About Us


Through the development and evaluation of public health policy, the California Program on Access to Care works toward making California a state free of health disparities, where all individuals—including the most disadvantaged—have the opportunity to live a healthy life.


The California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) leverages the expertise of faculty and researchers from all nine University of California campuses with the experience of other experts working on public health policy to achieve a united goal: provide a fair and equitable pathway to healthcare for all Californians, including the most vulnerable populations.

Established in 1997 at the behest of the California Legislature, CPAC is a statewide, collaborative center of policy and research focused on eliminating health disparities and barriers to basic healthcare. The program provides timely, actionable information through written materials and by sponsoring public briefings on cutting-edge academic research on today’s most significant health issues.