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Refugee, Immigrant, and Global Health For more than a decade, the institute has organized interdisciplinary research teams to improve the lives of refugee and immigrant populations. Working in partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, we recently received federal funding to explore discrimination and health issues among Somali refugees. Another current project involves the impact that sanctuary cities have on health and well-being have on its communities.
Violence Prevention and Trauma Studies The institute conducts research on the cause and prevention of violence, including child abuse, youth violence, sexual assault, community violence, and intimate partner/teen dating violence. We evaluate the effectiveness of proposed interventions and develop new interventions based on an ecological approach to environmental, social, and individual determinants of violence.
Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab Northeastern’s Public Evaluation Lab provides program consultations with community organizations and faculty researchers, so they can enhance the lives of the people they serve. Evaluations can assess operations, resources, services, benchmarking, outcomes, impact, and more. In addition, our interdisciplinary faculty can help organizations hone funding proposals that are essential to carrying out their mission.
Public Mental Health and Substance Abuse The institute is home to national thought leaders in behavioral health research, with a special emphasis on mental health and substance abuse. We explore how stigma, discrimination, and socioeconomic factors affect access to education, employment, and medical health. The institute also promotes public involvement in our research through community-based participatory research methods.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Institute faculty research how social and economic factors influence health and disease prevention. Currently, we are focused on HIV/AIDS, obesity, and Hepatitis C, as well as how racial and ethnic disparities affect pregnancy outcomes across generations.

Institute for Health, Equity, and Social Justice (IHESJR)

Disparities in health and mental health arise and persist as the result of complex individual, societal, and global factors. We bring together faculty and students from across Northeastern University, along with external research partners, to tackle these complex challenges. Our teams draw upon a wide range of research methods and interventions, but share a common commitment to promoting health equity and social justice through high-impact, community engaged research.

Health Equity Intern Opportunity

Health Equity Interns are Northeastern University undergraduate students who commit to working four hours a week during one academic semester at the Institute on Health Equity and Social Justice Research in its mission of conducting research towards advancing health equity and social inclusion and reducing health disparities.  Opportunities are available for interns to continue an affiliation with the Institute once the semester internship is completed.

2020 Annual Report

This has been an exciting and productive year for us at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. As you will see in this second Annual Report our teams of faculty, students and community partners, have been busy with new and exciting programmatic and research efforts…


Childcare is a Business Issue? Harvard Business Review Article

Director of the Institute, Alisa Lincoln, along with Northeastern faculty Alicia Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs,  and Jamie Ladge, Associate Professor of Management recently had an article, Childcare Is a Business Issue, featured in the Harvard Business Review. The article explores childcare as a shared business issue rather than an individual family issue and […]

New Publication From Faculty Scholar Dani Snyder-Young

Faculty scholar, Dr. Dani Snyder Young, Assistant Professor of Theater College of Arts, Media, and Design, recently published a paper titled, Recovery capital and collaborative theatre making: how actors in recovery from substance addiction value their participation in addiction prevention plays. The paper focuses on identifying benefits that those recovering from substance abuse can gain by participating in theater-based support programs like Improbable Players. It also recognizes the four key […]

Recent Publication from Affiliated Faculty Wallis Adams and Director Alisa Lincoln

Wallis Adams (IHESJR Affiliated Faculty) and Alisa Lincoln’s (Director of IHESJR) article, “Barriers to and Facilitators of Implementing Peer Support Services for Criminal Justice–Involved Individuals”, was recently published in Psychiatric Services. It is a qualitative study exploring factors associated with the adoption, implementation and maintenance of community-based peer support services for justice-involved individuals, also known […]

Former HEI Sophie Wiltshire Featured in Online Florida Paper

Sophie Wiltshire is a recent Bouvé​ College of Health Sciences’ graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She was recently feature​d in St. Pete Catalyst, a local Florida news platform. During her time as an undergraduate student​at Northeastern University, Sophie had the opportunity to intern at Daystar Life Center which is dedicated […]