Campus Messages

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

March 29, 2023
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to inform you about important COVID-19 policy changes that take effect on April 3, 2023, which correspond with the end of the emergency order from the California Department of Public Health. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we revise our policies to align with public health orders and with the best available scientific evidence.

Everyone entering UCSF facilities, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, will still be required to follow common-sense COVID safety rules, including testing if you develop symptoms and staying home if you feel sick. Please be aware of the following changes, which apply to all UCSF personnel regardless of location. More details are posted on the UCSF coronavirus website.


  • Effective April 3, daily health screening with the Digital Screener is no longer required.
  • The Digital Screener will still be available to provide faculty, staff, and learners with return-to-work/campus instructions for COVID symptoms, exposures, and infections. Using the Digital Screener will remain the best way to get these instructions and pathways to return to work when ready.


  • Effective April 3, wearing masks is now optional, but recommended, in all non-clinical buildings.
  • Faculty, staff, and learners are required to wear masks in areas where patients are present.
  • Patients and visitors are no longer required but are strongly recommended to wear masks.
  • Masking on campus...
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March 6, 2023
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We are delighted to announce the sixth annual UCSF celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and the start of Women’s History Month. From March 6 through March 10, the UCSF community is invited to recognize, honor, and celebrate the contributions of women at UCSF.

Sponsored by the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Diversity and Outreach, Women of UCSF Health, and Women in Tech @ UCSF ([email protected]), International Women’s Day programming includes in-person networking events; a Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative panel on community and wellness; stories of women leaders in health care; a discussion on mental health and resilience; and much more. 

Please visit the event website for the full schedule of events.

This year’s International Women's Day campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. The theme asks us all to imagine a gender-equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination—a world that is diverse, equitable, and broadly inclusive. This theme resonates here at UCSF, where we recognize that celebrating progress and taking action to support greater inclusion and equity go hand in hand.

We hope that you attend UCSF International Women’s Day events. All genders are welcome.


Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care 

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor


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January 26, 2023
UCSF Health

As more employees and patients return to UCSF campuses, we are challenged with increased parking demand primarily at Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay. To better accommodate the needs of all of our constituents, and preserve parking close to our health care facilities for patients and visitors, we are making changes effective Monday, February 6. They include:

  • Expanding valet service for employees at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Garage at Parnassus Heights which will increase employee parking by 150 spots.
  • Discontinuing the daily discounted employee parking rate ($26) at two locations: Millberry Union (MU) Garage at Parnassus Heights, and Medical Center Garage and lots at Mission Bay. Daily discounted rates were introduced during COVID-19, and while we will not fully discontinue daily rates, we need to eliminate discounts from patient parking areas. The daily discounted employee rate continues to be offered at the ACC Garage and all other non-Medical Center parking locations in Mission Bay.
  • Promoting conveniently located non-UCSF facilities.

We continue to encourage you to use UCSF Shuttles, public transportation, and transportation options such as biking, ride share, and carpools, which also contribute to our sustainability efforts and goal to reach carbon neutrality.

Ensuring patients and their visitors have convenient access to UCSF health care is one of our top priorities, and we greatly appreciate...

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January 4, 2023
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, UC San Francisco staff, faculty, and learners are asked to meet a new vaccination requirement to receive the COVID-19 bivalent booster shot (if eligible), or formally opt out, by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland employees, please see below.

The bivalent booster, which the FDA approved this past fall, is effective against COVID-19 and its subvariants. Studies show that the bivalent booster increases protection against severe COVID-19 disease, even for those who have had COVID-19 or have received a prior booster shot. UCSF’s internal data show significantly lower infection rates among UCSF faculty, staff, and learners who have received the new bivalent booster compared with those who have not.

Required Action by Feb. 1, 2023

UCSF faculty, staff, and learners – who have already met the vaccine primary series and booster requirements – must take one of the following actions:

  • Submit documentation that you have received the COVID-19 bivalent booster

- or

  • Submit your decision to opt-out of getting the COVID-19 bivalent booster

You may submit your proof of vaccination or decision to opt-out via the Occupational Health Services portal or by email to [email protected]. Whether you received the vaccination at UCSF...

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November 16, 2022
Honors and Awards
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 13, 2022
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:

  • 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
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.


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September 14, 2022
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 Questions about the grants may be emailed to [email protected].

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

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September 12, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I write with good news that the updated COVID-19 booster shots, recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use, are now available at UCSF.

The new booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer are the first updated boosters since the initial vaccines were introduced in late 2020. This bivalent booster is specifically formulated to protect against infection from the two most prevalent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5 and contains the components of the original booster shots.

As the virus changes and your immunity naturally decreases over time, you may lose some protection from previous COVID-19 vaccines. Getting the latest booster shot will help increase your protection against severe COVID-19 disease, slow transmission of the virus and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging in our community. Here’s what you should know:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Booster Eligibility

  • To be eligible for the new booster shots, you must have completed your primary vaccination series — and be at least two months out from your last dose of any COVID vaccine,...
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August 22, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health of faculty, staff, learners and volunteers, we are once again offering free influenza vaccines at various UCSF locations to prevent the spread of the disease in our community.

I strongly encourage you to get your flu vaccine at UCSF, at a local pharmacy, or by your health care provider. Here is what you need to know:

  • Beginning Sept. 6, 2022, UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) will begin a series of outreach flu shot clinics at many different campuses and building locations. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (BCH) Oakland and Fresno locations also will have flu clinics this fall, as noted in this full schedule:
  • Everyone must complete the Daily Health Screener prior to arriving at any vaccination clinic and must wear a mask while in the vaccination clinics
  • If you receive your flu shot from UCSF, you will be sent an email confirmation within 48 to 72 hours, and the record is automatically submitted to UCSF OHS
  • If you receive your flu vaccination from a provider outside UCSF, please submit the record via the OHS Portal at (Note that VPN MyAccess is required)
  • BCH Oakland employees should email their vaccine records to Employee Health at...
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