In This Issue
NCC Website Wins Award
NCC and NIHCM Webinar
ActionToQuit Interview
Policy and Advocacy
Adult Smoking Rate Declines
New Prevention Recommendations
Text Messaging Resource for Vets
New Staff Member
Co-Applicants for CMS Funding

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 May/June 2013
Partnership News
National Chlamydia Coalition's Website Wins Web Health Award
The National Chlamydia Coalition's (NCC) website (www.ncc.prevent.org) won Silver in the website category at the twice yearly Web Health Awards. The NCC website features an easy-to-use layout and is a go-to place for resources to promote chlamydia screening and prevention. The NCC launched its new and improved website, designed by Trilogy Interactive, in October of 2012. The National Chlamydia Coalition is convened and managed by Partnership for Prevention. Visit www.ncc.prevent.org to check out the award-winning website.
Save the Date: National Chlamydia Coalition Webinar on Adolescents and STDs
The National Chlamydia Coalition, in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, will host a webinar on STD prevention for adolescents on July 24, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET. Adolescents and STDs: A Call to Action for Providers and Health Plans, will, among other things, discuss the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on STD services for adolescents, successful approaches for providers to reach adolescents with STD prevention messages, the importance of confidentiality, and health plan successes in increasing chlamydia screening rates. To register, contact Jaclyn Fontanella at jfontanella@prevent.org.
ActionToQuit Interviews David Abrams of Schroeder Institute

ActionToQuit recently interviewed Dr. David Abrams, Executive Director of the Schroeder Institute. Read the transcript to learn about the institute's innovative research in tobacco control.

Policy and Advocacy

Nutrition: Partnership and other organizations urged members of the Senate and House to fight steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other nutrition programs in each chamber's version of the farm bill. The House farm bill was defeated unexpectedly, making the bill's future uncertain.

 

Physical Activity: Partnership supported the introduction of the Fit to Serve Act in the Senate. This bill would increase opportunities for physical activity by allowing community members to use fitness facilities at military installations through joint use agreements. It also educates recruits and current military personnel about healthy weight. Obesity is a primary reason why young adults are denied entry into the military.

 

Tobacco: Partnership signed onto a public comment sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The letter requests that CMS amend its May 10, 2013 Proposed Rule on the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System to include the four Joint Commission tobacco measures as a smoking cessation set. No tobacco use screening and treatment measures were included in the Proposed Rule, despite hospitalization being an ideal time to help patients quit smoking.

 Prevention News

Adult Smoking Rate Resumes Decline

 A recent analysis of 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data shows that the number of adult smokers is dropping again. After hovering at 20 - 21% for seven years, the adult smoking rate dipped to 19% in 2010 and 2011 and dropped to 18% in 2012. Data is not yet available for adolescents. The report did not provide reasons for the decline, however, in 2012 the CDC launched its highly successful Tips from Former Smokers campaign. In addition, smoke-free laws continue to be enacted across the country with 1 state (Indiana) and 58 municipalities passing such laws last year.

New Prevention Recommendations 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force

(the Task Force) recently issued new

recommendations for preventing cardiovascular disease and reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

 

CVD prevention: The Task Force recommends reducing out-of-pocket costs for medications to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol with interventions to improve patient-provider communication and increase patient knowledge. It is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving medication adherence and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.  

 

Tobacco: The Task Force recommends smoke-free policies, increasing the unit price of tobacco products, and mass-reach health communication interventions. These new recommendations are based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing tobacco use. They include updated findings and replace older recommendations. Additional information is also now available for quitline interventions and reducing out-of-pocket costs for evidence-based cessation treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued three final recommendation statements in May and June.  

 

Alcohol Misuse: The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all adults for alcohol misuse and offer brief behavioral interventions (B grade), but found insufficient evidence for adolescents (I grade). Alcohol misuse includes a range of behaviors, from risky drinking to alcohol dependence.

 

Child Maltreatment: The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend behavioral interventions and counseling in healthcare settings to prevent child abuse and neglect (I grade). 

 

Hepatitis C: The USPSTF now recommends clinicians offer a one-time screening to all adults born between 1945 and 1965. It still recommends screening adults at high-risk for infection with the virus (B grade).

 

The USPSTF also made two draft research plans available for public comment: aspirin to prevent colorectal cancer (open until July 10) and screening adults for high blood pressure (open until July 17). 

Resources and Reports  
New Text Messaging Resource Helps Veterans Stop Smoking

The Veterans Health Administration and National Cancer Institute have launched a new text messaging resource to help veterans stop smoking. SmokefreeVET is a free service that provides 24/7 support, tips, and encouragement to veterans that want to quit smoking. Veterans can sign up by texting VET to IQUIT (47848) from their mobile phones or visiting www.smokefree.gov/VET.

Announcements  

Partnership Welcomes New Staff Member 

Erin Duggan has joined Partnership for Prevention as a program associate to support the work of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. She previously interned with the Department of Health and Human Services' Building a Healthier Chicago initiative, and recently completed her master's degree in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Seeking Partners to Coapply for CMS Funding

Partnership is seeking organizations interested in developing a joint proposal for the Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two. Contact Rose Matulionis (rmatulionis@prevent.org) to discuss ideas.

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.