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California Department of Public Health
Deputy Director, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Monthly salary: $14,390
The Deputy Director also receives a comprehensive benefit package.
Filing Deadline: Open until filled.
The California Department of Public Health is seeking an experienced, visionary public health professional to lead the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion. The Deputy Director, who will be located in Sacramento, CA, will have the opportunity to develop a strong, effective team that can build sustainability and foster innovation in promoting disease prevention and a healthy California.
Under the general direction of the Chief Deputy Director of Policy and Programs, the Deputy Director, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (“CCDPHP”), manages and directs policy development on a wide range of public health and environmental health issues. The Deputy Director will have a lead role in addressing issues related to chronic disease, injury control, environmental and occupational diseases. The Deputy Director is the liaison with other state, federal and local governmental entities including the Health and Human Services Agency, the Governor’s Office, and the Legislature and with California business and health care communities. The Deputy Director ensures the activities and policies of CCDPHP programs are consistent with the Directorates’ strategic vision and goals for the public health in California.
The ideal candidate is a strong leader passionate about public health who possesses the ability to effectively advocate for the state, staff and residents with a myriad of stakeholders both internal and external to the organization. The chosen candidate will bring the desire to seize this rare opportunity to affect long-lasting societal change through his/her leadership in a premier public health department. Exceptional communication, interpersonal and management skills will be expected in addition to the ability to not only convey a clear vision for the future, but to ensure that programs and projects are initiated and implemented as a result.
To be considered for this position, please immediately submit a resume (including dates of employment and staff and budgets managed) and cover letter, including indication of current salary, and the names of six work-related references, directly to:
CPS HR Consulting
241 Lathrop Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
To view an online brochure for this position visit: www.cpshr.us/search
California Department of Public Health website: www.cdph.ca.gov
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a new joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science.
More information: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=18730
The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education will webcast its next workshop on Scaling up Best Practices in Community-based Health Professional Education on May 1-2.
This workshop aims to provide a framework for understanding the responsibilities of health professions, institutions, and students to the communities they serve; and to explore a wide variety of innovative models of community-based health professional education. A special 2-hour session targeting web viewers will take place on May 2 beginning at 8:45 AM ET. This session will highlight examples of community-based educational activities. Please share this information with colleagues and others who may be interested in the event.
The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events is planning a series of 3 regional workshops in 2014 on ensuring successful health outcomes across a region after a disaster.
The first workshop will be held in Irvine, CA, on March 26, with a focus on coordination and collaboration at a regional level across the whole of community — organizations, partners, and stakeholders — to plan and prepare for health incidents in order to provide robust health outcomes. Holistic community collaboration across jurisdictions is also needed to respond to and recover from such incidents with the goal of ensuring community resiliency, well-being, and community health.
The targeted areas of discussion for the first meeting are cross sector collaboration, at risk populations, volunteer management, and social capital and cohesion. Registration for the meeting is still open.
If you were a member of APHA and CPHA-N in the Joint Membership Program JMP) but do not plan to renew, please consider joining and supporting your local affiliate = CPHA-N. Our membership options are available via our website at www.cphan.org The regular 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 is just $25/yr.
Some benefits of CPHA-N Membership:
o Voice and representation in national issues through close liaison with APHA.
o A voice on State issues, including links to California public health leaders and legislators.
o Partners with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
o Collaborates closely with CDPH and SCPHA on state-wide issues.
o Sponsors professional development and training opportunities during the year.
o Creates leadership and networking opportunities with your professional colleagues.
o Promotes employment opportunities in newsletter and on website.
o CPHA-N is a Non-profit, Professional Organization and a 501(c)3 entity.
o Membership fees, CE charges & donations are tax-deductible.
o CPHA-N is certified CE provider …
KEEP READING: Membership Notes
(See also our comprehensive Monthly Calendar)
Some special dates to remember:
21st Membership Committee 11am at PHI Office in Oakland.
21st CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
21st Student Mentoring Committee Mtg at PHI Office 2:30pm-3:30pm
7th National Public Health Week – April 7th – April 13th
14th TB Unmasked: Spreading the Awareness and Prevention of Tuberculosis” at SJSU
18th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
1st CPHA-N Annual Meeting – Oakland & Sacramento
8th California Dialogue on Cancer Stakeholders Conference – Oakland & Los Angeles
14-15th Unintentional Injury Prevention Conference May 14-15th in Sacramento
16th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
20th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
18th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
15th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
19th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
17th CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
21st CPHA-N Gov Council Mtg at PHI Office in Oakland 12Noon-2:30pm
15-19th APHA …
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When it comes to America’s healthcare costs, spiraling ever upward, one of the main culprits is unnecessary testing.
Some 130 oft-overused screenings and treatments should be curtailed, according to the two-dozen organizations affiliated with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign. Indeed, as Scientfic American pointed out in its article about that initiative, the Instiute of Medicine estimates that $750 billion – three-quarters of a trillion dollars! – was spent on unnecessary services and excessive administrative costs in 2009.
“We are, I hope, at a turning point in American health care where we’re realizing you want to have the right health care, not just more health care,” Baylor College of Medicine pediatrics professor Virginia Moyer told the magazine.
Well, not quite yet. Many thousands of docs are all too happy to order excessive lab work and imaging – and defensive medicine may be a big reason why. As Doug Campos-Outcalt, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based family physician, told Kaiser Health News, “Nobody ever gets sued for ordering unnecessary tests.”
KEEP READING: Reducing unnecessary tests could save many health dollars
Faced with what they describe as a perfect storm of converging threats from infectious-disease epidemics, U.S. officials launched a global effort with more than two dozen countries and international organizations to prevent deadly outbreaks from spreading.
The goal is to prevent, detect and respond to infectious-disease threats where they start. That’s more effective and less costly than treating sick people after diseases spread.
The new initiative is intended to bolster security at infectious-disease laboratories, strengthen immunization programs and set up emergency-response centers that can react to outbreaks within two hours. Despite advances in medicine and technology, Americans are at greater risk than ever from new infectious diseases, drug-resistant infections and potential bioterrorism organisms, said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is spearheading the initiative.
Introduction: Public health programs can deliver benefits only if they are able to sustain programs, policies, and activities over time. Although numerous sustainability frameworks and models have been developed, there are almost no assessment tools that have demonstrated reliability or validity or have been widely disseminated. The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT), is a new and reliable instrument for assessing the capacity for program sustainability of various public health and other programs.
Methods: A measurement development study was conducted to assess the reliability of the PSAT. Program managers and staff (n = 592) representing 252 public health programs used the PSAT to rate the sustainability of their program. State and community-level programs participated, representing 4 types of chronic disease programs: tobacco control, diabetes, obesity prevention, and oral health.
Results: The final version of the PSAT contains 40 items, spread across 8 sustainability domains, with 5 items per domain. Confirmatory factor analysis shows good fit of the data with the 8 sustainability domains. The subscales have excellent internal consistency; the average Cronbach’s α is 0.88, ranging from 0.79 to 0.92. Preliminary validation analyses suggest that PSAT scores are related to important program and organizational characteristics.
Conclusion: The PSAT is …
KEEP READING: The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool: A New Instrument for Public Health Programs
Ujima Family Recovery Services is seeking an Associate Director.
The Associate Director is responsible for managing the agency’s day to day internal operations. Bachelor’s degree required with a strong preference for an advanced degree. Prefer prior non-profit experience with alcohol and drug treatment, mental health and children services.
Position is based in San Pablo, Contra Costa County. Ujima offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on experience. 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, with occasional evening and weekend meetings.
For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications and work history to: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submissions is March 14, 2014.
APHA has released a helpful tool aimed at the national obesity epidemic. The infographic, “Public Health Takes on Obesity: A Route to Better Health” is a special series of colorful graphics that help to highlight the impact that obesity has in our country.
To share or print out a copy, visit www.apha.org/advocacy.
The CDC has a short quiz that provides an update on the vaccines.
Go to www.cdc.gov and search for adult vaccine quiz.
Just a few questions and you’ll receive a personal summary report based on your responses to the questions. There is good reference information on all of the recommended vaccines at the site as well.
Many U.S. adults are skipping recommended vaccinations that could protect them from serious or life-threatening diseases, according to figures released by federal health officials.
Modest increases were seen for Tdap vaccinations, which prevent whooping cough, from 2011 to 2012, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More seniors also got vaccinated against shingles, while HPV vaccinations picked up slightly among young women hoping to avoid cervical cancer.
However, Americans aren’t taking full advantage of other routinely recommended vaccines, including those for pneumonia and hepatitis, the CDC said in its Feb. 7 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Mark your calendars! A conference on Unintentional Injury Prevention will take place on May 14-15 at the Hilton Arden West Hotel in Sacramento. The conference is part of the state’s unintentional injury prevention strategic plan project and is designed to expand and inform community of people involved in the next generation of unintentional injury prevention efforts around the state.
To register, exhibit, become a sponsor or learn more about the conference please visit www.cccsh.ca
The conference co- sponsors are the Advocates for Health Economics and Development (AHEAD) and The CA Coalition for Children’s Safety and Health (CCCSH). [ Thanks to Steve Barrow for this information.]
The American Cancer Society has released their Cancer Facts & Figures report for 2014.
This informative once-a-year report is now available and you may view it online at: http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2014/index
The President’s Cancer Panel has released its latest report, stresses the importance of accelerating HPV vaccination to prevent cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 only about one-third of 13- to 17-year-old girls in the U.S. received all three recommended doses of HPV vaccine. These rates fall considerably short of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 goal of having 80 percent of 13- to 15-year-old girls fully vaccinated against HPV.
Immunization rates for boys are even lower – less than 7 percent of boys ages 13-17 completed the vaccine series in 2012 (although the vaccine was approved for males more recently than for females). The panel report asks for help in encouraging and facilitating mobilization of communities around this critical public health issue.
The complete report can be accessed at http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/HPV/index.htm