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California Senate’s New Health Chair to Prioritize Mental Health and Homelessness

Article by Rachel Bluth of California Healthline  California state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, a Stockton Democrat who was instrumental in passing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature mental health care legislation last year, has been appointed to lead the Senate’s influential health committee, a change that promises a more urgent focus on expanding mental health services and moving homeless people into housing and treatment. Eggman, a licensed social worker, co-authored the novel law that allows families, clinicians, first responders, and others to petition a judge to mandate government-funded treatment and services for people ...

CDPH HEALTH ADVISORY: Reminder to Lower Barriers to Prescribing COVID-19 Therapeutics to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19

December 2, 2022  California Department of Public Health Link  California Medical Association Link  Background Currently, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing in California. Importantly, other viruses such as influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are also circulating, affecting vulnerable populations including children and the elderly, and straining the state's healthcare systems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommend that everyone 6 months of age or older has an annual influenza vaccine and stays up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including the bivalent booster that is ...

CMA partners with UC Davis on free online CME course on preventing firearm violence

The California Medical Association (CMA) has partnered with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) BulletPoints Project on a free online course to help physicians and other health care providers reduce gun violence. The hour-long on-demand training teaches clinicians how to identify at-risk patients and how to intervene according to the type and level of risk of firearm violence. Each year, nearly 50,000 people in the United States die from firearm-related injuries, and twice as many are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal firearm injuries. In recent years, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

HEALTH ADVISORY: Ebola Virus Disease Update

HEALTH ADVISORY: Ebola Virus Disease Update DATE: November 2, 2022 TO: All health care providers and emergency medical personnel FROM: Sara H. Cody, MD Health Officer Sarah L. Rudman, MD MPH Deputy Health Officer   SITUATIONAL UPDATE: As of October 26, 2022, there have been 136 confirmed and probable casesand 53 deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Uganda caused by the Sudan virus. In recent weeks, the outbreak has expanded to 7 districts including the capital city, Kampala. There have been no cases or deaths in the United States. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department continues to ...

HEALTH ADVISORY: Communicable Disease Updates

There are several ongoing communicable disease concerns in the County of Santa Clara that health care providers should remain attuned to. In this advisory we summarize key updates and provider actions for MPX (monkeypox), COVID-19, and influenza as well as other seasonal diseases (West Nile Virus and Acute Flaccid Myelitis).  1. MPX (Monkeypox)  Situational Update: Cases of MPX are now decreasing globally, nationally, and locally. As of September 21, 2022, there are 173 probable or confirmed cases of MPX In Santa Clara County with a rolling 7-day average of <1 new case/day ...