Resolution Supporting Funding For The University Of California Riverside (Ucr) School Of Medicine


Resolution 12-07.24L

WHEREAS, the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino have over 4.2 million residents, representing over 10.4% of the State's population, 17% of the State's geography, and is the fastest growing region in the State; and

WHEREAS, a strong and thriving health-care community is vital to the sustainability of any region; and, studies have indicated that more health services are needed; and, there is a severe shortage of physicians in Inland Southern California; and, only one-quarter of California's physicians are trained in the state; and studies show that 70% of physicians stay in the area where they serve their residencies. UCR has a strong research base in health and health related fields to address diseases and health issues specific to the region, such as diabetes and asthma, and would partner with regional hospitals and clinics, community medical centers, and schools to provide service delivery to remote and under-served regions of Inland California; and,

WHEREAS, developing a School of Medicine at UC Riverside has been a major multi-year project of the cities and counties of the Inland Empire Region, working cooperatively to ensure the success of the medical school and investing considerable amounts of community resources. They have done their part in good faith to prepare for the impact of the school, only to have the state cut its funding, which puts the school in danger of losing its accreditation and has postponed its opening, which was to be in the fall of 2013;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the California Democratic Party hereby supports the state funding of UCR's School of Medicine, and supports providing the necessary resources and funding this project at the earliest possible date;

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, that California Democratic Party will send to a copy of this resolution to all Democratic members of the California Legislative Delegation, and urge them to support the funding of UCR's School of Medicine, and suggests the San Bernardino and/or Riverside County Democratic Central Committee should likewise send copies of this resolution to the San Bernardino and Riverside County Boards of Supervisors, to the Mayor and the City Council of Riverside, and to the Chancellor of UC Riverside.


Sponsor: San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee




Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 




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