Category: Announcements


California Issues Extreme Heat Action Plan

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state has released its Extreme Heat Action Plan, outlining a strategic and comprehensive set of state actions to adapt and strengthen resilience to extreme heat. With the launch of the Extreme Heat Action Plan, the Newsom Administration is announcing an all-of-government approach to address extreme heat across four…

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2022 County Health Rankings Released

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), supported by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this week released its 2022 County Health Rankings, providing a county-by-county examination of health statuses and conditions. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and crises of racism and economic exclusion, CHR&R underscores…

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2020 Forces of Change Report Issued by NACCHO

This week, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a report on its 2020 Forces of Change survey, which focused on effects to local health department infrastructure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half of local health departments reported their leaders and staff were targets of harassment in response to…

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NACCHO Awards $2.3 Million in Infectious Disease Prevention Funding

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, has awarded a total of more than $2 million to 24 local health departments nationwide through the Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19, Healthcare Associated Infections, and Antimicrobial…

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NACCHO Older Adult Falls Prevention Project Seeks LHDs

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continues its work on “Developing the Capacity to Support Older Adult Fall Prevention” project, which is designed to assist local health departments identify older adults at high risk for falls, increase awareness about fall…

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Local Health Executives, Health Officers Recognized with 2021 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week announced it has awarded the 2021 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, its highest and most prestigious award, to California Local Public Health Directors and California Local Public Health Officers. Established in 1993 in honor of the late Beverlee A. Myers, the award…

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Newsom Appoints Arnold, Gallardo to DHCS, HCAI Posts

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced appointments to two notable posts within the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). These include: Tracy Arnold has been appointed Assistant Director at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Arnold has served as Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary in…

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Healthy California for All Commission Issues Final Report

The Healthy California for All Commission, established as part of the 2019 Budget Act, this week issued its final report on unified health system financing. The report details the concept of unified financing as a statewide system to arrange, pay for, and assure health care in which all residents are entitled to receive a standard…

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate for Public Transit, DOJ Appeals Ruling

Less than one week after federal agencies extended its mandatefor face coverings on public transportation and transportation hubs, a Florida federal judge struck down the requirement. Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, in her 59-page ruling, invalidated the mask requirement on several grounds, including that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exceeded its legal…

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