Library Service Changes from the Public Health Library

As most of you already know from Michael Marks’ April 19th email, the Public Health Library contract with CDPH is coming to a close on June 30, 2018.

In preparation for that, there will be a number of changes upcoming in May and June. The first items to let you know about is that no new library card applications will be accepted after May 7th and book checkouts will stop May 24th so if you need a book, please request it right away. Also, just a reminder that all library cards expire June 30, 2018 so if you have checked out any books yourself they need to be returned before the contract ends.

As mentioned in the email, you need to register as a CDPH Library Services User in order to receive any library services after June 30th. More information about the new library services and the Public Health Library’s changes will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Debbie Jan

Need information quickly?

Request a web portal account! Web portal requests are processed the fastest. The web portal to contract services provides a custom online interface to request services from the Public Health Library, such as journal articles and literature searches. Online request forms are pre-populated with your personal information (name, email, etc.) You can also view requests you have made in the past, as well as pending requests. The web portal also includes a link to electronic journal passwords, so you can more easily access these resources from anywhere.

Using your web portal, you can search your Document Delivery requests, so you will easily be able to learn if you requested a particular article or book, and when. Other features include the ability to sort online lists of your requests by title, author, or date requested, to view a list of books checked out to you (with one-click online renewing), and to get a list of your canceled Document Delivery requests.

Not yet a web portal user? To obtain your web portal username and password, please send an email to Marri Atienza at, or call (510) 642-2510. She will need your name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address, and unit, branch, or program name.

Below are some common FAQ’s that you should check out:

1. Why do I need a web portal account?

A web portal account allows you to have your own personalized portal to:
* access online request forms with your contact information already pre-filled in
* track the status of your document delivery requests
* access passwords to electronic journals
* and more!

2. Do I absolutely need a web portal account to use any of the Public Health Library’s services?

No. If you do not wish to obtain a web portal account, you are free to access services directly from our generic home page for CDPH. An account is not necessary for using any of our services on this web page. The web portal is an additional feature that allows you to access the services for CDPH web page with a more personalized view.

3. How can I get a web portal account?

To obtain a web portal account username and password, send an e-mail to Marri Atienza at with your name, unit, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.

4. Forgot your password?

Go to the web portal page. There you’ll find a Retrieve Your Password link.

CDPH in the News, July 2016

CDPH in the News

California Mental Health Organizations To Receive $13 Million Boost
from Capital Public Radio
The California Department of Public Health will award $13 million to organizations focused on serving the mental health needs of underserved communities. Grants will be given to 11 pilot projects that provide mental health services to African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ and Native American people. Gender Health Center in Sacramento, is one of the organizations selected. Ben Hudson is executive director of the center. It provides therapy and counseling with a focus on gender and sexual identities. “Trans women of color, particularly black trans women, are being murdered at an epidemic rate in the United States,” says Hudson. “They’re being affected affected by HIV at an epidemic rate and we don’t pay attention to that. And so what GHC is able to do by trying to serve the needs of some very marginalized communities means that we’re able to help a lot of other people.”

California Department of Public Health reports increased West Nile virus activity statewide
from Lake County News
The California Department of Public Health is reporting increased West Nile virus activity across the state and is investigating numerous suspect cases in humans. While the first human case has not been confirmed by CDPH, a resident of Los Angeles County has symptoms consistent with West Nile virus disease. Initial tests on that patient indicate a probable West Nile virus diagnosis, which requires further testing for confirmation. “Californians should take every possible precaution to avoid mosquito bites,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Simple steps, like applying repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants in the early morning and evening, and draining standing water near your home can help to prevent bites from infected mosquitos.” To date in 2016, West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes and birds in 30 California counties, including Lake County.

Hospital owner jailed, suspected of stealing from senior citizens
from Fresno Bee
A Fresno convalescent hospital owner was arrested Thursday after an investigation found he allegedly was stealing money from residents’ trust accounts to cover his own debt, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. Michael Fellen, 65, of Madera was booked into the Fresno County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jail records indicate Fellen was released on $25,000 bail. Deputies began assisting the California Department of Public Health with the investigation March 10 when suspicions were raised at Sunnyside Convalescent Hospital, which is owned by Fellen and located at 2939 S. Peach Ave. Thousands of dollars were unlawfully transferred from trust accounts to the hospital’s business account, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tapped out: County water is source of premium brand
from West Hawaii Today
The California Department of Public Health is investigating a complaint about Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water involving “issues such as labeling and source water requirements associated with Waiakea.” Waiakea is a premium Hawaii water brand bottled in southern California. It is marketed mostly on the mainland, although it is sold in Hawaii in limited quantities in stores including Island Naturals and Whole Foods. The company’s slogan is “drink healthy, drink sustainably, drink ethically.” On its website, the company touts its water “originates in Hawaii through both snowmelt and rain on the pristine snowcapped peak of the active Mauna Loa volcano…then filtered through 14,000 feet of porous lava rock before re-emerging at its source, located at the eastern base of the Mauna Loa volcano in a secluded area surrounded by rich and bio-diverse forest preserves.” In fact, the thousands of East Hawaii residents on county water also have access to the same water source. It’s called the tap.

Full Gene Sequencing Might Detect CF Mutations in Babies of Any Ethnicity, Study Says
from Cystic Fibrosis News Today
Babies with a mutation known to cause cystic fibrosis (CF) and a second mutation called the 5T allele should be screened for additional mutations to predict their risk of developing CF later in life, according to a study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and the California Department of Public Health. These full genetic screens could allow an early diagnosis and treatment, likely easing the disease’s impact over the long term.

Welcome to the youth murder capital of California
from VICE News
Cesar Hernandez Ortiz wore a green button-up shirt and black pants. His eyes were closed, and his arms were folded below his chest. On a nearby wall, an effigy of Jesus Christ looked down upon his coffin. On Mother’s Day of this year, the 22-year-old had been standing outside a Salinas, California apartment building when a man approached, shot Ortiz multiple times in the torso, and fled. Ortiz died before he reached the hospital. Ortiz’s death is one of 16 shooting homicides being investigated by the Salinas Police Department this year. Twelve of the victims have been 24 years old or younger. Last year, Salinas endured its highest number of gun homicides in history: 103 shooting victims, 31 of whom were killed, and almost half of whom were 24 years old or younger. They’re relatively small numbers when compared to metropolitan areas like Chicago or Los Angeles, with millions of people, but huge numbers for a city of just 157,000. The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has ranked Monterey County (Salinas is the county seat) the youth homicide capital of California for four out of the past five years — the VPC defines youths as anyone between the ages of 10 and 24 — using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, and the California Department of Public Health. The county has also taken the top spot in annual gang-related youth homicides every year since 2011, when the report was first published.