Health Policy News

WHO reports: 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

March 25, 2014

In new estimates, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.
Click here to read more at the WHO website.

Policy Brief: “Forty Hours is Full Time Act”

December 2013

Under the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act” more Americans would lose job-based health coverage and work hours, while federal costs would increase.
Click here to read the full policy brief (PDF) at the UC Berkeley Labor Center website.


New Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners

December 2, 2013

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity is a new resource designed to help public health practitioners advance health equity through community prevention strategies. Click here to read more at


Central Valley Health Policy Institute News


Covered California: A First Year Examination
December 1, 2014
The Maddy Report

Dr. John Capitman, executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State, provides commentary on the first year of Covered California.

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Governor Appoints Fresno State Official to Air Quality Board
February 5, 2014
Fresno State News

Dr. John Capitman, executive director for the Central Valley Health Policy John CapitmanInstitute at Fresno State, was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Governing Board.

Capitman brings an extensive background in research and is nationally renowned for his work in health disparities, long-term care, substance abuse and racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care. Capitman was formerly a professor and director of long-term care studies in the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? 
January 28, 2014
Valley Public Radio

Here in the Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes and throat, and when we struggle to breathe.

But what if air pollution is affecting us at a deeper, cellular level?

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Central Valley Town Wants Tap Water Residents Can Drink
November 18, 2013
The California Report

Clean drinking water is supposed to be a right in California but not everybody has it - especially those living in poor, unincorporated towns dealing with language barriers and a lack of political know-how. We look at one town in the Central Valley that has learned that truth the hard way, but keeps on fighting.

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Fresno State is part of ‘Next Fresno’
November 3, 2013
The Collegian

Fresno communities were the focus of Dr. John Capitman, director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State, for different reasons: public health and questions about justice.

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West Fresno; High Speed Rail, Chinatown & Fresno's Historic Arch; Theodore Kuchar
October 29, 2013
Valley Edition

Valley Edition Host Joe Moore explores the issues the community of West Fresno face with Fresno State Professor John Capitman, Mary Curry with Concerned Citizens of West Fresno and Tate Hill with the Fresno Metro Black Chamber.

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Study shows central San Joaquin Valley falls short in health funding
October 29, 2013
Fresno Bee

Central San Joaquin Valley counties get less government funding to keep people healthy, despite having some of the highest poverty and chronic disease rates in California, according to a report released this week.

The lower funding has made it difficult for Valley counties to fight illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, the report's authors said.

And smaller budgets could be in store in the coming year. The main source of state revenue for public health departments will be reduced under changes brought by the Affordable Care Act.


John Capitman

Capitman is named Nickerson Distinguished Professor

Dr. John Capitman, executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute and a professor of public health at California State University, Fresno, is the inaugural Sister Ruth Marie Nickerson Distinguished Professor in Health Policy.


CVHPI awarded $150,000

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute has been awarded $150,000 from the Community Leadership Project to adapt its successful Health Policy Leadership Program to meet the needs of grassroots leaders. The program will recruit 10 participants from five organizations each year (engaging two leaders from each organization), for a total of 30 leaders over three years. Participants wil April 25, 2012 al development project. Participants will receive strong peer support, academic training, and one-on-one technical assistance from CVHPI staff to develop their organizational problem-solving and policy analysis skills. The application period will open on February 1, 2010.

For more information, please visit the Community Leadership Project website.