In This Issue
Council on Aspirin
NCC Annual Meeting
National Coalition for Sexual Health
ActionToQuit Update
Policy and Advocacy
Effectiveness of State Tobacco Control
New Prevention Recommendations
Community Preventive Services Task Force Report to Congress
American Lung Association Annual Report and Resources
CDC Data Shows Health & Economic Burden of STIs
Public Health Reports: Understanding Sexual Health

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 Jan/Feb 2013
Partnership News
Partnership Convenes Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention

Partnership held its annual meeting of the Council on Aspirin for Prevention and Health (CAHP) in New Orleans, LA January 25-26, 2013. The CAHP guides Partnership's initiative to increase appropriate aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease. Council members presented updates on their work and set priorities for 2013. The meeting featured two guest speakers: Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner of New Orleans and the meeting's keynote speaker, shared her experiences rebuilding the public health system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Dr. Karol Watson, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, presented on cardiovascular disease in women.

National Chlamydia Coalition Holds 2013 Annual Meeting

The National Chlamydia Coalition's annual meeting was held February 20-21in Washington, DC. To advance its strategic objective to increase chlamydia screening rates, panel presentations reviewed best practices for working with health plans, leveraging the chlamydia screening HEDIS  measure, and building robust partnerships within states. Other aspects of the meeting focused on the dual protection of STIs and unplanned pregnancy, as well as confidentiality for sensitive services and consumer messaging on sexual health topics. NCC committees also met during work sessions to plan projects for 2013 and beyond. Visit to learn more about the NCC and find resources about chlamydia and other sexual health issues.   

National Coalition for Sexual Health Convenes Action Groups

Partnership for Prevention convened the National Coalition for Sexual Health's (NCSH) first set of action group meetings in early 2013. The NCSH's Health Care Action Group met to select initial, priority activities for advancing sexual health in the health care context. The NCSH's Communications Action Group met to approve the group's proposed goals and objectives and provide feedback on concepts for consumer messages on sexual health. Both action groups will continue to meet throughout 2013 to advance these priorities and help grow the NCSH.

ActionToQuit Update
John O' Hara, known as the "anti-smoking guy" by his peers, was interviewed recently by ActionToQuit. The interview details John's evolution into an ardent advocate for tobacco control, beginning with his experience as an Air Force pilot in the Korean War to his decades of work in promoting smoke-free laws. His major achievements are the forming the Maryland Group Against Smoker's Pollution, contributing to a smoke-free National Security Agency and assisting in the passing of the 1986 Department of Defense (DoD) directive giving individuals, military services and commanders authority to implement their own tobacco control programs.
Policy and Advocacy

Tobacco:Partnership for Prevention signed on to a public comment drafted by the American Lung Association on the subject of the Essential Health Benefit and tobacco cessation. The comment, co-signed by a group of health and medical organizations, was submitted on December 26. It urges the federal government to ensure that all tobacco users are provided access to comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment in state health insurance exchanges.

 Prevention News

Study Highlights the Effectiveness of State Tobacco Control Activities

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health provides additional evidence about the effectiveness of the state tobacco control trifecta - tobacco taxes, tobacco prevention funding, and smoke-free laws - on reducing youth smoking.  The study looked at youth smoking rates across states over time to determine the impact of changes in these policies and found that all three affected current smoking rates. The study can be used to educate the media, public, and policy makers about the effectiveness of any and all of these evidence-based strategies.
New Prevention Recommendations 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released the 2012 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, an authoritative source that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together which preventive services a patient needs. This edition of the Guide includes the USTPTF's evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive services from 2002 through March 2012, topics in development, background on the USPSTF, and additional resources. It also includes at-a-glance clinical summary tables for ease of use.   


The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services (B recommendation). This recommendation applies to women who do not have signs or symptoms of abuse. However, the USPSTF also concludes that the benefits and harms of screening elderly or vulnerable adults for abuse are uncertain, and that the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined. (I statement). Go to Clinical Considerations for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.


The USPSTF final recommendation statement on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults has also been released.

A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language is also available on this page. The final recommendation can also be found in the February 26 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.


The USPSTF also released a draft recommendation statement on screening for glaucoma. The draft recommendation is available for review and public comment from February 19 through March 18, 2013.The draft recommendation on screening for hypertension in children and adolescents has also been posted. It is available for review and public comment from February 26 through March 25, 2013. To review either of the draft recommendations and submit comments, click here.

Resources and Reports  
Community Preventive Services Task Force 2012 Report to Congress

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) released its 2012 Annual Report to Congress and Agencies Related to the Work of the Task Force. The report describes Task Force activities since its 2011 report, key evidence gaps found in its reviews, upcoming systematic reviews, the topic selection process, systematic review methods, and how states, communities, and worksites have used Task Force recommendations.

American Lung Association Released 11th Annual Report

The American Lung Association released the eleventh issue of its annual report "State of Tobacco Control". It tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels, and assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2013. The federal government, all 50 state governments and the District of  Columbia are graded to determine if tobacco control laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. Money emerges as the core theme in the report - specifically, how states fail to invest in preventing and reducing tobacco use, while the tobacco industry spends millions to make more in profits at the expense of the health of the American people. Although smoking alone costs our nation nearly $200 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year, the federal government has also failed to aggressively pursue the tobacco industry.


Access to specific resources:

  1. Press release 
  2. Overview 
  3. Infographic 
  4. Full report 
  5. State of Tobacco Control web page 

New Estimates of the Health and Economic Burden of STIs Published

Two CDC studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recently published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases estimate the health and economic burden of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the US. The studies found that there were an estimated 19.7 million new infections in the US, and that new STIs cost the US healthcare system $15.6 billion every year. In these estimates, chlamydia alone accounts for $516.7 million per year. The estimates show that STIs continue to be common in the US, with a disproportionate burden among adolescents and young adults.

Public Health Reports: Understanding Sexual Health 

The Public Health Reports (PHR) recently published a peer-reviewed supplement "Understanding Sexual Health." This issue of PHR explores the science and practical applications of a health promotion framework for sexual health. Guest Editors for the supplement include Dr. John Douglas from CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) and Dr. Kevin Fenton of Public Health England and former director of NCHHSTP.

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.