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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jann Murray-Garcia, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Jann Murray-García is an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, where she shares her expertise in leadership and health policy to assist in the development of curriculum and student-life programs. Murray-García co-teaches the Community Connections course for Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership master’s-degree students. She also leads the Interprofessional Book Club, featuring social justice books and bringing together staff, students and faculty from across the health system.

Along with the elimination of health disparities, Murray-Garcia’s interests include the impact of racial stratification and racial-identity development on health and health-related decisions of youth and adults. Murray-García is also a pediatrician. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her medical degree from UCSF and completed pediatric residency training at Oakland Children’s Hospital. She also received a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley.

With Melanie Tervalon, Murray-García coined and developed the concept of Cultural Humility in her most-oft cited publication, “Cultural Humility Versus Cultural Competency: A Critical Distinction in Defining Physician Training Outcomes in Multicultural Education,” which appeared in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in 1998. Her publications on race, health care and child development have appeared in numerous journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Medical Care, Academic Medicine and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Over the last decade, Murray-García was involved in a unique school-community-youth partnership to close racial achievement and discipline gaps in Davis, California public schools. With youth filmmakers, Murray-García produced an award-winning documentary, From the Community to the Classroom, about the power of youth-led research and advocacy and the possibility of ending racial inequality in our time.

Murray-García leads the Summer Institute on Race and Health, a four week, non-clinical clerkship for rising second-year medical students. With substantial self-reflection opportunities and practice in cross-cultural dialogue, the experience uses fieldtrips, cinema and readings to explore race as a social construction and its impact on health and on our collective and individual identities.

Contact information: Phone: (916) 734-3635 | jmurraygarcia@ucdavis.edu