MERC Annual Research Symposium
Keynote speaker, MERC co-founder, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable will present "How Science can Promote Health Equity"
Congratulations to MERC faculty, Dr. Veronica Yank
for her new grant "Improving Access and Equity in Primary Care Services for Adults with Disabilities" from the Community and UCSF Mount Zion Health Fund.
Video Visits for Elders Project
led by MERC faculty, Drs. Leah Karliner and Celia Kaplan, innovated to promote equitable access to telemedicine for vulnerable older patients in a time of crisis.
Congratulations to MERC co-founder, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable
for receiving the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America COVID-19 Response Medal.
MERC co-sponsored the Health Disparities Research Symposium
See the link below to watch the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones.
Congratulations to MERC faculty, Drs. Maria Garcia and Mia Williams
for their 2021 DGIM Robert H. Crede Awards.
Inequity in discharge pain management for trauma patients with limited English proficiency.
In a recent publication, MERC faculty, Dr. Tasce Bongiovanni, examined opioid prescription data.
Patients with Limited English Proficiency faced disparities after hospital discharge.
MERC faculty, Drs. Lev Malevanchi and Leah Karliner, examined post-hospital discharge data.
Congratulations to MERC Faculty, Dr. Pamela Ling
for being selected as the 2021 recipient of the Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research, awarded by the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.
Data suggest Asian Americans had the highest risk of death from COVID infection. Few noticed.
MERC Faculty, Dr. Tung Nguyen, in a recent publication, examined the data in the context of history and racism.
Disparities in Telemedicine
MERC Director, Dr. Leah Karliner contributed to the Washington Post article, "Telemedicine - a boon for many in the pandemic - threatened with cutbacks".

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