Coming together in the time of COVID-19

UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action (UPIEA) leverages expertise from throughout UCSF to support pandemic response, including but not limited to policy, programmatic and implementation research.

Unique Opportunities

COVID-19 threw us into a world of virtual workspaces that erased department and physical location barriers on the vast UCSF campus. The beautiful by-product is the coming together of expertise from across the campus to conquer common foes, such as COVID-19 and the health inequalities it brought to the forefront a reality that is not new, yet repeatedly ignored, shunned and unaddressed for decades. 

California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is partnering with UPIEA in the development of the California Virtual Training Academy (VTA) to train contact tracers and case investigators throughout the state. They also providing techincal assistance to local health jurisdictions in California and supporting the formation of communities of practice across the state. 

California Prevention Training Center

The California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC) has been providing training and technical assistance in HIV, STDs and sexual and reproductive health to strengthen health provider workforce capacity in California. CPTC is a UPIEA partner in developing and delivering innovative contact tracing and case investigation trainings throughout California and nationally.  

Curry International Tuberculosis Center

The Curry International Tuberculosis Center (CITC) creates, enhances and disseminates state-of-the-art resources and models of excellence and performs research to control and eliminate tuberculosis in the United States and internationally. The Curry Center is developing online training with interactive skill-building sessions for contact tracers and case investigators in California. 

Center for Excellence in Primary Care

The Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC) identifies, develops, tests and disseminates promising innovations in primary care to improve the patient experience, enhance population health and health equity, reduce the cost of care and restore joy and satisfaction in the practice of primary care. 

Institute for Global Health Sciences

The Institute for Global Health Sciences' (IGHS) mission is to improve health and reduce inequalities worldwide through education, innovation, and translation. IGHS integrates UCSF expertise in the health, social, and biological sciences to train global health leaders of tomorrow and develop solutions to today’s most pressing health challenges.  

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is partnering with UPIEA and CDPH in the development of the California Virtual Training Academy which trains contact tracers and case investigators for the state of California. 

University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam

University of Guam is partnering with UPIEA and DPHSS in the development of the training for contact tracers and case investigators, outbreak management, and school opening in Guam.