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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.

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

August 20, 2020
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Office of the President has issued an order requiring every member of the UC community to receive an influenza vaccine this fall. This means that all UCSF community members, across the campus and UCSF Health, will be required to receive a flu shot this year, whether you are working remotely or on site.

UCSF supports this important action as it will help protect our community and reduce the potential of overwhelming hospitals and health systems with both influenza and COVID-19 cases this fall and winter.

At UCSF, we will be implementing our flu shot campaign starting September 1 to help meet UCOP’s vaccination deadline of November 1. This campaign will include 140 flu clinics across UCSF, as well as 170 flu deputies within our health system to provide free vaccines to their colleagues.  In addition, UCSF Health and a number of community partners will be providing flu vaccines to our patients.    

In the coming weeks, we will provide additional details on where and how to receive flu shots through UCSF, as well as other information on exemptions. For now, please visit the flu page on the COVID-19 website to learn more.

Getting your flu vaccination this year is particularly important.  As the world struggles to manage COVID-19, this year’s flu season has the potential to compound the pressure on hospitals and health systems, and cause unnecessary illness and suffering...

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August 20, 2020
People

Dear School of Medicine Community,

As the Chancellor stated in his July 30th campus message, “As a leading university committed to the health sciences, we must confront the way racism perpetuates a system of inequities for people of color. False hierarchies based on race rationalize laws, public policy, and customs that have built bias and discrimination into society’s institutional practices.”

I write today to share updates on initiatives the School of Medicine has undertaken to confront these issues and to reiterate our commitment to the expansive anti-racism work that lies ahead.

These are tumultuous times, as we face two pandemics. The first, COVID-19, has catalyzed biomedical, public health, and social scientists to race for a vaccine and a strategy that will protect our communities and our health care workforce. The second, more insidious pandemic, is the one that has endured since the beginning of American Medicine. It is one that does not attract as much attention, but has been highlighted because of COVID-19 – that of health and health care disparities.

Unlike COVID-19, there is no vaccine being developed to combat healthcare disparities. There is, however, prevention and treatment. For the last five years, a School of Medicine priority has been to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic medical system in the country. We have advanced this goal through Differences Matter, a multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative, and have been successful in a number of areas, including...

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August 20, 2020
People
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

Chancellor Sam Hawgood and his Cabinet recently announced an Anti-racism Initiative aimed at dismantling structural racism across UCSF. I want to reiterate my personal commitment, and that of UCSF Health, to this important work. I also want to share additional ways UCSF Health is addressing racism - in particular health care disparities - and how you can help.

It is well documented that health care disparities are rooted in factors such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, among others.  The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color here and across the country is yet one more example. 

Health care disparities also are preventable. Identifying and eliminating disparities is an essential part of health care quality, critical to our mission and a reflection of our PRIDE values.  There have been solid efforts underway, some of which are listed below, but there is much more work to be done. We acknowledge, and are addressing, for example, the fact that race is a social and political construct that is problematic in how it is used in our medical algorithms, decision-making tools, and patient care communications. For all of these reasons, health equity is an integral theme across Vision 2025, our strategic plan.

UCSF Health Equity Council (HEC)

The HEC was established, stimulated in part by the School of Medicine’s Differences Matter initiative, with the understanding that to make meaningful changes throughout our organization, health equity must be an operational and strategic priority - central to all of our work. The Council focuses...

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August 14, 2020
People

Dear UCSF Community,

For many members of our community who have children, elderly parents, and other dependents, the pandemic has created a crisis of magnified proportions. Those with caregiving responsibilities at home are making sacrifices in their work and careers, as well as the care they provide to their children and dependents. These challenges are not only personal—they threaten our community’s welfare and our collective ability to serve our mission.

All parents and caregivers have felt this amplified impact of COVID-19, but its effects have been especially pronounced on women who disproportionately hold caregiving responsibilities.

To address this challenge, the UCSF Child and Dependent Care Task Force is implementing strategies as part of its ongoing work to develop solutions for working families. I encourage parents and other caregivers to fill out this brief survey, which the task force will use to refine potential solutions that best serve our community’s diverse needs. The survey will be open through August 25.

The task force, which comprises representatives and subject matter experts from across campus and UCSF Health, has implemented the following actions and is continuing its work on short- and long-term charges:

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August 13, 2020
Administrative
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We would like to invite you to join us at a special town hall on Thursday, August 20, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., to learn about UCSF’s plans for revitalizing our Parnassus Heights campus. You can register here for the event.

Last October, UCSF unveiled a bold vision, called the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), to re-imagine our oldest and largest campus and build a new hospital with state-of-the-art facilities that will support our incredible research, education, and care delivery mission for decades to come.

At the town hall, Brian Newman, senior associate vice chancellor of UCSF Real Estate and vice president of UCSF Health, and his team will share highlights of the initial-phase projects, including the new hospital, the Research and Academic Building, Aldea housing, and the new campus entry from Irving Street.

As we prepare to seek UC Regental approval in early 2021 to start the next phase of work on the CPHP, we need your help to secure a new future for Parnassus Heights. To rally our UCSF community, Vice Chancellor Francesca Vega will announce the launch of a Community & Government Relations-led advocacy campaign that encourages faculty, staff, and learners to sign up and show support for a renewed Parnassus Heights campus.

We hope you will join us to learn about our collective efforts for transforming our Parnassus Heights campus. Please note that this town hall has been extended a half hour to allow for a...

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August 12, 2020
Administrative
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Yesterday morning, August 11, a homicide occurred during a physical altercation between two individuals in the lobby of the UCSF Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 11 Irving Street on the Parnassus campus. The UCSF PD reported that the victim left the building and collapsed on the sidewalk, where a UCSF nurse arriving for work attempted to revive him with CPR. Sadly, the victim was later pronounced deceased at the UCSF Parnassus Emergency Department.

A police bulletin was issued and the suspect, identified from surveillance camera footage at the ACC, has been arrested. The individuals involved in the incident were not employees, learners, or visitors of UCSF.

We recognize how unsettling this news is. In response, the UCSF PD will now station a security guard at the Irving Street entrance of the ACC during the hours that this entry to the campus is open to the public. We have also increased police monitoring of the campus.

After an incident like this, we review our security and policing system to determine what changes can be made to help ensure the safety of our community of faculty, staff, learners, patients, and visitors. We will continue to take steps to strengthen our security procedures, streamline communication between our UCSF PD and Medical Center security, and implement other safety measures, including increased badge readers at access points. This spring, UCSF Health increased control at entrance points to the Moffitt-Long Hospitals at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at...

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