The Training core strategy and proposed curricula are designed to provide the necessary knowledge and resources to recruit and support the next generation of health disparities researchers, including members of underrepresented minority (URM) investigators.  Our comprehensive training plan will include:

A systematic, interdisciplinary curriculum in health disparities with specific focuses on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities and their inter-relationships, an appreciation of the social factors that shape health disparities, integration with current understanding of likely biologic mechanisms of disease, and implementation and dissemination sciences.

An identified source at UCSF to provide tailored mentoring to trainees and junior faculty who wish to pursue careers as health disparities researchers

CHARM's training activities are innovative in a number of ways:

  1. Creating a specialized Health Disparities Track in UCSF’s trans-professional and trans-disciplinary Master’s degree in Clinical Research program geared to the needs of graduate and professional trainees and faculty at UCSF, and MPH students and faculty at SFSU
  2. Adapting the curriculum for a range of didactic learning purposes and for various formats (e.g., distance and online learning), and make the materials widely available
  3. Creating a central, visible portal to assist interested URM trainees and junior faculty to access mentoring –and, through mentors, a range of resources--specifically tailored to help them pursue careers in health disparities research including appropriate content-area mentors at UCSF and UC Berkeley, and peer mentors. 
  4. Integrating health disparities concepts throughout UCSF training programs to ensure that all health professionals are a) aware of the critical role that social factors, inclduing race/ethnicity and socio-economic status, have in health outcomes; b) aware of recuriing ethical issues and research with diverse populations; and c) able to integrate this awareness into their work.
  5. Our approach is innovative in its emphasis on transprofessional and trans-disciplinary mentoring and trainees exposure to mentors who are experienced health disparities reasearchers and URM themselves.

The Training Core is led by Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair, Associate Professor in Residence, UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Epidimiology and Biostatistics.