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.
Cities and counties can do much at the policy, systems, and environmental level to prevent chronic disease. In 2016, the Public Health Department launched the Healthy Cities Program to encourage and recognize cities and towns for the important role they play in promoting the health of residents of our County. Click the Healthy Cities Program link above to learn more about what your city or town is doing--or could be doing--to increase access to physical activity, healthy food and beverages, and tobacco-free and smoke-free communities.
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.