One of my favorite things about this job is the chance to learn
about issues impacting our most vulnerable in our County and ways
we can advance health equity by building financial security for
all people. One issue we’ve been researching recently is the
impact local fines and fees can have on residents’ ability to
grow their assets and savings.
Over the last year and a half, four communities in San Mateo
County have been hard at work looking for solutions to overcome
barriers to youth success. Despite busy schedules and competing
priorities, over 1,000 community members showed their investment
in young people’s futures by taking surveys, attending night
meetings, knocking on doors, talking to neighbors and digging
deep with their communities to come together around top
Last year, the Built Environment Committee (BEC) of BARHII, which is the Bay Area coalition
of public health departments, has been exploring the intersection
of habitability and community resiliency. Environmental factors
such as extended heat waves and severe weather caused by climate
change exposes those who reside in substandard households to
higher health risks such as heat-related illnesses or death.
“Family therapy brought me closer to my dad,” says an
incarcerated youth at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center.
“I was never as close to my dad as I am now.” We’re discussing
what would have made a difference for him—the supports and
barriers along his path, which for most of the last two years has
taken him in and out of this detention facility. Access to family
therapy and a supportive parole officer has been stabilizing
since he has been incarcerated, and he pauses to consider the
earlier supports that could have made a difference.
While voting may not seem like a public health issue, research
shows a correlation between voter turnout and positive health
outcomes. This means that places with higher rates of voters also
have higher rates of positive health outcomes, such as overall
improved mental and physical health . Alternatively,
places with low voter turnout have higher rates of poor
self-reported health, and research shows that there is a
connection between reported and actual health outcomes .
Every Autumn when school is back in session, I find myself
reminiscing about my own childhood. My brother and I walked
everywhere, then when we were old enough we rode our bikes all
over town. We knew our neighbors and I delivered the local paper
to my neighbors on my way to school. I grew up in a leafy suburb
in Los Angeles, lived ten blocks from school and my parents never
worked more than 20 minutes away. This is not a typical
experience in present day California.
Colleagues and Friends – I feel more energized than ever to
continue our fight for health equity in San Mateo County! I had
the great opportunity to join over 4,000 professionals last week
at the 2018 PolicyLink Equity Summit. The Summit shared an
inspiring vision of diverse leadership paving the way for a more
equitable, healthy and prosperous future. It was clear that
the issues of Get Healthy San Mateo County are also the
issues of the nation, and we were able to dig into them with
other jurisdictions and leaders working on similar issues.
As Health Policy and Planning’s newest Community Health Planner,
I’ll be supporting Get Healthy SMC objectives to improve health outcomes for
San Mateo County residents by tackling economic obstacles to
health like poverty and financial insecurity.
I’m so excited to be joining the team as its newest Senior
Community Health Planner and bringing over six years of
experience in transportation politics, policy, and planning. As a
recent transplant from Los Angeles, I look forward to working
with you and exploring this great county that my family and I now
call home. Prior to joining the Health System, I worked for
the city of Los Angeles, where I oversaw the transportation
agenda for Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitch
Hello Colleagues and Friends – As 2017 is coming to a close, I
wanted to take the time to reflect with you on our collective
priorities under Get Healthy SMC. We are half way through the
five year strategic plan and have learned a lot as a
collaborative on how the four community-identified priorities
come together to impact healthy, equitable communities. We have
now built strong partnerships with the leaders working across the
priority issues and sharpened our strategies to have impact. I
have one or two highlights for each priority that I want to lift
up and celebrate with you.
By now, most people who follow housing news know that Governor
Jerry Brown signed a landmark housing bill package in September
that is expected to fundamentally change the ways we fund and
approve housing projects in the state.
Many of you have interacted with me as the Contract Coordinator
of Health Policy and Planning. I coordinate the contract
development and amendment process with departments, program
managers, and other County departments. As we select the next
cohort of 2018 GHSMC Community Implementation recipients, I
wanted to take this opportunity to share the basics of the
contract process to clarify some of the questions we often
receive during the application and contracting process.