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Health Funding: Is There More We Can Do Together?

Friday, March 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join us at the next Bay Area Health Funders Group program for a discussion led by CEO of Better Health East Bay and the BAHFG Chair, Jim Hickman. He will moderate the discussion with speakers joining us from prominent health research and policy institutions.

Colleen Chawla, Matthew Marsom and Shannon McConville will share what they are learning, what they are planning and opportunities for collective engagement. As a follow up to the last BAHFG program, they will also provide updates on how funders are strategizing and identifying both defensive and offensive strategies to deal with the unsettling future of the Affordable Care Act. There will be space for questions and for funders to provide additional updates on what their institutions are working on.

We’ll also discuss plans for our next three programs:  

  1. Health care for vulnerable populations;
  2. Intersections with immigration, and
  3. Reproductive health and justice issues.

At the meeting, we will seek guidance from participants to inform these and other future programs and continue to deepen our collaborative work. We hope that by creating this format and sequencing, we will be ready to move towards strategic joint action within the year. 

As a bonus, Jim will introduce the new Co-Chair of the BAHFG. 

About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)

Bay Area Health Funders Group gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.

Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health. 


Colleen Chawla, Deputy Director of Health/Director of Policy & Planning, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Colleen Chawla is Deputy Director of Health and Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In this role, Ms. Chawla is responsible for health policy development and coordination of City-wide and Department-wide efforts to improve health and health care access in San Francisco.  Her current work is largely focused around successful implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. 

Colleen has worked in health sector for more than 20 years, focusing on policy, government affairs, and community and strategic planning, with experience in local government, non-profit, and corporate settings.  Colleen discovered her interest in health and public health early in her career working for a large non-profit organization serving people living HIV/AIDS.  Prior to her current role, Colleen held positions in state government relations in the biotechnology sector.  Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Southern California and her Master in Public Administration/Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Jim HickmanCEO, Better Health East Bay  (Moderator)  

Jim Hickman brings more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the nonprofit, government and private sectors to his role as President and CEO of Better Health East Bay. Launched in 2014, Sutter Health’s Better Health East Bay Foundation raises funds to improve community health by applying a common sense and data-driven approach to solving healthcare issues for the underserved and those who require complex care in our community. Based in Berkeley, California, Jim works with philanthropists, social innovators, clinicians and community leaders to fund groundbreaking innovations to transition the East Bay’s traditional hospital-based care model to a more connected and coordinated system focused on population health and community-based care. In this role, he also serves as an advisor to the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Ethnic Health Institute. Previous to Better Health East Bay, Hickman led strategic communications and advocacy campaigns for the Institute for OneWorld Health (now PATH Drug Development) in San Francisco, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing drugs for neglected diseases in the developing world. In his prior roles, Jim has served as President and CEO of the St. Luke's Hospital Foundation in San Francisco and as Bay Area Regional Director for Blue Cross of California State Sponsored Programs. He has also held posts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration and worked on national, state and local political and advocacy campaigns. Hickman holds a BA in Political Science and Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco and has served on various boards and advisory committees on U.S. and global health issues. 

Matthew MarsomVice President for Public Policy & Programs, Public Health Institute

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the work of the organization’s domestic and global health programs, identifying opportunities to strengthen program impact and promote cross-program collaboration. Matthew is also responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests.

Shannon McConvilleResearch Associate, Public Policy Institute of California

Shannon McConville is a research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her research interests include health care access, utilization, and outcomes among vulnerable populations. Her current work focuses on examining safety net programs, health workforce training needs and capacity, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act in California, including the opportunities for and impact of health insurance coverage for the jail population. Before joining PPIC, she was a research training fellow in the Health Services and Policy Analysis doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley; a senior research associate at the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University; and a project manager at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an MPP degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Target Audience 

This program is open to NCG members.  

PLEASE NOTE:  To access NCG’s office, please enter through Main Street at 160 Main Street.  Spear Street is temporarily closed for construction.