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.
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
Ask Congress to Prioritize Pediatric Mental Health
Join UCSF and the Children’s Hospital Association in asking Congress to fund children's mental and behavioral health services. The pandemic has exacerbated an alarming trend. Sadly, youth anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise. Hospitals across the country have seen a 24% increase in mental health emergencies for kids ages 5 to 11 during the pandemic.
You can help support pediatric providers struggling to meet the growing demand for mental health services during COVID-19, and strengthen mental health services for children and children’s hospitals!
Advocate for Sickle cell funding
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) is leading Congressional efforts to increase awareness and funding for sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait, which disproportionally impacts Black and Latino communities. Ask your Congressmember to support sickle cell trait funding and promote health equity using this customizable email template.
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 help UCSF create an energy-efficient, seismically sound and environmentally friendly facility within the surrounding neighborhood.
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.
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.