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Funders' Briefing on COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday, March 1, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm PST

California has recently accelerated its vaccine distribution plan. While the vaccine rollout is in full swing, new challenges and inequities have surfaced in its community outreach, engagement, and rollout process. How should philanthropy use its collective power to respond to this crisis and provide support to public and community partners? What can we expect in 2021 as communities of color continue to face disproportionate health disparities and economic consequences? We invite you to join this briefing on Monday (03/01) at 11:00am PST to hear from leading experts on what you and your foundations can do during this critical stage in our history to control the COVID-19 pandemic.


Follow up program: A Conversation on Equitable Vaccine Distribution

Following SCG’s March 1st Funders’ Briefing on the Covid-19 Vaccine, join SCG’s Health Funders on March 9th for an interactive follow-up conversation. We will hear updates from several local leaders and partners and then provide space for attendees to update one another on their work related to the vaccine, ask questions, and share identified needs and gaps. Learn more



Isabel Becerra

CEO, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers  

Isabel Becerra is CEO of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers. She has more than 30 years of experience working in public health. As CEO, she provides administrative leadership, financial direction and oversight of advocacy matters on behalf of Orange County community health centers. She also maintains effective relationships with elected officials, funders and other stakeholders. Prior to the Coalition, she worked at North County Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Marcos, California. She was prepared for these roles through a MATCH Fellowship, a comprehensive program that educates leaders on all aspects of operating community health organizations sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra currently serves on multiple boards, including the California Wellness Foundation and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College. Becerra was appointed a CalOptima director in August 2020.


Oliver T. Brooks, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Watts HealthCare Corporation & Co-Chair, California Covid-19 Drafting Guidelines Workgroup

Dr. Oliver Brooks has been with Watts Healthcare since 1989.  He was appointed Medical Director on October 16, 2016, and previously served as Associate Medical Director, Chief of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and is the Medical Director for the Jordan and Locke School-based Wellness Centers.  He is also chairman of the quality management committee.

Appointments have included serving on the Executive Committee of Centinela Hospital where he was Chairman of their Peer Review Committee and on the Physician Quality Committee for LA Care Health Plan.  Dr. Brooks is past president of the Golden State (CA) Medical Association and past president of the Miller-Lawrence Medical and Dental Society. In 2019, he was elected to the office of the President of the National Medical Association.

Dr. Brooks holds a degree in chemistry from Morehouse College and a medical degree from Howard University.


Rose Veniegas

Senior Program Officer, Health, California Community Foundation  

With 23 years of experience in health promotion, Rosemary Veniegas currently serves as Senior Program Officer for Health at the California Community Foundation (CCF). CCF is the third oldest community foundation in the U.S., after Cleveland Community Foundation and Chicago Community Trust, with a mission to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles (LA) County. Dr. Veniegas serves as the Chair of the LA County Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery as well as co-chair of the LA COVID-19 Vaccine Work Group Aligning Resources Committee. Previously, Dr. Veniegas was an implementation scientist and researcher in academic departments of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, and psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA. She was a 2017 recipient of the Victory Institute Bohnett Leaders Fellowship to participate in the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.


Aquilina Soriano Versoza

Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center

Aquilina Soriano Versoza is Executive Director of the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California, a nonprofit serving and organizing Pilipino immigrant workers in Los Angeles. Aquilina is also serving as the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a general Board Member of Mission Assets. She was a recipient of the 2018 Frederick Douglass 200 Abolitionist award. She studied her BA in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current EPIP, SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
EPIP, NCG, & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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