Improving Health Care Access and Quality for All

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) takes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the inequities in health access and quality of care. This includes a comprehensive program for research, education and teaching, and community outreach and information dissemination.Word cloud with various words

The center builds on UC Davis’ long history of reaching out to the most vulnerable, underserved populations in the region. A comprehensive medical interpretive services program helps overcome limitations in access for those who don’t speak English. Its regional telehealth network provides a high-tech link between UC Davis physicians and smaller clinics around the state that cannot afford to maintain medical specialists on staff.

The center represents a major commitment to addressing community needs that goes well beyond the traditional service role of an academic medical center.  It is a program designed not only to raise awareness and conduct critical research, but also intended to actually assist those communities whose needs have never been addressed and met by the traditional health-care system.

The center’s wide-ranging focus on health disparities includes an emphasis on improving access, detection and treatment of mental health problems within the primary care setting. It will also focus efforts on achieving better understanding into the co-morbidity of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, pain conditions, and cancer with depression.

Mission and Strategic Direction


The mission of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities is to promote the health and well-being of diverse communities by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, information dissemination within a prevention, early intervention, and treatment framework that recognizes the unique cultural and linguistic contexts of these populations.


CRHD Strategic Directions: 

The CRHD is guided by the following strategic directions:

  1. Engaging in innovative research leading to intervention development and cultural tailoring of state-of-the art interventions for system change
  2. Facilitating development, implementation, replication, and dissemination of evidenced-based practices, practice-based evidence, and community-defined evidence within underserved communities
  3. Developing effective outreach and engagement models for specific communities to increase access to and utilization of health services
  4. Focusing on solutions to improving individual and community/population health outcomes

Core Components

Community Outreach and Engagement

To build more awareness about access and quality of care issues within ethnically diverse populations.


To advance innovative investigations that help a better understanding about the causes and consequences arising from disparities in health care.

Education and Mentoring

To expand opportunities for minority health and research training through a rigorous mentoring program in applied health disparities research.


To help leaders develop comprehensive strategies to improve their quality of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Partnerships and Collaboration

To strengthen or establish collaborations with community-based organizations and other groups that will help increase organizational capacity.