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  • On July 1, 2007. Senate Bill 162 established the California Department of Public Health, once again as a separate department, within the existing Health and Human Services Agency. 
    • The first director of CDPH is Dr. Mark Horton. He had been the state public health officer for the State of Nebraska, the California State Public Health Officer while at the California Department of Health Services, and was the health officer for Orange County when was called upon to help form the new CDPH.

Awards/Recognition

  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Bronze TELLY Award  (honoring  the best Web and online video content)
    • Gold Addy Award  (American Advertising Awards)
    • Four National Public Information Coalition Awards (Gold and Silver) 
  

Key Highlights

H1N1 Response

  • On April 21, 2009, two cases of a genetically unique strain of influenza in Southern California were reported to CDPH. Over the next ten months, CDPH led California's response to the pandemic, which resulted in XX cases and XX deaths. Epidemiologic investigations were conducted, laboratory sampling efforts were enhanced, and coordination with local, state and federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, occurred.
    • In addition to numerous programs within the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control, the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control Occupational Health helped define occupational risks to health care workers.
    • Our veterinary program assisted in assessing animal populations in California for the virus. 
    • Our Immunization program helped develop vaccination programs throughout California. 
    • We worked daily with health care facilities and local health departments to keep them updated on the pandemic.

Optimal System of Acute Stroke Care for Adults Established

  • A system of care was developed that promotes the safe use of effective therapies for stroke, and assures that all Californians, regardless of place of residence, receive the highest level of stroke care.

Awards/Recognition

  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Fruit and Vegetable Physical Activity Tool Box
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Shape of Yoga Booklet
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Soulful Recipes Cookbook
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Prism Award (for creative expression in showcasing health issues)  
    • Eight National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (The awards recognize excellence in public health communication in six categories: print, media relations, broadcast / audio visual, internet /new media, promotional campaigns and crisis/ emergency risk communication.)  
    • First Place in Multicultural Excellence Award, Association of National Advertisers

American Photo Magazine's Commercial Category Image of the Year

  

Key Highlights

H1N1 Response

  • On April 21, 2009, two cases of a genetically unique strain of influenza in Southern California were reported to CDPH. Over the next ten months, CDPH led California's response to the pandemic, which resulted in XX cases and XX deaths. Epidemiologic investigations were conducted, laboratory sampling efforts were enhanced, and coordination with local, state and federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, occurred.
    • In addition to numerous programs within the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control, the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control Occupational Health helped define occupational risks to health care workers.
    • Our veterinary program assisted in assessing animal populations in California for the virus. 
    • Our Immunization program helped develop vaccination programs throughout California. 
    • We worked daily with health care facilities and local health departments to keep them updated on the pandemic.

Optimal System of Acute Stroke Care for Adults Established

  • A system of care was developed that promotes the safe use of effective therapies for stroke, and assures that all Californians, regardless of place of residence, receive the highest level of stroke care.

Awards/Recognition

  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Fruit and Vegetable Physical Activity Tool Box
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Shape of Yoga Booklet
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Soulful Recipes Cookbook
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Prism Award (for creative expression in showcasing health issues)  
    • Eight National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (The awards recognize excellence in public health communication in six categories: print, media relations, broadcast / audio visual, internet /new media, promotional campaigns and crisis/ emergency risk communication.)  
    • First Place in Multicultural Excellence Award, Association of National Advertisers

American Photo Magazine's Commercial Category Image of the Year

  

Key Highlights

  • H1N1 Response Continues – Mass Vaccination
    • CDPH managed the procurement and distribution of H1N1 vaccine to California providers, performed large numbers of laboratory tests for H1N1, large scale, statewide public and provider outreach and educational campaigns in multiple and diverse media, development of guidance documents and recommendations for all aspects of influenza management and mitigation.
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program Established

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    • Affordable Care Act Implementation: On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
  • The Office of AIDS was able to help approximately 140,000 Californians living with HIV and countless more at risk of acquiring the infection benefit from its passage. We assisted healthcare clinics, hospital emergency departments, and jail healthcare programs implement routine, opt-out HIV testing to identify people who may not realize their risk for HIV acquisition.  
  • CDPH's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) transitioned approximately 10,000 ADAP clients to Medi-Cal and still others to private insurance, giving people living with HIV access to comprehensive health care coverage and saving CDPH approximately $100 million annually. Office of AIDS HIV Care Program increased the percentage of clients with comprehensive health care coverage from 44.8 percent in 2010 to 69.8 percent in 2015.
  • Under the Affordable Care Act, CDPH received two Grants to focus on cardio vascular disease and diabetes: Prevention First and Lifetime of Wellness.
  • The Early Management of Adults with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
    Designed a system of care promoting the safe use of effective therapies for STEMI, assuring that every Californian would receive the highest level of STEMI care.
  • CalREDIE System was launched to improve our surveillance and early detection of public health events.

Legislative Victories

  • Federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (Child Nutrition Reauthorization) authorized the transition of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education to the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grants program (NEOPB), a grant based program. Allowed for population-based interventions, public health approaches such as policy, systems and environmental change.
  • AB 2011 – Domestic Violence Probationer: Minimum Payment increased the mandatory fine collected from convicted batterers in domestic violence (DV) cases from $200 to $400. 
  • SB 880 – Public Safety: Snow Sports Helmets requires a person under 18 years of age to wear a properly fitted and fastened snow sport helmet.

Awards/Recognition

  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the Champion Mom Brochure

National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the "What's Harder" TV advertisement spot

  

Key Highlights

  • Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP appointed as Interim Director.

Dr. Howard Backer was appointed as Interim Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). From 2008 – 2011, he held a variety of assignments including Chief of Immunization Branch and Associate Secretary for Emergency Preparedness where he worked with other departments on plans to coordinate public health and medical disaster responses as well as mass care and shelter issues.

  • Dr. Ronald Chapman appointed in June 2011 as the New Director and State Health Officer.

On June 13, 2011, Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley. Dr. Chapman is a board-certified family physician who has dedicated his career to public health and medicine caring for the uninsured and underinsured in California. Prior to becoming the director of CDPH, he was the chief medical officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), a managed care Medi-Cal plan serving Yolo, Solano, Napa, and Sonoma counties

 

  • New Born Screening Report Issued

Newborn Screening is a public health program that screens all babies for many serious but treatable genetic disorders. All babies born in California are required to get screened soon after birth.  The Program has expanded and now includes 80 different genetic and congenital disorders. The goal of the program is to identify babies with these disorders early, so that treatment can be started right away.

  • Public Health and Medical Response Structure

In July 2011, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Emergency Medical Services Authority published the California Public Health and Medical Emergency Operations Manual (EOM) that establishes the common operational structure and procedures for responding to unusual events and emergencies. The EOM unified and standardized emergency response within the various levels of the health and medical system consistent with California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

  • The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: Report from 2002 and 2003 Maternal Death Reviews Released

This report describes the problem, methodology for the review and findings from the first two years of case review. From 2007-2010 data, the National Report Card on Women's Health ranked California as 35 of 51 states (includes Washington, D.C.) in rates of maternal mortality for that year.

  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program

Expansion of the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program from 15 to 48 local agencies, improving access to peer breastfeeding support for mothers. The Loving Support Peer Counseling Program is an initiative designed to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates for WIC participants, as well as to increase community support for WIC participants who breastfeed.

Legislative Victories

  • SB 502 – Hospital Infant Feeding Act - This bill required all general acute care hospitals and special hospitals that have perinatal units, as defined, to have an infant-feeding policy and to clearly post that policy in the perinatal unit or on the hospital or health system Internet Web site. This bill would require that the infant-feeding policy be routinely communicated to perinatal unit staff and that the infant-feeding policy apply to all infants in a perinatal unit.
  • SB 20 –  After Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the California legislature repealed its original menu labeling law and replaced it with a new version that was identical to the menu labeling provisions of the ACA.
  • SB 929 – Child Passenger Restraints raised the age of children to eight years to sit in the rear seat of a motor vehicle in an appropriate child passenger restraint system (i.e. booster seat).

Awards/Recognition

  • Faith in Violence-Free Families Program, Innovative Initiative of the Year, Safe States
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Seven National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  

Key Highlights

  • California Home Visiting Program established

    The Home Visiting Program began in 2012.  Home visiting is an effective intervention for at-risk children and produces positive outcomes for babies, families, and communities.  HVP now includes 25 sites in 24 local health jurisdictions across the state. The Inaugural California Home Visiting Summit was held
  •  Establishment of Office of Health Equity

    The Office of Health Equity (OHE) was established to provide a key leadership role to reduce health and mental health disparities to vulnerable communities.  OHE is responsible for building cross-sectoral partnerships and is informed by advisory committee and stakeholder meetings. The office consults with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to ensure that community perspectives and input are included in policies and any strategic plans, recommendations, and implementation activities.
  • First Strategic Map Implemented 
    April 2012, CDPH released their first CDPH Strategic Map providing strategic direction for the next three years. The Strategic Map identified vision, mission, core values and the key opportunities to define and shape the future of Public Health in a changing environment.
  • Human Resources Branch, Performance Management Unit
    On July 1, 2012, the Performance Management Unit (PMU) was established to create a team of Human Resources staff dedicated to assisting managers and supervisors in the appropriate and timely application of the progressive discipline process.
  • HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation
    On July 16, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for PrEP, giving adults at high risk for HIV infection the option of taking one pill a day to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. Since then, CDPH has disseminated information about this intervention to medical and non-medical providers and community members and provided training, technical assistance and funding to local health jurisdictions to implement this innovative public health intervention.
  • Office of Farm to Fork

The California Office of Farm to Fork was initially an objective of the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force's Farm to Fork Implementation Plan, endorsed by the Strategic Growth Council in January of 2012. With HiAP's help, the Department of Education, Department of Food and Agriculture, and Department of Public Health collaborated to form the Office of Farm to Fork within CDFA.

  • Adoption of Local Health Department Model for NEOPB

Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch adopted a population-based, Local Health Department model to distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education funding to California Counties. The model expanded nutrition education and obesity prevention services to 58 California counties.

  • California Stroke Registry secured Coverdell funding; became California Stroke Registry/California Coverdell Program

Legislative Victories

  • AB 1452 – Child Passenger Safety Restraint Education expanded the requirements of medical facilities to provide additional child safety seat information to parents and guardians.
  • AB 2094 – Domestic Violence: Probation Fee – Increased the minimum payment collected from convicted batterers in a domestic violence case from $400 to $500. 

 

Awards/Recognition

  • Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division Spirit of Collaboration and Partnership Award
  • It's Up to All of Us, Pedestrian Safety Public Education Campaign and Guide, Award of Excellence from the National Public Health Information Coalition.
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Gold TELLY Award  (Ad industry award)
    • Six National Public Health Information Coalition (Silver, Bronze)
  

Key Highlights

  • Infant mortality rate declines to 9.6 percent, well below the national average of 11.5 percent, according to the March of Dimes.
    With more than 500,000 babies born each year in California, about one-in-eight of all births in the United States are born in the Golden State.
  • Office of Problem Gambling merges into CDPH to reduce problems from pathological gambling, to promote public awareness and assist victims and their families. Treatment works through free, confidential counseling for problem gamblers.
  • Office of Binational Border Health implemented the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Program to enhance the California-Baja California border region's ability to detect and respond to infectious disease threats.  Activities focused on strengthening infectious disease surveillance and communication capabilities in the border region between California and Mexico health officials, health professionals, and communities in order to optimize border and binational health. 

Legislative Victories

  • AB 16 – Domestic Violence: Corporal Injury expanded the types of felony offenders to those who are the victim's fiancé or person with whom the defendant currently has, or previously had, a dating or engagement relationship.
  • AB 139 – Domestic Violence Fees clarified that the payment collected from convicted batterers in a domestic violence case is a fee, not a fine, and as such, is not subject to reduction for time served. It also provided that two-thirds of the money collected shall be retained by the counties and deposited into the Domestic Violence Programs Special Funds.

 

Awards/Recognition

  • Silver Award: Excellence in State Government Communications Awards - "State Health Officer's Report on Tobacco Use and Promotion in California, California Department of Public Health"
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Medal Awards
    • What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs: Inspection Means Protection
    • Harvest of the Month Community Newsletter
    • Champion Chat
    • Medi-Cal Cessation Benefits Posters and Postcards
    • Kids Get Cookin' Cookbook
    • Harvest of the Month Graphic Organizers
    • California Health Officer Media Kits
    • Preventing Falls Through Skylights Video (English and Spanish)
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Ten National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
    • MBA Healthcare Management's 10 Powerfully Creative Anti-Smoking Ads
  

Key Highlights

  • Public Health Accreditation

On December 9, 2014, the California Department of Public Health was awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  Preparing for PHAB accreditation was a complex endeavor, engaging staff across the Department to systematically review CDPH's systems and processes in relation to the Ten Essential Public Health Services.  This process validated CDPH's areas of strength, identified opportunities for improvement, and continues to drive the Department toward a culture of quality.

California has a long and successful history of providing support to adolescents because every youth deserves access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health information and support services.

  • Lake County Fire Response.

A wind-driven fire tore through brush in Lake County. CDPH helped coordinate the movement of hundreds of patients from hospitals, clinics and senior care homes, ensuring continued quality and timely care.

  • Disneyland/Anaheim Measles Outbreak Response

In December of 2014, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) responded to an outbreak of measles that started inside the Disneyland theme park. The presumed initial exposures occurred at one or both Parks in Anaheim, California. Measles spread occurred in households, healthcare, and other community settings resulting in a total of 131 California measles cases. In addition, 15 cases linked to the two Disney theme parks were reported in seven other states: Arizona (seven), Colorado (one), Nebraska (one), Oregon (one), Texas (one), Utah (three), and Washington (two), as well as linked cases reported in two neighboring countries, Mexico (one) and Canada (159). The outbreak was declared over on April 17th, 2015.  CDPH provided support to California local health jurisdictions in the following ways:

  • Performed over 1,800 measles laboratory tests on clinical specimens; including weekend and evening testing.
  • Provided over 4,900 doses of MMR vaccine; most of these doses required expedited ordering/shipping.
  • Provided technical assistance on measles case and contact investigations including guidance on how to use post-exposure prophylaxis, quarantine and exclusion in a variety of settings.
  • Published a measles clinical guidance document to help clinicians and local health departments determine when measles testing is appropriate.
  • Updated a case and contact investigation quick sheet with a quick reference table.
  • Published outbreak updates on the CDPH website and provided information to the media.   
  • Exceeding Nationwide HIV Diagnosis Goal

California's HIV surveillance data indicated that in 2014, 91 percent of people living with HIV had been diagnosed. California reached this benchmark six years ahead of the timeframe set by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which is to ensure that 90 percent of people living with HIV are diagnosed by 2020. Ensuring that all Californians living with HIV are diagnosed is the first step to ensuring that all Californians living with HIV are engaged in HIV care and successfully treated. California achieved this goal by focusing public health-funded HIV testing on persons at highest risk of infection while simultaneously assisted healthcare clinics, hospital emergency departments, and jail healthcare programs to implement routine, opt-out HIV testing in order to identify people who may not realize their risk for HIV acquisition.

  • Ebola Response
    Over 2300 at-risk travelers were monitored in 42 local health departments.  CDPH provided clinical consultation and laboratory testing for LHDs 24/7 for 16 months.  Established 13 Ebola Treatment Centers and Assessment Centers; established eight public health laboratories to conduct testing, including CDPH VRDL which was enhanced to perform EVD testing. 
  • Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch released Obesity in California: The Weight of the State, 2000-2012.

From 1980 to 2010, national obesity rates more than doubled for adults and children 2 to five years, while nearly tripling among children 6 to11 years and adolescents 12 to 19 years. California is among a select few states that have reported modest decreases in childhood obesity rates possibly as a result of taking comprehensive action to address the epidemic.

  • The Champion Provider Fellowship is a powerful approach to combating obesity and creating healthier communities.  This Fellowship harnesses the passion of health professionals to engage, train and support championing changes that will improve health outcomes for entire communities. In partnership with the University of California, San Francisco , CDPH, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch launched the program.
  • Bike Share Program established.

In collaboration with the CDPH Wellness Program, CDPH launched a revolutionary worksite wellness program to make bicycles available to employees for daytime work trips, errands, or physical activity during lunch breaks.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition experienced by children, far more common than asthma or hay fever. In California, 54 percent of kindergarteners and 70 percent of third graders have experienced tooth decay and nearly one-third of children have untreated tooth decay.

Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH was named as the state's first dental director.

CDPH chronic disease and health promotion program staff and statewide partners were involved in the development of this Plan to create communities in which people can become healthy and stay healthy.

When it comes to unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., more people die from prescription medication overdoses than in motor vehicle crashes. In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, with 14,000 of those deaths involving prescription opioids. In response to this state and national epidemic, CDPH and its state partners have convened this workgroup.

This initiative aims to raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and to create the context for healthy children and families through social norms change.

The vision of this project is to transform communities to support young people in building healthy relationships, families and communities. This is an effort to bring prevention to the forefront of health promotion in California.

 

Legislative Victories

 

Awards/Recognition

  • Office of Problem Gambling Award
  • National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) Gold Medal Awards
    • State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat
    • Treasure Hunt activity book for nutrition education
    • Kids Learn Better Lead-Free Informational Card
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award (2014, March of Dimes)
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Bronze Telly
    • Hiroshima Animation Festival's Best in World
    • Multicultural Excellence Award, Association of National Advertisers
    • Four National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (Gold, Bronze)
  • National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Medal Awards
    • Lost Moments Television Marketing (Tobacco Control)
    • Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Marketing Surveillance Survey Online Training
  

Key Highlights

  • Dr. Karen Smith appointed as the New Director and Health Officer.

  • Portrait of Promise Released

  • E-Cigarettes Health Advisory Issued

  • Fusion Center established in CDPH

The Fusion Center represents the vision for becoming the public health department of the future; one which is proactive, transparent, collaborative, outcome-driven, and able to respond to constantly changing conditions.  CDPH believes that public health's future is one that plays the role as chief health strategist, convening a multitude of sectors to ensure health in all policies and wellbeing for all.  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/FCSD/Pages/FusionCenter.aspx

  • Ebola Response  
    The Medical and Health Coordination Center, jointly with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), and the Richmond Campus Coordination Center (RCCC) activated on August 6, 2014 at level 1 for the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali. 

·         Statewide Medical Health Exercise Success

Two planned scenarios to meet the requirements of a regional full-scale distribution and dispensing exercise as well as a statewide medical and health exercise that met the objectives of local public health departments, healthcare coalitions, and healthcare facilities. CDPH activated the Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC) with the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in support of the exercise.

  • Opioid Grants Awarded

Awarded a four year grant from CDC to implement a comprehensive program addressing opioid misuse and abuse in California's counties must impacted by the opioid epidemic.

  • California ranked 4th in state infant mortality rates
  • California ranked 11th in state preterm birth rates
  • California ranked 7th in percent of low birthweight births among all states
  • California ranked 7th in percent of low birthweight births among all states
  •  California Home Visiting Program Project LAUNCH  
  • San Bernardino Shooting Response
  • Human Resources Branch, Certification Services Unit

    CDPH continues on building the workforce of the future.  This Unit established certification functions into the Human Resources Branch, as well as conduct verification of minimum qualifications of candidates who participated in consortium examinations which are administered by the California Department of Human Resources.  The Classification and Certification Section was established on July 1, 2016 to centralize and streamline functions within the Human Resources Branch by merging the Classification Analysis Unit and the Certification Services Unit and provide a single point of contact throughout the hiring process for department programs.

     

     
  • May is Bike Month Proclamation
    In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a commemorative message, presented by California Department of Public Health's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch officially proclaiming May as Bike Month in California.
  • "Be Better" Media Campaign Launched

Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch launched the "Be Better" advertising campaign at Raley Field to 3000 children and parents during School Wellness Day and set a Guinness world record.

  • California Diabetes Prevention 

    CDPH partnered with the American Medical Association, CDC, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to host an initial California Prevent Diabetes: Screen, Test, Act TodayTM (CA PDSTAT) meeting to assist CDPH in the development of an action plan to scale-up and sustain diabetes prevention programs (DPP) in California, modeled after the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • California Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Initiative launched.
  • CDPH Violence Prevention Task Force convened.
  • Active Transportation Safety Program launched through an interagency agreement with Caltrans' Active Transportation Program.
  • E-Cigarette Campaign Launched
    California is the first state in the nation to launch a comprehensive public health education campaign to counter the dangers of e-cigarettes. The effort consisted of a State Health Officer's Report, Health Advisory to health care professional, and a bold advertising campaign.
  • Violence Prevention Initiative
    Created to develop a statewide violence data report and expanding California's Violent Death Reporting System, to develop a common language and framework for understanding violence as a public health issue, and to create a plan for moving on key priorities and establishing infrastructure.
  • Stillblowingsmoke.org website Launched

    Website launched in English and Spanish dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.
  • Accountable Communities for Health

CDPH collaborated with external partners to design a framework for evaluating the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) sites. The evaluation framework included business and operational elements; spreading, scaling and sustainability of interventions, and evaluation of community-level health impacts. Accountable Communities for Health are an emerging innovative, collaborative, and place-based model of delivering community-based health care.
LGHC Innovation Challenge
CDPH in conjunction with CHHS Agency hosted two statewide innovation challenges. The department collected over 170 different submissions ranging from community based health innovations to innovations that impact the health system.
LGHC Health Innovation Conference
The department hosted two of the state's first Health Innovation Conferences where ambassadors from state government came together with community partners, subject matter experts, stakeholders and others from the health care sector to discuss the use of innovative, cross collaborative work approaches to solve some of the state's most pressing challenges. 

 

Legislative Victories

  • AB 302 – Lactation Accommodation in schools (AB 302)
  • AB 53 – Requires securing a child who is under two years of age in rear-facing child restraint system in the rear seat of a motor vehicle, unless the child is weighs 40 or more pounds, or is 40 or more inches in height.
  • SB 277 – Abolished the personal belief exemption and required almost all children enrolling in daycare or school to be vaccinated. 

 

Awards/Recognition

  • Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award
  • Excellence in Public Health Communication Award, Public Health Information Coalition
  • Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch Champions for Change Media Campaign
  • "Join the Movement" TV advertisement won AVA Videographers (Gold), Aurora Award (Gold),  Hermes Award (Gold)
  • "Treasure Hunt" – National Public Health Information Coalition Award in the  Print and Graphic Design Project
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • Gold Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards
    • Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards- Best in Show (Ad industry award)
    • Six National Public Health Information Coalition Awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  

Key Highlights

  • Zika Communication and Control Efforts  
    On Thursday May 18th, 2016, the Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC) was activated in response to Zika Virus Disease. In the fifty-five weeks since the initial activation, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) maintained a low level activation along with the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) and, between June 8th and September 29th of 2016, the Department of Health Care Services.
  • California Reducing Disparities Project Phase I Kickoff
  • California Home Visiting Program Celebrates 100,000th visit
  • Maternal Mental Health Task Force formed
  • Medical Cannabis Regulation Safety Act
  • Open Data Portal

    California Health and Human Services Agency  launched its Open Data Portal initiative in order to increase public access to one of the State's most valuable assets which is non-confidential health and human services data.
  • Human Resources Branch, Training and Recruitment Unit

    Established to enhance and expand the Human Resources Branch departmental training program, and to establish the Department's first recruitment-focused Human Resources function. The TRU's primary goal is to provide tools and services for CDPH managers, supervisors, current and future employees in order to foster and promote a positive work environment which attracts and retains productive employees. [SK(1] 
  • Getting to Zero Plan Released

    In September, 2016, Office of AIDS released Laying a Foundation for Getting to Zero: California's Integrated HIV Surveillance, Prevention, and Care Plan. The plan is designed to dramatically reduce new HIV infections in the state, with the goal of eventually getting that number to zero. To achieve this goal, the plan outlines 15 strategies and 12 key objectives that will be monitored on an annual basis by CDPH's Office of AIDS.
  • Let's Get Healthy California Website Launched

Developed and launched the Let's Get Healthy California website complete with data visualizations, indicators, and interactive story sharing platform that is currently being used to track California's progress as we work to become the healthiest state in the nation by 2022.  The team was subsequently awarded the department's PHAME (Public Health Acknowledging My Efforts) award for most collaborative team of 2016.

  • WIC Food Packaging
    Updated WIC food package containing a wider variety of healthy options was rolled out to WIC participants. More whole grains, additional fruits and vegetable options, and yogurt were added to the list of approved WIC foods available to participants.
  • WIC Regional Breastfeeding Liaison Program

The Program was expanded from 14 to 29 local agencies, serving 30 counties thereby changing organizational practices through educating providers and the community.

 

Key Legislative Victories

  • New Tobacco 21 Legislation – Changes the minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.
  • AB 329 – California Healthy Youth Act The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect in January 2016, requires school districts to provide students

with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.

  • Federal Drug Administration publishes final regulations for a new Nutrition Facts label information on "added sugar."  Final compliance deadline is July 26, 2018 for large companies.
  • AB 2007 – Youth Athletics: Youth Sports Organizations: Concussion or Other Head Injuries requires youth sports organizations to adhere to concussion protocols.
  • SB 877 – Reporting and Tracking of Violent Deaths requires the California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System to collect data on violent deaths.
  • SB 1006 – Firearm Violence Research established a Firearm Research Center at UC Davis.
  • Proposition 56 - California voters overwhelmingly pass Proposition 56, The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, to increase the excise tax on cigarettes by $2.00 per pack and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. Proposition 56 revenues are directed to CDPH for tobacco prevention, tobacco law enforcement, and oral health. As a result of Proposition 56, California's cigarette tax rate moved from 37th to 9th in the nation.
  • SB X2-5 – All electronic cigarettes, whether or not they contain nicotine, are treated as "tobacco products" under the state's smoke-/tobacco-free, underage sales, and tobacco retailer licensing laws.
  • AB X2-7 – Exemptions in California's Smoke-free Workplace Law were closed. As a result smoking (including use of electronic cigarettes) in the previously exempted workplaces is prohibited: hotel lobbies, meeting rooms and banquet rooms; warehouses; employee breakrooms; and small businesses with five or fewer employees; owner-operated businesses; covered parking lots. In addition, the amount of hotel/motel guestrooms where smoking is prohibited increased from 35 percent to 80 percent. This legislation led to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to classify California as a 100% smoke-free state.
  • AB X2-9 – Required all public K-12 school campuses, including charter schools to be tobacco-free (including electronic cigarettes).
  • AB X2-11 – Increased licensing fees on tobacco retailers and distributors.
  • AB 2770 – Prohibited the Board of Equalization is prohibited from diverting revenues from tobacco tax funded programs, including Proposition 99, to fund the costs of administering the California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003. Among other purposes, Proposition 99, The Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988, funds California's tobacco prevention and control programs.

Awards/Recognition

  • Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch's Champions for Change Media Campaign receive the following awards on their "Be Better" TV Advertisement:  MerCom Award (Gold), Aurora Award (Gold), Galaxy Award (Gold), Crystal Award for PR launch (Gold), Prism Award for Public Relations (Gold)
  • California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard launched.
  • Statewide Prevention of Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence Project initiated with funding from the California Office of Emergency Services.
  • Naloxone Distribution Program initiated.
  • California National Violent Death Reporting System established.
  • CA Tobacco Control Program Advertising Awards:
    • San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group's Campaign of the Year
    • Gold, 10th Annual Pixel Award
    • Silver, 2016 North American Effie Awards
  

Key Highlights

  • California Reducing Disparities Program Phase II Kickoff

Met with all CRDP Contractors and Grantees for an orientation to begin working together on the CRDP.

  • Statewide Screening Collaborative Formed

The CSSC brings together state agencies, organizations, and special initiatives that focus on California's capacity to promote and deliver effective and well-coordinated health, developmental, and early mental health screenings

for young children, birth to age 5.

  • Adult Use Marijuana Act
  • CDPH launches its New Website
  • Zika Communications Plan
    A statewide plan was developed in preparation for possible local transmission of Zika. Emphasis placed on pregnant women, travelers and sexual transmission.
  • Botulism Outbreak

    The Department tested and confirmed that nacho cheese sauce sold at a gas station in Sacramento County tested positive for the toxin that causes botulism. 
  • Norovirus Outbreak

    The Department worked with local public health departments across the State to help control norovirus outbreaks in schools and other settings in Northern California.  At least 1,000 people contracted Norovirus. 
  • Champion Provider Fellowship

    The Champion Provider Fellowship for physicians and dentists provides training and education on a wide variety of health care subjects, including the health promotion, food insecurity, healthy retail, crafting compelling messages, working with the media and writing for change. Providers are connected with their local health departments to work collaboratively with community change leaders, community-based organizations, schools, faith‑based organizations and others to find local solutions to obesity and related chronic diseases. The total number of participants is 77 fellows.
  • Oroville Dam Response

Lake Oroville Dam opened its emergency spillway on February 11, 2017 after the main spillway was damaged by winter storms. The damage prompted the immediate evacuation of approximately 188,000 residents from Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties on February 12. In conjunction with the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Emergency Function 08 partners, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) activated the Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC) which then monitored the healthcare impact from potential failure of the emergency spillway and coordinated medical and health support to affected entities.

  • AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program

The CDPH Office of AIDS, in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services, celebrates its second successful five-year AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program application on the 10-year CDPH anniversary. The AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program provides comprehensive case management and direct care services at no cost to persons with HIV as an alternative to nursing facility placement or hospitalization. 

  • Released WIC Mobile Website
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for WIC infants reached 20%, a 9 percentage point increase in the past 10 years.
  • Public Health 2035

Preparing the department for the future is a top priority for CDPH. The PH 2035 framework, developed in 2017, is a multi-pronged approach that will strengthen the department's capacity in several areas: Champion the innovative use of data and technology, improve the way we evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and finally, inspire the workforce to be engaged and motivated to rise to the challenge of finding or creating solutions for a system that will increasingly require collaboration and collective approaches to have any major impact. 

 

Legislative Victories

  • Federal Drug Administration extends the compliance deadline for menu labeling to May 7, 2018.
  • Congress delays the implementation of new SNAP stocking standards until new regulations are issued by United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Congress also allows exemptions from whole grain requirements and the use of 1% chocolate milk in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. In addition, no funds are allowed to enforce the sodium standards below Target 1.
  • Prop 56 Tobacco Tax
    • Established an Oral Health Program
    • Local Health Department Model for statewide efforts and impact

 

Awards/Recognition

  • Dr. Connie Mitchell elected Regional IX Director on the board of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (2017)
  • Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch's Champions for Change program media campaign

"Be Better" won the Communicators Award for best commercial campaign

  

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