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.
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.
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
According to The White House, thenew 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.”
Please join us for our third Race & Coronavirus Town Hall event on Friday November 13th from 11am-1pm. You can register for event here. The focus of this town hall will be on CBOs/community organizations and their experience during pandemic. In preparation for this event, we sent out a survey to hear from community organizations, the finding from survey will be presented at Town Hall. Additionally, we will be hearing from SMC leadership on COVID-19 recovery plan. We will have the opportunity to hear directly from community organization representatives during a panel discussion. Attachment includes event flyer in English and Spanish, please support us by sharing this with you community.
Thank you so much, I hope to see you all on Nov. 13th!
In Community, DEC Co- Chairs & Town Hall Planning Committee
Please join us this Friday, 9/18 for Diversity and Equity Council‘s(DEC) Live Stream on Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19. The Live Stream will be hosted through San Mateo County Health’s Facebook and will be discussing how to stay connected safely, strategies to keep community traditions alive and coping tips for older adults and youth.
The event will be hosted from 2:00-3:00pm in English and then again from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Spanish. Here are the links for both events:
On behalf of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE), Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC), StarVista, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities would like Thank You for being with us for our first Virtual Community Town Hall held on 5/1/20. Our goal was to provide you with resources, hear your voice and experiences and together identify supports that are needed within our LGBTQ+ communities, low-income communities, and communities of color. In line with these efforts we would like to provide you with additional information and resources.
In an effort to continue learning and hearing your thoughts about the Town Hall we are asking that you please complete the Town Hall Exit Survey . Those that return the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50.00 gift card! Your valuable feedback helps inform and improve our work.
We are also very excited to let you know that we are planning a Second Town Hall Meeting focused solely on community questions and hearing your voice about your needs at this time. More specific information will be emailed once the details are confirmed.
As promised, we are also happy to provide you with the Community Town Hall follow-up information below. If you need any additional information, please contact The Office of Diversity & Equity at ODE@smcgov.org
Town Hall Collaborators Information: ATTACHED BELOW
We believe that together we can make a difference by providing accurate information and resources, hearing your voice to inform the work and having your support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County. We also believe that together we can support all those in need in San Mateo County.