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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 UC San Francisco has recognized 12 recipients of the 2019 Chancellor Diversity Awards for their outstanding efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their fields and in the wider community. The faculty, staff and students were...

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 UC San Francisco is recruiting newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients for a large global clinical trial testing whether the...

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 As we absorb the daily news of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us—especially in California where...

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

By Nina Bai 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 professor and vice chair of...

BRIDGE – Bringing Precision Medicine into the Clinic

By Sarah Paris 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 to a certain drug used in the...

UCSF Health Care Workers to Serve in Navajo Nation

By Scott Maier A team of UC San Francisco health care workers – seven physicians and 14 nurses – is traveling to Arizona and New Mexico on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, to begin a one month voluntary assignment providing urgently...

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 UC San Francisco infectious disease researchers and community partners have launched an effort to provide comprehensive,...

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 UC San Francisco scientists are offering free sample analysis and test results, indefinitely, to all 58 county departments of public health...

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

By Scott Maier It’s been repeated continuously as one of the first preventive measures during the COVID-19 pandemic: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. But what if soap and water aren’t readily available? Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an...

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