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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)
Training the Next Generation of Youth Advocates
Involving and Training Local Youth As Agents of Change is a Crucial Part of the NCPC Mission

 

 

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 DOWNTOWN MERCED OFFICE (1026 18th W STREET) &  UC MERCED CAMPUS - SOCIAL SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT BUILDING, ROOM 362

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Happenings

May
22

UC Merced Campus

Dr. Anna Epperson, our Stanford University researcher, will be running the NCPC American Indian Advisory Board
May
20

509 E. St Charles St, San Andreas

Dr. Song will present to the Northern San Joaquin Valley community coalition in Calaveras County regarding the NCPC, its mission, and findings to...
May
17

The Branding Iron, Merced

This Policy messaging workshop aims to bring SJV Public Health departments and community partners together in order to provide a unique training...
Mar
05

UC Merced Downtown Campus

Celebrate 2019 Research Week with a special free community presentation from the UC Merced Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC). ...

UC Merced Health Research News

UC systemwide Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Nathan Brostrom has been named interim chancellor of UC Merced.
May 16, 2019

The University of California Board of Regents today (May 16) voted to approve President Janet Napolitano’s appointment of systemwide Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Nathan...

Commencement student speakers Victoria Arias and Cydney Caradonna
May 15, 2019

Undergraduates Victoria Arias and Cydney Caradonna entered UC Merced through different doors. Arias was a freshman impressed with the campus and community. Caradonna was a transfer student and...

Araceli Perez
May 15, 2019

Graduating senior Araceli Perez was looking for a new environment when she moved from Hacienda Heights to attend UC Merced in 2015. The shift from the high-intensity region of Los Angeles to the more...