About the Office of Social Justice

We must achieve more equitable access to healthcare for all people. The Office of Social Justice uses a social justice lens, which allows us to consider not only what goes on in the clinic, but also what happens in the rest of people’s lives, to address health equity in a more holistic way.”

Ricky Bluthenthal

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine; Associate Dean for Social Justice


The mission of the Office of Social Justice is to ensure equity and fair access to healthcare and health promoting institutions. The Office takes action toward this goal by training Keck School of Medicine students, staff and faculty on social justice issues, implementing collaborations and clinics that address social determinants of health and barriers to care, recognizing and celebrating social justice practitioners in the Keck community, and using research and evaluation to establish the effectiveness of a social justice approach to health.

Programs currently in development include “come as you are” clinics, community health screenings, Keck School of Medicine Neighborhood Health Initiative and training on implicit bias, structural competence, trauma informed care, cultural humility, anti-racism, white allyship and policy advocacy.

Social Justice in Health Video