Community-based and professional organizations play a crucial role in the iterative relationship between research and action. Below are a selected group of public health, research, and social justice organizations committed to racial health equity.

This list is provided as a courtesy. Being listed does not necessarily indicate endorsement or partnership.



American College of Epidemiology (ACE)

The ACE Minority Affairs Committee promotes diversity in the field of Epidemiology and hosts an annual workshop on health disparities.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 145-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.


The nation’s leading agency dedicated to monitoring and addressing health issues in the country. The CDC also provides helpful information and statistics about all major diseases and conditions, and the vaccinations needed when traveling internationally.

Spirit of 1848 Caucus

An APHA caucus concerned about social inequalities in health. Our purpose is to spur new connections among the many of us involved in different areas of public health, who are working on diverse public health issues (whether as researchers, practitioners, teachers, activists, or all of the above), and live scattered across diverse regions of the United States and other countries.

Society for Public Health Education

Nonprofit, independent professional association that represents a diverse membership of nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students in the United States and 25 international countries.SOPHE members work in schools, universities, voluntary organizations, health care settings, worksites, and in local, state and federal government agencies.


Harlem Community & Academic Partnership

HCAP's main purpose is to study and improve health in underserved communities with community based organizations, academia, public health practitioners, and policy makers in a collaborative and co-learning process that stresses systems development, community capacity building, and balancing research and action.

Healthy African American Familes

Healthy African American Families is a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the reasons for low birth weight and infant mortality among African Americans in Los Angeles

Highlander Research and Education Center

Highlander is the anchor of organizing in the U.S. South. Rosa Parks, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Septima Clark and many others trained and conducted workshops here.


Founded in 1970 to lend a hand to black leaders as the traveled the uncharted road from civil rights activisim to the political establishment. Its most prominent founders were Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, a renowned social psychologist, and Louis E. Martin, the legendary news paper editor who had become a key presidential adviser on issues affecting black America.

Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI)

SAAPHI consists of researchers, academics, professionals and students who share and interest and passion in improving the health of African American communities.


African American Policy Forum

The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy.

Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders

The BCFBSM was founded in the mid 1980's after LAPD announced a serial murderer was operating in South LA. LAPD waited until close to a dozen women were killed before announcing anything to the public. Since then, the BC has campaigned to bring attention to these murders, to work for justice and accountability by law enforcement, city officials and the media.

Black Lives Matter

An expanding social justice movement born in response to the perceived impunity with which police and others kill members of the African American community.

City Project

The City Project believes that all people should have access to healthy, livable communities. Our multicultural, Latino-led team works with diverse allies to ensure equal access to (1) healthy green land use through planning by and for the community; (2) climate justice; (3) physical education and schools of hope as centers of their communities; (4) health equity and wellness; and (5) economic vitality for all.

Embrace Race

EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.

Moral Mondays

A collection of people from all faiths, backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, joined together in mutual hope and admiration for essential fairness and compassion among society as a whole.

Movement for Black Lives

In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.

NC Environmental Justice Network

The organization’s website. This grassroots organization challenges corporate agribusiness’ adverse effects on the health, social, labor and environmental well-being of North Carolina communities. The organization educates the public to raise awareness about key issues, trains students and advocates, engages in political action and conducts empirical research.

Poor People's Campaign

A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.

Southern Poverty Law Center

SPLC monitors hate groups and hate crimes across the nation, and it conducts workshops to raise awareness about these issues. It has also assisted persons interested in making a transition out of white supremacist groups.

United farmworkers

Begun in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla and other early organizers, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers union. The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California.

We Act for Environmental Justice

WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.


Brite Center

The BRITE Center’s mission is to support the innovative use of research, science and policy development to help eliminate disparities in physical and mental health for communities that are traditionally underserved by academic research.

California Center for Population Research

The California Center for Population Research (CCPR) was established in 1998 and has since, been a leading research center for research and training in demography. CCPR is comprised of over 90 active faculty researchers from an array of academic disciplines, such as epidemiology, public policy, economics, sociology, and public welfare.


Center for Critical Race Studies at UCLA engages scholars and community members in interdisciplinary research that expands our understanding of crucial educational and social inequality issues. Centering the role of race, racism, and their intersectionality with other forms of discrimination such as sexism, classism, homophobia, and ableism, is key to the CCRS mission.

Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities

The Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities is a multi-ethnic and multi-disciplinary group promoting interdisciplinary research examining the prevalence and impact of traumatic experiences on PTSD, depression and concomitant cognitive/emotional, behavioral, psychological and biological processes in ethnic minority populations.

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

The Center improves the public’s health through high-quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that informs effective policymaking. We advance this mission through policy analysis, policy-relevant research, public service, community partnership, media relations, and education.

Critical Race Studies Program

UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies (CRS) program is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research represents the cutting edge of critical race theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, our CRS program has no parallel in American legal education.

Institute of American Cultures

The mission of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is to advance our understanding of the new social and cultural realities in America. The unparalleled population shifts that have occurred in recent decades have transformed our sociocultural landscape, expanding both intra-group diversity as well as opportunities for intersectional exchanges.

Institute on Inequality and Democracy

The Institute on Inequality and Democracy advances radical democracy in an unequal world through research, critical thought, and alliances with social movements and racial justice activism. We analyze and transform the divides and dispossessions of our times, in the university and in our cities, across global South and global North.

UCLA Labor Center

The UCLA Labor Center believes that a public university belongs to the people and should advance quality education and employment for all. Every day we bring together workers, students, faculty, and policymakers to address the most critical issues facing working people today.

Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research/Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elderly (RCMAR/CHIME)

The Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) is a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/NIA). CHIME is housed in the UCLA Department of Medicine

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