Jann Murray-García, M.D., M.P.H.
Jann Murray-García is a founding faculty member and clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She developed and directs the Anti-Racism and Cultural Humility (ARC) Training Program, which offers three and four-day immersive experiences for nurse leaders, nursing and medical school faculty and staff, as well as health system leaders. With Melanie Tervalon, Murray-García coined and developed the concept of Cultural Humility.
Murray-García founded and directs the Interprofessional Central Valley Road Trip, an overnight field trip down Highway 99, emphasizing the beauty, contributions and histories of the diverse people of California’s Great Central Valley. Participants include a professionally diverse, multigenerational group of university students, faculty, administrators, staff and community members. Together, they learn concepts such as social determinants of health, health inequities, population health and cultural humility while being exposed to the expertise of Central Valley community members, health care leaders and activists.
In the first decade of the School of Nursing, Murray-García taught nurses in the year-long master’s-degree leadership Community Connections course — a practicum in systems-level leadership in community organizations. She also founded the UC Davis Health Interprofessional Book Club, which features social justice books that bring together staff, students and faculty from across the health system.
A pediatrician, Murray-Garcia received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her medical degree from UCSF and completed pediatric residency training at Oakland Children’s Hospital, followed by a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her publications on race, health care and child development have appeared in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Medical Care, Academic Medicine, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
For more than a decade, Murray-García has been involved in a unique school-community-youth partnership to close racial achievement and discipline gaps in Davis, California, public schools. With youth filmmakers, Murray-García produced an award-winning documentary, “From the Community to the Classroom,” documenting how children learn the American phenomenon of race in one of the nation's highest performing school districts.
In 2011, Murray-Garcia developed the Summer Institute on Race and Health, a four-week clerkship for UC Davis School of Medicine second-year students that explores the social-historical construction of race and its implications for public health, clinical practice and transformative community leadership. The Summer Institute on Race and Health is part of Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS), a four-year longitudinal, mentored program to develop leaders in primary care who will deliver excellent clinical care to medically underserved urban areas. She continues to lead the summer institute.
Along with the elimination of health disparities, Murray-García’s interests include the impact of racial stratification and racial-identity development on the health and health-related decisions of youth and adults.