When you give to BCSM, you are supporting research and training to understand and change how social factors influence health, disease, and medical practice.
The Berkeley Center for Social Medicine critically engages the intersection of social systems, social difference, health and health care in the United States and across the globe. Founded in 2013, the Center links to the discipline of social medicine internationally by bringing together Bay Area scholars from the social and historical sciences who are working on questions related to medicine, the health sciences, public health, global health, the social structuring of suffering, violence and the body. The Center brings together policy-makers, health professionals, community members, and faculty and students with expertise in the social sciences of health from across campus and beyond, primarily from the fields of medical anthropology, medical sociology, medical history, and critical public health. Your gift will be used to support both established scholars and graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in new and vital research on social medicine. Gifts will also be used to support the development of public colloquia and conferences on a variety of topics related to social medicine and to support the Structural Competency Working Group to envision and design innovative ways of addressing inequities and inequalities in clinical medicine, as informed by critical theory as well as clinical and personal experience.