Economic Inclusion

UCSF is a critical local economic engine and mission-driven organization that is inextricably linked to the long-term well-being of those we serve. Because of this, we are uniquely positioned to play a more active role in supporting our local economies.

There is a strategic opportunity to align UCSF institutional assets to meaningfully impact the economic and social factors in our community to create health—good jobs and decent wages; safe and affordable housing; access to healthy food; and a healthy, clean, and safe environment.

Some of the ways we are involved in this exciting new area of work include:

Anchor Institution Assessment

UCSF is conducting an anchor needs assessment to understand how UCSF can most effectively harness its institutional power and resources to positively influence the social and structural determinants of health in vulnerable communities in San Francisco.

UCSF, a public university and health care system, is a mission-driven institution that is “anchored in a place.” Because we are rooted in our community, we aspire to adopt an anchor mission by making a commitment to apply our long-term, place-based economic power, alongside human and intellectual resources, to better the long-term health and welfare of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities.

This needs assessment will contribute towards UCSF work in advancing the anchor mission of healthcare.

For more information, please contact: Wylie Liu and visit the UCSF Anchor Institution Initiative website.

Advancing the Anchor Mission of Healthcare

A national network of health systems exploring the potential to more fully harness our economic power to benefit the long-term well-being of communities through hiring, purchasing and investing.

Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC)

A multi-sector, community-based partnership that coordinates the purchasing power and collective investment of Bay Area anchor institutions to increase community participation.

Vendor Diversity

A partnership with the Supplier Diversity Program to increase vendor diversity at UCSF.