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October-November 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tribal Learning Institute:
Session 1, North Valley 
RISE is hosting a series of Tribal Learning Institutes to provide information about the gaming industry and the importance of relationship-building for those working, or planning to work, on commercial tobacco control initiatives with tribal casinos.

The first virtual Learning Institute is catered towards local lead agency and competitive grantee staff working in the North Valley Region (but all are welcome to attend). We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 17th from 10 - 11:30 AM.

Register here: https://join-etr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwudOGhrj8iHdSII9FK4GVGJHi13nB3nIIU
Great American Smokeout Events:
Free patches from CSH still available:
As projects prepare for the Great American Smokeout events occurring on Thursday, November 19, 2020, please note that FREE nicotine patches are still available from the California Smokers’ Helpline. Please see attached flyer for more detailed info. 
UPDATES & COMMUNITY STORIES
UC Merced Nicotine & Cannabis Policy Center
The UC Merced Nicotine & Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) serves 11 counties across the San Joaquin Valley. They are tasked with researching and understanding the thoughts and feelings of residents in those areas relating to current tobacco and cannabis policies. They are focused on developing policy recommendations based on the large-scale surveys they conduct across the San Joaquin Valley. 
Currently, they are conducting a survey to better understand the effects of COVID-19 and any link to tobacco. The goal of this survey is to better understand how residents of the Central Valley perceive COVID-19 and its long-term effects. 
Central Valley residents are encouraged to participate in the survey. All participants who complete the survey successfully will receive a $10 gift card via email. Please see the attached flyer for more info on how to sign up for the survey.
 Central Valley Local District Day
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) hosted a virtual Central Valley Local District Days event on October 5, 2020. YLI, Mobilizing Youth to Nix Tobacco (MYNT) youth coalition members, American Cancer Society VIVA project, California Health Collaborative’s Unidos Por Salud, Tulare County Tobacco-Free Coalition, and RISE met with Tulare County Supervisor Valero to discuss the on-going crisis of the youth vaping epidemic and other worrisome tobacco issues in his district. Supervisor Valero received documents and fact sheets outlining the crisis and how disparate populations (LGBTQ+, rural, African Americans, Latinx, and others) are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry. Supervisor Valero agreed to share the information with his fellow supervisors and indicated he is interested in possibly pursuing tobacco control policies in Tulare County in the future. In all, the Central Valley Local District Days provided a very engaging discussion that promoted health equity for all. Congratulations to YLI and all who participated in Local District Days. We look forward to seeing how the relationship with Supervisor Valero develops and the strong tobacco policies that are to come.
Please Welcome New Members of NorCal 4 Health
The NorCal 4 Health project covers the rural counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Lake.  The mission is to encourage community planning, policy development, and general plan updates that reduce tobacco influences and secondhand smoke exposure. Recently, NorCal 4 Health gained two new team members! 

Kelly Borges is coming to NorCal 4 Health as the new Communications Specialist.  She will be designing the NorCal 4 Health website and social media campaigns as well as assisting with the program’s administrative support.  Outside of work, her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and two children, Molly age 11, and Wyatt, 14.  Oh and their new springer spaniel puppy, Penny!

JoAnn Saccato, MA is the new NorCal 4 Health Community Engagement Coordinator covering Lake and Mendocino County.  She holds a self-designed interdisciplinary master’s degree in Co-creating Sustainable Futures and joins NorCal 4 Health from her private practice as a mindfulness teacher and mindfulness-based life coach. She specializes in working with those suffering from stress, trauma, and anxiety and recently led a team of FEMA trained crisis counselors following the Mendocino Complex Fire. JoAnn is the author of Companioning the Sacred Journey: A guide to creating a compassionate container for your spiritual practice (2013) and Mindful and Intentional Living: A path to peace, clarity, and freedom (2018) and resides in Cobb, Lake County, CA. She is excited to join a collaborative working for greater health and wellness in her hometown community.
 
Welcome, Kelly and JoAnn!
NEED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE?
Contact the RISE team for help during the CX process
The RISE team is here to help you during the CX process! We are happy to provide technical assistance to advance health equity and connect community members to Local Lead Agencies (LLAs). Please fill out our technical assistance form on our website if you want help. 
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