In This Issue
Partnership Meets with SG
ActionToQuit Update
Partnership at the National STD Conference
Partnership Convenes Sexual Health Experts
New Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services
Policy and Advocacy
Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels
New Prevention Recommendations
Low Rates of Chlamydia Screening
Sugary Drinks Increase Heart Attack Risk
APHA Mid-Year Meeting
Health Promotion Conference

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 April 2012


Partnership News
Partnership Meets with Surgeon General to Discuss Tobacco

Jud Richland, Partnership's president, and David Zauche, letter writing

managing senior fellow, participated in a roundtable

discussion with the Surgeon General to discuss the latest Surgeon General report on youth tobacco use. The report includes information about the health consequences of tobacco use, current use among young people, how the tobacco industry influences young people to begin using tobacco, and what can be done to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use.

ActionToQuit Update

Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative has letter writingreleased a new podcast featuring an interview about North Carolina's hospital tobacco control efforts. The ActionToQuit Web site has also been updated with a new home page, more content, and expanded functionality. Visit to see the updates, hear the latest podcast, and access other tobacco control resources.

Partnership Staff Moderate Sessions at National STD Prevention Conference
Two members of Partnership's sexual health team moderated sessions at the National STD Prevention conference. Ashley Coffield, principal fellow and director of Partnership's sexual health programs, moderated a plenary session focused on the challenge of delivering sexual health services in the clinical setting given competing priorities. Alana Ward, deputy director for Partnership's sexual health programs, moderated a concurrent session on cutting edge interventions to prevent STDs. 
Partnership Convenes Experts in Sexual Health
Last month, Partnership convened small groups of sexual health experts in health care and communications. Partnership and several other organizations have formed a leadership team charged with establishing a new coalition to advance sexual health. Partnership led the discussions to characterize the health care and communications landscapes, identify key issues and trends in those two areas, and brainstorm where the coalition can add value to existing efforts.
Partnership Lends Expertise to New Centers for Excellence
Dr. Jason Spangler, Partnership's chief medical officer, presented at a colloquium held by the Agency for Healthcare Rearch and Quality (AHRQ) on gaps related to clinical preventive services. AHRQ recently established three Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services at the University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, and University of Colorado. Dr. Spangler also participated in the first Roundtable and Advisory Committee meeting of the UNC Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services. Partnership will be supporting the work of the UNC Center by developing policy recommendations and disseminating research results to primary stakeholders..
Policy and Advocacy

Jud Richland and the leaders of more than 120 other national organizations expressed their disappointment to President Obama about the recent reduced investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund.   


Partnership also joined several dozen organizations to oppose legislation that would exempt many cigars from being regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Smoking cigars causes cancer of the face and mouth, and nearly one in five adolescent boys report smoking cigars.  

Prevention News

Courts Give Mixed Messages on Cigarette Warning Labels

Tobacco advocates were given a victory in March when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the graphic warning labels do not violate free speech, as claimed by the tobacco industry, and help consumers make informed decisions. New regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration require cigarette packages to have large graphic warning labels. The appeals court ruling contradicts a previous ruling in a separate lawsuit that the warning labels violate the First Amendment. This month, an appeals court in Washington, DC will hear arguments related to that lawsuit. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in if the DC court ruling contradicts the Sixth Circuit ruling. Read more about the lawsuits and rulings.
New Prevention Recommendations 

Several prevention recommendations were issued in March.


The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) published the systematic reviews for two recommendations to improve adolescent health: 1) interventions to improve the parenting skills of adolescents' caregivers, and 2) comprehensive interventions delivered to groups of adolescents to reduce sexual risk. The systematic reviews on which the recommendations are based were published in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The Task Force also issued a recommendation against further privatization of retail alcohol sales to prevent excessive alcohol consumption. The systematic review is published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force revised its cervical cancer screening recommendation. It now recommends screening women aged 21 to 65 for cervical cancer every three years. Women aged 30 to 65 can be screened every 5 years using a combination of Pap smear and HPV testing.

Research, Reports, and Resources
Low Rates of Screening and Re-testing for Chlamydia
New CDC data show only about one-third of sexually active young females reported being tested for chlamydia in the prior year. Another analysis showed much lower rates of re-testing, with only 14% of males and 22% of females reporting being re-tested within 30-180 days after a positive test result. Chlamydia is a very common bacterial infection among young women and can cause infertility if left untreated. Those infected are often asymptomatic, underscoring the need for routine screening. The CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend screening sexually active young women for chlamydia. The National Commission on Prevention Priorities found chlamydia screening to be a cost-effective but underused preventive service.
Daily Consumption of Sugary Drinks Puts Men at Risk for Heart Attack

A new study finds more evidence of the harms of sugar-sweetened beverages. Researchers collected data on thousands of men over a 22 year period and found those who consumed the most sugary drinks were almost 20% more likely to have had a heart attack than those who consumed the least. The study was published in the journal Circulation.

Register Now for APHA Mid-Year Meeting

Join the American Public Health Association and its partners for "The New Public Health - Rewiring for the Future." The 2012 APHA Midyear Meeting, to be held in Charlotte, N.C., June 26-28, will challenge and inspire attendees to better position the public health system to address current crises and take advantage of the new opportunities. Former CMS administrator, Dr. Don Berwick, will be the keynote speaker and Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Partnership's chair, is among the speakers. Gain the educational, policy and advocacy tools necessary to keep up with and anticipate changes to "rewire" the public health infrastructure. To register or learn more, visit

Upcoming Health Promotion Conference

The 22nd Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference is April 11-13. The core conference will feature three inspiring and thought-provoking keynote addresses, and concurrent sessions presented by the top scientists and practitioners in the field. Plus, participants will have many opportunities to collaborate through interactive discussions, networking, fitness activities and social events. The conference will also feature several two-day post-conference Intensive Training Seminars.

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.