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March 1: Lessons Learned in Working with Policy Makers Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Rachel Shelton, SBM Program Committee Chair, will interview Dr. Binta Beard, Managing Partner at Equinox Strategies, and Dr. Sarah Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn about their career trajectories and their experience influencing policy and working with policy makers.

March 8: Translational Research to Improve Physical Activity Outcomes Webinar

This webinar will provide practical guidance on the translation of physical activity research into clinical and public health practice. Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA, senior adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, will provide an overview of dissemination and implementation research, funding opportunities, and resources. Paul A. Estabrooks, PhD, professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will provide an example of the dissemination, implementation, knowledge translation, and scale-up of a physical activity intervention adapted from evidence-based principles. A second example presented by Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will highlight the translation of an efficacious physical activity behavior change intervention from research into cancer survivorship care. Attendees will walk away knowing a basic definition of translational science, how to design studies with dissemination and implementation in mind, and resources relevant to translational behavioral medicine. This webinar is co-sponsored by SBM's Physical Activity Special Interest Group (PA SIG) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). PA SIG Chair Scherezade K. Mama, DrPH, and ACSM Strategic Health Initiatives Behavioral Strategies Committee Chair Bryan Blissmer, PhD, will moderate.

March 8: Vote for Next President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member Delegate

Voting is open for 2018 Board elections. The positions being filled are president-elect, secretary/treasurer, and one member delegate. The candidate who fills the president-elect position will serve for the next three years, including as president from April 2019 to April 2020. The secretary/treasurer and member delegate will serve for the next three years. Read each candidate’s biographical information, watch their video interviews, then cast your vote. Ballots close March 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

March 11: Early-Bird Registration Deadline for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Register for SBM's 2018 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions before March 12 to pay a discounted rate. The Annual Meeting is being held in New Orleans, LA, from April 11-14.

March 15: Perspectives on Overtreatment and Overdiagnosis Webinar

Research has revealed that certain commonly used medical interventions are not as beneficial as was previously assumed, or that the risks may outweigh the benefits for some people. As the related problems of overdiagnosis (diagnosis of a medical problem that would have not caused harm) and overtreatment (use of treatments that do not improve wellbeing or lengthen life) are increasingly recognized, understanding how to communicate newly recognized risks and uncertainties to patients is imperative. Scaling back (or even de-implementing) treatment is an unresolved challenge in a culture promoting more intervention(s). To foster a discussion about these issues, this webinar brings together experts in end of life decision making (palliative care), overdiagnosis in cardiovascular disease, and cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment to provide diverse perspectives from across the healthcare continuum. This webinar is presented by the Health Decision Making SIG and the SBM/SMDM Crosstalk Committee.

March 20: Office Hours with SBM President Gary Bennett

You ask the questions. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) President Gary Bennett answers them. Ask him anything during “Office Hours with Gary Bennett,” a live conversation taking place March 20 at 3 p.m. ET. This is your chance to ask Dr. Bennett directly about his vision for SBM, the future of the behavioral medicine field, and much more.