Across California and the country, a growing number of health departments are working to uncover and combat the root causes of health inequities by focusing on social issues like education, housing and poverty. In 2017, San Mateo County Health System’s Health, Policy, and Planning Program was recognized at the “Advancing Health Equity Awards 2017,” sponsored by The California Endowment. Their innovative health equity work includes partnering with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an organization dedicated to promoting policy change that makes our communities more just and equitable for young people, especially young people of color. Join PHI’s Berkeley Media Studies Group as we talk to Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Manager for Policy, Planning, and Equity at San Mateo County Health System, and Eduardo “Lalo” Gonzalez, Program Manager at YLI, to learn more about their work, especially about their thoughts on how their partnership helps them build better communication strategies for their health equity work.

Want to learn more about the amazing work happening in San Mateo? Check out this case study from Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, including: local and state health departments, non-profit organizations, advocacy, business, community-based organizations, education, faith-based organizations, hospitals/health systems, insurance, housing, harm reduction, and other interested parties.


Shireen Malekafzali, MPH

Senior Manager, Policy, Planning and Equity

San Mateo County Health System

San Mateo, CA

Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Manager for Policy, Planning and Equity at the San Mateo County Health manages the Health Policy and Planning Program, Get Healthy San Mateo County (GHSMC) and the Children’s Collaboration for Children’s Success (CCCS). GHSMC is a collaborative initiative that partners with cities, community based organizations, leaders and other partners in building…

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Eduardo “Lalo” Gonzalez

Program Manager

Youth Leadership Institute

San Mateo, CA

Eduardo “Lalo” Gonzalez is a Program Manager at the Youth Leadership Institute in San Mateo County. YLI brings young people together and equips them to lead positive social change within their communities. We achieve this by listening to their ideas, sharpening their skills and talents, and providing them with effective…

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Katherine Schaff, DrPH, MPH

Health Equity Coordinator, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Public Health Institute

Berkeley, CA

Katherine Schaff, DrPH, Health Equity Coordinator, joined Berkeley Media Studies Group to help build the organizational and communications capacity of local health departments, government agencies, and community-based organizations working towards racial and health equity. Prior to joining the BMSG team, she spent 11 years at the Alameda County Public Health…

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