Event Objectives

  • EXPAND the “tent” of sectors and organizations interested in and working at the intersection of age, racial equity, and social justice.
  • ELEVATE the voices of older adults from communities of color, highlighting health inequities due to ageism, racism, and other forms of social injustice, i.e., “lived experience.”
  • EXCITE attendees by creating a unique space within California’s event and movement ecosystem.
  • ENGAGE and build buy-in at the event to inspire those in attendance remain committed.

Summit Speakers

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Steering Committee

A Steering Committee guides all facets of the Initiative and was critical in helping us center our human-centered design research on three themes:

  1. Choice around aging in place
  2. Affording aging
  3. Health care access and delivery

Our Steering Committee members are:

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Marina Augusto
Chief Equity Officer
California Department of Aging


Eunice Lin Nichols
CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org)


Denny Chan
Directing Attorney for Equity Advocacy
Justice in Aging

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Kate Meyers
Senior Program Officer
California Health Care Foundation


Jennie Chin Hansen
Independent Consultant
Hirsch Philanthropy Partners

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Dr. Pooja Mittal
Vice President, Chief Health Equity Officer
Health Net


Susan DeMarois
California Department of Aging


Kevin Prindiville
Executive Director
Justice in Aging


Ivelisse Estrada
Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations and Community Empowerment


Janet Y. Spears
Metta Fund


Sandra Hernandez
President and CEO
California Health Care Foundation


Reggie Tucker-Seeley
Vice President of Health Equity
ZERO Prostate Cancer


Andy Imparato
Executive Director
Disability Rights California


Brandi Wolf
Policy Director
SEIU California

About the Initiative

TSF launched the Advancing Health Equity in Aging Initiative in October 2022 to reduce health inequities and improve the lives of older adults from historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on older adults of color. Though many are doing significant work in the spaces of health equity, aging and racial equity, the efforts have not been centrally coordinated.

The Initiative aims to convene, organize, and harmonize efforts by activating and sustaining a diverse, cross-sector network to develop and design solutions. Simultaneously, it is dedicated to engaging those with lived experience at each phase of the work to consistently ensure a person-centered, equitable approach.