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July 2022 Newsletter
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Help Us Find Our Fall Interns

Recruitment is open but closing soon for our next round of well-qualified interns. We have two exciting roles for incoming interns: 1.) Health Education Intern will collaborate with divisions across departments as well as engage various community groups to develop and disseminate health education materials to improve health equity and community engagement. and 2.) Communications Intern will analyze communications insights, synthesize best practices, and propose solutions to improve communications reach and engagement.

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Equity Through Art: Black, Indigenous, Youth of Color: Experiences in San Mateo County and Aspirations for the Future

Equity Through Art: Black, Indigenous, Youth of Color: Experiences in San Mateo County and Aspirations for the Future

The future of San Mateo County is BIPOC youth. Demographic changes in our county, in California, and across the nation trend towards continued growth in our communities of color and increasing majorities of BIPOC. This is a beautiful trend that deepens the existing diversity of our already-diverse county, with 64% identifying as non-White. BIPOC youth already hold leadership roles across the county, including on the County Youth Commission where they bring the youth perspective and voice to decision-makers on the County Board of Supervisors.  

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Boards and Commissions Vacancies

City of San Bruno: Applications are being accepted for one vacancy on the Traffic Safety and Parking Committee. This advisory capacity and makes recommendations to City Council regarding traffic safety, parking, and local traffic issues. This short-term seat will expire on October 31, 2024.

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CalSHAPE Funding Round Three

Gear up for the 2022-2023 school year by applying for the California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE) Program. The deadline for both the priority application and general application is October 31, 2022. You may be eligible to receive funds to improve your school’s ventilation and/or plumbing system! Visit the CalSHAPE homepage to learn more.

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Renew Your Mind

Join the California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project (accessible in English and Spanish) to learn “five clinically proven mental health skills” that teach us about mindfulness, understanding thoughts and feelings, relaxation, and managing intense emotions. Take a look at the information available to parents, students (i.e., elementary, middle, and high school levels), and educators.

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Cafeteria Promotion

The CalFresh Healthy Living team paired up with the Food Service Director and food staff at South San Franciso Unified School District to offer a food taste to summer school students at Parkway Heights Middle School.  Students sampled zucchini spirals with ranch dip.  The Zucchini was provided by a locally sourced food vendor.  Students were excited to try something different and they had the opportunity to vote if they liked it, loved it, or not today.

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Stay Up to Date on Local Child Care Policy

One of the key priorities identified East Palo Alto, South San Francisco, and North Fair Oaks/Redwood City is the expansion of affordable, high quality child care, and preschool opportunities. Partners interested in staying informed about policies and strategies related to this issue are invited to attend the San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council (CCPC). At the June meeting, researchers presented preliminary data on projected child care availability and shortfalls, as well as survey data on the non-licensed child care workforce (e.g., nannies).

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Vaccines Now Available for Kids Under Five Years of Age

Young children between the ages of six months and five years old can now receive vaccinations for COVID-19. Families seeking vaccinations for children under five should contact their pediatric care doctor to schedule an appointment. Plans are underway to host clinics for children under five at select early childhood learning centers in East Palo Alto and South San Francisco. Currently, Stanford Health Care is providing vaccines for children six months and above at the Woodland Park Apartments in East Palo Alto.

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First Contemplative Practices Session Hosted by Senior Coastsiders

Senior Coastsiders held their first of a ten-session series on contemplative practices. Mindfulness and meditative practice have been around for centuries but have become popularized in Western culture. During this session, participants learned about the roots of mindfulness and meditative practice, and strategies for how it can be used in everyday life to manage stress and promote wellness.

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Community Collaboration Process

The Health Equity Team (HET) continues implementation of its Community Collaboration Process to develop a framework for community engagement. The HET conducted key informant interviews with other Bay Area health jurisdictions to learn more about their structures for community input. Additionally, HET also formed a Working Group comprised of key leaders of community-based organizations representing diverse populations and regions.

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Celebrating Latino Conversation Week – July 16-24, 2022

Celebrating Latino Conversation Week – July 16-24, 2022

Our CalFresh Healthy Living team in collaboration with San Mateo County Parks and the Parks Foundation is so excited to share this video. Take a virtual tour of the activities taking place at Friendship Park and learn how the neighbors take care of their community garden practicing water conservation, composting, and more. In Spanish, we say, “Conservar es Cuidar”, and Friendship Park participants also take care of their health by attending monthly nutrition and cooking classes.

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SVBC Bike summit is in San Mateo County this year!

Join us at Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s 12th Annual Bike Summit on August 18, 2022, at the Millbrae recreation center which is happening in-person and for the first time in San Mateo County! The Bike Summit is the region’s largest active transportation gathering of leaders from government, law enforcement, non-profit, and the public together to discuss the latest projects, policies, and issues that will make Silicon Valley a truly bike-friendly place to live, work, and play.

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Join Climate Ready North Fair Oaks!

Climate Ready North Fair Oaks (CRNFO) is a coalition of representatives including local community organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, youth, and community and city leaders who are passionate about climate change issues and advancing tangible projects to materially improve the lives of community members. CRNFO is seeking new members to brainstorm and contribute to new projects. The group meets monthly on the last Wednesday in the evening.