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UCSF in the Community
Serving the community has been ingrained in the ethos of UC San Francisco since the early days of treating neighbors in need after the great 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.
For more than 150 years, UCSF has been an integral member of the community as a public university, health care provider and leader in life sciences research. UCSF forges many fruitful partnerships in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond creating new models for partnering with leading innovators in academia, science, technology and industry in pursuit of its advancing health worldwide™ mission.
In fact, UCSF serves the community through numerous activities such as:
Providing high-quality patient care at local hospitals and neighborhood clinics;
Conducting life sciences research in cooperation with partners across the city and around the globe;
Reaching out to students at all educational levels to advance knowledge and promote higher education;
Partnering with institutions and organizations of all kinds to promote health, wellness and quality of life; and
Sponsoring social, recreational, cultural and educational activities that are open to the public.
One of the longest and most successful partnerships is with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a public safety-net hospital where more than 2,000 UCSF physicians and staff work side-by-side with the dedicated employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Teams at Zuckerberg San Francisco General deliver around-the-clock trauma, psychiatric and emergency care, outpatient treatment and a wide range of other important medical services to everyone in San Francisco, regardless of their ability to pay. Zuckerberg San Francisco General is also an essential training ground for our future health care professionals and researchers.
One of the educational programs with the broadest impact in the community is the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), a collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Initiated in 1987, SEP enables UCSF scientists and educators to work with the SFUSD to support quality science education. Each year, more than 300 UCSF participants contribute about 10,000 hours of service, and work with 200 SFUSD teachers representing more than 90 percent of the K-12 public schools in San Francisco.
As the second-largest employer in San Francisco, UCSF also recognizes its role as an economic engine for the region. In 2019, the University launched the Anchor Institution Initiative, developing a long-term plan to leverage our economic power to improve the long-term health and social welfare of our communities. The initiative focuses on three key areas: increasing UCSF’s capacity to train, hire, and promote people from under-resourced populations; defining UCSF’s purchasing power so that more spending can be sourced from small, local businesses; and exploring social impact investment options.
Fostering a Dialogue
Importantly, UCSF welcomes input from the community and provides opportunities for ongoing dialogue and collaboration in two major ways:
The UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG), originally formed in 1992 as a program ofCommunity and Government Relations, is a conduit for direct dialogue with UCSF representatives. The CAG is made up of representatives from a wide range of neighborhood, civic, ethnic, labor and business groups who provide UCSF with their views regarding campus planning, land use and other issues.
The UCSF Center for Community Engagement coordinates the many existing partnerships between UCSF-affiliated individuals or groups and San Francisco-based community organizations, and supports new partnerships.
UCSF Health provided $273.5 million in subsidized care to Medi-Cal patients and charity care to uninsured patients in FY17-18. (Figure does not include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland)
The EXCEL Program offers job training for residents of UCSF's surrounding communities to prepare them for health-related clerical and administrative careers.
Educating All Ages
The UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership hosts the annual Bay Area Science Festival, which draws more than 75,000 participants for two weeks of fun educational events throughout the region.
Free Dental Care
Volunteer faculty, staff and students at our Community Dental Clinic perform more than 1,300 free procedures each year for low-income and homeless patients.