The Report

This report - “Advancing Health Equity in San Francisco: An Assessment of UCSF’s Anchor Institution Capacity and Recommendations for Strategic Direction” - presents a transparent and accurate baseline of UCSF’s internal and external landscape of anchor institution strategies and offers recommendations for future strategic directions. The Report intends to promote honest and meaningful conversations among the internal UCSF community and the community at large about strengthening UCSF’s policies and practices to advance health equity in San Francisco, starting with the most under-resourced communities.

Overarching report recommendations to advance UCSF as an anchor institution:

Workforce Development Recommendations

  1. Increase UCSF’s capacity to train, hire, and promote under-resourced populations.
  2. Strengthen UCSF’s workplace climate and cultural competency.
  3. Increase collaboration between and across community partners and stakeholders.
  4. Increase effectiveness of the education pipeline for under-resourced populations.

Procurement Recommendations

  1. Understand UCSF’s “moveable spend” (purchasing categories that can be sourced from small, local businesses that are owned by, or that employ, under-resourced populations.
  2. Institutionalize local and inclusive purchasing through the adoption of explicit goals, policies, and practices.
  3. Understand local business capacity to meet “moveable spend.”
  4. Connect with local businesses and support capacity building activities.

Community Investment Recommendations

  1. Understand existing UCSF investment landscape.
  2. Develop a UCSF Community Investment Strategy with community input.
  3. Build internal and external relationships.
  4. Implement a UCSF community investment strategy.

The value of this report goes beyond UCSF and – with the guidance and expertise of the San Francisco Foundation and other partners – can serve as a blueprint for San Francisco’s other major institutions. For inquiries, please email us at [email protected].

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Anchor Institution Assessment Steering Committee members:

  • Howard Pinderhughes (Chair), Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF 
  • Marco Chavarin, Vice President, Community Development Citi 
  • Lisa Cisneros, Senior Director, Strategic Communications, University Relations 
  • Andrew Clark, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, UCSF 
  • Caroline Fichtenberg, Managing Director, Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN), UCSF 
  • Christine Gasparac, Senior Director, Community Relations, University Relations 
  • Kevin Grumbach, Professor and Chair, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF 
  • Olivia Herbert, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, School of Medicine Dean’s Office, UCSF 
  • Melissa Jones, Executive Director, BARHI – Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative 
  • Saidah Leatutufu, Economic Mobility Director at HOPE SF, Office of the Mayor 
  • Monique LeSarre, Executive Director, Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness 
  • Wylie Liu, Executive Director, UCSF Center for Community Engagement 
  • John Moon, District Manager, Community Development at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • David Odato, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources Senior Vice President, HR, UCSF Health 
  • Alejandra Rincon, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Chief of Staff, UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach 
  • Ellie Rossiter, Initiative Officer and Partnership Director, HOPE SF, San Francisco Foundation 
  • Victor Rubin, Vice President for Research at PolicyLink 
  • Joaquin Torres, Deputy Director, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (Director as of August 2018)