SF BUILD & The CVP! Preventing Chronic Disease in Challenging Areas.


Founded in 2006, by Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Dr. Dean Shillinger, the Center For Vulnerable Populations is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and is located on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Through it's partnership with community advocates and organizations, like Dr. Leticia Marquez-Magana and SF BUILD, the CVP is helping distressed and often overlooked communities discover new and helpful ways to become proactive about personal health and wellness. Some of the BUILD Scholars had the opportunity to work with the CVP, and contribute to the effort to prevent chronic disease in distressed communities, and BUILD is proud of both the students and the CVP for their contributions.