Where we live, learn, work and play can have an impact on our health and our opportunity to participate in healthy behaviors. Communities, including homes, schools, public spaces, and
work sites, can be transformed to support well-being and make the healthy choice, the easy choice and affordable.
In 2016, Santa Clara County launched the Healthy Cities Initiative to encourage cities across the county to adopt policy and practice changes to prevent chronic disease and injury. A number of resources are available to cities interested in taking a positive action to make their community a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. These resources include FAQs, sample policies, contact list of local policy experts, and model criteria list for becoming a healthy city.
Healthy Worksite Award Program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy worksite environment for their employees. The program provides information and tools to help business in Santa Clara County have healthier worksites and healthier employees. Resources include steps for developing, implementing and evaluating a worksite program; a worksite assessment tool to help assess the current worksite environment and identify actions to implement; and a healthy worksite toolkit to help worksites access resources for their program.
In 2015, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department launched the Active and Peaceful San Ysidro Project in Gilroy, CA. The goal of this project is to increase active and safe environments in Gilroy through mobilization of residents and activation of parks in areas with the highest rates of obesity, violence and crime.
The Public Health Department has a team of epidemiologists working together with mappers, health planners, writers and media personnel to present data on the health status of Santa Clara County residents. Data on births and deaths, diseases, as well as health behavior, help to guide the development of public health policies and programs.
Violence is Preventable. We All Play a Role. Successful violence prevention requires the strengthening of factors that protect and support individuals, families, and communities and reduce risk factors that threaten their well-being. While there is no single solution to preventing violence, there is a range of actions that we can do to stop violence before it happens. We cannot accept that violence, in any form, is inevitable. We need to challenge factors that influence norms, beliefs, and attitudes that support violence. Through participation in meaningful actions, we can disrupt the belief that violence is inevitable. Learn more about the "We All Play a Role" campaign.