Grants 2020—2021

In fiscal year 2020-2021, MZHF awarded new grants totaling approximately $2,250,000. Of this total, $750,000 was allocated from patient care and education funds, $650,000 was allocated from unrestricted funds, and $850,000 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 2020-21.

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 San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living’s rental-based assisted living and memory care residential facilities 
$200,000 (payment on multi-year award)

Institute on Aging

Living with Dementia – Year One Pilot – to help persons and families facing dementia by providing bundled care services intending to serve more people city-wide, and designed to decrease caregiver stress, improve quality of life, and reduce unnecessary health care expenditures

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Kol Haneshama and Imadi: Death-bed Vigiling – to continue this hospice volunteer training and service, including bedside end-of-life vigiling for San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living clients

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’ Medical Administrative Training Program – to train a new cohort of job-seekers to prepare to be Medical Administrative Assistants at UCSF, and to support the prior year’s cohort of job-seekers, increasing both the capacity and cultural competency of UCSF’s frontline, patient-facing workforce.


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 Division of General Internal Medicine in partnership with San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

The Mount Zion Food Pharmacy Initiative

UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in partnership with SFDPH Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic

Expanding the Reach of the Integrative Pain Management Program through Telehealth

UCSF Mount Zion Pediatrics in partnership with Center for Youth Wellness

Building Trauma Informed Capacity to Strengthen Post-ACEs Screening Care

UCSF Geriatrics (MZ) in partnership with At Home with Growing Older

AGE SELF CARE: Leveraging Technology to Expand Access to Safe & Healthy Aging in Place during COVID-19

UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in partnership with Shanti Project

Sharing Humanity through Arts, Reflection, and Expression (SHARE)

UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in partnership with Alemany Farm/SF Parks Alliance

Food Insecurity and Health in San Francisco Southeast Sector

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based Awards

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Development of a Pilot Integrated Exercise Oncology Program for Rectal Cancer Patients

Art for Recovery (FY21-22)

Survivorship Wellness Group Program (FY21-22)

Development of e-Learning for High Resolution Anoscopy Training (HRA)

UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine

Developing and Delivering a Virtual Modified Diabetes Prevention Program to Overweight and Obese Patients

Development of a Shared Advocacy Curriculum for UCPC Residents (FY21-22)

Integrating Mind-Body Medicine into Primary Care: An Online Pilot Program

UCSF Mount Zion Gastroenterology

Lifestyle and Outcomes after Gastrointestinal Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study

The Hereditary Cancer Calculator: A Patient-facing Approach to Ascertain Individuals at Increased Risk for Cancer

UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Community Care Fund (FY21-22)

Health through Lifestyle Modification and Engagement in Rheumatology (HEALER)

Developing an Integrative Ayurvedic Medicine On-Line Curriculum for Health Care Providers

UCSF Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Real-Time Automated Speech Transcription at UCSF for Patients With Hearing Loss

Cost-Effective Trismus Device for Head & Neck Cancer Patients

Creating a Smartphone App to Enhance Vestibular Diagnostics

Optimizing Hearing and Communication in Healthcare Encounters in the time of COVID-19

UCSF Mount Zion Radiation Oncology

Acquisition of a Flow Cytometer Machine for Mount Zion Cancer Research

Safe, Novel Breath-hold Strategy for Breast Cancer Radiotherapy During COVID

HERO: High School Exposure to Research in Oncology

UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Engaging Diverse Communities in the WISDOM Program (FY21-22)

UCSF Mount Zion Women’s Health Primary Care Practice Food as Medicine Pilot Program

Black Women’s Community Advisory Council (BWCAC)

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based – other grants

UCSF Dermatology – Genetic and Immunologic Evolution of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

UCSF Primary Care Pediatrics – Identifying Facilitators, Barriers, and Educational Needs Pertaining to ACEs Screening Implementation, Among Pediatric Primary Care Providers and Staff

UCSF Mount Zion Surgery – Decision-Making and Patient Management in Perforator Flap Surgery

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

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

Professional Education Courses and Conferences (multiple division/department awards)