Patrick J. Kennedy to Speak at San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s “Hearts in SF” February 13


San Francisco, C.A. / February 13, 2019 – The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation will host its annual “Hearts in SF” event February 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Pier 48 in San Francisco.

The event honors and highlights the community and mental health care programs at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) and celebrates the 15th anniversary of the ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ public art project. Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-RI), lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, founder of The Kennedy Forum, former Rhode Island Congressman, and former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, will deliver the keynote address. The Honorable Mayor London Breed is also scheduled to be among the other speakers.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Foundation’s Transform Mental and Behavioral Health Fund, which provides funds for vital mental health programs at ZSFG. Entertainment will be provided by Geographer, the San Francisco-based American synth pop/indie rock band.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://sfghf.org/events/hearts-in-san-francisco/.

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About Patrick J. Kennedy:
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) is a lifelong mental health advocate and former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank tackling mental health and addiction issues and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits. To learn about Mr. Kennedy’s efforts, please visit www.patrickjkennedy.net.