Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC 2015-11-17 05:18:28
A Spotlight on Population Health Efforts This issue of Cardiology focuses on the overall theme of “population health.” The topic itself is of personal interest to me, and over this past year the College has really stepped-up in this area. In the cover story, you’ll learn more about the recently formed Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee, led by Gerard R. Martin, MD, FACC, and the first-of-its-kind Population Health Retreat held at Heart House in July. Throughout the issue, you’ll hear from presenters at the retreat, including Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, editorin- chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology about a strategy for sustaining health throughout a lifetime; Debra Eschmeyer, executive director for Let’s Move! And senior policy advisor for nutrition for the White House on the Let’s Move! Initiative; and Nina Brown and Darshak Sanghavi, MD, from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on a novel Medicare payment model for cardiovascular risk reduction. You’ll also learn about state-level efforts to improve cardiovascular health, including mandatory high school cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training, school athlete screening, statewide weight loss initiatives, smoking cessation and pulse oximetry screening to diagnose critical congenital heart defects in newborns. These efforts are just the tip of the iceberg, and moving forward, the ACC will be working closely with leaders of ACC Chapters as well as external partners to add physical education, nutrition and diet programs to its state advocacy agenda. On a global level, the College has been supportive of the adoption of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, which includes a standalone target on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in addition to other NCD-related targets. The ACC, in partnership with its nearly 50,000 global members and 34 International Chapters, looks forward to supporting these efforts. You’ll also learn more about some amazing ACC members, including Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, editor-inchief of ACC.org, and Pamela Bowe Morris, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Section Leadership Council, and a member of ACC’s Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee. To round out the issue, the “Just One More” article appropriately includes an infographic to share with patients on type 2 diabetes. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to be mindful of the ACC tools and resources available to help you, as clinicians do your part to prevent and treat this disease that affects more than 30 million children and adults in the U.S. alone. The College is excited about being part of the Diabetes Collaborative Registry, a joint effort between the ACC, American Diabetes Association, American College of Physicians, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Joslin Diabetes Center. In the coming months you’ll likely hear more about the College’s work in the population health space, so stay tuned! Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC ACC President
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