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Black Lives Matter

We at the UCSF Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative are deeply saddened, hurt, and angered as we have witnessed the deaths of Black people at the hands of the police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade have now been added to the list of names of those we know whose lives have been cut short by police violence. The reality is that racism and systemic violence kill Black folks every day. We don’t have to look any further than pregnancy and maternal outcomes in the United States; we feel outrage on a daily basis. The cause of these deaths-white supremacy and racism-are embedded in the fabric of our country, including healthcare.

Important News in Women's Health


2019 Diversity Awards Honor Outstanding Efforts to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By Barbara Sanchez 2019-diversity-awards-awardees.jpg The recipients of the 2019 Diversity Awards pose for a photo with Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Vice Chancellor Renee Chapman Navarro. Clockwise from top left: Kwadwo (Kojo) Opoku-Nsiah, Jacqueline Fabius, Tung Nguyen, Timothy Montgomery, Matthew Bucknor,...

Clinical Trial Testing If Common Anti-Inflammatory Drug Reduces Hospitalization, Death Caused by Coronavirus

Modern Trial of Ancient Drug Will Assess Whether Lowering Inflammation Early On Staves Off Most Serious Symptoms, Lowers Hospitalization By Nicholas Weiler colchicine-pills-istock.jpg UC San Francisco is recruiting newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients for a large global clinical trial testing whether...

My COVID-19 journey

From the ski slopes of Idaho to the ICU, a pharmacist’s encounter with the health care system as a COVID-19 patient By Marilyn Stebbins rs17241_20150319_1_0010.jpg Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD (Photo credit: Elizabeth Fall) As we absorb the daily news of the...

Elena Fuentes-Afflick Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Nina Bai elena-fuentes-afflick-headshot.jpg Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH UC San Francisco pediatrician and epidemiologist, Elena Fuentes-Afflick , MD, MPH, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators. Fuentes-Afflick is...

BRIDGE – Bringing Precision Medicine into the Clinic

By Sarah Paris rankin_banner.jpg Kate Rankin, PhD. Photo: Elisabeth Fall In the world of research, precision medicine is advancing at a breakneck speed. Scientists are creating algorithms to help predict outcomes: what type of patient, for example, will respond best...

UCSF Health Care Workers to Serve in Navajo Nation

By Scott Maier ucsf-health-care-workers_sfo_navajo-nation.jpg UCSF nurse Jamilah Dula (center) waits to board a flight with fellow UCSF health care workers San Francisco International Airport en route to help care for COVID-19 patients in Navajo Nation. The group of staff, including...

COVID-19 Testing in Mission District, Bolinas to Inform Next Steps in Fight Against Disease

Comprehensive Study of Virus’s Spread in Distinctive Bay Area Communities Made Possible by Boosted Statewide Testing Capacity Supported by UCSF Labs By Nicholas Weiler ucsf-bolinas-community-covid19-testing.jpg Carlos Medina (foreground), a phlebotomist with Bay Area Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services, is assisted with...

UCSF Offering Free COVID-19 Test Analysis, Results to Public Health Departments of All 58 California Counties

Departments Can Send Samples for Analysis to UCSF Lab Supported by CZ Biohub, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative By Pete Farley pcr-test-samples-prepared.jpg UC San Francisco scientists are offering free sample analysis and test results, indefinitely, to all 58 county departments of public...

Produces, Distributes Hand Sanitizer for Bay Area's Incarcerated, Most Vulnerable Populations

By Scott Maier hand-sanitizer_0.jpg The UCSF group plans to make and distribute 15,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. Photo credit: Amir Aziz It’s been repeated continuously as one of the first preventive measures during the COVID-19 pandemic: wash your hands for...

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