In This Issue
New Executive Director
ActionToQuit Update
Policy and Advocacy
Expanded Preventive Care
Misperceptions About Adolescent Health
New Prevention Recommendations
USPSTF Videos
Tobacco Resources
Job and Office Space Available
Call for Proposals

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 Mar/Apr 2013
Partnership News
Welcome Partnership's New Executive Director

Partnership is pleased to announce that Rose Marie Matulionis is Partnership's new Executive Director. Rose brings with her a wealth of experience in public health, health education, and executive management. Prior to joining Partnership she was Senior Program Director, Society for Public Health Education and Executive Director, Directors of Health Promotion and Education. Welcome Rose!

ActionToQuit Update

March and April were busy months for ActionToQuit. A policy brief on improving tobacco use cessation in healthcare delivery systems and a case study of a hospital-based tobacco cessation program were released. A webinar on April 16 highlighted tobacco control practices on college campuses.

Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gave opening remarks. Listen to the archive to hear how the University of Kentucky and City University of New York implemented and evaluated tobacco control initiatives. ActionToQuit also has a new monthly newsletter called Tobacco Cessation Digest that compiles news, resources, and other information on cessation-related topics. Lastly, David  Zauche, Senior Program Officer, interviewed the American Academy of Family Physicians about its Office Champions Project, which aims to integrate tobacco cessation into physicians' offices.

Policy and Advocacy

Physical Activity: Partnership and more than 125 national, state, and local organizations thanked Senators Boxer, Murkowski, and Murray for introducing legislation to strengthen the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative. 21st CCLC programs often include physical activity.

 

Nutrition: Partnership and nearly 100 other organizations signed a statement recommending nutrition principles for the 2013 Farm Bill. All organizations agreed that the Farm Bill must protect against hunger, improve nutrition and health outcomes for vulnerable populations, and strengthen community-based initiatives that link farmers with consumers.

 Prevention News

Millions Benefiting from Expanded Coverage for Preventive Care

In 2011 and 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended coverage of at least one free preventive service to 71 million Americans with private health insurance, according to a new issue brief released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. White Americans benefitted the most because they are more likely to have private insurance than other racial and ethnic groups.

Misperceptions Among Teens, Parents, and Physicians Could Jeopardize Adolescent Health

A new survey identifies misperceptions held by teens, their parents, and their doctors about adolescents and their health. One finding was that many parents and teens believe that adolescents do not need yearly well-visits. Thirty nine percent of parents thought their teen did not need an annual check up and one-third of teens believed they only need to see a doctor when sick. Adolescent well-visits are a critical time for providing clinical preventive services, but rates of well-visits are much lower for teens than for younger children. Visit www.myteenshealth.com to learn more.

New Prevention Recommendations 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force updated its findings for interventions to prevent dental caries. It recommends fluoridating community water supplies (strong evidence of effectiveness) and school-based programs to provide dental sealants (strong evidence of effectiveness). It found insufficient evidence to recommend community-based programs to promote the use of dental sealants.

 

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued a final recommendation statement for screening for HIV infection. The USPSTF now recommends clinicians screen all adolescents and adults aged 15-65 for HIV, as well those younger or older that are at increased risk (A grade). Clinicians should also screen all pregnant women (A grade). Three draft recommendation statements are now available for public comment: screening for oral cancer (available until May 6), medications for risk reduction of primary breast cancer in women (available until May 13), and screening for suicide risk in adolescents, adults and older adults (available until May 20).  The USPSTF also issued a draft research plan for screening for iron deficiency anemia in childhood and pregnancy, which is available for public comment until May 8. The research plan will guide a subsequent systematic review of the evidence for this service.    

Resources and Reports  
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Videos

The USPSTF has released two short educational videos for the general public. One provides an overview of the Task Force and its role in improving preventive health care.  The other describes the process used to develop a recommendation for a preventive service. Both videos require Adobe Flash.

New Resources from Tips From Former Smokers Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Tips from Former Smokers Campaign for 2013. New resources are available to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke. Resources include press materials, downloadable buttons, YouTube videos and other materials for social media.

Announcements  

Open Position and Office Space Available at Partnership for Prevention 

Partnership has an immediate opening for a program associate to assist with National Commission for Prevention Priorities (NCPP) projects. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and one or two short writing samples to jobs@prevent.org. Use the subject line: Application, Program Associate (NCPP projects).


Partnership also has office space available to sublease to an organization with a common interest in prevention. Up to 7 fully-furnished offices are available (both with and without windows) that range in price from $650 to $1550 per month. Amenities include a shared kitchen, conference rooms, a workroom, and reception area. The lease term can be up to four years. For more information, contact Rose Matulionis (rmatulionis@prevent.org). 

Call for Proposals, Health Promotion Conference

The Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference is accepting proposals for its 2014 conference. The theme is What Works Best in Health Promotion?  Perspectives of the Top Program Managers and Scientists.  Visit http://www.healthpromotionconference.com/2014CallforProposals for information about the conference and deadlines for submitting abstracts.

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.