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Building an equitable, inclusive and diverse community

Leadership messages and announcements

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Diretor of Healing Centered Education in the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Mercedes Piedra writes, "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 represents a day of service on behalf of the marginalized and an opportunity to raise awareness about injustice and advocate peaceful ways to overcome. We invite you to join our events and partake in our new and upcoming Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center". Full message

Dr. Hendry Ton recognized by the LA Times for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

UC Davis Health Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Hendry Ton was recognized in the LA Times Business Publication for his dedication to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives within the health system and the larger community.  He joined a list of reader-nominated inspirational, diverse leaders exhibiting achievements within their respective businesses. See full article on the InsideOut page 

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Seth Browner, Program Director of Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, reflects on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27, 2022) with hope, "that building an affirming comunity that spreads kindness inspires students to embrace their Jewish identities". Full post

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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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Featured eventsVirtual Healing CirclesHealing Circle

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

In light of Dr. King’s transformative impact on our world, we will be hosting this circle to embody and heal using the Beloved principles set forth. Join us as we come together to build community and create a space rooted in our shared humanity. This is an opportunity to compassionately listen and intentionally share our hearts and minds alleviating the stressors affecting us all. Come and engage in an evening of self-care, healing, and connection.

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  • Mercedes Piedra, MS: Director of Healing Centered Education for UCDH Office for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, MA, CPF: Founder of Solh Resolutions International

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Growing as a Community Webinar Racism as a Public Health Issue

Thursday, January 20, 2021, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

We will be featuring a special short screening of Cooked: Survival By Zip Code followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with special guests who are part of a national movement to address the colliding crises of structural racism, health inequity, and climate change.

In this webinar, we will explore the following:

  • Legislation as a means of advancing equity
  • Public health implications of racism and the climate crisis
  • Intersection of climate justice and racial justice

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  • DeAngelo Mack, Director of Equity Justice, Public Health Advocates
  • Katie Valenzuela, District 4 Councilmember, City of Sacramento
  • Mai Vang, District 8 Councilmember, City of Sacramento
  • Judith Helfand, Director/Producer/Educator, Cooked: Survival by Zip Code
  • Mercedes Piedra, Director of Healing Centered Education for the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health

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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.