EIGHT YEARS OF HEALTHY, SAFE AND THRIVING COMMUNITIES
A LETTER FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
Dear San Diego County Residents and Live Well San Diego Community Partners:
Eight years ago, Live Well San Diego began with an innovative, but simple vision to create a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving.
Together, with you, our partners, we have achieved some truly amazing outcomes that we can all take pride in.
Our actions and relationships have the power to transform our communities. When we focus collectively on the same goals and outcomes, our influence can have profound effects on the quality of life and well-being of those around us: our family, our neighbors, our community, our county.
Over the last eight years of collaboration and partnership, individuals and organizations have made ambitious investments in the well-being of our residents. The accomplishments that we have achieved together have helped drive our economy, improve health outcomes, increase neighborhood safety and engage residents in their communities.
Nearly 400 Recognized Partners have made the commitment to focus their efforts on advancing the vision. On these pages you will watch personal stories of triumph and read about the successful programs and activities that are making a lasting, positive impact on our 3.3 million residents.
SAY San Diego’s Early Learning Team is working with parents to create a “Social Benefit Preschool" that would expose more children from diverse and economically challenged backgrounds to an enriching and multi-cultural curriculum.
National Veterans Transition Services' REBOOT program provides training and skills to help Veterans transition to a workplace environment including job coaching, placement assistance, and follow-up mentoring and coaching.
National Conflict Resolution Center’s Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison program is a restorative justice program that is creating change in local youth to keep them on a better path with support from the community.
FEATURED EVENTS & PROGRAMS
The second annual Live Well Advance: Living Well Across the Ages saw nearly 1,000 partners and stakeholders come together to advance a shared vision of healthy, safe and thriving communities for people of all ages. Leaders from every sector came to network, learn about new tools and best practices, and participate in breakout sessions. Program topics included Strong Families, Thriving Communities; Developing a Dynamic Community for the 21st Century; Engaging Volunteers; Food Systems; “Flipping the Script” for Opportunity Youth (16-24 yr. old youth who are out of school and not working) and Resident Leadership Academies.
The Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative addresses inequities, barriers and waste in the food system while working to increase agricultural sustainability and access to healthy foods. Food insecurity exists when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life. The food system plays a critical role in creating healthy, accessible and affordable choices. Recently, a Food Donation Action Plan was produced in collaboration with food system and food donation organizations and stakeholders from across the San Diego region to encourage residents to take steps to reduce food waste.
Meeting the needs of people who are homeless requires extensive community partnerships to address both housing and service needs. In partnership with the community and stakeholders, Whole Person Wellness was launched in January 2018. The initiative works with people who are homeless and frequent users of public resources, such as hospitals. Since its inception, there have been nearly 450 people who have received help in accessing resources. For people who have a serious mental illness and are experiencing homelessness, the County continues to work closely with behavioral health providers and housing providers and has housed 761 people since inception. To make housing in the region more affordable, the County created a $25 million Innovative Housing Trust Fund and is repurposing excess property for conversion to housing.
Age Well San Diego was developed from the need to plan for the rapidly growing older adult population in the San Diego region. As directed by the Board of Supervisors, Age Well San Diego combines the global initiative of Age-Friendly Communities with the Dementia Friendly America initiative here in San Diego County. Over the next three years, Age Well partners and community members will work collaboratively to implement an action plan that addresses the key areas of health and community support, housing, social participation, transportation and dementia-friendly environments. The Aging Summit conference held in June 2018 brought nearly 2,500 older adults and professionals in the field of aging together in support of these efforts.
The 2017 Live Well San Diego 5K brought together more than 2,500 San Diegans in support of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego County and benefited the life-saving work of the San Diego Blood Bank. In the month leading up to the race, the 5K Fitness Challenge helped nearly 1,400 people get prepared to run or walk in the race with close to 100 Recognized Partners contributing resources to the daily challenges. A follow-up survey showed 94% of respondents who participated in the 5K Fitness Challenge continued to stay physically active.
Getting to Zero is a comprehensive initiative that seeks to eliminate all new HIV infections in San Diego County within 10 years. The initiative aims to increase public awareness of HIV and embolden countywide prevention efforts by setting clear goals, encouraging collaboration between local organizations and health care providers and pursuing policy changes that support HIV eradication efforts. In 2017, the number of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV decreased by over 21% compared to 2016.