Tara Health Foundation promotes health, well-being and opportunity for women and girls by strategically investing their financial and human capital in innovative, evidence-informed programs.
Ruth Shaber, M.D., founder & president of Tara Health Foundation, started her career in 1990 as an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center. She served as chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1997 to 2003 and spent six years as director of Women’s Health for the Northern California division of Kaiser Permanente. She is the founder of the Women’s Health Research Institute in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region. Ruth was medical director at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (CMI) from 2007 to 2012. At CMI she worked with Kaiser Permanente’s regional and national leaders to apply the best evidence-based and successful systems approaches to create reliable clinical performance. Ruth is the co-founder and board chair of Rhia Ventures, a group of foundations and investors that collaborate to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the United States. She is also a board member at the Women of the World Endowment and Toniic. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently Ruth published an audiobook, The XX Edge which you can listen to here.
Robyn Russell is the Senior Director of the Gender Diverse Investing Collective at Tara Health Foundation. She consults on projects aimed at driving systemic change for women and communities of color. She currently leads an initiative with the Tara Health Foundation and Women of the World Endowment to put more capital in the hands of women to increase returns and drive economic growth. She also works with the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) on innovative approaches to improve the health and well-being of low-income women of color.
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