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Working with Key Community Groups
Extending the reach of the NCPC in the Central Valley, with the help of key groups like the California Health Collaborative
NCPC Policy Workshop
Working With Local Legislative Leaders
Undertaking Policy Messaging Workshops in Collaboration with the AHA to Help Train Local Advocates and Public Health Experts
Welcome to the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center
A New UC Merced Center of Research Focused on Central California
Understanding an Overlooked Region of Central California
Almost No Information is Available That is An Accurate Representation of The Residents of Central California.
Building A Community Network in The Central Valley
Presenting the Mission of the NCPC to Key Community Leaders at The Central Valley Tobacco Control Coalition (CVTCC)

 

 

THE MISSION

The mission of Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) is to gather, understand and promote the thoughts and feelings of rural California residents on current tobacco and cannabis policy. This will be done via large scale surveys across 11 counties of the San Joaquin Valley and adjoining mountains. The results will then be used to develop achievable policy recommendations that work towards reducing tobacco-related diseases and deaths in this overlooked and underserved region of California.

To achieve this mission, the NCPC is comprised of four key cores that represent an extensive range of collaborations spanning different Californian universities, research disciplines, and community organizations at the national, state and local level. For more info visit About or click the icons below.

 

FIND OUT MORE!

We really want to know what you think about current policies in your county for nicotine and cannabis.

If you're over the age of 18 and live in Central California, you're eligible to join.

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DO YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THESE COUNTIES?

If you can find the county you live in below, then we would love to speak with you to learn your thoughts and opinions on current nicotine and cannabis policies where you live. The Nicotine & Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) is conducting tobacco and cannabis policy research in 11 counties across in the San Joaquin Valley. While the NCPC is based in Merced, we will work our community partners to speak with as many residents as possible.
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PARTNERSHIPS

The NCPC will primarily be working with Public Health Departments of the 11 counties within the study area. We are also partnering with the American Heart Association and Healthy House. Click the logos for links.

The NCPC will work closely with CDPH members and local Public Health Departments to identify crucial policy issues within the 11 counties and help with research recruitment and diseminating our findings.

The AHA is our community organization partner with senior policy advocate experience, policy analysis & support for data collection - including focus groups & survey recruitment.

Healthy House is our Central Valley community partner, with deep & extensive connections in numerous communities and cultural groups. They're essential in disseminating our key messages & survey recruitment.

 

NCPC MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

Click the links to view news stories about the UC Merced NCPC.

 

 

 

 

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MEET THE NCPC RESEARCHERS

  As a resident of the San Joaquin Valley myself, this is an amazing chance to gather data that is an accurate and realistic picture of a largely overlooked region in California.
- DR. ANNA EPPERSON,
NCPC Key Researcher, October 2018

 

NCPC OFFICE LOCATIONS

NCPC MERCED OFFICE, YOSEMITE AVE & UC MERCED CAMPUS - SOCIAL SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT BUILDING, ROOM 362

Events and Happenings

Jul
13

Sutter Gould McHenry Education Conference Center, Modesto

Stanislaus County Tobacco Prevention Program is partnering with the local Asthma Coalition to educate health care providers on vaping. Dr. Song will...
Jun
07

UC Merced Campus

Teams from the California Health Collaborative will be on the main campus presenting their research posters and listening to faculty members outline...
May
29

NCPC Downtown Office - 1026 W 18th Street

CYAN Training Session on youth/young adult recruitment and engagement. This will also cover how/why we want to engage young people and the best...
May
22

UC Merced Campus

Dr. Anna Epperson, our Stanford University researcher, will be running the NCPC American Indian Advisory Board

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