Category: Announcements


DHCS Announces Medi-Cal Rx Workgroup Membership, Stakeholder Process

This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced its selection of 30 individuals for the Medi-Cal Rx Advisory Workgroup. Recall, Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this year issued an executive order directing various state agencies to achieve cost-savings for drug purchases made by the State of California. Under the order, DHCS is tasked with…

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U.S. Senate Confirms Hahn as New FDA Commissioner

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Stephen Hahn, M.D. as the 24th Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hahn was confirmed by the Senate on a 72-18 vote. Hahn was previously a professor of radiation oncology and the chief medical officer of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and had not…

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Sierra Health Foundation Announces Youth SUD Prevention Program Funding Opportunity

The Center at the Sierra Health Foundation recently announced a request for applications (RFA) for $20 million in funding and technical assistance for organizations that are developing or increasing community substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, outreach, and education focused on youth. The Center was awarded the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Proposition 64…

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SFDPH Produces Video on Role of Environmental Health Inspectors

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recently produced a video providing a brief overview of the role and work of their department’s environmental health inspectors. The video covers the wide array of aspects and settings of the job, as well as the skills and education needed to become an inspector. Check out the…

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Stanislaus County Awarded PHAB Accreditation – PHAB Names new President and CEO

We are pleased to announce that the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency was awarded accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week. Stanislaus County becomes the 17th local health department awarded PHAB recognition in California, in addition to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Please join us in congratulating all of…

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Newsom Opens Applications for Emergency Homelessness Aid, Appoints Doherty as Advisor on Homelessness

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that California counties and cities can now begin applying for $650 million in emergency homelessness aid provided through the 2019-20 State Budget Act. Newsom noted that California has been unable to secure the 2019 point-in-time (PIT) count data from the federal government; instead, the Newsom Administration has created an…

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CDPH CHC to Hold Peer Learning Collaborative Session on December 11

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) will be launching its Peer-to-Peer Learning Collaborative sessions in partnership with local health departments throughout the state. The first session will be held on Wednesday, December 11 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and will feature the Alameda County Public Health Department. The…

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CHEAC Office Closed November 28 and 29

The CHEAC Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The CHEAC Weekly Update will not be published next week. We will resume normal operations on Monday, December 2.

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DHCS Issues Updates on CalAIM, Behavioral Health, and Pharmacy Initiatives

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently issued a series of updates related to CalAIM, behavioral health integration, and pharmacy services. CalAIM Stakeholder Process As you recall, DHCS recently revealed its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal, the multi-year initiative by DHCS to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of Medi-Cal…

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