This study showcases a partnership between two community based organizations, the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). The SFDPH will share its Community Action Model involving CBPR for policy development and environmental change which provided the framework and resources to the two cbos. VYDC will detail how their community based research and findings including a google map with rotten/half/full apple designations for healthy store status led to the creation of the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition that is working on a healthy retail model in that neighborhood. YLI advocates will discuss their research that led to a model policy to cap the number of permits per district at the current lowest district in SF and address the overconcentration of tobacco permits in districts with high numbers of youth, people of color and low income people. A member of the SF Board of Supervisors has agree to sponsor policies related to both efforts.
Susana Hennessey Lavery
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Vietnamese Youth Development Center
Team Let’s Stop Tobacco (Team LST)
Team Let’s Stop Tobacco (Team LST)
Avni Desai, MPH
Youth Leadership Institute
Youth Presenter with Tobacco Use Reduction Force
Susana Hennessey Lavery, MPH, is a Health Educator with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (1992 -present). In that capacity she designs and implements comprehensive health promotion plans, co-designed and implements the CAM (community action model for policy development) and works on global health projects with San Francisco’s diverse communities. She works on food system initiatives including co-staffing SEFA (Southeast Food Access working group), participation on the steering committee of the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition and the California Healthy Retail for Healthy Communities campaign. She co-coordinates the Bay Area committee of Vision y Compromiso, a statewide CHW network. Previously, she was the Community Health Education supervisor at La Clinica de La Raza (1979-1992).
Jessica Estrada is the Program Coordinator at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) in San Francisco, California. Jessica graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2007, with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Exercise Biology. After graduation, she worked for the Yolo County Health Department, where she worked in tobacco prevention, education and policy. In 2009, Jessica received the Yolo County Public Health Hero Award for her work in establishing and managing three youth coalitions throughout Yolo County. Later in 2011, Jessica moved back to her hometown of San Francisco to work in the tough Tenderloin neighborhood at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center. She currently works with a diverse group of youth advocates and well as a group of adult resident leaders to improve the retail environment of the Tenderloin community.
Julie Tan is a recent graduate of Galileo High School in San Francisco, CA. She has been a member of Team Let’s Stop Tobacco (Team LST) at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) since the beginning of the project in spring 2011. Julie has been vital to the project; she has organized focus groups, met with multiple city officials, translated for community meetings, and helped plan the logistics of two large events. Because of her hard work and dedication, Julie has been promoted to Youth Program Assistant for the summer, and will help locally coordinate state-wide corner store assessments. She will be attending San Jose State University in the fall.
Isis Kenyatta is a recent graduate of Big Picture School in San Francisco, CA. She has been a member of Team Let’s Stop Tobacco (Team LST) at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) since the beginning of the project in spring 2011. Isis has been an amazing spokeswoman for the project; last fall she had the opportunity to speak at the state-wide “Healthy Retailers, Healthy Communities” conference. Isis will be continuing with the project this year, and because of her extensive experience, she has been promoted to a Senior Youth Intern. Isis will be attending a culinary program in San Francisco in the fall.
Avni Desai, MPH, is a program coordinator with the Youth Leadership Institute’s San Francisco Programs. She coordinates two youth programs, the Tobacco Use Reduction Force, which aims to reduce tobacco permit density in San Francisco, and Nutrition Soldiers, a group of youth who are from Bayview who are working on a social marketing campaign to build the demand for healthy food in Bayview. Prior to working at YLI, Avni was a tobacco policy coordinator with Contra Costa County Health Services and a prevention specialist with Horizon Services in Alameda County. She received her master’s in public health with an emphasis in global health from Loma Linda University in 2010.
LeeAnn Crisman is a third generation San Francisco native who just graduated from City College of San Francisco and will be attending SFSU in Fall 2013. LeeAnn aspires to teach children, a career she connected with while a member of Abraham Lincoln High School’s Teacher Academy. She has been a TURF youth advocate since 2011 and has helped lead many community meetings, meetings with elected officials, and has helped provide leadership to other youth in San Francisco.