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June 2019 Newsletter
It's time to Plan our Future


We Value Your Ideas for Our Next StrategicPlan: Register Today! 
Get Healthy SMC strategic planning forum is coming up! We are gearing up to update our strategic plan for 2020-2025 and we need your ideas. Join us July 16th at 11:30am at the San Mateo Public Library at 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402. Make sure to let us know if you need childcare or translation! We want everyone to be able to participate. RSVP by July 12. Can we count on you?

City-Community Partnerships for Racial Equity
On June 10th, staff from jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area attended a regional learning session for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Participants heard from municipal and community leaders from around the country about partnerships they built to advance racial equity. This is County Health’s third year participating in the national network of local governments advancing racial equity in their institutions, thereby improving systems for all.

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Video Watch this brief clip to find out how San Mateo County Health and EMS Corps are teaming up to build a diverse homegrown pipeline of emergency medical technicians. 
EMS Corps Video

EMS Corps Video


Building Partnerships to Achieve Healthy and Resilient Homes 

Our senior community health planner, Belen Seara, and colleagues Rachel Londer and Denise Lin from the Office of Sustainability, have been participating in the Healthy and Resilient Homes Leadership Program organized by the Bay Area regional coalition of public health departments–BARHII.


Food System Alliance Welcomes the First Network Manager: Welcome Samir K. Doshi!

The San Mateo Food System Alliance (SMFSA) is growing. After years of leadership by staff at Ag Innovations, we are pleased to welcome Samir K. Doshi, Ph.D. as the first ever Network Manager for the SMFSA. The SMFSA supports the production, distribution, preparation and consumption of food for an environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically thriving food system for all San Mateo County residents.


Weigh In on Two Critical Efforts to Improve Your Mobility Needs

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) is seeking input for its Strategic Plan to help decide how to evaluate projects so that those of greatest merit are priorities for future funding. The TA will administer 50% of Measure W, passed by voters in 2018, that will help fund these projects. Take the survey and say what matters to you! Survey closes July 15.


Democratizing Data Through the First Ever Bay Area Equity Atlas

Earlier this month, a joint venture between PolicyLink, The San Francisco Foundation and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity published a new online tool (the Atlas) to help better understand the state of equity across the Bay Area. Using the San Francisco Foundation’s People, Place and Power equity framework, the Atlas provides data using 21 equity indicators such as race/ethnicity (People), housing burden (Place), and voting (Power).


Sharing Back Your Community Plans

As we move into Community Collaborative for Children’s Success’  implementation phase in South San Francisco and North Fair Oaks/Redwood City, the team continues to work with local champions. Together we are sharing findings and priorities from the planning process with the community and continuing to explore opportunities for plan implementation.


Creating Entrepreneurship Pathways for Opportunity Youth

Supporting young people struggling to participate in our booming economy is key to the County’s future and health. The Bay Area’s new Equity Atlas (discussed in the Healthy Neighborhoods Section) includes data on disconnected youth, which is the proportion of 16-24 year olds who are not working or in school, and finds that higher shares of San Mateo County’s Latinx young people face barriers to participating in the economy.