Climate Change

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Feb 1

Today’s News (2/1/18) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned. A Washington Post story provides details, and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a brief statement.  Dr. Anne Schuchat will serve as Acting Director, a role she has previously filled at CDC.       Reports and Announcements Today marks the beginning

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 12

Today’s News (9/12/17)  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will continue its series of hearings focusing on stabilizing the health insurance markets with a hearing today at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Flexibility. For a witness list and livestream video. The Senate Finance Committee is

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 19

Today’s News (7/19/17)         A big day yesterday, as efforts to move the Senate health care legislation have again failed. Thank you to our public health partners for continuing to hold the line during this current legislative session (and in prior ones, of course).  Your time and energy has been well served! The

Webinar: Agriculture, Food Security & Safety

Climate Changes Health: How Climate is Changing Your Dinner Plans July 27 from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT                                                       Join us for the sixth webinar in the Year of Climate Change

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 18

Reports and Materials The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its CDC Grant Funding Profiles site last month with fiscal year (FY) 2016 data and profiles. “The profiles provide quick access to information about CDC funding provided to health departments, universities, and other public and private agencies in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 30

Clearly, another one of those weeks with a vast amount of activity.  You may need to read this one twice, much to digest (no pun intended).       Reports and Materials The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. “The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 28

Friday was a good day for the nation’s health!  The Affordable Care Act survives, and with it the programs supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Thanks so much to all of you for the work you did contacting your members of Congress, generating letters, op-eds, action alerts, phone calls, e-mails and success stories.  So

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 22

Today’s News (2/22/17)       Affordable Care Act Here is the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources document released last week by the House of Representatives’ (majority) leadership. Thought you’d be interested in a a few new ACA-related postings in the following publications: STAT, Vaccine Programs are Threatened by Exemptions, ACA Repeal, by John Auerbach,

APHA Climate Change page updated

APHA Occupational Health & Safety Section that APHA has posted all EPA climate and health fact sheets at their website page on “More climate change resources:”

Warning About Climate Change: Interview with Barry Levy of the CDC and APHA

Public health physician Barry Levy sends a warning about climate change. Sea levels are rising and trees are flowering earlier, signs that climate change is already here. And that change arrives with troubling questions about what dangers lie in store for humans. Disease patterns will shift, and cases of heat-related illnesses are likely to rise—problems

What does climate change have to do with the ACA?

by Dr. Richard Allen Williams and Dr. Elena Rios (as published in The Hill) Click here for the full article Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 27

Today’s News (1/27/17)         Affordable Care Act Here are some “oldies” — previously shared, but still very useful documents to make the case in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund: A series of Senate “dear colleague” letters circulated by about a dozen Senators in 2015, detailing the importance of the Fund

October 18 CAT-PHWG Meeting: “Climate Change & Mental Health”

Please join us for the upcoming Climate Action Team Public Health Workgroup (CAT-PHWG) meeting on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm PST Sierra Hearing Room, CalEPA 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA “Climate Change and Mental Health”  ***A full agenda will be forthcoming*** This CAT-PHWG meeting will focus on climate change and mental

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Sept 9

Today’s News (9/9/16)     Every four years, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) releases a Blueprint for a Healthier America, which makes the case that improving health should be a top priority for the country.  The Blueprint will include recommendations for the next four years, as well as a series of mini-briefs with policy recommendations for priority public health issues. As part

Stand with Doctors to Fight Climate Change

Dear Health Professionals for Clean Air, Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of our clean air and climate work to create a healthier future for all. We have just two weeks to go before the end of the legislative session and we are working hard to ensure passage of our two key

APHA: Inside Public Health, August 2016

 Click here to read this month’s Inside Public Health from APHA. August 2016  Register for APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo by Aug. 11 for early-bird discount Have you registered for APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo? Registerby Aug. 11 to take advantage of the early-bird discount rate. Join us in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, as we bring

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 19

Today’s News (7/19/16)       Reports and Announcements Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from the American Public Health Association, has released a new report, Safe Routes to School – By the Numbers.  The report explains “how newly expanding access to data can assist in improving walking and biking programs, provides an overview

EPA Highlights: Asthma Month, Safer Choice Partners, Community Climate Change Tool, #FlushforFlint

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Children are the most vulnerable – asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism.

24 million Americans suffer from asthma; air pollution can trigger asthma attacks. May is Asthma Awareness Month and EPA is supporting local programs to help communities bring asthma under control. In order to help maintain active lifestyles and control symptoms, sufferers from asthma can: identify and avoid environmental asthma triggers; create an Asthma Action Plan; and get local air quality conditions.

Reduce your contribution to air pollution by walking, biking, and taking public transportation to limit driving. At home, work, and school, turn out lights when not in use to reduce pollution from energy production. It will help you save money, too. Check out more tips on how to reduce your contribution to air pollution.

Follow these 10 steps and watch a video series to make your home asthma-friendly.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 5

Today’s News (4/5/16)       Reports and Supporting Materials The Obama Administration has released The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, “which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.” The Assessment “reinforces that

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 17

Today’s News (3/17/16) The House of Representatives has released its FY 2017 budget proposal.  Trust for America’s Health, the Coalition for Health Funding, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities each issued critical statements. According to TFAH, “”The budget resolution, released by the House Budget Committee, would likely have disastrous consequences for our nation’s health by proposing to cut domestic

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 8

Today’s News (3/8/16)       Reports and Announcements In October, Trust for America’s Health launched a Community Prevention and Multi-Sector Stakeholder Web Forum Series in partnership with a variety of organizations including public health, hospitals, health plans and community-based organizations. The web forum series highlights collaborative models to advance community prevention/population health improvement through multi-sector

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 17

Today’s News (2/17/16)       Reports and Announcements Here’s a revised CDC overview fact sheet for Fiscal Year 2017.       Action Alert Deadline today – TFAH is seeking support for organizations to sign onto a letter in support of the President’s request for supplemental emergency appropriations to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus. Due to the urgency of the

CPHA-N Sends Letter of Support for SB 185, Opposing Use of Coal to Produce Electricity

CPHA-N has sent a letter of support in favor of SB 185, which will require CalPERS and the State Teachers Retirement Fund to divest their investments in publicly traded companies that mine coal used for the generation of electricity. The letter, addressed to California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, reads in part: “Coal combustion generates

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

ALA: Dr. Balmes Cites Dangers of Climate Change

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

Will our cities save the planet?

Forget about stalled international treaties and congressional gridlock. Real solutions to climate change are making a difference—right now—in our cities. Together, mayors, city planners, and entrepreneurs are cutting energy use and lowering carbon emissions in myriad ways: more bike paths, mass transit, renewable power. Why do local solutions to a global problem matter so much?

Getting a clear view of California’s Drought

For a remarkable look at our state’s water shortage, try to get hold of the October 2014 copy of the National Geographic Magazine. Featured is a large fold-out map of California’s water problems. Clear documentation of the extent and impact of the current drought in featured article.  This is useful, however more attention needs to

CPHA-N Annual Report for 2013

Some CPHA-N accomplishments in 2013 Professional Education Programs held:

 Annual Meeting: “California’s Public Health + K-12 Education = An Investment for a Lifetime.” Future of Food: Sustainability, Access, and Justice, Oct 2, 2013 “Weight of the Nation” showing and Panel discussion – Touro University 

Advocacy: Continued our collaborations with:

 California Center for Public Health Advocacy

NAS, Royal Society Release Publication on Climate Change

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:

Let’s not get swamped by the rising tide of climate change!

The September 2013 Issue of the National Geographic magazine cover article: “Rising Seas…How they are changing our coastlines” is well done. Don’t miss the large fold-out poster: Mapping a World Without Ice”  Look for the September issue on digital newstands (iPad, iPhone,Kindle Fire and Nook).