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Evidence-Based Solutions for Central California
NCPC Graduate Student Wins Research Abstract Award
Sara Fleszar, a Rapid Response Core team member is the winner of the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Women’s Health SIG Trainee Abstract Award.
Rapid Response Research - Collaborating with Central Valley Experts
Working with Camarena Health and the Promotoras De Salud in the Counties Across the San Joaquin Valley
NCPC Community Workshop 3
Expanding The SJV Tobacco & Cannabis Policy Network
Providing Opportunties for Key San Joaquin Valley Tobacco and Cannabis Stakeholders to Meet and Learn From Each Other
NCPC School Presentations
Educating Central Valley Teens & Parents
The Nicotine And Cannabis Policy Center Works With Local High Schools to Educate Parents & Teens on Issues Surrounding Vaping & Cannabis Use
NCPC Research interns
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.

 

TOBACCO AND NICOTINE EFFECTS ON COVID-19

Please review the attachments below for information in both English and Spanish, summarizing the emerging literature on COVID-19 and the effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The literature is evolving as research on COVID-19 is rapidly emerging and disseminating; these reports and fact sheets will be updated regularly. Click the Images for the full PDF and Watch the Retro Report documentary featuring Dr. Anna Song:

COVID-19 REPORT NCPC Uc Merced AprilCOVID-19 and smoking NCPC UC Merced

To get the lastest information on COVID-19 and the association with toboccco, vaping & secondhand smoke, click the button 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.

 

 

MAIN RESEARCH

RAPID RESPONSE

 

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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 for NCPC related news or stories utilizing our expertize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 News

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

Online Zoom Webinar

The Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center is delighted to announce that, in partnership with The American Heart Association, we will be hosting a free...
Jun
09

Online Zoom Meeting

The external NCPC Advisory Board have the first meeting to review current progress and help provide direction and suggestions moving forward for the...
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...

UC Merced Health Research News

September 16, 2020

Researchers at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute at the University of California have launched a new public-private pilot...

September 16, 2020

Everyone will have opportunities to learn about collaborative research at the intersections of COVID-19 and topics related to the environment, health and equity through a series of online conference...

September 10, 2020

Physics Professor Lin Tian looks to tiny quantum objects to answer very big questions. Her research group is pursuing quantum computing and technology project that are helping to expand her...