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Post: Chronic Stress and Adversity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared a bold message: negative childhood experiences, also known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), have long lasting health effects throughout the lifespan of an individual.  Chronic and unpredictable stress-inducing events are linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, and early death.  Exposure to such events include: absence … Continued

Bio: Brigitte Garcia

Brigitte Garcia began her administrative career at Davies Medical Center in 1989. When Metta Fund was created, she became its Director of Administration, the role she continues to fill today. In that capacity, she serves as liaison to the Board of Directors; oversees all office management functions; and also acts as the Assistant Secretary of … Continued

Bio: Catherine Collen

Catherine Collen is the Program and Grants Officer at Metta Fund. She brings over 15 years of programmatic and grants management experience in the philanthropic sector along with a deep commitment to supporting community health and social justice efforts. Prior to Metta Fund, Catherine worked at Tides in a variety of roles over her decade-long … Continued

Bio: H. Marcia Smolens

Ms. Smolens is Founder and President of HMS Associates, a government relations consulting firm, based in San Francisco since 1977. Ms. Smolens has served on the Metta Fund Board since 2004 and is currently Chair of the Board. Ms. Smolens previously served on the following Boards: Exploratorium, International Museum of Women, Institute on Aging, Contemporary … Continued