Vision

Serve our local, regional and global communities and eliminate health disparities.

Goals

  • Position UCSF as a leader in global health.
  • Contribute to the reduction of health disparities.
  • Develop strong partnerships in the local community.

Strategies

Develop Global Health Sciences to integrate and focus UCSF’s expertise in biological, population, social/behavioral and clinical sciences, in collaboration with global partners, to eliminate major health disparities and reduce the burden of disease on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

The overall outcome for which UCSF strives is better health for people whose access to the resources necessary to lead healthy lives and effective health care is limited by social or economic disadvantage.

UCSF should strengthen its contributions to global health, promote partnerships with other UC campuses, foster collaboration with other US academic institutions, and support academic and research institutions in low- and middle-income countries to build their capacities to respond to local and global health problems.

Lead efforts to eliminate health disparities by leveraging UCSF’s research expertise, modeling best practices in clinical care and integrating content on health disparities throughout the continuum of learning.

The University, committed to the mission of advancing health worldwide™, must be a force to eliminate the pervasive disparities in health and health care in the local and national environment that are based on race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other social vulnerabilities.

UCSF should ensure that UCSF Medical Center and clinical practices work effectively in a well-coordinated manner with UCSF programs at San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other providers of care to ensure that all San Franciscans, including those who are uninsured, have access to high-quality clinical services. UCSF should work with local county public health departments, foundations, community-based organizations and other agencies, and develop partnerships with these groups to address the underlying determinants of major health disparities.

UCSF also should support research on the determinants of health disparities and the translation of findings into policy and practice. The University should exert its leadership to achieve universal health care coverage for the people of California and the nation.

Facilitate research collaborations with other academic institutions, community partners and UC campuses.

UCSF should expand research collaborations with other UC campuses to extend its sphere of influence across the state and across the nation, access disciplines that are not housed on the UCSF campus due to the absence of an undergraduate program and embrace the challenge of team-based science.

Develop a coherent approach to communicating the contributions and accomplishments of UCSF.

The tremendous accomplishments and contributions of UCSF continue to be underrecognized in the San Francisco community, the state of California and the world. Enhancing UCSF’s recognition has a widespread impact on the overall success of the institution. Maintaining a strong reputation is critical to attracting students, trainees, faculty, staff, donors and patients. UCSF should work to increase its visibility among external audiences, and develop and support campus communications to help demonstrate UCSF’s value as a local, statewide, national and international asset.

Promote civic engagement in all facets of activities at UCSF to strengthen partnerships between the campus and the community.

University-community partnerships play a valuable role as a public service to improve the public’s health and reduce disparities in health and well-being. Equally important, community partnerships are a strategic form of civic engagement essential for enhancing the quality of UCSF’s teaching, research and clinical programs, and for fostering supportive community relations. UCSF should support the continued development of the UCSF University-Community Partnerships Program, expand service-learning programs for students and residents, enhance opportunities for the local community to have meaningful input into UCSF affairs, strengthen partnerships with local schools, community colleges and universities to enrich educational opportunities in these institutions, promote workforce development and employment, and empower community partners as genuine collaborators in research.