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The Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)

The Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) operates under the leadership of Anna M. NĂ¡poles, PhD, in collaboration with Anita Stewart, PhD, Steven Gregorich, PhD, Celia Kaplan, DrPH, Julene Johnson, PhD, and Tung Nguyen, MD. CADC has successfully competed for and received continuous funding since 1997 from the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

CADC has become a focal point for minority aging research and for training a cadre of multidisciplinary diverse investigators who will define the health disparities research agenda for years to come. Its web site offers important health disparities resources and tools, including recommended self-report measures of health, demographic and health profiles of ethnically diverse SF Bay Area adults age 65 and older, and community engagement tips.

CADC website

The Center for Innovation in Access and Quality (CIAQ)

The Center for Innovation in Access and Quality (CIAQ) was established in 2007 to promote the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to improving quality care in safety net systems.

CIAQ accomplishes its mission by:


UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital

The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. Founded in 2006, the CVP is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and is located on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

CVP Website