As a Communications Specialist with Get Healthy San Mateo County,
I help strategize how to communicate our four priorities for
building healthy, equitable communities for all in San Mateo
County to create policy level change. I have the privilege of
working with a smart, dedicated team of public health
practitioners who work hand-in-hand with you – our cities,
partners, county agencies, hospitals, schools, and leaders – to
help San Mateo County residents live longer and better lives.
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.
I’d like to talk about one of the most important but least
discussed factors that shape our health – economic security. To
start, let’s look at a stark example that clearly shows the
relationship between health and economic security in San Mateo
County: 19 years. That’s the difference in the average age of
death between residents of San Mateo County’s most and least
wealthy cities. Let that sink in for a moment… people’s lives are
being cut short by nearly two decades based on their income
levels and where they live.
I’m a community health planner working to create healthy,
equitable environments for people who live and work in San Mateo
No doubt over the last few years you’ve noticed new construction
underway in San Mateo County. Cranes swinging building materials
into place, bulldozers rumbling through construction sites, and
homes, offices, and stores rising out of the dust –giving our
communities new homes, jobs, and economic opportunities. After
our recent building slump, development is back on the Peninsula.
Educators and public health professionals both know that
healthier children are better prepared to learn both in and out
of school. This makes perfect sense; children affected by health
issues are not able to fully focus on their studies and are
therefore less likely to perform at their full potential. From
the public health perspective, educational attainment is one of
the key determinants of lifelong health outcomes; people with
higher educational attainment live longer.
Hello to all of our Get Healthy partners! It is such a pleasure
to introduce myself to you through our monthly newsletter! As a
Senior Community Health Planner, I look forward to working with
all of you to plan, design, and implement healthy, equitable
communities – something I am very passionate about.
Hi, Get Healthy Partners. At San Mateo County Health System, I
work to improve access to affordable, healthy food, community
capacity and healthy and inclusive urban planning to improve
community conditions. For this month’s perspective, I want to
delve into the health effects of sodas and other sugary drinks.
I welcome this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you and
share my perspective on how we can build a healthier more
equitable San Mateo County together. I work to increase access to
healthy, affordable, local and culturally appropriate foods and
create well-planned, and safe, built environments that improve
health outcomes for everyone.
Hello, Get Healthy Friends and Family – It’s great to have this
venue to talk with you directly! I manage the Health Policy and
Planning Program and the Get Healthy initiative for the San Mateo
County Health System. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of you
in our network who are dedicated to improving the lives of San
Mateo County residents and workers. Working with you gives me
confidence that our collective impact will help us achieve our
shared goals around healthy, equitable communities –a vision that
I feel strongly about.
Hi, Get Healthy Partners! As a Community Health Planner at Get
Healthy San Mateo County, I work to improve student wellness by
creating healthy school environments and addressing persistent
health inequities amongst our youth. Here is why I’m so dedicated
to this work:
Research shows that healthy kids are more likely to be healthy
adults. Children and teens spend much of their young lives in
school. So, creating healthy school environments is an enormous
opportunity to ensure a healthy population.