In This Issue
Partnership to Study National Childhood Obesity Policies
Partnership Convenes Vaccine Hesitancy Meeting
NCPP Meets to Review Findings from Study of Community Health Interventions
NCC to Co-Sponsor Webinar: Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Chlamydia Screening
Partnership's Aspirin Initiative - New Name, New Members
Partnership Releases New Tobacco Control Case Study
Tobacco Control Podcast with the Florida Chapter of the American Lung Association
DeBuono Named President of ORBIS International
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Partnership Pulse

 June 2011

 

Partnership to Study National Childhood Obesity Policies

Partnership is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from Aetna Inc. to quantify the amount by which selected national policies would reduce childhood obesity. The project is intended to help inform efforts by First Lady Michelle Obama to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity from its current level of 17% to 5% by 2030. 


To conduct the research, Partnership will work closely with its longtime collaborator, the HealthPartners Research Foundation (HPRF).


Aetna is one of the nation's leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, and disability insurance, and employee benefits.

 

Partnership Convenes Vaccine Hesitancy Meeting
On May 13, Partnership brought together a multi-disciplinary group of experts to address the complex issue of vaccine hesitancy.  Vaccine hesitancy refers to the concerns of a potentially growing number of parents about fully vaccinating their children.  The meeting was chaired by Bill Novelli, former CEO of AARP and a pioneer in the field of social marketing.

Partnership will summarize the important ideas that came from the meeting and develop an action plan for moving forward.  Partnership gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the meeting - the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Vaccine Program Office in the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

NCPP Meets to Review Findings from Study of Community Health Interventions

Partnership convened its National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP) in May to review the preliminary results of its work on community interventions to improve health. The NCPP is assessing the health impact and cost effectiveness of 15 interventions to reduce tobacco use and increase physical activity. Partnership is estimating the potential changes in important health behaviors and the impact on health of these interventions.  The information will benefit public health departments, community-based organizations, employers, and many others interested in improving community health. Final results are expected to be released later this year.

 

NCC to Co-Sponsor Webinar: Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Chlamydia Screening
Partnership's National Chlamydia Coalition and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation invite you to participate in an important webinar on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 1 p.m. (EDT). Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Chlamydia Screening will address the patient and provider barriers to chlamydia screening and opportunities to improve screening rates.  Registration and an agenda are available on the NIHCM Foundation's website. Please register by noon (EDT) on June 1, 2011.

 

Partnership's Aspirin Initiative - New Name, New Members
Partnership's Aspirin Task Force has been renamed the Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention (CAHP).  The name reflects the group's more formal operating structure and its long-term commitment to increasing the appropriate use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The CAHP is pleased to welcome two new members - Dr. Andrew Chan, a physician expert in aspirin and colon cancer from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Craig Williams, a pharmacologist from Oregon Health and Science University with expertise in aspirin and diabetes.

The CAHP currently funds several research studies related to aspirin counseling and use, and is advocating for national policy changes to encourage aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease.

 

Partnership Releases New Tobacco Control Case Study

Partnership has published a case study describing efforts in Colorado to provide comprehensive tobacco cessation coverage to state residents.  The case study outlines how the Colorado Tobacco Cessation and Sustainability Partnership worked closely with public and private health plans to advocate for coverage of tobacco treatment. As a result, the majority of Colorado smokers now have access to free or low-cost evidence-based tobacco cessation services.  Partnership hopes that Colorado's pioneering work will benefit other states as they work to ensure full coverage for high-value preventive services.

 

Tobacco Control Podcast with the Florida Chapter of the American Lung Association
Partnership's ActionToQuit program hosted a podcast with Brenda Olsen, Chief Operating Officer of the Florida chapter of the American Lung Association, to discuss efforts to make tobacco cessation treatment a statewide public health priority.  The Florida chapter led efforts to develop a statewide plan that focuses on the role of the business community, government, Medicaid, and the healthcare community.  The plan includes a series of recommendations for each audience.  A summit discussing the plan was broadcast to 27 locations around the state.

 

DeBuono Named President of ORBIS International
Congratulations to Partnership Board member, Dr. Barbara DeBuono, who has been named President and CEO of ORBIS International.  ORBIS prevents and treats blindness around the world.  Orbis provides eye care along with the tools, training, and technology necessary for local partners to develop their own capacity to provide quality eye care services.

 

Partnership for Prevention was founded in 1991 by leaders dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Partnership seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.