Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & COVID-19 Resources

Explore resources and guidance in support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion during the COVID-19 crisis.



COVID Equity Work Group’s Report on Goals, Accomplishments and Lessons Learned 

The UCSF Health COVID Equity Work Group, a subgroup of the Health Equity Council, was formed in November 2020 to address racial-ethnic inequities in COVID among UCSF Health patients, UCSF employees, and the San Francisco community. The experiences of the Work Group offer important lessons for efforts to achieve health equity—both for equity in COVID outcomes and for health equity more broadly. Based upon these learnings, the COVID Equity Work Group makes recommendations for institutional actions to advance health equity at UCSF Health and the UCSF campus.


Watch our Town Hall presentation on 5/6/2022


UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine PSAs

UC San Francisco is featuring members of its community in a series of public service announcements to help build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.


Real Talk & Trusted Advice: COVID-19 Vaccines Online Community Forum

Monday, February 8, 2021

This event is hosted by UCSF HDFCCC Office of Community Engagement & our partners.


Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Associate Director, Community Outreach & Engagement, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) School of Medicine

Jonathan Butler, PhD, MDiv Social Epidemiologist, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF Executive Director, San Francisco African American Faith-Based Coalition

This online community forum is open to everyone and features a question & answer format with UCSF community-engaged faculty who will address questions, concerns & misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines & vaccination. Together, we can help each other make informed decisions, stop the spread of COVID-19 & save lives.

Click HERE to watch the webinar


A Framework to Approach Racial Health Inequities during the COVID19 Pandemic - YouTube 
Jacqueline Douge, MD, MPH, FAAP
Section on Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion (SOMHEI)
Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP
Section on Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion (SOMHEI)

A powerful 20-minute video in which Dr. Rhea Boyd, graduate of our UCSF PLUS (Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity) Pediatric Residency Program, discusses racial health inequities during a recent webinar sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Boyd provides a national perspective and summarizes what is wrong, and encourages us to step up and address the wrongs in a concerted, thoughtful and sustainable manner. 

The COVID Racial Data Tracker 

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Together, we're gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.

Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center

The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Community in the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on low income, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged sectors of the population. A3PCON has created the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center to encourage all who have witnessed or experienced micro-aggressions, bullying harassment hate speech, or violence to documnet these incidences. Incident Report Forms are in multiple Asian languages and English.

COVID-19 and Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Our COVID-19 Resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material.

Articles - DEI and COVID19

NIXLA COVID-19 Dei Action Strategy Guide

The COVID-19 DEI Crisis Action Strategy Guide - Recommendations to Drive Inclusive Excellence by Dr.Damon A. Williams, PhD, Chief Catalyst, Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation. Innovation Fellow, Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei-Lab), UW-Madison. 

COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. Health differences between racial and ethnic groups are often due to economic and social conditions that are more common among some racial and ethnic minorities than whites. In public health emergencies, these conditions can also isolate people from the resources they need to prepare for and respond to outbreaks

Latino's Coronavirus Burden - San Francisco Chronicle

by Joaquin Palomino and Tatiana Sanchez. May 8, 2020

At San Francisco General Hospital, more than 80% of the first patients admitted for COVID-19 were Latino, nearly three times the rate the hospital usually sees.

Minority groups at risk as states withhold, provide partial COVID-19 racial data

By Matthew Vann and Soo Rin Kim. April 30, 2020, 1:07 AM

Race and ethnic data is missing in over 50% of cases federally reported.


Racial Health Disparities and Covid-19 — Caution and Context

By Merlin Chowkwanyun, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Adolph L. Reed, Jr., Ph.D. The New England Journal of Medicine. May 6, 2020