PHAB Awards Tulare County National Accreditation Status


PHAB Awards Tulare County National Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Branch, was awarded accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on September 1, 2020. Tulare County becomes the 18th local health department awarded PHAB recognition in California, in addition to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)….

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Trump Administration Formally Withdraws U.S. from WHO

The Trump Administration this week sent a letter notifying the United Nations of its planned departure from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The move by the Trump Administration follows an indefinite hold on all funding to the WHO ordered by President Donald Trump in April. President Trump expressed concerns over the…

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Additional $4 Billion in Federal Relief Payments to Healthcare Providers Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today the release of an additional $4 billion of Provider Relief Funds, provided through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, for safety net hospitals and specialty rural hospitals that may not have met initial criteria for qualification. Approximately $3 billion…

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Legislature Delays Return to Sacramento After Assembly Members and Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

The California State Senate and Assembly have both delayed their scheduled return to Sacramento from summer recess on Monday after six individuals in the Assembly, including two Assembly Members, tested positive for COVID-19. Assembly Member Autumn Burke announced receiving positive results after being notified by the Assembly Human Resources Department that she had been subject…

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Historic COVID-19 Emergency Spending Bill Passes Congress

Today the House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) via a voice vote. Speaker Pelosi acknowledged during her remarks on the floor that the CARES Act was not perfect and that Congress would have to do more in a fourth package. Many representatives sat up in the gallery…

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American Lung Association Publishes 2020 State of Tobacco Control Report

The American Lung Association recently published its 18th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, evaluating states and the federal government on proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies. According to the American Lung Association, the report serves as a blueprint for what state and federal leaders need to do to eliminate death and disease caused by…

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CDC Reports Slight Increase in U.S. Life Expectancy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data on Thursday, finding that U.S. life expectancy at birth slightly increased from 78.6 years to 78.7 years. The slight increase was the first since 2014 when the U.S. life expectancy had been declining, largely due to suicides and drug overdoses. The latest data available…

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CDPH Names Ramos as Chief of Office of AIDS

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Dr. Marisa Ramos has been appointed as the Chief of the CDPH Office of AIDS. Dr. Ramos has been with CDPH for 11 years and has been serving as the Interim Office of AIDS Chief, as well as the Surveillance and Prevention Evaluation and…

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Newsom Appoints Gilbert as DHCS Director

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Bradley Gilbert as the Director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Dr. Gilbert has been a retired annuitant at the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2019 where he previously held several positions since 1996, including medical director, chief medical officer, and chief executive…

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