About Us

UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence

The UCSF LCOE was established in 2018 under the direction of Dr. Alicia Fernández, Director of CVP Program in Latinx and Immigrant Health, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and general internist at ZSFG, where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical ward. Dr. Fernández was awarded a four-year grant to establish the UCSF LCOE by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The UCSF LCOE is jointly funded through HRSA and UCSF and is housed within the UCSF School of Medicine, with close affiliation with the Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).

Our Vision

A healthy society where all people receive equitable and high quality, culturally informed healthcare.

Our Mission

To improve the health and healthcare of California, with a focus on Latinx individuals, through the development of diverse physician leaders and through research, education, community partnerships, and advocacy.

Our Goals

  • Develop Latinx and other minoritized physician leaders
  • Promote and model culturally informed medical education 
  • Leverage UCSF, community and state collective capacity to improve California’s health and healthcare
  • Catalyze new knowledge on Latinx health
  • Provide expertise on Latinx health and health inequities
  • Advocate for the health of California’s diverse communities
  • Partner with community stakeholders to improve Latinx health and the health of other minoritized communities


What Does the "x" in Chicanx/Latinx Mean?

"The purpose of using "x" in "Chicanx/Latinx" is to allow for the Chicana, Chicano, Latina, Latino community to be gender expansive, meaning it includes all those who identify and don't identify within the gender spectrum."

- UC Davis, Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success 

Latinx are California’s largest ethnic group at nearly 40% of the population, so California’s health is increasingly tied to the health of the state’s Latinx population. This center will build on UCSF’s existing underrepresented minority programs by significantly enhancing its academic infrastructure to train Latinx physicians and physician-scientists.

Dr. Alicia Fernandez

Professor of Medicine, UCSF Director, UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence