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Post: Building an Age-Friendly San Francisco

We’re in a “longevity revolution,” as Dr. James Goodwin PhD, an academician and global aging expert would say – the health of our communities is improving and our life expectancies are rising.  But as our demographics shift, we need to prepare our infrastructure – housing, transportation, and services need to change too. In reflecting about … Continued

Post: Reducing Sugar to Improve SF Kids’ Health

In an effort to reduce San Francisco kids’ sugar consumption, San Francisco Unified School District will stop selling chocolate milk in school cafeterias. In the past, chocolate milk has been unaffected by efforts to promote healthier cafeteria choices because it is a source of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. But one carton of the sweet … Continued

Post: Connecting Seniors Across the Digital Divide

Metta Fund is excited to share a guest post by Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Program Coordinator Debbie Uchida. Her story illustrates the positive power of the Tech Allies Program which utilizes technology to curb isolation and address the digital divide for older San Franciscans. We expect that filling in the digital divide between … Continued

Post: Peer Outreach to Reduce Isolation

  Curry Senior Center, a long-time Metta Fund community partner and grantee, is using a peer outreach model to combat isolation and connect Tenderloin residents to vital social and medical services. In their peer outreach program, older adults help their peers with tasks such as navigating homeless shelter websites to be placed on the waitlist, … Continued

Post: A Chinatown Coalition Against Cavities

For kids, dental cavities and poor oral health are no minor issue. They can negatively impact diet, ability to concentrate and succeed in school, and self-esteem. In San Francisco, 35 percent of kindergartners have experienced dental caries (the medical term for tooth decay or cavities). Like so many other health indicators, there are deep disparities … Continued

Page: For Grantees and Invited Applicants

For Grantees and Invited Applicants This page contains templates and attachments for invited applicants and current grantees. For Invited Applicants & Current Grantees Objectives and Measurement Template Download (.doc) Demographic Template Download (.xlsx) Project Budget Template Download (.xls) CEO and Board Chair Submission Letter Template Download (.docx) Portal How-To Guide (includes reporting questions) Download (.pdf)

Post: Meeting Older Adults’ Medical and Social Needs

Older adults need a variety of social and medical services as they age, and when these types of care are not well-coordinated, it can raise costs and worsen outcomes. This article from NextAvenue highlights challenges due to lack of care integration, and some of the innovative solutions that address these problems. Metta Fund is especially pleased … Continued

Post: “There’s Always A Way”: A Walk SF Animated Original

Metta Fund is excited to share “There’s Always a Way”, a stop-motion animated short produced by grantee Walk SF. The video stars “Little Boy Blue” and his Grandmother, and highlights infrastructure and policy changes that would improve San Francisco’s pedestrian safety and improve public transit. Seniors are five times more likely to be killed in … Continued

Post: Meet Our New Executive Director, Janet Y. Spears

Metta Fund is delighted to announce Janet Y. Spears as our new Executive Director! Janet joins us from the East Bay Community Foundation where she culminated her eight-year tenure as Chief Operating Officer.  She brought her strong strategic management and development skills to the East Bay after an extensive career at AT&T, a Fortune 500 … Continued

Bio: Janet Y. Spears

Janet Y. Spears is Chief Executive Officer of Metta Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of San Francisco’s aging population. Established in 1998, the foundation has a current endowment of more than $70 million and grants out approximately $2.4 million per year. Under Janet’s leadership, Metta Fund has pursued an audacious … Continued