The mission of the Health Equity Institute (HEI) is to create an intellectual environment that encourages diversity of perspectives, challenges conventional approaches, and produces innovative action-oriented research in the biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences in order to improve health, eliminate health disparities, and establish equity in health.

HEI stimulates and integrates SF State research activities, community engagement, health communications and training activities to both improve health and eliminate health disparities by: 

  • Conducting local, state, and national research on health and health disparities
  • Fostering high-impact health and health disparity research by expanding the number of well trained researchers from diverse backgrounds
  • Engaging community residents, community-based organizations and other community partners in all aspects of our work
  • Synthesizing and disseminating research findings for public use