BILL NUMBER: AB 70	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Monning

                        DECEMBER 16, 2010

   An act to add Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 127640) to Part 2
of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public
health.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 70, as introduced, Monning. California Health and Human
Services Agency: public health: federal grant opportunities.
   Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act (PPACA) (Public Law 111-148), requires the federal Secretary of
Health and Human Services to award competitive community
transformation grants to state and local governmental agencies and
community-based organizations for the implementation, evaluation, and
dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health
activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the
development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and
develop a stronger evidence base of effective prevention programming.

   Existing federal law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
(HHFKA), provides for the issuance of federal grants to states and
local educational agencies for various programs that support the
provision of school lunches, breakfasts, and summer food service and
improve the quality and availability of healthful food in underserved
communities.
   This bill would require the California Health and Human Services
Agency to direct the appropriate departments within the agency to
apply for federal community transformation grants under the PPACA and
HHFKA, as specified. The bill would require the agency to direct the
appropriate departments within the agency to make information
regarding federal grant opportunities under the PPACA and, if
applicable, the HHFKA available to local government agencies, local
public health departments, school districts, state and local
nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes through existing channels,
and by placing a link on each relevant department's existing
Internet Web site.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
   (a) Given the significant fiscal challenges ahead for California,
it is important for the Legislature to ensure that state agencies
maximize their opportunity to obtain additional federal funds,
particularly in cases where doing so could offset state General Fund
costs or assist the state with the transformation of California's
health care system and the health and well-being of California's
children, under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act (PPACA) (Public Law 111-148) and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
Act of 2010 (HHFKA) (Public Law 111-296).
   (b) The PPACA is a historic opportunity for California to
prioritize preventive health programs that have been demonstrated to
save valuable health care dollars, produce positive patient outcomes
in a cost-effective manner, and move the current health care system
away from managing disease and toward prevention and health promotion
in order to improve the health of Californians.
   (c) The HHFKA is a historic opportunity to improve the health and
well-being of California's children, prevent hunger, and reduce the
costly burden of diseases such as obesity and Type II diabetes. It
provides valuable new federal resources for federal child nutrition
programs; requires the United States Department of Agriculture to
make significant improvements in the nutritional standards of school
meals; and provides federal grant funding to support nutrition
education and obesity prevention for low-income children and
families.
   (d) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to
take full advantage of the opportunities through the PPACA and HHFKA
to improve state health care and nutrition programs and invest in
health prevention and education, with the goal of building,
promoting, and sustaining healthy communities through a community
prevention focus that includes efforts toward the reduction of
chronic disease rates, the elimination of conditions that lead to
health disparities, and an increase in the cultural and linguistic
appropriateness of health and nutrition services.
   (e) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the
California Health and Human Services Agency and departments within
the agency to maintain flexibility in internal processes in order to
be responsive to PPACA and, as appropriate, HHFKA grant opportunity
timelines.
  SEC. 2.  Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 127640) is added to
Part 2 of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
      CHAPTER 5.  COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANTS


   127640.  (a) The California Health and Human Services Agency shall
direct the appropriate departments within the agency to apply for
federal grants under Sections 4002 and 4201 of the federal Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) and the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) to allow
the state to develop a stronger evidence base of effective prevention
programming and engage in prevention and health education activities
that achieve, at a minimum, all of the following:
   (1) The creation of healthier school environments, including, but
not limited to, healthful food options, free drinking water, and
physical activity.
   (2) The creation of an infrastructure to support active living and
access to nutritious foods.
   (3) The development and promotion of programs targeting a variety
of age levels to increase healthy eating, physical activity, food
security, smoking cessation, mental health, and safety, as well as
address special population needs.
   (4) The promotion and improvement of access to healthful food
options in schools, communities, worksites, and other settings.
   (5) The assessment and implementation of worksite wellness
programs.
   (6) The prioritization of strategies to address inequities that
lead to racial and ethnic health disparities.
   (b) The agency shall direct the appropriate departments within the
agency to make information regarding federal grant opportunities
under Sections 4002 and 4201 of the federal Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) and the Healthy, Hunger-Free
Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) available to local government
agencies, local public health departments, school districts, state
and local nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes through existing
channels, and by placing a link on each relevant department's
existing Internet Web site.