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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.




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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