Healthy Communities

South San Francisco strives to be a healthy community that fosters positive health outcomes for all who live, work, and play in the city.

The goals below are related to this topic. Select a goal to learn more about the policies and actions South San Francisco will implement to meet that goal.



Community Health and Environmental Justice


Mobility and Access


Community Resilience


Land Use and Community Design



Goal CHEJ-1

Goal CHEJ-1:

South San Francisco is a leader in promoting healthy communities through collaboration, prevention, and education.


To promote more collaboration across County agencies, City departments, community-based and service organizations, and the private sector in order to improve the health status, including physical and mental health, of South San Francisco residents.
Policy CHEJ-1.1: Increase access to healthcare.
Increase access to healthcare for low-income South San Francisco residents through the City’s Promotores and city navigators in partnership with the County, service providers, and non-profits.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.1: Assist in navigation of health and social services.
    Recruit and hire promotores and city navigators who can provide culturally and linguistically responsive navigation to help low-income residents and residents of color learn about, connect to, and navigate healthcare and social services.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.2: County health partnerships.
    Continue to work with San Mateo County and healthcare service providers to educate residents about existing services throughout the city and encourage them to provide culturally and linguistically competent services. Work with San Mateo County to explore opportunities to improve access to mental health services, especially for youth and young adults.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.3: Offer health literacy programs.
    Continue to offer programs, collections and outreach initiatives in the libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, and in public schools as educational support for community members seeking information on health and medical needs; partner with the South San Francisco Unified School District, County, and local non-profits in providing these resources.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.4: Partner with South San Francisco Unified School District to provide school-based health centers.
    Continue to partner with the South San Francisco Unified School District to promote the flexible use of community spaces (e.g., community centers, libraries, schools) to provide preventive health services for children, youth, and families. Explore opportunities to expand services in neighborhoods with the greatest deficiencies.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.5: Explore healthcare public private partnerships.
    Explore innovative private and public partnerships to provide pharmacies and medical, dental, and mental health services in underserved areas like Downtown and in new residential areas of Lindenville and East of 101.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.6: Provide nonprofit and community health centers.
    Partner with nonprofit and community health centers to provide free or low-cost health care to low-income households.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.7: Establish community paramedicine program.
    Explore the establishment of a community paramedic program to help identify residents who suffer from chronic illness and educate and connect them with appropriate healthcare services.
  • Action CHEJ-1.1.8: Reduce documentation for healthcare access.
    Work with San Mateo County and other agencies to minimize the documentation required to access healthcare services in order to reduce barriers to seeking and utilizing services, including eliminating requirements whenever possible.
Policy CHEJ-1.2. Improve crisis response.
Improve crisis response through the use of trained community wellness and crisis response teams.
  • Action CHEJ-1.2.1: Establish mental health crisis response pilot.
    Establish a community wellness and crisis response team pilot program to respond to emergency calls related to mental health, substance use, homelessness, and domestic violence. This response team will be focused on conflict management, de-escalation, and linking residents to supportive services.
  • Action CHEJ-1.2.2: Connect health and homeless services.
    Work with homeless service providers to conduct outreach and connect unhoused individuals to health care, housing and shelter, and other services.
  • Action CHEJ-1.2.3: Develop pandemic preparedness plan.
    Work with San Mateo County Health and local jurisdictions to develop a local pandemic preparedness plan in case of future pandemics.
Policy CHEJ-1.3: Collaborate with San Mateo County Health to share health-related data.
Improve crisis response through the use of trained community wellness and crisis response teams.
  • Action CHEJ-1.3.1: Maintain and report health data.
    Continue to maintain and report out indicators and metrics about the health status of residents over time by race/ethnicity. Work with the City’s Equity and Inclusion Officer to develop a standardized approach to tracking health data to address racial and social inequities in health outcomes.
Policy CHEJ-1.4: Integrate Health in All Policies approach.
Integrate a Health in All Policies approach across City departments to improve health and advance environmental justice, including close collaboration with San Mateo County agencies.
  • Action CHEJ-1.4.1: Require health impact assessment.
    Require health impact assessments for all specific, neighborhood, and master plans and major transportation investments to examine the health and equity implications of policy decisions.
  • Action CHEJ-1.4.2: Develop healthy development guidelines.
    Conduct a review of existing development guidelines to promote healthy living and working environments.
Policy: CHEJ-1.5: Facilitate community input on health-focused programs and priorities.
Facilitate community input on health-focused programs and priorities.
Goal CHEJ-2
Goal CHEJ-4
Goal CHEJ-5
Goal MOB-1
Goal CR-4
Goal CR-5
Goal CR-6
Goal CR-7
Goal LU-1
Goal LU-6
Goal NOI-1
Goal NOI-2
Goal NOI-3