Chelsea Clinton Visits to Talk Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice

Chelsea Clinton, left, and Amy Aparicio Clark, Aetna Foundation managing director of community impact and strategy, listen when San Diego County HHSA Director Nick Macchione makes a point during a roundtable discussion on child welfare and juvenile justice Thursday.

The Strong Families, Thriving Communities Coalition, an ongoing partnership of the County of San Diego, the Clinton Foundation and the San Diego Foundation, hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday on improving child welfare and juvenile justice.

The event in Balboa Park featured Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, and was designed to foster a community conversation about equity in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the San Diego region. It also aimed to highlight the importance of improving health outcomes.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure that every child has every opportunity for a safe, warm, supporting, loving healthy environment,” said Clinton. “There are so many structural and systemic barriers that prevent that.

“We’re hoping to empower (youth) to help us get to solutions more quickly.”

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, District 4, gave opening remarks. He noted that a child living in La Jolla, which is part of his district, has a life expectancy 10 years longer than a child in City Heights, and it’s important to address that disparity.

Nick Macchione, director of the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, participated on the panel with Clinton.

“We have a grand vision we call Live Well San Diego, and it’s about getting every San Diegan to live to their fullest potential in life” said Nick Macchione, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency director. “We can only live well when we all live well. That is why we all really need to come together.”

The County’s partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the San Diego Foundation began in 2017. Since then, the organizations have worked with over 100 community partners to examine challenges and identify solutions to make child welfare and juvenile justice systems more equitable for families and children.

For more information about the Strong Families, Thriving Communities initiative on the San Diego Foundation website.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact