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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.


Dr. Ana M. Napoles is named Director of the Center for Aging and Diverse Communities (CADC)

Dr. Mangurian accepts position as first LPPI Director of Diversity

UCSf Drs. Elena Portacolone and Julene Johnson at IHA have both been awarded unsolicited support from the Pepper Center in the Division of Geriatrics. Elena received a Pepper Research Career Development Core (RCDC) Award for the second year. Julene received a Pepper Center Genius Award, which is an award given to an investigator who is conducting innovative research in geriatrics to accelerate their research in aging and to help support mentoring junior faculty in aging research. Congratulations!!

UCSF Professor, Rosa Maria Sternberg, works to improve mental health services for immigrants. Article published online San Jose Mercury News







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