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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

To improve safety, health outcomes and well-being in our environments by uplifting community members as leaders and working together to increase equitable access and use of free tools and resources by San Francisco community members.

OUR VISION

A world free from racism, where poor health outcomes or premature deaths due to oppressive systems no longer exist. A world where everyone has access to quality care.

OUR ORIGIN STORY

It's Fall 2020. A virus has disrupted the rhythm of the world completely. No longer in lockdown, San Francisco has done relatively well in battling COVID-19, but rosy numbers hide a growing chasm of inequity hastened by the pandemic: neighborhoods with majority families of color are disproportionately impacted by the virus. This reality is painfully evident when private schools reopen in August while public schools remain closed the entire school year.

Enter co-founders Mari Fraga, Saul Kato, Stacie Calad-Thomson and Tracey Briones, four local parents determined to help reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on families in their city. Countless conversations, research, and hustle lead to the formation of an organization to bring together the resources with the will to help stop the spread of COVID in vulnerable communities.

As we have grown, we’ve realized that we’re more than a scrappy COVID-19 testing nonprofit—we’ve become a trusted community partner and built a model of community care delivery. We increase community capacity by hiring from the communities we serve, and deliver co-created programs and resources to our network of partnerships nimbly and adaptively. We ensure that the impact of our programs is leveraged towards structural change.

Our Approach

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Forging Partnerships

We collaborate with a variety of partners to build a network of care: community based organizations, public institutions, and private stakeholders. Each partner plays a vital role in the network, whether it is to provide resources, or to help us co-design and deliver care programs to meet their community needs.

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Building Community Capacity

We work within our network to hire local advocates who possess intimate familiarity with the issues in our community. We train future health equity leaders and launch careers in community health that might not have been possible otherwise, thereby fostering sustainable impact and long-term community resilience.

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Navigating Change

We adapt to a shifting health landscape and are committed to sustaining our network of partnerships and our community care specialists in their work. Our community initiatives help us leverage the impact of our care programs as well as to organize around pressing needs.

Our Partnerships

Our network of partnerships includes Community Based Organizations, public institutions, schools, sponsors and more. We look forward to growing our network, contact us if you are interested in collaboration!

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Our Team

Our team brings together leaders of various walks of life who help redefine what community means every day. True to our commitment to building capacity from within, many of our staff have evolved from part- to full-time roles, and a majority call home the very communities we work alongside.

Founders & Board

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Mariana "Mari" Fraga

SHE / THEY

Co-Executive Director

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Jenny Ton

SHE / THEY

Co-Executive Director

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Stacie Calad-Thomson

SHE / HER

Co-Founder & Board Member

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Saul Kato

HE / HIM

Co-Founder & Board Member

Our Team

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Sabrina Ayoob

SHE / HER

People and Culture Sr. Manager

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Adam Crayne

HE / HIM

Assoc. Director of Development

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Barbara Kopicki

SHE / HER

Operations Lead

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Angelita Bratcher

SHE / HER

Harm Reduction Specialist

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Vinly Eng

HE / HIM

Dir. of Policy, Advocacy & Community Organizing

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Dora Scott

SHE / HER

Finance Lead

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Symone Bullock

SHE / HER

Operations Manager

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Tuli Hughes

SHE / HER

Community Care Coordinator

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Makayla Scott

SHE / HER

Community Care Health Educator

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Cheyenne Cambri

THEY / THEM

Program Lead

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Char Iosefo

SHE / HER

People and Culture Associate

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Diana Vado

SHE / HER

Community Care Health Educator

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