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July 2018 Newsletter
Funding Healthy Priorities

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Health by Numbers

Lower Life Expectancy for Some Groups

Newborns in San Mateo County are expected to live 83.1 years, but for some groups, life expectancy at birth is much lower than the overall county. Life expectancy for African Americans is only 76.4 years and is only 78.9 years for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.​

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Opportunity Zones Resources

Four census tracts qualified as Opportunity Zones (OZs) in San Mateo County. OZ is a new program designed to drive long-term capital to selected low-income communities by providing tax breaks (deferrals and cancellations) for investors willing to invest in Opportunity Funds (OFs).

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Announcing SMC’s Second EMS Corps Cohort 

Four San Mateo County residents are joining Emergency Medical Services Corps this summer and our growing homegrown pipeline of diverse health and emergency response talent. The next cohort of this five-month Emergency Medical Technician training begins August 7th In addition to their first-responder curriculum, trainees will undertake physical training, community service, leadership development, and life coaching.

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Championing Change: Help Us Recruit Community Champions

The Community Collaboration for Children’s Success is a youth and community engagement initiative, asking the community to help identify what youth need to succeed. Local Community Champions provide a crucial connection to the community, building relationships and asking probing questions. Champions will play a major role in outreach and data collection in each of the four CCCS neighborhoods –North Fair Oaks/Redwood City, South San Francisco, East Palo Alto, and Daly City. They’ll receive a stipend of $20/hr and will commit between 10 and 20 hours over the summer or fall.

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Youth Moving San Mateo County Forward

Recently, the SamTrans Board of Directors awarded one of our partner organizations, Youth Leadership Institute, with a 2018 “Dump the Pump” proclamation for their efforts in helping the transit agency increase youth ridership and engagement. We look forward to working with YLI as they continue to work with SamTrans on its inaugural Youth Ambassador Program, which will be a youth-led education effort to create a public transit system that works for everyone.  

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Building a Healthier North Central San Mateo 

Get Healthy San Mateo County presented to the Home Association of North Central San Mateo (HANCSM) on July 26 to over 30 attendees. HANCSM is an association of renters and homeowners of North Central, a priority neighborhood for Get Healthy SMC due to high health disparities. We shared data relevant to the neighborhood from our recently updated data portal and identified community priorities to make the neighborhood healthier. Some of these priorities included more walkable streets, cleaner air, and more engaged community members.

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The Racial Health Equity Intern Is On Board 

Where we live affects our health. While San Mateo County has some of the healthiest Californians, there are disparities in health outcomes by many factors – place, income, race, etc. We recently brought on a summer graduate intern to help us better understand the root causes of racial health inequities. Please join us in welcoming Eduardo Castañeda to the team! After attaining his BA from Washington State University, he moved to the Bay Area to pursue a masters in ethnic studies with a concentration in public policy at San Jose State University.

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