About us

Our mission

The Office of Health Equity seeks to addresses health disparities and workforce inequities to create a culture of equity and inclusion, and allow all San Franciscans to enjoy health and prosperity.

DPH Strategic Equity Goals

  1. An end to health disparities
  2. A culture of equity and inclusion
  3. A diverse and engaged workforce
  4. A sustainable equity infrastructure
  5. Authentic community relationships
  6. Consistent accountability

Organizational structure

The Office of Health Equity works to advance equity in 4 focus areas: capacity building, supporting an equity culture, service quality improvements to reduce disparities and deepen community engagement, and to establish accountability for achieving change.

OHE staff also regularly partner with Equity Leads across 11 DPH Divisions. These divisions include Behavioral Health Services; Finance; Human Resources; Information Technology; Jail Health Services; Laguna Honda Hospital; Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health; Population Health; Primary Care; Whole Person Integrated Care; and Zuckerberg SF General.

Meet our team

Office of Health Equity

  • Ayanna Bennett, Director and Chief Health Equity Officer 
  • TBD, Senior Manager, Health Equity Programs 
  • Toni Rucker, Senior Manager 
  • Vincent Fuqua, Coordinator of Community Engagement 
  • Gavin Morrow-Hall, Coordinator of the Black African American Health Initiative 
  • TBD, Equity Intern 
  • Tracy Shaw-Senigar, Community Health Education

DPH Equity Leads

  • Jessica Brown, Behavioral Health Services
  • Alicia St. Andrews, Behavioral Health Services
  • Michael Rojas, Behavioral Health Services
  • Mark Morewitz, Health Commission Secretary
  • Richa Dhanju, Human Resources
  • Nick Gonsalves, Human Resources
  • Almir Guimaraes, IT
  • Tanya Mera, Jail Health Services
  • Nicole Joe, Jail Health Services
  • Amie Fishman, Laguna Honda Hospital
  • Jennifer Carton Wade, Laguna Honda Hospital
  • Melissa Brown, Maternal Child and Adolescence Health
  • Veronica Shepard, Population Health Division
  • Isela Ford, Population Health Division
  • Robin George, Primary Care
  • Elizabeth Lynch, ZSFG

Equity Governing Council

  • Hillary Kunins, Behavioral Health Services 
  • Jenny Louie, Chief Financial Officer 
  • Greg Wagner, Chief Operating Officer 
  • Luenna Kim, Human Resources 
  • Eric Raffin, Information Technology 
  • Lisa Pratt, Jail Health Services 
  • Michael Phillips, Laguna Honda Hospital 
  • John Grimes, Laguna Honda Hospital 
  • Aline Armstrong, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health 
  • Maggie Rykowski, Office of Compliance 
  • Sneha Patil, Office of Policy & Planning 
  • Rita Nguyen, Population Health Division 
  • Susan Philip, Population Health Division 
  • Anna Robert, Primary Care  
  • Hali Hammer, SF Health Network  
  • Andrea Turner, ZSFG