Vulnerable populations face multiple barriers to participating in clinical trials and research. The disparities in clinical research involving minority and vulnerable populations contribute to growing health disparities experienced by these populations.
As a result, their inclusion in NIH funded research is federally mandated. That's why the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine established the UCLA Vine Street Clinic in 2005 in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The clinic brings academic medicine to a transitional neighborhood in a medically underserved area. Located 8 miles from campus, the UCLA Vine Street Clinic is close to transportation routes that serve the Hollywood and central city areas (bus, subway) providing access to individuals with diverse backgrounds to access the wealth of clinical research opportunities that would otherwise not be accessible to them due to distance barriers.The UCLA Vine Street Clinic provides a centrally located, outpatient clinical research site for clinical trials and behavioral research with a focus on medication development for addictions and for HIV prevention. In its first eight years of operation, UCLA Vine Street Clinic completed eleven federally-funded research studies and enrolled nearly 4,000 patients.
In addition to clinical research, the UCLA Vine Street Clinic also provides:
All individuals seen at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic are provided with linkages to care, especially referrals to other medical services within the UCLA Health System or at available clinics nearby. Our dedicated staff strive to provide a welcoming environment for patients, many of whom stay in touch long after completing a program.
The UCLA Vine Street Clinic is overseen by Steven Shoptaw, PhD and the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM) in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine.
For more information, visit us at uclacbam.org/about-us/ucla-vine-street-clinic.