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    Events and 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 What you learned about the brain five years ago is out of date.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.

  • Feb 6 at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 4700 Bohannon Drive conference rooms 102-103, Menlo Park, CA 95402
  • Feb 7 at Clinica Sierra Vista, 1945 N. Fine Avenue, Suite 116, Fresno, CA 93727
  • Feb 9 at Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
  • To Register and Pay:

    Regular registration $70 (Click here for Regular Registration) [Patience 48 seconds to load]

    Continuing Education Credit (4 units) $100 (Click here for Continuing Ed Registration)

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    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 position will join BCAction’s fundraising team and report to the Development Director. Key responsibilities include supporting, strengthening and growing the organization’s individual gifts program.

    For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at:

    CDPH Jobs

    Job Listing: Health Education Consultant II, CDPH

    We are looking for dynamic, experienced health educators with a strong background in communications and public health to work in the Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health.

    This permanent, full-time position will be located in Richmond, California, with all of the advantages of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Note: other CDPH programs in Richmond or Sacramento may have positions available in 2015, & completing the same application process would make you eligible.)

    The Occupational Health Branch (OHB) works to improve workplace health and safety by identifying and evaluating workplace hazards, tracking patterns of work-related injury and illness, developing training and informational materials, providing technical assistance to others to prevent work-related injury and illness, and recommending protective occupational health standards.

    As an OHB health educator, you will:

  • Conceive, plan, direct, and evaluate educational, outreach, and intervention efforts in the area of occupational health and safety in collaboration with a team of scientists, communications, and surveillance specialists.
  • Develop or coordinate the development, production, dissemination, and evaluation of educational and training materials, including written, multi-media (e.g., videos), web, and social media communications products.
  • Assist in developing public health recommendations for the prevention of injury, illness, and death in workers

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: Health Education Consultant II, CDPH

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    CDPH Publishes Quarterly Updates: The Stakeholder Brief

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to present The Stakeholder Brief, a quarterly update of important upcoming activities, actions and accomplishments from CDPH and involving its partners. Updates include information about meetings, presentations, press announcements, and solicitations for input or services.

    This website,, will post The Stakeholder Brief reports every quarter on this page.

    To automatically receive The Stakeholder Brief updates directly from CDPH, sign up at the CDPH Subscribe page.

    For questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact CDPH Office of Public Affairs directly at or 916-440-7259.

    The first quarterly report of The Stakeholder Brief is now available here:

    CDPH The Stakeholder Brief, January-March 2015

    Public Policy

    Call for Papers on Gun Violence

    Call for Papers Epidemiologic Reviews 2016 Theme Issue (Volume 38) Gun Violence: Risk, Consequences, and Prevention

    Epidemiologic Reviews, a sister publication of the American Journal of Epidemiology, is devoted to publishing comprehensive and critical reviews on specific themes once a year. For the last several years, Epidemiologic Reviews has ranked #1 or #2 in impact factor out of about 160 journals. The theme of the 2016 issue will beGun Violence: Risk, Consequences, and Prevention.

    Submission of review articles is now solicited on content and method topics for this theme. Examples include the relationship between gun laws and homicide, the risk attributed to mental illness, suicide risk attributed to availability and accessibility of guns, the role of guns in domestic violence, the relationship between substance abuse and gun violence, trends in emergency medical response and case-fatality rates, risk factors and prevention of mass shooting, peer influences on perpetration and victimization risks, efficacy of law enforcement interventions directed at gun violence, and community and societal characteristics associated with risk for gun violence. Please note that reviews on other epidemiologic aspects of gun violence are also welcome.

    Manuscripts can be up to 6,000 words exclusive of the abstract, tables, figures, and references. All

    KEEP READING: Call for Papers on Gun Violence

    Prevention Smoking

    The past, present and future of tobacco

    Imagine a world in which more than half of all adults smoked. Worse, imagine a world in which you were constantly forced to breathe in the proven-deadly chemicals released by tobacco products.

    This world was a reality in 1964 before then-U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry’s groundbreaking report on smoking and health. The findings led to one of our nation’s greatest-ever public health advancements, including cutting smoking rates by more than half and preventing 8 million premature deaths.

    Fifty years later, Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says that the tobacco epidemic is far from over, from “more than 40 million Americans still held in the grasp of tobacco use” to an increase in tobacco-produced deaths globally. Public Health Newswire spoke to Lushniak on a wide-range of smoking issues, ranging from challenges and opportunities in curbing tobacco use, e-cigarettes, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s youth-centered public education media campaign on smoking prevention upcoming in 2014.

    In the 50 years since your office’s original report, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been cut in half. What most explains our nation’s monumental improvements in tobacco cessation?

    The 1964 landmark report, released by the ninth U.S Surgeon General Dr. Luther

    KEEP READING: The past, present and future of tobacco


    Special message to public health teaching faculty in Northern California

    We need your assistance and support to promote CPHA-N’s FREE membership program for students enrolled in academic public health-related programs. Please let them know about this and the importance of their early professional association membership. All this requires is for them to visit our website: to learn more about the program and to sign-on.

    We also need to ask for your help and suggestions on ways that we can extend CPHA-N membership invitations to your faculty colleagues. Talking to them, or providing us with a contact and their email address will enable us to send a personal invitation for them to join, with supporting information.

    We welcome your comments and suggestions to this special communication and thank you in advance for any support you can provide.


    Robert Benjamin, MD, MPH, President

    Adele Amodeo, MPH, Executive Director

    Glenn I. Hildebrand, MPH, Membership. Chair

    Prevention Public Health Education

    Children are getting too much sodium

    About 9 in 10 US children are consuming more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure.

    About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years have raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight.

    The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Public health leaders, parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.

    Positive steps include:

  • Model healthy eating for children by having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables without added sodium;
  • Compare Nutrition Facts labels to choose the lowest sodium option before you buy;
  • Ask your grocery manager to provide more low sodium options of your family’s favorite foods;
  • Request restaurant nutrition information to make lower sodium choices.


    Do bacteria have a social life?

    Evolutionary biologists are trying to attack bacteria in a new way by short-circuiting their social life.

    Biologists have a new field called sociomicrobiolgy and they believe that this is a new way to approach antibiotic resistance among illness causing bacteria. They envision doing this by disrupting the processes that give bacteria a way to communicate with each other.

    Interesting article in the January 2015 Issue of The Scientific American magazine.

    CPHA-N Events and Programs

    What’s on your calendar for 2015?

    Need help to promote one of your programs?

    Share information about important public health programs and events you are holding in 2015 via this website.

    Just give us the essentials and dates well in advance and we will include them on our site and in our newsletter. Send to

    CDC Healthcare Costs Infectious Disease Obesity Preparedness Prevention Smoking

    Federal funding for Public Health

    A $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government has been approved. While far from a perfect bill, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 includes important funding for key public health programs and agencies, including $5.4 billion in critical emergency funding to support ongoing international and domestic activities to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

    The bill provides modest increases over fiscal year 2014 levels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of $37 million and for the Health Resources and Services Administration of $48 million.

    Additionally, the bill fully allocates the $1 billion available from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to support local, state and federal programs that fight obesity, curb tobacco use, improve access to preventive care services and respond to public health threats and outbreaks.

    APHA Preparedness

    APHA’s Get Ready Campaign 2015 calendars

    The Get Ready 2015 Tips from Tots Calendar is now available online for free! Featuring cute tots and preparedness tips, the calendar makes a great addition to your bulletin board, office wall or refrigerator.

    Get your copy of this child safety calendar and print one to share!

    Download and print your copy today.

    CDC Obesity Public Health Education

    Community Health Worker (CHW) Technical Assistance Guide Available

    States Implementing Community Health Worker Strategies is a new technical assistance guide developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health Program.

    The 33-page guide summarizes the successful work of organizations as it relates to Domains 3 and 4 (Health Systems Interventions and Community-Clinical Linkages, respectively) of CDC’s State Public Health Actions program. It also offers insights for states that are implementing CHW strategies.

    Recommendations were developed by compiling interviews with 9 organizations experienced in integrating CHWs into healthcare teams and engaging CHWs in promoting linkages between the health care system and community resources.

    To access the guide:

    Public Health Education Public Policy

    Vivek H. Murthy, MD, Confirmed 19th U.S. Surgeon General

    In 2011, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The group advises the National Prevention Council on developing strategies and partnerships to advance the nation’s health.

    Dr. Murthy attended Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years with a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences. He received an MD from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA in Health Care Management from Yale School of Management in 2003.

    Before his December 15, 2014 confirmation, Dr. Murthy was a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He is a founder and president of Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students supporting comprehensive health reform. Following his confirmation, Dr. Murthy was automatically commissioned as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, of which the Surgeon General is the day-to-day head.


    Member Notes

    Help get your new year off to a good start with a visit to the CPHA-N informative website. This is the best way to stay current with public health activities and events for Northern California. Regular updates and postings of job openings are included along with an array of menus that can help guide you to just what you may be looking for.

    Annual Appeal: In case you missed it, the CPHA-N Annual Fund Raising Appeal letter was sent out several weeks ago. You can donate directly via our secure website and donations are tax deductable.

    Member Survey: Coming along in a few days to all members to obtain suggestions on ways to make CPHA-N a more effective professional association. Please complete and return your survey as soon as possible. The survey results will be reviewed and discussed by the Governing Council at their annual planning retreat in February. If you would like to become a member of CPHA-N, please see the membership information at the end of this issue or visit


    Member Alert

    CPHA-N has been using the Acteva Company for conference registrations and on-line membership enrollment for its regular membership categories including retired, community health worker and students for the past few years.

    The company has recently encountered problems and we have ended our service arrangement with it. This does not involve any of the Joint Memberships with APHA, since those are directly handled by the APHA office in Washington, DC.

    Acteva closed down its operations about four weeks ago. If you joined CPHA-N in any membership category other than the Joint Membership Program during November using Acteva, please send a note to our office so we can double check and make sure your membership request was properly processed:

    We have engaged a new firm – Eventbrite – to handle our on-line registrations.

    Cancer Chronic Illness

    New Cancer Atlas: A roadmap to change 

    The global cancer burden has changed dramatically over time, with certain countries making significant strides in fighting the disease and others lagging far behind. This is according to the just-released book, The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, and first-ever accompanying website produced by the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control. This is an American Cancer Society publication:

    Some interesting facts found in the Atlas

    Worldwide, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths in 2012. Of these, 57% (8 million) of new cancer cases and 65% (5.3 million) of the cancer deaths occurred in the less-developed regions of the world. Almost half of all new cancer cases and slightly more than half of all cancer deaths occur in Asia, and one quarter of the global burden occurs in China.

    By the year 2025, there will be an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and 11.4 million cancer deaths, and the proportions of these occurring in less developed regions will increase to 59% and 68% respectively. India, China, and other East and Central Asian countries account for nearly half of the world’s new

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    Cancer Prevention Women's Health

    Eight million women ages 21 to 65 have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years!

    Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to a new Vital Signs ( ) report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.

    “Every visit to a provider can be an opportunity to prevent cervical cancer by making sure women are referred for screening appropriately,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We must increase our efforts to make sure that all women understand the importance of getting screened for cervical cancer. No woman should die from cervical cancer.”

    Researchers reviewed data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine women who had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. They analyzed the number of cervical cancer cases that occurred during 2007 to 2011 from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Cervical cancer deaths were based on death certificates submitted to the National Vital Statistics System.

    Key findings:

    In 2012,

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    Public Health Education

    Job Listing: Deputy Director, Center for Health and Community at UCSF

    The Center for Health and Community will house the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Program Office for the Investigator-Initiated Research Program on the Culture of Health. They are seeking a Deputy Director to play a senior management role in this multi-year national grant-making initiative.

    The National Program Office will have three major activities: reaching out to researchers to attract high quality grant proposals related to the initiative’s goals of a national “culture of health”, implementing a system of rigorous peer review, and ensuring that research findings are useful and accessible to the stakeholders.

    The Deputy Director manages day-to-day program operations, supervises program staff and participates in developing and implementing the program’s strategy, policies, budgets, work, and communications plans. They seek an individual with exceptional organizational and administrative skills and a strong scientific background in health research and population health determinants, who can assure effective operations and play a substantive role in representing the program to potential grantees, the Foundation, and others.

    Key elements of the position include: development of a grant database, overseeing grant reviews, grants management and monitoring, coordinating the National Panel of Advisors and Reviewers, and providing technical assistance to grantee sites.

    Please visit the UCSF Careers website

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    Cancer CDPH Smoking

    Research Scientist Supervisor Position with CDPH

    The CA Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health is currently recruiting for a Research Scientist Supervisor I position with a Social/Behavioral or Epidemiology/Biostatistics specialty.

    As CTCP’s primary scientific liaison, the incumbent will represent CTCP with state and national public health, university, and other research personnel regarding scientific studies; coordinate studies with other federal and academic institutions; and provide scientific advice and consultation to other research scientists within the California Department of Public Health as well as and other state, federal, and international agencies

    HOW TO APPLY: Information on minimum qualifictions, examination final filing dates, required documents for the examinations, including the required Supplemental Application can be found on the CDPH website at

    FINAL FILING DATE: February 10, 2015. Applications received after February 10, 2015 will not be reviewed until April 10, 2015. Applications must be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service or hand delivered to the Department of Public Health Human Resources Office (hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM).

    File in Person Address: California Department of Public Health Selection & Certification Unit 1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 71.1501, Sacramento, CA 95814.

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 997378 Sacramento, MS 1700-1702, Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

    The SALARY RANGE is:

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