Healthy Food and Beverage Standards

Toshi Hart, DDS

Dr. Toshi Hart is a private practice dentist in Stanislaus County. Since immigrating to San Francisco at the age of 4 and being a beneficiary of public health services herself, she has held public health and service close to her heart. Two years after graduating from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry (with honors) she became the founding director of the Alliance Dental Clinic in Healdsburg, CA – a position she held for seven years. The Alliance Dental Clinic served a primarily migrant farmworker population and their families.

Sandra Sands, DO, PhD

Dr. Sandra Sands is a family medicine doctor who currently practices at San Juan Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) located in Citrus Heights. During and after her residency in Family Medicine, she pursued a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, with a focus on animal diabetes models. She has previously participated in an American Diabetes Association fundraiser and in WellSpace's one-stop community workshop focused on cervical cancer and diabetes mellitus screening. Conversant in medial Spanish, Dr.

Marie Buell, DMD

Dr. Marie Buell is a private dentist, who in the past couple years has opened up her practice to accept Denti-Cal patients due to the overwhelming need she saw for services through her volunteer work with the California Dentist Association’s (CDA) Cares program. Dr. Buell has always prioritized working in the community. Upon finishing dental school in the Philippines, she was a volunteer dentist at a charity hospital and participated in Operation Smile International in Manila.

Sugary Drinks: Using Grassroots Advocacy to Reduce Consumption

Public Health Advocates | February 2018

Dean Schillinger, MD

Professor in Residence

Dean Schillinger, MD is UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and directs the Health Communications Research Program in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Schillinger served as Chief Medical Officer for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for California from 2008-13. He was honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Bay Area Research Mentor of the Year Award in 2010 and the 2016 Institute for Health Policy Career Mentoring Award. In 2013, he received the Everett M Rogers Award from APHA in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication. He co-created a youth-led diabetes prevention social media campaign called The Bigger Picture Campaign, which received the 2014 Latino Coalition for a Health California Award for Youth Leadership and the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) . Dr. Schillinger has been instrumental in local public health regulation of sugary drinks, and served as the scientific expert for the City and County of San Francisco in defense of a lawsuit filed in Federal Court by the American Beverage Association for an injunction against the City’s ordinance to mandate health warning labels on billboards advertising sugary drinks.