In This Issue
ActionToQuit Evaluation
America's Health Rankings
Medical School Education Summit
Policy and Advocacy
STD Surveillance Report
New Prevention Recommendations
CDC National Health Report
Obesity Guide
Register for Health Promotion Conference

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Partnership News
ActionToQuit Evaluates Its Services, Publishes Impact Report on Findings

In November, Partnership for Prevention released the 2014 ActionToQuit Impact Report, which presents the findings from an evaluation of the  

ActionToQuit program. The report provides information about who comprises the ActionToQuit network, how valuable the provided services are to participants, and how the disseminated information and resources are put into practice. The evaluation consisted of a questionnaire and telephone interviews with network members.   

25th Annual America's Health Rankings Now Available

The United Health Foundation, along with the American Public Health  Association and Partnership for Prevention, has released the 25th edition of America's Health Rankings. Every year, a comprehensive set of behaviors, public and health policies, community and environmental conditions, and clinical care data is analyzed to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation. It is the longest running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. Check out the interactive website to see how your state ranks. Resources are also available to help states improve their measures.  

Partnership Presents at 2nd Summit on Medical School Education in Sexual Health

Alyson Kristensen, Co-Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), presented at the 2nd Summit on Medical School Education in Sexual Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Kristensen's presentation highlighted the NCSH's work to normalize conversations about sexual health, including the NCSH's message framework that provides talking points about sexual health, as well as its guide and accompanying website that educates men and women about the preventive sexual health services they need and helps them talk to their providers about different sexual health topics. The NCSH is also developing a guide for health care providers that recommends sexual health questions all providers should ask their patients and offers scripts to help them respond to common patient questions.  

Policy and Advocacy
Nutrition: Partnership and 40 other members of the Food Marketing Workgroup urged several candy companies, including Perfetti, to join the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), a self-regularly committee administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The CFBAI developed its own nutrition criteria for foods it considers acceptable to market to children and member companies agree to implement those standards.

 Prevention News

CDC Data Show Some STDs Decreasing, but Others Increasing  

A new federal report shows a mix of both increasing and decreasing rates of reportable sexually transmitted diseases. Chlamydia was a success story with its rate decreasing for the first time since national reporting began. The rate of gonorrhea saw very slight decline from 2012-2013, but saw an overall increase of 8.2% from 2009-2013.  The rates of primary and secondary syphilis increased by nearly 11% from 2012-2013 after having been stable in 2011. These data indicate that more needs to be done to address sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Men who have sex with men and young women under age 24 are key groups that should be screened regularly.  

New Prevention Recommendations 
 The Community Preventive Services Task Force recently issued recommendations for tobacco and obesity.

Tobacco: The Task Force recommends comprehensive tobacco control programs to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Comprehensive tobacco control programs include state and local programs, cessation services, mass-reach health communications interventions, surveillance and evaluation, and administration and management. This recommendation is based on strong evidence of effectiveness.

Obesity: The Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce the amount of screen time children receive by watching television, playing video games, etc. Screen time is associated with childhood overweight and obesity. These interventions might include classroom education, tracking and monitoring of progress, coaching or counseling sessions, or family/peer social support. This recommendation is based on strong evidence of effectiveness



In November and December, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued final research plans for  screening for celiac disease and primary care interventions to promote breastfeeding. The final recommendation statement for screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults was also released. The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend that clinicians screen adults for vitamin D deficiency who do not have signs or symptoms of such a deficiency (I grade).    


The USPSTF also made two draft research plans available for public comment: periodic screening for gynecologic conditions with a pelvic exam (open until January 7, 2015) and screening adults for high blood pressure (open until January 26, 2015).  

 Resources and Reports

2014 CDC National Health Report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a special MMWR supplement, the CDC National Health Report, which uses data from 19 surveillance sources to provide recent trends in the nation's health. The report reviews population health in the United States and provides an assessment of recent progress in addressing high-priority health issues. It identifies important public health successes and challenges to help guide national policy and programmatic efforts to improve health and quality of life. Key findings include:

-    Life expectancy is the longest ever at almost 79 years
-    Heart disease and cancer cause half of all deaths
-    Tobacco and obesity are the leading causes of preventable death

In addition to the full report, dashboard reports and infographics display key information.
New Tool to Help Providers Discuss Weight
Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health with Your Patients is a new resource that offers guidance and suggestions on how health care providers can initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. Providers will learn skills for building a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open and productive conversations with patients. Why Weight? was developed by the STOP Obesity Alliance.


Registration is Open for the 2015 Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
Register now for next year's Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference! The meeting will be March 30 - April 3, 2015 in San Diego, California and includes intensive training seminars before the meeting commences, networking opportunities, and numerous sessions to learn the newest approaches to improving health promotion programs.
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.