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Issue 13 - July 2019
WOMEN'S HEALTH UPDATE
SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH IN 2019-2020 CA STATE BUDGET

On June 27, Governor Newsom signed the California Budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which began on July 1.  Provisions that support women’s health include:
  • Ending sales tax for two years on feminine hygiene products
  • Expanding Medi-Cal benefit for a pregnant woman who is receiving health care coverage and who is diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition to remain eligible for Medi-Cal from 60-days to 1 year
  • Expanding the Medi-Cal benefit for adult screenings to include misuse of opioids and other drugs
  • Expanding Medi-Cal to undocumented young adults ages 19-25
  • $43.5M in supplemental funds for women’s health and family planning
  • $20M to hire trained behavioral health counselors in emergency departments of acute care hospitals to screen patients and offer intervention and referral to mental health or substance use disorder programs
THREATS TO ROE v. WADE
 
During the first half of 2019, multiple states have passed laws that unconstitutionally ban or restrict early access to abortion, from laws that ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, to those that ban abortions at any point, even in instances of rape or incest.  For a complete list of states passing early abortion bans, click here.
 
This trend is deeply concerning, as it is part of a larger strategy by abortion opponents to bring a case to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade.  The OCWHP continues to monitor developments at the national and state levels and will fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.
UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019  –  The Port Theater
Join us for an exclusive, pre-public release screening of The Great American Lie, a documentary film from Jennifer Siebel Newsom and The Representation Project, on Sunday October 6 at The Port Theater in Corona del Mar.  The film explores social and economic inequity in the U.S. and is the third in a trilogy of films that address the role of gendered values on American society.  
Ticket sales will open in August.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019  –  7th OC Women’s Health Summit at the Beckman Center at UC Irvine
The 7th OC Women's Health Summit –Advancing Health Equity for Women – will be on Friday November 8 at the Beckman Center at UC Irvine. Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, will present the keynote address.  
Registration will open in September.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – DUE AUGUST 30, 2019
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The OCWHP is pleased to solicit Abstracts for the Posters at the 7th OC Women’s Health Summit on Friday November 8, 2019.  Please click the link below to submit an Abstract by Friday August 30.  Abstracts should feature research, pilot programs, needs assessments and data analyses, or innovative preventive/intervention strategies that address health inequities affecting women in Orange County. 

 
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
RECENT ACTIVITY
CALIFORNIA HEALTHY YOUTH ACT – FORUM
On June 27, OCWHP Founding Director, Allyson Sonenshine, moderated a "Let's Talk Forum" about the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), which mandates that comprehensive sexual health education be taught in public schools in California.  Approximately 75 teachers, administrators, nonprofit staff, and others attended the Forum, which was hosted by Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC).  An expert panel -- featuring representatives from PPOSBC, Girls Inc., the CA Department of Education, the CA Department of Public Health, as well as a teacher and a parent – addressed the following topics:
  • The new California Health Education Framework, which provides content standards for sex education, physical education, nutrition, injury prevention, substance abuse, mental health, and other topics
  • Common myths about CHYA and how to dispel them
  • Tips for implementing comprehensive sexual health education in compliance with CHYA
DV TRAINING FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROVIDERS
The OCWHP is offering a free new training for substance abuse treatment providers on substance abuse, domestic violence (DV) and mental health. Trainees will learn about DV and its impact on substance abuse treatment, why and how to screen for DV, how and where to refer clients, and the limits of confidentiality and mandatory reporting. 

For more information contact Mental Health Specialist, Gail Dratch, at dratch@ocwomenshealth.org.
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