Three winners will be unveiled Thursday, Oct. 28 as the recipients of this year’s UCSF Excellence in Partnership awards at the 2nd Annual Partnerships Celebration at Mission Bay.
Awards will be given to showcase the best community partnerships with UCSF that build on each other’s strength to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.
The honorees were chosen out of 15 applicants who have an established a partnership with one or more community organization or agency. The applicants were evaluated by members of the University Community Partnerships Program and council who are comprised of leaders from both UCSF and the community.
“The winners were consistent throughout based on the scoring,” said Wylie Liu, director of University Community Partnerships. “While reviewing [the applicants] we discovered that everyone is just doing exceptional outstanding work. So it was decided we should recognize all of them by having everyone who is nominated attend the event and be acknowledged.”
Leaders from both the community and UCSF are expected to join about 300 guests at the event at Mission Bay, which will feature key note speaker Barbara Garcia, San Francisco’s incoming director of Public Health, in addition to Carlos Garcia, superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District; UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH; Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center and Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine.
University Community Partnerships was established four years ago to better track and coordinate UCSF’s efforts within the community.
“Part of my job is to create a clearinghouse to capture all of the amazing partnership projects that we do,” said Liu. “The role of this office is to tell the story and highlight the work we’re doing and the tremendous impact on the community and the city.”