Welcome to our research lab

We Investigate Social Factors and Health

We are the Housing, Opportunity and Place (HOPe) Lab. We are a research center at the University of California Merced investigating key social factors affecting health, as well as health inequities in the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of California.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Irene Yen

I'm the Principal Investigator and Director of the Lab. I'm a social epidemiologist, a public health professor at the University of California Merced and a Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leadership fellow. My research is currently centered on the question of how place influences health. That is, how things like housing, opportunity, place and education affect health. 
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Irene Yen

Our Research Projects

Valley Hope Initiative

A community driven data collection project aimed at collecting household-level data on health and health outcomes with a focus on improving county-level ownership of public health data.

Education Trajectories

An NIH funded study investigating the paths people take to complete their education, how it differs by sex, race/ethnicity, and family circumstances, and what the effect of different trajectories is on health outcomes.

Nicotine and Cannabis Policy

The NCPC is funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Dr. Yen is working as the lead of the training core aiming to address the gaps in nicotine and cannabis control efforts.

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