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Post: Transforming the Tenderloin

Metta grantee Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP) is tasked with a big challenge: aligning community organizations, health systems, and government agencies to improve health in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood being dramatically transformed by gentrification. This neighborhood has long been one of San Francisco’s lowest-income, with residents who suffer from high rates of chronic disease and … Continued

Page: NFIA Members

NFIA Members NFIA’s members represent a dozen organizations working to support older adults in Northern California. Marco Chavarin Vice President, Northern California Citi Community Development Elena Chavez Quezada Senior Program Officer Walter and Elise Haas Fund Catherine Collen Program and Grants Officer Metta Fund Allison Domicone Program Officer Hirsch & Associates Jim Illig Community Benefit … Continued

Page: Network of Funders Interested in Aging

Metta Fund is interested in working at the systems-change level, in partnership with other funders, to improve quality of life for older people who are socially isolated and economically insecure in San Francisco. The changing demographic of the San Francisco Bay Area is evident - by 2030, more than thirty percent of San Franciscans will … Continued

Post: Roma Guy and John Woodward join the Metta Fund’s Board of Directors

The Metta Fund is pleased to announce that Roma Guy and John Woodward have joined the organization’s board of directors. James Loyce, Board Chair and Janet Y. Spears, Chief Executive Officer, extend a warm welcome to the new directors. “We’re excited to have Roma and John joining our Board of Directors,” said Ms. Spears. “Both … Continued

Bio: Roma Guy

Ms. Guy served on the Health Commission City and County of San Francisco, 1996-2008.  She is a member of statewide Health Access Board of Directors and engaged in long standing multicultural social justice issues. From 1994 to 2007, Ms. Guy was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, College of Health and Human Services, Department … Continued

Bio: John Woodward

John Woodward is the Chief Executive Officer of Front Porch Communities and Services, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates both multi-level and continuing care retirement communities as well as affordable housing communities.  Front Porch currently serves over 5,000 residents at 38 locations in four states. Prior to joining Front Porch, Mr. Woodward served as … Continued

Post: An African-American Infant Health Crisis

America has a crisis in African American infant and maternal health, as highlighted in this recent piece from the New York Times. Chronic stress, societal racism, and challenges around access to health care come together to create an environment in which black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes … Continued

Post: Seniors without Savings

The Atlantic recently published a standout piece on senior economic insecurity, sharing the stories of Americans who have “aged into poverty” as our country’s retirement savings system has eroded. With the decline of employer-sponsored pensions and stagnation of average wages over the past 30 years, many older adults have come to depend on Social Security … Continued