Health & Wellness Masthead
January 2015

Happy New Year!

On January 12, more than 50 people gathered to learn more about AB 1266: School Success and Opportunity Act and strategies to create safe environments for all students, including those who identify as transgender. Materials provided at the training, as well as additional resources can be found online.

New this year is the Health Education Content Standards Training on March 9. There are still a few spots available if you and/or others would like to attend. Click here, or see below, for more information.

Also coming up is a Minor Consent and Confidentiality  presentation by Rebecca Gudeman, Senior Attorney with the National Center for Youth Law. The presentation will take place at our HIV/Comprehensive Sex Education Network meeting on February 11. The meeting is from 10:00 am - noon and guests are welcome to attend. Please e-mail me to RSVP. 



Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)


Professional Development 
Space is limited! Sign up now!
Hot Topics: Increasing Comfort & Facilitation Skills
Thursday, February 12,  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Provides participants 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. 

Health Education Content Standards Training
Monday, March 9, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Provides health educators with an overview of the California Health Education Content Standards. Time will be provided for teachers to practice unpacking standards. 

Kick Butts! Day is March 18!
Cups in a Fence -- Smoking Kills. Kick Butts.
Kick Butts! Day "Cups in a Fence" at El Dorado Middle School, MDUSD
Kick Butts! Day is an annual, nation-wide event and is a great opportunity to engage middle and high school students in planning and implementing quick, low cost tobacco prevention activities. 

Activity ideas include:
  • Create powerful visual displays to help people realize the deadly consequences of tobacco use.
  • Everyone has reasons why they are tobacco-free, especially former smokers. Set up a booth to take photos of students/staff with personalized "I am tobacco-free because..." signs. 
To view guides for these and other activities, visit
Please Take Our Survey!

Do you live and/or work in Central Contra Costa County (Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, etc.) or Pittsburg? Please take a moment to complete our tobacco/e-cigarette prevention needs survey!

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
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TUPE District Coordinators and Community Partners
February 6
10:00 am - Noon

HIV/Comprehensive Sex Education Network
February 11
10:00 am - Noon

 Useful Resources


*NEW* E-cigarette/Vape Information/Resource: 

Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes. The Facts You Need to Know.

*Updated Fact Sheets*  


Fast Facts & News Articles


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