About Us

Mission & Vision


UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action (UPIEA) 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. UPIEA is committed to transformative public health solutions that empower community partners, advance equity, and save lives.


Public health is equitable, high-quality, community-driven and accessible for all.

We Believe

All people deserve the ability to lead healthy lives, regardless of their race, color, or ethnicity, income, socioeconomic status, age, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, immigrant status, disability status, parental status, or pregnancy status. We are dedicated to leading the change to redress historical health inequalities. Our success will be gauged by how we support the weakest and most vulnerable among us, not by the size of the grants secured or scholarly papers written. We value antiracism, anticolonialism,  diversity and inclusion, intentional partnerships, compassion, community, courage, innovation, data-driven action, and a community lens.