The California Children’s Trust (the Trust) formed in 2018 to reimagine California’s behavioral health system for children. It is intended as a three-year initiative to build a broad-based coalition that advances a fundamentally different approach to defining, serving, and investing in the social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of California’s children and their families. Last year, at the inaugural event of the Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience (FTNR), Alex Briscoe presented an emerging framework prior to the launch of the Trust. Now a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund, the Trust was initiated with early funding from FTNR steering committee members Zellerbach Family Foundation and Genentech, along with funding from the McKenzie Foundation and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.
Alex Briscoe was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in 2009 where he led one of the state’s largest public health systems, overseeing health and hospital systems, public health, behavioral health, and environmental health departments with an annual budget of $700 million and 6,200 FTE contracted and civil service staff. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center. Mr. Briscoe’s work has helped design the nexus of public health and public education. He has designed and administered a number of mental health and physical health programs and services in child serving systems, including home visiting programs, programs for medically fragile children, and clinical and development programs in child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood settings. Mr. Briscoe has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance, and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. Mr. Briscoe is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and most recently with Tipping Point Community. He has specialized in Medicaid policy and administration, emergency medical services, youth voice and crisis counseling, and safety net design and administration.
Rhea W. Boyd, Director, Equity and Justice, California Children's Trust
Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and child and community health advocate. She works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211. She teaches students and trainees about the relationship between structural inequality, poverty, racism and health and is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving on the board of California Chapter 1, and as a member of the AAP’s national Executive Committee on Communications and Media. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Boyd helped organize a group of public health officials, clinicians, community advocates, and funders to evaluate and address the impact of harmful police practices and policies on child and public health. She also worked with a San Francisco-based tech non-profit to increase access to social services across the Bay Area as a means to improving child and community health. Dr. Boyd is the author of the blog Rhea.MD (rheamd.wordpress.com), where she critically engages the intersections of health and justice. Dr. Boyd earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she participated in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Program. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health where she received an M.P.H.
About the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience
Launched in 2018, the vision of the FNTR is to foster a vibrant, engaging funder learning community that meaningfully increases the impact of individual and collective efforts to address adversity and build resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area. To help accomplish this, the FNTR hosts various learning and networking opportunities designed to share ideas and build meaningful relationships.