The Department of Health Services, First 5, Human Services Department, and community partners will launch the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship on October 18th, 2016. This Fellowship is a 9-month, intensive interdisciplinary program. The program trains community educators on the topics of toxic stress, trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, or Adverse Community Experiences. The initial training will span two days. Participants will also attend monthly Community of Practice sessions to more deeply explore the topics.
This remarkable program is unique to Sonoma County and features trainers such as the world-renowned ACEs researcher, Dr. Robert Anda and national ACEs expert, Laura Porter. In its first year, 2016-2017, the program aims to engage 25 individuals representing a range of sectors, who will become certified Master Trainers. Some of these certified trainers may go on to train a second group of presenters in 2017-2018. Applications for the Fellowship will be accepted until September 12th, 2016. The application forms can be found on the First 5 website
The ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship is funded in part by The Health Federation of Philadelphia (with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment) through the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant to the Department of Health Services. Sonoma County is one of 14 communities across the nation to receive this funding to expand innovative work in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences. Contact: Ellen Bauer, (707) 565-4418
Sonoma County Tobacco Retail License
The Department of Health Services (DHS), Healthy Communities team has successfully launched the Sonoma County Tobacco Retail License (TRL) program, which went into effect for retailers on July 1, 2016.
In August, DHS tobacco staff completed the first round of compliance checks, visiting all 132 potential sites. The primary goal of these first visits was to provide education and answer questions in person. Staff distributed materials to assist retailers in complying with the new California tobacco retailer law during this time. Many retailers were pleased to have staff come to them to provide information and offered program suggestions. Retailers were told about the healthy retail program, the upcoming plans for improvement loans, and the advisory body that will convene quarterly for their input into program development.
To date, 103 retailers in Sonoma County have been issued a license to sell tobacco. Of the total of 132 tobacco retailers in Sonoma County:
- Six were found to have gone out of business in advance of the ordinance being adopted.
- Three stores were deemed ineligible due to the new ordinance requirements that prohibit pharmacies and mobile vending operations from selling tobacco.
- The single casino within unincorporated Sonoma County does not require a permit as it falls under tribal jurisdiction.
In addition, a total of 19 stores decided to no longer sell tobacco. Staff has made contact with every jurisdiction and continues to work with cities to support efforts toward parity.
- In June 2016, staff participated in the Town of Windsor’s strategic planning meeting to discuss a tobacco retail licensing, and has been working with partners including The Windsor Wellness Partnership and The Center for Well-Being to assist in the Town Council’s efforts to solicit input on ordinance provisions from community and tobacco retailers.
- The City of Sebastopol has voted to pursue a tobacco retail license consistent with the ordinance that the County has adopted.
- The cities of Cloverdale and Cotati have confirmed interest in moving forward to explore the possibility of a TRL and are in the process of scheduling meetings/presentations with staff.
- Staff will continue to work with the remaining cities over the course of the next year to support their efforts toward a TRL or other strategies such as Conditional Use Permits with minimum tobacco price provisions.
- Information for retailers is available on the County of Sonoma website: http://www.sonoma-county.org/health/topics/smokefreeinfo-retailers.asp Contact: Brian Vaughn, (707) 565-6610