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History and Mission



In 2012, the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America became the third Blum Center within the University of California. Thanks to our founding benefactor, Regent Richard C. Blum and our founding director, Dr. Michael A. Rodriguez, the Center began its activities in research, policy and training to alleviate poverty and improve health among all Latin American populations. To complete its work, the Center collaborates with multi-disciplinary Centers throughout UCLA and institutions based in Latin America. Throughout its five-year history, the Center has built a rich cadre of organizations, experienced faculty, dedicated students and community leaders to help carry out the vision and mission of the Center. Read more.



The vision of the UCLA Blum Center is to improve the quality of health of all Latin Americans. The Center aims to become internationally recognized for its cross-disciplinary training, research and policy contributions, and its ability to drive and create high-impact innovations to improve health and promote resilience in Latin American communities throughout the Americas.



Every Latin American child, adult and family should have access to the resources required for healthy living. The mission of the Blum Center is to promote health and well-being for Latin American communities. The Center uses an inclusive approach to conduct research that informs policy, programs, and training for the next generation of leaders.


Core Program Areas

The UCLA Blum Center’s mission is achieved through three core program areas:





Fact Sheets

About the UCLA Blum Center

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Research and Policy

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Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH Center Director

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