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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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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

June 24, 2022
Advocacy
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color,...

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June 13, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues,

Thirty-five years after participating in the very first AIDS Walk San Francisco, our UCSF community is once again coming together in Golden Gate Park to raise funds for programs and services for those living with HIV.

Thanks to the efforts of UCSF clinicians and scientists, in partnership with public health officials, community partners and others, we have made great progress in the fight against HIV. But a cure remains elusive, challenges to equal rights for the LGBTQIA community remain and many people continue to struggle with health inequities stemming from discrimination, homelessness and poverty.

Proceeds raised in this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco will help provide long-acting antiretroviral therapies for those living with HIV and homelessness and other services provided by the POP-UP program, based at the legendary Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Beneficiaries also include UCSF’s 360 Wellness Center and other Bay Area programs.

Please join me and the UCSF AIDS Walk contingent on Sunday, July 17, 2022, to show your support for the community we call home. You can learn how to sign up for a team in our UCSF story. After two years of the pandemic, we are happy to return for a walk in the park featuring music, dancing, food and fun. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

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June 2, 2022
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

A shooting yesterday at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital took the lives of four people, unsettling a nation already reeling from the tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde. While words of condolences and comfort can feel inadequate in the face of this growing public health crisis, we share in the grief for those who lost their lives, as well as the families they leave behind.

Training for Our Community

The fact that this latest gun violence occurred in a place of healing brings the issue closer to home for our community of health professionals and staff. Prior to these recent events, UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) had been preparing a series of training programs, which are more timely than ever.

Beginning next week, UCSF and ZSFG will offer active threat training. Participants will learn how to protect themselves from an active shooter, how to report an incident, and what to expect from the police response. 

  • The UCSF Police Department will offer training for the UCSF community, with in-person and Zoom options. UCSF Police Chief Mike Denson will send more information in a separate communication.
  • San Francisco Sheriff's Department is planning an upcoming active shooter training for the ZSFG campus. More details on this effort are forthcoming.
Town Hall on Gun Violence

UCSF also will hold a town hall to help our community understand the growing epidemic of gun violence. Experts engaged across research, education and training, health policy and care delivery will talk about their work in our communities and what more can be done to prevent gun violence. More information about...

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May 25, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Days before they were to begin their summer break, 19 elementary school students and two of their teachers were killed yesterday by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. This heartbreaking tragedy follows another mass shooting that occurred less than two weeks ago in Buffalo, New York, by a self-avowed white supremacist who targeted the Black community. 

As President Joe Biden declared last night, the epidemic of gun violence is a crisis that must be confronted immediately. Our own Bay Area community is not immune to the suffering caused by this public health crisis. We experience its effects every day.

In light of these recent tragedies, UCSF researchers and clinicians will hold a town hall to discuss the work we are doing to address the traumatic health consequences of gun violence, which disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities. More information on this town hall will be shared with the UCSF community soon.

On June 3, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we will have additional opportunities to focus on education and advocacy for common-sense public safety laws that can reduce gun violence and save lives. Our colleagues at ZSFG have shared ways to demonstrate solidarity via the Wear Orange movement June 3-5 and the Wear Orange Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on June 4.

In the meantime, please make use of UCSF services if you need support or know someone who does:

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April 21, 2022
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to share with you that today UC President Michael Drake and I will welcome U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to our Mission Bay campus, where she will address Black maternal health with the goal of finding solutions to persistent health inequities.

Vice President Harris will meet with families and health practitioners who are part of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences’ EMBRACE, an innovative care program that helps Black families get the perinatal care they need for healthy pregnancies and births.

You are invited to watch Vice President Harris address the disparities in Black maternal health during a news conference to be presented live via the White House livestream at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Sincerely,

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

April 8, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Yesterday, we witnessed history: The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in our nation since it first assembled in 1790.

Judge Jackson will be the 116th justice to serve on the Supreme Court when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the end of the court’s session this summer.

As we followed, perhaps anxiously, her nomination hearings, we saw the boundaries of what is possible redefined. Judge Jackson’s confirmation gives us all, but especially Black women and girls, a new vision of limitless professional possibility. This vision—this hope—is why diverse representation is essential. Today, as I reflect on this moment, I feel a sense of pride and joy.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Black women represent only 4.7 percent of all lawyers nationwide. And just 70 Black women have ever served as a federal judge. These numbers highlight that we still have much work ahead of us to achieve diversity and equity. However, as we work to make UCSF a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, Judge Jackson’s confirmation reminds us that we can make change. So today, let us rejoice in this historic moment. 

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer

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March 9, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

It is heartbreaking to see the magnitude of the devastation, as the war in Ukraine has lasted almost two weeks. As the humanitarian crisis escalates, I write to update you on actions we are taking at UCSF.

I have activated the UCSF Global Disaster Assistance Committee (GDAC) to support members of the UCSF community who may be interested in volunteering their time with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders to provide care and support outside the war zone. I expect that the global response to medical needs in Ukraine and neighboring countries will be huge, so the exact opportunities for us are not yet certain. Nonetheless, please reach out to GDAC if you have questions by emailing [email protected].

We also are organizing a fundraising drive to raise money to support Ukrainian scholars at risk, like we did for Afghan scholars. Thanks to the contributions of many of you in our UCSF community, we raised about $150,000 in the Afghan scholars initiative. More information on this latest effort focused on Ukraine will be forthcoming.

In addition, we also are looking into ways in which UCSF Health can provide medical equipment and supplies to aid victims while we balance our own supply chain challenges and needs.

Many of you have asked what you can do to support the people of Ukraine. One way is to donate money to help support the more than two million refugees who have reportedly fled the country since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. We urge you to donate to credible non-profit organizations that are assisting the people of Ukraine. They include:

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