New Community Wellbeing Grant Projects Support UCSF's Health and Wellness

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New Community Wellbeing Grant Projects Support UCSF's Health and Wellness

Sixteen projects will support the wellbeing of UCSF staff, faculty and learners

Sixteen projects that support the health and wellbeing of UCSF staff, faculty and learners will soon come to fruition thanks to the 2024 Community Wellbeing Grant program.  

This is the third year of the program, which awards grants to projects that create a culture of wellbeing and focus on one or more of UCSF’s seven pillars of wellness: emotional, physical, social, financial, career, environmental and spiritual. Run by the UCSF Wellness department, the Community Wellbeing Grants program allows awardees to serve as project leads who work to implement their visions around improving wellbeing. 

“The Community Wellbeing Grants are a way support projects that place emphasis on at least one of the seven pillars of wellness while strengthening our community’s wellbeing," said Stephanie Collins, VP and AVC People Wellness. "I continue to be amazed at the depth and passion for enhancing wellbeing at UCSF."

The projects include a variety of programming, including community building, training, mindfulness teaching, guest speakers, offsite events, and more. A total of nearly $100,000 in funds will be divided among the 16 selected applicants for their projects. The FY2024 projects are expected to impact nearly 5,000 UCSF learners, faculty and staff. 

The program received 125 applications this cycle. 

“The grants are very informative to learn more about the wellness needs of the UCSF community," Wellness Program Manager Kathleen Yumul said. "We received many thoughtful applications from individuals and teams committed to fostering wellbeing and I appreciate the efforts they put into the application process. All the applications help inform us about gaps and opportunities around improving wellness."

Below are the FY2024 grant winners and their projects. Learn more about each project and the Community Wellbeing Grant program.

  • Lindsay Williams: “An Inquiry into Racism and Health Inequities Lecture Series”
  • Lauren Phinney: “Brief Grief Debriefs for Medicine Residents”
  • Sarah Metz: “Cultural Humility and Antiracism Training for Trauma-focused Treatment Teams”
  • Kristin Sellers: “Debrief: Conversation to support staff and learners working with neuropsychiatric research participants”
  • Nicole Torrence: “Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: DEI Mentorship and Professional Development Series”
  • Jane Wang: “Increasing Visibility of Women Surgeons: Challenging Perspectives & Building Community”
  • Ladan (Ladi) Khoddam-Khorasani and Kim Dau: “Mindfulness Training to Sustain BIPOC-Identified Midwives”
  • Sarah Choi: “Nutrition for Nutrition!”
  • Chequeta Allen: “Postdoc Financial Literacy: My Wellness. My Community. My Identity.”
  • Nancy Lee: “Social Work CARE – Community building, Art, Relaxation, and Engagement”
  • Nerissa Ko: “The Wellness of Women – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women”
  • Abdur Shemsu: “UCSF Black Caucus Sowing Seeds Campaign”
  • Robyn (Ra) Adcock: “UCSF E.A.R.S. Program (Ear Acupressure for Resiliency of Staff)”
  • Graham Hinchcliffe: “UCSF Pride Pin Pledge”
  • Karen Yuan: “Wellness Video Series: Presented by UCSF Division of Geriatrics Employees”
  • Klint Jaramillo and Tracy Garcia: "Let Me Be Perfectly Queer: Centering Wellness for the LGBTQ+ Community"

Data Breakdown of the 16 Funded Grants

types of programming in cwg grants
pillar focuses of the cwg prgram
grant impact of community by percentage

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