California Department of Public Health
Do you want a review of the health effects of climate change? Want to hear an expert speak on this at your desk? Then this webinar hosted by The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program may be of interest to you!
Changes in climate and increases in the frequency of extreme climate events are predicted to adversely affect human health in a variety of ways. In this webinar Dr. Kent Pinkerton, Director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis, will provide an overview of the public health effects of climate change.
Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 10:30-11:30am PDT
On completion of the Climate Change and Health webinar participants will be able to:
* Outline the evidence for climate effects that can impact human health
* Identify specific health issues associated with climate change
* Distinguish specific respiratory problems likely to increase as climate change occurs
Dr. Pinkerton also serves as the Associate Director for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, where he researches climate change impacts on agricultural health and safety. He has co-chaired symposiums on Climate Change and Global Public Health for the American and Turkish Thoracic Societies
and is co-editor of the book, Global Climate Change and Public Health published in 2014.
CE credits are available for nurses and industrial hygienists. CE requires additional registration to complete payment and evaluation to receive credit. The cost for CE credit is $30 per webinar. Directions on how to receive these are available on the registration website.
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program offers high quality professional development courses for practitioners working in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, ergonomics, and other allied health professions in the occupational safety and health community. COEH is a collaboration of UC San Francisco’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program, and UC Davis’ Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Professional courses are relevant to
Are you looking for tools to help you address controversial public health issues such as gun violence, health equity, and vaccination in the communities you serve? Would you like to learn more about the basic principles of public dialogue? Then you might want to view this free archived
webcast hosted by NACCHO’s Public Health Communications Committee.
In this webinar, Dr. Anna W. Wolfe, PhD, Texas A&M University, explores the basic principles of public dialogue and deliberation, presents a case study of these principles in action at the local level, and provides tools and resources to help local public health practitioners use dialogue and deliberation to address community issues. The webinar is intended to provide local health departments with a framework for shaping public meetings that facilitate open and honest conversations on public health issues and will take a little over an hour to view.
Leading With Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training): A Self Paced Online Class from edX (reposted from last April)
Want to learn powerful communication skills that will help you to inspire others, promote a novel idea, or to have a difficult conversation? Want to see ways to be sure that the message you are intending to send is what is being received? Then you might want to join in with this class to explore this topic and the important role communication plays in inclusive leadership.
Through research and real-world examples, you will learn strategies to enhance your communication skills and approach. Topics will include understanding dialogue processes, debunking everyday communication myths, testing assumptions, listening, expressing yourself authentically, and communicating across differences. Short quizzes, case studies, and videos will help you develop these skills.
The Inclusive Leadership Training: Leading with Effective Communication is a self-paced class. It should take about 1-2 hours of time a week for 4 weeks. While it’s free, you can add a Verified Certificate for $50 if you wish.
Come learn how to use storytelling to advance public health goals for the communities you serve in this free webinar! You will see presentations from two creative professionals.
First, Andrea Spagat, West Coast Regional Director of the StoryCenter will share tips on how to create effective stories for education or advocacy purposes. Andrea will share her experience with participatory story composition, the mechanics of video filming and editing, and some strategies for creating compelling public health stories to support your cause.
Then meet Elizabeth Bayne, founder of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series, a non-profit collection of videos aimed at promoting breastfeeding in the African American community through the power of personal narrative. Elizabeth will talk about her project, how she created the videos, as well as her strategies for social marketing and distribution of video content.
The sponsors for the Health Communication Matters! Webinar Series are the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; the American Public Health Association; the APHA Health Communication Working Group; APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development; and California Public Health Association-North.
Registration is now available for this very popular (and almost full) webinar. The webinar will also be archived here after the event for those who can’t make it on this day.
Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm PDT
Do you have questions on the collection, use, and release of health data for public health activities? Have you ever wanted to learn more about privacy, confidentiality, HIPAA, and data use agreements? Then this free webinar presented by the International Society for Disease Surveillance might be of interest to you.
Rachel L. Hulkower from the CDC’s Public Health Law Program will address the legal principles involved in this arena. There will be time at the end for a live question-and-answer session as well.
Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 8:00-9:30am PDT
Are you interested in the role of public health in social justice issues? Want to learn more about the role of public health in food insecurity? If so, then you may want to participate in this free webinar in which experts will talk about public health programs that address poverty, the root cause of food insecurity. This webinar will focus on inadequate income as the root cause of food insecurity and on actions public health professionals can take to shift practice beyond food-focused initiatives and towards income-based policy solutions.
Through this webinar, you will learn about the role public health can play in calculating a basic income rate and advocating for income-based policy change. You will also hear about examples of public health working in partnership with community organizations to identify and address risk factors for food insecurity in vulnerable neighborhoods. Guest experts will explore practical considerations for public health practice across professional disciplines, as well as “take home actions” for participants to consider in their daily practice.
This webinar is presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) which is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 10:00–11:30am PDT
New to Community Commons or wanting to learn more about the free tools available on the site? Register for this intro webinar and learn how to make, save, and export a basic map and community health needs assessment.
Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 12:00-1:00pm PDT
1. How to conduct surveys: a step-by-step guide. By Arlene Fink. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2017.
Call number: HN29 .F53 2017
See the table of contents, reviews, and an excerpt at the publisher’s website.
2. Understanding the sociology of health. By Anne-Marie Barry and Chris Yuill. London: Sage Publications, 2016.
Call number: RA418 .B35 2016
Read a short description, see the table of contents, and read an excerpt for this book at the publisher’s website.
3. Social marketing research for global public health: methods and technologies. By W. Douglas Evans. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Call number: RA427 .E926 2016
See the table of contents and an excerpt at amazon.com.
and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press:
4. Countering Violent Extremism Through Public Health Practice: Proceedings of a Workshop.The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2017.
5. Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2017.
6. Accomplishments of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2017.
Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.
You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).
If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.
CDPH in the News
Court Orders Release of Secretive California Cell-Phone Danger Docs
from Sputnik International
A California judge has ordered the state of California to make public the results of an investigation into the risks of cellphone use. The papers are believed to contain information about radiation warnings by the state’s Environmental Health Investigations branch. Joel Moskowitz PhD, a director at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health requested the findings, which the state refused to provide. Determined, the director filed a lawsuit under the California Public Records Act. On Friday, a Superior Court judge ruled that the documents are public record, and therefore the public has a right to see them. He asserted that there is significant public interest in learning the risks, as well as how to counter them.
Why people with Lyme Disease feel there isn’t enough awareness
from ABC 10
On Friday, the Lyme Disease Advisory Committee Meeting (LDAC) held a presentation in Sacramento, along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Gregory Hacker, a biologist with the CDPH, gave an update on ticks in the Folsom Lake area.
Dorothy Kupcha Leland was there to hear the results of Hacker’s study. She’s the author of ‘When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide.’ It’s everything she wishes she had known a decade ago, when her now 25-year-old daughter was first diagnosed. Leland said the presentation confirmed what she had always assumed, that there are far more Lyme-infected ticks in Northern California than people think. Her daughter was first diagnosed at just 14-years-old. Lyme Disease affects people of all ages, but are common in children and older adults. Those who spend time outdoors often are more exposed. Many experts, including Leland, say the number of cases are often underreported because the disease is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Leland’s daughter was diagnosed within 9 months of her first symptoms, but she adds they were lucky. Many people go year’s without being diagnosed.
86 people diagnosed with Zika in San Diego
from The CW6
Since 2015, 86 people in the San Diego region have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, while roughly the same number are awaiting test results, according to statistics kept by county health officials. All but three were acquired while traveling, 31 cases to Mexico; nine to Nicaragua, according to the county of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. The California Department of Public Health reported 524 Zika infections statewide as of March 17. Of those, 99 involve pregnant women, and five babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects.
Rare E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Soy-Based Nut Butter; Kids Mostly Affected
from CBS SFBayArea
An outbreak of a rare E. coli strain that may stem from a soy-based nut butter has made a dozen people ill across the United States, including four people in California, according to state health officials. “All four California patients reported eating I.M. Healthy brand Creamy SoyNut Butter in the week before becoming ill,” the California Department of Public Health announced in a statement Friday. The CDPH is now warning consumers not to eat I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter due to a possible E. coli contamination.
Statewide survey shows rising popularity of e-cigarettes
from Moorpark Acorn
Stores in Ventura County sold fewer tobacco products overall and offered more fruits and vegetables last year than they had three years before. But sales of e-cigarettes have soared, a health survey released this month showed. California Department of Public Health’s 2016 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community survey, which came out March 8, looked at the percentage of stores around the state that sold tobacco, alcohol, fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and sugary soft drinks. Created by the health department’s tobacco control program, the survey of retailers was first conducted in 2013, so the new set of statistics gathered in the 2016 survey provides a view of how far retailers have come in offering healthier products and curtailing tobacco sales.
High lead poisoning rates found in California communities
from Cal Coast News
Though not typically associated with California communities, childhood lead poisoning is prevalent in several areas of the state, particularly Fresno County. At least 29 California communities have childhood lead poisoning rate that are at least as high as in Flint, Michigan, which recently came under the national spotlight because of its water crisis. According to blood testing data obtained from the California Department of Public Health, there is one zip code in Central Fresno where 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old returned high for lead.
Fresno County has a total of nine zip codes in which high lead levels among children are at least as common as in Flint, according to the state data. High poverty rates and issues with substandard housing – both of which are problems in Fresno – are risk factors for lead exposure.
CDPH in the News
Thousands of California Workers Alerted to Elevated Lead Levels
More than 6,000 California workers in munitions, manufacturing and other industries have elevated levels of lead in their blood that could cause serious health problems, according to a recent report from the state’s public health agency. The report, containing the results of tests conducted between 2012 and 2014, comes as the state’s workplace health and safety agency, Cal/OSHA, is considering a major update of its safety standards for workplace lead exposure for the first time in decades. The current standards are based on 35-year-old medical findings, which at the time did not recognize the dangers of even low-level exposure to lead. More recent science shows chronic, low-level lead exposure can cause lasting harm.
CA PrEP program delayed
from Bay Area Reporter
Problems with California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program are leading to the delayed launch of a program that would help people statewide get access to PrEP. California Department of Public Health officials have said the trouble with ADAP, which is supposed to help thousands of people get the care they need to stay alive, started after the agency switched to new contractors last July. CDPH spokespeople have said the agency’s still trying to resolve the issues.
Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, director of state and local affairs at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said some clients have reported being turned away by their pharmacies or even being dropped from ADAP because of the glitches.
What Researchers Found in California’s Marijuana
Researchers in Northern California have delivered some unsettling news for marijuana users: It turns out, a sizeable amount of the pot sold in California’s medical marijuana dispensaries test positive for mold and bacteria that could be dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems. Fungi and bacteria – including Cryptococcus, Mucor and Aspergillus, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii – were detected in 20 of the marijuana samples. If inhaled, these pathogens “could lead to serious illness and even death” because inhaling a contaminated substance “provides a direct portal of entry deep into the lungs, where infection can easily take hold,” Joseph Tuscano, a researcher UC Davis, said in a statement.
For the time being, more research is needed in order to better inform patients and recreational users about the quality and safety of their weed. California’s Department of Public Health is actively developing statewide standards for cannabis testing, with the intention of implementing them before the state fully rolls out its recreational marijuana system in 2018.
Children’s Bureau of Southern California Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Address High Obesity Rates in Los Angeles, University Park, Jefferson Park, and West Adams
Children’s Bureau was awarded $880,000 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant will support the Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education eligible populations by providing nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and working to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families where they live, learn, work, play, pray, and shop.
Key efforts under the initiative include teaching fundamental skills such as cooking, reading food labels, shopping on a budget, growing fruits and vegetables, and introducing low-cost and fun ways to be physically active. In addition, champions in communities throughout the County will be identified to help improve access to healthier foods and increase opportunities to be physically active in a variety of settings, including early childcare centers, schools, faith-based organizations, corner stores, parks, worksites, and cities.
Advocate of Toxicants Policy Reform Reappointed to State Scientific Guidance Panel
from UC Riverside
Carl F. Cranor, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and a longtime advocate of reforming policies for regulating exposure to toxic substances, has been reappointed to the Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program. Cranor was first appointed to the panel in 2012. The Senate Rules Committee approved his reappointment in January to a three-year term that ends Jan. 1, 2020.
The Scientific Guidance Panel plays a significant role in the California Biomonitoring Program, making recommendations about the program’s design and implementation – including the identification of chemicals that are a priority for monitoring in California – and providing scientific peer review. Five members are appointed by the governor, two by the speaker of the Assembly, and two by the Senate Rules Committee.
Established by Senate Bill 1379 in 2006, the California Biomonitoring Program is a collaborative effort of three departments in two state agencies: the California Department of Public Health in the Health and Human Services Agency, and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Department of Toxic Substances Control in the California Environmental Protection Agency.
UC SHIP board looking to add surgery options for transgender students
from Daily Bruin
University of California representatives are working to include certain transgender surgeries in student health insurance coverage. Attendees at the UC Student Health Insurance Plan meeting Tuesday discussed voting to add breast augmentation surgery for male-to-female transgender students to the UC SHIP plan, said David DiTullio, an Executive Oversight Board graduate representative for the Student Health Advisory Committee. However, they tabled the vote and decided to collect more data about the feasibility of adding the surgery to UC SHIP coverage over the next year before making a final decision.
The UC SHIP staff hopes to implement the male-to-female top surgery benefit for the 2018-2019 school year but has not reached a decision, said Karina Keus, a SHAC and EOB undergraduate representative. UC Berkeley added the surgery to its plan this year, but no students have taken advantage of the top surgery yet… Keus said the Berkeley campus is not under the umbrella of the UC SHIP system; it receives insurance through Anthem. The benefit is temporary and might be discontinued at UC Berkeley if the California Department of Public Health does not approve it, Keus added.