Current Advocacy Issues

Current Issues: Parnassus Heights RevitalizationCOVID-19 | 2020 Census | Get Out The Vote

Support the Revitalization of UCSF Parnassus Heights

UCSF is planning to build a new hospital and update UCSF's oldest campus to care for more patients, enhance health professional training, advance research, and expand services to the community.

You can help secure a new future for UCSF Parnassus Heights through the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan. Decision makers and legislators need to hear from you about what's at stake and why these improvements cannot wait. Share your unique perspective about the importance and benefits of this project. 

You will be prompted through a series of questions to create a customizable email in support of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan. Choose the responses that most resonate with you to generate your unique email, which you can review and edit before sending. 


Thank you for helping UCSF continue its mission of service in Parnassus Heights.

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Continued investments from the federal government are essential to helping us recover from the pandemic and return to normal. We need the next COVID-19 bill to include funds that will directly support our communities. 

  • Direct support for states so they can respond to the virus and provide critical health and well-being services to residents. As states work to recover from this economic crisis, it is critical that the federal government provide support for states to fund key services, including health care, education, safety and others.
  • Targeted funding for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to ensure that those helping our most vulnerable patient populations, including public academic medical centers – such as UC’s – can cover the costs of this pandemic and continue to fulfill their public service mission.
  • $47 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to support our students and higher education institutions throughout this economic downturn. 
  • Additional funding for researchers so they can continue their work on federally-funded projects – even those not directly related to COVID-19 – throughout the pandemic and ensure that our research workforce, including graduate and postdoctoral students, remains strong.

Call your legislators and ask for the next COVID-19 bill to include more investments for safety net health care providers like UCSF, support for our students and research, and direct aid for California. Take Action

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2020 Census: UCSF Counts

The 2020 Census is here. Filling out the census brings billions of dollars back to our community, ensures accurate data, and helps determine the number of decision makers representing our communities. Taking the census is simple, safe and important — make sure you count!


What is the census?

Census data is used to make sure government resources are allocated fairly and that everyone is represented equally in our political system. Your response brings funding for schools, highways, healthcare, social services, and housing in our community.

Why does the census matter?

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Federal Funding

As a member of our campus community, being counted now ensures that vital community resources are funded at appropriate levels for the next 10 years.

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Decision Makers

Your census participation aligns with UCSF’s commitment to civic engagement and determines the number of decision-makers representing us at the federal, state, and local level.

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Public Services

The census funds vital public services such as buses, schools, and hospitals. Help communities like ours receive the support we deserve and need.

How to take the census

There are a variety of ways to participate depending on where you live. It's important to note that, by law, your information cannot be shared with immigration, law enforcement, or social services agencies, and can ONLY be used to produce anonymous statistics. The census will NOT ask about your citizenship or immigration status.

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Living off Campus

You can complete the 2020 Census by phone, online or in person. You should be counted where you live or sleep most of the time.

Living in UCSF Housing

Those who live in UCSF Housing will be counted with help from housing staff.

How you can help

Promote the Census

Share the importance of the Census on social media (@CACensus #OurCommunityCounts #2020Census) and with friends, family, and colleagues. 

Staff the Census

UCSF will host Census locations on campus for the community. To get involved please email [email protected]. You can also apply to be a Census worker - with flexible hours and full and part time positions available:

Participate in the Census

In March, each household received a letter in the mail with how you can fill out the Census with the option to take the Census online. Be sure to include any person living in your household, including all ages (kids and babies count too) and family or not. Take the Census:

Important dates

  • March 12: Census opens
  • March 12-April 30: Census invitations sent
  • March 12-September 30: Complete the census online

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Get Out the Vote

Make your voice heard. Voting gives you the opportunity to influence who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you.

Join UCSF Advocates events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot. Make sure you are registered to vote! 

Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: October 19, 2020
Click here to register to vote or update your registration

2020 Primary Election Day: November 3, 2020
Find your polling place

Visit for all election related events on campus in 2020. 


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