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Measles Outbreak

Disneyland measles outbreak continues to grow; physicians advised to look for signs of the disease in patients The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed 19 cases of measles in people who visited Disneyland theme parks in Orange county between December 15 and 20, 2014. Sixteen of the infected individuals were California residents, two were from Utah, and one is from Colorado. According to California public health officials, of the 16 cases in the state only two were fully vaccinated against the disease. According to CDPH, it is likely that a person infectious with measles was at one of the ...

Brown Signs Bill To Collect Data on Diversity of Health Care Workforce

Source: California Healthline - September 23, 2014 Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill (AB 2102) that aims to identify gaps in the diversity of California's health care workforce, KPBS reports. Details of Bill Under the bill, the state boards that oversee nurses, physician assistants and other medical providers will be required to report their workforce demographics, including workers': Ethnicities; and Spoken languages. The data will be used to inform policymakers and educational institutions about where resources should be allocated to meet the cultural needs of patients, according to KPBS. The bill was sponsored by: ...

CMAF and NEPO will host two Covered Ca Spanish Webinars in July.

CMAF and the Network of Ethnic Physicians will host two Covered Ca Spanish Webinars in July. Both webinars will offer a quick overview of the change in the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act; the relationship of Covered CA, Exchange Health Plans, and physicians; demographics of the newly-insured and other helpful tips for physicians and their teams to understand and prepare for the next enrollment period which begins November 15, 2014. The first webinar will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 15th and will be conducted by Dr. Felix Aguilar, MD and Vitelio Aguilar, Jr, Provider Educator for CMAF.  ...

Sacramento CMA member wins AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Award

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has awarded Sacramento area physician and U.S. Air Force Reserve Colonel Darryl Hunter, M.D., its prestigious Excellence in Medicine award. Dr. Hunter was recognized for his outstanding leadership and exceptional service to veterans, students and underserved community members. The award was presented to Dr. Hunter during AMA’s national meeting in Chicago last week. “As an AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award winner, Dr. Hunter reminds us all what it means to be a doctor – caring, compassionate and selfless,” said Steven W. Churchill, executive director of the AMA Foundation. “Dr. Hunter’s work with veterans ...

California soda warning label bill stalls in committee

June 17, 2014 California soda warning label bill stalls in committee California lawmakers on Tuesday turned back legislation that would require warning labels on sugary beverages, voicing skepticism about the public health benefits. "It's an honorable effort but I feel it's ineffective," said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who acknowledged that soda manufacturers are prominent job generators in her district. "I think this bill creates as much confusion as it does information. A label which will appear on soda andsports drinks with no labels appearing on chocolate milk, juices or alcoholic beverages sends the wrong message." Senate Bill 1000 slipped out of the Senate last month with the ...
SUGARY DRINK WARNING LABEL MOVES THROUGH LEGISLATURE

SUGARY DRINK WARNING LABEL MOVES THROUGH LEGISLATURE

SUGARY DRINK WARNING LABEL MOVES THROUGH LEGISLATURE Two Assembly committees will be considering a CMA sponsored bill (SB 1000, Monning) that will require sugary drinks sold in California to have a health warning label on Tuesday, June 17. The label, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay,” will help consumers make informed choices when buying sugary drinks.  To take action visit CMA’s webpage: http://www.cmanet.org/grassroots/campaign.dT/67/  
The California Medical Association announces new President & CEO!

The California Medical Association announces new President & CEO!

Lisa Folberg takes the helm at CMA Foundation. Lisa Folberg first became interested in public health when she volunteered for the AIDS Hotline in San Francisco in the 1980s. Soon after this she spent a year in Colombia, South America, developing a public health program for at-risk youth through a World Health Organization/UCSF collaborating project. “This experience was life-changing,” says Folberg. It further galvanized her purpose in life, which was to help form meaningful public health policy that will benefit consumers. She went on to get a masters degree in public policy at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. It will come as ...

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