In This Issue
Sexual Health Coalition
Worksite Wellness
Big Cities Meeting
ActionToQuit Update
Policy and Advocacy
Calorie Reduction to Reach HP Goals
Prostate Cancer Screening
Teen Birth Rates Drop
Infant Mortality in DC Declines
New Prevention Recommendations
County Health Rankings
New IOM Report Emphasizes Prevention
APHA Mid-Year Meeting
Larry Lewin Passes Away

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Partnership Pulse

 May 2012


Partnership News
Experts Help Partnership Prepare for New Coalition to Advance Sexual Health

In April, Partnership convened small groups of experts in public policy,letter writing sexual violence prevention, and sex education as part of its new initiative to form a coalition to advance sexual health in the United States. Partnership led discussions to identify key issues and trends in each area as it relates to sexual health, as well as highlight potential opportunities and challenges for the new coalition. The initiative's leadership team meets in May to begin preparing for forming the coalition.

Partnership's President Discusses Worksite Wellness

Jud Richland, Partnership's president, spoke at Wastletter writingeExpo 2012 on strategies for maintaining a healthy workforce. He discussed the cost-effectiveness of worksite health promotion programs and promising practices in worksite health. WasteExpo attracts over 11,000 participants and is the national conference for the solid waste and recycling industry.

Partnership CMO Speaks at NACCHO's Big Cities Meeting
Partnership's chief medical officer, Dr. Jason Spangler, presented at NACCHO's Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice Meeting (BC-COP). Dr. Spangler discussed the Affordable Care Act's prevention components and the role of Essential Health Benefits in increasing coverage of preventive services. The BC-COP develops strategies for addressing chronic disease prevention for local health departments serving large populations and serves as a unified voice in national policy discussions. Partnership will collaborate with the BC-COP to assist local health departments in the implementation of clinical preventive services.
ActionToQuit Update
ActionToQuit has released case studies that detail the actions of six states in pursuing policy changes to increase use of proven tobacco cessation interventions. Partnership for Prevention funded each state to develop a state alliance, sponsor a summit for leaders and advocates, and develop an action plan for tobacco cessation. Read the case studies for tips and ideas on how to increase the priority your state places on tobacco cessation. Also, watch a YouTube video of David Zauche, Senior Program Officer, describe ActionToQuit.
Policy and Advocacy

Partnership and more than 90 organizations signed a statement recommending nutrition priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill reauthorization. The signatories agree that the Farm Bill must protect against hunger, improve nutrition and health among vulnerable populations, and strengthen community-based initiatives that link farmers to consumers and increase access to healthy food. All Senate and House offices received the letter.


Partnership submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on a proposed rule regarding the electronic health record incentive program. The letter commends CMS for making tobacco screening a meaningful use core measure and offers several recommendations. 

 Prevention News

Daily Reduction of 64 Calories Needed to Reach Healthy People 2020 Obesity Goals

A new study estimates that children need to eliminate an average of 64 calories each day in order to reach the Healthy People 2020 goals for obesity. Healthy People 2020 aims to reduce overall childhood obesity prevalence to 14.6%. Racial/ethnic minorities would need to eliminate more calories than non-Hispanic Whites because they have higher rates of obesity.

Most Elderly Men Still Being Screened for Prostate Cancer

Despite recommendations against the practice, a new study finds that many elderly men are still being screened for prostate cancer. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men over age 75 not be routinely screened for prostate cancer because the harms of screening outweigh the benefits. Prostate cancer is very common among elderly men and is typically slow-growing.

Major Progress in Reducing Teen Birth Rates, But Work Remains

New CDC data show that birth rates for teens aged 15-19 are at historic lows. Rates dropped in all but three states from 2007 to 2010. The national teen birth rate stands at 34.3 births per 1,000 women, down from a 1991 high of 61.8 births per 1,000 women. The decline is likely due to strong pregnancy prevention messages, increased use of contraception, and delayed sexual initiation. Although a major achievement, teen birth rates in the US remain higher than most industrialized nations

Infant Mortality in the District of Columbia at Record Low

A recent report shows that the rate of infant deaths in the District of Columbia has dropped by almost one-quarter since 2001. The rate is 8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is an essential indicator of community health. Strong political will to bring down DC's rate has paid off. The city implemented programs to reach vulnerable populations, including home visits to high poverty neighborhoods and education campaigns to promote safer sex. As a result, smoking declined, teen births dropped, and access to prenatal care increased.
New Prevention Recommendations 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) published the systematic review for collaborative care for managing depressive disorders. The article, recommendation statement, and several commentaries are in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


In April, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements that are open for public comment: 1) screening for ovarian cancer, and 2) screening for chronic kidney disease. Comments are due by May 8 for the ovarian cancer statement and by May 29 for the kidney disease statement.

Resources and Reports  
New Tool Tells How Healthy Your County Is
The third annual County Health Rankings was released in April. This tool ranks each county within a state based on measures relating to health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Policy makers, advocates, health professionals and others can use the rankings to determine areas for improvement and select effective policies and programs. A new "roadmaps" feature prepares users for taking action to improve their community's health.
More Prevention, Says Institute of Medicine Committee
A new Institute of Medicine report calls for additional reforms to our health system that emphasize prevention of chronic diseases. The Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health recommends financial and administrative changes to make our health system perform more efficiently and produce better health outcomes. Four members of Partnership's National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP) were on the committee. 
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

Partnership Says Farewell to a Friend

Larry Lewin, founder of the Lewin Group, member of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities and friend of Partnership for Prevention, passed away Sunday, April 29. During his career, Larry led many initiatives to improve the nation's health system and served on numerous boards and committees. He worked as a consultant for Partnership from 2003-2009 on strategy and policy development. 

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.