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September 2015

Meet the Contra Costa TUPE Team! 

As mentioned in our August e-newsletter, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) team has grown and we want to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves!

Hi! I'm Jennifer Eseltine and I have spent the last 13 years teaching Health at Antioch High School. I am a Concord native with East Coast roots. I am excited about my new role as the TUPE Curriculum Coordinator! I'm looking forward to working with Site Coordinators and teachers and teaching our substance abuse prevention programs in our Court and Community Schools. When I am not at work you can find me chasing around my 4-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter or watching the SF Giants, Warriors, Steelers, or Niners with my husband!

Derrick Kirk here, TUPE Youth Development Specialist!
I'm coming from Columbus, Ohio, by way of Solano County. I directly support our Site Coordinators and Peer Educators, as well as the CourAGE Youth Health Coalition. I have 13 years of experience working with youth and young adults and my background includes instruction, risk management, corrective thinking, and youth advocacy.My strengths are rooted in patience, enthusiasm, and integrity. I love to see young adults flourish and passionate for them to succeed. I enjoy Netflix and chocolate (in no particular order).  

I'm Lisa Boyer, TUPE Administrative Assistant, and I've been with CCCOE for just over a year. I came from a high-tech background and moved from across the bay, so I'm relatively new to the area. I have spent the past year supporting multiple CCCOE projects and, as of October 1, I will be full-time with TUPE, providing all administrative support. I love to travel, whether it's a road trip or an exotic global adventure, read books, walk, and entertain. 
I'm Emily Justice and I have been the TUPE Manager since 2011. I was born and raised in Contra Costa County. Prior to CCCOE, I was Director of Youth Development and Training for a local nonprofit agency. I coordinated a number of programs, including school-based alcohol prevention. I am passionate about adolescent health, supporting our districts and schools, and engaging young people as partners in our prevention efforts. When I'm not at work, you will probably find me working on my graduate degree (Leadership for Social Justice), running, or catching up on much needed sleep. 

Our team provides ongoing support for the implementation of successful, comprehensive TUPE programs and services. Please don't hesitate to contact us!


Emily Justice 
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)
2015-16 Countywide CourAGE Youth Health Coalition

Last Tuesday, our CourAGE Youth Health Coalition held their first meeting of the school year! CourAGE, which stands for "See Our Advocacy, Generation and Education," 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. 

This year's members represent Acalanes, Antioch, John Swett, Liberty, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and West Contra Costa school districts, as well as Clayton Valley Charter High School!  

Interesting in learning more about CourAGE and their work? Contact Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist.
Training: California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) 

When: Thursday, October 15; 8:30 am - Noon
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill
Who: District/school staff 
Fee: No cost to attend; Breakfast provided

Draft Agenda:
8:30 - 9:00 am -- Sign-in and Breakfast
9:00 am - Noon -- Nuts & Bolts of Survey Administration
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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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

Meeting & Training Calendar

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 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

Among adolescent non-smokers, e-cigarette use is associated with willingness to smoke, a predictor of future cigarette smoking.  Research Paper


High School Students Use E-Cigarettes to Smoke Cannabis: Study 

Why College Students Are Now Smoking More Pot Than Cigarettes

Thirdhand Smoke: More Danger from Smoking

Friends Approval of E-Cigarettes May Turn Teens Toward Vaping  USC Study

Does Hookah (Waterpipe Smoking) Cause Cancer?

The California Department of Education (CDE) has launched a Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Facebook page! Check it out here