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Building an equitable, inclusive and diverse community

Free Home Internet extended to December 31st

Low-income SCUSD families are eligible for 6 months of free home Internet from Comcast though Sac City Kids Connect! With school starting on September 3rd with distance learning in place, home Internet access is more critical than ever. 

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Leadership messages and announcements

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few weeks, the HEDI team have been working with partners to plan and take action to address structural racism and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have developed a 4-point plan that includes things that we have done or are doing, things that we will do, and things that you and your department can do. You can find our action plan here. We consider this a living document and will update this as we identify new strategies and make progress on existing actions. We would also love to hear your thoughts, feedback, and what you are doing to address racism and inequities, so feel free to contact us.

In health and solidarity, Hendry

Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Resources for Racial Trauma


UC Davis Medical Center recognized again as a LGBTQ healthcare equality leader for 2020

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation once again designated UC Davis Medical Center a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” as part of the foundation’s 2020 Healthcare Equality Index report. This is the tenth consecutive year that the educational arm of nation’s largest civil rights organization has recognized the medical center for advancing LGBTQ equity among its patients and employees.

Read more about the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality award

Racial Justice Dashboard

Use this tool for self-education and explore ways to engage in anti-racism efforts.

We want to hear from you!

Please feel free to share your thoughts, feedback and any steps you are taking to address racism, health inequities, and diversity and inclusiveness in your work and personal life.


Principles of Community

This nearly 30-year-old document serves as an aspirational statement affirming our commitment to the highest standards of civility and decency towards all.

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Virtual ConferenceThe 2020 Improving OUTcomes Conference is here!

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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore how health professionals and community partners can improve quality and access to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) patients and their families.

About the conference:

For the fifth year in a row, the Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council hosts the Improving OUTcomes Conference, bringing together health care and allied service providers throughout the Sacramento region to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people and their families. We invite you to join us for three days of inspiration, collaboration and transformation with others in the health care community!

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Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Dialogue Series Prepare to Care and Caregiving - Levels of Care and Community Resources

Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 12-1 p.m.

No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving - just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member full-time - having a god framework to guide both you and your loved one will make the process easier.

About the speakers:

Kris Ritualo is an award-winning project manager with 10+ years’ experience in marketing, community relations, outreach, creating program development and implementation. Kris is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and is considered an expert in the HomeFit workshop, and Prepare To Care (Caregiving) workshop.

Linda Revilla, PhD, is currently Director of Programs at Meals on Wheels by ACC in Sacramento. She has been in the aging field for more than a decade. During that time, she developed a dementia care network, increased arts and music programs at the senior center she directed, and expanded community-based services, including caregiver support. Personally, she is a caregiver for her elderly parents and is walking the talk.

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Growing as a Community Virtual Series Growing as a Community: Coping in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 12-1 p.m.

As our communities grapple with the historic social injustices across our nation, it’s critical to hear from our leaders about the importance of adopting an equity and anti-racism lens to aid in the healing and well-being of our communities.

We will discuss the following:

  • Using the Principles of Community as a guide to fortify our resilience
  • Valuing our differences to bridge gaps and build togetherness
  • Using the essence of community to find strength as a collective

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Featured guests:

Hendry Ton, MD, MS, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at UC Davis Health.

Rahim Reed, MPA, MSW, JD, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for the Office for Campus Community Relations, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UC Davis.

Mercedes Piedra, MS, Director for Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health

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Resources and Information

Food pantry

Food access in your community

Food security, local resources

Food security and food access are a growing concern for many in Sacramento. Listed here are a number of resources such as local food banks and other community-based organizations (CBOs) doing work to help meet this critical need.

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Local resources and multicultural services

Multilingual guidance, community clinics

A compilation of COVID-19 related resources and services from UC Davis Health, local CBOs, chambers of commerce, and other groups for multicultural, multilingual, and under-served communities.

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Mental health and well-being

Coping, managing stress, emotional support

Many people have questions about ways to cope with stress experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several local resources exist to help individuals cope and even thrive.

Looking for ways to help?

We’ve compiled a number of resources to help connect you with groups in our community helping those in need.

Ways you can help
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COVID-19 articles, research and guidance

Coronavirus stats, common myths

Read the articles, research, media stories and leadership statements to help understand the science and data of novel coronavirus.

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Help for immigrant and undocumented communiti

Assistance, national and regional resources

Novel coronavirus has elevated the concerns for immigrant families’ access to health care and economic well-being. Several resources exist to help.

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Virtual Learning

Webinars, online education events

Education, training and learning provide positive ways to channel our energies. Several online opportunities exist for our multicultural communities to learn new strategies and build their skills.