September 11, 2020 Edition

PHAB Awards Tulare County National Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Branch, was awarded accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on September 1, 2020. Tulare County becomes the 18th local health department awarded PHAB recognition in California, in addition to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues in Tulare County on a job well done. Additional information on the announcement is available here.

Future Health Workforce Commission to Hold Webinar on Public Health Workforce

The California Future Health Workforce Commission recently announced an upcoming webinar on California’s public health workforce to be held on Friday, September 25 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. The webinar, Strategies for Bolstering a Robust, Equitable Public Health Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond, will feature a discussion between public health officials and experts from across the state on the next steps needed to strengthen California’s public health system. Speakers will include:

Facilitator/Opening Remarks

  • Anthony (Tony) Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment


  • Mala Aboelata, MPH, Deputy Executive Director, Prevention Institute
  • Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Los Angeles County
  • Rebecca Nanyonjo-Kemp, DrPH, Public Health Director, Merced County
  • Sandra Shewry, MPH, MSW, Acting Director, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Additional information and registration for the upcoming webinar are available here.

CHCS, CHCF to Launch Health Care and Homelessness Learning Community

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) are launching the California Health Care and Homelessness Learning Community to bring together stakeholders throughout the state to: 1) learn from peers and experts around the nation about innovative approaches to improve health care for people experiencing homelessness; 2) explore key policy opportunities and levers for doing so; and 3) identify high-priority areas for California policymakers and philanthropy to focus on in the coming years to meet the needs of this population.

The learning community will consist of up to 10 competitively selected sites and will run from October 2020 to September 2021. Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Organizations providing health services to people experiencing homelessness (e.g., provider organizations, community-based organizations, health care systems, county agencies, etc.); and
  • Organizations that financially or programmatically support this work (e.g., managed care plans, association or membership groups, etc.)

CHCS recently issued a request for applications (RFA) with a due date of September 25, 2020. Additional information on the learning community and application process is available here.