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June 2022 Newsletter
Celebrations and Reminders for a Healthy Summer

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Staff Perspective

SMC Pride 2022—STILL HERE, STILL PROUD!

From Indigenous land ceremonies to COVID test kit distribution, inclusive Pride flags flying, and community partners advocating for LGBTQ+ folks of all ages, SMC Pride 2022 is care in action.

The day begins with an offering to the land. A reminder, to community. Our Native and Indigenous People’s Initiative (NIPI) lead us in ceremony, connecting us to land and place as kin, and honoring the stages of life—children, adolescents, adults, and ancestors—all integral parts of community. 

Health by Numbers

Did You Know? Commute Stats.

According to the County Health Ranking report, the percentage of worker who commute in their cars alone for more than 30 minutes is 43%. Longer commute distances by car have been associated with an increase in blood pressure and body mass index, and a decrease in physical activity.  

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Boards and Commissions Vacancies

City of San Bruno: Applications are being accepted for one vacancy for a short-term seat on the Traffic Safety and Parking Committee. Applications are being accepted for one vacancy for a short-term seat on the Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Open until filled. Apply today!

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Invitation to Join Youth Civic Empowerment Learning Community

To strengthen the work being done by various groups to build youth voice and civic leadership, we are establishing a new learning community for youth civic empowerment groups in San Mateo County. Our goal is to connect adult leaders/allies of youth civic empowerment programs to better support them in their work with youth, and to form a stronger network of youth advocacy.

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Climate Change Affects Health: Climate Viewer Data Tool Coming Soon!

Climate Viewer, an interactive tool, will be released soon to showcase climate change indicators San Mateo County officials are tracking to create equitable solutions. With coordination between the Office of Sustainability, Health Policy and Planning, and others, the Climate Viewer Data Tool will encompass the shared knowledge and collaboration that would be required to tackle climate change in San Mateo County. Be on the lookout for the Climate Viewer Data Tool.

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PRIDE and Equity

Pride Month was initially inspired by the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on society locally, nationally, and internationally, and celebrate the resiliency, joy, and strength of the LGBTQ+ community. One way to contribute to an equitable world for LGBTQ+ folks is by adding pronouns to your email signature and when you introduce yourself in meetings to support belonging and respect in the workplace for everyone.

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Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer

While COVID-19 seems to be sticking around longer than we’d like, there are still some measures we can take to help prevent its spread. Stay current on the data (i.e., case numbers, hospitalizations, and vaccination rate) in your surrounding community when considering the need for masks, make sure to have good ventilation (e.g., open windows, utilization of a portable air purifier and/or HVAC system), practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, and getting vaccinated as appropriate.