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I'm really glad to have this opportunity to talk with you. I'm just sorry I'm not with you in person, but I want to talk to you about preventive medicine as a key truth teller.
You know, I've been a proud member of the American College of Preventive Medicine for over 30 years, and I was privileged to serve as your president 25 years ago, and thus I
followed you, Tilson, who's been an aspiring leader. How much has changed between then and now?
Nonetheless, as ACPM members and others dedicated to prevention, we deserve to feel proud. Proud because, despite our small membership and small staff, we are one of the few medical
organizations that moves health policy forward and whose membership operates at both individual and population levels.
I think that unique positioning allows us to work with social and environmental organizations
who understand that the most important drivers of health and well-being lie outside the medical
care system, and that most of the progress in reducing morbidity and mortality is a result of policy change.
But, you know, as I think back to the challenges we faced a quarter of a century ago, some still persist today.
Case in point, I find it difficult to answer the most common question put to me by my fellow physicians, my friends, and by the media.
That question is, what makes our specialty different from other medical specialties? And you know, I continue to struggle to craft a satisfying answer. Why?
Because we are not the only practitioners of preventive medicine. I mean, at some level, don't all physicians share prevention as a common goal, covering
the spectrum from the prevention of disease or injury to preventing disease progression, complications, and undue suffering?
You know, however, there is one aspect of practice for which we in preventive medicine have the right to claim leadership and a seminal role in improving the outcomes of care, not
Video Summary
The speaker discusses the importance of preventive medicine as a truth-teller and the role of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) in advancing health policy. They highlight the need for evidence-based practices and the influence of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care in developing methods for assessing medical interventions. The establishment of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force is also discussed as pivotal in evaluating preventability and creating guidelines for clinical practice and public health policy. However, the speaker acknowledges the challenges of misinformation and disinformation in public health, citing examples such as the false claims linking the MMR vaccine to autism and the promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. The speaker calls for ACPM to be a respected truth-teller, combat misinformation, and prioritize climate change as an existential threat that requires action. They propose strategies for opposing disinformation, exposing private interests, building coalitions, responding effectively, and forming strong partnerships. The importance of being united and consistent in conveying the consequences of inaction is emphasized. The transcript concludes with a call to commit to combating climate change and being persistent truth-tellers.
preventive medicine
American College of Preventive Medicine
evidence-based practices
climate change

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