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April 2016 Newsletter
Planting health this spring


Community Benefits for Health Forum on May 18! 

Learn more about how Community Benefits can help build healthy, equitable communities. Reserve your spot at the Get Healthy San Mateo County Spring Forum today! Join us Wednesday, May 18 from 4-6pm at the Health System, Room 100. With leading experts, a local example, an advocate’s perspective, and breakout groups, we’re sure to have a lively session where you can take home tools to implement Community Benefits to promote healthy developments and enrich residents’ lives. Find more information on our event page and our flyer - spread the word to your networks!

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Health by Numbers

Getting Healthy On Your way To Work

Taking public transit, biking, and walking (defined as active transportation) lead to increased physical activity and therefore improved health. Most neighborhoods in San Mateo County have 10% or less of its residents taking active transportation to work.

Staff Perspective Maeve Johnston

A Healthy Constitution

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.


Local food for growing minds this month

Food Service Directors and Wellness Coordinators from schools across San Mateo County came together to learn how to include more locally grown food in their School Meal Programs. With Get Healthy SMC funding, Community Alliance with Family Farmers held the conference to share best practices for introducing healthy, local food to students.


Build a better future

The 5th annual OYE Latino Youth Conference will be on Saturday, May 21 at Cañada College. Join Supervisor Warren Slocum, RWC 2020, North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative, and other community leaders and 300 youth and parents for a day of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, energizing performances, and resource networking. The conference is aimed at youth ages 12-22 and focuses on helping Latino youth and young adults explore their identity, passions, and goals for now and the future. Find more info here.


Add Commissioner before your name

The San Mateo County Youth Commission is looking for passionate young people (13 to 20) to join a strong group of advocates who want to make a difference in our community. The Commission is a 25 member youth-led advisory body that offers the youth perspective on important issues facing our community, and works directly with the Board of Supervisors and County departments. Peak your interest? Applications are due Wednesday, June 1, 2016!


Unite for 2Gen

On May 3, join the Center for Strategic Community Innovation, the United Way of the Bay Area, and Ascend at the Aspen Institute to learn more about the two-generation approach at the California Endowment.