Center Summary


The mission of the Center for Health Equity (CHE), formerly the Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is to address the need for better information, as well as better use of existing information, to guide efforts to improve health equity in the United States and other countries. Since its inception as CSDH in 2002 with initial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CHE has focused on three main objectives: 

  • conducting rigorous policy-relevant research and monitoring of social disparities in health. Our work is primarily but not exclusively in maternal and infant health, is conducted in collaboration with local, state, national, and international health agencies, particularly socioeconomic and racial inequalities and their intersections; 
  • providing training and consultation in sound methods for studying social disparities in health; and 
  • widely disseminating our own and related work to audiences including researchers, public health practitioners, policy-makers, philanthropic groups, medical care providers, and the public. 

CHE researchers have developed innovative descriptive, explanatory, and methodologic research and ongoing monitoring of socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and other social disparities in health and health care. While our research expertise is primarily epidemiologic, we often collaborate with others to expand the tools that can be brought to bear on important questions. By bringing together a critical mass of multi-disciplinary expertise, the Center aims to provide policy-relevant knowledge to guide actions toward greater equity in health in the United States and globally.