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Impacts and Sustainability of the CHA Asylum Program (CHAAP)

Nationwide, there is a backlog of 1.6 million asylum cases, with an average wait time of 1,621 days (1). Surprisingly, despite being a long-established destination for immigrants, Massachusetts has the…

Immigrant Integration and Volcano Snails

I recently learned about volcano snails, or scaly-foot gastropods. While not quite in love, I found myself deeply fascinated with these snails that have only been found at three hydrothermal…

The Art and Science of Listening in Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research is gaining popularity in research circles, which feels exciting and full of potential. However, my experience doing this work has shown me that to realize this potential, researchers…

Vote “Yes on 4” for National Immigrants Day

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…

Employee Spotlight Interview: Jessica Santos

How would you describe your role at ICH? My role at ICH is the inaugural Director of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research.  I envision this role as…

Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

During Hispanic Heritage Month we celebrate the culture of over 62 million people living in the United States. That is almost 19% of the US population! According to a recent…

Thanks-giving, Grief, and Community

This past weekend, I was part of a group reflecting on gratitude. I began this reflection unsure of whether I could muster anything beyond “I’m grateful that at least things…

Reflections on National Immigrant’s Day

Earlier this week the US celebrated National Immigrant’s Day. The week before, I found myself referring to my sons using a term, “boychick” --- and also found myself wondering where…

Reflections on Racial Justice and Health after attending RWJF’s Sharing Knowledge Conference

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the  Sharing Knowledge Conference held by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with AcademyHealth and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.…

Let’s talk about immigration policy changes and how they impact public health

I was recently asked to talk about immigrant health policy on Boston Public Radio. The hosts of the show were interested in learning about my research on the potential impacts…

Helping vulnerable populations, such as immigrants, through research and evaluation at the Institute for Community Health

"Pt's husband and father deported. Pt doing ok." The message came from a colleague who had seen my patient for an urgent visit. My heart drops every time I get…

Employee Spotlight Interview: Leah Zallman, MD, MPH

How would you describe your role at ICH? I have been at ICH since 2012 and I am currently the Assistant Director of Research. My responsibilities include advising and directing…

ICH Response to the DACA Program

At ICH, we would like to extend our support to the 800,000 young people affected by the recent decision about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA…

Meeting people where they are: How the radio is being used to eradicate health disparities among the Haitian population in Somerville, MA

As an ICH intern I have had the privilege of working on a number of projects, one of which was the Kwen Sante (Health Corner) radio show survey. This project, led by…