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Our Mission

To promote health and prevent disease in racially/ethnically diverse populations by:
• Discovering mechanisms that explain health disparities.
• Developing and evaluating interventions to eliminate disparities.
• Training investigators to conduct research on health disparities.

The Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) was established within the UCSF School of Medicine in 1993.  MERC unites investigators from multiple disciplines, departments and schools in conducting clinical and outcomes research on health services, specific medical conditions, and prevention that addresses racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.  MERC is committed to promoting the development of minority investigators and supports training and mentoring of students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.  MERC has built a network of relationships with diverse community-based organizations and strives to incorporate the community perspective in training and research.


- Eliseo J.Pérez-Stable, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, CADC along with Dr. Leah Karliner, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine have a paper with JGIM that was published online December, 2012. What do We Know About Patient-Clinician Interactions with Interpreters?

- We are pleased to announce that the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) and Redes en Accion have established a collaborative agreement with “Ventanilla de Salud”, a health program offered by Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco. The outreach coordinator of CADC and Redes en Accion will visit the Consulate once a month to deliver talks and disseminate written information on cancer issues and information on free or low cost health services and resources. We are confident that this collaboration will increase cancer awareness and education among the Hispanic/Latino population helping them to improve their health.

Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, Chief of DGIM, is this year's faculty/academic recipient of the UCSF Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership in furthering the goal of achieving greater ethnic diversity at UCSF.








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