Happy Black History Month!

This month is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about  the tobacco industry's long history of targeting of African Americans and the destructive impact this has had for African American communities. Unfortunately, African Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the United States.  Read more...  

Check out these tobacco prevention  activity ideas we have put together for Black History Month. While we encourage implementation this month, these ideas can all be done any time! 

Below are additional resources for linking tobacco prevention messages to Black History Month and Valentine's Day. (Keep Your Heart Healthy!) In addition, Through with Chew Week is coming up and is a great time to share information about the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco products. 

February TUPE Theme: Keep Your Heart Healthy!
Black History Month | Valentine's Day 2/14 | Through with Chew Week 2/19-2/23

Black Lives / Black Lungs is a  documentary that explores the history, marketing tactics and impact of tobacco industry targeting African-Americans with mentholated tobacco products.
Black Lives / Black Lungs Documentary

Did you know?  Teens who smoke show signs of heart stress and a higher resting heart rate.  These are warning signs that the heart is working too hard.

Is chew/smokeless tobacco an issue in your community? Raise awareness about the dangers during Through With Chew Week, February 19-23.

Find additional information, activity ideas, resources, and videos for ALL of our TUPE monthly themes  here

View an at-a-glance of the 2017-18 monthly themes  here. (PDF) 

March TUPE Theme: Kick Butts!
National Kick Butts Day is March 21, 2018
Contra Costa CourAGE Youth Health Coalition members Kalyn, Rita, & Nya at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Did you know? Tobacco's terrible toll is no accident. It's a direct result of the tobacco industry's actions, including marketing that targets children and deceives people about the harmful effects of their products.

Looking for some inspiration for this year's event? Check out our 2017 Kick Butts Day slideshow

Find additional information, activity ideas, resources, and videos for ALL of our TUPE monthly themes  here

View an at-a-glance of the 2017-18 monthly themes  here. (PDF) 

Training: LGBTQ-Inclusive Classrooms
Friday, March 2, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Pleasant Hill | Register Now

According to the 2015-16 CA Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), less than 50% of Contra Costa students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) feel SAFE or VERY SAFE at school, as compared to over 70% of their peers who identify as straight/heterosexual. 

Our learning environments must be places where all students feel safe and included and this training focuses on just that.

Here's what past participants had to say... 
  • "One of the best trainings I have ever attended." 
  • "The facilitators were kind, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic." 
  • "The statistics and laws are important to know. They validated the need for LGTBQ education at my site!"
  • "Very engaging and relevant." 
  • "I liked the broad spectrum of the topics and how to apply to our everyday interactions with students. Great resources!" 
Check out the registration page for more information and to sign up to attend.

Workshop: Youth Mental Health
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Pleasant Hill | Register Now

This workshop will address: 
  • Links between social-emotional development, mental health, tobacco and other substance use, and learning.
  • Impact of stigma and discrimination.
  • Role of teachers' and other school staff in helping to support students' mental health.
This workshop is intended for those who do not have a clinical background. 

Check out the registration page for more information and to sign up to attend. 

Contest: Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) 
Open to any Contra Costa student in grade 6-12. 
This is young people's chance to get creative and have their voice heard! 
Students create a short video on how substance use --  tobacco/e-cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol, or prescription drugs  -- impacts young people in their community. 

Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018
Top scoring middle school and high school winners each receive  $250. Additional prizes will also be awarded. 
Contest Flyer (PDF) 
For contest information, guidelines, submission forms, and more, visit:  https://goo.gl/7mGgJD

March is Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month
Help raise awareness about this national epidemic. 

The use, misuse, and abuse of prescription drugs, heroin, and illicit fentanyl continue to devastate families across the United States.  

  • National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & NIDA for Teens
Get Involved
  • W alk in memory of thousands who have been lost to our prescription drug abuse epidemic and support those in recovery at the 4th Annual "Dose of Awareness" 5K Walk & Health Expo on Sunday, March 25 Flyer or Event Page
  • Join the Contra Costa Medication, Education, and Disposal Safety (MEDS)  Coalition  

What we've been reading this month... 
Articles, Research, and More!