Inclusive Virtual Community Engagement: New Section in Our Planning for Health Toolkit
Check out our latest update to our Community Engagement Toolkit on emerging practices and strategies for implementing inclusive virtual engagement that expands access for our highest need communities facing barriers to technology.
With the majority of schools in San Mateo County continuing with online learning due to COVID-19, students have fewer opportunities to interact with their friends and classmates. This isolation can be difficult for children and their families and the toll on mental health continues to grow. While schools are implementing remote learning, they can look to Restorative Practices as a tool to increase students’ connectedness.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on many aspects of our life. Our economy has been extremely hard hit, with unemployment rising due to business closures. As unemployment has risen, so has food insecurity. While food insecurity can be difficult to measure in real-time, one indicator is fairly certain, the number of people accessing emergency food resources. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has seen a steady increase in demand for food in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties since the beginning of the pandemic in March.
Greetings, GHSMC partners! I write my final post with deep gratitude and optimism during one of the more challenging years in recent memory. As I wrap up my transition this month working for the County of San Mateo, I am encouraged by all the great health equity work that I was fortunate to be a part of during my three years with the Health Policy and Planning team. We were able to advance policy efforts such as Daly City being the first city in the county to adopt a Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic deaths, which disproportionately affect our most vulnerable communities.