Message from our President

Jay Wechsler

Fifty years ago, a group of university professors and social activists started on a journey to address the social issues of the 1960s. Today, University Research Co., LLC (URC) has grown into a global company of more than 1,200 employees with offices in over 45 countries. Although the organization has transformed and grown far beyond those early days, our drive to empower communities and systems to adopt change that matters in health, education, and social services remains constant.

URC has always been dedicated to a rigorous, evidence-based approach to addressing social challenges. Our company and non-profit affiliate Center for Human Services have historically been at the forefront of public and private sector efforts to introduce change and innovative approaches based on evidence and operations research to assure results that can be rapidly brought to full scale.

We started in 1965 by employing neighborhood workers to engage local anti-poverty and community action agencies; spearheading a national effort to improve job competencies of early childhood educators in Head Start programs; introducing new concepts of para-professional careers in health systems; and developing innovations in alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Today, we have projects as varied as introducing the science of quality improvement to healthcare systems at the facility and community level in developing countries; preventing and treating tuberculosis, HIV and malaria; ensuring the sustainable availability of essential nutrition and livelihoods for a generation of HIV patients; and providing basic literacy skills for immigrants to the US as well as improving reading skills of children around the world.

We look forward to working with our many partners, from small communities to national governments and industry, to launch URC into its next decades of growth. Just as our founders could not have foreseen the scourge of HIV or the exciting advent of electronic health technologies, we will certainly face challenges—and opportunities—that we cannot imagine today. Our success will rest in our continued dedication to our mission: providing innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide.

Jay S. Wechsler