Roberto Vargas, MPH

Associate Director, Community Engagement and Health Policy, UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute
+1 415 514-8436

Roberto Ariel Vargas, MPH, is Associate Director for the Center for Community Engagement and Senior Staff, Community Engagement Program of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  Vargas helped shape health policy and practice at the municipal and national levels on chronic disease prevention and cancer care.  He has served on the National Cancer Institute’s National Council of Research Advocates, and as chair of the board of the Central American Resource Center & the SF Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee. Roberto led non-profit and school-based programs serving low-income communities of color for decades. He enjoys helping dismantle structural oppression at UCSF. 


COVID-19 vaccination readiness among multiple racial and ethnic groups in the San Francisco Bay Area: A qualitative analysis.

PloS one

Butler JZ, Carson M, Rios-Fetchko F, Vargas R, Cabrera A, Gallegos-Castillo A, LeSarre M, Liao M, Woo K, Ellis R, Liu K, Burra A, Ramirez M, Doyle B, Leung L, Fernandez A, Grumbach K

Mitigating COVID-19 Risk and Vaccine Hesitancy Among Underserved African American and Latinx Individuals with Mental Illness Through Mental Health Therapist-Facilitated Discussions.

Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities

Venegas-Murillo AL, Bazargan M, Grace S, Cobb S, Vargas R, Givens S, Li-Sarain S, Delgado C, Villatoro J, Goodall A, Tesimale R, Ramirez S, Brown M, Uyanne J, Assari S

From Cancer Epidemiology to Policy and Practice: the Role of a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Current epidemiology reports

Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Venkatesh B, Cheng J, Dixit N, Fox R, Ling P, Nguyen T, Oh D, Palmer NR, Pasick RJ, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, Vijayaraghavan M, Ashworth A

Addressing racial/ethnic inequities in vaccine hesitancy and uptake: lessons learned from the California alliance against COVID-19.

Journal of behavioral medicine

AuYoung M, Rodriguez Espinosa P, Chen WT, Juturu P, Young MT, Casillas A, Adkins-Jackson P, Hopfer S, Kissam E, Alo AK, Vargas RA, Brown AF, And the STOP COVID-19 C. A. Communications Working Group

The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A

Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign.

American journal of preventive medicine

Schillinger D, Ling PM, Fine S, Boyer CB, Rogers E, Vargas RA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chou WS

Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults.

PloS one

Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N, Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas SB, Brown A, Norris KC

Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016.

Preventing chronic disease

Grumbach K, Vargas RA, Fleisher P, Aragón TJ, Chung L, Chawla C, Yant A, Garcia ER, Santiago A, Lang PL, Jones P, Liu W, Schmidt LA

The Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative: Rationale and Design.

Ethnicity & disease

Brown AF, Morris DM, Kahn KL, Sankaré IC, King KM, Vargas R, Lucas-Wright A, Jones LF, Flowers A, Jones FU, Bross R, Banner D, Del Pino HE, Pitts OL, Zhang L, Porter C, Madrigal SK, Vassar SD, Vangala S, Liang LJ, Martinez AB, Norris KC

Understanding Perceived Benefit of Early Cancer Detection: Community-Partnered Research with African American Women in South Los Angeles.

Journal of women's health (2002)

Bazargan M, Lucas-Wright A, Jones L, Vargas R, Vadgama JV, Evers-Manly S, Maxwell AE

Strategies to Build Trust and Recruit African American and Latino Community Residents for Health Research: A Cohort Study.

Clinical and translational science

Sankaré IC, Bross R, Brown AF, Del Pino HE, Jones LF, Morris DM, Porter C, Lucas-Wright A, Vargas R, Forge N, Norris KC, Kahn KL

The Los Angeles Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative: A Ten Year Experience in Building and Sustaining a Successful Community-Academic Partnership.

HSOA journal of community medicine & public health care

King KM, Morris D, Jones L, Lucas-Wright A, Jones F, Del Pino HE, Porter C, Vargas R, Kahn K, Brown AF, Norris KC, HCNI Study Group

Correlates of perceived risk of developing cancer among African-Americans in South Los Angeles.

Journal of community health

Lucas-Wright A, Bazargan M, Jones L, Vadgama JV, Vargas R, Sarkissyan M, Smith J, Yazdanshenas H, Maxwell AE

Through our eyes: exploring African-American men's perspective on factors affecting transition to manhood.

Journal of general internal medicine

Bharmal N, Kennedy D, Jones L, Lee-Johnson C, Morris D, Caldwell B, Brown A, Houston T, Meeks C, Vargas R, Franco I, Razzak AR, Brown AF