Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities at the Center for Social Disparities in Health, UCSF

Investigator: Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
Sponsor: Center for the Advancement of Health

Location(s): United States


The Kellogg Health Scholars Program develops new leadership in the effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities and to secure equal access to the conditions and services essential for achieving healthy communities.The  Program consists of two tracks and offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships at eight training sites. 

The Center on Social Disparities in Health provides a nexus for collaborations among distinguished researchers with expertise in multiple disciplines relevant to social disparities in health. Center faculty — including those based at UCSF as well as collaborating investigators at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and other institutions — have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to studying and addressing social disparities in health.

Major themes of research at the Center on Social Disparities in Health include:

  • documenting, measuring and understanding socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care, and applying that knowledge to contribute to policy change;
  • understanding the social and social policy determinants of health disparities, including factors operating at the neighborhood or community level, in a life-course perspective;
  • understanding the interplay of socioeconomic factors and racism and how these may influence health, particularly maternal and infant health;
  • developing and applying rigorous methods not only for time-limited research but also for ongoing policy-oriented monitoring of social disparities; and
  • conceptual and methodologic research related to the above, e.g., clarifying the concept of health disparities/inequalities and implications for measurement, measurement of socioeconomic status/position, and measurement of experiences of racism.