Culturally Competent, Socially Inclusive Care

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We’re working to serve cultures and communities that have been underrepresented and marginalized by the health care system, and to ensure all feel welcome by reflecting our community's diversity in our hiring and clinical practices. Some examples of work in this area:

Some examples of our efforts:

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Spotlight: Community Health Scholars

A long-established goal of the UC Davis School of Medicine is to train physicians for practice in diverse communities where they are most needed to bridge California’s health equity gap.

The school’s innovative Community Health Scholars programs train future doctors to practice in California’s rural, urban, valley and tribal communities, most of which are challenged by health disparities.

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Spotlight: Leader in Healthcare Equality (LGBTQ+)

Named a LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader for 13 consecutive years by the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, a national-scale nonprofit that strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. 


Spotlight: National honors for educational diversity

Despite California’s long-standing ban on affirmative action, the UC Davis School of Medicine has become one of the nation’s most diverse medical schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

The medical school and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, which employs similar holistic admissions practices, each have received excellence awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, and are in the policy and media spotlight as national models.

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Some recent examples of our ongoing efforts to advance health for all.

MIND Institute café now open, serving coffee, tea and baked goods

Four years after closing due to the pandemic, the MIND Institute café has reopened. Purple Tree, a nonprofit which employs people with disabilities, offers beverages and baked goods.

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Reports provided by caregivers via telehealth a good alternative to in-person developmental assessments

A new study involving UC Davis Health finds that developmental assessments via telehealth with reports from caregivers may be a good alternative to in-person evaluations. The findings may help increase access to autism screenings.

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Sacramento’s first comprehensive trauma recovery center to open at UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health will open a trauma recovery center thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the California Victim Compensation Board.

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Cause of common type of heart failure may be different for women and men

A new mouse study of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) found sex differences at the cellular level. The findings could have implications for how HFpEF is treated in women compared to men.

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