Health & Wellness Masthead
January 2014


Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful winter break and that 2014 is going well so far.  


Those who work on adolescent health related issues have known for years the value of having local data in order to identify unmet needs and to determine the effectiveness of programs and services. Many of you are also aware that most districts continue to administer the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) to gather important resiliency, protective factor and risk behavior (i.e., alcohol, tobacco and other drug use) data. 


Recently, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) sent a letter to the State Board of Education regarding Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) implementation in which they endorsed the CHKS for LCAP. 

Please contact me if you ever have questions regarding the CHKS, need assistance with survey administration or data analysis and/or would like assistance with accessing local data. I'm here to help!




Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)


Professional Development Needs Survey
Please take our brief survey to provide your feedback regarding professional development needs. Your feedback will help us to develop relevant and effective no- and low-cost training opportunities!

Professional Development

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Safe School Planning

California schools are required to review their School Safety Plans annually to be sure that plans are responsive to emerging safety concerns.
This full-day workshop provides participants with the opportunity to take an in-depth look at all aspects of school safety including new legislative mandates.

Friday, January 24 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: CCCOE
Fee: $40 

Project Towards No Drug Abuse: Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum (High School)

Project TND is an effective, interactive classroom-based

substance abuse prevention program for 9th graders and students attending non-traditional (i.e. continuation) schools. Project TND focuses on motivation, skills, and decision-making factors.


Wednesday, January 29
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Fee: No cost


Hot Topics -- Increasing Comfort & Facilitation Skills

The Hot Topics training provides teachers and community-based organization staff with the knowledge and skills they need to feel comfortable discussing the "hot topics" that arise when teaching health-related topics such as sexuality education and substance abuse prevention. This training includes discussion on providing unbiased health education along with addressing learner diversity.

Thursday, March 6
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: CCCOE
Fee: $40 
Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ph.D.,
Associate Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Professional Development Needs Survey
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Fast Facts & News Articles

Meetings and Trainings

For more information on any of the meetings and trainings listed below, contact Emily Justice.

Safe School Planning
January 24, 2014

Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND)
High School Curriculum
January 29, 2014

Hot Topics
Increasing Comfort and Facilitation Skills
March 6, 2014
Community Prevention Initiative 
Available anytime online. Topics include:   
Prevention Primer: A Guide for New AOD Prevention Professionals


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Useful Resources


Fast Facts & News Articles


Smoking among teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 continued to decrease in 2013, according to the nationwide Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.


Although cigarette use by teens continues to decrease, teen hookah use has increased since 2010. MTF


Twenty percent (20%) of U.S. high school students report binge drinking -drinking five or more drinks in a row - and 52% of these are "extreme binge drinkers," defined as having consumed 10 or more drinks in a row.




E-Cigarettes and Youth: An examination of the public health and policy concerns over increased rates of use and exposure

Respiratory Health Association, Nov. 2013