The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) is dedicated to improving health and reducing disparities through discovery, innovation, policy, advocacy, and community partnerships.

The CVP seeks to develop effective strategies to prevent and treat chronic diseases in communities most at risk.

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, language, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Founded in 2006, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine located on the campus of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.