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July 2021 Newsletter
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Youth Online Town Hall

Youth Online Town Hall

This Town Hall is designed for teenage residents of San Mateo County. It covered the basics of what you need to know to receive the vaccine as well as youth asking health officials questions about the vaccine, COVID-19, and other health and safety information.  

Health by Numbers

In-person Learning for the New School Year 

More than 90,000 local students will return to their classrooms this Fall as all schools in San Mateo County will be reopening full-time for in-person learning and that includes 23 public school districts, and private and charter schools.  


Making Healthy Foods, the Easy Choice in North Fair Oaks

In partnership with the Siena Youth Center, we are rolling out the North Fair Oaks Healthy Food Shopping Survey at their Carnival Event on July 29, where we expect more than 200 participants to share how they are accessing healthy foods. The survey will be shared later with local partners in North Fair Oaks to reach a larger group of community members.


Leveraging State Workforce Monies for Equitable Recovery Efforts in San Mateo County

California’s recently approved 2021-2022 budget invests in key economic and workforce strategies over the next fiscal year to support vulnerable workers and build resilient and equitable regional and local economies in California. Much of the funding is available on a competitive basis to local governmental agencies and organizations at the county and city level who aim to work together to create more effective workforce pathways for our most vulnerable communities.


Get Healthy SMC Participates in Local Workforce Recovery Effort

NOVAworks, the local workforce development agency, has convened two working sessions of a newly formed Community Resource Group comprised of local labor, business, public organizations, and educational agencies to address the major economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 where over 22,000 workers lost their jobs in the county due to business closures beginning in March 2020.


Summer of Vaccination to Encourage Youth to Get the Shot! 

A phenomenal group of youth leaders planned July 18-24 as Youth Vaccine Week! Their goal was to increase the number of young people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the school year in August. The youth are part of the San Mateo County Youth Commission, the County Office of Education Student Advisory Council, Star Vista Health Ambassadors Program – Youth, Sequoia Teen Wellness Center Youth Advisory Board, Jefferson Union High School District Be the Change Coalition, and Daly City Youth Health Center.


CCCS NFO/RWC Partners Discuss CCCS Workgroup 2.0

After a year of CCCS NFO/RWC partners meeting on a biweekly basis to share critical information and resources for immediate COVID-19 pandemic response to the most vulnerable residents, the group has now shifted to focused discussions on connecting the Neighborhood Action Plan Strategies identified pre-pandemic with the ever-evolving COVID-19 recovery assistance and outreach efforts of its partners.


California Makes Historic Investments in Children and Youth

Governor Newsom recently signed the state budget with historic investments in public education, from preschool to college. The budget includes $25 billion over 5 years to establish Universal Transitional Kindergarten beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The budget also includes $3 billion to support establishing Community Schools in under-resourced districts to provide health care, family services, and after-school programs. There is $4 billion to support student mental health and behavioral services.


Collaborating for Safe Schools for All

Ensuring students, teachers, and the entire school community are as safe as possible when school resumes in the fall is a high priority for San Mateo County Health and the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE). Thanks to AB 86, both agencies have received funding to ensure that there is consistent collaboration and alignment between our work.