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Equity Must Not Be An Afterthought 


Our community health planner, Heather Arata, co-presented with Theresa Vallez-Kelley from the San Mateo County Office of Education on the Creating Safer Streets Near Schools report at the national Walk/Bike/Place conference. This report identified 15 schools throughout San Mateo County to focus on for active transportation funds and resources. The conference brought together over 1,000 active transportation professionals from all over the United States, and this year featured plenary speaker, Tunde Wey. Tunde spoke on the idea that cities are not designed for equity and to achieve equity in cities, equity must not be an afterthought, but an intentional action that is central to all of our work. Heather is especially grateful to be a recipient of the 2018 Susie Stephens Scholarship to attend the conference.