Where we live, work, play and learn have an impact on our
health—the availability and accessibility of public transit, safe
places for us to walk or bike, our incomes, and even how much we
spend to live in our communities affects the quality and length
of our lives. Each of the above considerations is a choice we
make every day, yet the health of a community is not always
factored in by policymakers from the local to federal
How can we share information that inspires people to take
action for their health?
Many people lack basic access to services, which includes
information about health and conditions that impact health in
their community. Many times even when people have access to
information it is not always presented as clearly as possible.
This ultimately produces the same result: people lacking the
resources to take action for their health and neighborhood.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Mountain View, El Cerrito,
Palo Alto, Sunnyvale… The list of jurisdictions raising their
minimum wages has grown exponentially in the past several years,
culminating this spring with the near simultaneous signing of
statewide $15 minimum wage legislation in both New York and
California. Originating in high-cost large metropolises, the
movement has spread to whole states and smaller cities, including
many throughout Silicon Valley.
Over a year ago, I sat with East Palo Alto (EPA) residents and
listened as they identified health problems facing their
community. They discussed more obvious health concerns such as
EPA’s high rate of asthma (over twice the County’s rate) and
challenges with accessing healthcare. Residents also raised
issues like overcrowding in housing, the lack of middle income
jobs, and inadequate transportation to connect the community to
opportunities. This workshop was part of EPA’s effort to link
health to the City’s long range planning process.
Greetings, Get Healthy San Mateo County Community,
As the new Public Health Director at the San Mateo County Health
System, I am excited to have the privilege to serve all who live,
work, and play in San Mateo County. Having worked at the federal,
state, and local level, I’m excited to continue working to reduce
health disparities and promote health equity here in San Mateo
Many of you know me as the friendly face checking you in at our
events, answering any questions during the RFP process, and
supporting you so you can continue the great work you do to
create healthy, equitable communities. I’ve been working with Get
Healthy SMC for over six years and have seen the power of our
partnerships – recognizing we can all achieve more and be more
effective than working alone.
2016 is here and what an exciting year it promises to be for Get
Healthy SMC and our partners! The vision of healthy, equitable
communities that all of you developed over the course of 5
workshops, focus groups and surveys, was compelling,
comprehensive and inspiration:
As a Communications Specialist with Get Healthy San Mateo County,
I help strategize how to communicate our four priorities for
building healthy, equitable communities for all in San Mateo
County to create policy level change. I have the privilege of
working with a smart, dedicated team of public health
practitioners who work hand-in-hand with you – our cities,
partners, county agencies, hospitals, schools, and leaders – to
help San Mateo County residents live longer and better lives.
I am excited to share my love of data with you. As an
Epidemiologist for the Health Policy and Planning (HPP) team, my
job is to explore, compile, analyze, and present data related to
housing, neighborhood, school, and economic issues to support
HPP’s work to build healthy, equitable communities in San Mateo
County. Today, I want to demonstrate how you and anyone you know
can (and often should) use data to help communicate issues
important to you.
I’d like to talk about one of the most important but least
discussed factors that shape our health – economic security. To
start, let’s look at a stark example that clearly shows the
relationship between health and economic security in San Mateo
County: 19 years. That’s the difference in the average age of
death between residents of San Mateo County’s most and least
wealthy cities. Let that sink in for a moment… people’s lives are
being cut short by nearly two decades based on their income
levels and where they live.
I’m a community health planner working to create healthy,
equitable environments for people who live and work in San Mateo
No doubt over the last few years you’ve noticed new construction
underway in San Mateo County. Cranes swinging building materials
into place, bulldozers rumbling through construction sites, and
homes, offices, and stores rising out of the dust –giving our
communities new homes, jobs, and economic opportunities. After
our recent building slump, development is back on the Peninsula.
Educators and public health professionals both know that
healthier children are better prepared to learn both in and out
of school. This makes perfect sense; children affected by health
issues are not able to fully focus on their studies and are
therefore less likely to perform at their full potential. From
the public health perspective, educational attainment is one of
the key determinants of lifelong health outcomes; people with
higher educational attainment live longer.
Hello to all of our Get Healthy partners! It is such a pleasure
to introduce myself to you through our monthly newsletter! As a
Senior Community Health Planner, I look forward to working with
all of you to plan, design, and implement healthy, equitable
communities – something I am very passionate about.
Hi, Get Healthy Partners. At San Mateo County Health System, I
work to improve access to affordable, healthy food, community
capacity and healthy and inclusive urban planning to improve
community conditions. For this month’s perspective, I want to
delve into the health effects of sodas and other sugary drinks.
I welcome this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you and
share my perspective on how we can build a healthier more
equitable San Mateo County together. I work to increase access to
healthy, affordable, local and culturally appropriate foods and
create well-planned, and safe, built environments that improve
health outcomes for everyone.
Hello, Get Healthy Friends and Family – It’s great to have this
venue to talk with you directly! I manage the Health Policy and
Planning Program and the Get Healthy initiative for the San Mateo
County Health System. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of you
in our network who are dedicated to improving the lives of San
Mateo County residents and workers. Working with you gives me
confidence that our collective impact will help us achieve our
shared goals around healthy, equitable communities –a vision that
I feel strongly about.
Hi, Get Healthy Partners! As a Community Health Planner at Get
Healthy San Mateo County, I work to improve student wellness by
creating healthy school environments and addressing persistent
health inequities amongst our youth. Here is why I’m so dedicated
to this work:
Research shows that healthy kids are more likely to be healthy
adults. Children and teens spend much of their young lives in
school. So, creating healthy school environments is an enormous
opportunity to ensure a healthy population.