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 Senators to Invest in Children’s Mental Health through Medicaid

The pediatric mental health crisis is impacting children and teenagers in every state, from every background. New, bipartisan legislation would take a significant step toward needed change in pediatric mental health services to address this crisis and support behavioral health professionals.

Join us in calling on your senators to co-sponsor S. 4747 and invest in timely and affordable mental health care for children and support the workforce that serves them.

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thank lawmakers for prioritizing UC in the State Budget 

Every year, passage of the State Budget is the most critical piece of legislation for the University of California. Recently, the State Legislature passed a final state budget that will strengthen UC and enhance its impact on the lives of Californians for years to come. We're pleased that this budget includes a number of key items that will allow UCSF to continue our critical work.

We would not have achieved this without the support of our state legislators representing San Francisco, who continue to champion UCSF at the Capitol. Send your representatives a thank you email using our customizable prewritten template. ​​​​

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Support legislation to protect abortion access and providers

As a world leader in health care, UCSF is deeply concerned by the increased restricted access to abortion care occurring in states throughout the nation and the ramifications associated with the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

Help protect abortion access in California by calling on state legislators to support three bills that ensure protections for patients and providers.


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UCSF Votes

You are the Difference. VOTE.

UCSF is committed to encouraging civic participation throughout our campus and community. Voting is how you make your voice count.

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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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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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