UCSF, in coordination with the University of California (UC), engages in advocacy on local, state and federal levels to support issues critical to our missions of patient care, research and education. Advocacy efforts are led by UC's Office of the President and are carried out through its campuses systemwide.

The University may invite its community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters to join advocacy efforts to help shape public policy that enables us to continue advancing health. UCSF also is part of the UC Advocacy Network, which engages community members to help highlight the impact of UC's contributions to government officials and policymakers in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

Learn more about the areas of focus for UCSF:

Patient Care

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals consistently rank among the best in the nation and also are among the largest providers of MediCal in the state. As a public, non-profit hospital system, we focus on our patients’ priorities, which includes ensuring access to top-tier care for all Californians.

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UCSF is the top public recipient of biomedical research funding from the federal government. Grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and other sources fuel groundbreaking discoveries that improve the health of all Americans. We’re committed to protecting that critical investment in science.

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UCSF is the only campus in the 10-campus University of California system exclusively focused on health and the only one dedicated solely to graduate-level education. We advocate for the unique needs of our student population and work to ensure access to an unrivaled, affordable, and diverse education.

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For more than 150 years, UCSF has been committed to promoting programs that enrich our local community. We partner with the elected officials, civic organizations and neighbors to serve the needs of San Franciscans, from advocating for better public transportation to supporting local health and education causes.


How to Participate

Now more than ever, it is critical that #UCSFStandsUp to help shape public policy that enables us to continue advancing health. Sign up to participate in upcoming advocacy efforts that you care about.

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UCSF Advocates

Stay informed about issues relevant to UCSF's patient care, research, education and community.

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UC Advocacy Network

Stay informed about issues relevant to the University of California (UC) system.

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Guidelines for Advocacy

UC and UCSF do not restrict any member of our community – student, trainee, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, these activities should be undertaken apart from your role as a University employee or representative.

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