Kimi Tahara
Health Advocate Coordinator, Medical Social Services, Alameda Health System

Kimi Tahara is the Health Advocate Coordinator, Medical Social Services of Alameda Health System, a volunteer powered program that works collaboratively with hospital personnel to address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities.  After rising to the Interim Program Coordinator position from a being a volunteer with the Health Advocates, she is very familiar of the disparities that exist throughout the community.  Through her work with the Health Advocates, she’s been able to address food insecurity by educating medical providers and patients about CalFresh benefits, thereby increasing patient access by 70%,  during the partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and intends to pursue graduate degrees in medicine and in public health.