The Live Well San Diego 5K, held in July 2016, brought together more than 2,500 race participants and many of their family members for a run/walk and an interactive, family-friendly Discovery Expo in support of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego County. In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, this annual event was an opportunity for participants to be physically active, enjoy quality time with their neighbors and community members and connect with dozens of participating partners sharing information and resources. Benefiting the life-saving work of the San Diego Blood Bank, dozens of people donated blood on-site during the event.
Supervisor Roberts at Live Well Advance
The first-ever Live Well San Diego Advance, held in November 2016, gathered over 700 Recognized Partners and stakeholders to collaborate and celebrate six years of healthy, safe and thriving communities in San Diego. The Advance engaged representatives from each sector—from business to education and community organizations—to network, learn about new tools and best practices, and participate in engaging breakout sessions. Program sessions included: Healthy, Safe, and Thriving Kids; Engaging Business and Leveraging Human Capital; Growing Resilience in Our Communities to Heal Trauma; and Data and Technology for Action & Results.
Let’s Connect Expos, held in East, Central and South San Diego throughout the year, connected more than 300 families with useful resources and enrichment opportunities to help them meet their needs, particularly for families who recently arrived in the United States. The events took place in El Cajon, Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro and Imperial Beach in collaboration with community partners, and they were divided into three zones: Health, Safety and Thriving. The Health Zone included health screenings and healthy food demos; the Safety Zone included tools for building an emergency preparedness kit; and the Thriving Zone included resources for job readiness, resume writing, applying for financial aid and volunteer opportunities.
Supervisor Jacob Presents a Partner Proclamation
Supervisor Gaspar and Supervisor Horn attend a community event
The Building Better Futures Gang Prevention & Intervention Summit included more than 180 city and County policymakers, law enforcement, probation, school-based leaders, community-based organizations and community members to share resources and information about gang suppression, intervention and prevention efforts in North San Diego County. Hosted by the North County Gang Commission in February 2017, a portion of the summit was dedicated to honoring community members and law enforcement officials working tirelessly on gang reduction in the region.
The North County Thriving Forum, held in April 2017, brought together more than 200 community partners and stakeholders to discuss how they can collaborate so North County communities are able to grow, connect and enjoy the highest quality of life.
Finally, in June 2017, the Vital Aging Conference brought together more than 2,400 participants across four event sites in San Diego, Escondido, Spring Valley and National City. Attendees enjoyed a keynote presentation by legendary performer Ben Vereen, as well as interactive workshops covering topics such as brain health, caregiver health, nutrition and physical activity. Most importantly, many older adults made a commitment to do something positive for their health, safety and wellbeing based on what they had learned that day. This event was bolstered by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs and resources including child care; employment and educational opportunities; financial and housing support; legal services; and transportation links that are available countywide.
Supervisor Cox supports local seniors