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April 2019 Newsletter
Healthy Places for Youth to Thrive


Belonging is Vital to Our Wellbeing
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. A national conference held in Oakland this month, organized by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, focused on the deep work of bridging across difference to create belonging for everyone.  Check out the conference website for more information.

“Breaking is a politics based on an “us vs. them” strategy…Bridging, on the other hand, affirms our inherent connection to each other and our planet, welcomes our differences…and calls on us to co-create a responsive government and civic life that advances our common good…”

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Health by Numbers

Protective Factors: Supportive Contact with Adults

24% of youth survey respondents in the North Fair Oaks/Redwood City area reported that they have “never” or “rarely” talked to a supportive adult (for example, a parent, teacher, mentor) about what they are thinking or feeling. (Community Collaboration for Children’s Success, 2019)


The Bayshore School Moving to Better Meals

Through a grant of the California Department of Education, The Bayshore School is partnering with La Honda-Pescadero School District to develop recipes using locally sourced ingredients. This is an exciting opportunity for two local districts to work on improving the quality of school meals while using local produce. The Bayshore School in Daly City underwent major renovations in 2017 that allowed it to consolidate Bayshore Elementary and Garnet J. Robertson Intermediate schools into one TK-8 school.


Growing Number of EPA Homeowners Interested in Second Units

GHSMC partners, Rebuilding Together Peninsula hosted another successful community workshop with 15 homeowners from East Palo Alto. Homeowners were able to learn about the process to build a new or bring up to code an existing accessory dwelling unit and the upcoming web tools that they could use to assess the feasibility of a project.


Making it Easier to Access Affordable Housing Listings

The County of San Mateo is in the process to create a housing portal to make it easier for affordable housing applicants to find below-market-rate units. Building on the experience in San Francisco that launched a centralized housing portal a few years back called DAHLIA, the County of San Mateo hopes to launch a similar portal this year tailored to the needs and opportunities of our unique county.


Health Equity Now! Conference: How Place, Race, & Health Connect in SMC!

On April 22, Health Planning and Policy co-hosted a conference on social determinants of health with over 100 people in attendance!  The focus of the conference was on health equity, and specifically racial health equity in San Mateo County. This event featured workshops on the connection between transportation, education, jobs, civic engagement, criminal justice and health. Presenters came from both government and nonprofits, and attendees were from government, nonprofits, and the community.


County Health Presents its Safe Routes to School Equity Work at National City Planning Conference

Our Safe Routes to School Equity Initiative was featured on April 14th at the American Planning Association’s 2019 National Conference in San Francisco. Our Health Policy and Planning staff, Brian Oh, showcased a successful model of bringing local city leaders together from school districts, municipalities and community-based organizations to prioritize equitable transportation investments in San Mateo County’s most vulnerable communities using a data-driven process.


Dollar-for-Dollar Match at  East Palo Alto Farmers’ Market

Fresh Approach’s East Palo Alto seasonal Farmers’ Market started on Wednesday, April 17th. It will run from 11 am- 2 pm every Wednesday at the Ravenswood Family Health Center through November. The Market’s matching programs, Fresh Checks and Market Match, offer customers using CalFresh/EBT (formerly Food Stamps), Women Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program senior checks a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5 every week ($20 each month).


Daly City and East Palo Alto’s Strategies for Children’s Success

This month, the two communities of East Palo Alto and Daly City held their third Neighborhood Leadership Group meetings to prioritize top strategies to support children and families’ success. Draft plans will be compiled over the next month for review in the final community meetings on May 7 (EPA) and May 13 (Daly City).


Looking Ahead to Implementation 

Over the last year, almost 1,000 youth and family members in South San Francisco, North Fair Oaks/Redwood City, East Palo Alto and Daly City shared their thoughts on assets, barriers and strategies to help make youth more successful in their communities. We’re extremely grateful to community members for engaging on these often difficult issues and are proud to work together with the community to help implement the plans.


Come Celebrate Art, Children and North Fair Oaks with Us!

The NFO native, Jose Castro’s beautiful mural featured on CCCS Action Plan is being celebrated with live music, food, family and fun on May 19th at 2nd Avenue and Middlefield Road. This is a neighborhood that is vibrant and believes in their children’s future. CCCS will have a resource table featuring the Action Plan the community developed with almost 200 voices of impacted youth and families from the neighborhood.