Health & Wellness Masthead
August 2015

Happy New (School) Year! 

I hope that this e-newsletter finds you well. As for Contra Costa Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), we have a number of exciting updates to share! 
  • In May, we were thrilled to learn that we were one of only 18 TUPE grant applications funded. This 2015-18 grant will add Mt. Diablo and Pittsburg to our consortium with Antioch, Byron, and West Contra Costa!
  • With the expansion of TUPE, in order to continue providing high-quality support for all Contra Costa districts, our TUPE Team is growing! Stay tuned for a "Meet the TUPE Team" article in our next e-newsletter. 
If you have any questions regarding TUPE, or other adolescent health-related issues, please contact me.


Emily Justice
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)
Training: California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) 

When: Thursday, October 15; 8:30 am - 2 pm
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill
Who: District/school and community partners
Fee: No cost to attend; Breakfast and lunch provided

Draft Agenda:
8:30 am - 12 pm -- Nuts & Bolts of Survey Administration
12 - 2 pm -- Lunch/District & Community Partner Roundtable
calendars2015-16 TUPE Meeting & Training Calendar 

View/download the complete calendar: 
  • TUPE At-a-Glance Calendar PDF
  • TUPE Month-by-Month Calendar PDF
Critical Information for Schools on Immunization & Health Coverage Laws

From the California School-Based Health Alliance: We want you to know about two new laws that affect California schools.
  1. AB 2706 requires schools to offer information about health coverage to families during student registration.
  2. SB 277 does away with personal belief exemptions for immunizations and goes into effect July 2016.

Click here for more information and resources. 

September is Attendance Awareness Month -- Contest

Contra Costa K-12 students are invited to participate in an exciting poster, essay, and public service announcement (PSA) contest that will allow them to express their creativity and win GREAT PRIZES

Click here to view the contest flyers. 

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


2015-2016 TUPE Collaborative Meetings
Friday, September 4
Friday, November 6
Friday, February 5
Friday, May 6
All meetings are 10 am - noon at CCCOE

HIV/Comprehensive Sex Education Network Meeting
Thursday, September 17
10 am - noon

 Useful Resources


Contra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

E-Cigarette/Vape Pens
*Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes: The Facts You Need to Know

Brochure: English/Spanish  

*CA State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat

*Orange County Department of Education 

Not So Safe Campaign

Marijuana Talk Kit from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Developed for parents with useful info for educators. Includes facts and talking points. 

Tobacco Cessation
QuitPal App


 Fast Facts & Articles


Underage drinking declined from 29% in 2002 to 23% in 2013

Despite these declines, about 1 in 5 young people report drinking in the last month and about 1 in 7 are binge drinkers. 

More at:



Mixing Booze and Pot Greatly Increases Amount of THC in Blood Time


Adolescents Unsure About Risks of Marijuana, E-cigarettes Stanford


How Schools Can Help Nurture Students' Mental Health  KQED News


Nonacademic Skills Are Key to Success nprEd


Creating Inclusive Climates for Transgender Students

DAmag (pdf)


Schools Face the Teen Cutting Problem

Wall Street Journal