Join the Shape Up SF Coalition and NCG's Bay Area Health Funders Group for a conversation with nonprofits and funders to strategize how San Francisco can be a leader in health equity and healthy eating active living programs by further supporting agencies funded by the Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax.
This new stream of funding presents a unique opportunity to make significant strides in achieving health equity for the communities most targeted by the industry and burdened by related chronic diseases. In town hall meetings across San Francisco, and in the recent community health needs assessment, residents called for more healthy eating and active living programs. The consistent funding from this tax will allow community based nonprofits to strengthen and expand these types of programs and have a positive impact on persistent health disparities in San Francisco.
While the new public funds offer new opportunities to support healthy eating/active living, private philanthropy can also play an important role to ensure that the nonprofits implementing them are set up for success. Capacity building support can help nonprofits develop new and strengthen existing high quality programs for residents, and continue their engagement in policy and systems change work that can impact the root causes of health inequities. San Francisco, and other Bay Area cities, are leaders in the movement to address the rising rates of chronic disease in their communities by taxing sugary drinks. Success in the Bay Area can serve as a model and help make the case for a statewide effort to tax sugary drinks.
Join us to:
- Create a shared understanding of HEAL work, and how to overcome funding and implementation barriers;
- Gain understanding of innovative funding models, and how to creatively support capacity building for nonprofits; and
- Identify partnership opportunities to ensure successful implementation of soda tax, and support statewide soda tax policy efforts.
Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH, Health Officer, City & County of San Francisco Director, Population Health Division
Dr. Aragon is the health officer of the City & County of San Francisco, and director of the Population Health Division (PHD) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Striving to embody and promote the universal values of humility, compassion, equity and dignity, he works to convene, connect, and catalyze communities and institutions to transform narratives, policies, and systems toward a sustainable culture of equity, healing and health for all people and our planet. As health officer, he exercises leadership and legal authority to protect and promote equity and health. As PHD director, he directs public health services. He teaches population health data science (with R) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and he maintains a public health blog with a focus on population health equity, leadership, lean, and data science.
Pedro Arista, Program Officer, Hirsch & Associates Philanthropic Advisors
Pedro has dedicated his career to strengthening the most impactful cross-sector collaborations and community-based organizations in California and across the U.S. At Hirsch & Associates, Pedro evaluates the best and brightest cross-sector initiatives working on improving equity in the Bay Area and partners with them to achieve lasting success. Prior to his current role, Pedro led the healthy eating and active living portfolio of grantmaking initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. To improve social determinants of health, he directed more than $3.2 million to 20 outstanding community-based organizations while boosting their effectiveness with culturally relevant capacity support. He holds an M.P.H. from San Francisco State University, where he also serves as faculty in the Department of Health Education, teaching courses on health policy and equity.
Shane Valentine, Corporate and Community Impact Director, American Heart Association (Moderator)