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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) invite you to the day-long workshop, Self, Others, and Chronic Conditions: Basic Mechanisms and Processes that Facilitate or Impede Self-Management. The workshop will feature leading researchers in the field of self-management and chronic conditions as they discuss current research regarding the individual, supporters, and caregivers; the concerns regarding measurement and study design; and what are the promising future research trends and areas of need. The workshop will be September 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in Bethesda, MD. View the full agenda and register.
Integrating community health workers (CHWs) into the health care workforce is a growing strategy for increasing access and improving population health, while decreasing cost. However, many states and health plans are facing challenges to find sustainable financing mechanisms to support CHWs in these systems. Managed care organizations (MCOs) are one entity that has successfully developed and implemented models to incorporate CHWs into care teams. The webinar Leveraging Managed Care to Support Community Health Workers and Promote Population Health will describe the importance of building an effective partnership with Medicaid to achieve population health goals, discuss how states can use the MCO contract as a policy and financing lever to support population health goals, and examine one model of how an MCO has successfully financed CHWs. The webinar is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Trust for America's Health. The webinar will take place September 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. EST.
2015 Geographic Health Equity Symposium
The Geographic Health Equity Symposium is the signature-training event that presents strategies to address tobacco and cancer health disparities through a geographic lens. The Geographic Health Equity Alliance is pleased to invite you to engage with staff and featured trainers during this year’s symposium, to be held in New Orleans, LA, on September 10 to 11. The 2015 symposium will showcase the latest approaches in geographic health disparities, especially those particularly unique to rural populations and cities located in southern states. Attendees will hear national, state, and local experts share cutting-edge tactics for reducing tobacco use and increasing the number of individuals with access to proper cancer screening, including community-based approaches and policy changes.
Mayo Clinic Delivery Science Summit
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is hosting its inaugural Delivery Science Summit September 16-18. The summit will explore ways to enhance the patient experience, improve population health, and manage the cost of care. Current research and concrete examples will be presented, providing tools for practice implementation, policy change, and further research. Presentations emerge from a variety of institutions and across many disciplines, including health economics, qualitative research, systems engineering, clinical statistics, implementation science, sociology, and clinical informatics.
Climate Health Summit
The Climate Health Summit will offer health professional training on the health risks of climate change and achieving the health benefits of climate solutions on September 20, followed by a legislator education day on September 21 on Capitol Hill. This timely conference for health professionals will
• provide in-depth education on the health impacts of climate change and fossil fuels;
• illustrate the health benefits of addressing climate change;
• increase understanding of the differing health vulnerabilities by region;
• train participants to effectively communicate climate change health impacts and solutions to institutional decision-makers, policymakers, and the public; and
• prepare and organize attendees to educate legislators about the health benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency as health-protective solutions that can contribute to the Clean Power Plan.
The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) is hosting a webinar September 23 at 12 p.m. EST on end of life assessment and intervention. People living with advanced disease or approaching end of life often have multiple symptoms and psychosocial concerns requiring more complex and well-integrated care. This webinar will review the importance and challenges of understanding patient prognosis. It will review some of the most common and distressing problems at end of life and how to manage these. It will discuss how psychological diagnosis and intervention may differ for patients with advanced disease, including empirically supported psychological interventions at this phase of life. It will also examine strategies for helping patients and families prepare for end of life and understand the dying process, including advance care planning. Finally, it will identify several key self-care strategies for providers when offering care for patients and families experiencing anticipatory grief and bereavement.
The American Psychosomatic Society and the American Gastroenterological Association Institute are presenting a symposium on brain-gut interactions and the intestinal mi croenvironment. It will be held September 25 in New York, NY. This meeting will feature presentations in basic, animal, translational, and clinical aspects of brain-gut communication as it relates to nutrition, the gut microbiome, and human emotion and behavior in health and disease. Featuring renowned experts in the field, this full-day symposium will highlight mechanistic biopsychosocial research relating to brain-gut interactions. A significant portion of the meeting will be devoted to discussion and information sharing between the presenters and the audience, and through this interaction, the meeting will help to translate research to clinical applications. CME credit will be available.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement is holding its a workshop on basic and translational research needs, the interdisciplinary nature of population health science, and the range of resources needed to support a robust population health research enterprise commensurate with the health sector's growing recognition that creating health happens in spaces beyond those occupied by clinical care. The workshop is September 30 in Washington, DC. Attend in person or via webcast.
Personal behavior patterns (i.e., lifestyle) increase risk for chronic disease and premature death. Unhealthy behaviors (e.g., physical inactivity/unhealthy food choices, tobacco use, prescription opioid abuse) represent the leading cause of chronic disease and premature deaths in the United States and are a major driver behind spiraling health care costs. These risk behaviors are overrepresented among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and are major contributors to the problem of health disparities. During the Third Annual Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities Conference, hosted by the Vermont Center on Behavior & Health (VCBH) on October 1-2, scholars from leading U.S. universities and medical centers will share their research and knowledge on how to apply the concepts and methods of behavioral economics to improve scientific understanding and clinical outcomes with these highly challenging and costly public health problems in the areas of obesity, tobacco use, and prescription opioid abuse. VCBH will once again host its poster session. Submissions in all areas addressed by the conference are welcome. The deadline for poster submissions is August 15. Find more information and register online.
Health 2.0 Ninth Annual Fall Conference
Health 2.0 heads back to Silicon Valley on October 4-7 to examine how another year has impacted and changed health care technology. At the 9th Annual Fall Conference you can look forward to over 200 live product demos, dozens of company launches, merger announcements, and engaging panel discussion with expert speakers.
AHRQ Research Conference
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research conference, held annually from 2007 to 2012, will make a return this year. The conference is scheduled for October 4–6 in Crystal City, VA. AcademyHealth will join AHRQ in hosting the conference, which will again bring together experts in health care research and policy to participate in sessions focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access, and value in health care. In addition, AHRQ and AcademyHealth will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to hold sessions October 6 as part of the AHRQ conference as well as PCORI’s first annual meeting October 6–8. These sessions will address key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research.
PCORI Annual Meeting
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will hold its first Annual Meeting October 6-8 in suburban Washington, DC. This event, coming just after the fifth anniversary of the appointment of PCORI's Board of Governors, will update stakeholder communities on highlights from PCORI’s research portfolio, including early results of completed studies and reviews of important work in progress. The meeting will open with a joint half-day of sessions developed in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research. Interested stakeholders from across the health care community, along with those interested in seeking PCORI funding, are invited to attend this informative meeting. Presenters will include invited PCORI awardees and their patient and other stakeholder partners.
Wireless Health 2015
The annual Wireless Health Conference invites cutting-edge wireless, connected, and mobile health research from engineering, computer science, biomedical, and health disciplines. The 2015 conference will be held October 14-16 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The theme is “Monitoring to Intervention: Actualizing Precision Medicine.” The unique mission of the Wireless Health Conference is to provide the highest‐quality academic, health, and industrial research forum to develop an international community to accelerate the development and adoption of new wireless, mobile, and connected technologies for improving health and lowering costs. Central to this mission is the creation of a nurturing research forum that creates an opportunity for trans-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration. This unique meeting brings together members of the health and technology research communities, device manufacturers, health service providers, and federal policymakers. Wireless Health 2015 will offer peer‐reviewed papers and abstracts, interactive workshops and tutorials, emerging application demonstrations, and world‐renowned keynote speakers.
2015 School Health Conference
The American School Health Association’s 2015 School Health Conference will take place October 15-17 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Sessions will focus on school health leadership, programming, research, and teaching and learning.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention’s 13th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, will bring together leaders in cardiovascular health from the public and private sectors to share strategies for preventing heart disease and stroke. This one-day event, being held October 21, showcases how organizations that focus on cardiovascular health can collaborate for success and features the results of campaigns and pilot programs from around the country. The meeting will focus on advancing the ABCS (appropriate Aspirin use, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation) of heart disease and stroke prevention. Presentations will focus on how organizations built partnerships that drove action to advance the ABCS of ca rdiovascular health. They will specifically focus on the steps organizations took to mobilize the strengths of their partners to develop and implement heart disease and stroke prevention initiatives that work.
Emotions are key factors in the adjustment to the demands of daily life and to major challenges. Emotions and adequate emotion regulation determine our quality of life and well-being. Many psychopathologies additionally have at their core problems with emotion regulation. But also our physical health is influenced by emotion regulation processes. The three-day Emotions 2015 conference will offer a wide variety of research on how adequate and inadequate emotion regulation impact on mental and physical functioning. As in the previous conferences in this series, Emotions 2015 will include cutting-edge fundamental research and clinically oriented studies. Organizers welcome researchers interested in fundamental emotion research as well as investigators with a background in psychiatry, health, or clinical psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; and behavioral medicine. The conference is hosted by the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and will take place October 25-27.
Workshop on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults
The Food and Nutrition Board invites you to participate in the two-day workshop sponsored by the AARP Foundation on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults. The workshop will be held October 28-29 in Washington, DC. The workshop will examine the evidence on factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that impact the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs. The specific objectives of the workshop are to (1) describe the unique dietary needs of the 50+ and challenges to meeting them, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations; (2) provide an overview of strategies employed to help meet these needs; and (3) explore potential strategies that leverage the private sector and collaborative partnerships to help meet the nutrition/diet needs of the 50+. For those that cannot attend in person, the meeting will be webcast.
APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition
October 31 to November 4
The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition is where public health professionals convene, learn, network, and engage with peers. The Annual Meeting strengthens the profession of public health, shares the latest research and information, promotes best practices, and advocates for public health issues and policies grounded in research. The meeting is October 31 to November 4 in Chicago, IL.
The 2015 theme is “Health in All Policies.” The environments in which people live, work, learn, and play have a tremendous impact on their health. Responsibility for the social determinants of health falls to many nontraditional health partners, such as housing, transportation, education, air quality, parks, criminal justice, energy, and employment agencies.