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2019 CHEAC Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2019 CHEAC Annual Meeting is now open! This year’s annual meeting will be held from October 9 – October 11 at the Westin Pasadena and will provide local health department professionals representing a wide variety of disciplines throughout California with networking and learning opportunities. We are pleased to once again offer expanded…

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LAO Publishes 2019-20 Preliminary California Spending Plan

On Thursday, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a preliminary version of its “California Spending Plan” report which summarizes the annual state budget. The publication details the 2019-20 Budget Act and its significant features approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor through July 16, 2019. Later this fall, the LAO will release…

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New Coalition Emerges to Reduce SSB Consumption

On Wednesday, a coalition of public health and health equity advocates, medical providers, and lawmakers emerged to renew a push for a statewide sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax. The coalition – Californians for Less Soda – is comprised of organizations including the American Heart Association, California Medical Association, California Dental Association, Public Health Advocates, and the…

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Community Reinvestment Grants Program Application Review Extended

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced this week that they are extending the review of all applications submitted for the California Community Reinvestment Grants program. Recall that this funding from Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) is directed to local health departments and community-based organizations to provide grants to support…

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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Drop for First Time Since 1990

New provisional data released on Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate an approximate five percent drop in total drug overdose deaths in 2018, the first decline in deaths since 1990. While the figures are subject to slight adjustments based on the finalization of data from the CDC, federal public…

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Legislature Concludes Marathon Week of Hearings, Begins Month-Long Summer Recess

The California Legislature this week undertook an extremely busy schedule, featuring several committee hearings that stretched many hours and the advancement of a number of high-profile measures. Wednesday was the deadline for policy committees to hear and report fiscal measures to fiscal committees, and today was the deadline for policy committees to hear and report…

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Legislature, Governor Finalize $26 Billion Wildfire Liability Measure

This week, the California Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom finalized a sweeping $26 billion wildfire liability measure aimed at protecting wildfire victims, creating additional safety and oversight processes for public utilities, and holding public utility companies accountable for safety of their infrastructure systems. After extensive negotiations between the Legislature, Administration, and relevant utility and wildfire…

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Citing Recent State Affordability Initiatives, Covered California Announces 2020 Premium Increase to be Lowest in Program’s History

This week, Covered California announced rates for health plan coverage in 2020, indicating the individual market will see a preliminary rate change of 0.8 percent – the lowest increase in rates since Covered California’s launch in 2014. For context, the five-year actual average increase over previous six years was 7.9 percent. According to Covered California,…

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CDPH CHC Announces Quarterly Leadership Calls

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Health Communities (CHC) will be launching quarterly leadership calls with all local health department leaders as a follow up to the Healthy and Resilient Communities: California’s Shared Vision planning convening held in June. The leadership calls are intended to offer regular communication opportunities between state and…

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