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Building an equitable, inclusive and diverse community

Leadership messages and announcements

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few weeks, 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

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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Virtual ConferenceThe 2020 Improving OUTcomes Conference is here!

conferenceHomelessness in the LGBTQ+ Community: Discussing Promising Practices and Programs
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore how health professionals and community partners can improve quality and access to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) patients and their families.

About the conference:

For the fifth year in a row, the Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council hosts the Improving OUTcomes Conference, bringing together health care and allied service providers throughout the Sacramento region to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people and their families. We invite you to join us for three days of inspiration, collaboration and transformation with others in the health care community!

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Virtual Racial Healing Circle Racial Healing Circle

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

We are creating a safe space to build a community of belonging for a collective impact on racial justice.


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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Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series Lung Cancer Disparities: What they are and how to end them

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 12-1 p.m.

Please join us for the November Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue series, Lung Cancer Disparities: What they are and how to end them, guest speaker is Dr. David T. Cooke. Dr. David Tom Cooke is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery, Associate Director of Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery, and the Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Wellness for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Cooke specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign lung and esophageal disease and is a national leader in robotic thoracic surgery.

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More about this series:

The Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series is a monthly series open to faculty, staff, students and community members to learn about and discuss issues critical to cultural humility, health equity and diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series page

Previous recordings

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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.