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Jobs Public Health Education

Job Listing: Assistant Professor, College of Health and Social Sciences, SF State

Position Description

Assistant Professor / Tenure-Track

The Department of Health Education announces an opening of a tenure-track position in the College of Health and Social Sciences, San Francisco State University

POSITION: Assistant Professor in Public Health–Community Health Education w/emphasis in Environment Health/Justice

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctoral Degree in Public Health in the following areas: Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, or a related field required; candidates with an MPH preferred but not required. Candidates should have a strong background in environmental health and/or environmental justice with an interest in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Excellence in teaching and scholarship must be demonstrated as well as potential for securing external funding. Our academic programs are tightly sequenced, thus the ability to work cooperatively and a commitment to engaged pedagogy in a faculty learning community is essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The candidate will teach courses in the Department of Health Education, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Health Education degree programs. The position also requires an on-going research agenda, scholarly publications, as well as Department, University, and community service.

RANK AND SALARY: The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of assistant professor, tenure-track, within the Department of Health Education. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

STARTING DATE:    August 2015

THE DEPARTMENT: The core mission of the Department of Health Education is to promote health and social justice in urban communities. Faculty in the department are engaged teachers and scholars with diverse research interests and funding sources. The Department offers a BS and an MPH in Community Health Education. 

THE UNIVERSITY: San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of over 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishments. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through scholarship, and/or creative work. The University is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit an application packet that contains the following: a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly work, a description of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please apply by submitting all materials electronically addressed to José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA. Chair, Search Committee, Dept. of Health Education: by November 21, 2014. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

Environment Public Health Education

TED Talk on Social Medicine

On the main page of, there’s a TED Talk by HealthBegins founder Dr. Rishi Manchanda, making the case for social medicine and for moving healthcare upstream.

This talk, based on Dr. Manchanda’s book “The Upstream Doctors,” engages a lay audience in thinking differently about health care. Currently, HealthBegins and others are working to train and support ‘Upstreamists’ – innovators who bridge the gap between their healthcare systems and public health with the goal of improving the health of patients where it begins: in the social and environmental conditions of their everyday lives.

We hope this talk helps engage a broad audience – patients, providers and public health advocates alike – in dialogue and action to improve upstream issues. Please share the TED Talk through your personal and online networks if possible.


Job Listing: CDPH Occupational Program Leader, Public Health Medical Officer III

The Occupationl Health Branch of CDPH is seeking  a Occupational Public Health Program Leader: CDPH – Public Health Medical Officer III

They are looking for a dynamic, experienced occupational medicine physician with strong background in toxicology to lead the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS), 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.  The California Legislature created HESIS in 1978 to identify and evaluate new and unappreciated workplace chemical, physical, and biological hazards and provide “early warnings” about them.

For further details regarding this State of California position, please contact: Barbara Materna, PhD, CIH, Chief, Occupational Health Branch, at (510) 620-5730 or

Information on the state application process for civil service is also available from Dr. Materna or at

See also  for program information.

License to practice medicine in California and board specialty certification or eligibility required.



Job Listing: Director of Public Health Services, San Joaquin County

The Public Health Director (Chief Deputy Director – Public Health Services) provides administrative oversight and strategic direction for the Department of Public Health Services (PHS).

The Director is responsible for leading, managing, and administering PHS programs, functions, budgets, and activities and ensuring their compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as policies established by the Director of Health Care Services, the County Administrator, and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

The position is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills.

or visit the San Joaquin County website at  and navigate to Human Resources.

Cancer Prevention

Game changer for Colon Cancer Early Detection?

The FDA has approved the Cologuard test and, at the same time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed Medicare coverage of the test.

“The most important advance and why this test is really revolutionary is that this will allow a larger percentage of the population that needs screening to undergo screening,” said Dr. Vijay Shah, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

“The way this test works is to detect cancerous or precancerous [cells], along with blood, within the stool specimen,” Shah said, “thereby providing some prediction about the presence of cancer or precancerous lesions.”

Clinical trials show that cancer detection rates of this at-home test are close to those reported for a colonoscopy. With this new test kit, doctors are optimistic more people will get tested for colon cancer, increasing early detection and decreasing the number of people who die from the disease.

The Cologuard test will be available nationally next month. You have to get a prescription from your doctor to purchase it and results take about two weeks.


Cancer Prevention

Surgeon General releases a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

On July 29, 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General released a new Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.

According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Over the last three decades, the number of Americans who have had skin cancer is estimated to be higher than the number of all other cancers combined.

Even though most skin cancers can be prevented, rates of skin cancer, including melanoma, are increasing in the United States. Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer every year, at an average annual cost of $8.1 billion. It is also one of the most common types of cancer among U.S. teens and young adults.

A key message in Surgeon General’s report is that although people with lighter skin are at higher risk, anyone can get skin cancer and it can be disfiguring, even deadly. The Community Guide has updated What Works: Skin Cancer Fact Sheet and insert to include new Preventative Services Task Force (Task Force) recommendations on sun protective behavior in outdoor settings.

To order printed copies of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer and other materials, please call

KEEP READING: Surgeon General releases a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Infectious Disease Prevention Public Health Education

Researchers Unlock Clues re: How Ebola Disarms Immune System

Researchers say they’ve discovered how the deadly Ebola virus disables the immune system. They hope the findings will prove valuable in efforts to find treatments for the disease taking hundreds of lives in Africa.

American researchers found that the Ebola protein VP24 disrupts a cell’s natural immune response. They said this action is an important first step on Ebola’s path to causing fatal disease, according to the study published Aug. 13 in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

“We’ve known for a long time that infection with Ebola obstructs an important immune compound called interferon. Now we know how Ebola does this, and that can guide the development of new treatments,” Dr. Gaya Amarasinghe, of Washington University School of Medicine, said in a journal news release.

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HIV / AIDS Prevention Public Health Education

HPV Vaccine Safe, Effective Over Eight Years

A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years.

Among the vaccinated preteens in the new study, none developed any of the diseases or conditions associated with HPV during the study period, the researchers reported. After eight years, those who received the vaccine still had antibodies against HPV, they found.

A survey published in the same journal issue examined the reasons more girls aren’t getting vaccinated. “Almost everybody [parents and doctors] we talked to thought getting the vaccine was a good idea,” said survey author Dr. Rebecca Perkins, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine.

The CDC recommends that all kids aged 11 to 12 should get the three doses of HPV vaccine. The report was published online Aug. 18 in the journal Pediatrics.

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Public Health Education

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Plans 66th Annual Meeting

The Society for Public Health Education’s 66th Annual Meeting, ‘Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion’ will be held in Portland, Oregon April 23-25, 2015.

SOPHE has issued a call for abstracts, with a submission deadline of Sept 22nd.

For information:

Cancer Prevention Smoking Women's Health

Preventing Tobacco Use During Pregnancy

CDC has created a new fact sheet for health professionals on tobacco use during pregnancy—”Information for Health Care Providers and Public Health Professionals: Preventing Tobacco Use During Pregnancy.”

It provides useful information and resources for healthcare and public health professionals on the health effects and prevalence of tobacco use during pregnancy and what can be done to help pregnant women be tobacco-free.

This factsheet addresses questions such as:

  • What about products that don’t burn, like electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco?
  • What about cutting back the number of cigarettes smoked without quitting?
  • What works to help pregnant women quit?
  • To read more, check out the factsheet online:

    Public Health Education

    WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems

    Have you had an issue with a medicine, medical device, or food product and did not know who to notify?

    The Food and Drug Administration has a consumer-friendly form for reporting adverse events and other serious safety problems with FDA regulated products.

    The program that processes this information, and uses it to protect your health, is called MedWatch. And it needs your help.

    For a copy of the form goto:

    Infectious Disease Prevention Public Health Education

    Pertussis cases nearly double in California

    California is again experiencing epidemic levels of pertussis, a vaccine-preventable disease.

    As of June 27, 2014, 1,100 new cases of pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough), had been reported in the previous two weeks, bring the 2014 case count to 2,532. The highest case loads have been reported in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.

    For more information:

    Public Health Education Public Policy

    Marijuana and Public Health

    Changing attitudes about the use of marijuana as well as laws regulating its use are beginning to raise more questions about the public health consequences of wide spread human use.

    There is little research on its impact, but emerging research already shows the potential short- and long-term use on public health, with young adults a high risk group.

    Young adults who use marijuana heavily as teens are more likely to become addicted, have altered brain development and perform poorly in school, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse review published in the June in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    An article in the September issue of The Nation’s Health further explores some of these implications.

    Prevention Public Health Education

    The Prevention Institute

    Prevention takes center stage at this Oakland, California based national organization.

    The Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, the Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.

    Prevention Institute synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; helps design and guide interdisciplinary partnerships; and conducts training and strategic consultation with government, foundations, and community-based organizations nationwide and internationally.

    Learn more about this important force in support of public health and prevention with a visit to their website:

    Advocacy Environment Events and Programs

    Health Professionals for Clean Air Meet in Sacramento Sept 30

    A meeting of Health Professionals for Clean Air is scheduled in Sacramento on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    The meeting will highlight latest clean air bills approved by the governor, and an exciting new health campaign to fight back against well-funded oil industry efforts to delay life-saving clean air laws in California. We will also hear updates on SB 375 targets to promote healthier community planning by reducing the need to drive.

    To RSVP, please contact Jenny Bard at and let us know if you will join us in person for a delicious lunch. Call in options available.


    California Cancer Facts & Figures 2014 now available

    Splendid cooperation between the American Cancer Society and the California Cancer Registry (CCR) of the California Department of Public Health help us all keep track of the impact of cancer in our state with the California Cancer Facts & Figures for 2014.

    This annual report provides the latest statistics on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival, as well as estimates of expected new cancer cases and deaths in California.

    It estimated that 155,920 Californians will be diagnosed with cancer and 56,230 cancer related deaths will occur in 2014. About 40 percent of cancer related deaths this year will be from prostate, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.

    The California Facts & Figures 2014 is a very informative document and includes strategies to reduce cancer related deaths in our state. It is a sourcebook for planning and implementation programs for cancer prevention and control.

    You can down load copy at:

    Public Health Education

    Congratulations to the Public Health Institute on its 50th Anniversary

    This month the Public Health Institute celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

    PHI has become a leading force for the advancement of public health in California, in our nation and throughout the world. Promoting health, well-being and quality of life for all people through research and evaluation, training and technical assistance and by building community partnerships.

    PHI is currently home to over 700 staff and 200 programs that touch virtually every area of health. PHI programs help farm workers eat healthier meals in California’s Central Valley, girls gain access to education in Nigeria, and hospitals support healthier populations across the US. PHI’s comprehensive operational infrastructure allows it to quickly and effectively initiate new projects, serve as a fiscal sponsor, incubate new directions, partner with foundations and state agencies, and build collaborations across sectors.

    PHI is working hard to build a healthier world for all of us.

    APHA CPHA-N Events and Programs

    CPHA-N Membership Updates

    Last quarter savings on CPHA-N regular memberships.

    The rest of 2014 and all of 2015 for just $65. It’s easy, just go to our website

    If you are planning on attending APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans November 15-19th and need to join or renew your membership in both CPHA-N and APHA, your best bet will be with the Joint Membership Program at:

    This gives you membership in both APHA and CPHA-N.


    Job Listing: Administrative Assistant,Center for Health & Community

    The Center for Health and Community (CHC) has a job opening for a part time Administrative Assistant. The AA III will support CHC faculty, scholars, and staff in all aspects of work associated with fulfilling the mission. Essential job functions include correspondence, website maintenance, minutes, e-mail, meeting and event coordination, space and facilities management, conference room reservations including audio-visual support, ordering supplies and equipment, completing financial forms, etc.

    Required Qualifications include:

    • High school graduation and four years of related administrative experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in the English language

    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Dreamweaver

    • Ability to work independently and make sound decisions

    • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects

    Preferred Qualifications include:

    • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral or social science

    • UCSF experience

    • Computer graphic abilities

    Note: Fingerprinting and background check required.

    To learn more about this position and to apply online please visit:

    The Requisition # is: 41303BR.



    Job Listing: Environmental Health & Health Policy Sciences Program Officer, UC Breast Cancer Research Program

    Environmental Health & Health Policy Sciences Program Officer

    California Breast Cancer Research Program

    University of California, Office of the President

    Seeking knowledgeable, forward-thinking scientist to help guide exciting research programs in breast cancer-related prevention, environmental health, and health policy.

    The position has primary responsibility in the area of environmental health and health policy sciences in the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), including program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant/contract application and award management, and representing the program and disseminating research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with breast cancer. The incumbent has independent responsibility for large, complex research grant programs/initiatives. He/she participates in short-term and long-term strategic planning for grant-making, program evaluation and research strategies.

    The California Breast Cancer Research Program is the largest state-funded breast cancer research effort in the nation and is administered by the Research Grants Program Office within the University of California Office of the President. CBCRP is funded through the tobacco tax, voluntary tax contributions on personal California income tax forms and individual donations.; Search positions for keyword: breast cancer or Requisition Number: 20140528 or Working Title: Environmental Health & Health Policy Sciences

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: Environmental Health & Health Policy Sciences Program Officer, UC Breast Cancer Research Program