What Works, November 8 (Webinar)

 

School Health:

·        Integrated School Health Tools for Districts, EPA, November 7 (Webinar)

 

Tobacco:

·        A Solution for Connecting Clinical Settings and Community Resources: Electronic Referrals with Feedback for Tobacco Use, Obesity, Diabetes, and Beyond, November 1 (Webinar)

·        Request for Information: Adopting Smoke-Free Policies in Public Housing Agencies and Multifamily Housing, November 5th Deadline

·        Emerging Tobacco Products, November 8 (Webinar)

·        Engaging Youth as Tobacco Point of Sale Advocates, November 13 (Webinar)

·        "Those Look Like Candy!”: Emerging and Alternative Tobacco Products, November 14 (Webinar)

 

Community Health:

·        Intersectoral Collaboration for Health: Reports from Local Health Departments, November 15 (Webinar)

·        APHA 2012: Highlighting Local Success Stories in Prevention and Public Health


CROSS-CUTTING UPDATES
RWJF MARKS 40 YEARS; BOARD APPROVES OVER $400 MILLION FOR IMPROVING HEALTH IN 2013

Curbing Tobacco Use, Combating Childhood Obesity, Developing 911 System Among Successes from $9 Billion in Grantmaking Over 40 Years
The Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) marked the Foundation’s 40th anniversary last week by approving up to $425 million in grantmaking during 2013. Funding will be focused in three interrelated areas: increasing efforts that help people stay healthy; lowering national health care costs; and improving access to high-quality care, delivered by a diverse and abundant workforce.

Since its inception in 1972, the Foundation has awarded more than $9 billion in grants, with grantees located throughout the country. Work supported by the Foundation in previous decades directly contributed to forging the nation’s 911 emergency system, the landmark Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, dramatic reductions in the use of tobacco products, and changed perceptions about options such as hospice care at the end of life.

"Whatever issues are the most vexing—responding to AIDS, an unprecedented shortage of nurses, millions of children being uninsured, astounding racial inequalities in health care—these are the issues we’ve taken on,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO. "We cannot accept our responsibility as America’s largest health care philanthropy if we run from the toughest problems.”

A new, interactive timeline charts RWJF’s progress from a community-based foundation to the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on improving the health and health care of all Americans.

 

NEW YORK TIMES: SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACES LEADS TO FEWER HEART ATTACKS 
A new study has found the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free workplace laws that reduce secondhand smoke inhalation can lead to reductions in heart attacks. The research, carried out by scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found a 33 percent drop in heart attack rates in one Minnesota county after public smoking bans were enacted. Access full article.

 

COMMUNITY COMMONS

·        EQUITY DATA ADDED - The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) released their list of Food Policy Councils to Community Commons. View the list as a map here.

·        JOIN THE DIALOGUE- From Weight of the Nation and Urban Agriculture to Worksite Wellness and Collective Impact,  group dialogues are growing everyday. Join a Group or create your own!

·        OFFICE HOURS- Got questions? We've got answers! Community Commons Office Hours are every Wednesday at 11:00am CST. 

 

APHA: STATE PROGRESS TOWARD DEFINING ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT PACKAGES 
Starting in 2014, many health insurance plans — both inside and outside of the new insurance exchanges —will have to cover a set of 10 broad categories of services, including preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; maternity and newborn care; pediatric services including oral and vision care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; and more. See Page 1 of thisCMS bulletin for information on which plans this applies to and for a complete list of categories.

Rather than defining a nationally uniform set of specific services that must be covered within the ten categories, the Department of Health and Human Services has given states some flexibility to define their own essential health benefit, or EHB, standards. States can choose a "benchmark” plan from one of four categories, and the benefits offered by this plan will be the essential health benefits package in that state. A number of states have made significant progress toward selecting their benchmark plans, since Sept.30 was an optional deadline for submitting their decisions to HHS. For more information, read this EHB backgrounder and this update on state progress to date, both posted by guest authors in the HealthAffairs blog. You can also view this EHB webinar by State Refor(u)m

 

APHA: NEW PROVISIONS IN EFFECT: VALUE-BASED PURCHASING AND OTHER REFORMS
Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Oct. 1 that are aimed at improving health care quality and lowering costs. One is thevalue-based purchasing program, one of several pay-for-performance reforms under Medicare. From now on, Medicare payments to most hospitals will depend partly on the quality of care received by patients. Although there are debates about whether the payment adjustments will be large enough to provide an incentive for change, and what their effect may be on safety net hospitals, this reform is an important step toward a payment system based on quality of care, rather than volume, and it may also present new opportunities for promotion of secondary and tertiary prevention.  

ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES (ATTACHED)

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials  (ASTHO) has two funding opportunities. Please see attached documents for more details.

  • Travel scholarships for state and territorial health agency staff to attend the New Partners for Smart Growth conference(www.newpartners.org)   in Kansas City February 2013. Applications are due Friday, November 16.
  • Request for proposals from state and territorial health agency staff to serve as Health Impact Assessment peer mentors. Applications are due Friday, November 9.

 

DIABETES

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER EDITION (ATTACHED)

"Information You Can Use” (IYCU), is a newsletter that provides information on diabetes and related cross-cutting issues, including updates on programs and initiatives at CDC,  journal articles, resource materials, highlights of successful state programs, continuing education, and much more!

 

NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND OBESITY

PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA

On March 7, 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA),  which works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis, will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America. This year's agenda will feature a new program - the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge - and we need your ideas.

 

It seems there’s no shortage of great ideas people offer us to help end the childhood obesity epidemic and we love them all. We know great ideas can come from anywhere, so now we’re giving everyone a chance to turn their great idea into a solution.  The End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge is an online contest that is asking anyone - parents, kids, organizations, businesses, teachers, whoever - to submit a unique idea that could help in the fight against childhood obesity. The challenge is meant to solicit ideas – not business plans. Three finalists will be flown to DC to pitch the Summit attendees and a panel of judges – live – during the opening plenary.

 

The winner will receive $10,000, expert support from management consultants, entrepreneurs and marketing/PR professionals, and a meeting with Fortune Magazine – all to help them turn their idea into a reality.

Want to learn more? Click here [http://on.fb.me/SdQSnS] for all the details – and to submit an idea of your own!  The submission deadline is November 16, 2012.

 

NEW YORK TIMES: IN FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY, DRINK SIZES MATTER
Several new studies underscore the public health potential of [New York City’s regulation limiting the size of sugar-sweetened soft drinks . If it succeeds in curbing the consumption of sweet liquid calories, it is likely to be copied elsewhere, because the nation’s love affair with super-size sugary soft drinks is costing cities and states billions of dollars annually in medical care. Access full article.

 

CHILDHOOD OBESITY DECLINES IN SEVERAL STATES, CITIES

Childhood obesity rates are beginning to come down in states and cities where they are making a concerted effort to address the problem. These are good initial results, but clearly we have a lot more work to do. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/24/childhood-obesity-declines/1652955/ .

MARKET-BASED MODELS FOR INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD: DEFINING WHAT WORKS, NOVEMBER 8, 2:30PM

Register.

 

SCHOOL HEALTH

INTEGRATED SCHOOL HEALTH TOOLS FOR DISTRICTS, EPA, NOVEMBER 7, 2:00PM (ET)

This webinar will discuss how schools and school districts can create healthy environments for students by implementing a comprehensive, sustainable environmental health program. The webinar will feature highlights, tips, and strategies from established state programs.

·        Registration: https://esbuildings.webex.com/mw0306ld/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=esbuildings

·        Information: The new  release of Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program is available www.epa.gov/schools

 

TOBACCO

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: ADOPTING SMOKE-FREE POLICIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES AND MULTIFAMILY HOUSING, NOVEMBER 5THDEADLINE

The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is accepting comments from the public on how HUD can best continue to support the adoption and implementation of smoke-free policies in public housing agencies and multifamily housing. HUD is seeking information on best practices and practical strategies from housing providers who have implemented smoke-free policies, ideas for overcoming potential obstacles to implementing a smoke-free policy and methods for supporting residents, and housing providers in transitioning to smoke-free housing. Click here to view HUD’s request for information in the Federal Register (Docket No. FR-5597-N-01 / Document Number: 2012-24430), or click here to submit a formal comment. On regulations.gov, the docket number is HUD-2012-0103.

 

WEBINAR: EMERGING TOBACCO PRODUCTS, NOVEMBER 8, 2:00PM (ET)

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and Legacy are hosting a free webinar, featuring experts from Legacy and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Webinar participants will: understand the causes for concern about tobacco products other than cigarettes; learn about various emerging tobacco products, including little cigars and cigarillos; and understand the impact of these products on tobacco control. The presenters will also discuss a successful statewide tobacco prevention initiative to address cigar use in Maryland. Continuing Medical Education credits will be available to those who participate in the live webinar. Click here for more details, to register, or to learn more about obtaining CEUs.

 

WEBINAR: ENGAGING YOUTH AS TOBACCO POINT OF SALE ADVOCATES, NOVEMBER 13, 2:00PM (ET)

This webinar will describe how the Louisiana Tobacco Free Living program conceptualized, planned, and implemented a youth advocacy program that mobilized youth and young adults to collect and share data on the tobacco retail environment, with the ultimate goal of changing policy related to tobacco merchandising. This webinar is part of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health’s (OSH) bi-monthly webinar series on addressing tobacco at the point of sale. For more information, contact Jerry Spegman, vfq4@cdc.gov.

 

"THOSE LOOK LIKE CANDY!”: EMERGING AND ALTERNATIVE TOBACCO PRODUCTS, NOVEMBER 14, 2:30PM (ET) 
This webinar from the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence will focus on lesser-known types of tobacco and nicotine products that youth and adults are using as popular alternatives to smoking cigarettes.  Physical appearance and harm will be discussed, as well as regulation and marketing, and how clinicians can discuss use of these items with patients and families in a practice setting. Featured presenters include Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, FAAP, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Mark Gottlieb, JD, Public Health Advocacy Institute. This webinar is approved for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here for more details, and to register. Can't make the live webinar? The archived webinar will also be offered for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the AAP Richmond Center website. Contact richmondcenter@aap.org with any questions.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH

INTERSECTORAL COLLABORATION FOR HEALTH: REPORTS FROM LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, NOVEMBER 15, 11:30AM (PT)

Increasingly, local communities throughout the United States are adopting a Health in All Policies framework, as they pursue intersectoral, collaborative approaches to improving health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. This is based on the recognition that policy and program decisions of "non-health" agencies impact health in significant and lasting ways.

 

Sonoma County's Health Action is a diverse, multi-disciplinary group charged with identifying priorities and developing specific recommendations on local approaches to promote the community's health and improve health care delivery. The initiative's 10 goals and 22 measures include educational attainment, economic security, access to healthy food and places to be active, and other health determinants.

 

Baltimore's Cross Agency Health Taskforce is made up of representatives from city agencies that are working together to promote cross sector efforts supporting Healthy Baltimore 2015's ten priority areas. A Health in All Policies approach provides a framework for agencies to consider their role in making the built and social environment in Baltimore communities more supportive of physical activity, which is the Task Force's focus for 2012.

 

This 90-minute Web Forum will include a short overview of the Health in All Policies approach, an introduction to the work of the Baltimore's Cross Agency Health Taskforce and Sonoma's Health Action, including history and accomplishments, and a discussion of the lessons learned from these exciting local initiatives. REGISTER NOW!

 

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association and The California Endowment, in partnership with the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute

 

APHA 2012: HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL SUCCESS STORIES IN PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Visit RWJF.org for New Interviews, Research Spotlights, Local Stories, and More
Inspired by the 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting in San Francisco, this week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is showcasing emerging research, model programs, and stories of leadership and action from communities across the country that illustrate what’s needed—and what works—to achieve better health.