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September 2015 Newsletter
4 priorities that add up to good health


This is our first newsletter featuring resources and updates organized by the 4 priority areas 400 of you helped us identify as key priorities for healthy, equitable communities during our strategic planning process earlier this year. Click around and get all the latest on how to improve health for everyone in San Mateo County through healthy housing, healthy neighborhoods, healthy schools, and a healthy economy.

Want to dive deeper into our 4 priorities? Check out the local data available on our website under Research & Resources for each priority area as well as on countywide health and demographics to see how the impacts of place on health are not always distributed evenly across the county.

Intern with us!

We’re looking for graduate students or recent grads with background in planning, public health or public policy, have experience analyzing data and want to learn more about the intersection between planning and public health. Please share with your networks – applications for the Data Intern are due 10/4!

Items to include in this newsletter

Health by Numbers

Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders in San Mateo County experience the lowest average age of death, at 61 years of age, than any other race/ethnicity in the County. The highest average age of death is 79 years of age – held by White residents.

Staff Perspective

Let’s talk data for more telling messages

Dear Get Healthy Partners,

I am excited to share my love of data with you. As an Epidemiologist for the Health Policy and Planning (HPP) team, my job is to explore, compile, analyze, and present data related to housing, neighborhood, school, and economic issues to support HPP’s work to build healthy, equitable communities in San Mateo County. Today, I want to demonstrate how you and anyone you know can (and often should) use data to help communicate issues important to you.


21 Elements

The 21 cities and jurisdictions in San Mateo County have been supporting one another in drafting their state required Housing Elements. 21 Elements provides opportunities for municipalities to share resources, successful strategies, and best practices to better accommodate growing and changing populations, while ensuring and enhancing the qualities that make each of the 21 communities livable and unique.


Weighing food policy

Want a snapshot of your community’s access to healthy food? Check out the Healthy Food Access Portal to view the latest research on the health, economic, and community impacts of healthy food and strategies for revitalizing communities through healthy food access.


Measuring up

The CDPH Network for a Healthy California is another comprehensive Geographical Information System website that has data on community health data, parks, income, and much more. Build Healthy Places Network gives you tools and resources to map out community development and health issues in your community to make your case – without having to become an economist. Get inspired by examples of what others have done with neighborhood level data!


Show up; stay ahead

What happens when kids miss school? They miss out on learning and academic achievement. Check out these great toolkits to help schools communicate the importance of showing up!


Living versus minimum wage

Living wage measures the gap between the minimum wage and the amount of money you need to meet a minimum standard of living. Check out this interactive map that shows our county’s minimum wage $9 in comparison to the living wage $30.31. In San Mateo County, $74k is the required income to meet basic needs – and the median household income for Latinos, Blacks, and Native Americans is lower than this.