In This Issue
NCSH Inaugural Meeting
Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers
Policy and Advocacy
Flu Vaccine Protects Your Heart
New Prevention Recommendations
Health in All Policies Guide
Action Steps for Employers
Register for Health Promotion Conference

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 September/October 2013
Partnership News
National Coalition for Sexual Health Holds Inaugural Meeting 
 The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) held its inaugural meeting on September 20, 2013, in Washington, DC. Several NCSH products were released, including a message strategy for talking with the public about sexual health, results of qualitative and quantitative message testing with the public, a patient's guide to preventive sexual health services, and an audience profile on the sexual health of youth in the U.S.  The meeting also featured hands-on media training; a panel on current challenges, opportunities, and innovations in sexual health; and planning sessions for the two NCSH Action Groups. The NCSH aims to improve sexual health and well-being by encouraging productive and sustained conversations about sexual health and promoting high quality sexual health information and health services.
New Resource Helps Community Health Centers Deliver Tobacco Cessation Services
Legacy and Partnership for Prevention have released a new implementation guide to help community health centers integrate tobacco cessation treatment into their care delivery systems and overcome obstacles to institutionalizing these services. Health centers are critically important in efforts to reduce tobacco use because they provide a high-quality, patient-centered medical home for low-income populations. A free educational webinar on providing tobacco cessation services in community health centers will be held in November. Check www.actiontoquit.org in the coming weeks for more details. 
Policy and Advocacy

Nutrition: Partnership and other members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity thanked Senators Harkin and Murkowski for their efforts to secure national standards for competitive foods sold in schools.   

 

Tobacco: Partnership and 15 other national organizations urged President Obama to prompt the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assert its authority over tobacco products, such as cigars and e-cigarettes, not currently being regulated. The FDA previously announced its intention to expand its authority to cover these products, but has not yet done so.  

 

Partnership also joined other leading organizations to urge the National Quality Forum (NQF) to endorse three Joint Commission tobacco measures, as recommended by the NQF's own Behavioral Health Steering Committee.  

 Prevention News

The Flu Vaccine Also Protects Your Heart 

New research shows that getting the flu vaccine reduces the chance of having a major cardiac event (e.g., heart attack, stroke). A meta-analysis analysis of 6700 patients revealed that those who were vaccinated were 36% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure within a year of being vaccinated, compared to those who received a placebo. Those who had recently had a heart attack or other cardiac emergency were 55% less likely to have another major adverse event. 

 

Although this research applies to older adults, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated against influenza. This year, 7 different vaccines are available, including a new quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four different flu viruses. The quadrivalent vaccine can be administered as an injection or a nasal spray. To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.  

New Prevention Recommendations 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended electronic screening and brief interventions for excessive alcohol use. Electronic devices are used to deliver key elements of traditional screening and brief intervention, which is carried out face-to-face. This recommendation is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing excessive consumption of alcohol and alcohol-related problems among those receiving interventions.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

In September and October, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued final recommendation statements for three services and four final research plans. 


Cardiovascular Health: The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents if they are asymptomatic (I grade). The USPSTF also found insufficient evidence to recommend screening for periphery artery disease and cardiovascular disease risk assessment using the ankle-brachial index among asymptomatic adults (I grade).


Breast Cancer:  For women who are at increased risk for breast cancer, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians discuss medications that can reduce their risk and offer to prescribe such medications to those who are at low risk of adverse effects (B grade). For women who are not at increased risk for breast cancer, the USPSTF recommends against the routine use of risk reducing medications (D grade).   

 

The USPSTF also published four final research plans. 

Resources and Reports  
New Guide for State and Local Governments to Implement Health in All Policies
Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments provides information on using the "health in all policies" collaborative approach. This approach brings together public health and non-health sectors to consider the health consequences of various policy options as they are being developed. The guide was developed by the Public Health Institute.
Million Hearts Releases Action Steps for Employers

The Million Hearts initiative recently released action steps employers can take to improve the cardiovascular health of their workers. The actions focus on blood pressure and cholesterol, tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity. These actions are taken from the CDC's Worksite Health ScoreCard.
 

Announcements  

Registration is Open for Health Promotion Conference 

Register now for the 24th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference to be held March 24-28, 2014. The conference brings together more than 600 professionals with a passion for health promotion - individuals who represent the most successful programs in workplace, clinical, educational and community settings. The three-day core conference will feature three inspiring and thought-provoking keynote addresses, concurrent sessions presented by the top scientists and practitioners in the field, plus, many opportunities to collaborate through interactive discussions, networking sessions, fitness activities and social events. 

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.