Community Health Planning

The CCE collaborates to increase health equity by bringing together science, underserved communities and other sectors including: health, education, government, business, and more. Together, we work to move the needle on community health.

Some of the ways we are involved in this area are:

UCSF Health Community Benefit

Community benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. University of California Health’s academic health centers collaborate with other local health systems to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to guide overall efforts. The CHNAs identify significant health needs of people living in the communities they serve so that health organizations can act upon unmet needs.

The CCE team conducts the CHNA, on behalf of UCSF Health, in collaboration with San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP).

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP)

SFHIP is a cross-sector initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of all San Franciscans. SFHIP combined into one aligned framework, the efforts of three successful community health improvement collaborators: San Francisco's non-profit hospitals and their Community Benefits Partnership (CBP) and Building a Healthier San Francisco (BHSF) projects; the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of California (CTSI), San Francisco, which supported the first phase of SFHIP; and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and its' community health improvement process.

A significant contribution to an identified need is sugary drinks. UCSF scientists and Navigator staff partnered with San Francisco policymakers and health advocates to develop policy and structural and educational approaches to reducing consumption of sugary drinks in San Francisco. See our report on the 2015-2016 partnership between Shape Up San Francisco Coalition and San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP).

The Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax was passed by San Francisco voters in 2016, and mandates a 16-member San Francisco Sugary Drink Distributors Tax Advisory Committee to report on San Francisco consumption and impacts, as well as to make recommendations on how to invest tax revenue to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of consumption.