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August 2018 Newsletter
Winning for Health


Get Healthy SMC Wins Bike Coalition’s Project of the Year!
We are proud to have our safe routes to school equity report recognized by the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition as Project of the Year. This report identified fifteen schools in San Mateo County to focus active transportation funds, programs, and projects located in areas of high poverty and high collisions. We recently presented this work at the 8th annual Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Summit held August 22, 2018 at the Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose. The Summit brought together over 250 attendees from non-profit, advocacy, government, and private industry to discuss improving biking throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. You can read more here, as well as watch the various sessions!

Apply for 2019 Get Healthy SMC Community Implementation Funding
We are seeking projects that will help us build healthier and more equitable communities. Applications are due September 14 before 5pm. Find out more about this year’s RFP, check out the recording of the informational webinar and the weekly updated FAQ.

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Welcome, Akinchita!

We recently brought on Akinchita Kumar, a graduate intern, to help us better understand the impact of civic engagement on community health and develop strategies for addressing the civic root causes of health inequities. Akinchita has past research experience working on projects that address mental health, quality of life, and culturally appropriate interventions to improve the health outcomes of culturally and linguistically marginalized populations.

Case Study

The Power of Pathways: Building an Inclusive Health Workforce with EMS Corps

Access to a quality job and financial security play a significant role in living a long and healthy life.i However, San Mateo County’s booming economy leaves many residents out of financial well-being. The majority of San Mateo County’s Latina and African American households do not have enough income to meet their basic needsii and unemployment rates for Latina, African American, and Pacific Islander residents are higher than the County average.iii  Read the full EMS Corps Case Study


Boards and Commissions Vacancies

  • San Mateo County: North Fair Oaks Community Council: There are currently two (2) vacancies on the Council representing: One (1) Member; and One (1) Alternate Youth member. Applicants must be residents or business owners in the North Fair Oaks area. Youth members must be between the ages of 16-18 and reside in the North Fair Oaks area.

Funding for the First Vision Zero Action Plan in the County

Congrats to Daly City for their newly minted funding from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop the city’s first ever Vision Zero Action Plan! Daly City has an incredible opportunity to improve the lives and neighborhoods of some of the most car-independent commuters in the county. The Action Plan will set the course for city leaders to implement a plan to eliminate traffic deaths in Daly City. The plan is anticipated to be published and adopted in Winter 2019.


Fill out our Survey: Do it for the Kids!

Calling residents of North Fair Oaks/Redwood City and South San Francisco! Are you a youth age 13-24? Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person 0-24? We want to hear from you! We’re gathering the perspectives of community members, youth, and caregivers on community assets, barriers, and goals for children’s success. We are still surveying the community and would like to hear your thoughts!


Register for the Respect 24/7 Conference 

The San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting their annual Respect 24/7 Conference on Wednesday, October 10th. This year’s conference will focus on Restorative Justice practices in schools and communities. Educators, community members, parents, and other partners will be able to learn more about Restorative Justice Practices and how they can be implemented in local schools, the community, and within the legal system.


Youth Commission Kickoff 

Twenty-three teens from across the county learned more about one another and the health outcomes they are facing at their Commission kickoff retreat. After gaining a better understanding of health equity and data related to child and adolescent health in our county, commissioners selected the committees that they would serve on for the next year. This year’s committees will be the Environmental Justice, Immigration, Human Rights, Health & Wellness, and Education & Economic Development.