THE RRC DEVELOPS INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PLANS TO ANSWER SPECIFIC ISSUES FACED BY SJV AGENCIES & PUBLIC HEALTH DEPTS
The RRC consists of members of the NCPC research team, our community partners (AHA, HH), representatives from our network of the promotoras, and representatives from participating Public Health Departments in the San Joaquin Valley, Mountain Counties, and other rural counties in California.
Local tobacco and cannabis policy research questions will be identified and formulated through feedback from members of the RRC, including the SJVPHC, the Tobacco Control representatives from the participating counties, and our community core partners. Their participation in the NCPC is unique & they will bring valuable insight on:
1) Current local tobacco and cannabis control efforts
2) Local tobacco and cannabis research needs in their respective counties. Furthermore, SJVPHC representatives are active participants in their local policy environment and are experienced in rural health issues.
THE RRC VISION
The vision for the RRC is to serve as a central resource for researchers to work with individuals and organizations to identify and address tobacco and cannabis-related health policy issues in rural communities.
THE RRC OBJECTIVES
1. Identify tobacco and cannabis related issues facing rural communities, prioritizing problems facing vulnerable and underserved rural communities in the SJV and beyond
2. Identify and promote promising practices aimed at maintaining and building capacity of rural health organizations to respond to policy issues relating to tobacco and cannabis
3. Advise on how to evaluate existing efforts to monitor the impacts of tobacco and cannabis control in rural communities
4. Advise on ways to train undergraduate and graduate students to address policy issues relevant to rural areas
5. Advise on ways to disseminate and translate relevant research to impact tobacco and cannabis policy in rural areas.