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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.

April 2, 2021
Administrative
UC System

To the entire UCSF Community:

I am writing to share an important update from the UC Office of the President regarding a cybersecurity breach. The UCOP IT security team informed the campuses that it had recently identified and contained a cybersecurity attack that resulted in stolen information. At this time, UCOP believes that the stolen information includes but is not limited to names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and bank account information belonging to members of the UC community.

Please read the message from the UC Office of the President below—and take the protective actions UCOP recommends, including signing up for free credit monitoring and identity theft protection: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/update-on-accellion-breach-and-what-you-should-do.html

In addition, we believe the person(s) behind this attack are sending threatening mass emails to members of the UC community in an attempt to extort money. Anyone receiving this kind of message should report the suspicious email using the “Phish Alarm” tool. For information on how to do this, visit https://it.ucsf.edu/service/phish-alarm. If you need assistance in reporting suspicious email, please contact the UCSF IT Service Desk at 415-514-4100.

UCOP is working to determine what UCSF information may have been compromised. The investigation is ongoing and UCOP is working to confirm more information in the coming weeks. When more details are available, we will share those with you...

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March 24, 2021
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

On Monday, a gunman took the lives of 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket in yet another episode of gun violence. I write to you, once again, grieving over the senseless loss of life and with a growing frustration over the political gridlock that perpetuates this public health crisis.

The tragedy in Boulder marks the seventh mass casualty shooting in seven days in our country. In Colorado, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, gun violence has taken and changed lives forever. In these and too many past incidents, people have used guns to injure and kill, often targeting others for their beliefs, identities, and race. It is difficult to accept this spate of violence when we are still mourning the deaths of those murdered just one week ago in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent.

As an organization dedicated to advancing health, we must do more than grieve. I encourage you to educate yourself about the unchecked threat of gun violence. We must urge our elected officials to pass legislation that puts the health and lives of all those in our country ahead of political affiliation and partisanship. To learn more about gun reform efforts, I encourage you to explore the work of the following organizations, which are but a few of the groups working at the federal and state level:

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March 18, 2021
Community

Dear UCSF Community:

The murder of eight people, including six Asian women, in Atlanta has shocked communities across the country. These killings come at a time when attacks and harassment against Asian and Asian American people are escalating. Whatever the motivations of the person in custody, it is difficult to view this tragedy except through the lens of a legacy of hate and discrimination that people of Asian descent have faced for generations.

The recent increase in anti-Asian sentiment can be traced to those who wrongly racialize the COVID-19 pandemic and target people of Asian descent as scapegoats. The horrific shootings of the Asian women at their places of employment not only raise the stakes of this rising tide of racism, they expose a knotted history of discrimination, immigration, and gender inequity. At a time of a renewed reckoning on race and systemic racism, we must acknowledge this overlooked history and make visible what many do not see.

Our thoughts are with the families of all the victims and we grieve with those who have been affected by this crime. We must denounce and confront hate in all of its forms, including acts and speech motivated by race, gender, belief, and background.

The increase in attacks on Asians and Asian Americans has compounded the grief and sorrow of an already challenging year for many in our community. For all those who need assistance, I encourage you to seek the counseling and support of our UCSF resource teams:

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March 12, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

One year has passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, but we are writing today to recognize another significant milestone in the effort to bring this public health crisis to an end.

Today, UCSF administered its 100,000th vaccine dose. Our vaccine rollout accounts for nearly a third of all doses administered in San Francisco, more than any other vaccine provider in the city. We want to thank our vaccine planning team and vaccine site volunteers for making this possible, and we hope you will join us in celebrating this achievement.

While we still have some distance to go before declaring an end to the pandemic, our society is at a hopeful turning point.

There are now three vaccines authorized for use in the United States, all of which are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The CDC has also issued interim recommendations for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Though these recommendations do not apply in health care settings, including UCSF Health facilities, they offer reassuring guidance from federal officials that we are on the path to recovery.

We will review the new CDC guidance to determine what changes we will make to campus-wide COVID-19 policies. For now, we ask that everyone in the UCSF community at all of our locations — regardless of vaccination status — continue to mask, physically distance, wash hands regularly, and take all necessary precautions to keep our colleagues and patients safe.

While our fight against COVID-19 has not yet ended, this...

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March 8, 2021
Administrative
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) issued the Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Interim Policy on July 24, 2020 to clarify the process by which all UC campuses will implement the Federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and California NAGPRA (CalNAGPRA). NAGPRA protects Native American graves and requires repatriation of Native American human remains and certain cultural items. Repatriation is the process of returning Native American ancestral human remains and certain cultural items to their indigenous communities. UCSF is fully committed to the goal of repatriation as well as implementation of this policy and relevant laws. The Interim Policy substantially revised the previous policy to promote the repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, and to increase accountability and transparency across all UC campuses.

I write to raise awareness of new policy requirements, affirm the University’s commitment to the guiding principles and procedures, provide mechanisms to report if you believe you or others may hold Native American or Native Hawaiian human remains or cultural items, and enlist your assistance ensuring full compliance with this important human rights policy. In particular, I want to draw your attention to the following significant elements of the new policy, which:

  • Articulates principles that the repatriation...
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March 1, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, I am reflecting on the toll this disease has taken, the incredible rallying response of the UCSF community, and how the events of the past year will shape our future.

In recognition of this historic milestone, UCSF is hosting COVID-19: The Path Forward, a three-part series of panel discussions—on March 9, 16, and 23—that will address the lessons we have learned as scientists, health care providers, and public health experts. Panelists will discuss the science behind the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable communities, and what a post-pandemic world might look like.

As we foster a guarded optimism that 2021 will bring brighter days, we cannot forget that the number of U.S. lives lost to the pandemic tragically surpassed 500,000 a week ago. COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public health. However, as new cases continue to decline, cities open schools and businesses, and more people are vaccinated, we can begin to envision life after the pandemic.

I hope you will join me for these special panel discussions, which are open to the broader public. These conversations, which will be recorded and may be viewed at a later time, will help guide our communities toward a better understanding of the challenges we face as we emerge from the pandemic’s grip. They also reflect the year-long contributions UCSF has made to public health, a reminder of our responsibility and privilege to serve our patients and...

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February 24, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As we continue to roll out our vaccination efforts, I want to acknowledge the grim milestone that we have just passed as a nation. On Monday, the United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, including the nearly 1,500 people who lost their lives that day alone. We mourn the lives lost and send our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends.

The effort to vaccinate all of our communities remains one of the highest priorities across the country. To date, UCSF Health has provided more than 75,000 vaccine doses to our employees, learners, patients and community members. Now we are entering a new phase of the vaccine rollout, in alignment with the City of San Francisco, based on the state eligibility guidelines for educational institutions.

As of today, we will begin vaccinating our remaining employees and learners, as well as our patients in the new categories, following the updated California Department of Public Health guidelines. This also includes UCSF employees who are working remotely. Vaccinations for faculty, trainees and staff at UCSF Fresno are being administered locally in Fresno.

The new directive is broad and aims to enable daycare, schools, colleges and other educational institutions – including our own – to reopen safely. The new categories also include our patients who work in childcare, teaching, as first responders, or in food and agriculture.

While this is good news, it is important to understand how limited vaccine supplies remain. As vaccine production, distribution capacity...

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February 12, 2021
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

There has been an alarming increase in assaults against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and we strongly condemn these racially motivated attacks.

Anti-Asian sentiment spiked across the country at the onset of the pandemic in 2020, spurred by those who promote conspiracy theories and xenophobia, and we are now seeing a disturbing resurgence. Racial violence and harassment targeting this community has skyrocketed in recent weeks, striking some of the most vulnerable among us—seniors in the Bay Area. Tragically, an 84-year-old Thai man was fatally attacked in San Francisco and a 91-year-old man sustained grave injuries from an attack in Oakland’s Chinatown.

UCSF’s commitment to anti-racism in all its forms demands that we stand up for all members of our broader community. We stand in solidarity with the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and support their lead in calling out these injustices and protecting one another.

Recently, President Biden signed an executive order calling for greater protections for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and condemning the wave of racism and xenophobia that accompanied the pandemic. We applaud his leadership and will continue our aligned work through the UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative.

The spate of racist violence in our community in recent weeks has been unsettling. For those who may benefit from counseling and support, please seek out these UCSF resources:

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February 5, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have reached a new milestone in our COVID-19 vaccination efforts, having provided more than 50,000 doses of vaccine to our employees, city health care workers, and patients. This is a phenomenal effort and I am proud of the many teams across UCSF that continue to drive this critical public health goal.

As a result of additional Pfizer vaccine supply made available this week, we have been able to move more quickly than I described in my February 1 message.

As of Monday, February 8, we will begin vaccinating all employees and learners whose work has required them to be on site at least once per week for the past three months. You will be required to attest to your eligibility when you schedule your appointment.

While this is good news, it is important to understand how limited vaccine supplies remain. As demand continues to outpace supply, we and other health care providers face the real possibility of running out of vaccines each week. I am grateful that our vaccine leadership team is working continuously to avoid this possibility. In addition, we are continuing to expand our capacity to provide vaccinations, so that we are prepared to vaccinate greater numbers of people as the vaccine supply and distribution increase.

Given the vaccine shortage, the University of California Office of the President has asked us to prioritize patients to employees at a 2:1 ratio for our remaining rollout. We will be able to vaccinate about 200 employees and learners per day for first doses in the coming weeks. UCSF ID badge swipe data indicate that approximately...

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February 1, 2021
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As we make steady progress in vaccinating our highest-risk employees, learners and patients, I would like to make you aware of three new policies that will affect when and how some members of our community receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Note that these will depend on our vaccine supply, which we expect to remain limited for the next few weeks.

UCOP Establishes Vaccine Timeline for All UC Campuses

The UC Office of the President has developed a simplified framework that is aligned with state guidelines and will be used at all UC campuses during the next phase of the rollout, to help determine when patients and employees become eligible to receive the vaccine.

During the first three weeks of February, a new group will be able to start scheduling their vaccination appointments each week through MyChart.

  • Week 1 (Feb. 1): Patients and employees (on-site and remote) age 65 or older.
  • Week 2 (Feb. 8): On-site food service, childcare, veterinary/animal care, and emergency services workers who have not yet been vaccinated.
  • Week 3 (Feb. 15): All other workers who are required to be on-site at least once a week.
Self-Scheduling Your Vaccination

Last week, we launched a new MyChart system to enable our patients to self-schedule their vaccines as soon as they become eligible, based on vaccine availability. Starting next week, UCSF employees who have not been vaccinated will be able to self-schedule their vaccine through MyChart. When scheduling your appointment, you will be asked to attest that you meet the eligibility criteria. Over the next three weeks, the priority groups will be...

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