Grants 2019–2020

In fiscal year 2019-2020, MZHF awarded new grants totaling approximately $3,000,000. Of this total, $870,000 was allocated from patient care and education funds, $1,600,000 was allocated from unrestricted funds, and $530,000 was allocated from research funds. The following grants listing summary includes a selection of awards approved by Mount Zion Health Fund’s Board of Directors during fiscal year 2019-20.

Jewish Legacy Awards

Jewish Home & Senior Living Foundation

Righteous Giving Endowment Fund – a multi-year award to provide health-related services for low-income, frail elderly residents of the Home’s rental-based assisted living and memory care residential facilities 
$200,000 (payment on multi-year award)

Institute on Aging

The Living with Dementia Ecosystem – to help those dealing with dementia to navigate services by creating a dementia care ecosystem in San Francisco focused on decreasing caregiver stress, improving quality of life and reducing unnecessary healthcare expenditures

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Kol Haneshama and Imadi: Death-bed Vigiling – continuation and expansion of hospice volunteer training and service, with the addition of bedside end-of-life vigiling at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living

Shalom Bayit

San Francisco Healthy Jewish Families Project – to reduce and prevent domestic violence in Jewish homes, improve community response, increase provider competence, and ensure appropriate intervention for those affected

Jewish Vocational Service

JVS UCSF EXCEL Program – to meet the training and employment needs of underserved, low-income San Francisco jobseekers, providing placement in career track UCSF jobs, and increasing the capacity and cultural competency of UCSF’s patient-facing workforce

Sinai Memorial Chapel

The Memory Garden – to create a contemplative physical garden as a Jewish sacred space for reflection and prayer related to pregnancy and fertility loss


Jewish Infertility Support – to provide emotional, spiritual, and informational support for people in the Jewish community experiencing infertility and other fertility challenges

Mount Zion Campus-Community Partnership Awards

UCSF Women’s Options Center in partnership with HealthRIGHT 360

Healthy Women, Healthy Children Project

UCSF Department of General Internal Medicine in partnership with Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care

Improving Advance Care Planning for the Chinese American Community at Mount Zion

UCSF Department of General Internal Medicine in partnership with Community Tech Network

Providing Training Classes and Educational Outreach on Telehealth/Video Visits to Older Primary Care Patients at Mount Zion

UCSF Department of General Internal Medicine in partnership with 18 Reasons

Implementing a Culinary Medicine Curriculum for High Risk Obese Patients

UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in partnership with SFDPH Family Planning Program

Black Women Know: San Francisco Reproductive Justice Summit

UCSF Primary Care Pediatrics in partnership with Support for Families with Disabilities

Telehealth-based Healthcare Transition for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based Awards

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Supportive Care Programming

Art for Recovery

Survivorship Wellness Group Program

UCSF Department of General Internal Medicine

Closing the Digital Divide: Promoting Mount Zion Patient Engagement in Virtual Acute Care

Novel House Calls Curriculum for Primary Care Internal Medicine Residents

Development of a Shared Advocacy Curriculum for UCPC Residents

In Clinic Phlebotomy Services for DGIM

Evaluating & Improving Language Concordant Signage for Patients with Limited English Proficiency

UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Integrative Oncology Research Program (2nd year funding)

Community Care Fund

Improving Access to Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management Through a Group Acupuncture Program

Evidence-Based Integrative Rheumatology for Vulnerable Patients

UCSF Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Hearing Education in San Francisco Public Schools

Virtual Reality for Vestibular Rehabilitation

Longitudinal Patient Reported Quality of Life Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Following Treatment

UCSF Primary Care Pediatrics

Quality Improvement and Expansion of Developmental and Behavioral Health Capacity in Pediatric Primary Care

Mount Zion Pediatric Primary Care Parenting Skills Needs Assessment

UCSF Mount Zion Surgery

Improving Access to Advanced Parathyroid Imaging for Endocrine Surgery Patients at UCSF Mount Zion

Left-handed Curriculum for Surgical Trainees

UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment to Help Prevent Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies and Improve the Health of Women

Mothers and Babies: Empowering Patients in the Prevention of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

Perinatal Care Fund

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based – other grants

Pilot Research Block Grant for General Research (multiple awards through UCSF RAP)

Pilot Research Block Grant for Cancer Research (multiple awards through UCSF RAP)

Educational Travel (multiple division/department awards)

Anesthesia – Improving Access to Pain Psychology Services for Medicaid Patients

Endocrinology – Updating DGIM Medical Provider Diabetes and Thyroid Disease Management Skills

Neurology – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for People with Parkinson’s Disease and Their Caregivers

Radiation Oncology – Overcoming Nutritional Deficiencies in Head and Neck Cancer Patients without Means

COVID-19 Emergency Direct Service Awards

UCSF Mount Zion Campus ICU and Acute Care Units

San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium

Institute on Aging

Tipping Point Community

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Jewish Family and Children’s Services

YMCA of San Francisco

San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living

Safe & Sound

HealthRIGHT 360

Shalom Bayit

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center