Health equity can be achieved when everyone has equitable access to opportunity, resources, and power. We are privileged to work in San Mateo County that is a leader in health outcomes in the state. But we also know that Get Healthy SMC has much work to do to ensure every resident can live a healthier life. Not every sector of our population enjoys optimal health outcomes in our county. In our county, the infant mortality rate for Blacks is 14.5 per 1,000 live births which is over 6 times higher compared to all race/ethnicities based on data from 2013 to 2015.
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.