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

December 7, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community:

As we approach the end of the third year of the pandemic, UCSF recently assessed our collective response to this global health emergency. We focused on the actions we took together with our government and community partners to serve our diverse communities, and I am pleased to present our observations and findings in this report

This assessment augments the COVID Equity Work Group’s report published in March. It reflects the progress we have made together in addressing the health disparities and inequities vulnerable populations experience. 

The unprecedented scale of collaboration and coordination in our public health response to the COVID-19 crisis produced numerous lessons and adaptations that protected countless lives. However, we recognize that more must be done to address the health inequities facing underserved communities.

As we apply these important lessons to strengthen our impact, let us bridge the remaining gaps so that we can sustain and expand a health-equity approach for the benefit of all. My hope is that this resource will be useful to others in strengthening how they meet the care needs of the traditionally underserved.

Thank you for your ongoing leadership, collaboration, and innovation during three years of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud of how our UCSF community has met these challenges, and I am grateful...

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November 21, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

In Colorado Springs this past weekend, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, five people lost their lives and at least 25 more were injured in another hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. If not for the heroic actions of the patrons of the LGBTQ+ nightclub that was targeted, more lives undoubtedly would have been lost.

We at UCSF stand together with our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and family.  

We will continue to love and support them as we call upon lawmakers to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ+ individuals who are facing the growing prevalence of hate-filled language and crimes. Our elected officials also must take more aggressive action to arrest the epidemic of gun violence, which too often is used against individuals and groups simply because of their sexual, gender, racial, religious, or political identity.

The tragic news out of Colorado Springs has been very difficult for many. For anyone who needs assistance, please avail yourself to the counseling and support of our UCSF resource teams:

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November 16, 2022
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Lucey, MD, as UCSF’s next executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP). Her depth of experience, leadership savvy, and insight into our mission make her an excellent match for this role.

I recruited Catherine as vice dean for education when I was dean of the School of Medicine, and in the decade since, she has been instrumental in ensuring UCSF’s success. As a practicing physician, an educator, and a key member of the leadership group under Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., she has helped to oversee every part of UCSF’s mission: education, patient care, research, and public service.

As School of Medicine executive vice dean and vice dean for education, Catherine co-chaired our recent highly successful UCSF: The Campaign, led a redesign of the school’s curriculum, and co-chaired the Differences Matter initiative. When the pandemic struck, she was part of a core group that found ways to sustain our educational mission through the disruption.

Please join me in congratulating Catherine on her new role, which will take effect in the new year. She will be a strong partner to help us continue moving UCSF forward in the years to come.

Read more about Catherine’s career and her aspirations as EVCP.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 16, 2022
Honors and Awards
People
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

Nurses comprise almost one-third of UCSF Health’s employees and enable us to deliver the high-quality, patient-centric care for which we are known. Even in the toughest circumstances, nurses are advocates for our patients, always ensuring our organization is doing its best for patients and families.

That’s why we are especially pleased to announce a well-deserved recognition. UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have again earned the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Only 9.86% of all registered hospitals in the United States achieve Magnet status, which recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Redesignation takes place every four years, and this is our third time achieving Magnet status. We remain the only hospital in San Francisco to hold this distinction. In addition, all UC Health medical centers have achieved Magnet status. You can read more here.

The requirements to achieve Magnet status are rigorous.

In collaboration with colleagues across the campus and health system, we filed an extensive application document highlighting the leadership, exemplary practice, innovations and commitment to research and education of UCSF nurses. In addition, we outperformed the majority of national benchmarks for our nurse-sensitive indicators. Our...

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October 24, 2022
Honors and Awards
People

Dear UCSF Community,

Every year UCSF recognizes and celebrates the efforts of members of our institution who demonstrate commitment and service to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Moreover, these individuals show extraordinary leadership in their respective fields and in the communities they serve. I am pleased to share with you the 2022 Chancellor Awards for Diversity recipients.

Chancellor Sam Hawgood recognized the recipients listed below at a reception on Tuesday last week. Each one of them has gone far above and beyond their day-to-day responsibilities to make UCSF a place that genuinely welcomes, educates, and cares for all.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty, staff, students, and trainees. I invite you to learn about them and their remarkable efforts by watching these short videos.

Chancellor Award for Advancement of Women

  • Eleanor Palser, PhD
  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA

Chancellor Award for Disability Service

  • Diane Ngo, MPA
  • Noemi Spinazzi, MD

Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership

  • Gabby Negussie-Retta, MS
  • Meshell Johnson, MD
  • Nadia Ayad, PhD Candidate

Chancellor Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Leadership

  • Jay Bindman, MD Candidate
  • Luis Gutierrez-Mock, PhD(c), MPH, MA
  • ...
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October 13, 2022
Administrative
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

Next Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, is opening day of the Golden State Warriors NBA season. As part of these events, NBA on TNT will host a live national broadcast and a fan event on the UCSF Mission Hall surface parking lot at Mission Bay.

This special event, which is open to the public with pre-registration, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., shining a national spotlight on UCSF Health. This is an opportunity for UCSF to be a good neighbor to the Warriors and a good partner to the city. 

In preparation for the event, the Mission Hall surface parking lot will be closed from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20. Please use the Community Center Garage at Rutter Center, surface lots along Nelson Rising Lane, as well as the Third Street Garage (See the map of MB parking locations.) Additionally, Campus Way will have extra traffic, including large trucks, during this time.

As every Chase Center event brings crowds to our campus, members of the UCSF community, patients and visitors alike should expect impacts in the neighborhood affecting parking, traffic and sound levels. There will be outreach to patients and visitors to alert them of the impacts.

Specifically, you can expect the following impacts on Oct. 18:

Parking 
  • The Mission Hall Lot will be closed. Alternate parking can be found at the Community Center Garage at Rutter Center, surface parking lots along Nelson Rising Lane, as well as Third Street Garage.
  • Metered parking...
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October 5, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The recent news coming out of Iran describes scenes of escalating turmoil and protests unfolding across the country, ignited by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who had been detained by police.

We are saddened by Ms. Amini’s passing and the loss of many demonstrators in the protests that followed. We also are very concerned by the mass arrests of Iranian citizens. At UCSF, we are committed to upholding the fundamental human rights of all people, and we condemn the use of violence, intimidation, repression, and discrimination.

Our thoughts are with those who are protesting in Iran, and with those in our community who have family and friends in the region. We want to remind you of the resources we have at UCSF to support you: the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and Student Health and Counseling Services.

We encourage you to take care of yourself and one another during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
She/Her/Hers

October 5, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As we transition to a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to refine and improve our practices to protect the health of our UCSF community. Among these improvements is an upgrade and renaming of the Daily Health Screener to the new UCSF Digital Screener.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, the new Digital Screener fully automates the process for users to:

  • Complete the onsite screener
  • Report positive COVID-19 tests and get guidance
  • Obtain clearance to return to work for most COVID-19 exposures, symptoms, and positive test results

The new Digital Screener is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. For any information that is being stored in the Occupational Health Service medical record, you will be asked to provide two-factor authentication – your email and your date of birth – to confirm your identity.

Once employees, learners, and volunteers answer the questions in the Digital Screener, they will receive automated return-to-work clearance based on their specific situation and get guidance if they test positive.

This change will reduce delays for employees and learners waiting to hear back from the COVID Response Team. It also streamlines and automates the documentation process enabling UCSF to track current case counts and transmission rates faster and easier.

You can access the new Digital Screener here.

Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to our public health mission as well as your cooperation as we revise our COVID-19 policies and guidelines.

Sincerely,

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September 21, 2022
Honors and Awards

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 UCSF Medal, the University’s highest recognition honoring individuals whose life work has made a significant impact in our mission areas of scientific discovery, health care, education, and public service.

All awardees below reflect our shared values, representing the contributions and excellence of our UCSF community:

  • Freeman Bradley, Charles Edgar Clary, and David Johnson, co-founders of the Black Caucus, a group founded in 1968 by staff to champion equal opportunity and inclusion and affect change at UCSF
  • Jennie Chen Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN, a 1971 alumna of the School of Nursing and an advocate and thought leader on health and care for aging populations who led several organizations, including serving as president of the AARP
  • David Julius, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and the Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine who has received medicine’s most prestigious awards, including the 2021 Nobel Prize for co-discovery of receptors for temperature and touch

These individuals were honored at a ceremony last week. You can learn more about them in these videos available on UCSF.edu.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

September 14, 2022
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce that we are again offering grants for projects that aim to promote the wellbeing of our UCSF community. We hope to continue to build on the success of the UCSF Community Wellbeing Grants awarded last year.

From September 19-30, 2022, UCSF faculty, staff and learners, based at campus or affiliate locations, are invited to apply for funds for events or initiatives designed to support wellbeing in one or more of our pillars of wellness: emotional, physical, social, financial, professional, environmental and spiritual.

This program is led by the UCSF Wellbeing Committee, which includes faculty and staff representatives from across the campus and UCSF Health. The committee, guided by staff in Wellness and Community, a division of Campus Life Services, will review the proposals and base its funding decisions on the proposed impact of the projects.

To apply for the this second round of Community Wellbeing Grants or learn more about the projects of last year’s grantees, please see the Wellness and Community web page. You may also read more about this opportunity on UCSF.edu. Questions about the grants may be emailed to [email protected].

As the executive sponsor of this program, I...

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