Category: Announcements


CHHS Secretary Ghaly Appoints Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Launches Public Engagement Campaign

California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Thursday announced the establishment of a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Recall, Governor Gavin Newsom in January called for the creation of a statewide master plan and issued an executive order tasking CHHS with the development and issuance of a plan by…

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2019 CHEAC Annual Meeting Registration Closes September 1

As a friendly reminder, registration for the 2019 CHEAC Annual Meeting will close on September 1. This year’s annual meeting will be held from October 9 – October 11 at the Westin Pasadena and will provide local health department professionals representing a wide variety of disciplines throughout California with networking and learning opportunities. We are…

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Newsom Announces Alzheimer’s Task Force Members

This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom announced membership to the new statewide Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force, a group tasked with developing a plan to address and manage Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related conditions throughout California. Recall, Newsom announced the creation of the task force during his State of the State address in February and…

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CDPH CHC Releases Video on Housing Code Enforcement Related to Dampness and Mold

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) recently released an 11-minute public health video on indoor dampness and mold, providing science-based advice aimed at county and city housing code enforcers. The video was produced by a microbiologist and an epidemiologist from the Indoor Air Quality Program in CDPH’s Environmental Health…

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New Coalition Emerges to Reduce SSB Consumption

On Wednesday, a coalition of public health and health equity advocates, medical providers, and lawmakers emerged to renew a push for a statewide sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax. The coalition – Californians for Less Soda – is comprised of organizations including the American Heart Association, California Medical Association, California Dental Association, Public Health Advocates, and the…

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Citing Recent State Affordability Initiatives, Covered California Announces 2020 Premium Increase to be Lowest in Program’s History

This week, Covered California announced rates for health plan coverage in 2020, indicating the individual market will see a preliminary rate change of 0.8 percent – the lowest increase in rates since Covered California’s launch in 2014. For context, the five-year actual average increase over previous six years was 7.9 percent. According to Covered California,…

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