Prevention News

2nd Annual Recruitment Event


Our 2nd Annual Recruitment Event was a success! The purpose of this event is to provide services to our Migrant families and children under the McKinney-Vento Act that are housed at the Migrant Camp.  It took the collaboration and dedication of the following to come together with the common purpose; to help our migrant families.  

A special “Thank You for your dedication and support” to:

Migrant Education – Butte County Office of Education, Colusa County Office of Education: Student Support Services, Children’s Services, First 5, and Williams Family Action Center, The Migrant Camp, Williams Unified School District, Ampla Health, Colusa County Behavioral Health, Colusa County One Stop, Department of Health & Human Services – Tobacco Prevention, District Attorney’s Office Victims Witness Protection, Employment Development Department, and Plazas Comunitarias.

Services included backpacks and school supplies, registration for regular school, information on summer school enrollment, community agencies information, mini-donation table of clothing and household items, but most of all an overall welcome to our community.  Some parents expressed their gratitude for all the services and information provided.  The children were excited to receive new backpacks and school supplies, as well as a dental packet.  We hope more community agencies will join us for next year’s Recruitment Event.  Please feel free to contact: Patricia Barba at or Rosa Orozco-Lopez at  


September, October, and November 2015

I want to express my gratitude to all of the CCOE and our District colleagues for extending a warm welcome when I started.  I have had the pleasure of meeting some of you already and look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.  I have learned a lot and am still learning this position.  I feel truly blessed for working with my colleagues in the Student Support Services Division.  I look forward to working together and hope to bring prevention services to all of our schools for a long time to come.

Highlighted Activities:

  • Foster & Homeless Workshop put on by Glenn COE

  • CDE 2 day Mandatory Homeless Conference in Sacramento

  • Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE): Joining Forces 2 day Conference in Sacramento

  • Collaborating with our districts to identify our District Foster & Homeless Youth Liaisons (DFHYL) and student population

  • Coordinating a training for the DFHY Liaisons in December

  • Cohort G Tier 1 compliance, I am overseeing the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for Colusa USD, Maxwell USD, Pierce JUSD, and Williams USD

  • Distributed backpacks and school supplies to our school districts in October in collaboration with Arbuckle and Williams Family Action Centers.

  • Delivered backpacks out to Maxwell USD and Colusa USD for distribution

  • I was able to provide a SWAT 2.0 Presentation to our Maxwell district’s 7th & 8th graders with Miss Rebecca Root, Project Director for the Colusa County Tobacco Education Program of DHHS.

  • Collaborating and attending monthly meetings for each of our partners in the County and Region that pertain to my area.

  • Researching and participating in webinars to further my knowledge on our programs grants under Tobacco Use Prevention Education, Tobacco Cessation and Other Drugs and Alcohol, and Foster & Homeless Youth.

Upcoming Events …

  • In December I am Collaborating and co-facilitating SWAT to 5th graders at Arbuckle Elementary School with Miss Rebecca Root and her team, as well as her Pierce High School Tobacco Prevention Youth Group.

  • I will also be visiting Mr. Johnson’s Maxwell’s 7th & 8th graders to provide an awareness presentation on the “Youth against Alcohol.”

  • I am hoping to be able to bring this to all of our districts in the near future; for those interested please email me:

  • In the near future, my plans include joining forces with our school’s youth groups that would like to promote “against tobacco youth and use.”If any schools have one already, I would love to provide support to your youth group.

  • As stated above, I will also be putting on a monthly training for our District Foster & Homeless Youth Liaisons. Our first one is in December will include a guest speaker whom has extensive knowledge in this area.

  • In the works, is the Caring Youth Counts event in February 2016, please look out for my emails on this great event in the upcoming weeks.


  • Barbara Hankins, RN of Colusa Unified for organizing and putting on SWAT for Birchfield Elementary!

  • Student Support Services Division – great team work!

  • Great job to all districts on getting the CHKS process started!

  • Maxwell’s 7th & 8th graders for being a great audience! See you in December!

  • Arbuckle Family Action Center & Williams Family Action Center - Great job in getting the information out to our community for the distribution of these backpacks and school supplies!I really appreciated the help!

Great American Smoke Out

November 19, 2015 was the "Great American Smoke-Out". It is celebrated annually after being created by The American Cancer Society. This year at Colusa High School and Pierce High, the Tobacco Prevention Youth Groups that Miss. Rebecca Root, of the Tobacco Education Program of Colusa County Public Health Department, had a table with displays and brochures during lunch time. There were lots of curious students and we received great comments of support from both students and teachers. It is a goal that all middle and high school students participate next year for this wonderful event.

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