Join HOAC's Communications Learning Collaborative
Through generous funding from The California Endowment, HOAC's Public Health Communications Project has gathered a great deal of useful communications tools for local health department. Click here
to see the tools and to add your own.
SB 792 (Mendoza) Went into Effect September 1
HOAC was proud to sponsor SB 792 (Mendoza), which Governor Brown signed into law in 2015. This new law requires day care workers to be immunized against pertussis, measles, and influenza. The new law will protect children in California's day care centers and family day care homes against dangerous communicable diseases.
HOAC has developed two fact sheets to help day care centers prepare for implementation of the new law. You can also find useful information through the California Department of Public Health.
Fact sheet for day care owners: Word PDF
Fact sheet for day care workers: Word PDF
HOAC thanks Senator Mendoza and his staff for their hard work on this important bill. Kat DeBurgh, executive director of HOAC, says "Children under age five are most at risk when it comes to infectious disease. SB 792 will make sure licensed day care centers in California keep these children safe from harm. We thank Senator Mendoza for his hard work in authoring this bill, and Governor Brown for signing it into law."
Public Health Communications Awards Announced
Through the generous support of The California Endowment, HOAC is offering technical assistance and training on communications to local health departments throughout California.
We are incredibly pleased to announce the winners of the HOAC Public Health Communications Awards as part of this project. For more information, click here
HOAC Supports Ban on Powdered Alcohol
HOAC is proud to work with Alcohol Justice to support two bills to ban powdered alcohol in California in 2016: AB 1554 (Irwin) and SB 819 (Huff). At least 27 other states have already banned this harmful product, which may soon be marketed in the United States except where specifically prohibited. This product is ripe for abuse and could easily be marketed to and consumed by children. HOAC thanks Assemblymember Irwin and Senator Huff for taking action.
HOAC Completes Paid Sick Leave Project
In partnership with the Public Health Institute, HOAC has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research paid sick leave laws around the nation. Published papers on this research are forthcoming.
to view a policy brief to inform elected officials about the effects of paid sick leave.