Combatting Systemic Racism in Health Care

Virtual Format (Online)
Monday evenings, October 25 - December 6
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT, Live Streamed
Course# MLL22021

Course Chairsvirtual course logo

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity and
Outreach, Professor of Anesthesia and
Perioperative Care

Alejandra Rincon, PhD
Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Chief of Staff,
Office of Diversity and Outreach


Course Description

Racism and white supremacy are fierce, ever present and challenging forces that are the fabric of the United States from slavery through emancipation, Jim Crow segregation and Civil Rights. They impact the thinking, behavior and actions of individuals and institutions, including professional education and health care. The pernicious nature of racial and ethnic inequities requires a long-term commitment to change through education, systems changes and individual action.

Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic and reeling from the tragic death of George Floyd, UCSF launched the Anti-Racism Initiative to address the impact of systemic racism on the health, health care and life expectancy of Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) communities.

This unique course will feature UCSF leaders of the Anti-Racism Initiative and discuss the impact and opportunity of this work for all.

Lecture Schedule

Oct. 25 - History of Racism and Health: The UCSF Repair Project on REParations and Anti-Institutional Racism
J. Renee Navarro, Pharm D, MD (Moderator)

Download Slides
Aimee Medeiros, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, History of Health Sciences Program


Nov. 1 - Embedding Equity in Clinical Care: Enhancing Language and Clinical Care Access, Patient Experience and Engagement, and Clinical Outcomes to Improve Health for Historically Resilient Communities
Download Slides
Alejandra Rincón, PhD (Moderator)
Malcolm John, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Co-Chair, Health Equity Council at UCSF Health
Director, UCSF Black Health Initiative

Sarah Lahidji
Program Manager, Health Equity at UCSF

Nov. 8 - Covid-19 Disparities: The Disproportionate Impact on African American and Latinx Communities
J. Renee Navarro, Pharm D, MD (Moderator)
Alicia Fernández, MD

Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Founding Director, UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence
Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Director, Office of Community Engagement
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nov. 15 - Racism in Research: Establish a System of Accountability on Anti-racism and Equity for the UCSF Research Enterprise
J. Renee Navarro, Pharm D, MD (Moderator)
Tung Nguyen, MD
Download Slides
Professor of Medicine
Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair
General Internal Medicine
Monica McLemore, RN, PhD, FAAN Download Slides
Associate Professor   
Family Health Care Nursing
Member, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health


Nov. 29 - Educating for Equity: From Diversity to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppressive Content in the School Of Medicine Curriculum
Alejandra Rincón, PhD (Moderator)
Catherine Lucey, MD, MACP

Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean for Education
Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Denise M. Connor, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Founding Member, San Francisco VA Medical Center’s Faculty Hospital Medicine Group

Dec. 6 - The UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative: Fostering institutional Change following the Tragic Death of George Floyd

Alejandra Rincón, PhD (Moderator)
J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD

Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity and Outreach
Professor of Anesthesia and
Perioperative Care