New directors for Public, Behavioral Health |

New directors for Public, Behavioral Health

Jill Blake has been named the Nevada County Director of Public Health.

Blake has been with the Nevada County Public Health Department since 2012.

She has 17 years of experience in staff, program and agency management, and has considerable experience in policy development and strategic planning.

Prior to working for Nevada County, Blake was the director of the First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission. She received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UCLA, a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California, and graduated from the Foundations of Public Policy Program at University of California, Davis. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland.

Rebecca Slade has been appointed the Director of Behavioral Health.

Slade has served as Behavioral Health’s Children’s Program Manager since April 2007. Prior to coming to Nevada County, she spent 18 years in San Diego County working in almost every aspect of Child Welfare, from supervising the child abuse hotline to case management of youth in group homes.

She also had a small private practice in San Diego.

Slade has a master’s degree in Counseling and is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist.

Tahoe National Forest working on land purchase

​Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield received a letter from Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn informing him that the Tahoe National Forest is working with Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land to purchase a parcel of land, approximately 411 acres, located in Nevada County.

The area is referred to as Castle Valley Pacific Crest Trail.

The letter from the Forest Service and a map of the area can be found at

Thursday is Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout grew out of a small-town event in Massachusetts in 1971, when a high school guidance counselor asked people to give up cigarettes for one day and donate the money to a college scholarship fund.

Fast-forward to 2015, colleges and universities across California and throughout the U.S. continue to host events sponsored by American Cancer Society in celebration of Great American Smokeout.

Locally, Sierra College campuses in Grass Valley and Truckee will partner with Nevada County Public Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program to host informational tables on campus that include free “quit kits” and resources such as the 1-800-NO-BUTTS smokers’ helpline.

The Sierra College campuses’ Youth Opposing Tobacco For Health Coalition is currently working to establish a partnership with the Sierra College Health Center to help distribute the quit kits and to provide ongoing resources to students about cessation services available in the community.

Nevada County’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program invites everyone to take part in creating awareness about the negative health effects of nicotine.

In 1990, the California Environmental Protection Agency added nicotine to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

For ongoing cessation services in both western and eastern Nevada County, visit the following link:

Drive-thru exercises in Grass Valley and Truckee a success

​Planning, preparing, and practicing for public health emergencies are essential core functions for the Nevada County Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program.

To develop and demonstrate these three core functions, the program in conjunction with Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Truckee, NCPHD’s Immunization and Senior Outreach Nurse Programs, Office of Emergency Services, Adult Protective Services, Environmental Health, Road Maintenance, Foothill and Truckee Healthy Babies, California Highway Patrol, Truckee Police Department, and numerous community volunteers, conducted Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic exercises in Grass Valley and Truckee.

Through these drive-thru flu shot clinic exercises, the EPP program not only evaluated and tested policies and procedures for the distribution of pharmaceuticals in an alternate setting (which may become necessary in a pandemic event when it is not safe for people to gather in closed areas), but it also provided a total of 698 free flu shots to both communities, 512 and 186 in Grass Valley and Truckee respectively.

The EPP program will evaluate both events and determine how to make response efforts better and protect county residents.

Flu shots continue to be available to the community from NCPHD.

For dates and times of flu shot clinics in both Grass Valley and Truckee, go to or call Nevada County Public Health Department at 530-265-1450.

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