In August Community Health Planners Heather Eastwood and Erika Rincón presented at the virtual Silicon Valley Bike Coalition (SVBC) Summit. They presented on how to lead with equity in active transportation projects and Get Healthy San Mateo County’s recently released community engagement toolkit. You can check out recordings from the summit here!
To achieve healthy, equitable communities we must find ways to come together across differences, to build community, and collectively engage to advance the vision of Get Healthy San Mateo County–where everyone can reach their full potential. People with social support, social networks and a sense of belonging are healthier. In contrast, isolation as a physical and mental state is detrimental to living a vibrant and long life.
Watch this brief video to hear from one San Mateo County youth member about her experience serving as chair of the Youth Commission.
On March 14th, representatives from five County Health divisions and a nonprofit partner attended a regional learning session for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Participants learned how to measure racial equity impact and heard from peers from Southern California, Oregon, and Virginia working to ensure that race no longer predicts a person’s success.
The SMC Youth Commission (SMCYC) is recruiting youth between the ages of 13 to 20 who reside in San Mateo County to serve on the commission for the 2019-2020 term. The SMCYC advises the Board of Supervisors and other county departments on the needs and concerns of the county’s youth with the goal of informing policies that can improve the well-being of and the conditions for all youth to thrive in San Mateo County. Share the opportunity with any youth leaders you know! Applications are due May 24, 2019.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual ranking of counties by health outcomes once again lists San Mateo County as the #2 healthiest county in California—the same position as last year. 2 out of 58 is quite an accomplishment! Looking deeper, we see gaps we need to fill. We are ranked 32nd in our physical environment where housing burden, commutes and other factors surface our challenges. We also still have a long way to go to close the gap in who has health and who doesn’t.
With the intent to acknowledge the contributions of and the historical injustices suffered by Native American communities, the SMC Youth Commission adopted a resolution and a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day, which is the current name of the Federal holiday.
Learn how implementing Community Benefits Programs into your local community can promote healthy developments and enrich residents’ lives.
There are many ways you can take action for your community. Watch our video Strengthening Communities through Healthier Streets for more on how you can improve safety on streets in your city.
The San Mateo County Health System and the San Mateo County Food System Alliance has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to prepare a Vision for a San Mateo County Food and Farm Bill. The visioning document will identify the opportunities and strategies for creating the first localized Food and Farm Bill in the nation to improve the health of our community, environment, and economy.
Check out our short video on best practices for developing and implementing strong cradle-to-career programs from the Promise Neighborhoods Institute. See how these programs can help break the cycle of poverty and improve health by focusing on education, and highlighting the importance of collaboration, accountability, and a focus on results for our children.
Only have a few seconds? Check out the promo for a brief overview!
The committee will focus on the needs of residents who walk or bicycle for local trips. Focus areas include Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes to Transit, walking routes to serve seniors and people with disabilities and projects to improve the safety and connectivity for bicycling to and from local destinations. Learn more about the committee here.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a community implementation funding application to help advance health through these priority areas next year! Applications were due by November 6 before 5:00pm.