September 14, 2016

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

September is Recovery Month

Recovery MonthOn September 21, the Altarum Institute Behavioral Health TA Center will wear #PurpleForRecovery in support of National Recovery Month. Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate the people who recover. Please show your support by wearing purple and sharing your photo with the Altarum BH team via email (, or on social media using the hashtag #PurpleForRecovery.

Tobacco Control and Behavioral Health

Tobacco ControlThe benefits of the tobacco control movement have reached many Americans, but not all, and vast inequalities still exist. While the smoking rate for American adults is now under 17%, down from a high of 57% in 1955, such progress hasn’t been realized for people with mental illness or substance abuse. More than 40% of behavioral health patients smoke, and there has been little improvement over the years. Altarum Institute’s ActionToQuit program offers resources for leaders and practitioners on this new webpage. For more information, contact David Zauche.

Connect with SmileConnect

Smile ConnectSmileConnect℠, an Altarum Institute program, hosted an all-day Twitter Storm on August 16 to promote the reasons we should #TeachOralHealth this #BackToSchool season. The Twitter Storm generated more than 9,000 impressions, 328 Bitly downloads, and more than 900 tweets using our unique hashtag. There were over 200 participants, including a variety of key stakeholders across a diverse range of organizations, both nationally and internationally. Follow SmileConnect on Twitter @SmileConnected. For more information, contact Allyson Rogers.


Publications and Resources

The Latest in Health Economics

MelindaThe Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending (CSHS) sponsored another successful Washington, DC symposium, Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration, on July 12, featuring nationally renowned health policy and economic experts. Find the full video here, and look for the companion monograph in late September.

In addition, CSHS founding director, Dr. Charles Roehrig, published two Health Affairs Blogs: Health Spending Growth: Still Facing a Triangle of Painful Choices, and ‘Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford.

Social Media in the Family Planning Setting

Population HealthAs part of ongoing work for the Office of Population Affairs’ Family Planning National Training Centers (FPNTC), Altarum’s Population Health Strategies group has developed an e-learning course for organizations looking to enhance their social media presence. This course was created specifically for family planning organizations and, thus, links to successful social media accounts in that field in order to showcase real-world examples. However, the course content is applicable to anyone looking to improve their social media presence. In addition, the course provides tools and job aids that users can download directly from the course so that they may distribute them to their staff. Contact Jenn Rogers for more information.

MediCaring Communities

Medicaring CommunitiesAltarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) recently published the MediCaring Communities book, a comprehensive blueprint for elder care reform. It is available on Amazon. The revenue estimates for the financing component of the MediCaring Communities proposed reform were published in July in Milbank Quarterly. Meanwhile, the Family Caregiver Platform Project culminated in the inclusion of caregiving language in four state party platforms and the passage of two bipartisan legislative resolutions.  The national Democratic Party platform also includes language strongly supporting family caregivers.


News and Events

KAI Research Near You!

KAI 30KAI Research, Inc., an Altarum company, recently participated as a Silver Sponsor of the 5th Annual International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, and celebrated its 30th anniversary while exhibiting at the DIA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Look for us soon at the NAVREF conference for central clinical research support for VA clinical studies, and the upcoming Bio+Tech17 Conference, sponsored by Tech Council of Maryland. For information on how to work with KAI, please visit, or contact Kathy Dimeo, president

Energy, Activity, Change & Progress - Altarum Annual Report

Annual ReportAltarum exists to solve complex systems problems to improve human health. Last year—as in every year—this bold calling is evident in our work across a wide range of health issues that affect diverse populations and communities. This report highlights some of these efforts. View our Annual Report here.

American Public Health Association

APHAJoin Altarum Institute at the American Public Health Association annual meeting next month in Denver, Booth 917.  See you there!

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