Research & Policy Briefs Place-based Initiatives

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.

Reports:

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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