While the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, there is well-founded skepticism among many in communities of color. A long history of discrimination and mistreatment by health care providers, researchers, and government has led to distrust that can be a barrier to vaccine uptake in some of the most impacted communities. To address this challenge requires our reliance on trusted messengers with authentic voices from those impacted communities. Dr.
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We held our third racial equity web forum on December 17, 2020, titled Building Racial Equity in County Health. With over 150 participants from County Health and contracted community partners, the focus of this session was to review the major themes and priorities for advancing racial equity in County Health, and to chart our path forward for updating County Health’s Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP).
San Mateo County faith leaders and public health leaders talk about COVID 19 response and community safety.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, a total of 53,493 individuals have received a COVID-19 vaccination in San Mateo County. Of those, 10,870 have completed the two-shot vaccination series. For more COVID-19 information, please visit the San Mateo County Health Data dashboard.
City of Daly City: There are three vacant seats, one on each of the following: Planning Commission, Recreation Commission, and Small Business Commission. Deadline: Open until filled. Residents and registered voters of Daly City apply today!
In 2020 the San Mateo County Park Rx program issued 800 park passes to CalFresh Healthy Living families. The passes were sponsored by San Mateo County Parks Foundation. The SMC Park Rx program encourages the use of local parks and outdoor spaces to improve your physical and emotional health. Benefits of spending time in nature include: Reduced blood pressure and headaches, promotes overall health and well-being, lowers stress, increases academic performance and productivity, improves mood and behavior, and reduces mental fatigue, anger, and frustration.
Dietary updates have been made to help the public “make every bite count”. The four recommended guidelines include:
C/CAG, the San Mateo County Congestion Management Agency, is updating its Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and vision for biking and walking in San Mateo County. C/CAG is requesting your feedback to make sure that the final Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan recommendations reflect the values, interests, and priorities of community members throughout San Mateo County. The Draft Plan will be available for public review from February 5th to March 5th, 2021 on our website at bikewalkccag.com.
Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Healthcare District, and San Mateo County Office of Education have recently partnered to make CARE SOLACE available to all students and their families in San Mateo County. Anyone from the school community can contact CARE SOLACE for help in connecting with the right local mental health resources. This will be available 24/7 to all students in San Mateo County.
Governor Gavin Newsom recently committed an additional $2 billion dollars from the State to support schools with reopening for in-person instruction. Most schools across San Mateo County have offered only online instruction since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020. With the new funds, the hope is that schools will be able to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that students and staff can return safely to in-person learning.
San Mateo County has added 13 new outdoor locations as part of its Digital Inclusion Initiative to expand access to free WiFi throughout the County. Access to high-speed internet is critical for accessing education and employment opportunities and other important resources, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest expansion of wireless internet was targeted to areas where students had reported poor connectivity at home. For a list of the new SMC public WiFi locations, please click
President Biden signed an executive order requesting the CDC extend their eviction moratorium on his first day in office. The CDC followed by extending the moratorium through at least March 31st. This extension could help households struggling financially stay in their homes, while also helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Looking for information on housing in San Mateo County? Check out the San Mateo County Department of Housing (DOH) website that features resources for temporary County moratorium on evictions, organizations that can provide support if you have been impacted by COVID-19, and how to best contact the DOH office.