NEWS | April 27, 2018

What has changed since 'Unequal Treatment' was published?

UC Davis Health lecturer highlights milestones in the journey toward eliminating disparities in health care


Alicia Fernandez, a UC San Francisco physician and expert on reducing health care disparities, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine.

Alicia Fernandez
Alicia Fernandez

Fernandez will use the 15-year anniversary of the landmark Institute of Medicine report “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care” as the opportunity to discuss progress and setbacks on the path to ensuring access to quality health care for all.

Titled “Health Care Disparities 15 Years After ‘Unequal Treatment,’” the address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium at 4501 X St. in Sacramento. A reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, however reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

“‘Unequal Treatment’ brought much clearer focus to the fact that differences in the quality of health care services can be linked with patients’ racial and ethnic backgrounds,” said Elizabeth Magnan, assistant professor of family and community medicine and chair of the Snively Lectureship Committee.

“Dr. Fernandez has been on the forefront of understanding and eliminating those differences through her work as a clinician, researcher and mentor of the next generation of physicians,” Magnan added.

The lecture is Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. in Sacramento, with a reception at 5 p.m. Reservations are requested through Eventbrite.

Fernandez is a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, faculty member of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on improving diabetes care, Latino health and immigrant health, and on understanding the role of language barriers in health services.

A member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, Fernandez received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship for Humanism in Medicine in honor of her caring and compassion as a mentor. She directs many academic career and research training programs for students traditionally underrepresented in medical schools and for students interested in health disparities research.

Fernandez has served as an adviser on health disparities projects for several organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Endowment, National Quality Forum, Commonwealth Fund and American Medical Association.

About the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine

George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting lectureship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing UC Davis and the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in health care. More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is at

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