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Center for Healthy Communities at UCRSOM


The Center for Healthy Communities at UC Riverside

The School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) promotes research to improve the health of medically underserved, culturally, and economically diverse communities in the Inland Empire

The Center for Healthy Communities is administered by the UCR School of Medicine's Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health (SMPPH).

Cover of 2021-23 CHC Impact Report

Center for Healthy Communities 2021-23 Impact Report Now Available

The 2021-23 Center for Healthy Communities Impact Report is now available for download as a PDF. This document shows how the CHC serves the needs of the Inland Empire's culturally, linguistically and economically diverse communities and how we bridge the gaps to improve health outcomes in those communities.

Download the Impact Report

Get Involved: Join our ListServ

The CHC connects people who are interested in public health, community-based and community-partnered research in the Inland Empire.

Interested in joining the ListServ? Email

Joining Our Team

The Social Medicine, Population and Public Health department is recruiting talent with medical degrees or doctorates in the fields of public health, sociology, anthropology, psychology and economics to serve as faculty in the center.

Visit AP Recruit for faculty positions

Visit UCR Jobs site for staff positions

Student Research Experiences

Students interested in community-based research opportunities with the CHC, please download CHC Student Research Assistant Form, complete and send CV or resume to

Download the CHC Student Research Assistant Form

Center for Healthy Communities News

Virtual village
Virtual villages can promote social engagement and mental wellbeing
UC Riverside-led study focused on older people living with HIV
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Left to Right: Dorothy Nguyen, Anh Voong, Kenneth Chiu, Fara Aidul (CHC)
Program to Provide Menstrual Products to Unhoused Populations Receives $5,000 Mini-Grant
The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) has announced that the Inland Empire Street Medicine (IESM) is the recipient of $5,000 as part of their annual mini grant program. In its fifth year, the program has disbursed more than $40,000 to community medicine and population health projects.
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Treatment needs of unhoused Hawaiians requires more attention, study says
An estimated 326,000 to 580,000 individuals experience sheltered homelessness in the United States each night, putting them at risk for depression, anxiety, serious mental illness, substance use, and physical health problems. Nonetheless, little is known about their treatment needs, particularly of community-dwelling unhoused individuals living outside the country’s major urban centers.
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Recent changes at UCR have promoted well-being, study finds
A nearly three-year longitudinal study on the culture of campus health at UC Riverside has found that focusing on well-being characterized by programs and services, such as fitness classes, as well as policy and structural-level interventions, such as stairwell beautification and hydration stations, has promoted
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San Bernardino Free Clinic participants
CHC Announces its 2023 Community Medicine and Population Health Mini-Grant Awardees
The UC Riverside School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities has announced its 2023 mini-grants awardees. Each recipient was awarded a $5,000 mini-grant to support projects focused on community medicine and population health.
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Cheney Named Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2022
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High religiosity/spirituality linked to better cardiovascular health
UC Riverside-led study focused on African Americans living in Jackson, Mississippi
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Project Seeks to Improve Mental Health of Underrepresented Graduate Students
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