"Reports & Events" is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Selected Events in December 2018
Click on each event's title to access meeting details, an agenda, and registration information, or contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu). Reporters should register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

Reorienting Health Care and Business Investment Priorities Toward Health and Well-Being
Dec. 3 | New York City
Featuring a keynote address from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, this workshop will examine the factors that can spur change in economic priorities in the health care and financial services industries.  It will explore the history and current state of shifting to new investment priorities, what industry leaders are doing to make progress and avoid pitfalls, tools and platforms that are useful for these efforts, and insights that stakeholders can use to help reinforce the shift toward health investments. The event will be webcast.

Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management
Dec. 4 and 5 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will review nonpharmacological treatments and integrative health models for pain management, as well as available evidence on use patterns and patient interest.  Examples of these treatments may include acupuncture; manual therapies; physical therapy, occupational therapy, and exercise; cognitive behavioral therapy; tai chi; yoga; meditation; and neurostimulation.  The event will also look at current training and education on nonpharmacological pain management approaches, and policies for reimbursement that would enable broader dissemination and implementation of these treatments, when appropriate.  The event will be webcast.

Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices
Dec. 6 | Washington, D.C.
Medical and oral health systems in the U.S. operate separately -- typically with different education systems, national and state policies, financing mechanisms, clinic locations, and professional organizations.  Often people are required to make the necessary connection between medical and dental care on their own without support from either system.  This workshop will explore how improving health literacy offers a way forward to promoting the integration of oral and general health care and providing high-quality, coordinated, patient-centered care.  The event will be webcast.

Preservice and In-service Educator Preparation and English Learners in STEM Subjects
Dec. 12 | Online
This webinar is based on the recent report English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives and focuses on preservice and in-service preparation of educators who teach STEM content to English learners. Members of the committee that wrote the report will give an in-depth review on the different factors shaping the classroom and the experiences teachers need to ensure that English learners have opportunities to engage with rigorous STEM content learning.

Reports Scheduled for Release in December
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the Academies depend on successful completion of the review process and publishing schedules. Reporters who would like to be notified when a report is due for release should contact the Office of News and Public Information -- 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions
Examines the conventional munitions demilitarization program at the U.S. Department of Defense and identifies and evaluates barriers to deploying alternatives to open burning and open detonation.

Environmental Engineering in the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges
Identifies the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century over the next several decades for which the expertise of environmental engineers will be needed.

Final Report of the Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
Examines the state and potential of magnetic fusion research in the U.S. and provides guidance on a long-term strategy for the field.

Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care: Considerations for Routine and Surge Use
Examines logistical, economic, and policy challenges and opportunities, as well as issues regarding personnel proficiency, proper use, and acceptance of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system.  The report looks at the practicability of elastomeric use in health care on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. health care personnel may be larger than domestic supplies.





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