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Comment Letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule Entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

Today, the California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Health Care Services, California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Social Services, submitted a comment letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule entitled, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (83 Fed. Reg. 51114 (Oct. 10, 2018)), RIN …

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Improving Program and Service Delivery Through the Health & Human Services Program Dashboard

By: Michael Wilkening and Patrick Delaney In recent years, the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has fostered a culture of data driven innovation among its 12 departments. By removing barriers to data sharing, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration, and using existing data sources to produce business intelligence, we can improve program outreach, service delivery, and …

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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely: CDPH Recommends Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recent burn areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. …

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CDPH Recommends Stay Indoors and Reduce Outdoor Activity To Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents where wildfires have been burning, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity. “Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms …

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Smart Care California Announces Third Annual C-Section Honor Roll

Over half of the hospitals that offer maternity services in the state made the list Sacramento – Smart Care California, a coalition of public and private health care purchasers that collectively purchase or manage care for more than 16 million people statewide, released the third annual C-Section Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 122 hospitals …

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Fight Flu this Season by Getting Immunized

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine to protect your health during the upcoming flu season. In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity, so now is …

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California’s Adolescent Birth Rate Continues to Decline

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that California’s adolescent birth rate (ABR) continues to decline. A new state report indicates a record low of 15.7 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Those numbers reflect an 11 percent decline between 2015 and 2016. Declining rates can …

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CHHS Showcases Data Playbook Version 2 at 2017 Data Expo

CHHS hosted the third-annual Data Expo on August 1, 2017 at the Child Welfare Digital Services office in Sacramento. The event brought together users of the CHHS Data Playbook from across the Agency and focused on concrete examples of departmental implementation of the Data Playbook, with each segment of the Expo dedicated to one of the five …

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CHHS Data Playbook: Building a Data-Driven Culture

Over the past few years we have spent a great deal of time opening our data and engaging with stakeholders to improve the programs and services we deliver. This work has also given us the opportunity to discuss how to better utilize data internally to improve our role and function as a government agency. To …

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