Health & Wellness Masthead
August 2016

Happy New (School) Year!  I hope that you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to another great school year. 

In case you missed it, in light of the Orlando shooting we released an  e-newsletter to share important resources. ExpandEd has also compiled resources to help us talk with young people about issues of race, violence, and social justice.  As students and staff return to campus, we   have the  opportunity to acknowledge events from the summer months and support those who are in need of additional resources. 

Our team at the County Office continues to work to improve the support that we provide for our district, school, and community-based organization partners. Below you will find updates dedicated to new monthly themes, as well as professional development opportunities this fall. 

Lastly, if you know someone who would like to receive this information, please click the "Send to a Colleague" button below. 

I look forward to another great year! 

Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
ThemesTUPE Monthly Themes!

New for the 2016-17 school year, we have developed TUPE monthly themes! Each theme is accompanied by fast facts, resources, and suggested classroom and school-wide activities. 

Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes! 

September's Theme:
Stop Calling It Vapor!  

Fast Facts

See the Fast Facts in the column on the right.


Want to learn more about e-cigarettes/vape pens and adolescent use? Register to attend an upcoming workshop. More information.
California Healthy Kids Survey

Superintendent Torlakson announced last month that drug use has decreased, and school safety has increased, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey. The data helps to justify the need for programs and services, and helps districts prepare their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Read more...

Our 2016 CHKS Administration Training is scheduled for Monday, August 29 from 9 am to 12 pm.
Fall Professional Development 

We have a lot of incredible opportunities planned this fall! 

Registration Now Open
Save the Dates
  • *NEW* School Climate & Student Engagement Series - Human Trafficking & Commercially Exploited Children - Wednesday, October 19
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Programs: Project ALERT (middle school) - October 20; Project Towards No Drug Abuse (high school) - October 27.
  • Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents - November 15
  • *NEW* Youth Mental Health First Aid - December 5
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 Meetings

Contra Costa TUPE Collaborative Meeting 
Friday, September 2
10 am - 12 pm

Inclusive Schools Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, September 13
4:00-5:30 pm
Rainbow Community Center, Concord

Contra Costa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition Meeting
Monday, September 19
1:30-3:30 pm

Contra Costa County Comprehensive Sex Education Network 
Thursday, September 22
10 am - 12 pm
Willow Creek Center

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

 Useful Resources

C ontra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources


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

Tobacco Cessation
QuitPal  App

Health Education Library
California Healthy Kids Resource Center


 Fast Facts & Articles

FactsE-cigarettes, also referred to as vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, and mods, heat e-liquid that generally contains nicotine, flavorings, additives, and propylene glycol. The e-liquid becomes an aerosol, not just water vapor!*

Mainstream and secondhand e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain at least ten chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.*

Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become cigarette smokers and are less likely to quit.*

* California State Health Officer's Report


F.Y.I. An update from the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project