We are the HOPe lab at UC Merced. UC Merced is the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American university of the 21st century. As it is at all University of California campuses, research is the cornerstone of UC Merced. Our research lab was founded in 2018 as a research lab at UC Merced, investigating social factors and health in the Central Valley. The lab's research is focused on Housing, Opportunity, Place and Education, that's where the acronym HOPE come's from. At our lab, we are conducting interdisciplinary, groundbreaking research that will solve complex problems affecting the San Joaquin Valley, California and the world.