Community Health, Education & Engagement (CHEE, formerly known as PAPU) is aligned with the US Dept. of Health and Human Services’ National Prevention Strategy.
The Vision—Working together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.
The Goal—Increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life".
For more information visit the Dept. of Health Services Nation Prevention Website http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/strategy/
The Public Health Branch Community Health, Education & Engagement (CHEE) promotes community wellness by preventing problems before they occur. We work with community partners to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To make that happen we focus on improving the health and wellness of the residents of Mendocino County by engaging the communities we serve through education, social action.
Prevention and Planning Programs
Tobacco Free Living
- Tobacco Control Program - Our goal in the Tobacco Control Program is to reduce tobacco use and its health risks by raising community awareness and educating decision makers about the harms of smoking & vaping, and second and third hand smoke.
- Tobacco Retail Licensing – We enforce the Tobacco Retailer Licensing ordinances in the County and Fort Bragg through twice yearly Tobacco Buy Surveys.
- For questions regarding the Tobacco Retail License or application, please contact Azucena Chavez at (707) 472-2601.
Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
- Safe Rx Mendocino - The SafeRx Mendocino Coalition is a consortium of government and private agencies dedicated to reducing harm to our community caused by opioids. There are Safe Rx Coalitions in Ukiah and Fort Bragg.
- Drug Free Communities (DFC) – This is a Collaborative project with the Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention (CGAP) to reduce substance abuse among Fort Bragg area youth and to strengthen the community coalition that advises gang activities.
- STOP Act Program (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act) – Works to prevent and reduce alcohol use among Fort Bragg youth, and to strengthen the Fort Bragg Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention (CGAP).
- School-Based Prevention Education – Prevention & Planning staff teach bullying prevention, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, preventing self-harm, the influence of advertising to youth.
- Safe Rx Mendocino website
- Safe Rx Mendocino on Facebook
- Twitter- @SafeRxMendocino
- Instagram - @saferxmendocino
- Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention on Facebook
Healthy Eating and Active Living
- Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (SNAP-Ed) – Through statewide, regional and local partnerships, programs, and policy initiatives, we promote healthy eating, physical activity, and food security with an emphasis on communities with the greatest health disparities.
Oral Health Program
- The Mendocino County, Health and Human Services, Public Health, Community Health Education and Engagement (CHEE) launched the local effort for developing, integrating and expanding oral health throughout the county. The Oral Health program is funded by Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Increase to increase education and awareness to care for under-served and vulnerable populations throughout Mendocino County.
Injury and Violence Free Living
- Safe Schools – CHEE facilitates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) support groups and the Queer/Straight Alliance (QSA) at Ukiah High School. Staff, partners, and youth also work to educate the community about safe school climates, helping to eliminate discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Summer Safety Program - Public Health has developed a Summer Safety Program that provides important information on skin cancer, water and boat safety, as well as preventative tools--sunscreen, bug spray, etc.--to keep people safe while having fun outdoors this summer.
The primary focus of CHEE's youth activism programs is to form youth/adult partnerships with young people, and to provide programs rich in opportunities and support, so young people will be less likely to engage in problem behaviors, more likely to achieve in school, and much more likely to attend higher education or secure a full-time job.
- Youth Advocates - YA! - Willits Youth Advocates - Students from Willits High School and Baechtel Grove Middle School learn about the importance of health, and how schools and communities can help create a healthy environment
- Mendocino County Friday Night Live
Mission Statement: Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities.
Mendocino County currently has 3 Friday Night Live chapters in Ukiah.
- GLAM - Ukiah’s LGBTQ Drop-In Center, is working to make schools and communities safe for LGBTQ youth through education and policy advocacy.
- Go Away Smokers, Please (GASP) – Youth group at Ukiah High School that educates the community about the dangers of tobacco, especially secondhand smoke Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use.
- Youth Opioid Use Prevention - Youth advocacy group at Ukiah High School that educates students about the dangers of opioid use, and assists with annual Take Back events in the community.
- Ukiah Walks (brochure)
- Route Maps:
- Walks Along the Mendocino Coast
- Walks in and around Fort Bragg
If you’d like more information about our programs, or have questions or suggestions, please contact us at:
1120 South Dora Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 472-2611