Community Engagement

The Community Engagement program supports research that investigates, plans, applies and evaluates solutions to pressing public health problems. It focuses on bridging academic research, health policy and community practice to improve public health.


Community-Engaged Research

Increase community participation in all stages of research to improve research-based practice and stimulate practice-based research.

San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) is a practice-based research network (PBRN) designed to encourage, facilitate and lead mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary health care organizations, practices and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. We provide consultation, linkage and pilot funding.


Foster strong relationships for research collaboration between community health providers, policy makers and academic researchers.

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SF HIP) is a partnership between community, civic, academic, and other public and private stakeholders to collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate systematic, well-coordinated interventions to make a measurable impact on the health of San Franciscans and reduce health disparities. 

See a list of our Community Partners


Policy Guidance

Provide research and guidance for policy changes at the local, state and national levels.

Consultations are available for policy and community-engaged research projects that require input on community research methods, study design, partnership strategies, dissemination, evaluation goals, or advisory board development.

Resources & Services

Identify key research opportunities and support the development of useful research tools.

Training services include sessions on budget for and paying community-based partnersresearch and evaluation literacy for community agencies, dissemination and media training for researchers, community-based participatory research and full courses on Implementation Science.

Publications, written by UCSF faculty, staff, and community partners and arranged in a clear and informative format, include Resource Manuals and Quick-Start Guides to Community-Engaged Research for academic and community partners.

The UCSF Office of Research’s Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research was established and charged with assessing existing campus-wide equity and anti-racism activities relevant to research across the institution.

The key recommendations fall within four categories:

  • Establish a system of accountability on anti-racism and equity for the UCSF research enterprise
  • Promote and support UCSF anti-racism scholarship
  • Create and support a more diverse UCSF research workforce
  • Promote and support community-engaged research

To learn more, you can read the full report here

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and  Medicine (NASEM) shares findings and conclusions from a new report on Improving Representation in Clinical Trials and Research: Building Research Equity for Women and Underrepresented Groups. They make a compelling case for why we need more equitable participation in clinical trials and clinical research, including an economic analysis of the cost of health disparities in the United States. It provides a review of the barriers to more equitable participation in clinical trials, describes strategies to overcome those barriers, and provides actionable recommendations to drive lasting change.