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December 2022 Newsletter
Rural Partners’ Updates
Hello Rural Partners,
We hope this finds you well. We are excited to provide an end of the year wrap up in this December 2022 issue. We want to thank you for your continued collaboration and hard work in serving rural communities across California. Thanks to your effort, we are one step closer to achieving health equity for all and protecting our vulnerable rural community members from the danger of tobacco.
All California Health Collaborative Offices Closed Dec 21 - Jan 2, 2022
California Health Collaborative offices will reopen January 3, 2023. 
Rural Information
North Valley Region Tobacco Partners Join Assemblymember Gallagher's Staff for Local District Days
North Valley Region partners recently met with Assemblyman James Gallagher’s office to discuss local tobacco work in Butte, Colusa, Yuba, Tehama, Glenn, and Sutter counties. The discussion focused on tobacco retail license, tobacco product waste, and tobacco smoke-free multi-unit housing work in these communities.

Special thanks to Anna Tadeo from Butte County Public Health, Esther Craig from California Health Collaborative Si Se Puede Project, and Marissa Maxey from California Health Collaborative Leadership in Equity, Action & Development (LEAD), for dedicating their time to share about their important local work.
RISE Success Stories Available
We would like to remind our partners that RISE success stories are available on the RISE website (linked below). Rural communities have made significant strides in the effort to reduce tobacco use rates and RISE Success Stories celebrate those accomplishments. Please review the most recent Success Stories that focus on policies passed in rural areas to discover the steps taken and lessons learned. In the future when you have successes in your community, please reach out to a RISE team member, so we can highlight your hard work in a formal Success Story.
RISE Up Leadership Development Program’s Second Graduation Class
Congratulations to all who completed the RISE Up Leadership Development Program! In this 5-month program, participants learned best practices to engage their rural communities in policy action and the important considerations around policy processes and messaging strategies. The RISE team is honored to have been a part of this cohort's entry into tobacco control in rural communities. Lastly, special thanks to the speakers who dedicated their time sharing their expertise and lessons learned along the way. 
Congratulations to Caitlin, Carolina, Bhavy, Christa, Tiara, Diego, Karen, Symphanie, Madison, Maria, Alejandro, Chorine, Nicole, Regina, Christine, Sarah, Sydney, Caitlyn, Crystal, Ravena, Elizabeth, Anna, Anabel, Samuel, Chelsey, Bruno, Jade, Sophia, Angelica, and Theresa!
Reminder: RISE is Here to Help!
Need ideas for the next steps in a tobacco policy campaign in your county? Want a sounding for feedback coalition ideas and activities to mobilize your community? Looking for extra support on your scope of work activities? RISE is here to help! Please feel free to email any member of the RISE team for technical assistance or submit a request on our website.
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