ACCME Convenes 2014 Public Health Imperatives Forum

September 30, 2014
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Tamar Hosansky

Forum Discusses CME as a Strategic Partner in Public Health Initiatives

The ACCME convened a Public Health Imperatives Forum at the April 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop. Representatives from five national agencies discussed their organizations’ public health imperatives and identified opportunities for accredited CME to act as a strategic partner in addressing these priorities.

The event featured representatives from the Center for Quality  Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The first four organizations are federal government agencies. PCORI is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization; Congress authorized the establishment of PCORI in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 

This was the second Public Health Imperatives Forum held by the ACCME; the first was held in April 2013.

Comments from 2014 Public Health Imperatives Forum Presenters

“I appreciated the opportunity to participate in ACCME’s Public Health Imperatives Forum and to interact with CME professionals.  Today’s rapid evolution in healthcare continues to increase providers’ attention to quality and safety concerns, and AHRQ is encouraged that these topics are growing in prevalence among continuing medical education offerings.  The combination of these factors creates important opportunities for the CME community to contribute to local and national healthcare improvement, and AHRQ is pleased to support those efforts with educational resources such as the TeamSTEPPS online training, AHRQ Patient Safety Network (“AHRQ PSNet and WebM&M”), and more.” —Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

"The forum was a great opportunity for the public health and physician education communities to come together to promote state-of-the-art continuing education efforts." —Teri Manolio, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Genomic Medicine, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thanks the ACCME for the opportunity to participate in the Public Health Imperatives Forum during National Public Health Week and Minority Health Month. As an accredited CME provider, the CDC was also able to expand its reach to other accredited CME providers about the importance of a long-standing public health problem of racial and ethnic differences in health status and patient use of preventive services such as seasonal influenza vaccination, colorectal screening, and hypertension control. Interactions with other accredited CME providers during the follow-up reception was another opportunity to hear how these accredited CME providers can spread the word that reductions of practice gaps in preventive care can occur among medical providers with the application of several available tools and resources such as Standards for Adult Immunization Practice (, National CLAS Standards (, and recommendations from the Guide to Community Preventive Services (” — Sonja S. Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM, Captain, USPHS, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"The ACCME Public Health Imperatives Forum offered a valuable opportunity for PCORI to discuss strategies for collaboration with accredited CME providers in support of public health initiatives. As evidenced by our recent RFP, we believe that accredited CME can be a strategic partner, helping us to fulfill our mission to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. We commend the ACCME for fostering dialogue between PCORI, federal agencies, and the accredited CME community about opportunities for us to work together to address public health imperatives.” — Joe V. Selby, MD, MPHExecutive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)