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Bertam Lubin, MD

Bertram Lubin, MD
Associate Dean of Children’s Health
2009 – 2016
President/CEO, Children’s Hospital of Oakland

Bertram Lubin, MD joined Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in 1973 as Chief of Hematology/Oncology. In 1984 he became the Director of Medical Research. Under his leadership, basic, clinical and translational research activities expanded. He transformed the small research program into a highly successful enterprise called Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Dr. Lubin has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees, community-based health consortia, and university panels across the United States. He has secured and directed NIH grants for over 40 years in a variety of areas. His research has focused on studies of red cell membrane structure in normal and pathologic states, clinical and basic research related to sickle cell anemia, public health initiatives related to newborn screening for hemoglobin disorders and national cord blood banking programs. The Hematology/Oncology department grew under his leadership and is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding care of children with malignancies, sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, and hemophilia.

In 2009 Dr. Lubin was chosen to serve as the President & Chief Executive Officer of what became UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, until his appointment by the University of California San Francisco as Associate Dean of Children’s Health in 2016.

Dr. Lubin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, subspecialty training at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor for six years before his move to Children’s.



Barbara Staggers, MD, MPH
Executive Director, External Affairs and Community Relations


Dr. Barbara Staggers served as a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for almost 30 years and was Chief of Adolescent Medicine for 27 years. She is recognized as a trailblazer in this field and demonstrated her vision in this clinical area by developing national healthcare delivery models for school-based and juvenile justice facilities providing services to adolescents from multi-cultural backgrounds. Dr. Staggers is the co-founder of the award-winning CHAMPS Program, a career pathway, college-bound program for 10-12 graders aimed at increasing the diversity of professionals in the healthcare field. In 2014 CHAMPS received the State-wide Linked Learning Champion Award. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards involving her pediatric medicine expertise and her youth and community partnership efforts which include: the UC Berkeley School of Public Health “Haas Public Service Award,” the San Francisco Foundation “Community Service Award” and the National Violence Prevention Council “Angel of Peace Award.” Dr. Staggers served on the Board of Directors for The California Wellness Foundation for 12 years and is a member of the California State Immunization Advisory Board. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and her Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine from UC San Francisco. She received her BA in psychology and MPH in Health Education from UC Berkeley and her MD from UC San Francisco. She is happily married and the mother of three adult children. Dr. Staggers credits her success and balance in life to her family.



Adam Davis

Adam Davis, MPH, MA
Managing Director, Center for Community Health and Engagement


Adam has 20 years of professional experience in the public health field and has been part of the administration at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland since 2010. His professional experience includes expertise in epidemiology, population health, nonprofit administration, hospital community benefits, public health research, grant writing, project management, and program design and evaluation. His professional background also includes previous positions as a cancer epidemiologist and as a Senior Director of Programs at the American Lung Association in California. He also served as Executive Director of an award-winning $7 million CDC-funded initiative to develop and sustain health education, clinical care, and case management services for Oakland children with asthma. In his career, Adam has written more than 150 successful grant proposals totaling over $40,000,000 and has published 20 journal articles related to asthma, obesity, and cancer. He was appointed to and serves on the Alameda County Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee and has been a regular reviewer for the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Adam received an MPH in Public Health (epidemiology) and an MA (demography) from UC Berkeley.



Dr. Dayna Long

Dayna Long, MD
Medical Director, Department for Community Health & Engagement


For 20+ years, Dr. Dayna Long has served as a primary care pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland with a subspecialty in asthma care. She is the Medical Director for DCHE where she focuses on population and preventative health through her research and programs focused on in social determinants of health. She is a site Principal Investigator for the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded AsthmaNet trials. Currently, her asthma research projects include the (1) Best African American Response to Asthma Drugs (BARD) and the hot spotting project and the (2) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Protocol to Assess Environmental Effects on Drug Response for AsthmaNet Studies. In 2013 she developed the hospital’s Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND) which addresses the social and environmental factors affecting children’s health outcomes through the assistance of culturally responsive navigators who provide families with community resources to address unmet basic needs such as adequacy of food, housing, childcare and mental health services. She also serves as the medical spokesperson for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing initiative which encourages early literacy and brain development of children ages 0-5 by providing parents and caregivers with toolkits, support and guidance. As a steering committee member of First 5 Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Dr. Long advocates for children. In 2014 she received the prestigious National Service Award from the Corporation for National Service for the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. She was selected as a keynote speaker for the White House celebration hosted by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton in recognition of her AmeriCorps and national community service. She is the 2016 Girls Inc., Alameda STRONG awardee. Dr. Long received her BS from Stanford University in Biology and a BA in African and African-American History. She attended medical school at George Washington University and completed her residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.



Doreen Moreno

Doreen Moreno
Director, Government Advocacy and Community Engagement


Doreen manages UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s government, public policy and community relations strategic priorities. She has over 28 years of professional experience in the Public Affairs arena in both the public and private sector. Previously she worked as a Legislative and Health Policy Analyst for Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and for almost 12 years served as the Associate Director for Regional Government & Community Relations for UC Berkeley. She was raised in Fresno and had the honor to serve as the first Latina Chief of Staff for the first woman elected Mayor of the City of Fresno, in addition to managing media relations and serving as chief spokesperson. She has over 16 years of experience in the UC and CSU higher education systems that included outreach and recruitment of low-income and underrepresented students and developing and managing community partnerships to address student education and health disparities. In 2014 she was appointed to the Oakland Mayor’s Workforce Investment Board and serves on the East Bay Economic Development Alliance Employer Strategies Committee. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the California Latino Caucus Public Policy Institute and is a 2006 alumnus of the prestigious non-partisan HOPE Leadership Institute dedicated to developing Latina women as elected officials and community leaders. She has cultivated extensive statewide and regional ties with elected officials and community leaders over the years by building relationships through mutual respect and trust. She has a passion for working on behalf of underserved communities by bridging public policy and advocacy to address key health and education equity issues facing our communities. She received her BA in Broadcast Communications and Journalism from San Francisco State University.



Larissa J. EstesLarissa J. Estes, DrPH
Manager of Community Partnerships, Department of Community Health and Engagement


Dr. Larissa J. Estes has over 15 years of public health and healthcare experience. She is responsible for developing, managing, and reporting on programs and initiatives with community partners that advance the mission of the Department of Community Health and Engagement, addressing health equity, and strengthening services provided to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital patients, families, and the surrounding community. Dr. Estes is interested in developing and integrating evidence-based and promising practices across sectors and systems that impact health and wellbeing. Much of her career has included widespread collaboration with regional and local partners, facilitating consensus building among senior leaders and community-based stakeholders, and execution of multi-sectoral strategies. She has prior experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation; maternal and child health; women’s health; and public health and healthcare policy analysis. Prior to joining UCSF Benioff, Dr. Estes served as the health system transformation program manager at Prevention Institute, leading projects focused on strategies for healthcare to move “outside the clinic walls,” and identifying community strategies that support mental health and wellbeing. From 2013-2015 Dr. Estes was a policy analyst for the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency, serving as key programmatic staff in the development of legislative policy recommendations to improve health care quality and efficiency across Texas. She has experience in federal, state, city, and county level, non-profit, government, and academic public health. Dr. Estes earned her BS in Athletic Training from Duquesne University, a MPH in Family and Child Health from the University of Arizona, and a DrPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Her doctoral studies specialized in using enhanced surveillance methods and policy analysis to address maternal mortality in Texas which led to the implementation of a statewide maternal mortality and morbidity review board. Dr. Estes is part-time faculty with the Walden University, College of Health Sciences, adjunct faculty with the Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also serves on the Austin Clubhouse Board Advisory Board, and the HealthImpact and California Action Coalition Advisory Committee Board.



DCHE Staff


Edina Hicks
Administrative Assistant, Department of Community Health and EngagementBaylee DeCastro, MPP, Children’s Health Equity Institute Senior Manager

Michelle Endacot
Program Manager of CHAMPS

Artanesha Jackson, MSW
Project Manager of FIND

Leanna Lewis, MSW
Coordinator of Cultural Humility

Sawhel Maali
Children’s Health Equity Institute Program Coordinator and Food Farmacy Program Coordinator

Christine Schudel, MPH, MSW
Coordinator of CAP

Noemi Spinazzi, MD
Manager of Charlie’s Clinic (Down Syndrome)

Shelley Stinson 
Program Manager of Family Care Network (HIV)

June Tester, MD
Principal Investigator Food Programs
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