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File #: 24-066    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/16/2024 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 5
On agenda: 1/30/2024 Final action: 1/30/2024
Title: Adopt a resolution declaring loneliness a public health crisis in the County of San Mateo.
Sponsors: David J. Canepa
Attachments: 1. 20240130_r_loneliness, 2. Item No. 8 - Loneliness Resolution.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Supervisor David J. Canepa, District 5
Subject: Resolution Declaring Loneliness a Public Health Crisis

Adopt a resolution declaring loneliness a public health crisis in the County of San Mateo.

Loneliness has been identified as a significant public health crisis by the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. The Surgeon General Advisory underscores the adverse effects of loneliness on mental, physical, and societal health. San Mateo County has witnessed a rise in residents experiencing isolation, with 45% expressing difficulty in 2022.

This resolution acknowledges the multifaceted nature of loneliness, considering intersectionality, race, and ethnicity. It recognizes the diverse composition of the community, with 35.2% of residents born outside the country, emphasizing the vulnerability of older immigrants to loneliness.

Furthermore, the resolution aligns with the Surgeon General's Advisory on Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation, providing a comprehensive framework for a National Strategy to Advance Social Connection. It emphasizes six foundational pillars, including strengthening social infrastructure, enacting pro-connection public policies, mobilizing the health sector, reforming digital environments, deepening knowledge, and cultivating a culture of connection.

By adopting this resolution, the Board of Supervisors acknowledges the importance of addressing loneliness as a critical public health concern. It commits to implementing evidence-based strategies outlined in the Surgeon General's Advisory, focusing on the six foundational pillars. This includes initiatives to strengthen social infrastructure, enact pro-connection public policies, mobilize the health sector, reform digital environments, deepen knowledge through research, and cultivate a culture of connection.


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