Tools for work in health equity

The research tools below were developed by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute:


Validated surveys for primary data collection among vulnerable and special populations.

Services for recruiting clinical research participants in under-represented populations.  

Information and consultation  about how to conduct research in community settings and integrate partners in your work.

Information and consultation with the San Francisco Bay Collaborative Research Network.

CalEnviroScreen is a science-based mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected pollution.

PhenX Toolkit provides recommended protocols to help measure upstream factors that shape health behaviors and health outcomes.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides strategies to work with communities to advance health equity.

The NIH offers Diversity Supplements to specific grants to promote diversity in health-related research.

Institutional Commitments

Differences Matter is a multi-year School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic medical center; the Research Action Group for Equity focuses on developing and implementing strategies to incorporate matters of race and ethnicity into research, training and clinical care.

Health equity is one of three grand challenges of the UCSF Capital Campaign and presents stories about health equity activities at UCSF. 


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