Past news from the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

Past News


New Grants

The Disparities Research Unit has launched two exciting new NIH-funded studies in 2020. 

  • Positive Minds Strong Bodies – Implementation: This NIA/NIMH renewal grant tests an enhanced version of the PMSB-E disability prevention program, offered by Community Health Workers and Exercise Trainers to racial/ethnic and linguistic minority elders. The original intervention has been strengthened and now includes a group maintenance component following the core program.  A COVID-19 supplement will provide the opportunity for additional exploration of the pandemic and minority elders
  • Latino Youth Coping with Discrimination: This NIMHD-funded project addresses mental health of Latinx youth in Indiana, focusing on discrimination-related stressors and mental health among Mexican-American youth living in a new migration area. In partnership with University of Notre Dame, Fordham University and Indiana University, this study addresses the effects of racism and negative neighborhood interactions, with the goal to improve the mental health of Latinx youth

Awards and Recognition

  • Dr. Alegria received the 2020 Rema Lapouse Award for Achievement in Epidemiology, Mental Health and Applied Public Health Statistics. She was recognized for her achievements at this year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting, held online in October 2020.  





Past Events


Power and Sample Size for Multilevel and Longitudinal Study Designs (Nov. 28-30, 2017)

This short course provides scientists with the training needed for selecting a valid sample size for balanced longitudinal and multilevel study designs with normally distributed outcomes. Attendees must have had introductory statistical training and be comfortable with basic hypothesis testing. Sponsored by Harvard Catalyst, the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, and the Disparities Research Unit at Mass General.