Category: Reports


CA Health Interview Survey Finds Fatigue with COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR), through the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), continues to track Californians’ engagement in COVID-19 risk reduction behaviors, impacts on personal and financial wellbeing, and views on the COVID-19 vaccine. The latest data from July 2021 finds declines in adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines and increases in gathering…

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Auditor Issues Report on COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Warns State at Risk of Losing Federal Funds

California State Auditor Elaine Howle issued a report this week warning the state may be at risk of losing millions of unobligated federal funds intended for rent and utility assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report comes as part of the state’s high-risk audit program. Recall, in August 2020, the auditor designated the state’s management…

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TFAH Issues 2021 State of Obesity Report

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recently released its 18th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, finding that social and economic factors linked to obesity were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. TFAH reports that in 2020, 16 states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent, up from 12…

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EfC Initiative Publishes New Resource on Family Tax Credits

The Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a joint project of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), recently published a new resource, “Connecting Families to Tax Credits to Improve Child Wellbeing in California: A Brief for California Local Health Departments and Children & Family Service Providers.” The…

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Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on COVID-19 and Child Mental Health Impacts

The Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, an independent state oversight agency, recently issued a report entitled, “COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health: Addressing the Impact.” The report discusses the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and adolescent mental health, as well as highlights challenges in student mental health…

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CDPH Issues 2019-20 Kindergarten Immunization Report

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued its 2019-20 Kindergarten Immunization Assessment, detailing immunization rates for California children. According to CDPH, immunization rates reported for kindergarteners in California have remained at high levels (94.3 percent in 2019-20) but have decreased slightly over recent years. A modest decrease in the combined vaccination rate in…

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CHPS Issues Resource on Funding Opportunities for Reentry and Justice-Involved Populations

California Health Policy Strategies (CHPS) recently issued a report highlighting funding opportunities for housing and behavioral health services for reentry and justice-involved populations included in the state’s 2021 Budget Act. In its resource, CHPS provides a high-level overview of over $12 billion in new program initiatives and investments, including as part of the state’s sweeping…

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State Auditor Issues Update on High-Risk Audit Program

Late last week, California State Auditor Elaine Howle issued an update to Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders on statewide issues and state agencies that represent a high risk to California or its residents. By way of background, the State Auditor’s Office maintains a “High Risk Government Agency Audit Program” that enables the auditor to…

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DHCD Faulted by State Auditor for Management of Federal COVID-19 Funds for Homeless Residents

On Tuesday, State Auditor Elaine Howle issued a report, “California Department of Housing and Community Development: It Failed to Expedite Access to Federal Funding to Address the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on California’s Homeless Population.” The auditor’s report comes as part of her office’s classification of the state’s management of certain federal funds related…

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