The SFMMS Community Service Foundation—a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization—serves
to collaborate with other community health organizations on projects such as tobacco
and anti-smoking education, TB control and prevention education, child immunization
and other child health and safety programs, violence prevention, AIDS education,
In the physician professional and educational programs arena, projects have included
exploration of critical ethics and bioethics issues, drug education, science, and
policy; environmental health; quality assurance programs to support physicians to
maintain physician/patient relationships within the context of managed care; efforts
to support the community-based component of medical education, education and policy
on other public health and confronting domestic violence, to cite a few.
The SFMMS CSF funded the development of the
SFMMS guidelines on domestic violence screening and intervention. This brochure
represents a concise and clinically-based approach to this complex issue, and distills
knowledge from existing, much-longer documents. The brochure has been widely distributed
and well-received by clinicians city-wide and beyond and was cited in the Journal
of the American Medical Association as one of the best resources on this topic.
The SFMMS CSF has worked to address the chronic problem of a shortage of organ
donors via development of new policy and practices in this arena, utilizing funds
provided by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. We have developed new
policies on end-of-life issues as well and are working to increase and improve the
use of POLST, the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining
The SFMMS CSF was the first fiscal intermediary and partner in a multi-year project
to research and improve the incidence of and response to cancer in San Francisco’s
large Chinese community. We received a grant from the National Institutes of
Health via the University of California, and renewed funding for a second five-year
The SFMMS CSF was the recipient of a grant from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund
and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation for the development of new approaches
to the issue of medical futility. The procedural model for this project was
a previous effort also funded by these foundations to develop consensus guidelines
on physician-hastened death. Both of these resulted in work published in the
Western Journal of Medicine and have served as a template for hospital
policies and have been widely discussed in the media, including on the front page
of the New York Times.
The SFMMS CSF served as grantee for funds from the Open Society Institute for
national conferences on the drug MDMA (“ecstasy”) and “New Approaches
to Drug Education,” both of which drew hundreds of attendees from around the
A national conference on “Environmental Health in the New Century”,
held at the University of California, San Francisco, drew a capacity crowd of over
400 and resulted in the formation of a national network of professionals and patients
involved in the field, called the
on Health and the Environment.
A conference hosted and funded by the SFMMS CSF resulted in a policy statement
on overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which was published and widely discussed;
a coalition of health groups working on this issue has supported more rational national
The SFMMS CSF received a two-year, $40,000 grant from the California Health Care
Foundation (CHCF) and Metta Fund to continue and expand our outreach and educational
efforts to improve palliative care in San Francisco and beyond, with a focus on
the POLST form as a means of increasing use of advance directives.
The SFMMS CSF has served as a conduit for funds to and from funders and community
organizations for various projects, including most of the efforts above and more.
Donations are tax-deductible.