Congratulations to Dr. Jason Satterfield
for his new grant "The UCSF Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Collaborative Care Program" from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Congratulations to Dr. Alka Kanaya
for receiving the 2023 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology from the American Diabetes Association.
Congratulations to Dr. Ida Sim
for being appointed UCSF's first Chief Research Informatics Officer.
"A WeChat-based Intervention, Wellness Enhancement for Caregivers
(WECARE), for Chinese American Dementia Caregivers: Pilot Assessment of Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Efficacy". A recent publication by MERC faculty, Dr. Van Park in JMIR Aging.
"Long Overdue": Nurse and Resident Physician Perspectives on Implementation of Dual-Handset Interpreter Phones in the Inpatient Setting
A recent publication by Dr. Maria Garcia including MERC co-authors, Drs. Leah Karliner, Sunita Mutha, Lev Malevanchik, and Mia Williams.
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Garcia
and co-investigators for being 2023 Catalyst Awardees for their project "Optimizing Depression Care Delivery in Primary Care Through a Technology-Enhanced Intervention (Optimize-D-Rx)".

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