APHA's Midyear Meeting on Implementing Health Reform Law to Be Held June 23-25
Late, Michele, The Nation's Health
AN UPCOMING APHA meeting will examine the effect health reform will have on the public health community.
To be held June 23-25 in Chicago, APHA's Midyear Meeting will explore what health reform will mean for those who work in public health, prevention and wellness. Focusing on "Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach," the meeting is designed to give public health workers the tools they need to put health reform into practice and improve health outcomes in their communities.
"These are historic times, yet there is still much to be done," said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E). "Health workers need to know how health reform will affect their activities as well as how to use that information to benefit the populations they serve."
Signed into law in March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed to improve access to insurance coverage and lower health costs, among other measures. Now most commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, the law creates a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund that will provide $15 billion over 10 years to support community prevention and research activities as well as strengthen state and local public health capacity. The law additionally creates a new National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, which will coordinate the development and implementation of a national prevention strategy.
The changes set out under the law are expected to have an impact at the federal, state and local levels, affecting issues such as the public health work force, prevention work and public health programs. Among its prevention measures, the reform law creates grants to support state and local efforts aimed at reducing chronic disease rates, eliminating health disparities, curbing childhood obesity and promoting evidence-based prevention strategies--all of which play crucial roles in daily public health work. …