170 years of Public Health: Getting to the Root
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recognizes the important role public health practitioners must play in tackling health inequities. They include a robust online training effort The Roots of Health Inequity. Check out the public health timeline. This interactive timeline reveals the changing role
Apply for the 2018 Get Healthy San Mateo County Community Implementation Funding – the Request for Proposals (RFP) released today! Help promote health for those with limited opportunities to be healthy through the four community-identified priorities shared in the Get Healthy San Mateo County Strategic Plan: Healthy Housing, Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Economy.
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.
Delay in GHSMC Community Implementation Funding
As many of you are tracking, there has been much uncertainty in the federal policy landscape about the provision of health insurance and access to healthcare in the United States during the last few months. While the Congressional action early Friday morning suggests that the major components of the Affordable Care
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.
Get Healthy SMC presented on the CA Healthy Kids Survey at the Respect! 24/7 conference last month, which gathered school districts, community organizations, and education advocates from across San Mateo County. Planners shared how the survey is a great tool to assess the most pressing health needs in the county, such as nutrition, mental health and social well-being.
East Palo Alto is one of the first cities in San Mateo County to include a Health Element in the City’s General Plan! Passed this month, the General Plan is a true long-term investment in resident’s health. We are so proud of East Palo Alto’s leadership and are honored to have been part of this process. We think EPA Senior Planner Guido Persicone said it best, “My advice to cities is definitely do it.
Youth Leadership Institute San Mateo’s youth leaders are hosting a community media event on public transportation access on 11/9. Learn more about the needs and barriers people face every day, particularly youth, seniors, and people who are transit dependent.
We have one position open on our small and mighty team of Community Health Planners. You will be an integral part of the Get Healthy San Mateo County initiative, helping to advance equity through policy and environmental changes and lead our Health Economy work.