Health & Wellness Masthead
May 2016

Our partners at the Contra Costa County Health Services Department have issued a health alert regarding fentanyl overdose deaths. There have been over a dozen overdose deaths related to fentanyl laced pills in Northern California.

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and there are counterfeit pills containing fentanyl on the market in the Bay Area.

As educators, we can help share this critical information with others. Flyers are available in English and Spanish

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.

Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Professional Development Needs Survey

As we near the end of the school year, we are already busy scheduling meetings and trainings for next school year! 

In our ongoing efforts to meet current needs of our district, school, and community-based organization partners, we invite you to respond to our School Climate & Student Engagement  Professional Development survey

Know someone else who would like to respond to the survey or receive our monthly e-newsletter? Please click the big blue "Send to a Colleague" button above to share this e-newsletter. 
World No Tobacco Day 2016
Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for efforts to reduce tobacco consumption. This year's focus is on raising awareness about plain packaging of tobacco products.

Plain packaging refers to limits on the use of logos, colors, and brand images. Plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts advertising, limits misleading labeling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. 

Find out more at the World Health Organization's website
If you see an event that is of interest to you, we recommend that you go ahead and save-the-date. Our August e-newsletter will include more information, as well as links to register online. 


*Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit -- September 10, 2016 (Save-the-Date Flyer)


*Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Site Coordinators Training -- September 16, 2016


*Project ALERT -- Middle School Drug Prevention Curriculum; Two options: October 20, 2016 or February 7, 2017

*Towards No Drug Abuse -- High School Drug Prevention Curriculum; Two options: October 27, 2016 or February 2, 2017

*Safe & Healthy Schools Conference -- November 3-4, 2016 (Save-the-Date Flyer)

*Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents -- November 15, 2016

*LGBTQ-Inclusive Classrooms Training -- March 3, 2017

Upcoming Event -- Youth Conference & Empowerment Summit

Each year Contra Costa County District V Supervisor Federal D. Glover sponsors a summit for the youth of Contra Costa County. This year's event is scheduled for
Saturday, May 21 in Pittsburg.

The conference unites youth with local dignitaries, mentors, and community leaders for an incredible day of exploration, education, and entertainment. Interactive workshops offer life skills, assist with career development, and more! 

Visit the event website for more information.
Upcoming Event -- Rebound, the Chris Herren Story

Presented by Support 4 Recovery, Chris Herren will share his story of addiction and recovery on May 24, 2016 in Walnut Creek. Chris played professional basketball until his battle with substance abuse took over. He has been alcohol and other drug-free since August 1, 2008 and his new life mission is to share his story in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life. This event is open to both youth and adults.  
Visit the Support 4 Recovery website for more information. 
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, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting & Events

Quarterly TUPE Collaborative Meeting
Friday, May 6
10 am - Noon; CCCOE

Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network Meeting
Friday, May 13
10 am - Noon; CCCOE 

Live Webcast
The Triangulum: Tobacco, Marijuana, & E-cigarettes 
Thursday, May 26
9:00 am - Noon

Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit 
Saturday, September 10
Contra Costa County

Questions about an upcoming meeting or event? Contact Emily for more information. 

 Useful Resources

ALL IN for Health is a statewide campaign to equip education leaders with the tools they need to connect families and individuals to health coverage and care. 

Contra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

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

CA State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat
Orange County Dpt. of Education: Not So Safe


*NEW* Project ALERT has published a new marijuana supplement, that includes information and facts for educators and young people. 

 Fast Facts & Articles

E-cigarette usage among high school students has hit 16%, significantly up from the 1.5% who vaped in 2011. 

Deaths from heroin increased 248% between 2010 and 2014. This increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers. Learn more at

Article: Court Sides with Transgender Student, Ed. Dept. Over School Restroom Access

Article: It's Really Easy for Teens to Buy E-cigs Online