Partnerships Celebration & Excellence in Partnership Award

The goal of the Partnerships Celebration is to celebrate university-community partnerships by highlighting exemplary partnership programs that promote health equity in San Francisco.

This year's Annual Partnerships Celebration was held on October 19, 2017, 5-7pm at William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium - 1855 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 (inside the Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco at Mission Bay). (To receive information and updates regarding the event, please join our mailing list by clicking the "Join Our Mailing List" button on the right hand side of this page).

This year's event included:

  • Welcome from Chancellor Sam Hawgood
  • Keynote from Chuck Collins, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Francisco
  • Excellence in Partnership Awards Ceremony
  • Live performances and light refreshments
  • Networking opportunity with UCSF and community leaders.

We are excited to honor the 2017 Excellence in Partnership Awardees:

  • Community Health & Policy Development Award:  Tipping Point Mental Health Initiative

A collaboration between Tipping Point Community and UCSF’s Child Trauma Research Program Partnership to build Tipping Point grantee capacity to deliver high-quality, culturally appropriate on-site mental health services to their clients, and serve families living in low-income communities and exposed to multiple adversities and traumatic stressors.

  • Research & Evaluation Award:  Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative

A Northern California Collective Impact Partnership in Fresno including Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF's California Preterm Birth Initiative, Central California Center for Health and Human Services at Fresno State, and a steering committee comprised of 18 institutions working together to dramatically reduce the percentage of babies born prematurely in Fresno County.

  • Education & Training Award: Optimizing Aging Collaborative

A citywide partnership of community organizations, social service agencies, primary care health systems and UCSF (Division of Geriatrics, School of Nursing, Institute for Health & Aging, Division of General Internal Medicine and the San Francisco VA Medical Center) that provides new strategies for geriatrics education, primary care-geriatrics integration, academic-community partnerships, and patient, family and caregiver education and engagement.

  • Economic Inclusion Award: Arborist-Apprentice Internship Program

An internship collaboration between the San Francisco Wraparound Project (ZSFG-based violence prevention program), Friends of the Urban Forest and UCSF medical students and fellows to address underlying risk factors, provide life-transforming interventions and close the revolving door of injury through employment

Below are photos from the 2014 Partnerships Celebration



Excellence in Partnership Award

Modeled on the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's Annual Award, UCSF's Excellence in Partnership Award is awarded at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Annual Partnerships Celebration each fall.

The Excellence in Partnership Award recognizes exemplary partnerships between San Francisco communities and UCSF that build on each other’s strengths to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.

The intent of the award is to highlight the power and potential of university-community partnerships as a strategy for social justice. The award recognizes partnerships that are striving to achieve the systems and policy changes needed to overcome the root causes of health inequities.

To learn more about the Excellence in Partnership Award and to apply, please click here>. (Application Deadline: September 13, 2017)

Four community-UCSF partnership awards in four thematic areas will be selected to receive awards. The four thematic award categories are:  1) Community Health Planning & Policy Development, 2) Research & Evaluation, 3) Education & Training and 4) Economic Inclusion.

Selected partnership awardees will receive their awards at the Annual Partnerships Celebration on October 19, 2017, 5-7pm at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay - William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium - 1855 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158.

To be eligible, the applicant must be an established partnership involving one or more community-based partner(s) and one or more UCSF-based partners.

By “community-based partner”, we mean an organization or agency outside of UCSF that contributes to the partnership. They include non-profit community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, public sector agencies, and voluntary associations, civic and citizen groups.

By “UCSF-based partner”, we mean UCSF-affiliated faculty, staff, and trainees who contribute to the partnership (i.e. a UCSF student/resident/postdoctoral partner, academic/faculty partner and/or staff partner).

Past CCE (formerly University Community Partnerships) Excellence in Partnerships awardees are not eligible for the award.  Past CCE Grants Program awardees are welcome to apply.

View past Excellence in Partnership Awardees >