Healthy San Francisco: Providing Healthcare to San Francisco's Uninsured


Monday, March 5, 2012, 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Tangerine M. Brigham, Director of Healthy San Francisco

About the Seminar
Healthy San Francisco targets underserved and disadvantaged populations. As an initiative of the city and county of San Francisco, it provides healthcare to the region’s estimated 64,000 uninsured adult residents.

Healthy San Francisco presents before the National Selection Committee in November 2011

Administered by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Healthy San Francisco integrates existing public and private healthcare providers into a single, centralized system, whereby residents can enroll, select a primary care medical home, and gain access to services, information, and support. Since its launch in 2007, over 85 percent of uninsured have voluntarily enrolled in Healthy San Francisco, particularly notable as 20 percent of enrollees had not accessed healthcare services at all in the last two years. Independent evaluation data reveals that enrollees show steadily declining emergency department use over time and 94 percent of enrollees have expressed satisfaction with the program. At this seminar, Healthy San Francisco, one of the year's Innovations in American Government Award Finalist, will present its innovation.

About the Speaker
Tangerine M. Brigham is director of Healthy San Francisco Program and also serves a deputy director of health with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Brigham’s expertise crosses the health, housing, and social service fields where she has worked on several initiatives in such issues as health care coverage expansion, income maintenance programs, home, and community-based services, and supportive housing. Prior to her current position, Brigham served as Community Health program officer for The San Francisco Foundation, chief of staff for Administrative Services at L.A. Care Health Plan, director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s California program, and director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.