Joint Venture Health


Key Components | Pilot | Milestones | Team

Who We Are


Joint Venture Health is a research and development program at the School of Public Health dedicated to creating high-performing primary care systems for kids and families from low-income communities. We partner with Community Health Centers, health systems, community based organizations and health professional training programs to achieve breakthrough solutions.



Partners in Child Development

Pregnant women make 10-15 prenatal medical visits. Children visit their pediatricians on average 12 times during the first 36 months for well-child checks. Parents see physicians and their team as trusted messengers. We developed a primary care system that supports parents, pediatricians, obstetricians and their staff to be great partners in developing healthy kids and families.



Key Components of Our System





Cross-Sector City-Wide Pilotnems-stockton

We are piloting this system at North East Medical Services (NEMS), the largest Federally-funded Community Health Center in San Francisco. NEMS serves approximately 10,000 children, the equivalent of 1 in 10 in San Francisco.

The first pilot site is NEMS’ Chinatown/North Beach Main Clinic. We also expanded services to their Portola Clinic on San Bruno Avenue!




Program Milestones






Key Partners and Team Members


UC Berkeley

Lead Partner


Judy Li, DrPH, MBA
Program Leader Joint Venture Health

Jennifer Frehn, MPH
Kalmanovitz Fellow

North East Medical Services

Pilot Partner


Katrina Liu, MD
Lead Pediatrician

Diana Wang, MSW
Early Childhood Specialist

Lisa Lee, MSW
Behavioral Health and Family Specialist


Ken Tai, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Angel Cho, MD

Lydia Hsu, RN, PHN, MHS
Prenatal Health Services Counselor

Queenie Lui
Health Education Manager
Stockton Clinic

Audrey Lung, MD

Rena Wang
Program Intern



Sutter Health CPMC

Founding Partner and Funder

Suzanne Giraudo, EdD
Clinical Director
Kalmanovitz Child Development Center

Emily Webb, MPH
Director of Community Health

Danielle Horcabas Lewis, MPA
Sutter Health CPMC Foundation

Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California

Workshop Development and Service Partner


Hazel Lam Thilak, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

Wu Yee Children Services

Program Development and Service Partner


Lena Yu
Joy Lok Family Resource Center Manager




May Lim
Resource and Referral Specialist


First 5 San Francisco

Strategic Partner and Funder


Derik Aoki, MPH
Senior Program Officer





Theresa Zighera, MSW
Evaluation Officer