UCSF Advocates

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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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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


Urge Congress to increase funding for CHGME to $738 million for Fiscal Year 2024

The Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program is a vital investment in strengthening the pediatric workforce and ensuring access to health care for children.  

Congress needs to invest in training the pediatric workforce to mitigate the provider shortages threatened access to care during the RSV surge and the ongoing children’s mental health crisis.  

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Ask Congress to increase the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to $51 billion to continue investing in critical research

UCSF is the top public recipient of NIH funding in the nation. These critical investments support UCSF researchers in making new discoveries in biology, developing new therapies for intractable diseases, and addressing health inequities. 

NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral, social, and population-based research improves our understanding of life and health sciences, equips experts to combat health threats, and makes scientific discoveries a reality. Federal investment in this lifesaving work catalyzes new industries, enhances the U.S.’s global competitiveness, and establishes career paths for aspiring scientists of diverse backgrounds. 

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Ask Your Legislators to Support UCSF in This Year's State Budget

Passage of the state budget is the most critical piece of legislation for the University of California. In 2022, the California Legislature approved a 5% increase to the UC budget for each of the next 5 years. But given the projected budget shortfall, state legislators may not approve a 5% increase this year. Urge your legislators to protect this critical funding so UC can maintain the world-class education, research, and healthcare we’re known for. 

Additionally, UCSF is requesting $1.8 million for the Doctor of Dental Surgery- Advocacy, Science, Public Interest and Research (DDS-ASPIRE) program, which will train dental students to become leaders in health equity and provide high-quality oral healthcare to underserved communities.  

Send a message to your legislators now to support UC and UCSF!  

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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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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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