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2013 San Mateo County Community Health Needs Assessment

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Apr 19, 2013

I received the following from Lee Michelson, Ceo of the Sequoia Healthcare District:
Here is a copy of the email that went out on Tuesday, just in case, I know of few of you said you might not have received it.



April 16, 2013



Dear Partner in Health:



The Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County is pleased to share with you the 2013 San Mateo County Community Health Needs Assessment. The main objective of this report is to gain insight into current conditions and trends of various health indicators and to identify areas for improvement in San Mateo County. It is our hope that the findings in the report will serve as a planning tool for key stakeholders, like yourself, to support policy recommendations and continue to inspire new programs and services that focus on improving the health and quality of life in San Mateo County, especially for the most critical health care needs of our diverse population.

Please share with your partners/colleagues and staff. We strongly encourage every community stakeholder and resident to get involved in their community to make sure that each and every policy decision prioritizes health. We must work across all sectors to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in San Mateo County.

The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment executive summary and complete report with detailed statistical findings and analysis is available on various websites:

Web Link
Web Link
Web Link

If you desire a presentation on these findings or hard copies of the Executive Summary, please reply to this email.

Sincerely,

The Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County on behalf of
The Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County
v Health Plan of San Mateo
v Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County
v Kaiser Permanente, San Mateo Area
v Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
v Mills-Peninsula Health Services
v Peninsula Library System Community Information Program
v Peninsula Health Care District
v San Mateo County Human Services Agency
v San Mateo County Health Department
v San Mateo Medical Center
v Seton Medical Center
v Sequoia Hospital
v Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Much of the content in the assessment is intuitive. However, I found page 53 of the Executive Summary, Key Finding #10 most interesting:
It states"
" – As a society, we have decided to criminalize biology and diseases of the brain. A large portion of our inmate population is mentally ill, substance abusers, or both. Both of these conditions are now known to be diseases of the brain. We have chosen, as a matter of ingrained public policy, to incarcerate as "treatment" for these conditions instead of employing evidence-based mental health and substance use treatments. This public policy will ultimately fail."

The details which followed, explain why the County needs a new jail. (NOT)

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