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1 big thing: San Francisco's rank in health outcomes

<span style="text-align: center; display: block"> 2024 County Health Factors rankings</span>
Data: County Health Rankings; Note: Factors include prevalence of healthy behaviors, quality of clinical care, socioeconomic indicators and physical environment; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

San Francisco has among the best health outcomes in the nation when it comes to factors like the quality of clinical care, socioeconomic indicators and physical environment, according to a new report.

Why it matters: Our county, which comprises only the city of San Francisco, has a lower rate of premature death, a higher life expectancy and a lower share of adults who report that they're in poor physical health than the average U.S. county.

  • That's according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a program of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Zoom in: San Francisco's premature age-adjusted mortality is lower than the average U.S. county at 270 deaths per 100,000 people age 75 or younger — though that figure increases significantly for Black, Hispanic and Indigenous residents, per the report.

Yes, but: San Francisco County has a much higher rate of HIV prevalence — 1,590 of every 100,000 residents 13 and older compared with 382 for the average U.S. county.

  • Its rate of drug overdose deaths is also more than twice the rate of the average U.S. county.
  • San Francisco also ranked lower than the average U.S. county on several other health behaviors, including adult smoking, adult obesity and physical inactivity.

Between the lines: Although San Francisco gets overall high scores when it comes to health outcomes, those outcomes aren't always distributed equally.

  • Researchers note that the county contains neighborhoods that experienced "intentional disinvestment" through redlining in the 1900s, which contributed to disparities that persist today.
  • The county also ranked below the average U.S. county on some physical environment and socioeconomic factors.
  • In San Francisco, 23% of households experienced severe housing problems, defined as overcrowding, high housing costs, lack of kitchen facilities or a lack of plumbing facilities. That's compared with 17% nationally.

What they're saying: Counties with strong civic infrastructure, such as broadband internet access and public libraries, "are often healthier," the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program said in a recent news release.

  • "On the other hand, exclusionary practices, such as laws and practices that limit voting and organized labor, can be detrimental to health."

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2. SF sports cheat sheet

Asisat Oshoala of Bay FC reacts to a missed shot during a game between Bay FC and the Washington Spirit this month. Photo: Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

We're back with our monthly roundup of the major sports teams in San Francisco plus Bay FC, the new Bay Area women's soccer team that plays in San Jose.

Bay FC

Bay FC kicked off its season this month and sits in the middle of the pack at seventh place with a record of 1-1.

The big picture: Bay FC, founded by four former U.S. women's team players, is the first active professional women's sports team in the Bay in over a decade.

What to watch: Bay FC will host its inaugural home match Saturday against the Houston Dash at PayPal Park in San Jose.

Warriors' playoff chances look grim

The Golden State Warriors are grasping at straws to make it to the postseason.

  • The Warriors are 4-6 in their last 10 games, sitting at 10th place.
  • That's just good enough to make it to the Play-In tournament, but the Houston Rockets are threatening to knock the Dubs out of postseason contention.
  • The Rockets are just half a game behind the Warriors in the standings, with only 12 games left for the Dubs and 11 for the Rockets.

What's next: If the Warriors make it to the Play-In tournament with the 10th seed, they would need to win two single-elimination games to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Get caught up on the Niners and Giants

3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The mother of an 8-year-old autistic boy is calling on the state to investigate SFUSD's failure to report incidents in which, school documents indicate, he was restrained and isolated at school. (SF Standard)

🎙️ Read what District 9 supervisorial candidates think about the vending ban in the Mission. (Mission Local)

Over 400 workers at Daly City's Seton Medical Center have gone on strike amid contract negotiations. (NBC Bay Area)

The Bay Bridge's Bay Lights project is close to hitting the $11 million needed to restart the 1.8-mile light installation, organizers say. (KTVU)

4. Quote du jour: The upcoming mayor's race

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

November's mayoral race is shaping out to be a battle among moderates, unless left-leaning Supervisor Aaron Peskin throws his name into the mix — something he has until June 11 to decide.

The frontrunners: Incumbent Mayor London Breed, former short-term Mayor Mark Farrell, philanthropist Daniel Lurie and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safaí.

"This year, the electorate would seem to be leaning moderate. And, lo, multiple moderates have entered the fray. Moderates have the clear advantage — and, as a result of that, every individual candidate is incentivized to stay in the race, work for his or her own benefit, and dilute their collective leverage."
— Mission Local managing editor and columnist Joe Eskenazi

🏀 Megan is depressed about the Warriors.

🍙 Shawna is loving these London Breed-ified onigiris (even if they're just from a conceptual artist and not a formal partnership).

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Brad Bonhall and Anjelica Tan.