UCSF Center for Health Equity
UCSF Center for Health Equity
UCSF Center for Health Equity

Statement about Black Lives Matter

We at the Center for Health Equity stand in solidarity with the Black community in voicing outrage over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.  We acknowledge the lasting effect of violence and other harms committed against Black men, women and children off camera and outside of public view, which do not get the public reckoning or justice they deserve. Mr. Floyd's horrific murder is the latest in a centuries-long history of racist violence perpetrated by deeply entrenched systems of white supremacy. Racism is a chronic and pervasive assault on the health and well-being of Black people.  Informed by the legacy of Black scholarship on the ways in which racism profoundly harms health, our research shows that the fear and worry of Black mothers about racial discrimination begins to shape the health of the next generation before they are even born.

We fully recognize that acknowledging the legacy of racist atrocities and standing in solidarity with the Black community is not enough.  We must commit to accountability and action.  We vow to examine and challenge biases within ourselves, our Center, and our institution, and to join with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, immigrant, LGBTQI and other communities on the ground in actively fighting racial injustice and dismantling structures of white supremacy.



The UCSF Center for Health Equity is committed to a world with health equity, in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. 

The Center for Health Equity plays a leading role in research looking at upstream factors to improve health equity in the United States. Improving health equity entails removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, powerlessness, and their consequences. Health equity requires access to good jobs with fair pay; quality education, housing, and health care; and safe environments.


We contribute to efforts for greater health equity by:

- Conducting rigorous research into upstream factors such as racism and other social determinants of health that can inform policies and programs

- Translating and disseminating that research to make an impact

- Building capacity by training and mentoring the next generation of health equity researchers

- Collaborating with and providing technical assistance to local, state, national, and international organizations


Our expertise spans the following:

- Conceptual, methodological, and empiric research on health disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health

- Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and its determinants

- Population-based survey research design, data collection, and analysis

- Analysis and linkage of large population-based secondary data sources

- Life course research ranging from maternal and infant health to chronic disease and aging

- Translation of existing scientific knowledge into materials that are accessible and engaging to wide, non-technical audiences