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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 of 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.

2019 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 first Annual Report our teams of faculty, students and community partners, have been busy with new and exciting programmatic and research efforts…


Zoë Harris and Taylor Smith awarded the MLK Fellowship

Zoë Harris (left) and Taylor Smith (right), two IHESJR Health Equity Interns, were awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship. This program is administered by the John D. O'Bryan African-American Institute and that provides six Northeastern University graduate student scholarships each year, covering full tuition and fees for the student’s graduate program. Zoë [...]

Highlighting Past Health Equity Interns

Health Equity Interns are undergraduate students that commit to helping the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research conduct research towards advancing health equity and social inclusion and reducing health disparities. Many of our interns graduate Northeastern University to do great things related to advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.  Here are what three graduates [...]

Alisa Lincoln, Suzanne Garverich, and Rachel Rodgers featured in Bouvé’s Women Who Inspire Series

Yesterday, July 30th, Bouvé hosted an installment within their Women Who Inspire series. This event featured Alisa Lincoln, the Director of the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice (IHESJR), Suzanne Garverich, the Assistant Program Director of IHESJR, and Rachel Rodgers, Associate Professor in Applied Psychology and an Institute Faculty Scholar. This installment of the Women [...]

Announcing the Summer 2020 Advancing Health Equity Pilot Awards

The Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research is committed to supporting work which advances the goals of health equity for diverse populations made vulnerable through marginalization and exclusion both locally and globally.    In addition, the Institute seeks to diversity the pool of research active faculty and support junior faculty as they develop their [...]