Past Projects

PRAMS and MIHA Collaboration to Produce National Estimates

9/4/09 - 9/30/11

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This project brought together a collaborative team of researchers from CSDH, MCAH and the CDC to produce a Surveillance Summary that provided previously unavailable information for policy makers and program planners seeking to maximize the impact of the USDA Women, Infants and Children Supplementary Food Program (WIC) at the national level. 


Center on Social Disparities in Health                                                   

10/1/02 - 9/30/06

CDC/ATPM Cooperative Agreement   

This project established the ongoing Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF in October 2002.  CSDH researchers conduct policy-relevant, multidisciplinary studies of socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, geographic, and other social disparities in health and health care, and are committed to disseminating findings from their research in ways that will inform policies to close the gaps.  CSDH work has also focused on developing rigorous but practical methods not only for research but also for ongoing policy-oriented monitoring of disparities at the state level. CSDH researchers work closely with public health agencies at the state, national, and international levels.  As Senior Epidemiologist at CSDH, I played a key role (in the design and/or analysis phases, as well as in the interpretation and reporting of results) on the following research studies:

  1. Developing Measures of Racism and Subjective Social Status.  Collaborative effort with CDC-based researchers to systematically develop appropriate measures for studies of social disadvantage in relation to maternal and infant health.  Funded by CDC (10/1/03-9/30/06) with supplement from the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at UCSF (10/1/03-9/30/04).  Qualitative research relying on focus groups and in-depth interviews with adult and teenaged women, exploring their perceptions of racism and social status and how they articulate those perceptions, to provide the basis for developing measures to be used in subsequent research.
  2. Measuring Socioeconomic Status/Position in Health Research.  Using multiple sources of nationally- or statewide-representative survey data (NHANES, NHIS, BRFSS, Add Health, California Maternal and Infant Health Assessment) and examining multiple health indicators across different life stages, this effort informed the measurement of socioeconomic status/position (SES) in health research by illustrating relevant concepts with a wide range of examples.  Funded by CDC (10/1/02-9/30/06) as part of Center grant.
  3. Social Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health.  This study used ongoing statewide surveys linked with vital statistics and census data in California and several other states to describe disparities, analyze policy implications, and make methodologic recommendations about ongoing state-level monitoring for selected maternal and infant health indicators.  Funded by CDC (10/1/00-9/30/02 and 10/1/02-9/30/06) and the Kaiser Family Foundation (8/1/00-10/31/02).


Global Equity Gauge Alliance

12/7/00 - 9/30/06

Rockefeller Foundation

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency via Health Systems Trust, South Africa, Dr. Braveman provided consultation to the Global Equity Gauge Initiative regarding policy-oriented research on equity in health and health care in lower-income countries.  Provided technical assistance to the 12 Equity Gauge projects based in 11 African, Asian, and Latin American countries.


What if there were a flu epidemic? Would some people suffer more than others?

9/1/06 - 2/28/07

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This project developed a conceptual framework and reviewed the literature to examine ways in which differences in exposure and treatment across socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups could lead to disparities in illness or death resulting from an influenza pandemic, and recommended approaches to reducing inequities and adverse health outcomes.