About Us

To respond effectively to current pandemics and prevent future pandemic-related threats, CPPR will translate research into actionable solutions across its four pillars of impact: readiness, response, resilience, and research.

Our Story

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, UCSF’s Institute of Global Health Sciences (IGHS) put together a team of public health professionals, doctors, and epidemiologists to address the growing crisis. This team worked with the city of San Francisco and the state of California to train contact tracers and case investigators to slow the spread of COVID-19. As the team grew and took on new pandemic-related projects, it became the UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action (UPIEA).

In 2022, IGHS launched the Center for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (CPPR). Today, UPIEA’s projects operate under the auspices of the Center, as well as other pandemic-related initiatives within IGHS. 

UPIEA’s legacy continues through many of CPPR’s ongoing projects, team members, mission and values, and commitment to making public health accessible to all. CPPR’s portfolio includes a variety of projects, all with the goal of building transformative public health solutions that empower community partners, advance equity, and save lives. CPPR seeks to transform health by supporting partners to advance evidence-based public health policies and practices that prioritize the needs of historically discriminated against and marginalized communities.