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CHEAC Launches #WeArePublicHealth Newsletter

CHEAC this week published its first edition of the #WeArePublicHealth newsletter. The newsletter highlights some of the many activities and services delivered by California’s 61 local health departments. Our first edition features the role of local health departments in COVID-19 pandemic response, school reopening efforts, and wildfire response activities, among others. The first edition of…

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CDPH Partners with Actor Tyler Perry to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week announced a partnership with actor Tyler Perry to continue educating California residents about the safety and importance of COVID-19 vaccines. The partnership is part of the state’s “Let’s Get to ImmUnity” public education campaign designed to inform Californians about COVID-19 vaccines. CDPH will distribute a series…

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California Obligates $1B in COVID-19 Rent and Utility Assistance

This week, the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state reached a significant milestone as part of California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program for residents who have suffered financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. California has obligated more than $1 billion in funding in rent and utility assistance to assist over 74,000 additional households…

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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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Biden Visits Northern California to Survey Wildfire Damage

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. this week visited California to survey damage from the smoldering Caldor Fire in Northern California, now the 15th largest and 16th most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. President Biden recently approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration in El Dorado County to assist state, tribal, and local governments with wildfire…

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CAL FIRE Awards Nearly $138M in Fire Prevention Grants

This week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced it will direct nearly $138 million in funding for 105 local fire prevention projects to help protect communities across California from wildfires. The fire prevention grants enable local organizations such as fire safe councils to implement activities that address the risk of…

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CDC to Invest $2.1B to Protect Americans from COVID-19 and Future Infectious Diseases

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a $2.1 billion investment to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and health care sectors. The investment, made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), seeks to strengthen and equip state, local, and territorial public health departments and…

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SAMHSA Awards $123M to Combat Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic

This week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded more than $123 million in funding through six grant programs to provide multifaceted support to communities and health care providers to combat the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. The funding will be allocated across the following grant programs: Medication Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug…

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