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You don't have to be an official UCSF Advocate to join us. Here are some of our key initiatives. See all current advocacy efforts

UC PRIME Students Advocate in Sacramento

promote heatlh equity and specialized medical traininig 

UC PRIME trains doctors to care for historically under-resourced communities and reduce health disparities that have only been heightened by COVID-19. You can support health equity, diversity pipelines for medical school, and training our future doctors to practice in underserved communities.

Ask State legislators to support the Governor’s State budget request for $12.9 million for UC PRIME, and share why funding to reduce health disparities is more important than ever..

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expand financial aid to more students

UC and the UC Student Association (UCSA) are partnering on “Double the Pell,” an effort to call on Congress to increase its investment in the federal Pell Grant. By increasing the maximum Pell Grant award to $13,000 within the next three federal fiscal years, students will be less inclined to take out loans, and more likely to graduate without a mountain of debt.

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Support a New Hospital at UCSF Parnassus Heights

UCSF is moving forward with its 30-year plan to modernize the University’s Parnassus Heights campus – including a new state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center. Participate in upcoming community meetings for the new hospital and engage with this project early.

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Advocacy Guidelines

UCSF’s research and advocacy plays an important role in shaping public policy. However, as a 501(c)(3) and a state entity, there are legal restrictions on the types of political activities UCSF employees can engage in on behalf of UCSF. Follow these guidelines to be successful when advocating in your UCSF and person capacities.

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Join UCSF Advocates

Now more than ever, it is critical that #UCSFStandsUp and speaks out to help shape local, state, and federal policies that promote our core mission of healthcare, scientific research, education, and public service.

Join us to find opportunities to connect with local, state, and federal lawmakers, participate in advocacy events and trainings, and receive our newsletter with actions you can take to advocate for policy change.

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UC Advocacy Network

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. Stay informed about issues relevant to the UC system.

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