Corinne Jan, R.N., P.H.N.

Chief Executive Officer, Family Bridges, Inc.

Corinne Jan was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the East Bay.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and public health nurse certification.

After delving in child and adult inpatient psychiatric nursing, Corinne took a temporary job as clinic nurse at On Lok senior health Services in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  What was supposed to be a three-month job, turned into an 8 year journey.   Her original goals of becoming a critical care nurse began to fade.  Corinne had discovered a niche in long term care, and a lifelong passion to care for the elderly.

Corinne moved her work to Oakland’s Chinatown in 1991when she began her work as a nurse and program development consultant for Family Bridges, Inc.  In 1996 she was promoted to the role of CEO for the organization which currently serves the healthcare and social services needs of 10,000 unduplicated low income, mostly monolingual Asian clients each year. Family Bridges now has grown to 6 sites in downtown Oakland, with two adult day healthcare centers, two senior centers, a childcare center, a social services center and a community based health home.

Corinne’s volunteer activities have spanned a course of over four decades.  Her community roots first sprouted when as a teenager, she was a volunteer for East Bay Asians for Community Action in 1972, organizing the first large health fair for Oakland’s Chinatown. The groundwork for that health fair later became the foundation for Asian Health Services.   She continued volunteering throughout her nursing career that included healthcare education at the Over 60’’s Clinic in Berkeley and volunteer nursing at the Chinese Presbyterian Church’s senior center.

Today, she continues to involve herself with work that focuses on advocating for Asian immigrants’ rights, equal access, and healthcare for seniors.  In 2012 when the State budget cuts virtually decimated Family Bridges’ two adult day healthcare sites, Corinne lead her team to testify in 186 fair hearings representing their frail seniors who had been denied services.  Over 95% of those hearings were successful with an administrative law judge ruling that comprehensive healthcare services for over 200 monolingual chronically ill seniors would be restored.

She previously served and continues to volunteer on boards and on committees such as the California Association of Adult Day Services, National Adult Day Services Association, Asian Advisory Committee on Crime, the Oakland Police Department Recruitment Division, the Oakland Chinatown Lion’s Club, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the City of Oakland Mayors Commission on Aging.

Corinne  has received multiple awards for her work, including the Humanitarian Award from the Multiethnic Sports Hall of Fame, the Community Leadership award bestowed by the Center for Elders Independence and from University of California  as a recipient of the prestigious national Peter E. Haas award for community service to name a few. She has also received recognition for her work from the Alameda County Bar Association, Social Security Administration, Asians for Corporate and Community Action and the City of Oakland, from both the City Council and  Office of the Mayor.