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February 2021 Newsletter
Working Towards a Healthier Community


Items to include in this newsletter


COVID19 Vaccine Efforts Underway

The County is working hard to overcome barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations for those that are eligible through the state eligibility requirements. We have been vaccinating healthcare workers, those 65 years and older, and just this week, adding on essential workers in the education, childcare, food/agricultural arenas, and emergency responders.

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See you in my new role - from Shireen Malekafzali, Health Equity Officer and Manager of Health Policy and Planning 

It’s with both excitement and sadness (and a little trepidation) that I share this news - I will be taking on a new role with the County as Chief Equity Officer working out of the County Managers Office. I have absolutely loved the opportunity to lead the Health Policy and Planning program and the Get Healthy San Mateo County collaborative for the last 7.5 years. It’s been an honor to work with great colleagues and community leaders dedicated to advancing health equity. I’ve learned and grown with many of you.


CCCS Partners Excited to Work with Youth Leadership Institute to Support Youth Civic Empowerment

We’re excited to announce that CCCS Racial Equity Action Subcommittee partners have selected Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) to build out and implement a pilot Civic Empowerment Training Program focused on youth ages 15-25 from underserved communities.  The purpose of this program is to strengthen the capacity of young people to engage in local policymaking and electoral processes as a strategy for increasing the political representation and power of underrepresented communities to advance racial equity in San Mateo County. YLI brings a wealth of experience in


Updates to Accessing Federal Stimulus Payments for Mixed-Status Households

New information has been released regarding accessing the COVID-19 federal stimulus payment for mixed-status households.  Previously, a household that had joint filers, but only one had a social security number (SSN), was not eligible for the first round of federal stimulus checks under the CARES Act. However, this policy has since been revised in the latest stimulus relief package. Family members with SSNs in mixed-status households can now qualify to receive payments.


COVID-19 Impacts on Low-Income Workers and Businesses in SMC

San Mateo County Recovery’s website has expanded its data portal to include data on the job losses experienced by low-income workers since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and where businesses have permanently closed. The county has lost 20,000 low-income jobs, with close to half of these comprising the accommodation and food services industry. Data also shows which census tracts have faced the largest number of business closures.


County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being   

Children Now recently released their 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being. The Scorecard is a tool that provides data on how kids are doing in all 58 counties in California and tracks key indicators of child and adolescent well-being, by race and ethnicity. While San Mateo County ranks high in most indicators, there are troubling data points that we must work to address.


Home For All Virtual Events

On February 25, 2021 Home For All hosted a virtual event titled, Engaging Virtually, Keeping Communities Connected! This event was part of a virtual series for local governments, businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and community members to learn more about community engagement and housing in San Mateo County. You can learn more and view the event recording here:  


San Mateo County Community Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) Updates

The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), working with a number of community partners, is in the process of updating Community Based Transportation Plans (CBTPs) for Daly City and Southeast San Mateo County.  The goal of these plans is to identify and improve transportation gaps that impact disadvantaged communities. CBTPs are based on engagement with residents of low-income neighborhoods and the community-based organizations that serve them.


Addressing Food Insecurity in San Mateo County

The COVID-19 Pandemic has continued to increase food insecurity in communities across the country, and San Mateo County is no exception. The Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has continued to work tirelessly to meet the exponential increase in demand for food resources. They have doubled the number of people served in San Mateo County to over one hundred and fifty thousand individuals and over 11 million pounds of food to the community per month.