Judis Santos

Judis Santos
Location: San Francisco, California Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Education, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Employment, Environmental Justice, Food Systems and Nutrition, Health Care Access, IT/Technology, Leadership Development, Obesity, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Foster Youth and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Homeless Populations, Immigrants and Refugees, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Migrant Workers, Military/Veterans, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Older Adults (65+), Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), People Living with HIV/AIDS, People with Addictions, People with Disabilities, Rural Communities, Urban Communities, Women's Health, Young Children (0-5 years)
Lifeline Program Manager
Metropolitan Transportation Commission

“Innovation Brokering to Link Transportation and Health.” Bridging the nexus between transportation and health means that all people reap the community benefits of cleaner air, access to affordable and reliable transportation, and the ability to efficiently get to destinations that matter for their health—jobs, a trip to the doctor’s office, an affordable home, school, and recreational activities to name a few. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area region in Northern California is home to a thriving economy, bringing economic vitality and stratified wealth to the region. Populations experiencing vulnerabilities such as poverty, particularly low-income communities of color, are often left behind. Judis’s approach to tackling this multi-faceted challenge is to demonstrate how a regional government agency can examine and expand on public-private partnerships to increase and leverage investments that accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health and well-being.

As a Filipina-American daughter of a Vietnam War veteran, Judis has experienced the health consequences associated with the lack of access to transportation in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Judis is poised to operationalize her vision after serving as a city Commissioner, decades practicing in the public/private sectors in transportation planning, infrastructure project delivery, and currently programming and allocating Lifeline funds within a government agency.

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