Champion Health, Education, Access and Opportunity


Guided by its commitments to social responsibility and community engagement, UC Davis will support and sustain healthy, equitable communities, in which all will have access to the benefits of education and discovery.

To achieve this goal, we will:

Draw upon the unrivaled diversity of our academic expertise and the proximity of the Sacramento campus to develop community-based models and resources that advance medical discoveries and healthcare delivery and wellness programs for people and animals, food safety, educational equity and community development

  • Employ cutting-edge technologies, including tele-health programs, to extend our educational partnerships, specialized clinics, community outreach efforts and other public service programs, particularly to underserved communities
  • Support programs that pair undergraduate, graduate and professional students together with faculty, alumni and community and industry leaders to provide “real-world” opportunities for learning through the operation of community-based social and educational services (e.g., health care clinics, legal and immigration support programs, innovative K-12 public school initiatives)
  • Offer opportunities for students to participate in local, state, national and international governments (e.g., UC Washington Center program, UC Center Sacramento program, UCDC Law Program) and learn about the relationships between curricular scholarship, policy-relevant research and advocacy
  • Participate in emerging global initiatives that acknowledge the inextricable linkages between human and animal health (e.g., the “One Health Initiative”) and focus on collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, biologists, food scientists and other scientific health professionals

Support educational outreach opportunities and preparatory programs that encourage access to higher education and the many resources of the university, across all communities and socio-economic levels

Foster the cultural changes needed for sustained, equitable access to and compatible use of technology to support low-cost, high-value health and educational services

Partner with educational, governmental and philanthropic organizations in ways that encourage innovation, inter-agency collaboration and measurable, sustainable reform

METRICS: We will measure our success in achieving this goal by assessing:

  • The passage of state and federal legislation and implementation of regulations that draw on the expertise of UC Davis research and recommendations to create healthier and more equitable communities
  • The number, quality and availability of educational and healthy living resources, community partnerships, and referral mechanisms for healthcare, nutrition and community well-being
  • The number, quality and availability of professional development resources, research-based recommendations and support tools for health care professionals and members of the community
  • The number and quality of internships and academic programs that focus on government engagement and community-based social services
  • The number and impact of technologies developed annually through translational research at UC Davis
  • Improvements in the college-going rates of California high schools with low Academic Performance Index ratings
  • Improvement in the number of underrepresented students (low-income, first-generation college students, etc.) that enroll in the disciplines of the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics