Category: Announcements


Over 100 Attend CHEAC Health Realignment Training in Sacramento

On Wednesday, CHEAC hosted a one-day Health Realignment Training for county health executives and senior staff. Over 100 individuals from over 50 jurisdictions were in attendance for the training which featured several presentations from technical experts on 1991 Realignment and its impact on local health departments. The following topics were covered in the training: Realignment…

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Trump Approves Emergency Declaration for Southern California Wildfires

Today, President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency declaration for the recent wildfires in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and direct necessary resources to alleviate impacts of the emergency. More information on the president’s emergency…

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Recent Study Suggests Investing in Public Health May Reduce Medicare Spending

According to researchers from the University of Kentucky, investments in public health programs appear to reduce spending in the Medicare program, suggesting new directions for containing costs by aligning medical and public health programs. The study is published in the December issue of the journal Health Services Research and tracks hundreds of U.S. communities between…

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HUD Releases Annual Homeless Report, Indicates Rise in Homelessness

This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual Homeless Assessment Report, indicating slight increase in homelessness for the first time since 2010. The overall homelessness rate increased 0.7 percent since last year, and veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent since last year. Most individuals experiencing homelessness were located in emergency…

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CDC Publishes Guide on Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report titled The Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs. The report summarizes scientific evidence behind eight effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can be implemented into communities and health care systems. The guide is intended for…

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CDC Publishes Special Journal Issue on Violence and Injury Prevention

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice titled “Catalyzing State Public Health Agency Actions to Prevent Injuries and Violence.” The special issue features eight articles that highlight programs within CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The…

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FDA Forms Nicotine Steering Committee

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week the formation of a new Nicotine Steering Committee that will be tasked with reevaluating and modernizing FDA’s policy and regulatory approach to nicotine and nicotine products to address tobacco addiction. This new committee formation follows the announcement from the FDA this summer for a new…

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CDC Releases Vital Signs Report on HIV Testing

This month’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vital Signs features HIV infection, testing, and diagnosis. The report indicates improvement in the overall frequency of HIV testing, and that about 85 percent of people with HIV in the country know they have the virus. 15 percent of people with HIV, however, do not…

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