Who We Are
The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research partners with immigrant communities, advocates, policymakers, and social and health systems on actionable research to improve immigrant health and well-being.
Led by Dr. Jessica Santos, we are a group of social scientists and public health researchers who conduct rigorous mixed methods research to answer relevant questions about the health of immigrants and communities. We work in partnership with funders, advocates, health systems, and immigrant communities to develop and conduct actionable, high-impact research to advance policy that supports immigrant health and health equity.
The Leah Zallman Center is a research center at the Institute for Community Health (ICH). The Center is proud to build on ICH’s long history of using participatory methods to ensure that community voices in research are amplified to the state and national level as part of evidence-based policymaking.
A research partnership with the Institute for Community Health on our New American Cities project allows us to evaluate the refugee and immigrant employment landscape to learn how we can best serve our clients through community health, belonging, economic empowerment, and supporting career pathways that allow them to not just survive, but really to thrive.
Krish O’Mara Vignarajah
President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Check out our FY23 Annual Report!
2023 was a pivotal year for Massachusetts policymakers, healthcare providers, advocates, lawyers, and social service organizations focused on immigrant well-being. At the Leah Zallman Center (LZC), we see and support those who are working day to day on the ground to welcome immigrants, and are honored to partner on action research to enact long-term, structural changes in our institutions and communities. Learn more by reading our FY23 annual report here.