University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities



About the Center for Healthy Communities


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A New Community-Engaged Research Center for Inland Southern California

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) was founded at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine to promote and seek funding for innovative community-engaged research that improves the health of communities in Inland Southern California.

In 2013, the School of Medicine leadership announced plans to begin building community-based and population health research as central tenants to its mission in the community. In April 2014, Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH, was recruited to develop and lead the new center. Sullivan had previously developed and directed other research centers and has a history of leading community-engaged research including projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Veterans' Administration (VA), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

In May 2014 the center began building bridges with community groups, reaching out to a variety of UCR faculty, especially those in the health-related disciplines including sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, education and political science, re-establishing relationships with colleagues at UCLA and Rand, and hiring new faculty and staff for the center.

About the UCR School of Medicine

The UC Riverside School of Medicine was founded in 2013 as the first new public medical school west of the Mississippi in 50 years. It specifically aims to improve the health of the growing and ethnically diverse population of the Inland Empire of Southern California.

The school is innovative in several respects, seeking to to enroll and train more doctors from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine in part through a unique admissions process that emphasizes four specific attributes: socio-economic or educational disadvantage, non-native English speaking, completing high school in Inland Southern California, and/or the first-in-family to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The medical school also requires that students have longitudinal three-year community-based primary care clinical experiences; uses a curriculum emphasizing care for the underserved, prevention, public health, chronic disease management, and cultural competence; and offers full tuition scholarships to students who agree to practice in the Inland Empire, an area with the fewest health providers per capita in California.\

About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is one of the 10 University of California campuses. Located about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the campus is at the heart of the growing and ethnically diverse region known as the Inland Empire. The environment of UCR is one in which diversity is highly valued as a cornerstone for both education and research, and the university consistently excelled in rankings related to ethnic diversity, social mobility of students, and responsiveness to community needs.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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