UCSF Population Health and Health Equity Scholars

Population Health and Health Equity Scholars (PHHE) Program: The PHHE program supports current junior faculty at the assistant professor level. The award provides flexible funding to accelerate and increase the impact of population health and health equity research.

Award: $20,000

Application cycle is open October-December. 

The pilot awards go to support innovative research or programming already underway and led by the scholars. 

2024 Scholars

Natalie L. Wilson, PhD, DNP, MPH APRN-BC School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems 

Proposal Title: Mapping Culturally Tailored Practices for Health Outcomes for People Everywhere (HOPE) Mobile Services   

Abstract: Mobile Health Clinics (MHC) improve access to care by removing traditional barriers (e.g. transportation, safety, stigma), and providing direct tailored services that have flexibility to adapt based on the target population. African American people experiencing homelessness (AA-PEH) face multiple intersectional vulnerabilities and are amongst the most heavily impacted by HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and hepatitis C (HCV). Ending the HIV Epidemic goals will be unattainable if we do not tailor intervention strategies to reach marginalized populations. There is a gap in developing and tailoring culturally relevant clinical operating protocols to deliver a structural “test and treat” intervention of outreach, and HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. The overall objective of this Population Health and Health Equity is to collaborate with other US and global mobile clinics focused on providing population-based culturally relevant care to identify and adapt sustainable strategies for care delivery tailored to marginalized populations for HIV testing and care continuum.    

About Dr. Wilson: Dr. Wilson’s research is informed by almost 30 years of clinical expertise in primary care, HIV, and sexual health. As part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic National Strategy, Dr. Wilson's research is focused on developing innovative solutions to address the constraints marginalized populations and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic environments have in accessing the HIV Status Neutral Care Continuum. She uses community engagement and mixed-methods implementation science methods to transform healthcare by building in health equity at the individual, system, and community levels.   


Jessica de Leon, MD, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology