Centers & Programs

The mission of the BDRG is to gather new knowledge about the behavioral, social, emotional, cultural, and familial aspects of diabetes and it management over time, to develop and implement programs of clinical intervention to help patients with diabetes and their families manage diabetes effectively, and to help providers better organize and configure care to achieve these goals.

Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC)

CEPC identifies, develops, tests, and disseminates promising innovations in primary care to improve the patient experience, enhance population health and health equity, reduce the cost of care, and restore joy and satisfaction in the practice of primary care. CEPC provides training in team-based care, offers practice facilitation to spur and support transformation, broadens the evidence base through research and evaluation, and advocates for policy that promotes high performing primary care.

Co-Founding Directors: Thomas Bodenheimer, MD and Kevin Grumbach, MD

Center for Health Equity (CHE)

The UCSF Center for Health Equity (CHE) is committed to a world with health equity, in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. CHE plays a leading role in research looking at upstream factors to improve health equity in the United States. Improving health equity entails removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, powerlessness, and their consequences. Health equity requires access to good jobs with fair pay; quality education, housing, and health care; and safe environments.  

Founding Director:  Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
Executive Director: Kristen Marchi, MPH
Associate Director: Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Community Engagement & Health Policy (CE&HP)

CE&HP bridges academic research, health policy, and community practice to improve public health. CE&HP strives to increase community participation in all stages of research to improve research-based practice and stimulate practice-based research; provide research and guidance for policy changes at the local, state and national levels; foster strong relationships for research collaboration between community health providers, policy makers, and academic researchers; and identify key research opportunities and support the development of useful research tools.

Family Health Outcomes Project (FHOP)

FHOP's mission is to improve the health of children and their families and communities by supporting development and implementation of comprehensive community assessment and planning, data-driven policies, evidence based interventions, and effective evaluation strategies.
Associate Director: Jennifer Rienks, PhD

Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program

The Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program is dedicated to the idea that women should be at the heart of all family planning efforts. Through listening to what women want in contraception and contraceptive care, we can best meet their reproductive needs and ensure their reproductive autonomy. To accomplish this goal, we engage in activities designed to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative family planning interventions, as well as conduct formative research to deepen our understanding of women’s preferences and experiences around contraception. Our work focuses on low-income and diverse populations and includes research investigating provider-patient interactions in the family planning setting, women’s social communication around birth control methods, contraceptive decision-making, and family planning disparities.

SFBayCRN's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN)

SIREN’s mission is to improve health and health equity by advancing high quality research on health care sector strategies to improve social conditions.

SIREN activities are focused on: