Health & Wellness Masthead
April 2015

I am excited to announce that the the CourAGE Youth Health Coalition is now accepting 2015-16 member applications

CourAGE Co-chairs Hailee (far left) and Patricia (far right) with CourAGE member Gabie (center left) and alumni/mentor Evelyn (center right).

CourAGE (See Our Advocacy, Generation & Education) Youth Health Coalition is a youth-centered and directed group that plays a leadership role in addressing health-related issues. Members develop skills that empower them to create healthy school and community environments through awareness and advocacy projects. More information is available on the App Cover Page

Contra Costa young people currently in grades 7-11 are eligible to apply. Applications are due Friday, May 1.

 To apply, young people need to complete the: 

Member Application Form



Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)
New E-cigarette Ad Campaign

In case you missed it, the California Department of Public Health has released a new advertising campaign to counter the surge of e-cigarettes. The campaign, 
Wake Up, exposes the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, dispels some of the misinformation about e-cigarettes, and shines a light on the marketing practices being used.The primary target audience is 18-24 year olds. 

Website -

TV Ad - Kids Aren't Alright

TV Ad - What Could Go Wrong 


A great site for teens is, developed by the Orange County Department of Education. 

Professional Development

Please take a moment to provide your
feedback regarding 2015-16 Health & Wellness meetings, trainings, etc.: 

The survey will remain open until Thursday, April 30

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, Ed.D.,
Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
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Upcoming Meetings



TUPE District Coordinators and Community Partners
Friday, May 1
9:00 am - 11:00 am *NOTE TIME CHANGE*

HIV/Comprehensive Sex Education Network
Wednesday, May 13
10:00 am - Noon

 Useful Resources


E-cigarette/Vape Information/Resources: 

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

Orange County Department of Education 
Not So Safe Campaign

Updated Fact Sheets:


Fast Facts & News Articles


Parents Get Advice About Talking to Their Teens About Marijuana (Toolkit)

Children Who Sip Alcohol More Likely to Become Teens Who Get Drunk

"Flakka" is Latest Synthetic Drug to Worry Experts

E-Cigarette Use Soared, Cigarette Use Fell Among U.S. Youth in 2014: CDC

Review Shows Success in Using Text Message Intervention for Chronic Conditions, Smoking Cessation