2019 AIDS Walk San Francisco: UCSF Community Raises Funds, Shows Support for Federal Funding

By Mike Billings

Several hundred UC San Francisco staff, faculty, students and supporters joined the annual San Francisco AIDS Walk on Sunday to raise money for local AIDS organizations as well as show their support for federal funding to support HIV research.

More than a dozen UCSF teams participated in the annual 10K walk in Golden Gate Park. This year, the funds raised at AIDS Walk benefited local organizations, including Ward 86’s new POP-UP Clinic. The new program, housed at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, provides flexible, comprehensive, and patient-centered care for homeless and unstably housed individuals in San Francisco who are living with HIV.

“It is a totally different way of doing care for people,” Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, medical director of Ward 86, said during the AIDS Walk event. “Because of you, that is what is helping to launch it. So thank you for helping to support Ward 86.”

UCSF this year also formed its first-ever UCSF Advocates team to in part encourage members of the broader community to join the advocacy program to stand up for values and policies fundamental to UCSF’s mission, including federal funding for HIV research.

At AIDS Walk, more than 150 people joined with the UCSF Advocates and signed postcards for their congressional representatives, asking them to support HIV and AIDS research.

The advocacy is a continuation of the decades of work that UCSF has done in research and patient care, such as UCSF’s Ward 86, which was the world’s first dedicated HIV outpatient clinic. Fittingly, the theme for UCSF’s team T-shirt at AIDS Walk carried the slogan “Generations of Impact.”

See photos of UCSFers at this year’s AIDS Walk: