UC-END DISPARITIES

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UCLA-UCI Center for Eliminating Cardio-Metabolic Disparities in Multi-Ethnic Populations

Inequitable multilevel factors, including structural disadvantage, accelerate the development and progression of cardiometabolic disease and disproportionately affect low-income and minority groups. The UCLA-UCI Center for Eliminating Cardiometabolic Disparities in Multi-Ethnic Populations (UC END-DISPARITIES) functions across the highly diverse communities that comprise Los Angeles County and Orange County (combined population over 13 million, more than 46 states).

The Center will fill a gap in the current efforts to advance health equity via a multilevel community-academic partnered approach to improve cardiometabolic related health outcomes in targeted LAC and OC Latino, Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian communities, which have some of the highest rates of cardiometabolic risk factors and premature cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the nation.

Partner Institutions

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University of California Los Angeles

757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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University of California Irvine

3082 Anteater Instruction & Research Building (AIRB)
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

Team

  • Arleen Brown, MD, PhD
    Member, UC END DISPARITIES Executive Committee
    Administrative Core Co-Lead
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH
    Member, UC END DISPARITIES Executive Committee
    Administrative Core Co-Lead
    Principal Investigator, Project 2: SERVE OC
    University of California, Irvine 
  • Keith Norris, MD, PhD
    Member, UC END DISPARITIES Executive Committee
    Administrative Core Co-Lead
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Aziza Lucas-Wright, M.Ed.
    Member, UC END DISPARITIES Executive Committee
    Community Engagement Core Co-Lead
    Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science/Avalon Carver
  • Pamela Pimentel, RN
    Member, UC END DISPARITIES Executive Committee
    Community Engagement Core Co-Lead
    University of California, Irvine/ MOMS OC 
  • Donna L. Washington, MD, MPH, FACP
    Member, Investigator Development Core
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    University of California, Los Angeles/Veterans Affairs
  • Dara Sorkin, PhD
    Member, Investigator Development Core
    University of California, Irvine 
  • Susanne Washington, MD, PhD
    Member, Investigator Development Core
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Amytis Towfighi, MD
    Principal Investigator (MPI), Project 1: BP REACH
    University of Southern California
  • Alejandra Casillas MD, MSHS
    Principal Investigator (MPI), Project 1: BP REACH
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Yelba Castellon-Lopez, MD, MPH
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Member, Community Engagement Core
  • Frank Zaldivar, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    University of California, Irvine
  • Sora Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    University of California Irvine
  • Mona AuYoung, PhD, MS, MPH
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Stefanie Vassar, MS
    Member, Administrative Core
    Center Director
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Emily Drum, MPH
    Member, Administrative Core
    Program Manager
    University of California, Irvine
  • Krystal Griffith-Lloyd
    Member, Administrative Core
    Center Coordinator

    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA