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Listening To Residents of the San Joaquin Valley
NCPC Undergraduate Interns Attending Local Events in the Central Valley for the Main Research Survey

 

 

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.

Click the button to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

Jan
15

UC Merced Campus

Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez who leads the NCPC Main Research Core, will be presenting on the effects of Marijuana.
Dec
13

Merced County Department of Public Health

Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez who leads the NCPC Main Research Core, will be presenting on the Impact of Vaping among youth to the Merced Public Health...
Dec
12

Kings County, Lemoore

Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez from the NCPC Main Research Core will be presenting on the Impact of Marijuana Use on Youth and Current Efforts to Address...
Dec
06

UC Merced Campus

The NCPC will be holding its third Community Workshop on December 6th, 2019. The workshop is entitled "From Practice to Policy: Strategies to...

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