In This Issue
Sanchez Officially New Board Chair
2011 America's Health Rankings
Health Risk Assessment Report
ActionToQuit Interview about Addiction Incorporated
CMO Interviewed about Preventive Services
NPR Interview about Joint Commission Measures
Partnership Welcomes New Staff

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Partnership Pulse

 January 2012

 

The Board and staff at Partnership for Prevention wish you a happy and healthy 2012.  We look forward to working with you to achieve many successes in the months and years ahead.  Thank you for your commitment to building a healthier nation!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jud Richland, President

 

Eduardo Sanchez Assumes Leadership of Partnership's Board of Directors 

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez officially became the new chair of letter writing

Partnership for Prevention at Partnership's December board meeting. Dr. Sanchez is vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. He has held numerous leadership positions in public health, including commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Department of Health. Jud Richland, president of Partnership, said "Dr. Sanchez is passionate about prevention and is a visionary leader. We are fortunate to have him at the helm." 

 2011 America's Health Rankings Now Available
The 2011 America's Health Rankings was released in December. letter writingThe report ranks all 50 states based on a comprehensive set of measures that include health behaviors, public and health policies, community and environment conditions, and clinical care data. Vermont tops the list for the 5th year in a row. Overall, the nation's health did not improve over the past year. Increases in obesity, diabetes, and child poverty offset improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations, and cardiovascular deaths. America's Health Rankings is a joint effort between the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention.

 New CDC Report on Health Risk Assessments

CDC has released a new report to support providing health risk assessments (HRA) to Medicare beneficiaries. Partnership and Thomson Reuters carried out much of the research on which the report was based.  The report includes a history of HRAs, the use of HRAs and follow-up interventions that can influence health behaviors, defining an HRA framework and rationale for its use, and a suggested set of HRA questions.  The report is intended to provide guidance for a requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that a health risk assessment be included in the annual wellness visit benefit authorized for Medicare beneficiaries. 

ActionToQuit Interviews Tobacco Control Advocate about Addiction Incorporated
David Zauche, senior program officer at Partnership, interviewed Mitch Zeller about a new documentary, Addiction Incorporated. Addiction Incorporated documents secret research conducted by Victor DeNobles for Philip Morris to find a substance just as addictive as nicotine, but without the harmful effects. Zeller is a former associate commissioner and director of the FDA's Office of Tobacco Programs and has a long career in tobacco control. He appears in the film and served as an expert advisor to the film's producer/director. Read the transcript here.
Partnership's Chief Medical Officer Interviewed about Coverage of Preventive Services under ACA 

Dr. Jason Spangler, chief medical officer of Partnership for Prevention, is quoted in an MSNBC article about when preventive services are free under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and when they are not. A provision under the ACA requires insurance companies to cover recommended preventive services with no copays. However, some people are unexpectedly being charged when doctors bill those services as diagnostic tests, not preventive screenings. Dr. Spangler notes that guidance is lacking for when services are fully covered, and exactly what those services entail.  

Zauche Speaks to NPR about New Tobacco Cessation Accreditation Measures for Hospitals

David Zauche was interviewed by NPR about the Joint Commission's new tobacco cessation measures for hospitals. The Joint Commission is the accrediting body for hospitals. Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative sponsored the Joint Commission to develop a set of tobacco cessation measures that hospitals can choose to adopt to meet accreditation standards. In the article, Zauche says "Hospitals can play an important role in addressing the tobacco problem in this country." ActionToQuit recently released an implementation guide for hospitals and held a webinar about the new measures. Visit www.actiontoquit.org for these and other tobacco control resources.

Partnership Welcomes New Staff Members
Partnership for Prevention is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members. Sandhia Rajan joined Partnership in October as the program manager for ActionToQuit. She previously worked in tobacco cessation at the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan and recently completed her master of public health from Johns Hopkins University. Jaclyn Fontanella is a program associate supporting the National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) and a new coalition to promote sexual health. For the past year, Jaclyn has been an intern with the NCC. She will graduate from George Washington University in May with a master in public 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.