April 14, 2017 Edition

CHEAC Opposing AB 626

It’s been a quiet week here in Sacramento during the Legislative Spring Recess, though members will return for the busy season on Monday, April 14. The CHEAC Legislative Committee did take action this week to oppose SB 626 by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia. Bill details are highlighted below.

In addition, an updated bill chart can be found here. Each week, we will also place the updated bill chart in the sidebar on the the 2017-18 Legislative Session advocacy page.

AB 626 (E. Garcia) as amended on 4/6/17 – Oppose

AB 626 would create a new type of food facility under the California Retail Food code for “microenterprise home kitchens.” These entities would be allowed to operate in private home kitchens with a limitation on the number of meals that can be prepared per day and per week along with a gross annual sales limitation of $50,000. These home kitchens would only be allowed to operate if permitted by a local enforcement agency including being required to submit written operating procedures and allowing compliance inspections.

Both CHEAC and HOAC are opposed to this bill with specific concerns about allowing the preparation of potentially hazardous foods in home kitchens and that inspecting home kitchens goes way beyond the scope and ability of local health departments.

CDPH Reports Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Highest in 15 Years

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the results of the annual immunization assessment of children entering kindergarten in California in the 2016-17 school year and found that vaccination rates among kindergarteners are at their highest rate since 2001. According to the report, 96 percent of students attending kindergarten in 2016-17 had received all required vaccinations, up from 93 percent in 2015-16. CDPH acknowledged the work of the state and local health departments, schools and community organizations, and Senator Pan’s SB 277 (Chapter 35, Statutes of 2015), for contributing to the improved kindergarten vaccination rates. The CDPH press release is available here.

TFAH Releases Report on Public Health Funding, Declares Crisis

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a report entitled A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety this week which found that inflation-adjusted funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by approximately $580 million at the federal level and has remained flat in states since 2010. Notable findings of the report include:

  • Approximately 75 percent of CDC’s funds go to supporting state and local public health programs;
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) core funding for states and localities has been cut by more than one-third per year since the program was established in FY 2002; and
  • Only $4 per person per year is spent on chronic disease prevention activities at CDC.

The report also details per capita CDC state funding, of which California receives $19.61 per person and ranks 38th in the United States. TFAH outlines a handful of funding recommendations to adequately address public health and safety at the federal, state, and local levels, such as modernizing the public health system to address gaps in critical infrastructure, creating a standing Public Health Emergency Fund for immediate use when new threats arise, and expanding the use of evidence-based, high impact strategies to improve community health. The full report is available here.