Featured Partnerships

Read about collaborations between UCSF and community partners to advance health equity and how those partnerships are supported by the Center for Community Engagement.

Featured Partnership - Spotlight

Abundant Life Health Ministries Intiative

The Abundant Life Health Ministries Initiative is a collaboration whose goal is to strengthen health ministries to promote health and to end cancer disparities. It was created in response to the high rates of chronic disease in African American communities. The initiative seeks to build upon the prominent role of churches in the lives of many African Americans by establishing a widespread, collaborative effort to address chronic disease through culturally appropriate and relevant venues, and to better engage faith leaders in the health and wellness of their communities.


Partners: UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Neighborhood Baptist Church, John Muir Health Alliance, Mills Peninsula African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Alta Bates Summit Ethnic Health Institute, American Cancer Society/SF, American Diabetes Association/SF, American Heart Association/SF, CA Department of Public Health Network for Healthy California, Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center, Men’s Health Committee—Alameda County DPH Urban Male Health, Acts Full Gospel Church, Voices of Hope Community Church, St. Andrew’s Church/SF, Healthy Oakland Clinic and Resource Center.



Other Featured Partnerships


Youth Creating Change (video summary)

Partners: Theo Yonn-Brown, Director/UCSF Volunteer Coordinator; Gabriel Santamaria, Director/Co-Founder/HOMEY Volunteer Coordinator; Joe Pantoja, Co-Founder/Advisory Committee Chair; Griselda Velasquez, Health Workshop Director; Donald Richards, Academic Workshop Director


Community Service Learning – Dental Externship Program (video summary)

Partners: Arriane Terlet, DDS, Dental Director, La Clinica De La Raza, Oakland; Marco Reyes, DDS, Life Long Medical Center, Berkeley Dental Clinic; Helena Khim, Externship Coordinator, UCSF School of Dentistry; Baharak Amanzadeh, DDS, MPH, Dental Externship Program Director, UCSF School of Dentistry


The Bigger Picture (video summary)

Partners: Hodari Davis, Youth Speaks National Program Director; Sarah Fine, UCSF/SFGH Center for Vulnerable Populations, Project Director; Dean Schillinger, UCSF/SFGH Center for Vulnerable Populations, The Bigger Picture Co-Founder