The Public Health Prevention and Planning Unit (PAPU) promotes community wellness by preventing problems before they occur. We work with community partners to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To make that happen we focus on improving the health and wellness of the residents of Mendocino County by engaging the communities we serve through education, social action.
Prevention and Planning Programs
Tobacco Free Living
•Tobacco Control Program - Our goal in the Tobacco Control Program is to reduce tobacco use and its health risks by raising community awareness and educating decision makers about the harms of smoking & vaping, and second and third hand smoke.
•Tobacco Retail Licensing – We enforce the Tobacco Retailer Licensing ordinances in the County and Fort Bragg through twice yearly Tobacco Buy Surveys.
Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
•Drug Free Communities (DFC) – This is a Collaborative project with the Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention (CGAP) to reduce substance abuse among Fort Bragg area youth and to strengthen the community coalition that advises gang activities.
•STOP Act Program (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act) – Works to prevent and reduce alcohol use among Fort Bragg youth, and to strengthen the Fort Bragg Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention (CGAP).
•School-Based Prevention Education – Prevention & Planning staff teach bullying prevention, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, preventing self-harm, the influence of advertising to youth.
•Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (SNAP-Ed) – Our objectives are to reduce the prevalence of obesity and the onset of related chronic diseases.
•Rethink Your Drink (RYD) is our campaign to reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and increase water consumption.
•Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX-3) Youth engagement groups in their communities working with neighborhood environments and how they influence nutrition and physical activity particularly in low income areas.
•Policy, System and Environmental Change (PSE): These changes in policy strengthen the sustainability of environments essential to support healthy behaviors for children, youth and adults in our communities. School wellness policy, Healthy Beverage standard adoption and healthy retail practices are just some of the PSE changes being addressed in Mendocino County.
•Active Transportation Program - Is our collaboration with Mendocino County Office of Governments (MCOG) to establish and enhance safe walking, bicycling practices and routes in seven communities while promoting health through increased physical activity and cleaner air.
•Summer Safety Program - Public Health has developed a Summer Safety Program that provides important information on skin cancer, water and boat safety, as well as preventative tools--sunscreen, bug spray, etc.--to keep people safe while having fun outdoors this summer.
•ATV Safety Program – PAPU is partnering with the California Recreation Alliance (CRA) to provide support to their Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Safety Education Project. The goal of the project is to increase OHMVR safety practices, training opportunities, environmental responsibility, and to build good relationships between the OHV community and the public.
Prevention and Violence Free Living
•Safe Schools – PAPU facilitates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans-Gender, Queer (LGBTQ) support groups and Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA’s) at Potter Valley Middle and High School and Ukiah High School. Staff, partners, and youth also work to educate the community about AB 537, the CA Student Safety & Violence Prevention Act, which calls for schools not to discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Youth Activism - Mendocino County Friday Night Live
Mission Statement - "Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities."
The primary focus of the Friday Night Live is to form youth/adult partnerships with young people, to provide programs rich in opportunities and support, so young people will be less likely to engage in problem behaviors, more likely to achieve in school, and more likely to attend higher education or secure a full-time job.
Mendocino County currently has 5 Friday Night Live chapters in Willits, Ukiah, and Potter Valley.
•Hedz ↑ - A Ukiah High School group working to educate students about the dangers of cellphone use while driving, walking, and bicycling.
•GLAM - Ukiah’s LGBTQ Drop-In Center, is working to make schools and communities safe for LGBTQ youth through education and policy advocacy.
•Youth Advocates - YA! - Willits Youth Advocates - Students from Willits High School and Baechtel Grove Middle School learn about the importance of health, and how schools and communities can help create a healthy environment
•Potter Valley "Be the Change" - works to prevent bullying and other violence in their schools and to foster healthy, respectful relationships.
•Go Away Smokers, Please (GASP) – Youth group at Ukiah High School that educates the community about the dangers of tobacco, especially secondhand smoke Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use.
If you’d like more information about our programs, or have questions or suggestions, please contact us at:
1120 South Dora Street
Prevention and Planning is aligned with the US Dept. of Health and Human Services’ National Prevention Strategy.
The Vision—Working together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.
The Goal—Increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life".
For more information visit the Dept. of Health Services Nation Prevention Website http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/strategy/
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