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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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Internal partner event Campus Community Book Project Stigma and Mental Illness: The Final Frontier for Human Rights

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 6:30-8 p.m.

A talk by Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley & Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology, UC San Francisco.


The 2020-21 book project features a yearlong program around graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney, and the overall theme of mental health.

Book project calendar

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External partner webinar Pathways to Medicine Webinar - UCSF Fresno Road Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 9-10 a.m.

Join the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium, UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program and UC Davis School of Medicine in this virtual session to learn more about the pathways to medicine, the do's and dont's for applying to medical school, and how to consider what is the right path for you! Live Q&A session included!


Presenters: Cassidy Kays, Charlene Green & Nancy Galindo.

Audience: College and post-baccalaureate students who are still considering medical school
This presentation will be recorded.

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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.