The mediating role of social support between HIV stigma and sexual orientation-based medical mistrust among newly HIV-diagnosed gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
A recent publication by MERC faculty, Dr. Miranda Hill.
Congratulations to Dr. Alison Huang
for being awarded the UCSF Inquiry Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Student Research & Scholarship and her recent publication "Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Prevention of Chronic Conditions: When Is Enough, Enough?" in JAMA.
Congratulations to Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson
for her recent profile in the Women of UCSF Health.
A photo-based communication intervention to promote diet-related discussions among older adults with multi-morbidity
A recent publication by Dr. Jane Jih.
Congratulations to Dr. Van Park
on her new grant from the National Institute on Aging and recent publication, "A scoping review of dementia caregiving for Korean Americans and recommendations for future research" in Clinical Gerontologist.
Congratulations to Dr. Ida Sim
for being elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Congratulations to Dr. Tung Nguyen
on his new role as UCSF Associate Vice Chancellor for Research – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism and recent feature in Nature on decolonizing science.
"Partial Language Concordance and Professional Interpreters:
Navigating Primary Care Visits to Optimize Care for Limited English-Speaking Patients," a poster by student intern, Dennis Dea on his summer project with co-investigators including MERC co-directors Drs. Leah Karliner and Maria Garcia.

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