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REGISTER NOW ONLINE for 2015 CPHA-N Annual Meeting April 24

Friday, April 24, 2015    •    8:30 am – 4:30 pm


“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 & CSU Fresno (simulcast at all three locations)

Program information coming soon at:

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Limited number of student scholarships available at each location in exchange for two hours worth of work. Contact

Student poster contest: information is available through campus representatives or contact

Nursing CEUs are pending, as are CHES units; we will offer units for RDs. CPHA-N is a certified provider of CEUs by the Board of Registered Nursing #CEP 4952.

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Advocacy Environment

CPHA-N Signs Letter Supporting Air Quality Standards for Ozone


CPHA-N has signed on (with a host of other health organizations) to a letter supporting a strong National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone. The letter was submitted the letter last week, signed by 18 medical and health organizations in California. It urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to meet the Clean Air Act’s requirement to protect the health of the public with an adequate margin of safety by setting the ozone standard at 60 parts per billion (ppb).

Next step? The EPA and the White House are required to reach the court-ordered deadline for an updated ozone standard by Oct0ber 1, 2015.

Click here to read the full letter

Advocacy Chronic Illness Environment

CPHA-N Signs on to Clean Air Letter


CPHA-N has signed on (with a number of other health organizations) to a letter from Health Professionals for Clean Air to the California Department of Health Care Services, urging them to remove barriers to asthma care for Medi-CAL patients. The letter seeks to ensure that all asthma patients in California have full access to the NAEPP Guidelines’ recommended tests, treatments and devices needed to effectively treat and manage their asthma.

Health Professionals for Clean Air will be following up with Director Toby Douglas to request a meeting to discuss the letter and will keep us posted on any responses and opportunities for further advocacy.

Click here to read the full letter

Infectious Disease Prevention

Stop TB USA: Routinely Treating TB Infection Could Avert 1 Million Cases of TB in the U.S.


Stop TB USA: Common Sense

Focus on Prevention to Stop Tuberculosis

The Hill Congress Blog

March 24, 2015, 07:00 am

By Robert Benjamin, MD, MPH

The latest Tuberculosis outbreaks at schools in Sacramento and Kansas City — exposing hundreds of children and adults to a potentially fatal bacterial infection — remind us that TB continues to pose a grave threat to the public’s health.

Current efforts focus predominantly on treating active TB disease, while allowing the source of that disease — vast pools of TB infections that often lay dormant in the body for many years — to perpetuate. This approach is like trying to drain the sink with the faucet still running.

In order to defeat TB in the United States, public health officials must urgently expand screening and prevention efforts to stop TB

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Advocacy Obesity

CPHA-N Supports SB203 to Require Warning Label on Sugar-Sweetened Drinks


California Public Health Association North

An affiliate of the American Public Health Association

26 February 2015

The Honorable William Monning

California State Senate Majority Leader

State Capitol Building, Room 313

Sacramento CA 95814

Re: Support for SB 203

Dear Senator Monning:

I am writing on behalf of the California Public Health Association-North (CPHA-N), representing the multiple disciplines of public health practitioners in northern California, to support Senate Bill 203, which would require a warning label on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. California consumers have a right to know about the unique and chronic health problems associated with the consumption of sodas and other sugary drinks. SB 203 is a common-sense approach to providing that vital, science-based information to consumers.

California is in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the public’s health and healthcare costs.

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Public Health Education

New Webinar Series Features Digital Storytelling for Community Public Health

Please join the Center for Digital Storytelling for a new, five-part webinar series, Digital Storytelling for Community-Based Public Health.

Sign up now.

Storytelling and participatory media are powerful, multi-dimensional tools for public health research, strategic communication, community mobilization, and advocacy.

For the past 20 years, the Center for Digital Storytelling has been supporting academics, educators, and advocates in understanding how first person narrative and digital media production can advance a broad range of public health and social justice goals.

Please join us for this five-part webinar series, with two-hour sessions offered every other month, from April through December. The series, which is offered at a discount off the individual webinar price, includes:

Session One: Wed. April 15, 10 am Pacific Time / 1 pm Eastern Time.

Session Two: Wed. June 10, 10 am Pacific Time /

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Job Listing: Deputy Director of HHSA, Public Health Officer, Napa County

Napa County Health & Human Services Agency

is seeking applicants for the position of

Deputy Director of HHSA—Public Health/Public Health Officer

$173,492 – $209,518 Annually + 5% for Board Certification, if Applicable

Click here to open the Recruitment Brochure for this position.

The Public Health Division and the Position

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, this position serves as Napa County’s statutorily mandated Public Health Officer. Major areas of responsibility for the Public Health Officer include control of communicable diseases, response to public health emergencies, environmental health, jail health and sanitation condition inspections, and enforcement of statutes and ordinances in various areas. In Napa County, the Public Health Officer also functions as the Registrar of Records, Laboratory Medical Director, and Medical Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Services Division of HHSA.

In addition, this position serves as the Public Health Division Director. This

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Climate Change Environment

HBO Vice Show Features Our Rising Oceans

Last night, my world was rocked by a TV show. On Sunday nights, millions of people (myself included) let the zombies, cutthroat politicians, and dragon queens of premium network programming lift their cares away and help them relax before Monday morning. That routine was interrupted for me this week by the stirring season 3 premiere of HBO’s Vice, called “Our Rising Oceans.”


Here at NextGen Climate, we work everyday on highlighting the urgent need for political action to combat climate change, and Vice sums up the scope of the problem perfectly.


If you didn’t see it, here’s what you need to know:

1) Greenland and Antartica are melting. Vice sent two correspondents to Antarctica to document the unprecedented retreat of the ice caps making it clear that the situation is dire. There is already enough ice breaking off of Antarctica

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Job Listing: Senior Public Health Nurse, San Mateo County


Communicable Disease Control Program

$7,907 – $9,883/month

San Mateo County Health System is seeking a Senior Public Health Nurse (PHN) to be responsible for the daily supervision and operational functioning of our Communicable Disease Control Program. The mission of the Communicable Disease Control Program is to protect and promote the health of all San Mateo County residents through surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of communicable diseases of public health significance, excluding tuberculosis.

This position will provide active leadership and public health nursing expertise to the program planning, development, implementation, supervision and evaluation of our Communicable Disease Control Program.

The ideal candidate will have experience which demonstrates knowledge of public health nursing management practices required to coordinate a work area or specialized program, including two years of professional nursing experience in a public health setting. The position requires current CA RN licensure and CA Public Health Nurse

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Visión y Compromiso Central Valley Conference


Hacia una Vida Digna y Sana

1ra Conferencia Anual para Promotores del Valle Central

Sabado28 de Marzo, 8:30 to 4:30

Fresno State University, Fresno, CA

Our first conference in the Central Valley. An exciting day with workshops and activities. Please share it with grantees or community based organizations who support promoters, lideres, peer support, community health workers or any position within the promoter model that supports community well being.

Download flyer here


CPHA-N Governing Council Convenes for 2015


APHA Environment

APHA Urges Support for Strong Ozone Standard

Dear Affiliate Leaders,

Please join APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD and other leading public health professionals in signing a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in support of a strong and more protective ozone standard. Adoption of a standard is a priority for APHA and other health partners and we urge you to sign this important letter.

EPA has proposed strengthening the ozone standard because the current one is based on outdated science and fails to adequately protect the health of millions, including children, people with asthma, and older adults. It also misleads the American people and gives us a false sense of security about pollution in the air we breathe. Strengthening the ozone standard will go a long way toward reducing pollution and improving the health of our nation’s citizens. Health and medical organizations strongly support the most protective standard under consideration by

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CPHA-N Membership

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

    KEEP READING >> After Enterovirus 68 Outbreak, a paralysis mystery <<

    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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