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Save the Date! 2015 CPHA-N Annual Meeting on April 24

Join CPHA-N or Register for a Joint APHA/CPHA-N Membership  SAVE THE DATE—Friday, April 24, 2015


“Health & Dignity in Aging: California Public Health Perspectives”

The California Public Health Association-North presents a major conference to explore the many aspects of Health & Aging and the roles that public health professionals can play.

Venues:  TCE Conference Center – Oakland & Sacramento
Simulcast at CSU Fresno
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Submissions for CPHA-N Newsletter & Website

The CPHA-N Newsletter is distributed 12-15 times a year. Submissions from members for inclusion in CPHA-N’s newsletter and website from members are encouraged and should be received in the CPHA-N Office well in advance in Times New Roman 12 point font. Brevity works best, with clear contact information.

Please join us to embrace and expand the evolving science and art of prevention & health promotion.

Glenn I. Hildebrand, MPH, Membership Chair, CPHA-N

APHA CPHA-N Membership

Why have a Joint Membership Program?

We join with APHA in encouraging you to continue in our excellent, cooperative Joint Membership Program. CPHA-N leaders were key innovators in establishing the JMP.

Why have a JMP?

  • Importance of a united local/national public health association
    • Enhances local/national connections
    • Brings in more members for both Affiliates and APHA
    • Provides benefits of both associations
  • Simplify enrollment process
    • Eliminates duplication of effort
    • One door to enter both
    • It is online, convenient and easy
  • Make more affordable
    • Streamlines member benefits and support to save you $s.
    • Brings new technology to the front door for everyone.
  • Public Health advocacy – local & national
    • Strengthens overall association impact via growth in numbers
    • Enables more sharing of political ‘clout’
CDC Women's Health

Mental Health among Women of Reproductive Age

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Reproductive Health works to improve the mental health of women of reproductive age (aged 15-44) through surveillance and research. For an update and report on mental health among women of reproductive age please visit:

CDC CDPH Public Policy

New Director of California Dept of Public Health appointed

Governor Brown has appointed Karen Smith, MD, MPH as the new Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.

Dr. Smith is currently the Public Health Officer and Deputy Director for Public Health for Napa County. Prior to Napa, she was Deputy Health Officer and TB Control Officer for Santa Clara County. Dr. Smith completed her medical training and infectious diseases fellowship at Stanford University after having obtained a Master of Public Health degree in International Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to her medical training she worked in communicable disease control in Morocco, Thailand, and Nepal. She has served as a subject matter expert on Public Health Emergency Preparedness for working groups convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and serves on the

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APHA CPHA-N Events / Programs Membership

CPHA-N Member Notes

Join CPHA-N or Register for a Joint APHA/CPHA-N Membership

The CPHA-N Annual Meeting is planned for Friday April 24th….so please mark this special event on your calendar and plan to participate. Updates and information will be posted here at

If you are a member of the Joint Membership Program with APHA & CPHA-N, be watching for your renewal letter from APHA. It is sent out based on the month you joined. We join with APHA in encouraging you to continue in this excellent, cooperative program. CPHA-N leaders were key innovators in establishing the JMP.

Why have a JMP? Read some of the reasons for the JMP here.


Public Health Education

SOPHE Publishes Draft Accreditation Recommendations

The Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE’s) School Health Education Accreditation Working Group has published a draft set of Recommendations for Accreditation of Professional Preparation Programs in School Health: Education

SOPHE members and others in the health education profession are invited to review and comment on the recommendations until Friday, March 20, 2015.

Comments may be provided at:

Cancer Climate Change Environment

ALA: Dr. Balmes Cites Dangers of Climate Change

Balmes - SOCIAL

From the American Lung Association:

We are pleased to present Dr. John Balmes as our featured physician this week for the Doctors for Climate Health campaign. Please help us get the word out on social media through your channels and liking and sharing our posts as well. We have drafted some sample messages and attached the photo with his statement.

We appreciate your help very much.

Statement: Climate change is the most significant environmental threat to health

As a physician and researcher, I know that climate change is an urgent health issue that affects my patients now and future generations. In fact climate change is the most significant environmental threat to public health of our century. A survey of American Thoracic Society members finds that the majority of doctors surveyed are already seeing health effects in their

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Public Health Education

Committed current & emerging leaders needed for Health Leadership Program Class XII

Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program strengthens the skills of leaders in nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose mission is dedicated to improving health and quality of life in their communities.

We’re pleased to continue the program in 2015 and invite current and emerging leaders in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley to apply. Successful applicants will be in organizations that work to improve community health and well-being and reduce health disparities across a broad range of issue areas such as education, employment, access to health services, population health, social services, environment, housing, youth development and juvenile justice. The 2015 program will focus on improved organizational outcomes and impact, through effectiveness, quality, financial stability, partnership development, governance and sustainability.

The Health Leadership Program is jointly led by the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System and the University of San Francisco’s School of Management, and is

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Cancer Events / Programs Public Health Education Public Policy Women's Health

GIS for Community Impact: From Technology to Translation

image005On April 14, 2015, Zero Breast Cancer and partners are offering an informative and interactive workshop on how to use geographic data to look at breast and other cancer risk factors in our physical and social environments and to inform prevention efforts. Join this diverse group to explore how geographic data can contribute to our understanding of cancer and even reduce our risk.

Who is it for? Advocates, Researchers, Public Health Professionals, Public Policy Leaders, Health Educators and Community Members interested in how where we live, work, play and pray influence our health.

Cost: $50, scholarships are available

More information is at:

Register Now

ALSO: Pre-Workshop GIS Short-Course: Space Time Analysis for Health & the Environment

The April 13th day-long includes lunch, breaks and SpaceStat software, $125 fee (scholarships available)

For more information go to:

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APHA Awards / Fellowships Public Policy

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

APHA announces its 2015-16 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government.

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be interested in spending one year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other public health concern. The fellowship will begin in September 2015 and continue through August 2016. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

All candidates must:

  • be an APHA member.
  • have a graduate degree in a public health or a related discipline.
  • have five years experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.
  • Application, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website.

    The application, including a CV

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    Awards / Fellowships Cancer Jobs

    National Cancer Institute accepting applications for Health Communications Internships

    The National Cancer Institute is now accepting applications for the 2015 term of its Health Communications Internship Program. The program is designed to give highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up NCI.

    Six-month and one-year internship terms are offered, and interns are placed in offices located in Bethesda or Rockville, Maryland. Applications for the 2015 term are due March 3.

    Additional information about the program, including an online application, can be found online.

    Awards / Fellowships Smoking

    Application period now open for the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

    Applications are now being accepted for the fourth class of fellows for the Food and Drug Administration Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship.

    Administered by the Institute of Medicine and sponsored by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, this fellowship enables accomplished professionals with five to seven years experience to actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies. The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at the Center for Tobacco Products in Maryland, beginning September 2015.

    Complete applications must be submitted via the online application system no later than March 2.

    For more information, contact Marie Michnich, senior director of health policy educational program and fellowships.


    CDC Environment Smoking

    58 million nonsmokers in US are still exposed to secondhand smoke

    Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers — 58 million people — are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that declines in exposure to SHS have been slower and exposure remains higher among children, blacks, those who live in poverty, and those who live in rental housing. The report finds two in every five children aged three to 11 years are still exposed to SHS. The study assessed exposure using cotinine, a marker of SHS found in the blood.

    CDC Prevention

    Prevention Highlight:  Birth Defects Drop 35% due to adding Folic Acid to Flour

    The number of babies born with a type of serious birth defect has fallen 35% since the USA began fortifying grains with a B vitamin called folic acid in 1998, a new report shows.

    Folic acid plays a crucial role in the earliest days of a pregnancy, studies indicate. Women who don’t get enough folic acid have an elevated risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida, which often causes paralysis. Adding folic acid to grains has prevented more than 1,300 babies a year from being born with spina bifida or related conditions, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    HIV / AIDS Infectious Disease Prevention

    Oral HIV Vaccine Undergoing Testing

    A new oral vaccine to prevent HIV infection that does not contain the HIV virus is currently being tested in clinical trials at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study is designed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This novel vaccine that is administered in pill form contains a live adenovirus.


    CDC Infectious Disease

    After Enterovirus 68 Outbreak, a paralysis mystery

    A nationwide outbreak of a respiratory virus last fall sent droves of children to emergency departments. The infections have now subsided, as researchers knew they would, but they have left behind a frightening mystery.

    Since August, 103 children in 34 states have had an unexplained, polio like paralysis of an arm or leg. Each week, roughly three new cases of so-called acute flaccid myelitis are still reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is the virus, called enterovirus 68, really the culprit? Experts aren’t certain: Unexplained cases of paralysis in children happen every year, but they are usually scattered and unrelated. After unusual clusters appeared this fall, enterovirus 68 became the leading suspect, and now teams of researchers are racing to figure out how it could have led to such damage.

    “It’s unsatisfying to have an illness and not know what caused it,” said Dr. Samuel Dominguez, an

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    Cancer Women's Health

    Disparities and Cervical Cancer

    While cervical cancer does not fall within the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers among all women in California combined during 2008 to 2012, it does fall within the top ten most commonly diagnosed cancers for females in the following specific race/ethnicity groups during this time frame:

    • American Indian/Alaska Native (cervical cancer ranked 10th)
    • Filipino (cervical cancer ranked 9th)
    • Hawaiian (cervical cancer ranked 10th)
    • Hispanic (cervical cancer ranked 7th)
    • Kampuchean (cervical cancer ranked 6th)
    • Laotian/Hmong (cervical cancer ranked 8th)
    • Pacific Islander (cervical cancer ranked 7th)
    • Thai (cervical cancer ranked 7th)
    • Vietnamese (cervical cancer ranked 10th)

    Survival of women diagnosed with cervical cancer is strongly related to stage at diagnosis. Survival rates are much higher when cervical cancer is diagnosed early (local stage). Five-year survival for women diagnosed at the local stage (when the cancer is confined to the cervix) is 93 percent (see Figure 2). However, survival rates

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    Infectious Disease Public Health Education

    Hot spots of under-immunized children in SF Bay Area

    An editorial in the Sunday January 25, 2015 issue of the SF Examiner called “Crazy Clusters” reported on the recent study by Kaiser Permanente. The study researchers found statistically larger proportions of under-immunized children living in a few geographic areas, including Santa Rosa, Napa, San Rafael, Vallejo, Richmond and Oakland. The editorial speaks to the serious public health consequences when some people fail to have their children vaccinated. It also points to possible need for state action if parents fail to have their children immunized.


    APHA seeks nominees for leadership positions

    Now is the time to submit recommendations for APHA’s boards and committees. Recommendations can be submitted through March 31. Further details and the recommendation form can be found on the APHA website.

    For more information about the leadership appointments or Executive Board nominations, email Deborah Dillard, executive assistant to the chief of staff, or call 202-777-2442

    APHA Public Policy

    APHA policy statement proposals due Feb. 18

    Members interested in submitting policy statement proposals for the 2015 policy statement development process should send their submissions to by Feb. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Further details and the recommendation form can be found on the APHA website.


    Events / Programs HIV / AIDS Obesity Public Health Education

    National Health-Related Calendar Events in February


    Healthcare Costs Public Health Education

    Health Equity Leadership Institute June 14-19

    The 6th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) will be June 14-19, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is an intensive weeklong “research boot camp” focused on increasing the number of researchers, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research and competing successfully for tenure track and leadership positions. For more information, please visit:

    Jobs Prevention

    Unite for Sight Seeks Volunteers for Global Impact Corps

    Dear Friend of Unite For Sight,

    We hope to have an opportunity to work with you in Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps in Ghana, Honduras, and India! Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps volunteer abroad program is available year-round, and it’s not too late to participate this spring and summer!

    Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Fellows are students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows support, assist, and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.9 million patients living in poverty during the past decade, including nearly 90,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of delivering quality healthcare in resource-poor settings.

    Unite For Sight is the only organization in the

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    Environment Events / Programs

    Panel Discussion: Five Voices on the Environment

    Academic Lives – Books of Note: Five Voices on the Environment

    Wednesday, February 25, 4-6pm

    UC Berkeley Women’s Faculty Club – Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

    The Women’s Faculty Club’s on-going Academic Lives series presents Books of Note: Five Voices on the Environment featuring landmark authors from varied disciplines reflecting on environmental concerns. Each panelist will discuss their latest work. Panelists are John R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus – History, Rutgers University; Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, Chair – Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA; David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus, Geography, University College, London; Carolyn Merchant, Professor – Environmental History, Philosophy and Ethics, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley; and Louise Mozingo, Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Urban Design.

    Reception follows with an opportunity to meet the authors and further discuss their works. Event is complimentary and open to the campus community.


    Job Listing: Director of Assessment, Planning & Health Equity, Alameda County Public Health Dept

    Filing Deadline: 3/2/2015 5:00pm

    Location: Oakland

    See for position description, information on applying, and contact information.


    Under general direction of the Director, Public Health, the Director of Assessment, Planning, and Health Equity plans, organizes, and administers the planning, community capacity building, and local policy development and health and socio-economic evaluation, research and dissemination functions of the public health department to ensure that programs and policies are accurate, effective and consistent with the goal of eliminating health inequities. This is a single-position classification located in the Office of the Director, Public Health Department. The incumbent reports to the Director, Public Health, and is responsible for providing direct administrative overview in the areas of strategic planning, community assessment, research, evaluation, community capacity-building, and the development of local policy initiatives in broader determinants of health sectors (education, housing, transportation, economic development, etc.). The incumbent also acts in

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    Chronic Illness Jobs

    Job Listing: Public Health Medical Administrator II/CEA Exam, for Chief of Chronic Disease Division, CDPH


    California Department of Public Health (CDPH)



    CDPH is recruiting applicants for the Public Health Medical Administrator II (PHMA II)/Career Executive Assignment (CEA) civil service examination. This is a high level public health leadership classification in California’s state public health agency.

    Leadership Chronic Disease and Injury Control Needed. There is an immediate opening for a PHMA II to serve as the Chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Control (CDIC) Division. CDIC houses the nationally renowned tobacco control, obesity prevention, cancer registry, and injury/violence prevention programs and initiatives.

    The Chief provides leadership; scientific, medical, policy and program guidance; and general oversight of the state’s major public health prevention programs. CDIC is comprised of five branches, employs over 300 staff drawn from a broad range of health disciplines. CDIC has

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    Events / Programs Public Health Education

    Brain Development & Neuroplasticity Continuing Education Course

    The Brain Development and Neuroplasticity continuing education training with Joseph Christensen MA LMFT MAC is designed for health care providers, public health and mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement, and educators.

    The course will increase your knowledge about the biology of the brain, the workings of the mind and the latest research in neuroplasticity, and the brain’s ability to heal and rewire itself. What you learned about the brain five years ago is out of date. This course will bring you up to date, and will connect you to current resources.

    The four unit course is dynamic, accessible, interactive, fun and challenging. Participants will walk away with knowledge they can apply immediately in their work with their patients and clients.


    Job Listings: Campaigns Coordinator, Development Officer at BCAction

    Two exciting new job opportunities at Breast Cancer Action (BCAction):

    BCAction is a national education and activist non-profit whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. We focus on systemic interventions that address the root causes of the disease and produce broad public health benefits. As the watchdog of the breast cancer movement, we educate, organize and take action for systemic change in three priority issue areas: 1) Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment, 2) Root Causes of Breast Cancer and 3) Pink Ribbon Marketing and Culture. BCAction is located in San Francisco, CA.

    The two positions we are looking to hire for are:

    Campaigns Coordinator: This position is a core member of the Program team and leads BCAction’s national campaigns and direct actions that engage and mobilize our national activist community across the country.

    Development Officer: This

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