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September 2017 Newsletter
Rooting for Good Health


170 years of Public Health: Getting to the Root 
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recognizes the important role public health practitioners must play in tackling health inequities. They include a robust online training effort The Roots of Health Inequity. Check out the public health timeline. This interactive timeline reveals the changing role of public health over the last 170 years. Across time, public health has addressed environmental, economic, social, and racial injustices in order to provide equitable opportunities for everyone to live a healthy life.

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International Walk to School Day 

International Walk to School Day is celebrated throughout the US and more than forty countries as a day to highlight walking, biking, and rolling to school! This year’s international walk to school day will be October 4, 2017. Many San Mateo County schools will be participating, and you can contact your school directly to learn if they are participating, as well as any events they have planned.


Youth Commission Swearing-in Ceremony 

On August 31st, the 2017-18 San Mateo County Youth Commission was sworn in at the Board of Supervisors chambers in Redwood City. The Youth Commission represents the voice of young people in the county and works to make sure the youth perspective is represented in local decision-making process. This year’s Youth Commission is both geographically and racially diverse, representing communities from across the county.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation- On the Table Housing Discussions

The Silicon Valley Foundation is hosting community conversations around housing in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County on November 15th.  You can sign-up to host an event or find one near you. This one-day event aims to bring together diverse perspectives around the housing affordability crisis. You can find out more here.


Raising the Wage Floor 

In response to the affordability crisis, Daly City, the City of Belmont, and Redwood City are exploring policies to raise the wage floor for low-wage workers. This month Daly City, the City of Belmont, and Redwood City hosted study sessions to explore an increase of the minimum wage above the State’s minimum wage. Both cities directed staff to reach out to local business owners and stakeholders to gather more information. Should any of these cities adopt an increased minimum wage, they will join the City of San Mateo that raised its minimum wage on January 1 of this year.