Oct 27

Health Care or Health Equity: Which Contributes More to Good Health? Dr. Tony Iton

To download Dr. Iton’s slides, please click here: HEAL SLO Conference Dr. Tony Iton.

Sep 21

HEAL SLO 10 Year Anniversary Conference


HEAL SLO is celebrating its 10 year anniversary on October 7th at Mountainbrook Church. We have a great day full of nationally recognized speakers who will be presenting on health issues that are important to our community. Please click here for the conference agenda and here to register. Registration also includes a light breakfast and lunch catered by local farm-to-table chef’s at Two Cooks Catering. Here’s a snapshot of the keynote speakers:
  • Dr. Anthony Iton will be discussing social determinants of health – how a child’s zip code has a huge influence on health indicators as well as length of life. Dr. Iton also leads the place-based aspects of Building Healthy Communities, a billion dollar, 14-site, place-based health improvement effort targeting comprehensive local and statewide policy and systems change.
  • Chris Massa, from Ventura USD, will be speaking about his nationally recognized work with school gardens.  His goal is to connect kids to real food by creating school gardens and teaching students about the important connections between our food, our health and our environment. The student farm program that he developed grew more than 2,000 pounds of produce, feeding students and their families, as well as contributing to school cafeterias and local food banks. He’s also a recent University of California 30 Under 30 Award winner.
We also will have a competition called Veggie Boxes, where local groups can discuss their work on healthy eating and active living and they can win $1000! This would be a great opportunity for organizations to win some cash. The odds of winning will be good – about 8 to 1 – so please participate and spread the word.  Sign up here!
Flyers for registration and the Veggie Boxes are below. Please feel free to share these on your social media pages! Sign up soon – registration closes on September 30th! Please contact Morgan at 805-781-1560 if you have any questions or need a scholarship.

Veggie Box Competition

HEAL SLO Conference Information


Sep 14

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities was created as a result of the creation of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force (COPTF) in February 2006 to develop a county-wide Strategic Action Plan (http://www.sloccf.org/forms/Giving-CN-ChildhoodObesity.pdf ). County leaders funded SLO County Community Foundation to convene and facilitate the Task Force. This action plan later became the starting point for Healthy Communities.

The purpose of the Healthy Communities Workgroup is to improve the health and wellness of current and future San Luis Obispo County Residents through collaboration, education and policy guidance as it relates to the built environment.

The Healthy Communities Workgroup:

  • Reviews and comments, from a health perspective, on policies and development plans submitted to the County Planning Department. The workgroup is expanding to include local cities as well.
  • Promotes and participates in county-wide events to highlight the attributes of a healthy community.
  • Networks with new groups in the community and is building a speakers bureau to participate at community meetings.
  • Provides resources through its website to educate and promote actions to build a healthier community.

Healthy Communities is comprised of members from the County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Department, Planning and Building Department, Air Pollution Control District, Health Commission, SLOCOG, Bike SLO County, CDC fellows, Cal Poly SLO faculty, and community members.

Healthy Communities Workgroup Achievements

  • Healthy Communities has reviewed and commented on 75 plans to date.
  • Received the USGBC Central Coast Chapter’s Green Community Partner Award for contributions in making SLO County a more sustainable community.
  • Facilitated the development of OutsideIn SLO, the first climate change and health communication campaign in California.
  • Received numerous invitations from local groups, such as the Rotary Club and Lion’s Club, to speak about the group’s work and how community members can support Healthy Communities.

For information on the Healthy Communities workgroup, visit our website at HEALSLO.com or contact:

Kathleen Karle, Division Manager—Health Promotion
805-781-4929 or kkarle@co.slo.ca.us



Jul 26

OutsideIn SLO is One of 19 Nationwide to Receive “Model Practice Award” in 2016


San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2016 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. OutsideIn SLO: We Take Health and Climate Change Personally was one of 19 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award.  The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer.

OutsideIn SLO was a pilot project designed to highlight the co-benefits between climate change mitigation and health promotion, focusing on key strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that also have a beneficial effect on health and quality of life.  It was the first formal climate and health education campaign implemented by a local health department in California, which attempted to communicate climate change as a critical public health issue using existing Public Health Department programs and staff.

“This award puts San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department in special company with a select group of health departments that exemplify a forward-thinking, proactive approach toward protecting and promoting the health of communities nationwide,” said NACCHO Executive Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.


For more information on OutsideIn SLO, please contact Morgan at 805-781-1560.

Jun 02

Exciting opportunity to impact community health in San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara counties!

The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is now hiring for a full-time Nutrition Education Assistant 1! Under supervision, the Nutrition Education Assistant performs a variety of activities in support of the Nutrition Education Program including clerical office tasks, assembling of nutrition education kits and displays, tracking of inventory and evaluation data and representing the program at community events as needed. The position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.

For more information or to apply:

Apr 28

Community Advocacy Training



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