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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.

November 4, 2020
Advocacy
Community
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly two-thirds of eligible voters participated in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the most in 120 years. But what has followed is a contested election with narrow margins separating the candidates that reflect deep divisions in our society.

Voters in California were presented with a number of important ballot initiatives as well, including Proposition 16. I invite you to read President Drake’s letter to the UC community on his commitment to keep fighting for the expansion of “underrepresented groups’ access to a UC education” despite the failure of the initiative. To learn more about the national and state elections, join me at the Town Hall this Friday when we will spend a portion of our time on this week’s political developments.

The final results of the presidential contest may not be known for some time. The days ahead may prove to be challenging as the nation seeks closure to a highly charged election. I urge you to embrace our PRIDE Values and shared purpose at UCSF, even as you may encounter viewpoints that differ from your own. And I encourage all of us to do what we have done exceptionally well this past year, what we always do: serve our public mission in education, research, and care delivery without favor or bias. This responsibility could not be more important at a time of heightened partisanship....

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October 30, 2020
People

Dear UCSF Community,

On Tuesday, UCSF lost a great member of our community with the passing of former Chancellor Philip Randolph Lee, a visionary advocate for health policy research and social justice who served under two U.S. presidents.

As UCSF’s third chancellor, from 1969 to 1971, Dr. Lee served during a time of great transformation in our nation’s history. He was an early advocate for health equity and is widely regarded as UCSF’s first chancellor to champion diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Lee was the first person to serve the nation as Assistant Secretary for Health, playing a leading role in implementing Medicare during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration. At UCSF, he was a beloved mentor and colleague, not only guiding the growth of our biomedical research enterprise, but working in the vanguard of health policy research by advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the field.

He was appointed by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein as the first president of the San Francisco Health Commission, the governing body for the city’s health department. Dr. Lee served in that role from 1985 until 1989, during the height of the AIDS epidemic. He is remembered for formulating crucial public health guidance that saved many lives during that public health crisis.

Dr. Lee established an institute at UCSF, now known as the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, that became a nationwide model for bringing evidence to bear on policy making decisions.

He remained a leader among the UCSF faculty until 1993, when he returned to Washington, DC, to again serve as Assistant Secretary of Health, this time under President Bill Clinton.

Dr. Lee will...

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October 22, 2020
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that after a national search, Matthew Cook will be joining UCSF Health as president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and senior vice president of Children’s Services, effective December 31.

Matt will be responsible for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, a $1.4 billion pediatric enterprise. He will oversee strategic direction, operations and clinical services for all pediatric services and will partner with academic programs. Matt will report directly to me and the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. He will be a core member of the UCSF Health leadership team, and member of the UCSF Health Leadership Council, which shapes our strategic direction.

His appointment was enthusiastically recommended by the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and on Tuesday, we received approval for his appointment from the UC Board of Regents.

Matt is a seasoned health care leader, with experience in operations and strategy and a history of working effectively with boards. Since 2016, he has been president of Riley Children’s Health and also chief strategy officer of Indiana University Health (IU Health) in Indianapolis, the largest health system in Indiana with over $7 billion in revenue, 17 hospitals and 40,000 employees.

At Riley Children’s Health, he has provided strategic direction and leadership for pediatric services throughout IU Health, as well as the maternity program based in downtown Indianapolis. He has direct leadership of the 314-bed Riley Hospital for Children and the 101-bed maternal and newborn health program at IU Methodist Hospital, along with the 39-bed pediatric program at IU...

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October 19, 2020
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The November 3, 2020 general election is unique in many ways, but one thing remains constant: voting is how we make our voices heard.

All registered California voters were mailed ballots in early October. If you did not receive your ballot, check that your voter registration is accurate by today’s deadline. You can vote early and track your ballot. If you choose to vote in person, follow public health guidelines.

At UCSF, we are committed to encouraging civic participation throughout our campus and community. For example, UCSF Health is promoting voting information with patients, and UCSF students and residents are conducting nonpartisan outreach to encourage voter engagement.

As a reminder, UCSF legally must remain nonpartisan, and UCSF employees cannot support or oppose candidates or ballot measures within their University roles or with UCSF resources. However, you may participate in campaign activities on your own time, with your own resources, and without any inference of University endorsement. Watch this short video for more information about UCSF advocacy guidelines.

You can make a difference in our democracy by ensuring that your friends, family, and colleagues have a plan to exercise their constitutional right to vote, a freedom that comes from the hard struggles and sacrifices of many champions who came before us. Visit ucsf.edu/vote for more information on campus efforts and...

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October 7, 2020
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to share the news that Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, and adjunct professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at UCSF, has been named to receive the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Doudna shares the Nobel with her long-time collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin.

Doudna and Charpentier received the prize for their co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome targeting and editing technology that has ushered in a new era of genetics. Their work has transformed the way scientists study genes and their function and has the potential to revolutionize biomedicine.

Inspired by CRISPR’s potential for treating human disease and improving food security through more sustainable agriculture, Doudna spearheaded the creation of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), a joint UC Berkeley / UCSF venture she leads as executive director.

Doudna oversees a lab at the Gladstone Institutes at Mission Bay and has been an adjunct professor at UCSF since 2016. She collaborates with physicians and scientists here and at the Gladstone to develop CRISPR-based gene therapies for diseases ranging from cancer to HIV to familial vision and movement disorders.

Read more about the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry:

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October 2, 2020
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

With the first flu patient admissions already underway in our medical center, we want to draw your attention to an important and looming deadline.

As you are aware, UC President Michael Drake, MD, has strongly encouraged universal flu vaccines for the entire UC community by Oct. 31, 2020, and is requiring all students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on any UC site to have a flu vaccine effective Nov. 1, unless they have an approved medical exemption, or disability or religious accommodation.*

We ask for your support to help keep our frontline care providers and all other faculty, staff, learners and patients healthy this fall. So far, more than 60% of our UCSF Health employees have received their influenza vaccines, along with 35% of our Campus employees. During the next few weeks, we will need to vaccinate 19,000 additional members of the UCSF community.

There are numerous options available for you to get your vaccine, including on-site flu clinics, Occupational Health clinics, your primary care provider and most pharmacies. Please visit the Occupational Health Services web site for a full list of on-site clinic locations and dates, as well as additional free options for members of UC health plans. For additional guidance, including how to submit outside documentation and a manager’s toolkit, please visit the...

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September 24, 2020
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Effective Monday, October 5, UCPath support for UCSF departments and employees will transition from The Bridge Center back to familiar human resources, benefits, payroll, and IT channels. The Bridge Center was established as a temporary support resource for UCSF during our initial transition to UCPath. The UCSF teams that have supported you since implementation will continue to provide you with support for UCPath as we move beyond The Bridge Center.

What this means for you

The UCPath Get Help web page will be updated on October 5 to reflect primary contacts by service and current contact methods. Beginning on October 5, you should consult the updated list and directly contact the team that can best address your need.

Starting on October 5, new human resources and benefits questions and issues will be managed in PeopleConnect while new payroll, HBS, and funding issues will continue to be managed using ServiceNow. You will continue to use ServiceNow to track the progress and resolution of all open issues reported to The Bridge Center prior to October 5.

Current status, lessons learned and plans for improvement

UCPath was implemented at UCSF on June 1, 2020. Since then, over 188,000 paychecks have been processed. Of the 17,500 ServiceNow tickets created, 94% have been resolved. While there have been unanticipated bumps in the road to UCPath, most transition issues have been resolved. ...

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September 1, 2020
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that for the 13th consecutive year, UCSF Health has been named an “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

UCSF Medical Center was the first major hospital in the nation to participate in HRC’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) and is the only hospital that has done so every year since the HEI’s inception. Well before other health systems and the HEI, UCSF Health extended foundational discrimination protections to LGBTQ individuals, providing nation-leading training in LGBTQ health needs and developing policies and practices to optimize care for LGBTQ people. You can read more about the HEI, UCSF Health’s LGBTQ-centered medical services, and the new UCSF Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health here.

High-quality care is built on trust between a provider and patient in a safe, welcoming environment, and I am immensely proud of our track record. I also know that we must continuously do better, which is why last year I asked consultant Shane Snowdon, who from 1999 to 2012 was the first full-time director of the UCSF LGBT Resource Center, to initiate a comprehensive review of how UCSF Health...

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September 1, 2020
Community
People
Philanthropy

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to announce a new relief program for UCSF employees making $75,000 or less who are facing financial hardship during the pandemic. COVID-19 has created numerous challenges for members of our community, but the impact of this public health crisis has not been evenly felt by all. We have established the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program to help the most economically vulnerable members of the UCSF community during this extraordinary time.

UCSF employees (and those on temporary leave or approved Leave of Absence) are eligible to apply for financial grants up to $1,000 for critical, temporary, and unforeseen financial hardships that result from the COVID-19 pandemic. Students seeking assistance are eligible to apply for a similar grant through the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program for Students. These grants do not need to be repaid and are not taxable.

The program has been established with philanthropic funding that is specifically intended to support UCSF’s response to the pandemic. Visit the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program webpage to learn more and apply. For those who are in a position to help provide additional funding for this effort, please visit the UCSF COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Fund. We will continue to help as many people in the UCSF community as we can, placing priority on those with the greatest need.

I have been humbled by the many generous donors who...

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August 28, 2020
Community
People

Dear UCSF Community,

We write to you, once again, to share our grief over the shooting of a Black man under circumstances that are difficult to grasp. As our society confronts itself with the pandemic of racism, there are few words that adequately reflect our sorrow over this latest tragedy. The human toll of this incident is amplified by the fact that Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back, in the presence of his three young children.

To our fellow UCSF community members, we want you to know we are grieving with you. More than ever, we must bear witness to these tragedies and remain strong allies to those who live under the yoke of structural racism. We must continue calling for systemic change. We cannot allow ourselves to become desensitized. Remaining silent is not an option.

As we gain a broader view of how endemic racism is in our society and in our own community, let us not become demoralized by events like what took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We must help one another recognize the scale of the challenge before us. And we must reinforce our resolve to change ourselves as we work to change our society.

Sincerely,

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

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care

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