Kate Bradshaw is a government reporter working in the heart of Silicon Valley. She reports for Almanac News, a weekly newspaper, covering all things Menlo Park and San Mateo County, and writes about housing, transportation, tech, the environment, courts and crime, and is fascinated by the intersection of public health and government. Her work has also appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly, the Mountain View Voice, and The Six Fifty online magazine.
Pivot. Move forward. And hit the streets. A reporter reflects on lessons learned from reporting on food insecurity during the pandemic.
As communities emerge from the pandemic, local thought leaders are asking whether this is a turning point that could trigger a revolution that changes local food systems for the better.
Every Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m., the parking lot of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church on Alma Street in Palo Alto becomes a drive-thru food aid hub.
The pandemic challenged child nutrition leaders to rethink strategies for getting school meals to those in need.
In Silicon Valley, the pandemic has exacerabated long-running inequities between places such as Atherton and East Palo Alto.
By partnering with teens, a reporter seeking a deeper understanding of health in local communities finds some of the best fixers around.
“We have plenty of housing, but we don’t have jobs that are available to employable residents. People have to traverse out of East Palo Alto to go to their workplace."
Research has shown neighborhood racial and ethnic segregation to be associated with adverse impacts on health in areas including cardiovascular risk factors, elevated rates of infectious disease, and premature death.
When Kendy Mendoza of East Palo Alto and his wife experienced health scares over the last few years, they took action to turn their lives around. Eight years ago, when his wife was diagnosed with diabetes, she cut out bread and tortillas from her diet.