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.
News and Updates From the Blog
By Jessica Santos, PhD, Director of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research
Two years ago, physician and public health researcher Dr. Leah Zallman wrote this beautiful blog sharing her reflections on National Immigrants Day. She reminded us how we are all interconnected and encouraged us to exercise our right and privilege to vote on Election Day.
A story on the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research was recently published in Wicked Local – Somerville Journal. The article includes snippets from an interview with Dr. Jessica Santos, director of the Leah Zallman Center, and highlights from the February...
Dr. Sarah Kimball co-authors editorial in Addiction on intersection of immigration status and substance use disorder
Dr. Sarah Kimball, a member of the Leah Zallman Center Advisory Council, recently co-authored an editorial in Addiction entitled "Immigration status matters: the intersectional risk of immigration vulnerability and substance use disorder." The editorial highlights...