consumer advisory panel

SFCCC’s Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP) serves as a committee of its Board of Directors. CAP is comprised of active patients of SFCCC member health centers and provides ongoing feedback on clinic services from the patient perspective.

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Emerson Chin                      

North East Medical Services (NEMS)

Mr. Chin has lived in San Francisco for over 30 years and has been a patient of NEMS for over 15 years. He has worked as a professional usher at SF Giants games for over 50 years and is a retired bus driver (favorite transport memories include driving Count Basie and his orchestra on their tour of California and a Chinatown Boy Scout troop to Alaska). Mr. Chin volunteers extensively in the community with the American Red Cross, The Lion Club’s “Gift of Sight” program, the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, the Boy Scouts, and Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. He is a Vietnam veteran and an active member of VFW. Mr. Chin is bi-lingual in English and Cantonese and serves as a volunteer interpreter and translator for many members of the Chinatown community. He is also known as “Animal” in the professional skateboarding community. After having been homeless in San Francisco for several years, Mr. Chin says he’s grateful to be able to give back to the city that sustained him in his hardest times.

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Richard Siesky                   

Curry Senior Services

Mr. Siesky was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, growing his own prize-winning vegetables and raising chickens. He attended college at Indiana University of PA and in Spain, where he studied Castilian Spanish. Mr. Siesky moved to San Francisco in 1976 and worked in the adult theater and hospitality industries for many years thereafter (favorite work memories include running coffee and ice cream businesses and catering at the old SFMOMA and for Bon Apetit where he met Shirley Temple, Carl Sagan, and Nelson Mandela). Mr. Siesky says he has survived several past addictions and homelessness, thanks to the help of his community clinic where he’s been a patient since 2006. Today, he loves to eat good food, do yoga, and take care of plants in pocket gardens throughout the city (he’s known fondly as “The Green Geezer”). He volunteers extensively for the San Francisco Botanical Garden; the Healing Well recovery program; Open House; and the SF LGBT Senior Center.

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James Pounders                               

St. Anthony Medical Clinic

Mr. Pounders is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and has lived in the Tenderloin (TL) neighborhood of San Francisco since 2012. He is a member of St. Anthony's Patient Advisory Board and helped to found TL Votes, which concentrates on voter registration and voter knowledge in the Tenderloin. Mr. Pounders was a founding member of the Tenderloin People's Congress which is made up of residents and organizations of the Tenderloin promoting a better life in the TL. Mr. Pounders regularly performs as drag queen, Hefty Baggette, and has helped to raise thousands of dollars for different AIDS organizations in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Other James/Hefty performances include the Wildflower's "Hidden Gems of the Tenderloin" event, Hospitality House's Prop C fundraiser, and various events with Skywatchers, which brings TL residents into partnership with professional artists to create socially-conscious performance installations.

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Collin Pedersen                                         

SFDPH Larkin Street Youth Services

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Abel Silva                                  

Street Outreach Services (SOS)