Nominate Your Colleagues! for an APHA Public Health Education Health Promotion Award

Do you have a colleague who should be rewarded for their excellence in education, humor in teaching, their commitment to health communications and their dedication to their public health education career? Then consider nominating them for the prestigious APHA Public Health Education Health Promotion Award! The Public Health Education and Health Promotion section recognizes individuals in six award categories. The application deadline is May 23rd.

The PHEHP Awards Committee is also seeking your best health education, health promotion, and health communication materials for the 24th annual competition. They are looking for:
* Print Materials
* Multi-media Materials
* Training Materials

Deadline for this contest is May 26th. The complete guidelines and entry form are available by emailing:

Richmond Instruction: Health Statistics and Data Resources

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10am-11am
Conference Room C-140
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building C, Richmond, CA


RSVP by Monday, May 12th to
or (510) 642-2510. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

Having difficulty finding the health statistics or data that you need?

Do you want to know where to look for the answers for the following questions?
* How many people in Alameda County have been immunized with the flu shot?
* How many Hispanics in Contra Costa County for 2012?
* How do I find health status reports for California counties?
* How can I get raw data from a national survey that describes nutritional and behavioral factors associated with mortality?

Do you want to be able to download and save data?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Health Statistics and Data Resources class!

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1. Vital Statistics
2. Incidence and Prevalence Statistics
3. National Surveys
4. GIS Data
5. California Statistics

Class Objective:
After this session, you will be able to more quickly and easily locate quality health-related statistics and datasets. You will also be able to identify some significant issues associated with the collection of health statistics.

These training sessions are free to CDPH employees. A certificate of completion will be available for those who attend the class.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online.

Sacramento Instruction: Public Health Library Services Orientation and Accessing Full Text Journals

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Hearing Room 72.167
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento
(Turn left as you enter the building and
proceed through the double doors past the
Enterprise Training Room)


RSVP by Monday, May 26th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

Were you aware:

* You can have journal articles, technical reports, standards, book chapters, and more, from nearly any source, delivered to you electronically?

* You can have books from the University of California, Berkeley Library delivered to your office?

* CDPH staff has subscription access to dozens of electronic journals and books from your desktop and from off-campus?

* There is a special CDPH PubMed URL to access full journal articles?

* You can export citations of full journal articles directly from Ovid to EndNote?

* Librarians at the Public Health Library, who have access to hundreds of databases, indexes, and other resources, will research nearly any work-related topic for you, and post relevant citations to your own web portal?

* The library has a secure web portal where you can request library services, track your document delivery requests, view your literature search results, and more?

If you’ve answered “No” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Public Health Library Services Orientation and Accessing Full Text Journals class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Summary of Services to CDPH Staff
2. How to Access Public Health Library Services
3. Requesting Articles, Books, etc.
4. An Introduction to Full Text Electronic Journals and Books
5. How to access articles online using a customized version of PubMed, which links to the CDPH-licensed full-text journals
6. Features of the OvidSP web site, including cited reference searching and exporting Ovid records into bibliographic management software (e.g., EndNote)
7. Public Health Library web pages for CDPH

Class Objective:
You will be introduced to the library and information services available to you in this session. You will see how to easily locate and obtain full text journal articles from OvidSP, from PubMed searches, and from other sources. You will learn how to find other relevant articles by using the “Citing articles” feature of OvidSP and how to add these citations into your EndNote library. This class will show you how Use of the library services will help you identify and obtain the information needed to complete your work in a timely fashion.

These training sessions are free to CDPH employees. A certificate of completion will be available for those who attend the class.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online.

Visiting the Public Health Library this summer? Find information on holiday closures and summer hours here

The Public Health Library will be closed on May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday, and on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Please plan ahead and anticipate your project needs, especially if you will be using our Document Delivery service.

Our summer hours begin on May 17 and continue through August 27. During this time, the Public Health Library will be open from 10am-5pm. If you wish to visit the library from 8am-10am, please let us know beforehand. Just give us a call first so we can open the door for you and make sure that a librarian will be here to assist you. We have computers available for your research use. Please let us know when you arrive.

You will still be able to reach us as usual from 8am – 5pm by calling (510) 642-2510 and by logging in to the web portal.

Professional Development: CDC TRAIN

Looking for additional public health learning opportunities and resources? Then you might be interested in CDC TRAIN! CDC TRAIN is a learning resource for public health professionals including including public health practitioners, healthcare professionals, laboratorians, epidemiologists, veterinarians, first responders, educators, and students. TRAIN is a free service of the Public Health Foundation.

TRAIN’s extensive listing of courses can be searched by format, credit type, accreditation, audience, and keyword, among others. Courses are offered in chronic disease, cultural competence, emergency management, evaluation, maternal/child health, and many more subjects.

Going to Extremes – Lela Morris COEH Symposium May 9

An exciting symposium on the occupational and environmental health impacts of climate change in California organized by the COEH will be held on May 9 at the Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay St, Oakland. In addition to learning about health impacts, attendees will also learn about strategies to mitigate climate change. Given the recent release of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (see more below), this symposium is well-timed. Listen to an expert group of speakers on “hot” topics, highlighted by a keynote address from the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols.

The goal of this symposium is to increase awareness of health professionals, non-climate scientists, and staff of non-governmental organizations and public agencies about the near-term and long-term health consequences of climate change and what initiatives the state of California is taking to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

Find out more including how to register here.
(special discounted fee of $15 for state agencies)

New UN group report on climate change and its effect on societies and ecosystems

The newly published Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report is now available online. It looks at the effects of climate change on human and natural systems and the observed impacts and future risks of climate change. It also examines the potential for and limits to adaptation.

243 Lead Authors and 66 Review Editors wrote and reviewed the 30 chapters of the WGII AR5. You’ll find chapters here on human health, human security, adaptation, livelihoods and poverty, economics, food security, ocean systems, freshwater resources, regional aspects, and much more.

Working Group II is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN).

You’ll find a link to this resource and more on our Environmental Resources page.

CDPH in the News

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Five Varieties of Del Castillo Foods Mexican Pastries
from Imperial Valley News

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman today warned consumers with milk allergies not to eat five varieties of Del Castillo Foods Mexican pastries:

La Campana Panaderia ? Conchitas (Sea Shells)

La Campana Panaderia ? Cemitas (Sweet Rolls)

La Campana Panaderia ? Cuernitos (Horns)

La Campana Panaderia ? Novias (Brides)

La Campana Panaderia ? Chilindrinas (Crystal Sugar Shells)s.

Progress mixed on hospital infections

from The Selma Enterprise

Hospital-acquired infections at Valley Adventist Health hospitals are below state and national averages in most cases, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. The Adventist Health Central Valley Network, including the Selma, Hanford and Reedley hospitals, reported 25 cases of infection in 2011 and again in 2012. Those annual totals include several types of infections.

Palomar patient data still at large

from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two flash drives with patient data that were taken in February from a health worker’s vehicle are still missing ? and Palomar Health faces a fine of up to $250,000 from the California Department of Public Health, officials said Friday. The inland North County health care system, which operates Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway, had announced March 28 that a laptop and two flash drives containing information about 5,000 patients were stolen from an employee?s SUV on Feb. 21 or early Feb. 22.

California Department of Public Health Submits Final Regulation Package Regarding Hexavalent Chromium (Cr VI) and Drinking Water

from Sierra Sun Times

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) its final proposed regulation establishing the first ever drinking water Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for hexavalent chromium (Cr VI). More than 18,000 comments were received by CDPH regarding the proposed regulation. The proposed final regulation documents include the Summary and Response to comments received. The proposed final regulation will take effect after it has been reviewed and approved by OAL in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act. This review can take up to 30 working days to complete. Once approved, the regulation is then filed with the Secretary of State and will become effective the first day of the following quarter.

Siskiyou ranks high in unimmunized students

from Mt. Shasta News

The California Department of Public health has received reports of 52 confirmed measles cases in California residents so far this year. This time last year, only four measles cases had been reported statewide. Shasta County recently reported its first case in at least 17 years. The 2012-2014 CDPH Kindergarten Immunization Assessment results revealed 82.2 percent of Siskiyou County youngsters had the recommended two MMRs for school entry overall county-wide. This is much lower than the 92.7 percent statewide rate. Only 81.2 percent of kindergartners in Siskiyou County have all required immunizations at school entry compared to 90.3 percent statewide.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Vaccines. By Stanley A Plotkin, Walter A Orenstein and Paul A Offit. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013. Call number: QR189 .V268 2013. Table of contents.

2. Contemporary public health: principles, practice, and policy. By James W Holsinger and David Lawrence. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 2013. Call number: RA395.A3 C66 2013. Table of contents.

3. Applied health economics. By Andrew M Jones, Nigel Rice, Teresa Bago d’Uva, and Silvia Balia. London; New York: Routledge, 2013. Call number: RA410.5 .A66 2013. Table of contents and summary.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press, which require a free registration to download a pdf of the title.

4. Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains in Electronic Health Records: Phase 1 (2014). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

5. Including Health in Global Frameworks for Development, Wealth, and Climate Change: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

6. Considerations in Applying Benefit-Cost Analysis to Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

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.