Category Archives: Health Equity Initiatives

Sana SanaColita de Rana! Cuidate Hoy Para un Mejor Manana

BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity’s (ODE) Latino Collaborative co-sponsored their 8th annual Sana Sana de Rana! Cuidate! Hoy Para un Mejor Manana (Take Care of Yourself Today for a Better Tomorrow) event with partners Ayudando Latinos a Sonar (ALAS) on October 16 to celebrate Latino Heritage month. The event centered around family and healing during COVID-19.

This energetic, joyful and informative event was the Latino Collaboratives’s first virtual and all Spanish Sana Sana event! The event reached over 1,300 people (total views a month later) worked to unite our Latinx community and provide ways to obtain resources and achieve emotional health.

We were honored to have Ziomara Ochoa Rodriguez, LMFT, BHRS Deputy Director of Child and Youth Services open our event with a heartfelt welcome to our Latinx community and an invitation to learn about BHRS services.

This was followed by SMC Board of Supervisor President, David Canepa sharing his pride and commitment to supporting our Latinx community. The BHRS Native and Indigenous Peoples Initiative followed with a meaningful land acknowledgement honoring the original caretakers of the land, the Ohlone people. As the event proceeded our community was introduced to numerous community partners that shared their services and tips to maintain wellness.

Our focus on physical, emotional and social health and well-being was bolstered by community members being offered a variety of ways to put a healthy twist on a traditional meal, learn stress management techniques, introducing numerous county resources and a dynamic presentation by Public Health Policy and Planning on the importance of Covid 19 prevention and resources. In addition, we had the pleasure of watching a performance by ALAS’s Ballet Folklorico Tonantzin and Mariachi Media Luna and played a game of virtual Loteria with our community.

We are thankful to our partners and planning committee for supporting this event. It is integral in helping our Latinx community to continue to make healthy changes. Per Each Mind Matters, 1 in 5 Latinos have experienced a mental health challenge. However, Latinos are one of the groups least likely to seek help for mental illness due to reasons which include language fluency, cultural barriers and access to health coverage. Research also shown that Latinx individuals are vulnerable to stress of immigration and acculturation and that the Latino community is considered a high-risk group for depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Working together, we can help people understand that small changes, such as listening to music, talking to a counselor, eating more fruits and vegetables can make a significant difference in their physical and mental health.

Watch the event here.

10/5 – 5th Annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding

Each year during the first week of October the nation celebrates the Interfaith National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding. This day is designed to bring together mental health and substance abuse networks and faith leaders together so that they may recognize the importance of behavioral health issues in our community.

On Tuesday, Oct 5, Nami of San Mateo County, Office of Diversity and Equity‘s Spirituality Initiative, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and numerous faith leaders will virtually host our county’s 5th National Interfaith Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding.

Register at smcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdu-urD0vGtRZWB_91CngrBY0OjXsJm-M

We invite consumers, faith base community, providers, and community to attend this event.

For more info contact Melinda Ricossa at MRicossa@smcgov.org or Isaac Frederick at ifrederick@smcgov.org

San Mateo County Pride Celebration: June 6-12

Join us for the 9th Annual San Mateo County week-long PRIDE Celebration! This fun-filled celebration promotes health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ community, builds a sense of community, and provides information about behavioral health services to support individuals in marginalized communities.

A series of virtual workshops offered throughout the week will focus on issues important to the LGBTQ community. Don’t miss the Grand Celebration which streams live on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The celebration is a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for the entire San Mateo County community.

Check out the full schedule of events and register at www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.

June 6- June 12 | 9th Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Celebration

Please join the PRIDE Initiative, our sponsors, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the BHRS, Office of Diversity and Equity, the SMC PRIDE Center, the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and our Community Partners for the 9th Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Celebration June 6th-June 12th. This will be our second mostly virtual event. The Purpose of the Annual PRIDE Celebration is to promote health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ Community. To Build a sense of community. To provide info about behavioral health services. Help individuals in marginalized communities seeking services. To provide a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for San Mateo County.

This year’s event will consist of a week-long series of Workshops centered on issues important to the LGBTQ Community and ending on Saturday with a Grand Finale filled with entertainers from our Local Community from 11-2pm, streamed live from the PRIDE Center Facebook page in partnership with PENN TV. So far some of the workshops include a return of the Queer Author’s series which is a collaboration of the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and SMC Public Libraries. This year the Queer Author’s Series is featuring author George M Johnson with their book All Boys Aren’t Blue: A memoir manifesto on June 9th at 6pm. The SMC PRIDE Center is offering a workshop A Road Map, Tips and Tools for people who identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Binary on June 10th 6-7:30 pm.

The PRIDE Center is offering a SOGIE Training for Community Members on June 7th 6-8 pm. Kaiser is offering a workshop with an Expression Specialist from their Gender Clinic to offer people who identify as Transgender and Gender Non-binary tips on everything from how-to put-on makeup, how to dress and how to walk etc. on June 10th 6-7:30 pm. The Office of Diversity and Equity Health Equity Initiatives will be holding an informative outreach workshop on June 8th 7-8 pm.

On Saturday we will be having our Grand Celebration filmed live at SMC PRIDE Center and streamed on the PRIDE Initiative Facebook page featuring MC Jesus U Betta Work, the return of favorites like local rap artist Aima the Dreamer and the Youth Drag Group from Cappuccino High School the Rebel Kings and much more. To link to our full schedule of events, to register and to stream our Grand Finale go to www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.

Written by Zachary Comtois, PRIDE Initiative Co-Chair

Burlingame High School studentS’ short Film Sends message of Hope

In September 2020, the Directing Change Program launched a Hope & Justice category as an opportunity for youth to express their feelings and to inspire others through art. Submissions around “Hope” focus on sharing personal stories about what gives us hope during these challenging times and how we practice self-care. The “Justice” option asks youth to share a personal experience with discrimination or injustice that allows others to feel empathy, or entries can educate others about bias and encourage youth to take a stand against injustice when they see it.

Filmmakers Ryan Kang and Keunho Kim, students from Burlingame High School placed 1st in the Hope & Justice category with their film “Quarantined Hope”. Kang shared,

“Our short film is meant to inspire hope by documenting how writing poetry has given me a sense of hope during this pandemic. Mainly, it focuses on how poetry acts as an escape from all the stress and gloom of the current state of the world. The message is not specifically about poetry, but finding something or someone that can help cope with difficult emotions.”

The film’s message of inspiring hope aligns with this year’s Mental Health Month statewide theme #HopeForChange. The theme reminds us that while change is not always planned and can often be uncomfortable, it’s important to remind ourselves and others to spread and rely on the hope that carried us through a year of change. In honor of Mental Health Month, San Mateo County is hosting free virtual events throughout the month. For more information on the events, visit SMCHealth.org/MHM.

Along with Mental Health Month, May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. Uplift APA voices throughout the month of May and share creations by the APA community like this short film! For ways to support San Mateo County’s APA community, visit SMCHealth.org/HEI to learn about our various Health Equity Initiatives.

To learn more about Directing Change, visit: www.DirectingChangeCA.org  

4th Community & COVID Town Hall

On behalf of the collaborators that brought you the “Race & COVID-19” Town Hall series in 2020, we’d like to invite you to our 4th Town Hall: “Community & Coronavirus: a year later” that will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 3pm. Together we’ve experienced so much in the past year, this event will be dedicated to acknowledging our collective challenges, growth and experiences. We will ask for your input on what supports are still needed and what are the priorities of our communities as we continue to respond to the pandemic.

As a result to the feedback we received during the previous Town Halls, Digital literacy trainings, resource guides, and needs assessments for some of our marginalized groups have been conducted and made available to communities throughout San Mateo County.

Join us to get an update on San Mateo County efforts and to hear from your fellow community members and leaders as we continue to work toward healing and recovery.

Please share this information widely, we look forward to a great dialogue.

REGISTRATION LINK

2/20- 29th Annual Black History Month Virtual Celebration

You are invited to the 29th Annual Black History Month Celebration! This event is being hosted by our African American Community Initiative in partnership with the City of Daly. This 2-hour event will be hosted virtually on Saturday February 20th at 10:30

To register click here.


For more details and registration information please see attached pdf flyer below

2/25 – Black History Month Intergenerational Dinner

On February 25th from 6-7:30 pm, join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a virtual Black History Month Intergenerational Dinner. In partnership with the African American Community Initiative, the Pride Initiative, and the LGBT Commission, we encourage members of the San Mateo Black and African Diaspora to celebrate a night of Afro-LGBTQ history. Mark your calendars, bring your food, and share community as we engage in an interactive presentation and group dialogue about the dinner theme, “We Are Because They Do”. For more information, please contact Azisa Todd at azisa.todd@sanmateopride.org

Please use this link to register to attend: https://tinyurl.com/BlackHistoryDinner  This is a free space open to all community members.

Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

According to The White House, the new executive order explicitly aims to advance racial equity in the federal government, eliminates restrictions on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion(DEI) training, and disbands the 1776 Commission. It also establishes a Domestic Policy Council to explore opportunities for centering equity in federal work and charges the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with establishing best practices for equity measurement.

President Biden states in his order,

“It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.  Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government.”

For the full executive order, read here.

11/20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Please join the PRIDE Initiative, the  Office of Diversity and Equity, the San Mateo County LGBTQ+ Commission  and Community Partners on November 20th 4 pm to 5:30 pm for Transgender day of Remembrance.  Registration through https://tinyurl.com/TDOR2020smc.

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