Health Committee meets every Wednesday at 1:30 pm in Room 4203.
JURISDICTION: Bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance and managed care, and related institutions.
Senator Ed Hernandez (Chair)
Senator Joel Anderson (Vice Chair)
Senator Jim Beall
Senator Noreen Evans
Senator Kevin de León
Senator Mark DeSaulnier
Senator Bill Monning
Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator Lois Wolk


Legislative Fact Sheet:  SB 1005 (LARA) Health For All

Ricardo Lara 

BIOGRAPHY  Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was elected with overwhelming support in November 2012 to represent the Southeast Los Angeles County cities of the 33rd Senate District. Raised in a blue collar immigrant family in East Los Angeles, Ricardo knows first- hand the challenges facing the cities and communities of Southeast Los Angeles County. He is fervently committed to improving the quality of life for working families in California.

SB 1005 will expand access to health care coverage for
all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

This bill will authorize enrollment in the Medi-Cal
program, or in insurance offered through a separate new
health benefit exchange, to individuals who would
otherwise qualify for enrollment in those programs but
are denied based on their immigration status

SB 1005 will ensure that everyone in our communities
has access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Access to preventive care keeps people healthier by
providing regular check-ups and screenings, and early
diagnosis of health problems ensures those problems can
be treated before they become overly expensive. By
ensuring everyone has access to health care, we can
improve the health of our entire community, limit the
overcrowding of emergency rooms, and reduce the costs
of healthcare in California.

Staff Contact:
Lawrence Cooper, 651- 4033

Health in All Policies 

The Public Health Institute provides technical support for Health in All Policies initiatives at both the state and local level. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. The goal of Health in All Policies is to ensure that all decision-makers are informed about the health consequences of various policy options during the policy development process.


Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments was created by the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the American Public Health Association in response to growing interest in using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors. The Guide draws heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and incorporates information from the published and gray literature and interviews with people across the country.

The guide was developed through funding from the American Public Health Association and The California Endowment.

Download Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government. (169 pages)

Download Introduction to Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments. (4 pages)


 California State Legislature

Community Health Worker legislation coming soon to CA to prepare for the CMS funding available to pay for preventative care. It is essential that we be prepared to participate in the dialogue informed by CA Health in all policies and CHW from all sectors

California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO)

The membership of CCLHO includes the 61 legally appointed physician Health Officers in California, one from each of the 58 counties and three cities of Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena. CCLHO provides a state/local forum for the discussion of significant health issues in order to develop recommendations for appropriate health policy. This includes legislative and regulatory review. CCLHO meets semiannually and its Board of Directors meets monthly. Its various program committees consider technical and policy issues in communicable disease control and prevention; health promotion and chronic disease prevention; environmental health; emergency preparedness and response; and health surveillance data.

Roberta Lawson
Executive Administrator
FAX: (916) 440-7595



A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws ( CDC.gov; 3 pages;Publication date: 07/20/2012  Rapidly changing! )

For more information please contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333

Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)/TTY: 1-888-232-6348

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web: www.cdc.gov

Community Health Workers Expanding the Scope of the Healthcare Delivery System  April (2008) National Conference of State Legislatures  http://www.ncsl.org/print/health/chwbrief.pdf

Licensing, Certifying and Credentialing Organizations


Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) accredits community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S.  The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

 Medical Board of California (Cal/Gov)

The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board’s licensing and regulatory functions.

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants are unlicensed individuals who perform non-invasive routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician and surgeon, podiatrist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife in a medical office or clinic setting. The supervisor must be on the premises in order for the medical assistant to perform those non-invasive technical support services.

Medical assistants may obtain “certified” status through private agencies approved by the Medical Board of California.

A list of “Frequently Asked Questions” addressing the appropriate training, supervision, and scope of practice issues, is available to assist members of the public and profession to understand the role of the medical assistant within the health care system.

A copy of the Business and Professions Code, the Health and Safety Code, and the California Code of Regulations, relating to the scope of practice of medical assistants in the State of California, may be obtained below.

The California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants has been administering the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam since 1990. CCBMA is one of three Boards that is recognized by the Medical Board of California.
Mission Statement:  To encourage career advancement of all medical assistants in the state of California and to plan, develop, administer and evaluate continuing professional competence.

California Certifying Board of Medical Assistants
P.O. Box 462
Placerville, CA 95667
http://www.ccbma.org    (866) 622-2262     or  (530) 622-1850

American Association of Medical Assistants  (312) 424-3100

20 N. Wacker Drive, #1575
Chicago, IL 60606-2963

American Medical Technologists   (847) 823-5169

710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068