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San Mateo County Health System Tobacco Survey & Focus Groups

Hi Folks!  Just wanted to share some information from our partners with the San Mateo County Tobacco Prevention Program!  Please read below.

“The San Mateo County Health System is conducting a study to better understand tobacco use among Filipino youth. Tobacco use at any age is dangerous for your health and 99% of smokers first try smoking before age 26 — Filipino youth included. Help us reduce the number of Filipino youth smokers by clicking on the link below and completing the short survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your participation is completely voluntary. All are welcome to participate!”  -Grace Dadios, Intern/Fellow, San Mateo County Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Unit


Downloadable Flyers in order:  Youth Survey, Youth Focus Group, Parent Focus Group

San Mateo County Health System Filipino Youth Flyer FINAL


SMC Health System - Focus Group Youth Flyer FINAL


SMC Health System - Parent Focus Group Flyer FINAL



Enroll in Covered California and don’t miss the 3/31/2014 deadline for coverage!

The San Mateo County Labor Council Union Community Alliance (SMCUCA) is working with community partners to encourage San Mateo County’s uninsured –especially Latinos and Filipinos– to enroll in Covered California (“Obamacare”) before the 3/31/2014 deadline.  

They are organizing several enrollment events targeting these communities, including one in Daly City on Saturday 3/15/2014.  See flyers below.

Fact Sheet on Latino Enrollment in San Mateo County.

Daly City flier_English (1) (2)
Daly City flier_Spanish (1)


ANNOUNCEMENT: API Health Parity Coalition Meeting September 5, 2013

*****API Health Parity Coalition Meeting****

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:30-5p 

Chinatown Child Development Center, 720 Sacramento St, SF

*Welcome & Introductions

Led by APIHPC Co-Chairs Judy Young & Christina Shea

*Mental Health Project Updates

Led by APIHPC Coordinators Heidi Tuason & Natalie Ah Soon

*Digital Stories Screening & Discussion

Led by APIHPC Coordinator Heidi Tuason 

Please RSVP by Tuesday Sept 3 to apihpc@gmail.com.



Digital Storytelling is a creative and innovative method of participatory practice that engages ordinary people to use digital tools (still & moving pictures, music, sound, text, and narrative voice) in an expressive way to tell their stories in short 3-5 minute films.

 API Health Parity Coalition, in partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling, conducted intensive 3-day workshops that included reflective writing, shared group story circles, group affirmation and feedback, guided reflection and script writing, audio recording of the storytellers’ voice, video editing learning (even for people with limited computer skills), and assisted digital story crafting and refining. 

API Health Parity Coalition hopes to use these stories about mental wellness for community education, anti-stigma campaigns, and advocacy to policymakers/funders.


The Asian & Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition is a coalition of 30+ agencies in San Francisco that serve API communities. They envision healthy Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities in San Francisco. Their mission is to achieve health parity for San Francisco’s Asian & Pacific Islander communities by identifying and addressing health and healthcare issues.

Click the image below to download the PDF flier.

API Digital Stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: Peninsula Family Service Seeking Volunteers as Senior Peer Counselors

Training classes start September 30, 2013.


Services for Seniors who speak English, Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog, and for LGBT Seniors.

For Details Please Contact:

Ofie Albrecht, Filipino Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (650) 403-4300 Ext 4363

Victoria Valencia, Spanish Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . (650) 403-4300 Ext 4321

Judy Chin, Chinese Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (650) 403-4300 Ext 4392

Cathy Koger, LGBT Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (650) 403-4300 Ext 4383

Services in English call Valerie Snook, LCSW, Program Manager . . . (650) 403-4300 Ext 4322

San Mateo County BHRS Signs MOU with Philippine Consulate 8/13/2013

NCPP Staff were honored to attend this historic event.  See the rest of the photos on our Facebook page.

From Left to Right: Philippine Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon; Dr. Jei Africa, Manager of the Health Equity Initiatives Office of San Mateo County; Stephen Kaplan, Director of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

From Left to Right: Philippine Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon; Dr. Jei Africa, Manager of the Office of Diversity & Equity of San Mateo County; Stephen Kaplan, Director of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services


From the San Francisco Philippine Embassy website:  LINK


On August 13, 2013, Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Stephen Kaplan, Director of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services of San Mateo County at the North County Clinic, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, 375 89th Street, Daly City, CA 94015 at 4:00 pm.

Through the MOU, both offices agreed to work together towards the larger goal of providing support to Filipino nationals who require services for mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

According to the 2010 US Census, Filipinos have a significant presence in San Mateo County, making up approximately 10% of the total County population.

In a presentation recently made by Dr. Jei Africa, the following statistics point to the need for having a blueprint for providing comfort, promoting recovery, and helping to reduce distress related to stressful situations, trauma and crisis:

  • 1 in 4 individuals in the US develop severe mental illness in their lifetime
  • 17% of Asian Americans with psychological problems sought help, with 6% of them who went to get mental health treatment from a provider (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2001)
  • Filipino American adolescents have one of the highest rates of suicide ideation and attempts in the US (President’s Advisory Commission on AAPI 2001)
  • Filipino Americans have higher depression rate than other Asian American females (Kim & Chun, 1993)
  • Filipino Americans have higher depression rates than the general US population (David & Okazaki, 2006)
  • Filipino Americans seek mental health services at much lower rate even when compared to other Asian American groups (Gong, Gage & Tacata, 2003)
  • 75% of Filipino Americans never used any type of mental health service
  • There are 87% white vs. 1.7% Asian psychologists

About the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is one of six (6) Philippine Consulates General in the US.  Its jurisdiction covers Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

Just four (4) years into the introduction of the Mental Health First Aid in the US, the Consulate General was fortunate that majority of its personnel were trained and certified as Mental First Aiders in 2011.  This was accomplished thanks in large part to the San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).

With a personnel-client ratio of 1:21,239, the incidence of stress is high and the Mental Health First Aid course instilled among the Consulate General staff the importance of taking care of one’s over-all health and well-being.  Moreover, the course equipped the employees with the necessary skills to deal with persons suffering from mental health issues.

About the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services of San Mateo County

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) provides a continuum of services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of serious mental illness and/or substance use conditions. BHRS is committed to supporting treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and promoting the physical and behavioral health of individuals, families and communities it serves.

Culturally competent, integrated services are provided by mental health clinicians, alcohol and drug counselors, peers, family partners and others, through a network of County and private agency providers and partners throughout the community.

ANNOUNCEMENT: YLI Youth of Color Forum on Thu August 22, 2013

The Youth Leadership Institute and YO! Mateo would like to invite youth of color to a unique community event:


  • FREE food, drinks and giveaways.
  • YO! Mateo Are We Sweet Enough? is holding a community forum for youth of color to discuss the new Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax in San Mateo County. This issue is more than a health equity problem, but one of racial justice. The tax is meant to help prevent diabetes and obesity but in doing so will financially impact working class families and youth of color. Therefore, this community forum is a place for youth to voice their support, questions, and concerns.


  • This community forum is the first of its kind where youth of color have been asked to VOICE their opinion on a local tax.
  • Youth participants who are involved will be able to influence decisions local government makes and ultimately impact the communities they live in.
  • Represent an unheard voice in our community.


  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 (5:00-6:30PM)
  • 387 Grand Ave. South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • Dinner is provided.


  • Respond by Monday, August 19th, 2013
  • Contact Anthony T. Calegari-Heimuli (650) 347-4963 or aheimuli@yli.org