Health Policy Champions Repository

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For decades, UCSF has served as a wellspring of research that has been translated into policy, whether influencing the development and implementation of laws and programs that have had a local, state, national, or global impact, or evidence that has impacted clinical care through evidence-based, guideline development shifting medical and healthcare practice. Yet, policy makers and other stakeholders may not know about all of the talent and experience that resides across our campus. 

We have now developed a website ( with an initial group of policy champions,  documenting these experts' policy impacts, and well as insights into their inspiration, strategies, and outcomes. We hope that their stories inspire others who are beginning or expanding upon their research and advocacy work. The resource is also intended to house links to, and primary documentation of, internally and public facing policy-related work.

This website was developed with guidance from the leadership team at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, as well as start-up funding provided by the School of Medicine.

The resource is designed for serendipity. Champions can be discovered by:

Topic: (abortion; alcohol; childhood nutrition; corrections; disability; environmental health; ethics; global health; health equity; healthcare financing; hiv; immigration; marijuana; nutrition; patient rights; religion and policy; reproductive health; schools; substance use; tb; tobacco; workforce; youth; among others)

Impact Level: (institutional; national; state; local; and professional levels)

Impacts: (federal; state; and local laws; policies; and regulations; global sector policies; and regulations; local laws; policies; and regulations; professional practice; published expert/advisory panel; recommendations or guidelines; broader culture; civil society)

Strategies: (advisory/technical assistance role; direct advocacy with legislators; direct work with policymakers; employment in the public sector in a policy-related role; engagement with community advocacy groups (local; regional; or national); leadership role; media engagement; participation in a policy-related academic center/public policy research; participation in professional associations and advisory bodies; provided public testimony to legislators and regulators; served on public advisory bodies; published in professional literature; curriculum development; received training in a policy-related field; served as an expert witness; worked with groups that advocate for policy change; write editorials/blogs promoting research-informed policy change)