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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Governor Newsom’s Revised 2022-23 Budget Plan

“Governor Newsom’s revised budget plan continues to prioritize and reflect California’s values – defending a woman’s right to choose, expanding access to health care for all Californians, and protecting the most vulnerable. The May Revision builds on previous efforts by making additional investments to support our most vulnerable communities and provide early interventions to address …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Governor Newsom’s Inflation Relief Package

“Governor Newsom continues to make investments that reflect California’s values. Today’s budget package provides additional resources to Californians as we continue to navigate through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. These investments will make a meaningful impact on the lives of Californians by making health care and child care more affordable while also providing …

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Joint Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and CalHHS Chief Data Officer John Ohanian on California’s Cradle-to-Career Multi-Agency Data Sharing Agreement

“We at the California Health and Human Services Agency are proud to sign the Cradle-to-Career multi-agency data sharing agreement. It aligns with our vision of a Healthy California for All, where all our children can play and learn, and where necessities like housing and childcare are complimented by access to physical and behavioral health services. This …

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Wellness Wednesday

California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly presents this mindful breathing exercise for Wellness Wednesday featuring Fresno teacher Everardo Pedraza. View more Wellness Wednesday videos,  or visit the CalHHS YouTube channel. For more Mindfulness activities and tools for children visit our Wellness Wednesday page.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Resources Hub

For Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, visit this resources hub to learn about resources, information, supports and services to support children’s mental health. Find information for: Youth Parents, family and friends Schools and teachers Read the Governor’s proclamation declaring Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Joint Statement from California Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson

“Here in California, we are focused on supporting all our youth, including all transgender youth. We are focused on building an inclusive state that draws on our diversity and differences to build a Healthy California for All. A place where every transgender youth belongs to a strong and thriving community, where they live with purpose …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Donating Blood amid Blood Shortage

“While the need for blood is constant, California, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing the most severe blood shortage in the last ten years. “Fortunately, there is hope in ending this blood emergency with a simple act of kindness many of us can take as individuals – blood donation. “Donating blood is …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Release of Governor Newsom’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 State Budget

“The Governor’s proposed budget continues our momentum towards building a true Healthy California For All. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every Californian, with the most significant impacts on our underserved and most vulnerable communities. “The Governor’s Budget doubles-down on an upstream, whole person, equity-anchored approach. “The proposals within health and human services build on the …

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Joint Statement from California Health & Human Services Leaders on Future Public Charge Rulemaking

“Our state is proud to be home to the nation’s largest immigrant population and we are committed to building a California that is inclusive of all our neighbors. While we support the current administration’s interim decision to revert to the 1999 field guidance, which does not consider the receipt of most government funded health, food, …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Declaration of a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and National Children’s Hospital Association

“As a primary care pediatrician and a father of four, I have seen first-hand the impacts of the pandemic on the mental health of California’s children and youth. This is not new. The mental health and substance use challenges facing children and youth were widespread prior to the pandemic but have only been further exacerbated …

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Cal Hospital Compare Announces 2021 Maternity Honor Roll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 124 hospitals met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-section Almost two-thirds of hospitals that offer maternity services in the state made the list  Sacramento, CA – California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, along with Cal Hospital Compare, released the 2021 Maternity Honor Roll …

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Joint Statement from California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón

“Today, the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee underscored the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. The research continues to clearly demonstrates how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.” “The committee …

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Statement by California Health and Human Services Secretary and Covered California Board of Directors Chair Dr. Mark Ghaly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Executive Director Peter V. Lee to Leave Covered California After 10 Years Leading the Nation’s Largest State-Based Marketplace “I am grateful to Peter for his dedication and commitment to the people of California. Under his leadership, California has been able to make health coverage accessible and affordable for millions of Californians. Covered …

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Secretary Ghaly Appoints Expert Stakeholder Advisory Group to inform development of new Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rodger.Butler@chhs.ca.gov Governor Newsom’s signature on AB 133 put California on a path to building a single data sharing agreement that will govern the exchange of health information across the state—breaking down siloes between health and human services and improving the quality and delivery of care The newly announced Stakeholder Advisory Group …

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Joint Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson on First Federal Update in 45 Years to Nutrition Benefits

“California families and individuals receiving nutrition benefits through CalFresh will receive vital food resources as more than $2 billion in additional nutrition benefits are coming their way. “For the first time in more than 45 years, the federal government has updated the methodology it uses to determine nutrition benefits to more accurately reflect the current …

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