Important note: The following recommendation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on June 23, 2015, as part of a larger report (attached):

TO:               Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:         Reyna Farrales, Deputy County Manager

SUBJECT:   Use of District-Specific Measure A Funds


Approve Measure A projects and include in the FY 2015-17 Recommended Budget.

DISTRICT 1 (Supervisor Dave Pine)

FY 2015-17 Measure A Request Oral Health Coalition Countywide Dental Assessment $30,000 one-time

The Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County in its 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment found that access to dental services “is among the lowest of all types of access to healthcare service[s]” for thousands of San Mateo County residents.

However, the Collaborative also noted in its report that “[n]o systematic effort to identify needs or plan for future needs exist in the county.” The San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition, under the leadership of Lee Michelson, the CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District, is committed to improving access to quality dental services for all residents in the county. The Oral Health Coalition is an advisory group to the Board of Supervisors, with Supervisor Dave Pine as its Board liaison. Coalition members include, among others, Ravenswood Family Health Plan, Sonrisas, First 5 San Mateo County, the Health Plan of San Mateo, the Sequoia Healthcare District, Apple Tree Dental, the Peninsula Healthcare District, the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, and the San Mateo County Dental Society. The Oral Health Coalition would like to complete a countywide oral health assessment and strategic plan.

It is anticipated that the strategic plan would guide the Coalition’s priorities and investments for the next 5-10 years. The last such plan was completed in 2000. The total cost of this one-time project is $75,000. Coalition members have committed $45,000 and are requesting the remaining $30,000 from Measure A funds.

This request was originally submitted as a Measure A Letter of Intent in January 2015. The San Mateo County Health will facilitate completion of this project, including retaining and managing the consultant that will assist in the preparation of the oral health assessment and strategic plan. If funded, it is anticipated that the project will be completed by April 2016.

Important note: This is a copy of the official report -- item 1 on the Board's agenda.