Throughout our history, UCSF has played an important role in San Francisco’s welfare. Since 1873, our doctors have provided care at the public hospital, now called Zuckerberg San Francisco General. When the 1906 earthquake destroyed local medical facilities, we provided treatment to those seeking refuge in Golden Gate Park. And in the 1980’s, when the AIDS crisis gripped the city, UCSF opened the nation’s first dedicated HIV clinic and treated those who were suffering with compassion. Our mission of advancing health worldwide starts here, in the city we call home.
Today, UCSF’s people-focused patient care, boundary-pushing research, and top-ranked schools deliver breakthroughs that provide healing both here and around the world. Our excellence in health science puts us in a unique position to contribute to the well-being of the community where we live and work, and our passion to serve society drives many locally focused programs and partnerships.
Caring for All
UCSF embraces diversity and the knowledge that different backgrounds, genetics and environments means each of us has unique health concerns. Advancing health means solving health challenges in ways that benefit everyone.
A robust community requires more than physical health to flourish. As the second-largest employer in San Francisco, UCSF is also an economic engine for the region.
As an institute of learning, we also want to inspire and open doors in science education for our neighbors. Our Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) provides resources and volunteers that reach more than 90 percent of K-12 public schools in San Francisco. The group also organizes the Bay Area Science Festival, where more than 50,000 future scientists get hands-on science experiences.
UCSF’s EXCEL Program offers job training for residents of surrounding communities and the Anchor Institution Initiative aims to increase UCSF’s capacity to hire from and invest in our surrounding communities, especially under-resourced neighborhoods.
Educating All Ages
The Science & Health Education Partnership inspires students through public school programs and the annual Bay Area Science Festival, which draws more than 75,000 participants for two weeks of fun educational events throughout the region.