Who We Are:

The Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) is a coalition of committed youth, adults, and representatives of public and private agencies and clinics whose mission is to significantly advance the health and well-being of San Francisco’s youth. The AHWG has provided community-centered leadership in bringing the health issues of adolescents and young adults to the attention of health policy decision-makers at both the local and state levels. AHWG is currently a project of the Tides Center, who serve as our fiscal agent.

Our History:

Established in 1997, the AHWG has embraced community organizing strategies as a means to improve the health status of youth in SF and recognizes that its’ mission can only be accomplished by utilizing the collective wisdom, resources and energy of individuals and public and private agencies who love and respect young people.

How we work

Tool Development
Tool Development

Developing comprehensive evidence-based tools, practice standards, and training/capacity building to support youth, parents and providers by pulling together community voice and expertise.

Collective Impact
Collective Impact

Convening and coordinating stakeholders and facilitating linkages across systems of concern and care for young people, minimizing silos and building community collaboration and communication.

Public Advocacy
Public Advocacy

Conducting policy and advocacy activities to advance adolescent and young adult health and wellness locally and state wide.

We work with passion

AHWG has over 20 years of committed service to improving adolescent health. Committed to working collaboratively AHWG has a track record of success and innovation.
Resource Availability
Developing our resources by harnessing community expertise AHWG believes in strengthening adolescent health systems and by making our resources/toolkits available for FREE by download we minimize barriers to better serving adolescences.
Tailored Training and Capacity Building
AHWG believes in supporting adolescent health providers in becoming high quality, culturally responsive, and youth centered service by designing training and capacity building tailored to the needs of our partners. AHWG can work with organizations or institutions to design a training plan to best meet the specific needs of the organization to meet our shared goals.
Provider Network Enhancement
AHWG believes in cross-sector collaboration and dismantling systemic silos. By pulling together providers and subject matter experts AHWG aims to address adolescent health with the spirit of collaboration, innovation and integrity.
Strategic Design
AHWG is an independent entity working with the ability to nimbly response to issues surrounding adolescent health. AHWG pursues partnerships and other collaborative opportunities to pull together organizations and institutions with shared goals around impact adolescent health. We focus on three health themes; Sexual/Reproductive Health, Behavioral Health, and Community Health.
Community Voice
AHWG partners with a number of organizations that harness the input and power of Adolescents, Parents and Community Stakeholders to ensure those that we aim to support are intentionally playing an active role in reaching our shared goals.
Community Responsiveness
AHWG intentionally maintains the programmatic flexibility and internal capacity to rapidly respond to emergent adolescent health issues in our local community where AHWG can take on a proactive, responsive or emergency advocacy position.

Michael was the steering committee chair before he passed away in February 2015. Michael Baxter worked in the field of adolescent health for the past twenty years. He was employed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health as the Primary Care Administrator for Youth Programs and until he become the Director of Community Health … Continue reading Michael Baxtor – In loving Memory

Erika Monasterio


Ms. Monasterio is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the UCSF School of Nursing.  She has over 30 years of experience providing clinical services to youth and their families, working in university and community-based settings developing and … Continue reading Erika Monasterio

Tonya Chafee

Teen and Young Adult Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital

Dr. Tonya Chaffee is the Director of Teen and Young Adult Health at San Francisco General Hospital, Medical Director of  CASARC (Child and Adolescent Support Advocacy and Resource Center) and is also Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at UCSF. Dr. Chaffee has worked for years in adolescent and has brought her clinical expertise to AHWG as … Continue reading Tonya Chafee

Curtis Chan

Medical Director, MCAH-SFDPH

Dr. Curtis Chan is Medical Director of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He graduated from UC Berkeley with undergraduate degrees in social welfare and neurobiology; and a Master’s in Public Health. At UC San Francisco, he completed medical school, pediatrics residency, preventive medicine residency, and a general … Continue reading Curtis Chan

Mr. Eagelson works as a Senior Youth Services Analyst for the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families overseeing youth workforce planning and also serves as the Citywide Lead for TAYSF, coordinating policy and planning for services for transitional age youth.  His work focuses primarily on developing and supporting citywide funding and policy efforts to … Continue reading Glenn Eagleson

Shivaun Nestor is the Director of Family Planning Services with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  In this role, she oversees training, technical assistance, QI and special family planning-related initiatives for department clinics that provide reproductive health services.  Shivaun has over 25 years working in the fields of adolescent and sexual health, including stints as … Continue reading Shivaun Nestor

Michael Petersen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Director of Youth and Adolescent Programs for DPH Primary Care. Michael has spent the last 22 years partnering with the children and families of Northern California. In his career, Michael has provided direct care, clinical supervision, program management, administrative oversight and leadership development to … Continue reading Michael Petersen

Aisha Mays

MD: Clinical Researcher, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Teaching Faculty, UC Berkeley/ UCSF Joint Medical Program; Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Dr. Mays’ current research aims to increase adolescent and young adult access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods in community health centers through comprehensive staff and provider trainings. Dr. Mays entered the world of research through her clinical practice at the Native American Health Center, where she began to have questions about the clinical care and … Continue reading Aisha Mays

Ayanna Bennett

MD, MS, FAAP; Director of Interdivisional Initiatives, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Mollie Brown

Director of Programs & Community Development, Huckleberry Youth Programs

Joi Morgan-Jackson

Executive Director, 3rd Street Youth Services and Clinic

EB Troast

Education Manager at Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific

Daisy Ozim

Creator, Resilient Wellness

Ms. Ozim has also been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since her late teens. As a seasoned health advocate, based in San Francisco bay area, she’s a fierce proponent of health and wellness. She has studied and obtained degrees in Human Biology and Behavioral and Social sciences.  On top … Continue reading Daisy Ozim

Mr. Pepper is a Teacher on Special Assignment with the San Francisco Unified School District, where he helps coordinate the district’s high school sexuality education and HIV prevention efforts. He has taught thousands of students in San Francisco schools, and frequently writes and speaks about issues related to health and sexuality education.

Jenna Gaarde


Ashley Rojas

AHWG Project Director

Ashley is a long time youth worker and advocate for harm reduction centered adolescent health. Spending the last 10 years learning and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ashley has worked for SF AIDS Foundation, Glide Memorial Health Services, AmeriCorps BAYAC, and Huckleberry Youth Programs. Ashley is a committed public health worker and dedicated … Continue reading Ashley Rojas

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