Centers & Programs


Behavioral Diabetes Research Group (BDRG)

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)

CHE addresses the need for better information—and more effective use of existing information—to guide efforts to eliminate social disparities in health in the United States and other countries. CHE has three main objectives: conducting policy-relevant research and monitoring of social disparities in health; providing training and consultation in sound methods for studying social disparities in health; and widely disseminating our own and related work to audiences including researchers, public health practitioners, policy-makers, philanthropic groups, and the public.

Co-Directors: Kristen Marchi, MPH and Paula Braveman, MD, MPH

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.

San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (CRN)

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 Intervention Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN)

Our mission is to catalyze and disseminate high quality research that advances efforts to identify and address social risks in health care settings.

SIREN projects are focused on:

  • Catalyzing high quality research to fill evidence gaps through an innovation grants program and support for researchers in this field
  • Collecting, summarizing, and disseminating research resources and findings to researchers and other industry stakeholders via an interactive website and evidence library, reports, and meetings and presentations
  • Increasing capacity to evaluate SDH interventions by providing evaluation, research, and analytics consultation services to safety-net and mission-aligned health systems


Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program (SPHERE) 

The Social Policies for Health Equity Research (SPHERE) program is a research group that focuses on evaluating the health effects of social and economic policies. This research helps us to understand the role of social and economic factors, like poverty and educational attainment, in influencing disparities in health. It also helps to provide evidence on specific policies in order to inform policymaking to attain health equity.

Director: Rita Hamad, MD, PhD