USPSTF Recommendation Child and Adolescent Obesity Screening

July 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on screening for obesity in children and adolescents. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents age six years and older and offer to refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – Health Equity Award

The RWJF Award for Health Equity is being presented by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and celebrates health practitioners who excel in building a “Culture of Health and achieving health equity” in communities across the country. The NAFC advances the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) vision for building a “Culture of Health” by eliminating barriers to high quality health care for those the medically underserved in the United States. Any health care practitioner (i.e., physician, physician’s assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner, case manager, etc.) at a NAFC member organization can be nominated by a peer or a clinic Board member for their work in improving outcomes under one of four focus areas:

  • Increasing Patient Visit Capacity
  • Better Chronic Disease Outcomes
  • Reducing Emergency Room Utilization
  • Improved Patient Compliance
  • Established collaborative health & wellness program in addition to primary care
  • Successful telehealth or mobile health program

A maximum of one (1) Nominee (individual or team of two individuals) will receive a $3,000 prize (“Winner”). The Prize is unrestricted; it may be used in any way determined by the recipient. The nomination form for this prize is now open, and all nominations are to be submitted by August 11, 2017.

For more information, and to apply – please visit the following link: www.goo.gl/xZ2He5

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NAFC directly by emailing Ariana Gordillo at ariana@nafcclinics.org or by calling (703) 647-7427.

New Year Begins at FCAP

July 2017

Congratulations to the new FCAP Officers who began their terms on July 1, 2017:

President:          Kelly Ranieli, Volunteers in Medicine, Wilkes Barre

Vice President:   Andrea Mantione, Edward R. Leahy Center Clinic for The Uninsured, Scranton

Secretary:          Brian Kreeger, Katallasso Family Health Center, York

Treasurer:          Cheryl White, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College

The Board also wishes to acknowledge and thank Marie Frey from Community Volunteers in Medicine who stepped down from the FCAP Board President role at the end of June after serving two years in that position. Marie will continue as a Board member of FCAP, beginning her second term, but will not be in an officer position.

If you’re interested in getting involved on the FCAP Board or one of its standing committees (Finance/Audit, Conference, Governance, and Legislative), check out the information on our website (www.freeclinicspa.org) and click on the “About FCAP” tab. There’s a description of each Committee as well as an application for and a document explaining Board Member recruitment and selection.

July 1st also marks the start of FCAP’s new membership year.  You can access a listing of membership benefits and the membership application on the FCAP website.

State Health Profiles on HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis, STDs, TB

The updated state health profiles that present an overview of the burden of HIV/AIDs, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the United States have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  The profiles present the latest nationally representative data, as well as information about prevention and control programs that the CDC supports nationally and in each state.

In Your Hands: An Introduction to Skin Cancer for Outreach Workers

Farmworker Justice’s newest publication, available in Spanish and English, provides basic information about skin cancer and how agricultural workers can protect themselves from sun exposure. Farmworker Justice is a BPHC-funded NCA.

USPSTF Posts Three Final Research Plans Around HIV Screening & Prevention

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted three final research plans on topics related to HIV screening and prevention: Screening for HIV infection in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults; Screening for HIV infection in pregnant women; and Pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV infection.  The task force reviewed all the public comments on the draft plans and took them into consideration in finalizing the research plans above.

Flu Virus Compositions for 2017-2018

The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses.  Research is recommending that the tri-valent (three-component) vaccines contain the A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus. The quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.  To read more information about the upcoming flu season, click here.

PA Coalition for Oral Health Meeting

The next PA Coalition for Oral Health Quarterly Meeting is Friday, July 14, 2017, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Pine Barn Inn, 1 Pine Barn Place, Danville, PA 17821. Attendees are also invited to stay from 2:30 – 4:00pm to attend a Community Water Fluoridation CE program.  All health and dental professionals should consider attending to learn more about the science and advocacy topics related to fluoridating community water supplies. RSVP by July 7th by emailing  info@paoralhealth.org . When registering, please indicate whether you will attend just the PCOH meeting, the Fluoride CE program, or both.  Lunch will be provided.   A detailed agenda will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting.

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children Launches New and Improved Website

May 2017

The Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC) program of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is excited to announce the launch of their new and improved website. New features of the website include:

  • A single-page format viewable on all devices
  • Provider presentation and Oral Health Story Kit request forms available to complete and submit directly on the website
  • An updated timeline detailing the history of HTHC
  • Revised printable resources and helpful links for providers and community members on oral health

COPD National Action Plan Released

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the COPD Action Plan, a first-of-its kind plan that provides a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to reduce the burden of COPD.  It addresses the needs of patients, health care delivery and practice guidelines, research potential, and policy implications.  It has five goals designed to address different aspects of COPD.