The San Mateo County Health System helps county residents and
workers live longer and better lives. We do this by
providing excellent healthcare services; but also work to reduce
people’s need for these services by creating healthy places with
safe housing, sidewalks, good transit, nutritious food, open
space, and a vibrant economy. When we succeed in creating healthy
places, however, housing costs tend to increase—sometimes pushing
out the very people whose health we are trying to improve.