Our Board of Directors
Our current Board of Directors includes
the following dedicated individuals, who bring a wealth
of experience and wisdom to SMHC. In keeping with our
commitment to community-oriented care, over half of
our Board members are SMHC clients.
Meet Elouise Westbrook
For over forty years her voice has trumpeted
the needs of the poor, the forgotten, and the ignored.
Her message was heard from the streets of San Francisco
to the halls of the US Congress. She is the ultimate
people’s politician. Her distinctive speaking
style, her unorthodox politics, and her persuasive techniques
gained her the reputation in Hunter’s Point as
the “ultimate weapon.” Mrs. Elouise Westbrook
is known for her tireless effort to bring quality health
care services to all residents throughout this city,
state and country. In 1999 Mrs. Westbrook received the
National Association of Community Health Centers Lifetime
Achievement Award. It is this legacy that led to the
decision to name the newest development in South of
Market, Westbrook Plaza,
in her honor.
Mrs. Westbrook was born April 20, 1915 in Gatesville,
Texas. She moved to San Francisco by way of Waco, Texas
in the 1940s, residing in the South of Market community.
Early in her career she became known as the people’s
advocate; working to bring better housing and healthcare
to the residents of Bayview Hunter’s Point, South
of Market Area, and vulnerable residents throughout
San Francisco. She has served as the President of the
San Francisco Housing Authority Commission, and the
Bayview-Hunter’s Point Joint Housing Commission,
She was a member of the Mayor’s Committee for
Community Development, the Golden Gate Transportation
Advisory Board, and the Board of Regents of Lone Mountain
College. Today she remains a Life Member of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Mrs. Westbrook’s commitment to community service
is deeply rooted. She was active in the development
of ambulatory health care services at San Francisco
General Hospital and Medical Center, where she worked
as the Director of Patient Advocate Multi-Cultural Program.
She was president of the Western Association of Community
Health Centers and a member of the American Hospital
Association. In 1983 Mrs. Westbrook’s name was
placed in the U.S. Congressional Records by San Francisco
Congressional Representative, Sala Burton. And in 1987
she was awarded the “Certificate of Merit for
Outstanding Black Women” from Congresswoman Shirley
Mrs. Westbrook passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Mrs. Westbrook, longtime advocate for the poor and a founding board member of South of Market Health Center will be remembered for her advocacy and contributions to improve the quality of life for poor people locally in San Francisco and throughout the nation.
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