The Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program

Through a combination of research and advocacy, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations is committed to creating communities where healthy food is appealing, affordable, and easily accessible.

Obesity and diabetes are the public health epidemics of this generation. The burden of obesity and diabetes falls most heavily on low-income and minority populations. These epidemics, and the food environments which foster them, must be addressed within individuals, households, and, most importantly, within communities. The Center for Vulnerable Populations seeks to understand the policy levers that influence the food environment in ways that make healthy food choices easy food choices.