In This Issue
ActionToQuit Funds New Research
National Chlamydia Coalition Meets
Partnership's Aspirin Council Meets
Childhood Obesity Group Selects Top Policies
Partnership's Jenson Serves on IOM Committee
CMO Discusses New Medicare Benefit
ActionToQuit Urges NQF on Tobacco Measures
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Partnership Pulse

 February 2012

 

ActionToQuit-Funded Research Finds a Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Benefit Saves Money

Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative funded research

that found a comprehensive tobacco cessation

benefit saves Medicaid $3.12 for every $1 spent, resulting in a net return on investment of $2.12. Researchers at George Washington University studied data from the Massachusetts Medicaid program to determine the costs of a benefit to help beneficiaries quit using tobacco, as well as short-term savings to the program. The research was published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. ActionToQuit also released a policy paper that discusses the policy implications of increased Medicaid coverage of comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment.

 

ActionToQuit is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 8 from 2:00 - 3:15 pm (ET) about this research. Register for the webinar here.

 

Partnership Convenes the National Chlamydia Coalition for Annual Meeting

The National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) held its annual meeting

January 26 and 27 in Washington, DC. Featured speakers included Marc Garufi from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Dr. Michael Horberg, who is with Kaiser Permanente and is a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The NCC held roundtable discussions on current hot topics and breakout sessions for committee meetings. Ashley Coffield, Partnership's director of the NCC and a new coalition to promote sexual health, moderated the meeting. Visit www.prevent.org/ncc to learn more about the NCC and find resources about chlamydia and other sexual health issues.

Partnership's Aspirin Council Holds Annual Meeting

Partnership's Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention held its annual meeting in Yountville, CA from January 26-28th. The meeting's guest speaker, Dr. Thomas Bersot, from the University of California, San Francisco, discussed the role of personalized medicine in cardiovascular disease prevention. The Council also discussed the scope and direction of its 2012 work plan. In the coming year, the Council will update research on attitudes toward aspirin and tools to promote aspirin use, and advance policies that promote the appropriate use of aspirin.

Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee Picks Top Policies for Analysis
Partnership's childhood obesity advisory committee has selected three federal-level policies for which to model the potential impact on obesity prevalence in children. The three policies are: strengthen after-school programs to improve diet and increase physical activity, regulate advertising of unhealthy foods, and enact an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The committee reviewed the evidence for these and four other policies before making their determination. After-school programs were selected because many children attend these programs and the hours after school are a critical time to intervene in children's lives. Policies targeting marketing/advertising and sugar-sweetened beverages were selected because they are significant contributors to childhood obesity. Partnership and its long-time collaborator, HealthPartners Research Foundation, will begin conducting research to estimate the potential impact these policies could have on reducing childhood obesity prevalence. 
Partnership's Jenson Serves on IOM Committee to Assess Value of Community Prevention

Jennifer Jenson, a managing senior fellow at Partnership, has been serving on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that is tasked with developing a framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention policies and wellness strategies.  The group met in January to continue its work on the project, including detailing the wide array of health, economic and other benefits from community prevention for individuals, populations, and the communities in which they live. Jenson was appointed to the IOM committee based on her experience leading Partnership's National Commission on Prevention Priorities, which has done related work, and her background analyzing the federal budget impact of prevention policies.

Partnership's CMO Discusses New Medicare Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Coverage 

Partnership's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jason Spangler, spoke at the Policy Action Gathering of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Dr. Spangler explained the new Medicare benefit for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease, which includes aspirin counseling, and highlighted the development process of the new benefit. He also suggested lessons learned to assist in translating clinical preventive services into coverage in essential health benefits and state health insurance exchanges. 

ActionToQuit Urges NQF to Endorse Tobacco Measures  

ActionToQuit urged the National Quality Forum (NQF) to endorse all four Joint Commission inpatient tobacco measures. The NQF's support will have a significant impact on tobacco dependence treatment in U.S hospitals. Among its many functions, the NQF provides input to the Department of Health and Human Services in the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.   

2013 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to spend a year understanding how Washington works from the inside. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one year working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues relating to public health. To be eligible you must be an APHA member and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a master's or doctorate in a public health or related discipline and at least 5 years of professional experience in a public health setting. For more information and application, visit http://www.apha.org/advocacy/fellowship/. Applications are due April 9, 2012.
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.