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Building an equitable, inclusive and diverse community

Leadership messages and announcements

Hi Everyone,

Over the year, the HEDI team have been working with partners to plan and take action to address structural racism and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have developed a 4-point plan that includes things that we have done or are doing, things that we will do, and things that you and your department can do. You can find our action plan here. We consider this a living document and will update this as we identify new strategies and make progress on existing actions. We would also love to hear your thoughts, feedback, and what you are doing to address racism and inequities, so feel free to contact us.

In health and solidarity, Hendry

Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Resources for Racial Trauma

New Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Education for the School of Medicine, Dr. Ruth Shim, to start February, 2021

Posted Friday, January 15, 2021

As the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, director of cultural psychiatry and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Shim brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the School of Medicine and the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leadership teams. She will design, implement, and sustain equitable pre-medical and medical education through oversight of the Office of Student and Resident Diversity pathways programs. Dr. Shim will also oversee the expansion of the pathways programs and work to ensure that the curriculum and education programs are accessible and relevant to diverse students, residents and fellows.

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UC Davis Medical Center recognized again as a LGBTQ healthcare equality leader for 2020

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation once again designated UC Davis Medical Center a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” as part of the foundation’s 2020 Healthcare Equality Index report. This is the tenth consecutive year that the educational arm of nation’s largest civil rights organization has recognized the medical center for advancing LGBTQ equity among its patients and employees.

Read more about the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality award

Racial Justice Dashboard

Use this tool for self-education and explore ways to engage in anti-racism efforts.

We want to hear from you!

Please feel free to share your thoughts, feedback and any steps you are taking to address racism, health inequities, and diversity and inclusiveness in your work and personal life.

Principles of Community

This nearly 30-year-old document serves as an aspirational statement affirming our commitment to the highest standards of civility and decency towards all.

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Growing as a Community Foundations of Anti-Racism

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 12-1 p.m.

As our communities' grapple with the historic social injustices across our nation, it’s critical to hear from our leaders about the importance of adopting an equity and anti-racism lens to aid in the healing and well-being of our communities.

We will discuss the following:

  • Building institutional capacity to address historical and present implications of racism
  • The impact and continuation of racism in healthcare
  • Engaging in anti-racism work as a community

Previous recordings

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Featured guests

Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., RN, CNE, FAAN, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Faculty Development for Education and Training, Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Jann Murray-Garcia, M.D., MPH, Associate Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Victoria Ngo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Mercedes Piedra, MS, Director for Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health.

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Virtual Healing Circle Racial Healing Circles

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 6-7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Racial Healing Circles! We are creating a safe space for self-reflection to promote racial equity and healing.


Mercedes Piedra, MS, Director for UCDH Office for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, MA, CPF, Founder of Solh Resolutions International

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Resources and Information

Food pantry

Food access in your community

Food security, local resources

Food security and food access are a growing concern for many in Sacramento. Listed here are a number of resources such as local food banks and other community-based organizations (CBOs) doing work to help meet this critical need.

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Local resources and multicultural services

Multilingual guidance, community clinics

A compilation of COVID-19 related resources and services from UC Davis Health, local CBOs, chambers of commerce, and other groups for multicultural, multilingual, and under-served communities.

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Mental health and well-being

Coping, managing stress, emotional support

Many people have questions about ways to cope with stress experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several local resources exist to help individuals cope and even thrive.

Looking for ways to help?

We’ve compiled a number of resources to help connect you with groups in our community helping those in need.

Ways you can help
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COVID-19 articles, research and guidance

Coronavirus stats, common myths

Read the articles, research, media stories and leadership statements to help understand the science and data of novel coronavirus.

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Help for immigrant and undocumented communiti

Assistance, national and regional resources

Novel coronavirus has elevated the concerns for immigrant families’ access to health care and economic well-being. Several resources exist to help.

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Virtual Learning

Webinars, online education events

Education, training and learning provide positive ways to channel our energies. Several online opportunities exist for our multicultural communities to learn new strategies and build their skills.