3rd Annual MERC in DGIM Research Symposium
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 11am-1pm PST via Zoom
Congratulations to Dr. Nhung Nguyen
for her new K01 grant from NIDA titled "Developing a smartphone-based intervention targeting high-risk situations of nicotine vaping among young adults".
Congratulations to Dr. Jane Jih
appointed as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Advisory Committee on Minority Health.
Congratulations to Dr. Nynikka Palmer
elected Vice President of Research for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare.
"Older adults with overlapping caregiving responsibilities and care needs in a U.S. national community-based sample"
A recent publication by MERC co-authors, Drs. Alison Huang and Veronica Yank in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Congratulations to Dr. Veronica Yank
for her new grant from NIA Impact Collaboratory titled "Primary Care-Based Pilot ePCT of an Online Workshop for Family Caregivers of PLWD."
"Language Access Systems Improvement initiative: impact on professional interpreter utilisation, a natural experiment"
A recent publication by MERC co-authors, Drs. Leah Karliner, Sunita Mutha, Celia Kaplan, and Maria Garcia in BMJ Open.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of MERC is to promote equity in health and healthcare for ethnically and linguistically diverse groups through applied multidisciplinary research and by training the next generation of investigators committed to achieving health equity. We seek to discover the mechanisms that explain health disparities and to develop, evaluate, and implement interventions that prevent and treat disease and advance health equity within healthcare systems and communities.

To achieve our mission, we are committed to:

  • Ensuring research questions and results are relevant to the study populations and communities 
  • Using culturally appropriate and community-engaged methods to recruit study participants
  • Collecting disaggregated race/ethnicity data to track, monitor and eliminate disparities
  • Advocating for evidence-based policy and structural changes to advance equity in health and healthcare