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Income Disparities in SF:
Closing the Gap

Thursday, October 26, 2017

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The City Club of San Francisco
11th Floor, Main Dining Room
155 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104


Anda Kuo, MD, UCSF School of Medicine

Doctor Kuo is a pediatrician passionate about leveraging UCFS' and the community's expertise to make child health and wellness a reality for all children the Bay Area. To achieve this vision, she established UCSF's Child Health Equity Collective in 2015.

She believes UCSF School of Medicine's health professions-focused campus has an opportunity to explicitly develop leaders who will transform health throughout the life-course of individuals and communities. Dr. Kuo had the incredible opportunity to be the Founding Director of the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) residency program (2004-15) and served as the Associate Director of Curriculum for the UCSF Pathways to Health and Society (2011-15).

Accordingly, her interests are in community health, collaborative leadership, and leadership development, particularly to improve the health of vulnerable populations. She is currently co-leading the School of Medicine's Culture of Leadership Initiative from which UCSF Medical School has developed the Meeting Optimization Program to create a culture of using meetings as transformative rather than transactional events. 

She is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators (AME) and served as the Communication and Advocacy Champion until 2015. She continues to serve as the editor for the AME e-newsletter, Academy in Action. In 2013 Dr. Kuo received an Academy Chair in Pediatric Education to advance the educational initiatives of the Child Health Equity Collective. Dr. Kuo welcomes collaborations across the health professions and beyond.

From 2012-2015, Dr. Kuo served as a First Five Commissioner for San Francisco. She also serves as a consultant with the American Academy of Pediatrics in areas of community pediatrics and advocacy competencies for trainees. In 2015, Dr. Kuo joined the Board of the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic.

Bertram Lubin, MD, Associate Dean of Children’s Health, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Doctor Lubin's career in Academic Pediatrics and children's health advocacy has spanned fifty years.  His work has led to basic, clinical, and social advancements, which have improved the lives of countless children and adults focusing on underserved populations.  He has served on more than 60 academic leadership committees, advisory boards, and served as a volunteer reviewer for 17 academic medical journals (including the New England Journal of Medicine), and published more than 150 articles in peer reviewed journals.  His primary basic research interest has been in hematology, particularly sickle cell disease. He led a program to introduce newborn screening for the genetic defect in California, and started the first sibling cord blood banking program in the world.

In 1980, Dr. Lubin became the first physician director of medical research at Children’s Hospital Oakland.  Under his leadership, basic, clinical and translational research activities expanded exponentially, transforming a small research program into a $50 million-a-year enterprise called Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. In 2009, Dr. Lubin became the President and CEO of the medical center. In 2014 Children’s Hospital Oakland's affiliation with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals created a clinical presence on both sides of the Bay, providing an unprecedented opportunity to link the basic and translational science enterprises and to redefine medical treatment for children in the 21st century. In 2015 Dr. Lubin founded the Center for Community Health and Engagement to provide leadership, services, and research to address the impact of social determinants, poverty, and health equity of children.

Dr. Lubin is currently serving UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals as the first Associate Dean for Children’s Health.

Assemblymember David Chiu, California District 17

In November 2014, David Chiu was elected to the California State Legislature to represent the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. He was re-elected in 2016. Before joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. With a reputation as a consensus maker, Chiu was the first Board President in San Francisco history elected by fellow Supervisors to three consecutive terms, and the first Asian American to hold the post. Chiu was first elected Supervisor in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012 to represent San Francisco’s northeast neighborhoods, District 3, which includes the city’s major tourism, retail, downtown and wharf areas. As Supervisor, David Chiu authored 110 ordinances across a wide range of policy areas, including affordable housing, job creation, public safety, healthcare, the environment, transportation, civil rights, language access, ethics and technology.

The son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University. After moving to San Francisco in 1996, David Chiu served as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Chiu was also a founder of the public affairs technology company Grassroots Enterprise, where he served as Chief Operating Officer.

Before running for office, David Chiu was a hands-on leader in San Francisco. He served as a Small Business Commissioner, president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, board chair of the Youth Leadership Institute, Lower Polk Neighbors and the Chinatown Community Development Center, and board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and Chinese for Affirmative Action. Chiu was elected three times to the leadership of the San Francisco Democratic Party.  He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an American Memorial Marshall Fellow, and one of the “Best Attorneys under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.