In This Issue
Partnership and Healthways Join Forces
ActionToQuit Releases New Guide for Hospitals
Sanchez Speaks at APHA
Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee Selects Policies
Partnership Receives High Marks from CDC
Partnership Featured in New Book
CMS Should Make Tobacco Cessation Priority
Partnership Supports HHS Health and Sustainability Guidelines
Partnership's President Interviewed about Prevention
New Resource to Promote Wellness through Blood Tests
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Partnership Pulse

 November 2011

 

Partnership and Healthways Develop New Initiative to Improve Health and Well-Being

Partnership and Healthways, Inc. have

joined forces to develop a new initiative letter writing

to evaluate and promote policies that improve health and well-being. The initiative builds on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, the first ever daily assessment of U.S. residents' health and well-being. 

New Guide for Hospitals to Implement the Joint Commission Tobacco Measures

Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative has released letter writing

a tobacco cessation implementation guide  

for hospitals. Care providers and hospital

leaders can use this tool to implement a

comprehensive tobacco cessation program for patients. Hospitalization provides an opportunity to urge tobacco users to quit and assist them in their attempts. Partnership is hosting a free webinar on Thursday November 3 from 1 - 2:15 pm (ET) to introduce the guide. Speakers will address how hospitals can support tobacco cessation and implement the new Joint Commission measure set. Registration is still open. 

Eduardo Sanchez, Chairman of National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), Speaks at APHA Meeting

Incoming Partnership board chair and NCPP chairman, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, helped kick off the HHS campaign to promote leading health indicators in Healthy People 2020.  Speaking at a session at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting with APHA executive director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, assistant secretary for health, Dr. Howard Koh, and others, Dr. Sanchez used NCPP results to highlight the value of prevention. He spoke about four new indicators: to increase childhood immunizations, to increase screening for colorectal cancer, to achieve lower blood pressure in people with hypertension, and to realize better glycemic control in people with diabetes. He also presented new data from the NCPP on preventing disease and saving lives through prevention.

 

Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee Selects 7 Federal Policies

Partnership's Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee met to review a comprehensive list of potential federal policies to reduce childhood obesity. The group selected seven it considers worthy of more research. The seven policies are: 1) subsidize fruits and vegetables for SNAP recipients, 2) impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, 3) regulate advertising of unhealthy foods to children and adolescents, 4) expand federal school-based fruit and vegetable programs, 5) provide funding for community parks and playgrounds, 6) require federally-funded transportation projects to incorporate Complete Streets principles, and 7) increase physical activity in all federally-funded after-school programs. The Advisory Committee will then select three of the seven policies for in-depth research to estimate the impact the policies could have on childhood obesity prevalence. 

 

CDC Gives Partnership High Marks on Evaluation of National Chlamydia Coalition

The Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of STD Prevention at CDC evaluated Partnership's National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) and gave it high marks.  Using an online survey and key informant interviews, CDC found that the NCC increased engagement in and the priority for chlamydia screening and treatment among NCC members, was responsible for developing products that would not have otherwise been developed, and made other positive achievements-such as the inclusion of chlamydia screening as part of HEDIS-in a short period of time. NCC members found benefits in participating because it enabled them to develop collaborative relationships with other organizations. 

Book Features Case Study on Partnership

Health Industry Communication: New Media, New Methods, New Message features Partnership's story and successes. The textbook is intended to educate students in healthcare-related fields about communications, marketing, and the media. The case study highlights Partnership's efforts to prioritize prevention during health reform. 

Partnership and Others Urge CMS to Make Tobacco Cessation a Priority

Partnership and several other organizations wrote to CMS administrator Dr. Berwick urging him to prioritize tobacco cessation. The letter asks that CMS include tobacco treatment in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program as a part of the 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule. Adding the new Joint Commission's tobacco cessation measure set to the IQR will encourage hospitals to offer this important clinical service. The IQR gives hospitals a financial incentive to report on quality of their services. 

Partnership and Others Support HHS Health and Sustainability Guidelines  

Partnership and other members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) wrote to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the US General Services Administration to support new guidelines affecting federal workers. The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operators aim to increase healthy foods in federal worksites and to encourage more environmentally-friendly food service practices. The organizations also offered several recommendations to better align the new guidelines with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Partnership previously submitted a letter of support to Secretary Sebelius for the new guidelines. 

Partnership's President and CEO Interviewed about Preventive Services and Medicare

Jud Richland spoke to the Palm Beach Post about the value of preventive services for seniors. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans offer beneficiaries a free annual wellness visit and many preventive services for free. However, few enrolled in Medicare take advantage of these offerings. Richland told the Post that clinical preventive services are a good value because they can greatly improve health relative to the money spent. 

Partnership Contributes to New Resource about Promoting Wellness through Blood Tests
Earlier this year, Partnership and several organizations participated in a summit about the need to improve health literacy about blood tests. Blood tests are frequently used to detect chronic conditions or diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes. However, patients often do not know where to access blood tests or how to interpret the results. A new report, based on the summit proceedings, was recently released to spur action to help consumers better understand blood tests so they can take appropriate steps to improve their health. 

 

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.