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Orange County Needle Exchange Program Makes an Impactful Debut

Orange County Needle Exchange Program Makes an Impactful Debut

The Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) opened for the first time on Saturday, February 20th after obtaining state certification as an authorized syringe exchange program. OCNEP is a two-time Medical Student Community Leadership Grant recipient, created after a group of student from UC Irvine realized that Orange County was the most populous county in California without a needle exchange. The purpose of this 501(c)3 non-profit is to prevent disease and improve public health and safety by disposing of dirty needles, providing on-site HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and providing referrals to health, housing and treatment facilities. During their first ...

Keeping Current with Community Immunity

The Adult Vaccine Schedule (English) has been updated to reflect the latest changes in the CDC guidelines regarding immunization. This schedule, a part of the CMA Foundation’s Community Immunity initiative, provides adults with detailed information on vaccine-preventable diseases, their symptoms, and long-term risks, and makes vaccine recommendations for adults based on age, dosage, and vaccine type. According to the CDC, overall adult vaccine coverage remains low for many routinely recommended vaccines. The Community Immunity initiative aims to raise coverage through educational outreach, such as through the vaccine schedule.   The most recent updates to the schedule include: ·         Addition of the Meningococcal ...

LA County Public Health Department reminds us to “Choose Health” when eating out.

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has launched the Healthy Eating Out ad campaign as a part of their obesity prevention initiative, Choose Health LA.  purpose of this campaign is to educate families on how to make healthier choices when eating at all restaurants, not just fast food, by encouraging people to opt for smaller portion sizes and healthier drink and side options. The ads will run until mid-March on Los Angeles public transit, on the radio and on social media. Versions of the ads will be published in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. For more information on the ...

New Antibiotic Guidelines Reflect AWARE Toolkit Recommendations

New recommendations regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections in healthy adults were released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians. The clinical recommendations given in the new guidelines mirror those found in the AWARE Acute Infection Guideline Summary for Adults, including not prescribing antibiotics when patients present with: ·         Nonspecific upper respiratory infections or bronchitis, unless there is a history of chronic bronchitis or other co-morbid conditions; ·         Pharyngitis without a confirmation of the Streptococcal bacteria; ·         Sinusitis, unless the symptoms last more than 10 days, present with high ...

This free healthcare clinic is staffed and run by UC Irvine students

Dr. Cameron Carlen-Jones, right, speaks with UC Irvine students, from left, Alejandra Hurtado, Mackenzie Cater, Oscar Hernandez and Tuan Ngo before they see a patient at a free clinic at United Methodist Church in Garden Grove.  (Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot) Alex ChanContact Reporter In April 2014, a small group of UC Irvine undergraduates began working to open a free healthcare clinic for underserved patients that also would prepare the students for medical careers. Eight months later, the An Lanh Clinic in Garden Grove became a reality. About 40 UCI undergrads staff the clinic, according to Andy Nguyen, a senior who is the facility's student president. ...

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

CMA Foundation celebrates “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”     The week of November 16-22, 2015, is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" – a campaign to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Every year at least 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die from these infections. This cold and flu season, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project reminds physicians and patients to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. AWARE is a long-term project of the California Medical Association (CMA) ...

California doctors’ lobby group pushes agenda with swagger

California Medical Association won its seminal malpractice fight Group’s self-confidence, money and connections give it influence Now, it’s leading statewide effort to tax cigarettes $2 per pack From left, California Medical Association general counsel Francisco Silva, CEO Dustin Corcoran and Janus Norman, senior vice president, talk at their Sacramento headquarters last week. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO ccadelago@sacbee.com As large clocks around the office counted down to Election Day last year, leading physicians ditched their business meeting and marched downstairs to stuff envelopes with campaign pamphlets in a makeshift war room at the California Medical Association’s Sacramento headquarters. No issue confronting voters threatened the pocketbooks and political ...

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2015 President’s Reception and Awards Gala

2015 President’s Reception and Awards Gala Each year, the California Medical Association (CMA) and the CMA Foundation celebrate the extraordinary leadership of individuals and organizations making a difference in the health of Californians. The incoming CMA president and recipients of the Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Leadership Award and the Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award are recognized at the annual President’s Reception and Awards Gala, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, inspiring awards presentation, live auction and exciting entertainment. This year’s black tie event will take place at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on the ...

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