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BAHFG Meeting & Program | Health Equity: Achieving Quality Health for All People

Thursday, April 16, 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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Health Equity is the assurance of the conditions for optimal health for all people. However, varying definitions create a labyrinth in addressing and supporting solutions.  

What does Health Equity really mean?  Why is it important across California's vibrant communities? How can funders incorporate a Health Equity framework into their current portfolio?  What are the various points of entry? How can the funding community help achieve health for all through advocacy, organizing, public policy, and education initiatives?

Join us for the next Bay Area Health Funders group meeting and stick around for an interactive discussion on this highly complex issue.  Program speakers will share unique challenges in supporting health across diverse State populations and discuss evidenced based strategies that advance statewide solutions. 

Network and meeting begins at 10 am, followed by the program  at 10:45 am. 

Come Join Us

  • Develop a deep understanding of what healthy equity means across diverse populations
  • Hear about critical policy initiatives that are helping create pathways to achieve health equity in the State
  • Explore effective strategies that support Health Equity initiatives
  • Learn what the funding community can do to advance health equity across all
  • Meet and network with other health funders in Northern California


  • Dr. George Flores, Senior Program Manager, PreventionThe California Endowment
  • Sara DeGuia, Executive Director, The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) 

Targeted Audience

This program is open to all funders whose primary focus is on  asset building, workforce, community development, health, social justice, and/ or diversity.    Specially invited guests include members of the Bay Area Health Funders Group, the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, health government agencies, and other funder networks as appropriate. 

About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)

This program is hosted by the Bay Area Health Funders Group, a network collaborative of Northern California Grantmakers that is comprised of health funders in the Bay who come together to learn, and share information around their work, and explore collaborative opportunities to achieve greater impact.  As part of their 2015 priorities, the network will be developing a series of programs that help inform their work they do and that highlight effective strategies the funding community can take to respond to the issue at hand.  

Speaker Bios

Dr. George Flores is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Healthy California Prevention team.  His work focuses on grant-making to improve health and equity through community-based prevention and a transformational health workforce.  His strategies involve strengthening the public health system, linking primary care and community-based prevention, and fostering cross-sector collaboration to address the social and environmental factors that shape health outcomes. Dr Flores previously managed grant-making to develop models of health-supportive policies and community environments, including Healthy Eating Active Communities and the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, two nationally-prominent multi-site, multi-sector programs to prevent childhood obesity that provided key lessons for the development of The Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities strategy. 

Previously, Dr. Flores served as Public Health Officer in San Diego and Sonoma Counties.  He received his MD from the University of Utah, and MPH from Harvard. He is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program and the National Public Health Leadership Institute. He is a member of two Institute of Medicine committees that published landmark reports: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, and The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century.  He is currently a member of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Dr. Flores is a founder of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

Over his career, Dr. Flores has been a resource to government and non-government organizations.  Dr. Flores was recognized by the National Hispanic Medical Association as 2011 Physician of the Year for his work that addresses social and environmental inequities and the role of communities in advancing policy and systems change to improve health.  His vision is for every community to be a healthy, safe, and supportive place to raise children, go to school, work, and play.

Sarah de Guia is the Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), a multicultural health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of communities of color in California. Sarah has over a decade of experience advocating for access to high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care, advancing women’s reproductive justice, and promoting immigrants’ rights. Previously, Sarah held the position of CPEHN’s Director of Government Affairs, where she spearheaded the organization’s legislative work and successfully achieved passage of eight legislative proposals on issues ranging from improving language access to promoting a “health in all policies” approach in state planning. In 2008, Sarah directed the Having Our Say coalition, comprised of over 40 diverse organizations throughout California working to ensure communities of color were an integral part of California’s health reform debates. Sarah also worked as the Health Program Manager with the Latino Issues Forum and as Legislative Analyst with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Sarah served as a mentor with the Women’s Policy Institute from 2012-2014, a legislative training program for women leaders, and is herself a recent graduate of CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color program. Sarah graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy.

Cecilia Oregon is the director of Safety Net Partnerships for Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program. In her role, Ms. Echeverria helps accelerate safety net grant initiatives, technical assistance, and the development and spread of safety net partnerships across Kaiser Permanente’s seven regions and at the national level. Prior to her role at Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Echeverría served as a program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where she managing the portfolio of grants focused on strengthening California's healthcare safety net. Ms. Echeverría has also served as a senior program officer with The California Endowment where she provided strategic direction to The Endowment's efforts to promote school health, expand public health insurance coverage, and strengthen the healthcare safety net.

She has served as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C., and as a special projects associate for the Alameda County Public Health Department where she worked on special projects for the Director's Office, including the development of community health teams throughout the county. Ms. Echeverría has a bachelor of arts in social welfare, a master’s in public policy, and a master’s in public health from University of California, Berkeley. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program. She currently serves as an Alameda County First 5 Commissioner and sits on the board of directors for the California School Based Health Alliance and for Youth Uprising.