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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 11 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.

Street medicine team improves lives of unhoused patients

Twice a week, providers from UC Davis Health board Sacramento County’s mobile health clinic to care for patients in and around homeless encampments.

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‘Nothing holds him back’: Child born with 2 very rare conditions gets lifesaving care

17 surgeries later, 6-year-old boy runs on prosthetic legs and Paralympic dreams.

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Putting women’s heart health first: Cardiovascular medicine program celebrates 30 years

The UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a gala on National Wear Red Day.

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Assistant clinical professor selected to national program for emerging STEM leaders

A clinical professor of infectious diseases has been appointed to the 2024 New Voices cohort at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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