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August 2021 Newsletter
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Staff Perspective Melissa Ibarra

Ensuring a Safe Return to Schools for All

Hello Get Healthy San Mateo readers! 

My name is Melissa, and I’m excited to join Health Policy and Planning as a Community Health Planner for the next year. I lead the Safe Return to Schools for All initiative, which aims to enhance the partnership between San Mateo County Health and the San Mateo Office of Education to ensure a safe return to schools for all students and school communities. I will also serve as the School Liaison between the community and San Mateo County Health.  


Boards and Commissions Vacancies

County of San Mateo: The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission is still recruiting adult and youth (14-21 years old) commissioners to advocate for programs and services that prevent youth entry into the juvenile justice system. Apply today!  


Universal Meals for California’s Students

Research has shown that when students are hungry, learning in school can be difficult or even impossible. Food insecurity is an issue that affects students across California as well as right here in San Mateo County.  In an effort to ensure all students receive healthy, nutritious food, California took the unprecedented step to make school meals free to all students. In response to the pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture temporarily allowed for universal meals.


Partnering with Philanthropy For Implementation

Health Policy and Planning presented to the Sand Hill Foundation Board of Directors and staff the key findings and strategies of the Community Collaborative for Children’s Success to inform their strategic planning process. The implementation of CCCS’s Neighborhood Plans take multi-sectoral partnerships, and we thank Sand Hill Foundation for their interest in advancing the well-being of children, youth and families in the CCCS priority neighborhoods.

Youth Rapid Community Assessment 

Youth Rapid Community Assessment 

Rapid Community Assessment for youth was conducted in San Mateo county! It was a collaboration between the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, San Mateo Office of Education and San Mateo County Health. We were all able to learn with the youth what the biggest challenges for vaccine confidence is among this group. Currently, the vaccination rate in San Mateo County Health for 12-15 year olds is 70.1% with 58.4% with a series completed.  


Report Back from San Mateo County Economic Roundtable Series 

San Mateo County hosted its first session of an Economic Recovery Roundtable Series this month, to better understand how to address the impacts of the pandemic on workers and local businesses to ensure a strong recovery effort. The first session explored robust data analyses led by UC Santa Cruz Professor Dr.


COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Access for Workers: A Training for Public Health Programs

Last month the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) and Legal Aid at Work hosted a training for public health departments across the state on informing patients of their rights as workers to paid sick leave for COVID-related needs.  Access to sick leave ensures greater equity in vaccination access and preventing disease transmission.  Highlights included an overview of the state’s Safer At Work Outreach Toolkit (offered in multiple