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Building an equitable, inclusive and diverse community

Leadership messages and announcements

Be Heard! HEDI Blog – Accepting Submissions for FutureThe Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting Blog Article Submissions from students, faculty, staff, and community members that provide relevant and timely insight into topics related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for our readers. Submit your entry today!

To the UC Davis and UC Davis Health community,

UC Davis Health is a vibrant, multi-layered, dynamically diverse community making a positive difference locally, regionally, and nationally through our research, education, and public service. What makes our great community work are the relationships we have with each other, our patients, and our community members. We strive to treat those around us with dignity, inclusion, and respect. We do this best by not just treating others as we would want to be treated, but by treating others as they would want to be treated.

The week of February 22-26, 2021 we celebrated our Principles for Community Week with the theme, “cultural humility”, welcoming 200+ attendees in the virtual space to the Opening Ceremony Event with remarks and messages from Chancellor Gary S. May, Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. David Lubarsky, Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO, Dr. Lorena Oropeza, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Diversity and I.

Read the full message from Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Resources for Racial Trauma

Alumni Couple Establish Endowed Chair, UC Davis’ 1st in African American Studies

Alumni and longtime university supporters Lois and Darryl Goss are creating a presidential chair in African American and African studies at the University of California, Davis, to provide sustained funding for teaching, research and outreach about the history and culture of communities of African descent around the world.
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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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External Partner Event Racism in Medicine

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – 6-7 p.m.

Join the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and health equity leaders for an informative webinar addressing racial disparities in patient-clinician communication, barriers to vaccination, and effectively reaching underserved communities and vulnerable populations. In this insightful webinar you will learn:

  • Ethics requirements related to working with racial and ethnic diversity in your practice.
  • How to improve vaccine equity by working collaboratively with public health officials, legislators and community leaders.

CME accreditation pending

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Featured speakers

Bianca Roberts, MD, Chair, SSVMS Health Equity Committee and Board Secretary

Hendry Ton, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

About Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

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Internal Partner Webinar SeriesLa Pandemia y la Salud Mental - 3 Part Webinar with the American Mexican Association

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 – 4:15- 5:15 p.m.

A three part Spanish webinar series featuring Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director of UC Davis' Center for Reducing Health Disparities, focusing on the mental health toll that the pandemic has had on the Latinx communities.

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The Center for Reducing Health Disparities takes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the inequities in health access and quality of care. This includes a comprehensive program for research, education and teaching, and community outreach and information dissemination.

The center builds on UC Davis’ long history of reaching out to the most vulnerable, underserved populations in the region and represents a major commitment to addressing community needs that goes well beyond the traditional service role of an academic medical center. 

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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.