The Shape Up SF Coalition is a multidisciplinary body convened to address the epidemic of chronic disease through primary prevention and environmental strategies, with an emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. Shape Up SF is committed to reducing health disparities in chronic diseases that disproportionately affect African American, Latino and Asian populations.
Our mission is to convene partners for greater collective impact in order to create equitable and sustainable environments, systems and policies that promote healthy eating and active living where they live, work, learn and play. When considering the root causes of chronic disease, they are ultimately far more widespread than the “poor choices” of an individual. To that end, addressing chronic disease is far more complicated and nuanced than simply asking people to eat their fruits and vegetables and start exercising 30 minutes a day. To ask people to make those “simple” changes, we must consider how their behaviors are shaped by their social, physical and political environments.
In order to address health equity and upstream risk factors for chronic disease prevention and create systems that support healthy eating active living, the Coalition focuses on:
- Increasing access to and consumption of healthy food
- Increasing opportunities for physical activity
- Increasing consumption of tap water
- Decreasing consumption of sugary drinks
To meet the above goals, the Coalition identified two overarching strategies:
- Build stakeholder capacity
- Develop and implement policies, systems and environmental strategies
To accomplish this work, we welcome partners, existing and new, to help us create the environments that make it easy and fun to eat well and move more. Read about our 5-year strategic directions and how the Coalition operates.
The Coalition is co-chaired by two individuals who represent the diversity and vision of the Coalition. The Coalition meets on a quarterly schedule (on the second Wednesday of every third month) from 2-4 PM at the YMCA Admin Offices located at 50 California St., Suite 650. Coalition meetings provide opportunities for education, networking and sharing and moving forward the work of the Shape Up Coalition. To read past Coalition Meeting minutes and agendas, please visit the Meeting Information page.
Shape Up SF Coalition Leadership
Shape Up SF Coalition Co-Chairs: Roberto Vargas and Sarah Fine; Vice-Chair: Franny Wong
Roberto A. Vargas, MPH, is a Navigator for the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program of the Clinical Translational Science Institute at UCSF, working to leverage UCSF’s research resources toward health equity, primarily by building multi-sector partnerships between UCSF and local public and community-based health systems and organizations. In 2002, he began partnership-building between UCSF and communities in southeast San Francisco where the greatest burden of health disparities exist in SF and where he was a third generation resident. Since 2005, Vargas has lectured, provided mentorship and helped develop partnerships between UCSF researchers, faculty and learners and off-campus partners including policymakers, city departments and community organizations to strengthen policy and community-based interventions. Since 2010, Vargas has focused on reduction of obesity-related disease disparities by way of these efforts, with place-based focus in the Bayview Hunters Point, and via citywide health education and policy development.
Vargas served as Program Manager for the Community Partnerships Program of the Stanford Cancer Institute, between 2010 and 2013, focused on identifying barriers and opportunities to providing comprehensive cancer care for Latinos in Salinas Valley via health systems and research partnerships. In 2015 he was appointed to the National Council of Research Advocates, advising the Director of the National Cancer Institute.
Prior to joining UCSF, he was the Director of a multi-service center for high-risk teens in the Mission. In the past, he created and directed peer health education programs and taught social studies in several middle and high schools in San Francisco. He taught art and poetry with incarcerated youth in SF and worked as a street outreach worker with youth gangs in the Mission. He continues to volunteer for community-based organizations protecting immigrant rights, building bridges to Central America and against police violence.
Vargas received the UCSF Achievement Award for Excellence in University-Community Partnership in 2009, and in May 2015 received the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for University Service.
Sarah Fine, MPH, has over ten years of experience in health communications and policy, media, program management, youth engagement, and the nonprofit sector. She is deeply committed to mission-driven, collective impact approaches to social justice, and has delivered training sessions, workshops and high-level presentations about her visionary work. Sarah serves on the Diabetes Coalition of California’s Advisory Board and the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco Health Advisory Board.She currently oversees multiple projects for UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations’ Health Communications Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Most notably, she directs the award-winning The Bigger Picture campaign, which has been lauded nationally under her leadership.
Franny Wong, Vice-Chair - is the Health and Nutrition Manager with Children’s Council of San Francisco. Franny works on improving the quality of childcare by supporting childcare providers in promoting and establishing lifelong healthy habits among the children in care. She received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield. In her spare time, Franny is an avid rock climber and a triathlete.
The Steering Committee meets monthly and is composed of staff and Coalition partners, representing the diversity of our Coalition members. The Steering Committee provides overall guidance to the Coalition, sets meeting agendas, establishes project priorities, and ensures communication and collaboration among members. Meet the Steering Committee.