March 2020
Dear Colleagues,

With support from leadership at CDPH we have come to the tough decision to cancel the Mini College on March 26 in Sacramento. We plan to reschedule the Mini College to September.

We based our decision on guidance received internally from UCSF regarding social distancing and out of concern for protecting the health of fellows and local health department representatives who are playing critical roles in the COVID-19 response in their local communities. To read my formal email announcement please click HERE.

In Health,

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Fellowship Director & Associate Professor
UCSF School of Medicine
Upcoming Events
*Download the 2019 - 2020 programming calendar HERE .
2020 Spring Mini College -Cancelled
Thursday, March 26 | Sacramento
We hope to reschedule for September at the same locations. Read announcement w/travel information HERE.
Questions? email
Work-In-Progress (WIP) #6 
(for Fellows)
Thursday, May 14 | 12:15 - 1:15PM
Moderator:  Dr. Wagahta Semere
Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Quarterly LHD Check-In
(for LHDs)
Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 - 3:00PM
Moderator: Paula Hamilton, MS Brown ·Miller Communications
Webinar: School Wellness Policy (all welcome)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 12:15 - 1:15PM
Guest Speaker : Michael Danzik, MPH, RD, Nutrition Education Consultant | Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
The presentation will provide an orientation to local school wellness policy (LSWP) including updates to policies at the federal and state levels. Additionally, it will explore key roles that Champion Provider Fellows can play in LWSP efforts.
Fellow Activities
Soe Maw, MD
(Fresno County)
Dr. Maw is working with residency program to apply for a CATCH grant to address food insecurity in Fresno County and to partner with the California Food Bank to develop a mobile food pantry. 
Teda Arunrut, MD, MS
(Los Angeles County)
Dr. Arunrut submitted public comment in response to the revision of categorical eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program rule change.
Omar Guzman, MD, MPP
(Tulare County)
Dr. Guzman and Tulare County health department are exploring an opportunity to present to Porterville Unified School District on food security issues and policies to eliminate school waste.
Laurie Bostick Cammon, MD
(Santa Clara County)
In collaboration with SCCPHD received a $50,000 grant from HealthNet to create a Santa Clara County Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. 
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Policy Brief
The Governor’s State Budget Proposal, released in January, would represent the largest budget in the state's history , with the greatest funding going toward Health and Human Services (32.1%).
Some specific examples from three categories:
  • Improve the quality of subsidized school meals
  • Encourage participation in state/federal school nutrition programs
  • Train school food service workers to promote healthier meals
  • Establish a CA Farm to School Grant Program
  • Establish or support food pantries at community college campuses
  • Provide a $1M one-time General Fund investment for library districts to develop summer meal programs for students in low-income communities
  • Support existing Emergency Fund Assistance Program providers and food banks to increase food purchasing to partially mitigate the loss of CalFresh benefits due to federal rule changes
  • Maintain the website, a statewide online application assistance tool that provides a streamlined application experience and allows clients to apply on multiple platforms.
Rosenbaum & Neuberger . Center on Budget and Policy Priorities . Feb. 18, 2020.
This articles details proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (S NAP), which would negatively impact households with low income, un/underemployment, and aging adults.
This proposed rule by USDA would allow designated substitutions to count toward minimum fruit and vegetable serving requirements in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).
Comment Deadline:  March 23, 2020
Organization Spotlight
" Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area "
Dear Providers,
As you know well, health is intimately tied to both food security and nutrition. In California, our food assistance safety net does not adequately make nutritious food affordable for far too many people. At SPUR, we are working to strengthen the safety net by making healthy food incentives a permanent supplement to the state’s CalFresh (food stamps) program and by incorporating medically-supportive food interventions into MediCal. We are working both on the ground – by implementing Double Up Food Bucks with numerous grocery stores in the Bay Area – and in the policy arena to secure the long-term funding needed to achieve both these goals. Doctors and public health professionals like you are unique messengers and partners – and we’re always looking to broaden our coalition. If you’re interested in working to make healthy food more affordable for your patients, and the general public, please reach out!
Focus Area :
Reducing hunger and improving health by making healthy food more affordable for low-income Californians.
Clientele Served :
CalFresh clients and MediCal clients - generally Californians whose net income falls below the Federal Poverty Measure. 
2019-2020 Key Initiatives :
  • Expand the number of grocery stores offering Double Up Food Bucks in Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Francisco counties
  • Serve as pilot site for state initiative integrating incentives onto CalFresh clients’ EBT card
  • Estimate the economic impact of expanding healthy food incentives statewide
  • Identify potential long-term revenue sources for statewide expansion
  • Advocate for medically-supportive food interventions to be included in state’s Medicaid waiver application to the federal government so that these interventions can be reimbursed by public insurance programs in California.
Organization Contact: Eli Zigas | ( 415) 644-4881
From the Field
Note: Materials included in this section are for reference and information purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the federal government, California Department of Public Health, or the University of California, San Francisco.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Updated every five years, the DGA is developed to provide guidance on healthy dietary behaviors. This edition is intended to be used by policymakers to inform nutrition programming and health policy, and by health professionals to communicate what makes up a nutritiously adequate diet. 
Arthur et. al. FoodNavigator-LATAM . December 18, 2019.
This article details sugar taxes that have been introduced or are under debate around the world. The 17 countries and/or territories discussed span multiple continents.
Brandon R. Reynolds. University of California San Francisco News . February 18, 2020.
This multi-year collaborative policy, systems and environmental project leveraged funds from the SF soda tax to install 100+ water stations in SF communities of greatest need.
Still More Need to be Reached Food Research Action Center (FRAC) . February 13, 2020.
FRAC started assigning State School Breakfast Scorecards in 1992. The annual scorecard compares rate of participation in the National School Breakfast Program to that of the National School Lunch Program. The 2018-2019 scores are now available.
The Health Trust Newsletter . February 2020.
The Health Trust will be partnering with other nutrition service providers on a one-year Anthem Blue Cross pilot that will provide medically tailored meals to Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal members in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara and Los Angeles Counties.
Le Wen Chiu. UCSF Population Health and Health Equity . February 26, 2020.
Find out how Vouchers4Veggies has reached 4,500 households and expanded to Los Angeles and Boulder, CO, since inception. They are determined to reach 45,000 San Franciscans by 2025.
More Opportunities
ParkRx Census 2020
Institute at the Golden Gate
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Survey Deadline (Extended): Friday, March 13
The 2020 ParkRx Census (5 minute online survey) helps track the growth of the ParkRx movement. All park, health, and social service providers leveraging parks as a healthcare resource are strongly encouraged to fill out the survey.
NOTE : for collaborative efforts, please have one representative per program complete the Census.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
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April 8 | 1:30 - 3PM | Webinar
This webinar will provide information about how diabetes educators and nutrition professionals can claim reimbursement for Diabetes Self Management Education/Training (DSME/T) & Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). The webinar will help individuals understand and navigate the necessary but complex components of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage rules, and more!
Legislative Advocacy Day
California Medical Association (CMA)
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April 14 | Sacramento
The 46th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day will be held on the Capitol Lawn in Sacramento, where participants will start by attending a webinar on priority legislation, as well as receive materials & lunch. Click the "Learn more" button to learn how the visit structure differs from past years.
2020 California School-Based Health Conference
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May 14-15 | Sacramento
Join providers, educators, advocates, and other leaders in the school-based health care movement across the state. Workshops on school-based health are available for all levels of experience.
The Art and Science of Dentistry
California Dental Association (CDA)
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May 14-15 | Anaheim
This dental convention has resources for all levels of students and professionals. This is an opportunity to learn new practice management and clinical care skills and build relationships within this national network.
  • Industry-leading speakers
  • 75+ lectures & workshops plus 550+ exhibitors