About Us

The Center for Vulnerable Populations Research (CVPR) is a Nursing Center of Excellence in the United States. The CVPR, originally funded 1999 through 2009 by the National Institute of Nursing Research, an Institute within the National Institutes of Health.

The mission of this "center of excellence" is to build and advance nursing and health science that enhances the strengths of communities to reduce/eliminate health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations. To this end, partnerships are established with communities through mutual definition of needs and identification of strengths and resources. Based on this assessment, interdisciplinary scientists, research participants, and community collaborators develop and implement research to eliminate health disparities. Research results are disseminated back to communities of researchers, participants, scholars, ethicists, and policy makers.

The CVPR works to build the skills of researchers and community partners through consultation and educational activities. Educational activities include a summer institute on participatory research with communities, public colloquia on health topics of interest and workshops on how to conduct research utilizing participatory methods and community partnerships. Core services of the CVPR include training in participatory research methods and consultations on research methods, instrument development and statistics.

Deborah Koniak-Griffin, EdD, RN, FAAN

Adeline Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN

Project Director
Inese Verzemnieks, PhD, RN


The CVPR is part of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing and was originally funded by the National Institute of Nursing
Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), P30 NR005041 Email us at

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