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03/15/2024

Spotlight on Access to Care: Immigrant Access to Health Care in Massachusetts

In this Spotlight, we provide an overview of Massachusetts’ current eligibility landscape and outline the barriers that immigrants face when they seek access to quality care, highlighting the case of…
Publication
02/12/2024

From Fear to Trust

The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute for Community Health and No Kid Hungry are proud to jointly release From Fear to Trust: Community-led Solutions to Increase Food…
News
02/01/2024

Winter 2024 Newsletter

2024 is likely to show us just how far U.S. political candidates (on all sides of the political spectrum) will go to weaponize immigration and use immigration policy as a…
NewsPublication
01/29/2024

Manchester, NH, ESOL Needs Analysis

In collaboration with Southern New Hampshire University’s Center for New Americans and the New Hampshire Equity Collective (EqColl), the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute…
Project
01/15/2024

Strategic Planning with SomerViva: Office of Immigrant Affairs

LZC and ICH are facilitating a strategic planning process with the City of Somerville's SomerViva: Office of Immigrant Affairs (SOIA).
Blog
01/02/2024

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…
NewsPublication
12/18/2023

Spotlight on Asylum: Health Equity and Care for Asylum Seekers in Massachusetts

The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute for Community Health is proud to release Spotlight on Asylum: Health Equity and Care for Asylum Seekers in…
NewsAnnual Report
12/05/2023

Fall 2023 Leah Zallman Center 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…
Project
11/30/2023

Evaluation of the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Immigrant Economic Recovery Initiative

LZC is the methodology and evaluation partner on the City of Boston's COVID-19 Immigrant Economic Recovery Initiative.
Blog
11/20/2023

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…
Publication
11/20/2023

New American Cities

The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute for Community Health and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) are proud to jointly release New American Cities: Building Pathways to Refugee Economic…
Project
10/30/2023

Evaluation of the Nutrition in Housing (NIH) program

LZC and ICH are conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of Nutrition in Housing (NIH), a pilot program from Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry focused on integrating nutrition assistance and…
Project
08/31/2023

Technical Assistance for MIRA’s Immigrant Assistance Services Program

The Leah Zallman Center is providing technical assistance services to the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) to learn from MIRA's new pilot program, Immigrant Assistance Services (IAS).
News
08/31/2023

Summer 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends, I hope that you have all enjoyed some moments of connection, warmth, and joy this summer. We are closing out a busy and exciting season here at LZC,…
Blog
08/02/2023

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…
Publication
07/21/2023

Healthcare Training Tracking: A Key Intervention Point to Improve Racial Equity in the Healthcare Workforce

Researchers at Brandeis University's Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE), including Dr. Jessica Santos, LZC director and visiting scholar at Brandeis, have released a new report entitled Healthcare Training…
Project
07/05/2023

Southern New Hampshire University ESOL Community Needs Analysis

The Leah Zallman Center is partnering with Southern New Hampshire University’s Center for New Americans and New Hampshire Equity Collective to conduct an analysis of English language instruction needs for…
Publication
06/30/2023

Measuring Well-being

Measuring Well-being is a reference list for researchers and organizations wishing to measure the impact of mental health and well-being interventions for immigrant populations. Developed as a companion resource to…
News
06/30/2023

The Leah Zallman Center releases Measuring Well-being, a reference list of mental health and well-being scales for immigrant communities!

The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute for Community Health (ICH) and the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational research (ADAPT) Coalition at the…
Project
06/23/2023

Evaluation of MOIA’s Weaving Well-being Initiative

LZC is evaluating the City of Boston Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement's (MOIA) Weaving Well-being initiative. Weaving Well-being aims to support immigrant-serving community-based organizations in caring for their staff and…
News
04/30/2023

Power in Listening: LZC’s Spring 2023 Event

Over 100 researchers, clinicians, policymakers, immigrant leaders, and advocates gathered in Cambridge and virtually on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, for our Spring event, “Power in Listening.” Scroll through to experience…
Publication
03/01/2023

Weaving Well-being: A New Paradigm for Community Mental Health and Wellness

Immigrant families in Boston faced significant challenges during the past two-and-a-half years of COVID-19 and engaged in many different collective forms of care, healing, and advocacy. In April 2022, MOIA…
Publication
03/01/2023

Weaving Well-being: A New Paradigm for Community Mental Health and Wellness: Executive Summary

Immigrant families in Boston faced significant challenges during the past two-and-a-half years of COVID-19 and engaged in many different collective forms of care, healing, and advocacy. In April 2022, MOIA…
News
02/07/2023

Register for LZC’s “Power in Listening” Event

Join us for the Leah Zallman Center event titled "Power in Listening" on March 15th from 9-11am. This participatory forum will focus on research, strategy, and immigrant health. The event…
Project
01/05/2023

Capacity Building for Asylum Medicine at CHA and Beyond

LZC is conducting a study of the Cambridge Health Alliance's Asylum Program's (CHAAP) asylum medicine residency elective in partnership with CHAAP and the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy…
News
11/01/2022

Fall 2022 Leah Zallman Center annual report

Read the Fall 2022 Leah Zallman Center annual report (FY22) from our first year to learn more about who we are and how we do our work:
Blog
10/28/2022

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…
Project
10/15/2022

Bioethics in Community Health: Understanding Ethical Challenges of Community Health Centers

The Leah Zallman Center is working with The Hastings Center on a research study to explore the bioethical challenges that clinicians and staff face at community health centers across the…
Project
06/30/2022

Strategies for Thawing the Chilling Effect: Increasing Understanding and Uptake of Public Benefits in Immigrant Communities

The Leah Zallman Center is partnering with No Kid Hungry to evaluate grants aimed at addressing food insecurity in immigrant communities and thawing the chilling effects of the public charge…
Project
05/25/2022

Evaluation of the City of Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement’s (MOIA) Immigrant Mental Health Initiative

The Leah Zallman Center is conducting a participatory evaluation of the City of Boston Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement's (MOIA) pilot initiative on advancing immigrant mental health.
Project
04/05/2022

Participatory Policymaking Methods for Economic Justice

The Leah Zallman Center is partnering with Neighborhood Partnerships to create and institutionalize a participatory policymaking advisory council to elevate the concerns of immigrants and other marginalized groups in setting…
Project
03/05/2022

HEAL Winchendon Evaluation

The Leah Zallman Center is conducting a developmental evaluation with the HEAL Winchendon coalition, looking at how the growth of social, financial, and community assets improve the health and well-being…
News
02/23/2022

In the news: Leah Zallman Center featured in Wicked Local – Somerville Journal

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,…
News
02/22/2022

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."…
Project
02/15/2022

Understanding disparities in substance use disorder treatment among patients at Mass General Brigham

ICH is conducting a qualitative research study to understand the drivers of disparities in substance use disorder treatment among Black and Latinx patients at Mass General Brigham.
News
02/15/2022

ICH Launches Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research

Interdisciplinary center honoring the memory of noted physician and researcher hosts virtual kickoff celebration on February 15 MALDEN, Mass. The Institute for Community Health (ICH), a nonprofit consulting organization co-founded by…
News
02/15/2022

In the news: Press coverage of the Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research

The upcoming launch of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research has been covered by Boston.com and El Planeta. The Center will launch with a virtual kickoff celebration on Tuesday, February 15,…
News
02/15/2022

Launch of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research!

Last Wednesday, friends, family, and colleagues of the late Dr. Leah Zallman gathered to celebrate the launch of the new Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.…
Project
01/24/2022

Developing an EHR Tool for Reporting How Patients’ Language Needs Are Met

ICH provided TA to support the development and refinement of the Language Services Data Tool (LSDT) at Cambridge Health Alliance. The LSDT enables standardized documentation of how language needs are…
Project
01/24/2022

Evaluation of the Voices for Health Justice Program

ICH is evaluating the Voices for Health Justice program. Voices seeks to build power in communities experiencing health inequities to improve the health care system’s accessibility, affordability, and ability to…
Project
01/24/2022

Community-engaged research to explore the impact of the Everett casino in surrounding communities

ICH is working with NORC on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) study to explore the impacts of the Encore Boston Harbor Casino on the surrounding communities.
Project
01/24/2022

Evaluation of the English for Parents (EFP) program

ICH is the evaluator for the English for Parents (EFP) program. EFP aims to support parents whose children are in the Somerville public school system by providing classes that equip…
Project
01/24/2022

A community-engaged process to improve infectious disease surveillance data collection

ICH will be working with the MA Department of Public Health to gather community input to inform improvements to infectious disease surveillance data collection processes for immigrant populations.
News
11/05/2021

Remembering Leah Zallman

Today marks the one year anniversary of Leah Zallman's death. Please read our last newsletter as we continue to celebrate her life, and look forward to the future of ICH and the Leah…
Publication
11/01/2021

“Like we are family”: Using qualitative methods to understand strategies for engaging patients in community-based latent TB infection treatment

Quantitative epidemiological data are essential for evaluating progress towards goals for many public health programs but cannot always provide a detailed picture of how and why outcomes occur. By marrying…
Blog
10/19/2021

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…
Blog
10/18/2021

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…
Publication
09/01/2021

Consumer Voices for Innovation 2.0 Evaluation Report

Consumer Voices for Innovation 2.0 Evaluation Report. Carolyn Fisher, Sofia Ladner.
News
08/17/2021

Jessica Santos, PhD, will join ICH as the inaugural Director of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research

We are excited to announce that Jessica Santos, PhD, has accepted the position of inaugural Director of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research at ICH, beginning October 1st.…
Publication
08/01/2021

Immigrant Essential Workers Likely Avoided Medicaid And SNAP Because Of A Change To The Public Charge Rule

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, essential workers have provided health care, food, and other necessities, often incurring considerable risk. At the pandemic’s start, the federal government was in…
News
07/21/2021

ICH’s Sharon Touw participated in a Health Affairs briefing on immigrant health research and policy

Sharon Touw, ICH Epidemiologist, participated in a Health's Affair briefing on immigrant health in July, along with six other immigrant health researchers and experts. Sharon discussed ICH's research on the…
News
05/25/2021

Yahoo Finance highlights ICH’s research on immigrant contributions to the health care system

Yahoo Finance highlighted ICH's recent research on immigrant contributions to the American health care system. This work was started by ICH's late Director of Research Leah Zallman, who passed away…
Publication
04/02/2021

Immigrants Contribute More in Private Insurance Premiums than they Receive in Benefits

New research from ICH, City University of New York, and Harvard Medical School suggests that immigrants may contribute more in premiums and taxes to the health care economy than they…
Publication
04/01/2021

How Immigrants Subsidize Medicare’s Trust Fund for All U.S. Seniors

New research from ICH, City University of New York, and Harvard Medical School highlights U.S. immigrants’ outsized contributions to Medicare, illustrating that immigrants—including undocumented immigrants—use relatively little health care.
Publication
12/01/2020

Comparison of Use of Health Care Services and Spending for Unauthorized Immigrants vs Authorized Immigrants or US Citizens Using a Machine Learning Model

Importance  Knowledge about use of health care services (health care utilization) and expenditures among unauthorized immigrant populations is uncertain because of limitations in ascertaining legal status in population data. Objective  To examine…
Blog
11/24/2020

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…
News
11/09/2020

In memoriam: Leah Zallman, MD, MPH

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Leah Zallman passed away on November 5th from injuries sustained in an accident earlier last week. Leah was ICH's…
Blog
10/30/2020

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…
Project
10/30/2020

Process Evaluation of Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center’s Complex Care Program

ICH did a mixed methods process evaluation and developed recommendations for the Complex Care Program at Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center.
News
10/22/2020

Leah Zallman presents research on immigrant health and equity

Leah Zallman, ICH Director of Research, recently gave two presentations on her immigrant health research. On October 15th, Leah presented findings of her research on contributions of Massachusetts immigrants to…
Project
10/20/2020

Uncertainty over DACA and mental health among eligible immigrants and their children

ICH’s Director of Research Leah Zallman and Epidemiologist Lynsie Ranker contributed to the first national examination of changes in mental health status for Hispanic DACA-eligible individuals and their children after…
Project
10/20/2020

Unauthorized Immigrants Prolong the Life of Medicare’s Trust Fund

ICH led a study on Medicare Trust Fund contributions and withdrawals by unauthorized immigrants.
Project
10/20/2020

Affordability of and Access to Health Insurance Among Immigrants After Massachusetts Health Reform

ICH Director of Research Leah Zallman was the senior author on a study that aimed to understand immigrants’ perceptions of affordability of insurance and knowledge of insurance after health reforms…
Project
10/20/2020

Barriers to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants

ICH Director of Research Leah Zallman was the senior author on a paper reviewing literature on barriers to health care for undocumented immigrants and identifying strategies for addressing these barriers.
Project
10/20/2020

Medical Expenditures on and by Immigrant Populations in the United States

ICH Director of Research Leah Zallman contributed to a literature review that aimed to compare health care expenditures of U.S. immigrants to those of U.S.-born individuals, and evaluate the role…
Project
10/20/2020

Understanding immigrants’ perceptions of police interactions in the Everett, MA community

ICH provided technical assistance to guide a focus group process on police relationships with immigrant communities in Everett, MA
Project
10/20/2020

Impact of ICE on health: perceptions of immigrants in Everett, MA

ICH staff were senior authors of a study that used community-based participatory research to investigate the impact of enhanced immigration enforcement on immigrant health in Everett, MA.
Project
10/20/2020

Provider’s perspectives on the impact of ICE on immigrant health

ICH staff led a study to understand the impact of ICE activities on immigrant health from the perspective of health care providers.
Project
10/20/2020

Investigating the myth of the “model minority”: a participatory community health assessment of Chinese and Vietnamese adults

ICH led a cross-sectional participatory community health assessment in a city in Massachusetts, to understand differences and similarities in demographics, health and healthcare access in Chinese and Vietnamese adults.
Project
10/20/2020

Perceptions of contributing factors to severe COVID-19 hospitalization among Hispanic and Spanish speaking patients

ICH and CHA researchers are conducting qualitative interviews with Hispanic and Spanish-speaking CHA patients to better understand pathways for preventing severe disease.
Project
10/20/2020

Immigrant contributions to and expenditures from the US healthcare economy

ICH is leading a study to estimate immigrant contributions, expenditures and net contributions to the US healthcare economy as a whole
News
09/18/2020

Leah Zallman joins the editorial board of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management

Leah Zallman, MD, MPH, became part of the editorial board of Journal of Ambulatory Care Management this September. Congratulations Leah!
Project
08/28/2020

Impact of immigration policy changes on missed primary care visits: a quasi-experimental evaluation

ICH analyzed missed appointment prevalence in primary care at two safety-net hospitals in Massachusetts, prior to and following 2017 immigration policy changes, among patients most affected by these changes relative…
Project
08/24/2020

Evaluation support for CHA’s Wellness Initiative

ICH is providing planning and program evaluation services to Cambridge Health Alliance’s Wellness Initiative to support their goal of improving workforce wellness.
News
08/19/2020

Leah Zallman invited as speaker at The Weitzman Institute

Leah Zallman, MD, MPH, was invited to speak at at The Weitzman Institute and gave a talk entitled "Moving upstream: addressing social needs and considering immigration as a social determinant…
Project
08/19/2020

E-Consults at CHA: Recommendations from a qualitative study of provider perspectives

ICH conducted a qualitative study with Cambridge Health Alliance primary care providers to understand their perspectives on the e-consult programs available to them.
News
08/18/2020

Leah Zallman quoted in Boston Globe article about food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Boston Globe showcased an initiative spearheaded by Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) primary care physician Amy Smith, MD, MPH, to provide food assistance to patients and their families who have…
Publication
08/12/2020

Uncertainty Over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Mental Health in Eligible Adults and Their Children

Research Objective: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has led to economic, educational, and mental health gains for recipients and their children. The summer of 2015 ushered in a period of…
News
08/12/2020

ICH presents immigrant health research at the Academy Health Research Meeting

ICH presented a study entitled "Uncertainty over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Mental Health in Eligible Adults and Their Children” at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting meeting…
News
07/31/2020

Leah Zallman invited to help plan an upcoming issue of Health Affairs

Leah Zallman was invited as a thought leader on immigrant health to participate in a planning meeting for an upcoming issue of Health Affairs. She met with other thought leaders from across…
Project
07/27/2020

Understanding enrollment experiences of dually eligible patients

ICH his providing qualitative research expertise to Community Catalyst on their project to study the care management enrollment experiences of patients dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare in California, Ohio,…
Project
07/16/2020

Care For America’s Elderly And Disabled People Relies On Immigrant Labor

ICH conducted an analysis of nationally representative data that showed that immigrants fill a disproportionate share of health care and direct care jobs in the US.
Project
07/16/2020

Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force Evaluation

ICH is working with the Lawrence MHTF to evaluate their working groups’ efforts and develop an online data dashboard to share secondary data on the health needs of Lawrence and…
Project
06/22/2020

Boston Overdose Linkage to Treatment Study (BOLTS)

ICH is partnering with the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, and BU School of Public Health to conduct a qualitative research study examining racial/ethnic inequities in access to…
Project
05/22/2020

Evaluation of the Community Solutions for Health Equity (CSHE) Program

Funded with a grant from the RWJF, ICH is evaluating the CSHE program. This program aims to work with populations affected by structural racism and other inequitable policies, supporting community…
News
05/14/2020

AEA365 blog features post by ICH’s Leah Zallman

Earlier this week, the American Evaluation Association's blog, AEA365, featured a post by ICH's Leah Zallman. Leah shared tricks and tips about advocacy evaluation. Read the post, "Advocacy Evaluation is…
News
04/23/2020

ICH’s Leah Zallman co-authors new piece in STAT News

ICH's Leah Zallman co-authored an opinion piece in STAT News that discusses Cambridge Health Alliance's community management model as an innovative and successful way to combat COVID-19. The STAT News…
News
04/16/2020

Los Angeles Times article quotes ICH’s Leah Zallman

A recent Los Angeles Times article quotes ICH’s Leah Zallman on her preparation and flexibility to join clinically in the fight against COVID-19. The Los Angeles Times article, “This is…
Blog
03/11/2020

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.…
News
03/06/2020

Leah Zallman was a panelist at the 2020 ProudtobeGIM event on Practical Skills for Patient and Policy Advocacy

On February 26th, ICH's Leah Zallman was a panelist at the 2020 ProudtobeGIM event on Practical Skills for Patient and Policy Advocacy. The event was hosted by Harvard Medical School's…
News
03/06/2020

Leah Zallman attending RWJF Sharing Knowledge Conference on Racial Justice and Health

ICH's Director of Research, Leah Zallman, is attending the invitation-only Sharing Knowledge Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. This conference is held by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with AcademyHealth…
News
01/23/2020

Leah Zallman work cited in U.S. Supreme Court Amici brief

Yesterday, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist filed an amici brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the motion…
News
01/22/2020

ICH is awarded new grant from California Health Care Foundation

ICH was recently awarded a grant from the California Health Care Foundation to examine immigrants' contributions in the US healthcare economy. This work will build on prior ICH work that…
News
01/16/2020

Leah Zallman joins state Advisory Council

Leah Zallman has been selected to join the Health Equity Subcommittee of the  Massachusetts Delivery System Reform Implementation Advisory Council. MassHealth has formed this subcommittee of the Delivery System Reform…
News
01/13/2020

Leah Zallman presented Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins and a Brown Bag at the Urban Institute

This past weekend, ICH’s Leah Zallman presented Grand Rounds at the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine on “Immigrants and health care: who gives?”. On the same day, Leah Zallman also…
Project
12/24/2019

Evaluation technical assistance for the MassLeague of Community Health Centers

ICH is providing assessment and evaluation technical assistance to the MassLeague of Community Health Centers to support their Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs.
Publication
12/04/2019

Finding the meaning in the numbers: a mixed-methods evaluation of a latent tuberculosis infection testing and treatment program

The Institute for Community Health was the evaluator for a demonstration project at a Massachusetts community health center that aimed to increase testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI)…
Project
11/27/2019

Evaluating an Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education Fellowship

ICH conducted a formative evaluation of a new art museum-based health professions education fellowship.
Project
11/22/2019

Community engagement workshop for Maine Medical Center

ICH designed and facilitated a 2-day workshop at Maine Medical Center on how to define and measure community engagement.
News
11/14/2019

Washington Post article cites ICH immigrant research

A recent Washington Post article cites a research article by ICH's Leah Zallman titled, "Care For America's Elderly and Disabled People Relies on Immigrant Labor." The Washington Post article, "The…
Publication
10/24/2019

Implementing an electronic system to screen and actively refer to community based agencies for food insecurity in primary care

Key takeaways: Social needs screening in primary care at safety net institutions is feasible, and is also acceptable to primary care staff. Referring patients with food insecurity to a community-based…
News
10/22/2019

Leah Zallman quoted in CommonWealth Magazine article

ICH's Leah Zallman was quoted in a CommonWealth Magazine article titled, "Trump: No health insurance, no visa." The article debunks statements made by the Trump administration about the strain placed…
Project
10/21/2019

Evaluation of the Consumer Voices for Innovation 2.0 (CVI 2.0) Program

ICH is the evaluator for the CVI 2.0 program, which funds community-based organizations to organize consumers to advocate for policies and programs that expand how the healthcare sector addresses the…
Project
10/21/2019

Impact of proposed ‘public charge’ rule on immigrant health in Eastern Massachusetts

This qualitative study will examine the impact of the proposed ‘public charge’ rule on health among immigrants in Eastern Massachusetts and will identify paths forward to mitigate impact.
News
10/07/2019

Leah Zallman is a panelist at “Becoming a Global Citizen” conference

This past weekend, ICH's Leah Zallman participated in a panel discussion at "Becoming a Global Citizen: Analyzing Immigrant and Refugee Health," a conference hosted by Timmy Global Health at Boston…
News
09/27/2019

Carrie Fisher and Leah Zallman present on national webinar about consumer engagement

On September 25, ICH's Carrie Fisher and Leah Zallman presented on a national webinar hosted by Grantmakers in Health. The webinar was titled, "Rhetoric to Reality: Meaningful Consumer Engagement in…
News
09/16/2019

CNN article features ICH’s Leah Zallman

ICH's Leah Zallman was featured in a CNN article published last week titled, "Democrats want to give to offer healthcare to undocumented immigrants. Here's what that means." Drawing on her…
News
09/16/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman writes op-ed on public charge rule

In an op-ed titled, "New public charge rule amounts to child abuse," ICH's Leah Zallman argues that the Trump administration's public charge rule causes serious, criminal harm to immigrants and…
Project
09/04/2019

Evaluating steps to college success in Cambridge

ICH is working with the Cambridge Office of College Success on a mixed-methods evaluation to investigate the impact of coaching and other supports on low-income students’ progress, persistence, and performance…
Project
09/04/2019

Agenda for Children Program Evaluation

For over 15 years, ICH has been the evaluator for Agenda For Children, a literacy initiative of the City of Cambridge. ICH has helped AFC program staff track participation and…
News
08/19/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman quoted in VICE article about public charge rule

Last week, an article by CHA physician Adam Gaffney called, “Trump Is Scaring Immigrants Away from Healthcare Services to Help the Rich,” was published in VICE. The article demonstrates how…
Blog
08/09/2019

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…
News
08/02/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman speaks on Boston Public Radio

On July 26th, ICH's Leah Zallman joined Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss her research on both the implications of the "public charge" rule on…
Publication
07/04/2019

Implications of Changing Public Charge Immigration Rules for Children Who Need Medical Care

Importance  In October 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule change that would increase the chance of an immigrant being deemed a “public charge” and thereby denied legal permanent residency…
News
07/02/2019

ICH’s public charge research gains wide coverage

A recently published research study by ICH’s Leah Zallman and Sharon Touw finds devastating implications for children who need medical care with the implementation of the public charge rule. The…
Publication
06/20/2019

Language Access QI Tools for Safe Communication with LEP Patients

Patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) face communication barriers that can have adverse effects on safety and quality of care. Language access data collection and analysis is necessary to identify…
News
06/19/2019

CNN features ICH immigrant research

A recent CNN article cites the research study by ICH’s Leah Zallman, “Care for America’s Elderly and Disabled People Relies on Immigrant Labor.” The CNN Politics article, “Why Trump’s immigrant…
News
06/10/2019

ICH’s immigrant research gains wide news coverage

A research study by ICH’s Leah Zallman and Sharon Touw, along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School, has gained significant news coverage. The article, “Care For America’s Elderly and Disabled…
Publication
06/05/2019

Care For America’s Elderly And Disabled People Relies On Immigrant Labor

As the US wrestles with immigration policy and caring for an aging population, data on immigrants’ role as health care and long-term care workers can inform both debates. Previous studies…
Project
06/01/2019

Changing Public Charge Immigration Rules: The Potential Impact on Children Who Need Care

This study examines the potential impact of a proposed change to the "public charge" immigration rule on benefit use for children who need care.
News
05/22/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman to present at Health Affairs Briefing

On June 4th, Leah Zallman will be presenting at a Health Affairs Briefing on Community Care for High-Need Patients. Leah will be discussing her research, conducted with ICH's Sharon Touw…
News
05/22/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman participates in Primary Care/Preventive Medicine career panel

On May 14th, Leah Zallman participated in a Primary Care/Preventive Medicine Career Panel hosted by Boston Medical Center. She discussed the importance of promoting preventive medicine in her role as…
News
05/08/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman speaking at multiple events

On April 17th, ICH’s Leah Zallman spoke to CHA child and adolescent psychiatry fellows about the need for healthcare providers to consider social determinants of health in their practice. This…
Project
05/08/2019

Evaluation of JRI’s Metropolitan Boston Complex Trauma Treatment Initiative (MB-CTTI)

ICH is working with the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) and associated organizations on a mixed methods evaluation examining implementation of evidence-based practices for trauma-informed care.
Publication
05/03/2019

Reducing the Use of ad hoc Interpreters at a Safety-Net Health Care System

Background Providing effective communication assistance is critical to ensuring that patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) receive safe and high-quality health care services. Health care providers often use ad hoc interpreters…
News
04/09/2019

ICH’s Leah Zallman teaches in HMS Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety course

Last week, ICH's Leah Zallman led a guest lecture about social determinants of health for a Patient Engagement Course taught by CHA's Maren Batalden. The course is offered as part…
News
03/06/2019

ICH’s immigrant health research featured on Public Health Post and FactCheck.org

A research article by ICH’s Leah Zallman, Sharon Touw, and Karen Finnegan, along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School, was featured recently on the Boston University School of Public Health’s…
Project
01/08/2019

Downloadable data briefs on social determinants of health

ICH has published a series of data briefs highlighting data on social determinants of health in Massachusetts, with accompanying data tables with community-level information.
Project
12/17/2018

Evaluating the impact of a mobile food market intervention

ICH is providing data expertise and support to the Greater Boston Food Bank and partners in assessing the implementation and impact of a mobile food market at Revere Health Center.
Project
12/11/2018

Data Services for HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management

ICH assists Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) to manage quarterly data reporting on services received by patients with HIV/AIDS. This includes cleaning, recoding, consolidating, and uploading data to a centralized system,…
Project
12/05/2018

Healthy Malden and Everett

ICH is evaluating a substance use and HIV/Hepatitis C prevention initiative for youth and young adults in Malden and Everett
News
11/29/2018

Leah Zallman shares immigrant health expertise at RWJF and Harvard events

Earlier this week, ICH's Director of Research Leah Zallman attended an invitation-only event sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled "Setting the Course for Health Equity Research". Leah was…
News
11/16/2018

Leah Zallman featured on AcademyHealth blog

Leah Zallman was recently featured as a guest author on AcademyHealth's blog. Leah wrote about her research showing that immigrants pay more in private insurance premiums than they receive in…
Publication
11/15/2018

Public Charge Rule Could Prompt Up to 455,000 California Kids Who Need Care to Leave Medi-Cal

New research from the Institute for Community Health estimates that the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the public charge rule could prompt 195,000 to 455,000 California children in need of medical attention…
News
11/09/2018

Leah Zallman featured at MLP Boston’s annual conference

ICH's Leah Zallman was a featured panelist at the Medical Legal Partnership of Boston’s annual conference entitled “Beyond Screen and Refer: What Social Determinants of Health Teams Serving Immigrants Need…
Publication
10/31/2018

Changing Public Charge Immigration Rules: The Potential Impact on Children Who Need Care

The Trump administration published on October 10 a proposed rule change (PDF) that would increase the chance of an immigrant being determined to be a public charge and therefore being…
News
10/24/2018

New immigration policy research from ICH published by California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation published a new research study by ICH's Leah Zallman and Karen Finnegan along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School. The research analyzes how a proposed…
News
10/04/2018

ICH’s immigrant research is featured in local and national news

A new research study by ICH’s Leah Zallman, Sharon Touw, and Karen Finnegan along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School has been covered by several local and national news media…
Publication
10/03/2018

Immigrants Pay More In Private Insurance Premiums Than They Receive In Benefits

As US policy makers tackle immigration reform, knowing whether immigrants are a burden on the nation’s health care system can inform the debate. Previous studies have indicated that immigrants contribute…
News
10/02/2018

New immigrant research from ICH published in Health Affairs

A research study by ICH's Leah Zallman, Sharon Touw, and Karen Finnegan along with co-authors from Harvard Medical School was published in Health Affairs. The research utilized data from the…
Project
09/21/2018

Evaluating the scaleup of a testing and treatment program for latent TB infection

ICH is evaluating a CDC-funded demonstration project to increase testing and treatment of people at high-risk for latent TB infection in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Project
09/05/2018

Improving care at Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, strives to provide high quality care across all clinical service areas, including Labor and Delivery. ICH supported Mount Auburn with the analysis of quantitative…
Publication
08/17/2018

Medical Expenditures on and by Immigrant Populations in the United States: A Systematic Review

In health care policy debates, discussion centers around the often-misperceived costs of providing medical care to immigrants. This review seeks to compare health care expenditures of U.S. immigrants to those…
Blog
08/17/2018

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…
News
08/17/2018

Leah Zallman’s immigration research is featured in local and national news

A new review article by ICH's Leah Zallman and co-authors from Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts University was recently cited by several local and national news media outlets. The article…
Project
07/23/2018

Using an Online Game Platform for Community Health Assessment

In collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, ICH used an online game platform to collect input from Boston residents on priority community…
Project
07/23/2018

Using Qualitative Interviews to Inform Disease Management Program Design

ICH conducted qualitative patient interviews to inform the design of disease management programs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, opioid use disorder, or chronic pain at Cambridge…
Project
07/23/2018

Evaluating Programs Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: RIZE MA grant evaluation

ICH is evaluating RIZE Massachusetts’ inaugural grant program, which seeks to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder among vulnerable populations.
Project
07/06/2018

Immigrants’ contributions to private health insurance

ICH conducted a research study to understand immigrants’ and US-born individuals’ contributions, private-insurers' expenditures, and net contributions to private health insurance.
Project
07/06/2018

Supporting Somerville’s Crisis Intervention Team Training Program

ICH administered a survey to local police departments about Crisis Intervention Team programs.
Publication
06/24/2018

Immigrants contributed $25.1B more to private insurance than they took out in 2014

Finnegan KE, Touw S, Himmelstein D, Woolhandler S, Zallman L. Immigrants contributed $25.1B more to private insurance than they took out in 2014. Oral presentation at Academy Health Annual Research…
News
06/06/2018

Leah Zallman awarded CHA’s Academic Council Award

ICH Director of Research, Leah Zallman, has been awarded CHA's Academic Council Award. Celebrations will be held on June 18th, 2018 at Cambridge Hospital. Congratulations Leah!
Project
06/03/2018

Baby U Program Evaluation

ICH is the evaluator for Baby U, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based parenting program that provides education and support to parents of young children.
Project
06/03/2018

Birth to Third Grade Partnership

ICH is providing evaluation support for the City of Cambridge’s Birth to Third Grade Partnership, which aims to improve the quality of early childhood education efforts in the city.
Project
06/03/2018

Development of a Prioritization Tool for Re-Housing Opportunities

ICH created a new prioritization and assessment tool for Cambridge Homeless Services to use when determining re-housing opportunities for clients.
Project
06/03/2018

Complex Care Management Impact Evaluation

ICH is conducting an impact evaluation of the complex care management program at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Project
06/03/2018

Evaluation of Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration

ICH evaluated Cambridge Health Alliance’s primary care behavioral health integration program, a complex intervention aimed at building capacity to treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders within 12 primary care clinics.
Project
06/03/2018

Evaluating the Impact of Medical Scribes

ICH conducted a research study to examine the impact of medical scribes on productivity and patient experience.
Project
06/03/2018

Community Health Assessment and Planning for Hallmark Health System

ICH conducted two community health needs assessments and prepared a community health improvement plan for Hallmark Health System.
Project
06/03/2018

Consumer Voices for Innovation Program Evaluation

ICH is the evaluator for the Consumer Voices for Innovation grant-making program, which funds community-based organizations to organize consumers around health systems transformation issues.
Project
06/03/2018

Evaluation of the National Center for Family and Professional Partnerships

ICH is the evaluator for a national center that aims to increase engagement of family leaders in improving services and systems for children and youth with special health care needs.
Project
06/03/2018

Tri-City Anti-Gang Partnership Assessment and Evaluation

ICH conducted a needs assessment and is providing ongoing evaluation and strategic planning support for the Tri-City Anti-Gang Partnership.
Project
06/03/2018

Bridges to Moms Program Evaluation

ICH was the evaluator for Bridges to Moms, a program that provides health and social services to homeless pregnant women and new mothers.
Project
06/03/2018

Impact of a Self-Defense Training on College-Attending Women

ICH is conducting a research study to examine the effect of the IMPACT self-defense training program on young women as they transition from high school to college.
Project
06/03/2018

Impact of a Self-Defense Training on Students with Disabilities

ICH conducted a research study to examine the effect of a self-defense training program on empowerment and perceived safety of students with disabilities.
Project
06/03/2018

Strategic Planning for the Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force

ICH facilitated a strategic planning process and developed a comprehensive 5-year plan for the Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force.
Project
06/03/2018

Malden Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Malden Public Schools has worked with ICH since 2012 to conduct a public health survey about risk behaviors with middle and high school students.
Project
06/03/2018

Language Services Evaluation and Quality Improvement at Cambridge Health Alliance

ICH has worked with Cambridge Health Alliance since 2011 to support evaluation and quality improvement of language services for Limited English Proficient patients.
Project
06/03/2018

Examining Prescription Opioids as a Cause of Opioid Use Disorder

ICH is using electronic medical records data to examine prescription opioid use and addiction among a primary care population of youth and young adults in an urban safety-net setting.
Project
06/03/2018

Evaluation of the Partnership for Community Health Grant Program

ICH evaluated 22 community health center grants focused on implementing new technologies, integrating new care team members, and improving operations.
Project
06/03/2018

Parenting Journey Program Evaluation

For more than a decade, ICH has worked with the Parenting Journey to evaluate its programs for parents and caregivers.
Project
06/03/2018

Partners for Lawrence Youth Assessment and Evaluation

ICH conducted a needs assessment and evaluated a sex education curriculum that was delivered to youth in Lawrence.
Project
06/03/2018

Building Capacity to Treat Opioid Use Disorder: SUSTAIN Communities Evaluation

ICH is the evaluator for SUSTAIN Communities, an initiative aiming to build community health center capacity to treat opioid use disorder.
Project
05/23/2018

Assessment and Planning to Decrease Prescription Drug Misuse in Cambridge

ICH conducted a needs assessment and supported strategic planning for a substance use prevention program in Cambridge, MA.
Project
05/23/2018

Technical Assistance for a Health Disparities Reduction Grant Program

ICH provided technical assistance to 20 organizations that had received grants to address health disparities in their communities.
Project
05/23/2018

Supporting Quality Improvement in HIV Care

ICH provides data services to inform improvements in HIV service delivery at the Zinberg Clinic at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Project
05/23/2018

Data Services for Disease Management

ICH utilized electronic health record data to create quantitative descriptions of Cambridge Health Alliance patients with specific health conditions.
Publication
04/06/2018

Immigrants contribution to private health insurance

Leah Zallman, Steffie Woolhandler, Sharon Touw, David Himmelstein, and Karen Finnegan, "Immigrants contribution to private health insurance", Presented at 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
News
04/06/2018

Leah Zallman presents at 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting

ICH Director of Research, Leah Zallman, will be delivering two presentations at the 2018 SGIM annual meeting in Denver, CO. Oral abstract: Immigrants contributed $25.1B more to private insurers than they…
News
02/14/2018

Leah Zallman promoted to Director of Research

ICH staff member, Leah Zallman, has been promoted to the Director of Research position. As the Director of Research, Leah will be working with senior staff to design and implement…
Blog
12/18/2017

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…
News
09/06/2017

ICH Response to the DACA Program

See our response to the recent events surrounding the DACA program on our Facebook, Twitter, and Blog.
Blog
09/06/2017

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…
News
08/09/2017

ICH staff and board members receive Harvard Medical School academic promotions

ICH Assistant Director of Research Dr. Leah Zallman was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and ICH Board Vice Chair Dr. David Bor was promoted…
News
06/26/2017

Dr. Leah Zallman’s work featured in The New York Times

ICH Assistant Director of Research Dr. Leah Zallman's work was recently cited in a New York Times article about how fear among undocumented immigrants is not only making them sicker but also keeping…
News
03/16/2017

Dr. Leah Zallman featured in the Philadelphia Daily News

ICH Assistant Director of Research Dr. Leah Zallman was recently featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how undocumented immigrants access and contribute to the US health care system.Click the…
News
09/22/2016

Affordability and Access to Health Insurance Information – Dr. Zallman’s New Article

Dr. Leah Zallman co-authored the recently published article  Affordability of and Access to Information About Health Insurance Among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Residents After Massachusetts Health Reform. Dr. Zallman is the assistant director of research at ICH.
News
09/21/2016

Dr. Leah Zallman’s article is referenced in New York Times op-ed

On September 17, The New York Times published the OpEd California’s Nifty Idea on Immigrant Health Care referenced ICH's Assistant Director of Research Dr. Leah Zallman's et al. 2013 article…
Publication
08/01/2016

Affordability of and Access to Information About Health Insurance Among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Residents After Massachusetts Health Reform

Kang YJ, McCormick D, Zallman L. Journal of Immigrant  and  Minority Health. 2016 Aug 26. doi.org: 10.1007/s10903-016-0479-y
Publication
11/02/2015

Collecting and analyzing race and ethnicity data in highly diverse communities: Challenges and strategies for healthcare systems

Paradise R., Bearse A., Cundiff L. American Public Health Association. November 2, 2015
Publication
04/22/2015

Perceptions of Affordability of Care and Access to Information about Health Insurance among Immigrants after Massachusetts Health Reform

Kang Y.J., McCormick D., Dor D., Zallman L. Presented at SGIM 38th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. April 2015
Publication
11/24/2014

The Language Services Documentation Tool: Documenting How Patient Language Needs Were Met During Clinical Encounters

With the recent, rapid growth of the limited-English-proficient (LEP) population in the United States, 1. ,2. it has become increasingly important to determine how best to meet this population’s language needs during clinical…
Publication
11/19/2014

Mental health and risk behaviors among foreign-born high school students: Data from one school district

Arsenault L., Washburn K., Hamilton R.C. American Public Health Association. November 19, 2014
Blog
09/08/2014

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…
News
08/06/2014

Report Released by ICH’s Dr. Leah Zallman Showing Immigrants Subsidize Medicare

Funded through the Partnership For A New American Economy, ICH has just completed an in-depth analysis and report led by Dr. Leah Zallman on immigrants and Medicare, using nationally representative data to determine net…
Publication
08/01/2014

Staying Covered: How Immigrants Have Prolonged The Solvency of One of Medicare’s Key Trust Funds and Subsidized Care for U.S Seniors

Leah Zallman MD, MPH, Lisa Arsenault PhD, Adriana Bearse MS, Blessing Dube MPH, David Himmelstein MD, Fernado Wilson PhD, Steffie Woolhandler MD, MPH. The Partnership for A New American Economy.…
Publication
06/04/2014

ED visits and spending by unauthorized immigrants compared with legal immigrants and US natives.

Stimpson JP, Wilson FA, Zallman L. Am J Emerg Med. 2014 Jun;32(6):679-80. Epub 2014 Mar 19.
News
03/05/2014

Leah Zallman Co-Authors 4th Most-Read Health Affairs Blog Post of 2013

ICH Junior Scientist, Dr. Leah Zallman, co-authored a post in the esteemed Health Affairs blog detailing her team's demographic and geographic analyses of uninsured individuals post-health reform. Dr. Zallman and her colleagues…
News
05/31/2013

Dr. Leah Zallman Publishes Study on Immigrants’ Contribution to Medicare

Dr. Leah Zallman, a Cambridge Health Alliance physician and ICH Junior Scientist, published a study this week in Health Affairs detailing immigrants' significant contribution to Medicare. Zallman and colleagues found…
Publication
06/04/2012

Exploring the Impact of Language Services on Utilization and Clinical Outcomes for Diabetics

Hacker K, Choi YS, Trebino L, Hicks L, Friedman E, et al. PLoS ONE, 2012; Volume 7(6): e38507.