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Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

August 21, 2019
Administrative
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

We are requesting your cooperation to be mindful of your actions in our community as UCSF continues to receive complaints from our neighbors about litter left in front of their houses.

While our neighbors’ concerns likely are the actions of a few people, they cast a negative image of our organization to our surrounding community. Our neighbors’ specific complaints primarily are about discarded cigarettes, gloves, food wrappers, and medical garbage.

Maintaining positive relationships with our immediate neighbors is very important to UCSF. We work with our neighbors on shared activities to improve the safety of areas in which UCSF employees and students live and travel to work and study. They are critical partners in our planning to construct new buildings or create new programs for patients and families. But even more important, being a good neighbor is simply the right thing to do.

We have policies in effect that we expect everyone to follow, and we request that you treat our neighboring community as if it is your own. Please note the following information:

  • Remove all gloves, masks, and hairnets and place them, as well as all medical garbage, in trash receptacles inside of our buildings. It is not appropriate to discard any of these materials in outside receptacles.
  • UCSF is a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus, which includes our neighboring communities. This policy is in effect for all University of California...
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August 13, 2019
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a new rule that would change “public charge” policies, expanding the conditions under which DHS could reject green cards for those who are deemed likely to become dependent on government aid, including public health and nutritional benefits. This move is antithetical to UCSF’s values of health equality and dignity of all people.

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement yesterday, saying this new rule “sends a detrimental message internationally — that the United States does not want other countries to send their best and brightest here to study and add to the intellectual exchange at our universities, to conduct important research, and to contribute substantially to our economy, among other things.” Read her full statement.

On behalf of the leadership at UCSF, I want to echo President Napolitano’s concerns about the chilling...

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August 5, 2019
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Just one week ago, we expressed our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Gilroy shooting and their families. We now convey our deepest sympathies to the families and communities whose lives and sense of security have been forever shattered by two more mass shootings within less than 24 hours this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

We are dismayed that gun violence has escalated as a public health epidemic and has sadly become an all-too-frequent reality. We will not become ambivalent or complacent to this senseless loss of life.

We may feel helpless, but we should not be hopeless or voiceless. Please remember that UCSF offers support services during these troubled times:

In addition, the...

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July 16, 2019
Leadership
People

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointments of two key leadership positions: Won Ha as vice chancellor for Communications and Francesca Vega as vice chancellor for Community and Government Relations.

Won and Francesca will lead teams that formerly made up the Office of University Relations. As I previously announced, the accelerated growth of the University and its associated community impact highlighted a need to create two robust units – the Office of Communications and the Office of Community and Government Relations. Staff in these two offices will continue to work closely together to strengthen our relationships and to raise the visibility of UCSF’s excellence across our enterprise.

Won Ha joins UCSF from the Energy Foundation, where he is currently vice president of Strategic Communications, setting the strategic vision and communications objectives for policy and public engagement regarding the foundation’s climate change advocacy programs. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Won is deeply rooted in the health care industry, having previously worked at Kaiser Permanente for many years. At Kaiser, he successfully led national issues and brand management for the integrated health care system – hospitals, health plans, and physician groups – in eight states and the District of Columbia. He also advised leadership amid evolving competitive and legislative changes during health care reform and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Won’s broad experience building and leading strategic communications and managing complex issues in large, decentralized organizations like UCSF positions him well to serve as vice chancellor for Communications. ...

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July 12, 2019
Advocacy
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are deeply concerned about the impact of current immigration policies on our institution, our city, and our nation.

Like many of you, we are heartbroken by the unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border. As we first stated a year ago, we are extremely troubled by the separation of children from families, and we denounce any mistreatment of migrants in detention centers.

We are also very concerned by media reports that suggest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials plan to initiate nationwide raids targeting undocumented migrant families.

We condemn these policies that discriminate against and dehumanize immigrants and undocumented people in our country. Research from our own faculty shows that people, especially children, suffer devastating and chronic consequences to their health due to both short and long-term exposure to traumatic experiences.

As a public university, UCSF is committed to improving health for all people, and we will continue to provide care without regard to ethnicity or citizenship status. We are working with community-based partners to advance local initiatives, such as the UCSF Center for Immigrant and Family Health to provide high-level leadership, advocacy, research, and training focused on the immigrant patients we serve. We also will continue to provide a safe and supportive environment for our immigrant learners, faculty, and staff.

We urge everyone to unite around our shared PRIDE Values and to stay...

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July 3, 2019
Advocacy
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

The Trump Administration has announced plans to increase enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the July 4th holiday. Media reports name San Francisco as one of the target cities.

I want to be clear: UCSF Health cares for all patients, regardless of immigration status, and we will continue to do everything possible to make every patient and family feel safe and welcome in our organization. I also want you to know how you should respond if ICE officers enter our facilities and request information about patients and families.

We have a public mission to deliver safe, quality and equitable health care, without regard to a person’s ethnicity or citizenship. We can only do so if patients are able to seek our care without fear and have trust in our providers.

We do not collect information about immigration status or report undocumented individuals, and we never release patient information without authorization by the patient or without being required to do so by law.

If a federal immigration officer requests information or records about our patients, or gives you a warrant or subpoena seeking records or information, you should take the following steps:

  • Ask the officer's name, identification number and agency affiliation;

  • Ask for a copy of any warrant or subpoena presented;

  • Inform the officer that you are not obstructing the process but need to contact UCSF Health Legal Counsel at 415-476-5003 for assistance.

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July 3, 2019
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to share a brief summary of results of the 2019 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey conducted in May. Thank you to all of the staff who voiced your opinions. This survey is important because it helps us understand your experiences at work and our progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.

We achieved 72% participation across the UCSF campus and UCSF Health West Bay, an overall increase of 2% compared to last year. We also continue to have a very slight improvement in staff engagement. Our grand mean score, on a five-point scale, increased by .02 to 3.96 in 2019, compared to the .01 increase between the 2017 and 2018 surveys. While these are improvements, we remain far from our goal to be among the best organizations in the country.

The 2019 results also show where we must continue to focus efforts. The gap between populations of employees who are more and less engaged remains significant, although our latest results show it has narrowed slightly.

The positive news is that staff remain steadfast in their strong connection to the UCSF mission and their dedication to quality work. Additionally, teams who engaged in action planning and made meaningful progress on those plans showed higher overall engagement again this year.

Highly engaged staff correlate to positive improvements in all areas of an organization. We are making progress and know there are two key ways that everyone at UCSF can contribute:

  • First, we encourage managers to communicate your results with your teams, set goals, and implement action plans throughout the year. You can find resources on the...
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June 20, 2019
Leadership
People

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about several upcoming changes to the Office of Strategic Communications and University Relations.

Vice Chancellor Barbara J. French will retire from UCSF on June 27, after 14 years of exemplary service. As head of Strategic Communications and University Relations, Barbara has provided invaluable counsel to me and my leadership team as well as former chancellors on issues related to communications, media relations, brand stewardship, government affairs, and community relations. She has led an award-winning team in elevating how we tell the UCSF story to our communities and to the world during a critical period in the growth of our enterprise.

Under Barbara’s leadership, University Relations has played a crucial role in advancing UCSF’s strategic priorities, including fostering constructive relationships with Mission Bay and Dogpatch residents to inform and support the expansion of UCSF programs; partnering with Parnassus Heights neighbors to create and adopt a 20-year Mount Sutro Reserve Management Plan and lay the groundwork for engaging the community in the re-envisioning of our historic Parnassus Heights campus; engaging communities in Oakland and Alameda County in support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals; revitalizing and strengthening the UCSF brand identity system; developing UCSF’s presence across a broad and rapidly changing digital landscape; collaborating to create opportunities for San Francisco residents to relaunch...

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June 18, 2019
Honors and Awards
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are proud to announce that UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have again ranked among the nation’s preeminent children’s hospitals in all 10 pediatric specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, which released the results of its annual Best Children’s Hospitals survey today.

Together, our two hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco ranked fifth nationwide and best in the West in neonatology, and were recognized as the best in Northern California in pediatric cancer care; cardiology & heart surgery; gastroenterology & GI surgery; and neurology & neurosurgery. We also scored highly in five other specialties surveyed: diabetes & endocrinology; nephrology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. More information, including our complete rankings, is available in the press release.

We are especially excited to see significant improvement in many of this year’s standings compared to last year’s survey results. Of particular note, our 2019-2020 rankings increased in seven specialties from the prior year, with a leap of six places in neurology & neurosurgery, and more than 15 places in cardiology & heart surgery, and orthopedics.

The importance of these results is twofold. First, the rankings continue to reflect the high-quality care we provide to our patients and their families. And second, our improvement across so many fields in one year’s time indicates the marked progress BCH has made in coming together as a unified children’s health enterprise.

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June 5, 2019
Advocacy

Dear UCSF Community,

UCSF strongly opposes today’s abrupt decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to discontinue intramural fetal tissue research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The efforts by the administration to impede this work will undermine scientific discovery and the ability to find effective treatments for serious and life-threatening disease. Fetal tissue is used in important research aimed at discovering cures for illnesses that affect the lives of millions of Americans, including Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, eye disease, and HIV.

At UCSF, today’s action ends a 30-year partnership with the NIH to use specially designed models that could be developed only through the use of fetal tissue to find a cure for HIV. UCSF exercised appropriate oversight and complied with all state and federal laws. We believe this decision to be politically motivated, shortsighted, and not based on sound science.

UCSF will continue to collaborate with the UC Office of the President, as well as with other universities, science associations, and affiliated organizations, to advocate for sustained federal funding of fetal tissue research with Congress and the Administration.

Sincerely,

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