This year is just running by me, and I can’t believe it is already time to celebrate the progress made so far by our Get Healthy SMC 2018 awardees. Get Healthy SMC is a collaborative that relies on its partners to move forward policies that will prevent diseases and ensure everyone has equitable opportunities to live long and healthy lives. We know that not everyone in our County has the same opportunity to live a healthy life.
Juvenile Hall fees, which fine youth for every day of their incarceration, can saddle San Mateo County families with thousands of dollars in debt. These fines, like traffic fees, undermine low income households’ financial security, which is an important ingredient for health. To address this, Supervisors Canepa and Pine, in partnership with Probation Chief John Keene and Revenue Services and responding to recommendations from the ….
The best way to reduce our time commuting to work is to look at where we can afford to live. With increasing housing prices, some San Mateo County residents must move farther away from their jobs and communities and commute back to work. In San Mateo County (SMC), the average resident spends 54% of their income on housing and transportation costs.
Check out the new case study that Berkeley Media Studies (BMSG) released this month on the health equity work of Get Healthy San Mateo County. The California Endowment (TCE) recognized GHSMC as a statewide best practice for public health departments to advance health equity in effective ways.
Traffic collisions are a public health priority given the related injuries and fatalities that follow, particularly impacting the most vulnerable road users: people walking and biking. Nearly 50% of students who live within a quarter-mile of their schools walk and bike to campus. One in four people walking or biking involved in a collision was under the age of 18.
“1 out of 4 residents struggle with chronic heart disease. What are the earliest strategies we can adopt that actually prevent the root cause of problems from developing?” says Louise Rogers, Chief of the San Mateo County Health System, in this short video.
Places where we live, work, play and go to school profoundly shape our health — and places aren’t created equal. Some are filled with amenities while others lack basic infrastructure. Get Healthy San Mateo County (GHSMC) works with local planners and other city staff, policy-makers, and community leaders to build health into our communities, to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in San Mateo County. Yet there is still more work to be done! Connect with us and our partners throughout San Mateo County to help build healthy, equitable communities.
A key priority of Get Healthy San Mateo County (GHSMC) is a Healthy Economy. A strong local economy builds household financial security for all and promotes everyone’s health. An important aspect of financial security is wages—how much money a person or a family makes at their job(s). For most people, but particularly for low-income people, wages are the only source of income to rely for daily and monthly expenses with a limited cushion of savings and additional wealth to draw from. This makes even small changes in wages critical to a family’s financial security.