Jann Murray-Garcia, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is a 2011-12 recipient of the Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.
Murray-Garcia was recognized for contributions that enhance inclusiveness and diversity across UC Davis and its health system. She was one of six recipients honored with the award at a reception at the chancellor's residence Feb. 8.
The award, established in 2002 and coordinated by the UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations, is designed to "honor achievements that contribute in substantial ways to the development and well-being of our diverse and evolving community," according to the Office of Campus Community Relations website.
Nancy Erbstein, an assistant project scientist in the Department of Human and Community Development, nominated Murray-Garcia for the award.
Erbstein cited Murray-Garcia's ongoing efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities in opportunities and health outcomes for youth through her research, practice, teaching, advising and activism.
"Her breadth of activity, depth of commitment and efficacy in action are truly an inspiration," said Erbstein.
Murray-Garcia, a pediatrician and independent consultant, worked with Davis youth to explore issues such as hate crimes, racism and racial inequality in educational outcomes, using a curriculum developed by the non-profit Youth In Focus, which was co-founded by Erbstein. Murray-Garcia collaborated with the youth to produce an award-winning documentary, "From the Community to the Classroom," chronicling this successful youth activism that helped transform the public schools of Davis over the last decade.
"I'm so honored and humbled to receive this award," Murray-Garcia said. "But work like this does not happen without many people, including youth, who bring these issues from the periphery into everyday dialogue and educational priorities. These collaborators, who are committed to individual and system-level change, transform our institutions and make our society a healthier place."
Murray-Garcia co-teaches the Community Connections course for master's-degree students at the School of Nursing. The class partners students with mentors within regional organizations to design and implement system-improvement projects that address complex health-care issues.
She also co-facilitates UC Davis Health System's Interprofessional Book Club, an educational opportunity open to all health system faculty, staff and students. School of Nursing and School of Medicine faculty established the book club as part of the Campus Community Book Project, an initiative launched after Sept. 11, 2001, to promote dialogue and build community.
In 2011, Murray-Garcia led the Summer Institute on Race and Health, a four-week interprofessional course to enable first-year School of Medicine students to better understand issues of race, power and identity, and to explore culturally appropriate approaches to care. The course combines mini-lectures, cinema, fieldtrips, literature and dialogue. This summer it will expand to include nursing students. The course is part of UC Davis' Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students program.
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society's most pressing health-care problems in its second century of service. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 645-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.