NAM News

In the May
2016 issue
From the President  |  Program Updates
Publications |  Upcoming Events
Member Spotlight  |  Support the NAM
From the President

It's been 18 months since we released Dying in America, already one of the most frequently cited reports in our history. The report found major gaps in delivering care that aligns with individual values, goals, and preferences.

To reassess the landscape, catalogue improvements, and identify remaining barriers, the NAM convened representatives from more than 85 stakeholder organizations for a daylong working meeting on Monday, May 23. (Meeting notes will be distributed to facilitate ongoing dialogue and collaboration among groups working in this space. Sign up here to be notified when the notes are available.)

Overall, the group found encouraging examples of progress in care delivery, communication and advance care planning, professional education and development, policies and payment systems, and public education and engagement, significant obstacles remain.

Meeting participants generated a streamlined list of priority action items that will inform the work of a new Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Roundtable, which will convene experts and host public workshops over the next three years, represents the next phase in the Academies' long-term investment in this issue. To learn more about the Roundtable, contact Laurie Graig.

No care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life. We are inspired by the significant gains we have already seen and proudly committed to a continued focus on this deeply important facet of Americans' health and well-being.

--Victor J. Dzau, MD
President, National Academy of Medicine
Program Updates
Population Health Case Reports Perspectives Series

In Spring 2015, the Collaborative on Bridging Public Health, Health Care, and Community of the Academies Roundtable on Population Health Improvement issued a call for individually-authored Population Health Case Reports describing cross-sector efforts to improve health. 

The call invited health care, public health, and community organizations with qualifying collaborative projects to submit a paper. Eight papers on topics ranging from homelessness to smoking cessation to opioid addiction treatment were selected for the series and can now be viewed here.

NAM President Victor J. Dzau Delivers Annual Holmes Lecture at McGill University

On May 6, 2016, NAM President Victor J. Dzau returned to his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to deliver the seventh iteration of the Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinguished Lecture series. 

In his remarks, Dr. Dzau emphasized the importance and value of mentors and the need to provide opportunities to students in order to unlock their potential. He then highlight ed the recent NAM Initiative, A Global Health Risk Framework, commenting on the need for better public health systems and universal health care in all corners of the world and emphasizing public-private partnerships in solving global health issues. Watch the presentation >>

FINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! Two NAM Prizes in Health and Medicine 

Nominations will close June 7, 2016

The Gustav O. Lienhard Award is presented annually in honor of Gustav O. Lienhard, Chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1986. The award—a medal and $40,000—recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. Nominate >>

The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health is presented annually to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000.  
Nominate >>

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Announcing the 2016-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows

Earlier this week, NAM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 2016-2017 RWJF Health Policy Fellows. Beginning in September, the eight health professionals selected will spend a year in Washington, DC, working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. The fellows were chosen in a national competition for highly accomplished health, behavioral, and social science professionals who have an interest in health policy. Meet the fellows >> 
Now Available: Videos and Slides from Human Gene Editing Meeting

On April 29, 2016, the Committee on Human Gene Editing convened a meeting in Paris to discuss the underlying principles of governance for human gene editing. A final consensus report will be available at the end of 2016. View the recorded videos and presentations >>
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! NAM Anniversary Fellowships in Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine

Created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of NAM's establishment, the Anniversary Fellowships are designed to enable talented, early-career health policy or health science scholars to participate in health and medicine-related work of the Academies.

The Anniversary Fellowship in Pharmacy will be awarded for a two-year period in which the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post while being assigned to a health-and-medicine-related board of the Academies. Read More >>

The Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine will be awarded for a two-year period and will introduce the fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, scientists, and other health professionals. Read More >>
New Publications on the GHRF Initiative

Earlier this year, the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF) released a set of recommendations for the international community to address infectious disease threats. Read three recent articles that discuss the initiative's recommendations and their impact on the world:

Nature--Policy: Security spending must cover disease outbreaks >>

PLOS Medicine--Toward a common secure future: Four global commissions in the wake of Ebola >>

Assessment of economic vulnerability to infectious disease crises >>

More NAM News >>
Perspectives are expert commentaries and discussion papers by leading voices in health and health care. Subscribe to receive new Perspectives as soon as they're released. 

Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy by Pleasant, et. al. 

Preparing Health Care and Public Health Professionals for Team Performance: Community as Classroom by Graffunder and Sakurada

familyPower: A Referral-Based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program that Connects Clinic to Family by Moscetti, et. al.

More Perspectives >>

Featured Report from the Academies

Bullying has long been tolerated as a rite of passage among children and adolescents. There is an implication that individuals who are bullied must have “asked for” this type of treatment or deserved it. Sometimes, even the child who is bullied begins to internalize this idea. For many years, there has been a general acceptance and collective shrug when it comes to a child or an adolescent with greater social capital or power pushing around a child perceived as subordinate. But bullying is not developmentally appropriate; it should not be considered a normal part of the typical social grouping that occurs throughout a child’s life. Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying as well as the context, scope, and impact of the problem. The report also outlines next steps in prevention for policymakers, parents, educators, healthcare providers, and others concerned with the care of children.
Upcoming Events
Workshop on Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation

June 6-7, 2016 | Washington, DC

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a two-day workshop intended to examine the relationship between the health care and transportation sectors. This public workshop will include presentations and discussion about data sources, existing measures, and other information relevant to assessing the effect on outcomes and return on investment. Register for the workshop and follow along on Twitter using #TransitHealth. Webcast will be available. 
Community Violence as a Population Health Issue 

June 16, 2016 | Brooklyn, NY

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a one-day public workshop exploring trauma-informed approaches to community violence through a health equity lens. This public workshop is intended to showcase examples that can serve as models in different sectors and communities and share lessons learned in new and compelling ways. Register for the workshop and follow along on Twitter using #PopHealthRT. Webcast will be available. 
NAM Annual Meeting 

October 17, 2016 | Washington, DC 

The scientific symposium for this year’s annual meeting will focus on Reversing the Dramatic, 30-Year Rise in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States. The meeting will take place in Washingon, DC at the NAS Building. Sign up to receive an email as soon as registration opens. 
More Events >>
Member Spotlight
21 NAM Members Named in the Top 50 Most Influential Physician Leaders and Executives by Modern Healthcare

In April, Modern Healthcare recognized National Academy of Medicine (NAM) President Victor J. Dzau and 20 other NAM members as the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

The 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders honors physicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. Read More >>

NAM Member Patricia Flatley Brennan to Lead the National Library of Medicine

Earlier this month, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.S., Ph.D., named NAM member Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as the new director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world's largest biomedical library and producer of digital information services used by scientists. Dr. Brennan will begin her new role this August. Read more >>
Seven NAM members honored by President Obama 

Last week, seven NAM members were honored at the White House for their achievements in science, technology, and innovation. President Barack Obama presented the the National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. We couldn't be more proud of our members who are changing the future of health and medicine every day. Watch the awards ceremony >> 
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