BETTER TOGETHER ...Winners of the 2022 Stanford Community Partnership Awards are familiar organizations that have made a wide-ranging impact on the Midpeninsula. The three recipients were selected based on their collaboration with the university to address real-world problems and further the public good, according to an article by the Stanford Report. "Health needs have been foremost among community needs during the pandemic, and these awardees embody the way successful partnerships meet the moment," Megan Swezey Fogarty, Stanford's associate vice president of community engagement, said in the article. The award recipients were recognized at a March 4 luncheon. One of the winners was allcove, a network of mental health care clinics created with the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing. The clinics, dedicated to teens and young adults, launched in Palo Alto and San Jose last summer. Allcove is the product of a yearslong effort by Santa Clara County health officials in response to a local mental health crisis. Nonprofit Avenidas also was recognized for its work in helping Stanford families and seniors deal with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. The Avenidas-Stanford Elder Care Partnership offered an array of support services, including finding health care; assistance with financial and legal issues; and dealing with the challenges brought by caregiving, isolation and separation. The third award recipient was Promotoras de Salud Community of Practice, which was formed through the iSi Se Puede! Collective, for its work in providing COVID-19 vaccine and testing information to Spanish speakers who live in needy ZIP codes in San Jose. The idea began with Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, associate director of research at the Stanford School of Medicine's Office of Community Engagement, whose team banded together with the collective.
BYE BYE FOR NOW ... Caltrain commuters who depend on Baby Bullet trains will have to adjust their schedules starting next week. The transportation agency is temporarily suspending the express train service from Monday, March 14, through Friday, April 1, to accommodate electrification work on its tracks between San Mateo and Burlingame. Anyone hopping on Caltrain can expect trains to single track through the Broadway, Burlingame, San Mateo, Hayward Park and Hillsdale stations during this time. As a result, Caltrain will only run 88 trains each day. Three trains will continue to operate in both directions each hour between 5:30-9 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m. Midday and evening weekday schedules and weekend schedules won't be impacted, according to a press release. Regular service is set to resume on April 4. While Baby Bullet trains are out of service for three weeks, riders can refer to Caltrain's temporary schedule at caltrain.com.
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