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December 2016 Newsletter
Data Countdown to 2017


Primary Prevention Physicians 
Last month, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow and Get Healthy SMC led a training for primary care providers at the San Mateo Medical Center on how to be advocates for key social determinants of health. Many doctors express frustration that they typically see patients when social determinants such as transportation and housing challenges have impacted their ability to manage their illness or contributed to their stress and poor health. By training providers on primary prevention, we can course correct earlier and improve health outcomes for those who need it most. View the full presentation here.

Sharing is Caring
What are you doing to create healthy, equitable communities in San Mateo County? We want to help you spread the word! Send us any updates you have related to policy changes that reflect a connection to health equity and social determinants of health and our four priorities to We can promote your good work on our Facebook and Twitter accounts that reach over 6,000 people, our website Success Stories, and in this monthly newsletter.

Items to include in this newsletter


Improving After School Physical Activity

In 2015, South San Francisco’s Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks & Rec) set out to create opportunities for youth to get more regular physical activity and perform better in school. 

To increase student physical activity, Parks & Rec partnered with Playworks to train 40 preschool and after-school program staff and teachers on a physical activity curriculum that can be implemented in all South San Francisco after-school childcare sites.  Read the full case study here.

Staff Perspective

Data for Healthier Days

Dear Get Healthy Partners,

Last time I wrote, I discussed how data can make an impact and what resources Get Healthy San Mateo County (GHSMC) has coming down the pipeline to equip our partners with data. I am very excited to share that GHSMC has just expanded our data portal with more social, environmental, economic, and health indicators!


Fixing the Broken Pathway 

A new JobTrain report shows that almost 30% of Bay Area residents aren’t able to make ends meet with 1.45 million people unable to cover basic needs for survival. The report addresses implications for education and career development and how to create pathways to sustainable wages in growing industries. Read The Broken Pathway report here and see what government, policy makers, and nonprofits can do to help.


Getting to Vision Zero 

Many cities in San Mateo County are leading the way in Vision Zero policy, which prioritizes people when designing streets with the shared goal of eliminating all deaths and injuries. San Mateo and Daly City have already passed resolutions and are working to implement this leading strategy in street safety, and many other cities are closely looking into it. You can also contact us for more information on how to promote healthy streets through Vision Zero in your community.


One Rapid HIA 

Get Healthy SMC is conducting a Health Impact Assessment for a planning effort in Brisbane. The City of Brisbane is weighing its options for a “Parkside at Brisbane” plan to shape development in the community’s core. GHSMC is reviewing data and interviewing stakeholders to shape an assessment of the health implications of the Parkside plan if it were to be implemented. We’ll evaluate what the plan can do for health impacts in the city.


Racial Equity in Education 

Join the first School Wellness Alliance meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, January 25 at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in San Mateo from 2-4:30pm. Keynote Speaker Milton Reynolds with San Francisco Bay Area Facing History and Ourselves will lead the discussion on racial inequity in education and what we can do to create a more equitable school environment. Register in advance here, and please share with your colleagues and partners!


Housing our Veterans 

The San Mateo County Housing Authority is awarding new federal housing vouchers for local veteran housing! The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing funding for the project, supporting 65 units at Colma Veterans Village and 75 new units of future projects in support of homeless veterans. Currently, the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo assists approximately 200 veterans and their families through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.