Research Poster
MGH Chelsea Research Program Leadership

Pictured, from left, are MGH Chelsea Research Council leaders Amy Izen, MS, CCC-SLP, Rohit Chandra, MD, and Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH


The Community Research Program at MGH Chelsea began in May 2013 with the first meeting of the MGH Chelsea Interdisciplinary Research Roundtable.

The Research Roundtable was initially supported by the Speech, Language & Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities Department, and then by MGH Chelsea Administration. It is now supported by the Mass General Division of Clinical Research and the Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM).

The Program is led by Amy Izen, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist; Rohit Chandra, MD, a psychiatrist; and Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH; an infectious disease specialist. Josh Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the DGIM, provides feedback to the Program.


The Community Research Program at MGH Chelsea communicates with more than 200 individuals who work in Chelsea, Revere, Boston and Charlestown, either at or outside of MGH.

These individuals want to connect with the research that is being done in their community either through conducting studies or quality improvement initiatives, learning how to contribute to studies or furthering their interest in initiating research studies.

Studies are being conducted across all departments at MGH Chelsea, including:

   • Adult Medicine
   • Behavioral Health
   • Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
   • Lab
   • Pediatrics
   • Specialties
   • Speech and Language
   • Urgent Care
   • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Since its beginning in 2013, the MGH Chelsea Research Roundtable has been open to anyone interested in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Monthly Roundtable meetings serve as a venue for feedback on research in progress, a space to foster collaboration and share resources such as courses and complementary consults available through the Division of Clinical Research, and a way to promote improved clinical practices and clinical research in the healthcare setting. Please contact MGH Community Research if you are interested in being added to the email list.

  • Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month
       • Eleanor Clark Conference Room
       • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
       • Phone participation available

Learn more:

  • MGH Chelsea Research Council
  • MGH Chelsea Research Advisory Board

MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Research Day

This annual event began in 2016 and features a poster session, responses from community members, and a keynote address. The event is supported by MGH Chelsea Administration, The Mongan Institute Health Policy Center and Department of General Internal Medicine Community Council.

• Explore past abstract books from Community Research Day: 2016 | 2017

Benefits of Community-based Research

  • Inclusive and collaborative research results from grassroots partnerships with stakeholders. Since the research occurs in partnership with communities of interest, study results are more likely to be relevant to the community and promote development of solutions that address community-identified problems.
  • Community-based research allows community members to receive training and opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary research teams in order to study topics of importance to the community. The results of these studies directly affect the lives of the participants, and can potentially improve the lives of other community members as well.

If you are interested in developing a research project in Chelsea, please contact MGH Community Research and give us some background information on your project by filling out this information form. We welcome anyone interested in developing a research project to contact us and attend a Roundtable meeting.

  • Example Research Projects at MGH Chelsea

Contact Us

Please contact MGH Community Research with questions, or to be added to our distribution e-mail list.


   • Explore upcoming courses available through the Division of Clinical Research
   • Explore past abstract books from Community Research Day: 2016 | 2017
   • See an overview of past Research Roundtable presenters and discussions
   • Find a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital

We are proud to support MGH’s participation in the New England Precision Medicine Consortium, which promotes diverse participation in the groundbreaking national research study, “All of Us.” Please learn more about “All of Us” here.

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