Research & Policy Briefs Del Norte County

Community Health & Wellness Survey – Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands

The Community Health and Wellness Survey was conducted by the California Center for Rural Policy in 2013.
The purpose of the survey was to assess community health indicators in the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal lands
region.

The eight page written survey contained questions about wellness indicators pertaining to economics, education,
healthcare, neighborhood built environment and community cohesion.

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Del Norte County Unified School District: School Absence, 2012-2013

Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a ten-year initiative of The California Endowment (TCE). The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn”. One of the big results the initiative is aiming for is an increase in school attendance. This report was prepared by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) to show trends in school attendance in the Del Norte County Unified School District.

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Del Norte County Safe Routes to School Research and Policy Report

How children travel to and from school can significantly impact their health as well as traffic congestion and safety, air quality, and the school environment. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a National, State and Local movement to make it safer for children to walk and bike to and from school. In 2012, The Del Norte Local Transportation Commission coordinated an effort to assess travel to and from school among a sample of six schools in Del Norte County. Parent and classroom data were collected using forms from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (521 parent surveys were completed representing students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade). This report was prepared by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) to provide some baseline information and policy recommendations for SRTS in Del Norte County.

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Del Norte County Access to Health Care & Food Security

Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities (BHC), an initiative of The California Endowment (TCE). The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.” For more information about BHC please visit The California Endowment. In order to support the work happening in DNATL, this report was created for the Healthy Klamath Coalition to provide some baseline data about Klamath residents.

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Del Norte County: A Look at Educational Achievement v1.1

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is an initiative of The California Endowment (TCE). The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.” Del Norte County and adjacent Tribal lands is one of the fourteen places embarking on this ten-year initiative with TCE. As part of the planning process, the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) prepared this report of past and current educational achievement data for Del Norte County.

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Community Health Indicators for Del Norte County v1.2

Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities (BHC), an initiative of The California Endowment (TCE). The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.” This report provides a set of community health indicators intended to give a snapshot of the past and current conditions in Del Norte County and to help guide and assess outcomes resulting from improvement efforts. Community health indicators are measures that act as barometers for underlying community health. Through regular assessments using a common set of indicators, communities can determine if policy and systems changes are making a difference. (contains 66 community health indicators for Del Norte County- most of the above plus additional indicators with a focus on children & families)

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A Community Food Assessment for Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands

The direct connection between a healthy community and healthy food makes it critical to understand the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Land’s food system. A food system includes all of the people and processes that are involved in taking food from seed to table. The quality, cost and availability of the foods in every community – at stores, schools and hospitals – are determined by the food system serving it.

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Del Norte County Unified School District: School Absence, 2012-2013

Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a ten-year initiative of The California Endowment (TCE). The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn”. One of the big results the initiative is aiming for is an increase in school attendance. This report was prepared by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) to show trends in school attendance in the Del Norte County Unified School District.

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Del Norte County USD School District: School Suspensions, 2012-2013

Application of “zero tolerance” policies have led to a dramatic increase in school suspensions and expulsions across the country. These exclusionary discipline practices have sparked concern as a growing body of research provides evidence that frequent suspensions and expulsions are associated with negative outcomes for students, families, schools, and communities. Moreover, there is evidence of discipline disparities along racial, gender, and socioeconomic lines with students of color, males, and low socioeconomic status receiving a disproportionate amount of suspensions. There is no evidence to support the supposition that these subgroups of students have higher rates of misbehavior or violence. Rather, research suggests that the observed discipline disparities may be due to lack of teacher training in classroom management skills, cultural competency, and possibly “conscious or unconscious racial and gender biases at the school level.”

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Del Norte County: A Look at Childhood Obesity, 2013

Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year initiative of The California Endowment. The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn” (more information at The California Endowment. The California Center for Rural Policy is assisting the initiative with data and evaluation needs. The following reports, briefs, and protocols provide information directly and indirectly related to the initiative.

Childhood obesity has become one of the most pressing public health issues. An extensive body of research shows that being overweight or obese is associated with multiple diseases and high health care costs. Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year initiative of The California Endowment. The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.”6 One of the big results the initiative is aiming for is a decrease in childhood obesity. This report was prepared to provide some baseline information about childhood obesity in Del Norte County.

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