Voting is Good for Our Health

Reminder to VOTE! 
All registered voters have been mailed an Official Ballot with a postage-paid return envelope for the June 7, 2022 statewide direct primary election. To find ballot drop box sites and read more...

Thank you Elena Hernandez!
Elena is ending her 9-month graduate internship with our team at the same time she is graduating from UCLA with a dual master's degree in public health and urban planning. As the Healthy and Resilient Communities read more...

A New Way of Working Together in My New Role—by Belen Seara 
At the end of this month, I’ll be joining the County’s Racial and Social Justice Office as the new equity manager. I’m so excited for this new role and opportunity to continue to make equity a reality for so many San read more...

Get Healthy SMC Community Corner


San Mateo County Youth Commission Recruitment
The San Mateo County Youth Commission is actively recruiting youth commissioners for the 2022-23 year. In this brief video, learn more about the youth read more...

Health by Numbers

Voting Access Linked to Healthier Communities 
According to the nonpartisan initiative Healthy Democracy, Healthy People, states with more inclusive voting policies and greater levels of civic participation are healthier. Browse the Health & Democracy Index to see how 12 public health metrics correlate to voting access read more...

Boards and Commissions Vacancies

County of San Mateo: The Healthcare for the Homeless/Farmworker Health Board is seeking new board members. Visit here to download the application. 

The San Mateo County Youth Commission (SMCYC) is now taking applications from interested youth ages 13-20 for the 2022-2023 year. To apply, visit Deadline to apply: June 5, 2022. 


Identifies strategies to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable children and families in San Mateo County.

Opportunities for Youth Civic Leadership 
While many youth are not yet able to vote in the June 7th statewide primary election, they can still exercise civic empowerment through the channels that are available to them. Civic empowerment is a sense of agency to claim one’s own rights to engage in activities related to their community, read more...


Stable and affordable housing protects health and provides the ability to engage in healthy opportunities.

Local Report Connects Student Housing Instability to Lower Educational Outcomes 
2,600 public school students from San Mateo County are experiencing housing instability and that impacts their school performance, according to a recent report released by the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities.  As jurisdictions read more...

Photo credit: Bruce Mars, Unsplash


Complete neighborhoods make it easy for residents to be healthy every day in their communities by making the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Join Us at Community Nature Days 2022! 
On April 23rd SMC Park Rx hosted its first Park Rx Community Nature Day (CND) at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica. CNDs are public nature events, but also medical providers get to promote and participate with their patients' families as they prescribe spending time in nature for one hour twice a week. We thank Dr. Chethan Sarabu from read more...

Photo credit: Gloria Cahuich Gonzalez, County of San Mateo

Youth Lead The Way to Safer Streets! 
We saw good participation from students in our recent walk audits at Martin Elementary in South San Francisco, and Ravenswood City School District schools. The youth’s commitment to participate in safety patrol, and their courage to share thoughtful feedback with city planners and engineers, parents, and school staff, was read more...

Photo credit: San Mateo County Office of Education


San Mateo County and the state of California have made equity a key priority of local vaccine distribution

Government Alliance on Race and Equity Conference Highlights  
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) hosted their annual membership meeting online and in person in Portland, Oregon from April 19-21, 2022. This conference gathered hundreds of racial equity practitioners across read more...


High-quality education creates pathways to better health.

How to Get COVID-19 Tests for Summer School and Other Programs 
 Over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests are available for K-12 summer school and camp programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order form for the CDC OTC tests is available here. Of note, a four-week  read more...

Photo credit: Mufid Majnun, Unsplash


A strong local economy builds household financial security for all and promotes everyone’s health.

Building Workforce Connections
EPACENTER and Friends for Youth, two of our 2021 Get Healthy SMC grantees, met with NOVAworks, the workforce service provider for San Mateo County, to learn about each other’s efforts and explore read more... 
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