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Just over one year ago, Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, was appointed as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Ferrer brought not only over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, …

Dr. C. Freeman is set to make history when she becomes the Los Angeles County Medical Association’s first African American and African American female President on June 21st at the organization’s Annual Installation of Officers in Santa Monica. C. Freeman, MD, MBA, is the daughter of the famed educator and …

The CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program is working with multiple state and local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate cases of Serratia marcescens bloodstream infection in patients with central venous catheters or implantable medical ports. The investigation …

Key Messages There have been no new cases of hepatitis A (HAV) infection in Los Angeles County in 2018 among outbreak-associated populations (persons who are homeless or using illicit drugs) nor among men who have sex with men (MSM). There are multiple ongoing HAV outbreaks in California among persons experiencing …

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is facilitating Health Agency efforts to establish a Center for Health Equity. The Center’s mission is to ensure all individuals have access to the opportunities and resources needed for optimal health and well-being by advancing racial, social and environmental justice in partnership with committed …

CA Physicians Oppose Radical Bill that Reduces Patient Access and Increases Out-of-Pocket Costs Untested government-mandated price caps would jeopardize historic health coverage and access gains made in California since passage of the Affordable Care Act   Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced radical new legislation that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs …

44th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day  2nd Annual Saving Private Practice Consortium 1st Annual Saving Private Practice Consortium 2017 Young Physicians Mixer 2017 House of Delegates 2017 Celebration of Women in Medicine  

A sweeping package of legislation was introduced in the California Legislature last week that sets a clear and realistic path forward to achieve universal access and improve affordability to health care in California. Sponsored by SEIU CA, Health Access and NextGen America, key components of the legislative package will help …

Antimicrobial resistance (AR) is a global concern that presents a growing public health challenge. In order to help promote antimicrobial stewardship and reduce AR, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has created the first LA County regional antibiogram. The Regional Antibiogram Antibiograms, defined as a summary of antimicrobial susceptibility …

Too often, health systems put up a patient web portal, pass out instructions, and then ― like the builders in the “Field of Dreams” ― wait for people to show up. But the vast majority of patients never make the trip. That’s because the web-based portal doesn’t meet today’s healthcare …