The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations was co-founded by Drs. Dean Schillinger and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo in 2006, inspired by the vision of Dr. Talmadge King, the current Chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is the current Director of CVP and Dr. Schillinger directs the Program in Health Communication and Health Literacy within CVP.

The CVP is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, the public health hospital of the City and County of San Francisco, which serves a diverse and largely indigent population. The CVP is at the frontline of practice-based research on chronic diseases for the diverse and disadvantaged populations of San Francisco and the Bay Area.