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CPHA-N Past President, Giorgio “Pic” Piccagli, PhD, MPH, is our candidate for President-elect of APHA.
SCPHA joins us in our support. Dr Piccagli has served as President of CPHA-N for three terms, as Regional Representative of the states in Region 9, Chair of the Council of Affiliates, and Chair of the Executive Board of APHA. He is well qualified by virtue of his training, his career, and his understanding of the issues facing local Public Health Associations. We hope other affiliates join us in our support.
Dr. Piccagli is one of only two candidates from the western states in a slate of 11 Executive Board candidates this year. If successful, he would join a Board of 24 that has only two members from the western states. Though now based in California and Region 9, he has lived, trained, and worked in Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8, and is aware of the differences, in both need and culture, among those regions.
Piccagli received his MPH at UCBerkeley, after a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and a degree in Economics from MIT, and was awarded an NIMH Postdoctoral fellowship. He is a dual national. His candidate statement is found here at http://www.apha.org/about/gov/candidates/Piccagli.htm
CPHAN’s reasons for nominating him will be posted on the CPHAN website.
Dr. Piccagli has spent his summer talking to public health and APHA leaders around the country and has agreed to write about the results of those conversations in future issues of this newsletter and for the CPHA-N website. Check back frequently.
His view of the state of public health is found here.
For those of you who are eligible to vote in the upcoming APHA election, or know someone who is eligible to vote, we urge you to support Dr. Piccagli’s candidacy.
We caught up with Dr. Giorgio Piccagli, candidate for President-elect of APHA to ask him why he was running. A shortened version of his vision and assessment appears below.
Piccagli: “I didn’t seek the office; three years ago I thought my APHA service would end with my term as Chair of the APHA Executive Board, and I was looking forward to spending more time with my growing family and my professional practice.
For a variety of family reasons, I have spent the last two years traveling to the East Coast and to Europe. This gave me a very broad look at what we were facing, not just in this country, but around the world, and just how very interconnected our world has become. I did not like many of the things I saw: it was a world I was increasingly uncomfortable handing over to my children and grandchildren without making one last attempt to improve it.
Many of us are in public health because we dream of a world where one’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness do not depend on the color of one’s skin, the size of one’s wallet, the zip code of one’s residence or workplace, or partisan political strategy.
From that perspective, I see three big strategic events this year, but I also see significant challenges – and I believe that my education, career, and skill set are a great match to help public health organizations across the country face those challenges and move us closer to our dream.”
Dr Piccagli indicated the three large strategic opportunities he sees, as well as the challenges, and agreed to tell us more about those in the future. Here they are:
Strategic opportunities: 1) the national effort to implement the ACA, and its promise to move us closer to our shared vision of eliminating health inequities; 2) the 50th anniversary of “The Speech,” Dr Martin Luther King’s speech on the occasion of the March on Washington in 1963, with its recognition that both race and employment are important; and, 3) this year’s release of data showing the extent of institutional racism in our criminal justice system, and recent Federal initiatives to address that, with implications for income and employment — the major social determinants of health.
Challenges: 1) Dr Piccagli is concerned that we are not paying sufficient attention to issues of strategic communication and thus encountering unnecessary and perplexing resistance to public health initiatives from those most likely to benefit from them, 2) the declining capacities of public health organizations at all levels; 3) the fragmentation of public health, often leading to competition among public health entities and initiatives for resources.
His view is that our scientific advances have outpaced our political abilities to apply them for the benefit of the public. Put another way, our assessment capacity has outpaced our abilities in policy formulation and assurance. He believes that his background in quality improvement, consensus building, and economics can help address these issues. “We must find a way to transcend partisan politics and ideological differences in our advocacy for public health and we must pay more attention to the effects of income disparities and related economic forces on the health of the public,” says Piccagli.
SEE ALSO Former CPHA-N President Giorgio Piccagli Running for APHA President-Elect
Clinic Physician – Part Time
$74.14 – $82.17/Hour
Marin County, San Rafael, CA
The Marin County Human Resources Department and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are announcing a recruitment for the position of Clinic Physician, Part-Time. There is one part-time vacancy (37.5 hours biweekly) available. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies that may occur while the list remains active. Eligible lists remain active for a minimum of six months. For future opportunities, please indicate your interest in part-time, full-time and/or extra hire employment on your application.
The Clinic Physician provides services to clients for tuberculosis, hepatitis C evaluation and treatment, HIV treatment along with primary care and sexually transmitted diseases and screening. In addition, this position supports the nursing staff in evaluating complex cases and problem solving. This person collaborates with the multi-disciplinary team and community partners to provide appropriate support and care for clients.
The ideal candidate is organized, dependable, flexible, accurate and able to work independently and must show demonstrated competence in the areas of computer skills, using initiative, sound …
KEEP READING: Job Listing: Clinic Physician, Marin County HHS Dept.
The County of Calaveras
The County of Calaveras was created in 1850 as one of California’s original counties. The historic gold-rush towns in Calaveras County offer a glimpse into California’s diverse past and provide modern day residents and visitors with recreational activities year round. The four seasons offer fishing, hunting, biking, camping, water sports at nine public access lakes from large reservoirs to small mountaintop lakes, snow sports including world class skiing, caves, golfing at six beautiful championship courses, quaint towns, a wide variety of restaurants, museums, art, vineyards, historical landmarks and much more.
With a population of over 48,000 residents Calaveras County encompasses 1,000 square miles stretching from the north central valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are no freeways or interstates in Calaveras County. Historic Highway 49 runs through the county connecting its towns and people. Sacramento is just 75 miles to the northwest, San Francisco is 135 miles to the west and Yosemite is a beautiful 2-hour drive southeast. Angels Camp is the only incorporated city and is famous for being the setting of Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
County Government and the Health & Human Services Agency
Calaveras County is a general law county governed by …
KEEP READING: Job Listing: Deputy Director, Health & Human Services, Calaveras County
The nation’s local health departments are still struggling to recover from the economic recession, according to a recent report released in September. The report found local health departments have lost nearly 44,000 jobs through layoffs or attrition since 2008. Forty-one percent of health departments surveyed reported some reduction in workforce capacity. Released by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, (NACCHO) the report was based on a survey of 2,000 local health departments prior to the 2013 sequester cuts.
Programs particularly hard hit by budget cuts included those focused on immunization, emergency preparedness and maternal and child health, the report found. In 2012, for example, 22 percent of local health departments reported cuts in immunization services and 15 percent reported cuts to both emergency preparedness and maternal and child health services. Other services cut by more than 10 percent included population-based primary prevention, chronic disease screening or treatment, clinical health services and environmental health.
This year, local health departments are still more likely to cut rather than expand their budgets, according to the report. When surveyed earlier this year, 27 percent of health departments reported a lower budget in the current fiscal year compared to the previous year. …
KEEP READING: Health departments in US have lost 44,000 jobs since 2008
The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) released A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs, which highlights 79 evidence-based disease and injury prevention programs that have saved lives and improved health. “Over the past 50 years, healthcare costs have risen drastically—accounting for 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, president of The New York Academy of Medicine. “Some of the costliest chronic conditions have been the drivers of these costs—yet a significant number of these illnesses and injuries could have been prevented. Quite simply, disease and injury prevention programs are the key to reversing spiraling costs and safeguarding the future health and wealth of the nation.”
The Compendium notes that, since 2008, the number of effective community-based programs and interventions has grown exponentially and the report identifies specific programs—that can be taken to scale—which prevent disease and create a healthier population.
“The Compendium highlights the growing number and range of successful, evidence-based approaches to prevention,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. “These efforts demonstrate that making healthy choices easier for people in their daily lives pays off in terms of improving health and lowering health care costs. …
KEEP READING: A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs
by Pamela Kulbok
The last time you got a flu shot, had your school nurse examine your child’s vision, or had questions about an elderly parents’ care, did you thank your public health nurse? If you didn’t, it’s OK.
Public health nurses are behind-the-scenes types, used to enacting policy, directing change and promoting health in quiet discussions together, in the field and with clients in the community. They’re largely happy to remain on the ground — staffing rural health clinics; talking to high-schoolers about the dangers of tobacco and sexually transmitted diseases; offering counsel to pregnant teens; screening schoolchildren for hearing deficiencies; studying what programs work, why and how to best evaluate their effectiveness, and conducting research to stave off illness before it starts.
It’s a critical, well-respected but largely unheralded job. And really, that’s the way public health nurses like it. But with the advent of the Affordable Care Act and the seismic change it will bring, the profession in particular is poised to play an even larger role in making sure the well stay that way — and that those likely to become ill are helped quickly, competently and purposefully.
As we shift away from an “illness care” …
KEEP READING: Public health nurses must rise to growing health care need
Position open to direct internationally recognized Environmental Health Investigations Branch, Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, California Department of Public Health in Richmond, CA (San Francisco Bay Area).
This dynamic and multi-disciplinary branch consists of over 60 staff members with expertise in epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, and health education who conduct health and exposure investigations; track and monitor risk factors and disease prevalence; provide public health oversight, technical assistance and training; and facilitate public participation and effective community relations.
Full-time position, MD and Public Health experience required. Environmental/occupational health experience preferred.
Application instructions (Public Health Medical Administrator I) and full qualifications at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/jobs/Documents/PHMAI_3H1AA.pdf. Open until filled.
For more information about the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, visit https://www.ehib.org/index.jsp
The Human Nutrition and Food Science Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position (9-month academic year appointment) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2014. Candidate’s specializations in Nutritional Science and Dietetics are especially encouraged to apply.
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than Monday, November 4, 2013. Early response is encouraged. Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:
Faculty Search Committee
c/o B. Burns-Whitmore, DrPH., RD Chair of Search Committee
Human Nutrition and Food Science Dept
Cal Poly Pomona 3801 W Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Telephone: (909) 869-222 FAX: 909) 869-5078
Qualifications: Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of medicine in public health or a closely-related field, including responsibility for the management of public health-related programs. Substitutions: Possession of a Master’s Degree in Public Health from an accredited university is highly desirable and may be substituted for one year of the above experience. Board certification in General Preventative Medicine/Public Health is highly desirable and may substitute for two years of the above experience.
In addition to the standard application package, please submit responses to the following supplemental questions:
1) If you possess an unrestricted Physician and Surgeon License to practice medicine in the State of California, issued by the Medical Board of California, provide the license # and expiration date.
2) List all Board Certifications. Include the Specialty, Date received, and expiration date for each.
3) If you possess a Master’s Degree in Public Health, list the college attended and degree awarded.
Application Process: Please submit your application and supplemental questions by the final filing date of December 20, 2013 online at www.sjgov.org/hr.
San Joaquin County Human Resources
44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 330
Stockton, CA 95202
KEEP READING: Job Listing: Health Officer, San Joaquin County, California
The U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999–2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report (USCS) contains the official federal statistics on cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) from each registry that met data quality criteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute have combined their cancer incidence data sources to produce these statistics. Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics are included for each state.
In the United States in 2010, 1,456,496 new cancer cases were diagnosed and 574,738 cancer deaths occurred.
The NIH Office of Disease Prevention is seeking broad public input on the ODP Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.
The draft plan outlines the priorities that the Office will focus on over the next 5 years and highlights ODP’s role in advancing prevention research at the NIH. The draft plan was developed with input from NIH scientific and planning experts, other federal agencies, the extramural research community, professional societies, the health care sector, and the general public. Based on this feedback, six strategic priorities were selected as the framework for the plan.
The priorities represent the breadth of ODP activities and allow for emerging areas of opportunity to be incorporated into Office activities. The priorities are not mutually exclusive and are not presented in order of importance. It is anticipated that outcomes associated with each objective will contribute to the overall success of the Office in achieving their vision. Interested parties may include, but are not limited to, prevention researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific and professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public.
Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the view …
KEEP READING: Office of Disease Prevention Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted yesterday for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 14 through December 11, 2013.
In addition to the draft Research Plan, the Task Force has posted an informational video presentation, which provides an overview of the Task Force’s process for developing recommendations, the draft Research Plan, and how the public can provide input.
The Task Force invites the public to comment on the draft Research Plan to help in this early stage of the recommendation. To review the materials and draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/breastcancer.htm.
The African American Community Health Advisory Committee and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center are holding their annual conference to help women become better informed about their health and in making health choices on December 7, 2013 from 7:30am – 2pm.
The conference will include health screenings and more than 16 break-out sessions. The keynote speaker will be Gina Neely of the Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys. Cost is $55, with lunch and screenings included. The conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel – 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame.
For more information and to register visit: www.aachac.org
2013 Unintentional Injury Prevention Conference & Strategic Planning Kick Off
A conference to convene a wide range of traditional and nontraditional stakeholders and practitioners interested in preventing unintentional injuries in California is planned for December 9 -10, 2013.
This will be a first step toward crafting a new statewide Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic Plan to develop and promote legislation and\ public policy initiatives.The two day conference will be held at the Hilton Arden West Hotel in Sacramento.
To register for the conference, exhibit, be a sponsor, or make hotel reservations at the special conference rate, visit www.cccsh.ca.
For those working in nonprofit, public health, EMS, fire, law enforcement, academic, healthcare safety net, public sector and local/regional injury prevention, conference registration is $150.
Questions: Contact Barrett Sizemore of CCCSH at email@example.com; Cathy Barankin, Director CCCSH & Conference Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Steve Barrow, of AHEAD & Conference Co-Chair at email@example.com
Joint APHA/CPHA-N Memberships (JMP) still a great deal!
The JMP is available from APHA and saves you money. To join the JMP, go to: www.apha.org/about/membership/aphaaffiliate.htm and If you are currently in the JMP and have not received a renewal notice and would like one sent, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past JMP Members
If you are or were a member of the APHA/ CPHA-N Joint Membership Program but do not plan to renew , please consider joining and supporting your local affiliate – CPHA-N. Membership options are readily available at www.cphan.org The regular annual membership is just $55 and is a great way to maintain and expand your professional networks and connections. We have included a membership application at the end of this issue for your use if you prefer to mail-in your check.
Please watch for some special communications in the coming weeks, including:
Information about the 2014 slate of Officers
A survey to help select topics for the Annual Meeting and CE programs for 2014
Regular CPHA-N Membership renewals ( Renewal date for CPHA-N members is January 1, 2014.)
Get involved in CPHA-N!
If you are interested in serving on the Governing Council of CPHA-N or one of the Committees or Sections in 2014, please let …
KEEP READING: CPHA-N Member News
THE COUNTY OF SHASTA
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR
PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGIST II OR III
II: $5,118-$6,532 APPROX. MONTHLY / $29.53-$37.68 APPROX. HOURLY
III: $5,374-$6,859 APPROX. MONTHLY / $31.00-$39.57 APPROX. HOURLY
ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2013
RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED
FINAL FILING DATE – DECEMBER 9, 2013
Microbiologist II: Positions in this class are distinguished from the Public Health Microbiologist I by the added responsibility of implementing and maintaining the Quality Control and Quality Assurance functions.
Microbiologist III: The Public Health Microbiologist III position differs from the Public Health Microbiologist I and II in that the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operation of the laboratory, ensuring it complies with state and federal regulations regarding testing procedures, and supervising laboratory personnel. The Public Health Microbiologist III position differs from the Chief Public Health Microbiologist in that the Chief PHM position must review and approve laboratory policies, procedures, and quality assurance practices to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies.
Click here for full job announcement:
http://cphan.org/wp-content/uploads/PH Micro I-II-III Job Bulletin (JB751 or 951) 120913.pdf
Take Part in the First National Brush Day—November 1, 2013
The day after Halloween is a perfect time for parents to remind their kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day.
November 1, 2013 is the first ever National Brush Day, and we need your help to spread the word. What better time than the day after Halloween to promote the importance of good habits for healthy teeth?
Here’s how you can help:
Follow the brand new Kids’ Healthy Mouths social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Promote the National Brush Day Thunderclap to your networks by encouraging people to sign up their accounts to send out a synchronized message to their Facebook or Twitter followers along with more than 100 other supporters on National Brush Day.
Participate in the social media day of action by sharing the National Brush Day messages from our online toolkit.
Post our National Brush Day graphics on your website, blog, or other promotional channels in advance of November 1.
Encourage parents to sign up for our free, new text message program to receive practical brushing tips directly to their mobile phones. …
KEEP READING: After Halloween: National Brush Day November 1
TIME TO RENEW! CPHA-N operates on a calendar year and we encourage members to renew their membership for 2014 now. Your timely renewal will assist your association in planning programs and events for 2014. Membership is a easy and secure process with a secure online transaction. If you are not a current member, please consider joining. Options appear on our Membership page.
STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS INCREASING! The active roster of FREE student members now totals 488! This has increased considerably in past year with the largest number from San Jose State and recent group from San Francisco State. All receive our regular communications and on-going verification of email address status.
In addition, the multi-year membership roster – going back 3 years – includes 180 Student JMP members. They paid and signed in with APHA for the Student Memberships in the joint membership program. They all are in APHA’s files for continuing active membership and renewal efforts.
Patricia Buffler, PhD, internationally esteemed researcher known for her work on some of the world’s largest studies on childhood leukemia and environmental health, has died. Buffler, professor of epidemiology and dean emerita of the UC School of Public Health died of a stroke while in her campus office Thursday evening, Sept. 26. She was 75.
At the time of her death, Buffler, who held UC Berkeley’s Kenneth and Marjorie Kaiser Chair in Cancer Epidemiology, was leading several large research programs related to childhood leukemia and other childhood cancers. Among them is the California Childhood Leukemia Study, which Buffler launched in 1995 to investigate the relationship between diet, genes, infections and environmental exposures and the development of leukemia.
With over 1,300 cases of childhood leukemia included to date, the study is one of the largest in the world, with an unparalleled breadth of exposure and genetic data. Buffler is survived by husband, Richard; son Martyn Buffler of Austin, Texas; daughter Monique Does of Berkeley; and five grandchildren.