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Register Now for CPHA-N Annual Meeting Coming May 1st

Prevention and the Affordable Care Act: New Roles and Responsibilities

Registration is now open for the CPHA-N Annual Meeting and Scientific Session scheduled on May 1st, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

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To serve a wider audience this important program is being simultaneously held at three convenient venues. WHEN YOU REGISTER, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO INDICATE WHICH VENUE YOU PLAN TO ATTEND:

  • Oakland—The California Endowment Office, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
  • Sacramento—The California Endowment Office, 1414 K Street, Suite 500
  • Fresno—Fresno State University, East Engineering, Room 208

This conference explores the implications for our public health workforce in the context of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Opening welcome and introductions by Stefano Bertozzi, Dean, UCB School of Public Health

APHA President Joyce Gaufin will deliver a keynote speech, entitled “Public Health in Transition: Embracing and Preparing for the Future.”

Presentations and panels to include:

  • Performance and Accreditation—Loriann DeMartini, Pharm D, Deputy Director, Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation at CDPH discussing the state health department accreditation and its impact on workforce issues.
  • Public Health Nursing—Sheila Proctor, RN, MS, MPH, Associate Professor, UCSF School of Nursing, chairing a panel on “The Impact of ACA on Public Health Nursing,” Karen Hill, UCSF, Nurse Practitioner, Clinic Manager, Faculty Practice Guide Health Services, San Francisco. Plus speakers covering Advanced Practice Nurses/ACA/nurse- run clinics, and school nursing and the impact of the ACA.
  • Oral Health—Bob Isman, DDS, MPH,  Dental Program Consultant for the California Department of Health Services, and  Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH of UCSF School of of Dentistry discussing “Putting Teeth in the Affordable Care Act: Where Does Oral Health Fit In?”
  • Community  Health Workers—A panel on Community Health Workers, including Andrew Broderick, MA, MBA, Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health, Public Health Institute, speaking on a newly released report on the use of CHWs in community clinics in California, entitled “Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim.”
  • Public Health Education—Including a discussion by  Debbie Oto-Kent, MPH, Executive Director, Healthy Sacramento Coalition and Barbara Alberson, MPH, Sr. Deputy Director, San Joaquin County Public Health.

This conference will also feature a Student Poster Contest, with cash prizes.

Free registration for students in exchange for two hours’ worth of work is available. Contact for more information.

Discounted rates available for CPHA-N members, students, community health workers, and retirees.

You can register online:

Continuing Education Credit Fees to be paid on site; $10 per contact hour.

CPHA-N is a CA Board of Registered Nursing Continuing Education Provider # CEP 4952. 
CEUs also available for Registered Dietitians through CPHA-N
. Fresno State will be providing CHES units.

Partial list of co-sponsors: Fresno State University; University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and SPH Alumni Association; Public Health Institute; Drexel University; Touro University


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Events and Programs/Social Factors

Webinar Series: Communicating with Diverse Latino Communities

The Health Communication Matters Webinar Series presents:
Putting Culture Into Context: Communicating with Diverse Latino Communities
Tuesday, April 8th / 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT / 1:30pm – 3:00pm EDT

Today’s U.S. Latino population is growing, dynamic and evolving, reflecting a new American reality. Latino culture and family dynamics impact healthcare decisions and behaviors. Recognizing that Latinos are not a homogeneous group, experts from media, academic research and public health promotion will share insights, tips and tools in this timely webinar for closing the cultural communication gap with this diverse population.

Register now for this FREE event!

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify diversity among Latino populations and take appropriate steps to build a communication ecology relative to that diversity
  • List at least two healthcare myths about Latinos
  • Describe the role that media, community and family influences play in healthcare decisions
  • Describe how to reach Latinos more effectively through culturally relevant communication and outreach


Job Listing: Program Director, Huckleberry Wellness Academy, Marin

TITLE: Program Director, Huckleberry Wellness Academy (Marin) PROGRAM: Huckleberry Teen Health Program LOCATION: San Rafael CA SALARY RANGE: $60-65k CLASSIFICATION: Exempt SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week SUPERVISOR: Senior Director of Wellness Academies LANGUAGE: Fluency in Spanish Required

AGENCY OVERVIEW: Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) has served almost more than 125,000 youth since its incorporation in 1967. As a critical provider of essential safety net services for at-risk youth and their families in San Francisco and Marin County for 40 years, HYP has developed and maintained prevention programs that promote the health and leadership of youth. Our services divert youth from violence, crime and gang involvement, as well as other harmful behaviors, including running away, drug/alcohol abuse, risky sexual activities, and involvement in the juvenile justice system. The agency employs 55 staff members, and operates on a $4.1 million annual budget. For more information, please go to our website at

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: HYP created the Huckleberry Wellness Academies to link high potential, underperforming students with academic, personal and career support needed to fill a growing demand for

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CPHA-N Membership Options

If you were a member of APHA and CPHA-N in the Joint Membership Program but do not plan to renew, please consider joining and supporting your local affiliate = CPHA-N. Our membership options are readily available here.

The annual membership is just $55 and is a great way to maintain and expand your professional connections. If you are retired or a community health worker, it’s just $25/year.

Some benefits of CPHA-N Membership:

  • Voice and representation in national issues through close liaison with APHA.
  • A voice on State issues, including links to California public health leaders and legislators.
  • Partners with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
  • Collaborates closely with CDPH and SCPHA on state-wide issues.
  • Sponsors professional development and training opportunities during the year.
  • Creates leadership and networking opportunities with your professional colleagues.
  • Promotes employment opportunities in newsletter and on website.
  • CPHA-N is a Non-profit, Professional Organization and a 501(c)3 entity.
  • Membership fees, CE charges & donations are tax-deductible.
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  • Healthcare Costs/Prevention/Social Factors

    A new vision for planetary health

    Published in The Lancet

    by Richard Horton, Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, John Raeburn, Martin McKee, Stig Wal

    This manifesto for transforming public health calls for a social movement to support collective public health action at all levels of society – personal, community, national, regional, global, and planetary. Our aim is to respond to the threats we face: threats to human health and well-being, threats to the sustainability of our civilization, and threats to the natural and human-made systems that support us. Our vision is for a planet that nourishes and sustains the diversity of life with which we co-exist and on which we depend. Our goal is to create a movement for planetary health. Our audience includes health professionals and public health practitioners, politicians and policy makers, international civil servants working across the UN and in development agencies, and academics working on behalf of communities. Above all, our audience includes every person who has an interest in their own health, in the health of their fellow human beings, and in the health of future generations.

    The discipline of public health is critical to this vision because of its values of social justice and fairness for all, and its focus on

    KEEP READING: A new vision for planetary health


    Job Listings: Professor, Research Scientist, Anderson Cancer Center, Univ Texas

    Assistant / Associate / Professor and Senior Research Scientist – MD Anderson Cancer Center

    The Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center is accepting applications for 1) a research track faculty member at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor; and 2) a Senior Research Scientist.

    Associate Professor candidates must have a strong record of scholarly achievement, and Assistant Professor candidates must demonstrate strong promise in these areas. These are unique positions that will work with the Center for Community Engaged Translational Research (CCETR) and with a well-established and funded research program addressing disparities in health risk behaviors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity).

    The successful candidates will be expected to play a lead role in CCETR with respect to facilitating community based research, including participation in writing grants. The successful candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in several NIH funded smoking and alcohol intervention, multiple risk factor intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. Salary is completely funded, extremely competitive, and commensurate with experience. MD Anderson offers excellent benefits packages.

    The Department of Health Disparities Research ( provides unusually rich opportunities for research and an exceptional infrastructure. Multidisciplinary opportunities in both community-based

    KEEP READING: Job Listings: Professor, Research Scientist, Anderson Cancer Center, Univ Texas

    Chronic Illness

    Caffeine may improve memory

    For clues to treatment for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, scientists are looking at their morning cup of coffee.

    They have discovered that caffeine does more than wake people up. It has been linked to improvements in memory and appears to protect against damage of brain cells. One study found that people who consumed 2 or more cups of coffee a day had a 40% lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. Some companies have been trying to replicate those benefits in development of new drugs.



    Colon Cancer Rates Drop Sharply due to Screenings

    According to an article just published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, colon cancer rates have fallen by 30% over the past decade in people over 50.

    Much credit is given to expanded use of colonoscopies. The number of Americans ages 50-64 who have had a colonoscopy has nearly tripled, growing from 19% in Yr 2000 to 55% in Yr 2010.

    Good…but needs to keep on growing.


    California Wellness Plan now available online

    The California Wellness Plan is the result of a statewide process led by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to develop a road map with partners to create communities in which people can be healthy, improve the quality of clinical and community care, increase access to usable health information, assure continued public health capacity to achieve health equity, and empower communities to create healthier environments.

    CDPH chronic disease and health promotion program staff and statewide partners were involved in the development of this Plan. Through this coordinated effort, CDPH provides a venue to align public health chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts to ensure the best possible population health outcomes for all Californians.

    The aim of the Plan is to find common approaches to reduce the burden and impact of chronic disease in California.

    If you have any questions related to the background and content of the California Wellness Plan, please contact Jessica Núñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief of the Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Section, Chronic Disease Control Branch. (

    For questions related to communications and promotion of the plan, please contact Mary

    KEEP READING: California Wellness Plan now available online

    Cancer/Social Factors

    Latino Cancer Summit

    The Latino Cancer Summit will be held at the SF Marriott Marquis Hotel July 20-22nd, 2014. For information:

    Events and Programs

    13th Annual Health Literacy Conference

    The 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference: “Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act” will be held May 7-9th, 2014 at the Hotel Irvine in Southern California. For full conference details and to register, please go to or phone 800 434-4633

    Prevention/Social Factors

    NIH releases new data on Hispanic/Latino health and habits

    A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/ Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits.

    These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities.”

    Although Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., our knowledge about Hispanic health has been limited,” said Larissa Avilés-Santa, M.D., M.P.H, a medical officer in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and project officer of the HCHS/SOL.

    “These detailed findings provide a foundation to address questions about the health of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population and a critical understanding

    KEEP READING: NIH releases new data on Hispanic/Latino health and habits


    Transfat update: FDA’s new policy to have major public health impact

    CDC estimates that 25% of trans fats still in the American food supply account for some 7,000 premature deaths a year. The FDA ‘s new policy on trans fat will essentially end industrially produced trans fat in the US. Professor Walter Willett at the Harvard School of Public Health has written a timely update on trans fats in the March 2014 issue of Scientific American. You may reference this at


    Two New Reports from California Cancer Registry

    The California Cancer Registry (CCR) releases two important reports. Both are available at Obesity-Linked Cancers: A California Status Report, 1988-2009

    Obesity’s impacts on health are far reaching and can include such chronic conditions as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer. This report focuses on obesity in California and specifically highlights the incidence and mortality rates of the types of cancer that have been linked to obesity and how these rates have changed since 1988.

    Cancer in California 1988-2009: An Overview of California’s Recent Cancer Incidence and Mortality Statistics

    This report highlights cancer in California, including the leading cancer sites by sex and race/ethnicity for 2009. The report also includes data on cancer trends in California, beginning in 1988 through 2009.

    APHA/Events and Programs

    National Public Health Week – April 7-13

    You can sign up to participate in National Public Health Week at If you hold a special event during this important week you can send a short summary to

    Events and Programs/Social Factors

    FREE CALPACT Webinar April 8th

    CALPACT is presenting a FREE Webinar: ” Putting Culture Into Context: Communicating with Diverse Latino Communities” on Tuesday April 8, 2014 10:30am PDT- 12 Noon.

    Today’s U.S. Latino population is growing, dynamic and evolving, reflecting a new American reality. Latino culture and family dynamics impact healthcare decisions and behaviors. Hear experts from media, academic research and public health on this timely webinar April 8th.

    For information please contact: Phone: 510 643-0970

    Events and Programs

    American Lung Association Health Professionals for Clean Air – Webinar April 9th

    Save the date for Wednesday, April 9 – Noon to 1:30 PM – for a two-part webinar on air pollution trends and health impacts with a focus on San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

    Speakers will include Janice Nolan, Assistant Vice President, National Policy, American Lung Association; Bonnie Holmes-Gen, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association in California; and Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Immunology and Allergy, and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University School of Medicine, who will present on her compelling research in the Central Valley investigating the role of air pollution exposures on the developing immune system in children.

    For more information about this special webinar please contact Jenny Bard | Manager, Advocacy American Lung Association in California |


    Job Listing: CCS Medical Director, San Joaquin County

    CCS Medical Director (Assistant Health Officer)

    San Joaquin County Public Health Services is recruiting for a dynamic and motivated physician with pediatric experience to be the CCS Medical Director (Assistant Health Officer). The CCS Medical Director will provide medical consultation for the California Children’s Services Program.


  • Exciting and Challenging Career
  • Excellent Compensation and Benefits package
  • San Joaquin County, a great place to play, work and live

    San Joaquin County is a community where innovative, quality public health programs and services are available and accessible. SJC Public Health Services promotes well being and prevents disease through community engagement and interaction, education, workforce development, leadership and strategic planning. We serve everyone with respect by acknowledging and supporting diversity.


    The ideal candidate will:

  • Have demonstrated public health medical experience preferably with Pediatrics.
  • Possess experience in community health practice and a strong medical background in public health.
  • Excel in written and oral communications.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of professional ethics and standards.

  • Provides medical consultation and oversight of the medical eligibility determination process for CCS.
  • Provides consultation to the Medical Therapy Unit (MTU), supervising therapists in case management of complex cases, and attends MTU

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: CCS Medical Director, San Joaquin County

  • Jobs

    Job Listing: Director, MPH Program at USF

    Public Health Program Senior Faculty University of San Francisco Department: School of Nursing & Health Professions Job Type: Full-Time

    Job Summary:

    The Public Health Program within the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a faculty position to serve as Program Director for its Master’s of Public Health Program beginning August 2014. The faculty position carries with it an expectation for excellence in teaching, scholarly productivity, and academic and professional service, with time release for administrative responsibilities.

    • Master of Public Health (MPH)

    The mission of the MPH program at the University of San Francisco is to develop a cadre of public health (PH) leaders and generalists who will advance public health, social justice, and well being in the City of San Francisco, the State of California, the United States, and the world, and to create an educational public health presence that promotes community engagement, professional collaborations, evidence-based practice, and public health advocacy.

    Job Responsibilities:

    Essential Functions:

    As a faculty member, the successful candidate will:

    • Teach in the MPH Program

    • Advance a program of research/scholarship

    • Engage in academic and professional service

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: Director, MPH Program at USF