August 2017 Newsletter
Leading for Good Health
Now Accepting Funding Proposals
Our annual Get Healthy SMC Community Implementation Funding RFP is out! We invite community partners, cities and schools working on building healthy, equitable communities in San Mateo County to apply by September 26. We will award up to $150,000 for place-based primary prevention and health equity projects that seek to advance health through policy or systems change. We look forward to continuing to build our partnerships to create healthy, equitable communities for all in San Mateo County! Applications are due September 26 before 5PM.
Using Mapping Software to Highlight Spatial Inequalities
Our own community health planner, Heather Arata, and Corina Chung, epidemiologist, recently presented Health Policy and Planning Program’s ongoing research on public transportation access in San Mateo County and our Get Healthy Data Portal at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) User Conference and received great reviews and additional analytical skills. ESRI is the company that makes Geographic Information System (GIS) software, which our team relies on to conduct spatial analysis of health equity issues. Visit our data portal to see our GIS work in action!
GHSMC Featured as a Best Practice in New National Resource
A new national resource for public health departments working to advance health equity was launched last month: HealthEquityGuide.org. With the support of a diverse advisory committee, including people from the National Association of City and County Health Departments, The California Endowment, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PolicyLink and more, Human Impact Partners identified 15 strategic practices for the practical advancement of health equity. Get Healthy San Mateo County was identified as a leader in the field and interviewed for the inclusion of two case studies. This is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about how health departments can put health equity principles into action.
Looking for Local Leadership
There is an opportunity for San Mateo County residents to help advance efforts for a healthy, equitable and sustainable San Mateo County. The Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) trains people who are working locally to make an impact on health, environmental and social justice issues. Monthly classes start September 9, 2017. Space is limited so please sign-up today!
Prepping and Putting Leadership into Action
Recruitment has begun for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), a six-month program from January – June 2018 to train underrepresented communities to participate as civic leaders on boards and commissions. BCLI fellows come from low-income and communities of color and learn the basics of Roberts Rules and the Brown Act, as well complex frameworks of class and race to analyze land use, transit and housing rights and policies. BCLI fellows will be placed on boards and commissions and receive regular technical assistance. The application period is from September 6th to October 13th. For more information, contact Larisa Casillas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-839-9510, ext. 319.