Health & Wellness Masthead
February 2014


The Contra Costa Youth Health Coalition (CYHC) has only been meeting since November 2013 and yet this dynamic group of students, representing multiple school sites throughout the county, have a number of projects well underway!

Contra Costa Youth Health Coalition Members
CYHC Members 2013-2014

During their February meeting, student facilitators led two concurrent committee meetings. One group met with April Rovero, the founder and CEO of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, to plan activities for Prescription Drug Awareness Month activities in MarchThe other committee delved deeper into planning for a May Youth Symposium. The event will be planned in partnership with MADD and will be for students attending non-traditional schools (i.e., continuation, alternative). CYHC members are developing the content for the day. They decided that there will be a focus on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana issues, with special attention being paid to identifying ways to prevent and/or intervene with drug use. 


This school year will be wrapping up before we know it and that means that the CYHC will soon be accepting applications! Please keep in mind any young people who may be interested in this amazing opportunity for the 2014-2015 school year. 


More updates coming soon!




Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)



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 
Eliminating Barriers to Learning
Through the Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues (TETRIS) 

Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13, 2014
Location: Willow Pass Center, Concord
Fee: Free -- Lunch will be provided

TETRIS Mission: To provide teachers and school staff with tools to identify, recognize, refer, and support students with mental health needs in a respectful and culturally responsive manner. Day 1 will focus on the early identification of mental health issues and effective classroom and school wide strategies. Participants will gain tools to break down barriers affecting behaviors that can interfere with academic performance and attendance. Day 2 is a TRAINING OF TRAINERS for school, district, or county teams who wish to take this curriculum back to their sites.

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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
Hot Topics Training
Training: Eliminating Barriers to Learning
Survey: PD Needs
Fast Facts & News Articles

Meetings and Trainings

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

Hot Topics Training
Increasing Comfort and Facilitation Skills
March 6, 2014

Eliminating Barriers to Learning Through the Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues Training
March 12 & 13, 2014

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Useful Resources


Fast Facts & News Articles


The percentage 
of high school seniors who thought there was a great risk of harm from regular marijuana use decreased from 57.9% in 2006 to 44.1% in 2012 -- the lowest level since 1979. Read more here.


Bay Area School Districts Rewrite Tobacco Policies to Counter Teen E-Cigarette Use. 
Full Article 

Contra Costa Times, 2/9/14


CVS to be First U.S. Drugstore Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products         
Full Article

Join Together, 2/5/14


Use of Heroin and Prescription Painkillers Have Become Integrated, Experts Say    
Full Article

Join Together, 2/11/14


FYI Winter 2014: A Project Update from the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project