On May 15, our HPP Equity Team hosted the first CCP
prioritization meeting in-person with our working group members.
The intent of the meeting was to work together with PHPP to
prioritize evaluation metrics for documenting progress on meeting
CCP recommendations for a community collaboration
structure. Summary of priorities:
The Bay Area Community Advisory Council (BACHAC) hosted Soul
Stroll on May 20. This was its first outside event since 2019 due
to the pandemic. This annual family-friendly festival encourages
community members to engage in physical activities including
walking, running, or biking for one, three, or five miles. The
event also includes a health and wellness fair. This year’s Soul
Stroll Ambassador was Feminista Jones, an author and activist who
spoke about health disparities at the opening VIP event on May
19. She also rallied walkers to the finish during the event.
On May 10, SMC Health’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity
(GARE) convened for the 2023 retreat. GARE consists of staff who
champion and forward equity from various departments across SMCH.
With the theme, Equity: Honor the Past and Present to Level Up
Our Future! GARE explored new, and expansive frameworks to
approach equity work and heard updates from leadership on the
SMCH Racial Equity Action Plan, and the County Racial and Social
Equity Plan. Learn more about GARE.
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto supports workers’
rights with legal services and outreach to community members
across San Mateo County. Here are their latest resources on
vaccination rights and supplemental paid sick leave.
For the last two years, Stanford researchers have been partnering
with county correctional health officials to understand the
impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living and working in
local jails. The study, now published
in peer-reviewed journals,
identified several barriers to infection control in jails,
including inadequate access to face masks, deterrents to testing
and symptom-reporting, and mistrust of jail staff.
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) hosted their
annual membership meeting online and in person in Portland,
Oregon from April 19-21, 2022. This conference gathered hundreds
of racial equity practitioners across the country who work in
local, state and regional government to uplift best practices,
celebrate victories, and share lessons learned from their work
advancing racial equity in their jurisdictions. Key ideas
discussed and lessons learned included:
While many youth are not yet able to vote in the June 7th
statewide primary election, they can still exercise civic
empowerment through the channels that are available to them.
Civic empowerment is a sense of agency to claim one’s own rights
to engage in activities related to their community, school,
city or town, and influence their environments. Youth can
inform policies and programs that create the conditions for
health and create lasting changes in their community.
Educational attainment is closely tied to school attendance. When
students are suspended or expelled from school for disciplinary
reasons, they are less likely to complete school and are more
likely to become engaged in the juvenile justice system. The
Young Men’s Christian Association’s (YMCA) Youth Services Bureau
(YSB) was awarded funding from the 2021 Get Healthy SMC
Implementation Funds to support the South San Francisco School
District with offering middle and high school students
alternatives to suspension.
This year health plans administering Medi-Cal will be allowed to
bill for community-based provider services or In Lieu of Services
(ILOS) components that connect eligible populations with food and
nutrition resources. This offers a great opportunity for us to
support food as medicine strategies such as medically tailored
meals and groceries, healthy food boxes, and healthy food
vouchers via a sustainable and structured source of funding.
The Health Policy and Planning (HPP) team convened on March
15-16, 2022, for a staff retreat. The goals of the retreat were
to reassess priority areas, goals and objectives, incorporate
lessons from the pandemic, and build a cohesive and stronger
The highly transmissible Omicron variant is fueling a surge in
the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the
County. Test positivity rates countywide (17.3%) and
in the Health Equity Quartile census tracts (24.4%) have
increased in the latest 7-day lagged data that goes
through January 12th. During this surge, the County has
administered more tests than any other time since the pandemic
began. This heightened demand for COVID-19
testing during the surge has been outstripping the
capacity of healthcare providers, pharmacies, and County-sp
East Palo Alto, Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City and South San
Francisco have been selected for the School Travel Fellowship
program rolled out by the San Mateo County Office of Education to
foster city-school partnerships to make active school travel
safer for students. The interdisciplinary fellowship teams
include a representative from city’s public works, transportation
planning and/or engineering department, an elected official,
school or school district personnel, community member,
neighborhood association, and/or other local stakeholders.
After a year of CCCS NFO/RWC partners meeting on a biweekly basis
to share critical information and resources for immediate
COVID-19 pandemic response to the most vulnerable residents, the
group has now shifted to focused discussions on connecting the
Action Plan Strategies identified pre-pandemic with the
ever-evolving COVID-19 recovery assistance and outreach efforts
of its partners.
All jurisdictions across San Mateo County are updating their
housing elements, a once-in-a-decade opportunity to plan for
the future of our communities. East Palo Alto started
hosting community meetings in English and Spanish. If you want to
engage in the update of the housing element for your city, check
out Let’s Talk Housing
San Mateo County.