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THE UCLA BLUM CENTER, in collaboration with Latin American institutions, brings poverty and other social determinants of health to the forefront of research and training on health in Latin America. Through the work of our Center, students and faculty across disciplines and borders study the causes of poverty and health inequalities. Together, we seek to identify and promote solutions in health policy and practice. We achieve this mission through programs and activities addressing three goals related to research, policy and training.


The UCLA Blum Center is built on a multidisciplinary approach connecting more than 18 schools and centers on the UCLA campus and partnering institutions in Latin America. Efforts to engage Latin American institutions in research partnering agreements are underway and include institutions such as Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexican Institute for Public Health, and Universidad Peruana Caetona Heredia.


The Center was initiated in third quarter 2012 with the appointment of Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH as Center director and through a generous philanthropic gift from Mr. Richard C. Blum, UC Regent. UCLA contributes some matching funds to this gift and Center plans for a campaign to acquire additional funding are underway. The campaign will seek funding from diverse revenue streams such as private gifts, foundations, and federal and international agency grant support.


Mr. Blum & Dr. Rodríguez