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Jenna Gaarde, MPH

MCAH, HCT Program Manager

Healthy Communities Together (HCT) Learning Collaborative Members

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Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition

Co-Director: Jenna Gerry

Jenna is an attorney in Legal Aid at Work’s Work & Family program where she focuses on the employment rights of pregnant women, new parents, caregivers and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She provides direct representation, participates in legislative advocacy to expand family-friendly workplace policies and engages in community education. Prior to joining Legal Aid at Work, Jenna was a Clerk for the Honorable Cynthia S. Kern in Manhattan and a post-graduate fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in political science from New York University.

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Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area

Betty Sun, Health Program Manager at the Institute at the Golden Gate

Betty oversees the Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area and National ParkRx Initiative collaboratives, and explores social change opportunities at the intersection of parks and health. Her background is in public health program development and evaluation. She has worked with California’s SNAP-Ed nutrition education and obesity prevention programs at the state level developing social marketing campaigns, evaluating community change interventions, and providing technical assistance to local health departments. Betty holds BS and MS degrees in Nutrition from Cornell University and is a Registered Dietitian.

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Healthy Apple Program

Coordinator: Raegan Sales

Raegan Sales has worked at Children’s Council of San Francisco since 2008 and joined their Health and Nutrition team in 2014. She holds a BA in Psychology from New York University and is passionate about linking communities in need to healthy, sustainable food systems. The Healthy Apple Program supports child care providers’ efforts to improve nutrition and increase physical activity so all children develop healthy habits early in life. Visit to learn more and get started today.

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Cavity-Free SF

Oral Health Program Coordinator: Prasanthi Patel, MPH

SF Dept of Public Health: MCAH

Initiative: CavityFree SF (Children's Oral Health Collaborative)

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Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Birth in San Francisco

Program Manager: Zea Malawa, MD, MPH

Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Birth in San Francisco is a collaboration between UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, SF Department of Public Health, and Maternal Child & Adolescent Health (SFDPH & Ca Dept of Public Health).

Dr. Malawa is a highly-respected pediatrician who is passionate and experienced in improving community health. She grew up in San Franciscan and is also a current First 5 Commissioner. She served as a primary care pediatrician at Bayview Child Health Center (2012-15) and at Mission Neighborhood Health Center since 2015. Zea graduated from Columbia University majoring in anthropology. Dr. Malawa then completed her medical school at UCLA, followed by pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Zea lives in the Glen Park neighborhood with her husband Ryan and their 6 year-old son, Miles.

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Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Birth in San Francisco

Program Associate: Stephanie Arteaga, MPH

Stephanie earned a BA in Sociology at SFSU in 2013 and a MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2016. She has worked in Public Health for the last ten years in sexual and reproductive health research with a reproductive justice lens focusing on gay men, women of color, and adolescents. She is fluent in Spanish (written and oral), and has extensive experience with all stages of the research process. She is passionate about and committed to health equity, and is eager to bring these skills and passion to advancing the Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Births at SFDPH.