Community Health Planning & Policy Development

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:

The 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.

San Francisco Sugary Drink Distributors Tax Advisory Committee March 2018 Report

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. [For more information on our collective impact approach to do this, see our report on the 2015-2016 partnership between Shape Up San Francisco Coalition and San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP)]. Laura Schmidt, PhD, is the Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, and was the faculty lead in the policy advising process.

One of the policy approaches we know to be evidence-based, is a tax on sugary drinks to increase cost -- thereby discouraging purchase and consumption -- and to generate revenue to be used toward prevention of consumption as well as to offset the impacts of consumption. The Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax was passed by San Francisco voters in 2016, and mandates a 16-member committee to report on San Francisco consumption and impacts, as well as to make recommendataions on how to invest tax revenue to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of consumption.

Jonathan Butler, PhD, is a UCSF post-doctoral scholar in the School of Medicine, and holds one of the committee seats designated for medical institution representatives (2017-2019). Roberto Vargas, MPH, is a Navigator for the UCSF Community Engagement and Health Policy Program and the UCSF Center for Community Engagement, and is Co-Chair of the San Francisco Sugary Drink Distributors Tax Advisory Committee, also holding a medical institution seat (2017-2019). Both Dr. Butler and Vargas have leveraged UCSF scientists and learners to ensure the committee report and recommendations are informed by both the evidence and perspectives of communities most impacted.

(Full San Francisco Sugary Drink Distributors Tax Advisory Committee March 2018 Report).

San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN)

SF CAN is a broad new partnership among UCSF researchers, community organizations, and local government agencies with the goal of reducing the cancer burden in San Francisco. In addition to working toward a decrease in the absolute number of cancer cases in the city, SF CAN is paying particular attention to disparities in cancer occurrence and outcomes across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups - with a focus on breast, colorectal, liver, prostate, and tobacco-caused cancers.

Our Shared Agenda - A Citywide Vision for Children’s Health Equity

Child health leaders representing government agencies, community organizations, UCSF researchers and health care providers gathered together to adopt a common agenda for San Francisco children and families to achieve health equity.