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 healthy, equitable communities with a focus on advancing policies to prevent disease and ensure that every resident has equitable opportunities for good health and well-being. Priority issues for the work include: housing stability; economic opportunity; complete neighborhoods with transportation options and food access; educational opportunities, and; civic participation. The CCCS initiative is a multi-agency initiative focused in four neighborhoods to work directly with impacted youth and families to understand the barriers to success for young people and implement strategies to address those barriers.Shireen brings over 20 years of experience advancing health equity through the non-profit, government and philanthropic sectors. Prior to working at San Mateo County she was Associate Director at PolicyLink, a national policy and research institute advancing racial and economic equity. She has a passion for a just democracy, eating Persian food, and playing with her two small kids.