Research Centers

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital

The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. Founded in 2006 by faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine, CVP is located on the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

CVP Website