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Web Forum: Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers
February 1

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have gained increased recognition and awareness since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Many states that were funded through Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center Health Care Innovation Awards and State Innovation Model awards are turning to CHWs to help transform the delivery of health care in their respective states.

Utilization of CHWs has historically been supported through grant funding. However, as more states come to understand the value of CHWs as a means of improving health outcomes through care coordination, preventive care, and community-based engagement activities, they are looking for sustainable financing strategies, including Medicaid.

This web forum will feature speakers from state agencies in Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania who will provide valuable insight into how they have approached sustainable financing levers for CHWs, such as the recent preventive service rule change (440.130), managed care contracting, and health homes.

The web forum is presented by Dialogue4Health, a project of the Public Health Institute. It is taking place on February 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.


AcademyHealth Meeting at 2016 National Health Policy Conference
February 2

AcademyHealth is hosting an adjunct meeting at its 2016 National Health Policy Conference on Bias, Research and the Art and Science of Effective Communication, Tuesday, February 2, 7:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. EST, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The event will focus on "understanding policymakers' and the public's preconceived inclinations and assumptions in communicating health services and policy research findings."


Web Forum: CDC 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action
February 3

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with purchasers, payers, and providers to spur the adoption of evidence-based prevention that will improve health and control costs. With the 6|18 initiative, CDC identified six common and costly health conditions—tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes—and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers. We are linking the health care and public health sectors by providing evidence across a spectrum of prevention interventions, from clinical to community prevention.

Realizing the potential of this initiative will require new skills and understanding for CDC and public health workers and a new approach to partnering with the health care sector to lay the foundation for a stronger, more collaborative relationship. This web forum will provide a general overview of CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, an understanding of the CDC’s framework for public health – health care collaboration, and successful examples of implementing a select number of the targeted interventions.


Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity
February 4

The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC, is hosting a workshop titled Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity on February 4 at 8 a.m. EST. The workshop will feature presentations and substantive discussion about different strategies for framing the dialogue on equity and inequity among racial and ethnic groups to advance population health.

At this workshop, participants will: (1) explore frameworks for applying race/ethnicity and health equity lenses to the discourse on population health, (2) advance understanding of how policies foster or perpetuate ethnic and racialized health inequities, (3) explore current best practices in advocating health equity and framing ethnic and racialized health inequities, (4) increase the capacity of participants to effectively foster an agenda that integrates the application of race/ethnicity and health equity lenses across multiple sectors and health systems.


FLASHE Study Webinar: An Introduction to Dyadic Data Analysis
February 5

Join the National Cancer Institute on February 5 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST for an introduction to cross-sectional, dyadic analysis using data from the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study, a forthcoming public-use resource. FLASHE examines psychosocial, generational, and environmental correlates of cancer-preventive behavior among parent-adolescent dyads. FLASHE is a unique, public-use data resource.

The study design allows for numerous individual and dyadic-level analyses to be explored by the research community. Dyadic data present analytic challenges because they have various sources of interdependence (e.g. non-independence between members of the dyad such as a parent and a child). Flexible analytic tools (e.g. path modeling, multilevel modeling) can accommodate these complexities. Participants will gain introductory-level understanding of dyadic data analysis. Additional resources such as sample code for preparing data files and conducting simple dyadic analyses will be made publicly available.

Leading the webinar are Niall Bolger, PhD, of Columbia University and Jean Philipe (J-P) Laurenceau, PhD, of the University of Delaware. They have co-taught on this topic at various institutions nationwide.


Lecture on Advancing Wellness and Violence Prevention Via Social Media
February 11

The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research in Bethesda, MD, is offering, as part of their Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Lecture Series, To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Community-based Participatory Research Approaches to Advance Wellness and Violence Prevention Via Social Media. This presentation will describe how a community can begin to develop and deploy its own sensing methods for health-related content signals in its social media use through academic-community partnered research.

This presentation will also present emerging community-based participatory research on the social media presence of informal helping exchange networks and the relationship to signals of wellness and violence prevention in communities.


Informational Webinar for New RWJF Funding Opportunity
February 16

As part of their efforts to better understand the wide range of influences that can help build a Culture of Health, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program—Policies for Action—is launching its first call for proposals for innovative research that can inform what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being, and achieve greater levels of health equity.

Questions about the program, eligibility, or the selection process? Join an informational webinar with Scott Burris, JD, director of Policies for Action, which will be held on February 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Application deadline is March 15.


Webinar on High-fidelity Measurement of Patients' Medication Adherence
February 17

The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research presents, as part of their adherence network distinguished speaker webinar series, High-Fidelity Measurement of Patients' Medication Adherence: A Missing Link in Precision Medicine. The webinar will take place on February 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST.


2nd Behaviour Change Conference: Digital Health and Wellbeing
February 24-25

The University College London (UCL) Centre for Behaviour Change is delighted to announce its second Behaviour Change conference, 'Digital Health and Wellbeing'. The conference will be hosted in association with the new UCL Institute of Digital Health. It will be a unique 2-day event that brings the science of behaviour change, health, and technology expertise across disciplines to all those interested in developing and evaluating digital interventions and products. 

This conference is part of the UCL Festival of Digital Health.


APOS 13th Annual Conference
March 3-5

Join the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) for their 13th Annual Conference taking place March 3-5. The Annual Conference will feature one day of preconference workshops, followed by two days of educational conference sessions. The conference will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

Register by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, February 1, to save $75 on full conference registration.


NIH Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit
March 22-23

Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit is being convened on March 22-23 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The summit will focus on the neurological and psychiatric effects of marijuana, other cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system. Both the adverse and the potential therapeutic effects of the cannabinoid system will be addressed. The event will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Summit registration opens in January. For further information about the summit, registration, logistics, and scientific poster abstract submissions, please visit the event website. Information will be added on a rolling basis so please check regularly for updates.


Attachment-Based Family Therapy Workshop
April 13-15

Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is the only manualized, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based parent–child relationship.

The ABFT Workshop, co-sponsored by the Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioral Health Education, is taking place in Philadelphia, PA, April 13-15. Attendees can enroll in the one day overview workshop or the three day overview and training workshop.


CWA 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show
April 17-20

The California WIC Association (CWA) invites you to attend their 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show with the theme “WIC & PUBLIC HEALTH: Aiming for Healthier Families”. This four‐day, multi‐track conference will provide training and skills development for professionals providing services related to nutrition, breastfeeding support, and health promotion for young families via WIC, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs, hospitals, and clinics. Strategies for establishing or enhancing collaboration and innovation among public health organizations will be addressed through leadership and diversity training.

The conference will be taking place April 17-20 in San Diego, CA. 


2016 Reduce Tobacco Use Conference
April 25-26

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections are sponsoring the the 12th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference to be held April 25-26 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Arlington, VA. The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco-use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults.


8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference
June 16-18

The 8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference is being convened June 16-18 by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting theme is “Innovation in a Rapidly Changing Landscape”.

This meeting will serve as a forum for researchers, clinicians, cancer survivors, advocates, program planners, policy-makers, and public health experts to learn about current and emerging cancer survivorship innovation in a rapidly changing landscape. Featured will be a number of important challenges and opportunities created by changes in the demography of the survivor population, how care is delivered to these individuals and their families, and the role of new technologies in the promotion of health and well-being.


AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium
November 12-16

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are inviting informatics researchers, practitioners, professionals, students, trainees, and patients to participate in and attend the AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium taking place November 12-16 in Chicago, IL.


14th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine
December 7-10

The International Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine is hosting the 14th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine taking place December 7-10, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia. Based on the tradition of the previous congresses, this scientific program will include keynote addresses, master dialogues/debates, symposia, roundtable discussions, oral and poster presentations, meetings of special interest groups, teaching and training workshops, satellite activities, and scientific and trade exhibitions.

This congress will be attended by experts in behavioral medicine and related disciplines from every region of the world offering an excellent opportunity for networking and building collaborations among scientists from diverse regions of the world as well as discussions between disciplines that contribute to the science and practice of behavioral medicine.