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Student Poster Winners from 2014 CPHA-N Annual Meeting

Winners have been announced for the student public health poster contest at this year’s CPHA-N Annual Meeting on May 1st. Click on any image or link below to download and view poster as a PDF file.


First-place Winner (above)—Nathan J Kim, & Moupoli Das,  “Using Twitter to Survey Alcohol Use in the San Francisco Bay Area”


Second-place Winner (above)—Rhonda Dick-Newell, “Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis  (Valley Fever) and Race, Ethnicity in Los Angeles County, California”


Second-place Winner (above)—Dan Woo and Bronwyn Fields, “Wash In, Wash Out: Hand Hygiene Compliance and Environmental Services at the UC Davis Medical Center”


Third-place Winner (above)—Edward Cho and Danica Taylor, “Evaluation of HIV Education and Prevention among Individuals with Substance Abuse”

CPHA-N/Events and Programs

Presentations from 2014 CPHA-N Annual Meeting

Presentations by speakers and panelists from the CPHA-N Annual Meeting on May 1, 2014.

Click on linked names of speakers below to view their presentations in PDF format. Additional presentations will be posted as they are made available.

  • Performance and Accreditation—Loriann DeMartini, PharmD, Deputy Director, Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation at CDPH—”Building the Public Health Workforce Pipeline Accreditation as a First Step.”
  • 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.”
  • Rural Health—Miguel A. Perez, PhD, MCHES, FAAHE, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health, Fresno State, on “Rural Health and ACA: The Central California Region.”
  • Oral Health—Bob Isman, DDS, MPH,  Dental Program Consultant for the California Department of Health Services, on “Dental Benefits in the Affordable Care Act,” and  Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH of UCSF School of of Dentistry, on “Putting Teeth in the Affordable Care Act: Where Does Oral Health Fit In?”
  • Community  Health Workers—A panel on Community Health Workers (moderated by John Troidl, MBA, PhD), including Andrew Broderick, MA, MBA, Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health, Public Health Institute, on “Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim;” John Buckmaster, Academy Co-Coordinator—”Valley High School Health TECH Academy,” (a unique program that trains high school students to be community health workers, with his partner Rodney Black); and Carol West and Maria Lemus.
  • 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, on “Public Health Education: Testing the H2O / Connecting the ‘…s’” 

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Job Listings: California Office of AIDS

Two new job listing from the California Office of AIDS:

1)      Chief, Care Research and Evaluation Section, California Office of AIDS

2)      Chief, Prevention Research and Evaluation Section, California Office of AIDS

Interested folks are welcome to contact Juliana Grant, Chief, Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation Branch – Especially if folks are not already in California state service, they should contact immediately for guidance on getting their application through in a timely fashion.

Juliana Grant, MD MPH
Chief, Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation Branch
Acting Chief, Surveillance Section
California Office of AIDS

Office: (916) 341-7016
Cell: (916) 317-1186

Environment/Public Policy

California Adapts to Water Shortages

California Adaptation Forum Highlight:

Learn how California entities are adapting and responding to water shortages

With California in the third year of record-breaking drought, and long term uncertainties about temperature shifts and precipitation patterns associated with climate change, water concerns have never been higher across California.

As many communities start looking for alternative methods to conserve water, it is important to have access to water solutions. The California Adaptation will provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about, and discuss, how entities in California are pursuing innovative strategies for water conservation and responding to the drought.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from State Water Resources Control Board Vice-Chair, Frances Spivy-Weber, during the Tuesday morning plenary session. She will discuss the State’s response to the drought, the impact of climate change on water, and the important partnerships we must form in order to effectively, and adequately, respond to the increasingly dry conditions facing California in order to create a more resilient water system for our state.

You may also want to check out the following breakout sessions:

  • California Coastal Fog: An Untapped and Little-known Water Resource?
  • From Watershed to Coast: Cases Adapting to Rising Seas and Prolonged Droughts

With a number of urgent climate issues being discussed throughout the state of California, such as the drought, there is no better time than now to get ahead of the game and learn what you and your organization can do to be a part of the climate adaptation solution by registering for the 2014 California Adaptation Forum today!

Don’t miss this opportunity to come together with almost 600 adaptation leaders from across California to participate in over 40 multi-disciplinary plenaries and breakout sessions, networking activities, and more during the two-day event.

View the complete forum program and register before July 18th to receive the Early Bird registration rate. After that date, registration rates will go up by $50.

Why not add a little more fun to your Forum?

It’s not too late to add one of the exciting tours, workshops or special events to your registration, but spots are filling up fast!

You can enjoy a bus tour of the extraordinary California Delta and learn about the methods and protocols used to rebuild this critical, California beauty.

Or sit down to a prepared farm-to-fork lunch from area favorite Mulvaney’s B&L and hear restaurant staff, local farmers, and regional experts discuss what makes Sacramento the Farm-to-Fork capitol and how the area is more resilient to climate change because of it.

Of course, if tours sound like too much after a day of traveling, you can sit in on one of our engaging workshops focused on sea level rise tools or using climate science information to manage our natural resources. Learn more about these tours, workshops and more here

Hosted by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the State of California  

Key Deadlines

July 18th Early Bird Registration Deadline

July 28th  Group Rate Lodging Deadline

July 29th  “Your Part” FREE Registration Giveaway Deadline

“Your Part” FREE Registration Giveaway:

Post a picture with your response to – “My part in Climate Adaptation is…” – on Twitter by using the hashtag #CAF14 for a chance to receive a FREE REGISTRATION for the California Adaptation Forum! You may also submit your picture via emailLearn more.


Environment/Social Factors

Healthy Resources for Walking & Biking to School

From ChangeLab Solutions

Law & Policy innovation for the common good

Even though the Safe Routes to School movement has gained momentum nationwide, many communities still face challenges implementing these programs. Four new publications from ChangeLab Solutions are now available to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates develop policies for walking or bicycling to school. On the Move and Get Out & Get Moving are geared toward rural areas that face unique challenges around implementing Safe Routes to School programs. On the Move breaks down approaches and tools of particular interest to rural school districts, including highlights of the online Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook tool. Get Out & Get Moving explores the legal implications of remote drop-off programs, and includes a cost-benefit worksheet for assessing risk.

Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Local School Wellness Policies and Model General Plan Language Supporting Safe Routes to Schools provide model language that communities can adapt to their specific needs. These publications—in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook and our other Safe Routes to School resources—can help create environments that

KEEP READING: Healthy Resources for Walking & Biking to School


Job Listing: Research Associate, Human Impact Partners

Human Impact Partners is looking for a Research Associate to work on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP) projects. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a very rapidly growing field that is creating systemic change to improve people’s lives.

About Human Impact Partners

Human Impact Partners envisions a world where all communities have optimal health and where the resources for health are equitably shared across race, class, gender, immigration status, geography, and other attributes. In that vision:

  • Communities and policy-makers have a holistic understanding of health;
  • Health and equity are primary considerations in decision-making;
  • All people have the information, tools, and power needed to influence decisions that affect their lives; and
  • Health provides a framework that brings diverse people and organizations together.
  • HIP’s mission is to transform the policies and places people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision-making. To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Conduct policy-focused, innovative, and strategic research that evaluates health impacts and inequities to support targeted campaigns and movements for social change.
  • Amplify the use of public health research, expertise, framing, and communications to support those campaigns and movements.
  • Provide training and

    KEEP READING: Job Listing: Research Associate, Human Impact Partners

  • Healthcare Costs/Social Factors

    New UCLA Study on Health Statistics and Ethnicity

    A series of new fact sheets by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research detail different health statistics of California residents by their ethnicity and race, the Los Angeles Examiner reports. The fact sheets include health statistics for five major ethnic and racial groups in California: American Indians/Alaska Natives; Asians; Blacks; Caucasians; and Latinos.

    Data from the report were derived from the 2011-12 California Health Interview Survey and cover a range of health issues, such as insurance status and nutrition. Findings;

    Overall, about 27% of Californians ages 18 to 64 were uninsured for all or part of the year before the survey and about 12% were enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Among the five major ethnic and racial groups:

    24% of American Indians/Alaska Natives were uninsured and 18.5% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    About 20% of Asians were uninsured and about 8% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    About 23% of blacks were uninsured and about 22% were enrolled in Medi-Cal;

    18% of Caucasians were uninsured and about 6% were enrolled in Medi-Cal; and

    About 39% of Latinos were uninsured and about 17% were enrolled in Medi-Cal.


    KEEP READING: New UCLA Study on Health Statistics and Ethnicity


    Job Listing: Rutgers Faculty Positions with expertise in tobacco control

    The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are seeking Associate to Full Professor-level behavioral health scientists/epidemiologists with expertise in the areas of tobacco control.

    This position holds the potential for a significant leadership role within the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, social or clinical psychology, or public health. Rank will be commensurate with qualifications.

    Please address letter of research interests and CV to: Dr. Sharon Manne, Associate Center Director of Population Science, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, c/o Larissa Varela, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Office of Faculty Recruitment & Appointments, 120 Albany St, Tower 2, 5th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

    Application via email is suggested:


    FDA advisory on fish and mercury for pregnant women and young children

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a study titled, “Quantitative Assessment of the Net Effects of Fetal Neurodevelopment from Eating Commercial Fish (As Measured by IQ and also by Early Age Verbal Development” (Net Effects Assessment).

    The purpose of the study was to estimate the effects on the developing nervous system of the fetus from a pregnant woman’s consumption of commercial fish during pregnancy. It also reviews the evidence on the effects of fish consumption by young children and their own neurodevelopment.

    A draft of the FDA assessment was first published in 2009 and then revised to incorporate comments and advice from peer reviewers, the public, and other Federal agencies. This assessment and others similar to it support the Federal government’s fish consumption recommendation contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (DGA), which encourages pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (or 2-3 servings) of fish that are lower in mercury each week.

    The assessment results also support the draft updated advice FDA and EPA just released. The last time the advice was updated was in 2004.


    Preventing fatal worker falls

    New tailgate training and video materials about fatal worker falls are now available for OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, June 2-6, 2014.

    The materials, in both in English and Spanish, are produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The Safety Stand-Down encourages employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.

    Visit website:

    For more information contact: Faith Raider, MA at CDPH, Occupational Health Branch-


    UN reports CO2 Levels hit record April High

    World leaders are running out of time to address the threat of climate change, the UN’s chief meteorologist warned as carbon dioxide levels hit record highs in April.

    Data released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed that for the first time CO2 topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the findings had “symbolic and scientific” significance, adding it should serve as a “wake-up call” over the causes of climate change.

    No. 991 – CO2 concentrations top 400 parts per million throughout northern hemisphere Geneva, 26 May 2014 (WMO) – For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet. All the northern hemisphere monitoring stations forming the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network reported record atmospheric CO2 concentrations during the seasonal maximum. This occurs early in the northern hemisphere spring before vegetation

    KEEP READING: UN reports CO2 Levels hit record April High

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

     Preventive Services Task Force Urges HBV Screening

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Urges HBV Screening for High-Risk People

    People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the virus, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

    The recommendation, appearing in Annals of Internal Medicine, is a change from the task force’s 2004 position that the potential harms of screening outweighed any benefits. But evidence accumulated since then suggests that — at least for people at high risk — the net benefit of screening is moderate, according to task force chair Michael LeFevre, MD, of the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, and colleagues.

    The recommendation brings the USPSTF into line with several other groups, including the CDC, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the Institute of Medicine.

    Public Health Education

    Community Health Workers Act—a template for California?

    During the 2014 Legislative Session, New Mexico legislators passed the Community Health Workers Act, thus enabling the New Mexico Department of Health to offer voluntary certification for community health workers (CHWs) in the state.

    Governor Susana Martinez chose CHW training and certification among her priority initiatives, recognizing the value and contributions of this critical workforce toward meeting the health needs of New Mexico’s rural and underserved populations.

    Next Steps: The Department is working on the necessary steps to promulgate rules and regulations that will guide the bill’s implementation, to include the launch of a program that will offer standardized core competency trainings and endorse specialty trainings for specific health topic areas. A CHW generalist certification will be offered that can be augmented with certification for a particular specialty area(s).

    Certification through grandfathering will be available for a specified period. While CHW certification will be a key activity, the overall goal is to support the CHW profession and workforce.Training, technical assistance, and promotion of career development will be offered to all CHWs, regardless of certification status. Venues for stable funding of CHW services, including but not limited to Medicaid reimbursement, are being explored.

    For more information: Contact Christina Carrillo by phone

    KEEP READING: Community Health Workers Act—a template for California?

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

    Germ Catchers – new epidemological tools being developed

    New biosensors are being developed that can identify the viral, bacterial or fungal origin of disease or infection within a few hours of testing a sample from a patient.

    Individuals would receive the right treatment sooner, and doctors would be more likely to prescribe antibiotics only when needed. Connecting as few as 200 of these biosensors together into a network could offer the U.S. earlier warnings of emerging epidemics or bioterrorism attacks.

    Reference: Article in Scientific American Magazine, June 2014.


    Searching for new ways to treat cancer

    A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.

    For 10 years, Stacy Erholtz, 49, battled multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the blood. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say she had received every type of chemotherapy drug available for her cancer and had undergone two stem cell transplants, only to relapse time and again.

    Then researchers gave her and five other multiple myeloma patients a dose of a highly concentrated, lab-engineered measles virus similar to the measles vaccine. In fact, the dose Erholtz received contained enough of the virus to vaccinate approximately 10 million people.

    “The idea here is that a virus can be trained to specifically damage a cancer and to leave other tissues in the body unharmed,” said the lead study author, Dr. Stephen Russell.


    The Mayo Clinic is moving fast to phase two clinical trials involving more patients with a goal of FDA approval within 4 years. The research will also be extended to other forms of cancer as well.

    Infectious Disease/Prevention

    First Case of MERS Infection Transmitted Inside the U.S.

    We’ve been monitoring reports from WHO and CDC for some months now after the initial series of cases of MERS were discovered in Arabia. Early in May the first cases of MERS were reported in the U.S., including at least one direct contact transmission.

    Although the disease caused mild illness in these few cases here, one confirmed contact showed positive on lab test with no symptoms. (Also, this past month Iran reported its first two confirmed cases ).

    The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome believed to be transmitted within the United States has been identified in an Illinois man who was infected and is no longer sick, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The unidentified Illinois man had “extended face-to-face contact” during a 40-minute business meeting with an Indiana man who was diagnosed with MERS after traveling from Saudi Arabia, Dr. David Swerdlow told reporters during a telephone briefing.

    A blood test confirmed the Illinois man had been previously infected, and he reported suffering only mild cold-like symptoms and did not seek or require medical care, Swerdlow said. “We think that this patient was likely infected with MERS. But technically he doesn’t count

    KEEP READING: First Case of MERS Infection Transmitted Inside the U.S.

    Awards and Fellowships/Cancer/Social Factors

    AANCART presents award to May Sung, MPH

    The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training (ANNCART) presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to May Sung for her years of exceptional volunteer service and fervent advocacy for Asian American Health Equity.

    The award was presented at a special luncheon program on May 30th in San Francisco.

    May, recently retired, is a former Vice President of the California Division of the American Cancer Society and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

    HIV / AIDS/Prevention

    Preventing HIV infections: HIV Pill Urged for At-Risk Patients

    Healthy people at risk of HIV are advised to take daily pills that cut the odds of infection by more than 90 percent, U.S. health officials said in the first formal recommendation on using the drugs as a preventative.

    The group urged to take the pills includes people with HIV-infected partners and those who inject illicit drugs and share equipment, or have been in treatment programs for injection medicine use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)’s anti-AIDS pill Truvada has been approved as a preventative medicine for the virus that causes AIDS.

    Also advised to take the medicines are heterosexual men or women who don’t always use condoms with at-risk partners and gay or bisexual men who have sex without a condom or aren’t in mutually exclusive relationships with partners testing HIV-negative, the agency said.


    Cancer/Events and Programs

    CDOC Stakeholders Meeting held on June 9th

    The California Dialog on Cancer (CDOC) held its Biennial Stakeholders Conference on June 9th at the Holiday Inn, Sacramento. The Conference welcomed a state-wide group of cancer control participants to downtown Sacramento for a full day of work to help advance the California Comprehensive Cancer Plan. Thirteen cancer site workgroups provided review and analysis, adding updates to help move the plan to 2020.

    APHA/Events and Programs

    142nd APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans in November

    Registration is now open for APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo – “For science. For action. For health”, scheduled for November 15 – 19 in New Orleans, LA.

    If you are planning to attend you’ll save up to $115 with early registration.

    The early-bird deadline is August 28th.

    Events and Programs/Public Health Education

    Global Health Sciences (GHS) Masters of Science in Global Health  

    The GHS Masters of Science in Global Health program is about to wrap up its 6th successful year of its degree program. Each student is required to complete an independent year-long capstone project that explores a timely and relevant aspect of global health. Students are required to present their work orally and defend their findings.

    As a member of the larger UCSF community, they would be delighted to if you could join them on Monday, July 28th from 8:30-5 p.m. and Tuesday July 29th from 8:30-noon at Genentech Hall Auditorium at Mission Bay to support their students and hear about their remarkable projects. They encourage you to ask the students questions following their oral presentations to give them a chance to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their expertise.

    The schedule can be found here :

    Please feel free to attend any or all of the presentations based on your schedule. Thank you in advance for helping us to continue to build our UCSF community.


    CPHA-N’s “We Want You Back” Campaign

    CPHA-N is conducting a new membership campaign: “We Want You Back!”

    The campaign is directed at former members and offers a great savings incentive: All the rest of this year and all of 2015 for just $65. This is a savings of $35 from the regular two-year rate.

    A slightly different special offer is available for retirees and community health workers, at only $30 for the rest of this year and all of 2014.

    Please consider joining as a full member of your California Public Health Association–North for the rest of this year and all of 2015. This is easy … you can join online with this special saving on our Membership Page or simply send a check with your current addresses to CPHA-N 555 12th Street, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607.

    Joint Membership in both APHA and CPHA-N available: We are also pleased to announce that APHA and CPHA-N are continuing the Joint Membership Program (JMP) for another year. If you are interested in being a member in both APHA and CPHA , please contact APHA at