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Optimal System of Acute Stroke Care for Adults Established
American Photo Magazine's Commercial Category Image of the Year
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National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award – Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch for the "What's Harder" TV advertisement spot
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Program was expanded from 14 to 29 local agencies, serving 30 counties thereby changing organizational practices through educating providers and the community.
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with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.
Met with all CRDP Contractors and Grantees for an orientation to begin working together on the CRDP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Be Better" won the Communicators Award for best commercial campaign