Category: Announcements


CMS No Longer Accepting State Proposals to Finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations

Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to states announcing that CMS will no longer accept state proposals to finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations by drawing down federal funds for programs that have historically been paid for by states outside of Medicaid. These time-limited arrangements, known as Designated State Health…

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NACCHO Announces Accreditation Support Initiative Awardees

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced today the awardees of the 2017-2018 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI). These awards will support local health departments in addressing needs in preparing and applying for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The ASI awards are made possible by funding and support of…

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FDA to Begin New Tobacco Cessation Campaign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new tobacco cessation campaign in January 2018 titled Every Try Counts. The campaign will target adults with cessation education aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit tobacco use through messages of support that highlight health benefits of quitting tobacco use. These messages will be displayed…

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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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