In This Issue
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH to Become New Chair of Partnership's Board of Directors
Partnership Releases New Report on Transportation Policies and Health
National Commission on Prevention Priorities Reviews New Clinical Ranking
New ActiontoQuit podcast with Ed Miller of ALA in New England
Partnership's Chief Medical Officer Featured on ABC News
National Chlamydia Coalition and CSG at Regional Meeting
Partnership Urges Sebelius to Ensure Confidential Care for Adolescents
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Partnership Pulse

 August 2011

 

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH to Become New Chair of Partnership's Board of Directors

Partnership's Board of Directors has elected Eduardo Sanchez to become Partnership's new Chair. Dr. Sanchez will officially assume the role in December 2011, when Dr. Jonathan Fielding will step down after serving as Chair since 2002. Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.  He has held a number of leadership positions in public health and has chaired committees for the Institute of Medicine and the National Governors Association.  "Dr. Sanchez is an energetic and visionary leader and Partnership is fortunate to have him leading the charge for prevention," said Jud Richland, President and CEO of Partnership for Prevention.

 

Partnership Releases New Report on Transportation Policies and Health

Partnership released a report in July on transportation policy options and their health effects. The report examines nearly 40 transportation policies in three critical areas: the environment and environmental health, community design and active transportation, and motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities.  Policymakers at all levels of government can use the report to inform decision-making regarding transportation.  Partnership collaborated with the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTrec) at UC Berkeley, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce the report.

 

National Commission on Prevention Priorities Reviews New Clinical Ranking

Partnership and its long-time collaborator, HealthPartners Research Foundation, presented an updated clinical ranking to the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP). The NCPP is a panel of prevention experts that has overseen this work for more than a decade. Twenty eight services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have been ranked according to their cost-effectiveness and health impact. Health plans, providers, government agencies, and other healthcare organizations have used the ranking to ensure delivery of the most cost-effective services. This new ranking is the third iteration and is expected to be released later in 2011.

 

New ActiontoQuit podcast with Ed Miller of ALA in New England

The July ActionToQuit podcast features Ed Miller, the New England ActionToQuit State Cessation Program's project director. Listen to the podcast to find out about his work in tobacco control, particularly expanding tobacco cessation treatment to all Medicaid recipients in New England, and the project's future plans.
 

ActionToQuit is an initiative that urges all sectors to develop and promote sound tobacco control policies. Monthly podcasts highlight the latest issues in tobacco control.  Listen to archived podcasts here: http://www.actiontoquit.org/podcasts

 

Partnership's Chief Medical Officer Featured on ABC News

On July 29, Jason Spangler, Partnership's Chief Medical Officer, was featured in a news segment on workplace wellness programs. He was interviewed by ABC 7 (New York City metro area) about workplace wellness incentives.  When asked why more companies don't offer incentives, Dr. Spangler emphasized the importance of senior management support for starting and sustaining worksite health promotion programs. The accompanying web site article highlights Leading By Example, Partnership's long-time worksite health initiative for CEOs. Leading By Example features CEOs that place high importance on healthy employees and make organizational changes to improve employee health.

 

National Chlamydia Coalition and CSG at Regional Meeting
Partnership and the Council of State Governments (CSG) held a workshop for state legislators attending CGS's Southern Legislative Conference. Attendees of the "Innovations in HIV and Sexual Health Policy" workshop learned about the extent of HIV and STDs, especially in the southern states, disparities, and how to leverage Medicaid and healthcare reform to address these problems. They also discussed state policies developed during the last legislative session. Partnership and CSG also developed a fact sheet on coverage for sexual health-related preventive services.

 

Partnership Urges Sebelius to Ensure Confidential Care for Adolescents
Partnership sent a letter to DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to review options for ensuring confidentiality for adolescents and young adults seeking care, especially for sensitive topics, such as STDs or mental health. Privacy concerns can keep young people from obtaining critical preventive services and needed health care. The recent Institute of Medicine report, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, provided an opportunity for Partnership to remind the Secretary about this important topic. Partnership, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine wrote to Secretary Sebelius last year about a related issue. Explanation of benefits (EOB) can breach confidentiality when an adolescent receives medical care without the knowledge of the policy holder, usually a parent or guardian.

 

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.