Letter from the President
As 2021 starts to gain momentum, don't forget to register for our annual conference, Preventive Medicine 2021, May 15-16. We will hold a conference this year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are currently planning in-person and virtual sessions. The Board of Regents meets on March 8 to make a final determination about our ability to have in-person sessions, move to an all-virtual format in May or postpone the conference to the fall. Staff are gathering the information needed to analyze our options and make the best decision possible. Your registration for the meeting is an important gauge of interest and availability for the meeting. Registration fees will be adjusted accordingly based on the Board’s decision.

As the Board contemplates its decision for a COVID-era conference, each of us are making decisions daily about our activities. For most of the past year, I thought about COVID risk with respect to population risk. How would my decisions and activities create risk for my husband (age risk), friends (age and chronic disease risk) or community (tourist economy)? I advised jurisdictional decision-making and discussed issues with the media from that perspective. I was more concerned with public health considerations because I had a great deal of control in minimizing my own risk. And it was easy to justify declining most activities on the grounds of protecting others.

My risk calculus has shifted recently. As pandemic fatigue has set in within the community and as more of my contacts have been vaccinated, my own decisions are more complicated and focused on my own health. I am experiencing greater expectation that I will “loosen up” my own activities or be accepting of others who broaden their social bubbles. But I will be among the last group to be vaccinated because of my age, occupational situation, and overall health. And, I am recovering from knee surgery and have a lot of physical rehabilitation work to do. I do not have the time or, frankly, the physical or mental resilience, to cope with COVID-19 illness or its potential sequelae. So, my decisions are now more personal, and it is more uncomfortable declining activities when my rationale is perceived to be overly cautious or even selfish.

We have all been making these personal and professional risk assessments for a long time with shifting personal and community circumstances. Numerous protocols, algorithms, guidance, recommendations, policies, risk “meters” and infographics have been disseminated to help communities make decisions and to help individuals understand the context in which they are making personal decisions. But it seems that individual decisions require knowing and controlling for so many parameters that we are asking people to essentially do a multi-factor logistic regression analysis in their heads. 

I have been musing about whether our professional society could provide some help in this regard. As the profession that straddles lifestyle, clinical and public health medicine could we not quickly come together to develop a tool to help people navigate all the choices they must now make given their individual circumstances and the evolving community-level situation in which they find themselves? 

I would love to hear your ideas about how to do this. Do you know of effective small-scale examples that could be expanded, tailored and quickly developed and disseminated? Do you have a big idea but aren’t sure how to implement it? Are you aware of funding sources that might support rapid development of such a tool? There are multiple ways to share your ideas:

  1. Send me or Donna Grande your ideas via email ([email protected] or [email protected])
  2. If your idea or suggestion is already well developed, write an essay for our COVID-19 blog (contact Drew Wallace for submission criteria, [email protected])
  3. Tag ACPM on a social media post about your idea (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)

Thanks in advance for your ideas and, as always, for your generosity!


Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPM
President, ACPM
Preventive Medicine 2021
Make Your Plans to Attend
Registration is ongoing for Preventive Medicine 2021!

As the President’s Letter indicated, we are currently planning to host a hybrid conference, May 15–19, with sessions available both in-person in Washington, DC, and streamed live online. Make your plans now to attend, and take advantage of the opportunity to gather either in person or online with your preventive medicine peers from around the country in stepping up to meet the challenges facing prevention and public health.
Meet the Conference Team
Dr. Michele Soltis  - Track Vice Chair-Research, Evidence & Policy
Michele Soltis is currently assigned as the Director of the Public Health Directorate at the Office of The Army Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia. As an Army preventive medicine physician, she has had the privilege to serve as Director of the Public Health Residency Program at Madigan Army Medical Center and as a Preventive Medicine Officer with the 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Michele earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She is very much looking forward to sharing and celebrating the incredible and inspiring work of the ACPM and its members during Preventive Medicine 2021!
ACPM Awards
Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now open!

Each year, ACPM honors members of the College and leaders in the field for excellence in service to preventive medicine and exceptional lifetime achievements. ACPM takes great pride in recognizing the individual and collective achievements of our members that are advancing public health and the specialty of preventive medicine. See the 2020 winners and nominate yourself or a peer by April 7.
American Heart Month
We want to recognize our members who have been championing efforts to control hypertension at the clinical, health system or population levels. If you have been working on any aspect of hypertension control, contact Anita Balan at [email protected] to share your story.

The goal of the Learning Collaborative is to explore strategies for clinics and communities to prevent high blood pressure among African American adults. The Collaborative is a forum for sharing promising practices, innovative ideas and lessons learned in four areas: 

  • Screening, testing, and referral of individuals with or at risk for hypertension
  • Engage this specific patient population in lifestyle education and self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP)
  • Addressing social needs and determinants of health that are barriers to controlling blood pressure
  • Using data to track, report, and improve outcomes
  • Participants can anticipate leaving collaborative sessions with new ideas to improve their practice and patient outcomes. Through the online repository of slides and handouts, we’ll create a record of successful strategies with real-world track records that are available to others engaged in hypertension management and prevention.
Sessions occur on a quarterly basis and are conducted through webinar, offering two brief presentations and an opportunity for questions. Participants may opt to share their contact information with others for off-line follow-up.

If you would like to participate, please send a request to ACPM Program Assistant, Stephanie Madrigal at [email protected] and you will be added to the mailing list.
ACPM Prevention Alliance Partner Post

Good Nutrition and Immunity Go Hand in Hand

Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND

As Americans prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines, it is a good time to reinforce the importance of nutrition. Good nutrition is critical for immunity. It supports the body’s ability to respond to an immune challenge, whether that challenge is exposure to a new virus or a new vaccine.

Vaccines may be less effective in stimulating an immune response in those who are undernourished, including older adults. Nutrition is one of the factors potentially impacting immunosenescence, which is the gradual decline of immunity with age. Older adults are disproportionately affected by malnutrition and COVID 19 has likely further compounded their malnutrition risk.

Government and community nutrition programs can help address older adult malnutrition. Several of these programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and congregate and home-delivered nutrition services supported by the Older Americans Act have received increased funding through federal COVID-19 legislation.

Priority nutrients for good immune health are protein, vitamins (particularly Vitamins A, D, C, E) and minerals (particularly zinc). Older adults with poor food intake or who have compromised health may need additional support to meet their nutrition needs. Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) can provide protein, vitamins, and minerals to help maintain immune health. 

More information is available on COVID-19 and nutrition through Abbott and its Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.
Education Update
New Dietary Guidelines from USDA
Webinar - Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Join us to learn more about the recently released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Developed and released jointly every five years by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), the DGA is the nation’s source for nutrition guidance to promote health and prevent disease, and the cornerstone of federal nutrition policies and programs.

Learn what’s new in this edition, including guidance for each life stage, and see free resources available for you and for the patients, clients and other consumer audiences you work with.
Leadership Skills for Young Physicians

Webinar - Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Join us for an exciting opportunity to hear from Bob Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM. Dr. Carr will facilitate a discussion on leadership aimed at helping early career physicians develop and polish their leadership skills. Come prepared to discuss leadership or career questions you may have. Dr. Carr is the Chief Medical Officer of Kumanu, the former Corporate Medical Director of GlaxoSmithKline, and the immediate Past-President of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Prevention Alliance: The Exact Science Behind Mt-sDNA (Cologuard®)

Exact Sciences Chief Medical Officer, Paul Limburg, MD, MPH, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, will be hosting a live webinar on Thursday, February 18 with viewing options at 2 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET as part of a new quarterly review of recent research relevant to colorectal cancer screening and mt-sDNA testing.

Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance to [email protected] 
Join the ACPM Population Health Faculty
ACPM is developing a Population Health Integration Curriculum. We are seeking members to serve as expert faculty to develop this CME course. Share your expertise and help develop our latest course, Addressing Implicit Bias Among Physicians at the Clinical and System Levels. Learn more about selection criteria and submit your application no later than Wednesday, February 17.
These evidence-based courses will build on the foundation in population health and, through case studies, help physicians to evaluate and effectively integrate population-level strategies within health systems and other work settings, to improve the health of high-risk populations. The curriculum will be available through ACPM’s online learning platform
New Courses in Population Health
Are you interested in learning more about how performance metrics, systems approaches to lifestyle medicine and addressing health disparities can impact healthcare and improve care delivery at the practice and community level?

These three new cutting-edge courses in Population Health will help you learn that and more:

Each course can be taken on its own, and combined they cover critical skills and competencies in addressing the health care needs of communities and populations upstream with a focus on prevention. The courses are an hour long and include interactive knowledge checks.
Advocacy Update
Every year, only half of accredited preventive medicine residency positions are filled, largely due to lack of funding and many residency programs are one budget fluctuation away from having to close more residency positions or close the program entirely.

Help support the future of the profession when you make your plans now to participate in ACPM’s Virtual Hill Day, Tuesday, March 16. Meetings with representatives will be held over the phone and via video-conference, and ACPM will provide tools and resources to help you be prepared to make the strongest argument possible in order to advocate effectively for increased support for preventive medicine resident programs.
COVID-19 Update
Practice Update
CDC Releases Vital Signs: Violence Impacts Teens’ Lives 
This week, the CDC released, Vital Signs: Prevalence of Multiple Forms of Violence and Increased Health Risk Behaviors and Conditions Among Youths — United States, 2019. The latest CDC Vital Signs report examines the types of violence experienced by teens age 1418 years old and highlights how experiences of violence are associated with health conditions and risky behaviors. Far too commonly, teens 1418 years old experience violence, often more than one type, such as physical fighting, sexual violence, dating violence, and bullying.
Data from 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provide key insights into the violence experiences of teens aged 1418:
  • As teens experience more violence, their involvement in risky behaviors increases. Teens’ engagement in risk behaviors was up to 7 times higher among those with two types of violence and up to 21 times higher among those experiencing three or more types of violence than teens with no violence experiences.
  • About half (44.3%) of teens experienced at least one type of violence and 1 in 7 (15.6%) of teens experienced at least two types of violence in the 12 months before the survey.
  • Female teens are more likely than males to experience three or more types of violence, as are sexual minority teens compared to heterosexual peers.
Preventing violence is key to promoting teen and adult health. Violence can affect teens’ health and increase the chance of developing cancer, heart disease, or other health problems in adulthood. Collaboration among multiple sectors can ensure the effective implementation of strategies to help youth and communities be safe and thrive.


Visit the ACPM Career Center today for the latest job postings!

The de Beaumont Foundation is now accepting applications for the second class of 40 Under 40. To be eligible, you must be: Actively working as a public health professional; a current state or local government public health employee, or someone who partners closely with a state or local health department to improve public health (“State or local” applies to departments in states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; tribal departments; and county and city departments); under 40 years old as of December 31, 2021. Learn more.

Grant Opportunity: Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. Applications close February 16. Learn more.

Grant Opportunity: Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health This HRSA program trains primary care physicians in maternal health care clinical services or population health in order to improve maternal health outcomes. The program will increase the number of primary care physicians trained in public health and general preventive medicine, or trained in enhanced obstetrical care to increase maternal health care expertise and the number of primary care physicians trained in enhanced obstetric care in rural and/or underserved areas. Applications close February 22, learn more.

Grant Opportunity: Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program This HRSA program expands the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and SUD services. Applicants must propose to plan, develop, and operate a 12 month full-time (24 month half-time) training program for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers that trains practitioners to provide care for individuals in need of mental health and SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Applications close February 24, learn more.

Master Home Cooking and Culinary Coaching Skills - Join Clinicians CHEF Coaching 

LEARN MORE – LIVE Information Session on the CHEF Coaching program followed by Q & A, discover how adding culinary coaching to your credentials can enhance your practice.

Spring cohort begins June 10, 2021, part of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Conference – last year SOLD OUT, don’t wait!

Complete both CHEF Coaching the Basics and CHEF Coaching Beyond the Basics and receive a “Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching” from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
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