The Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is pleased to announce its collaboration with Goshen College, The Transformation Center, and the National Academy for State Health Policy on a grant funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The multi-year study is designed to reduce racial/ethnic mental health disparities and benefit minority communities. Led by Dr. Margarita Alegria, the Disparities Research Unit will work with community partners, policy makers, and individuals with lived experience of mental illness to understand barriers to mental health care, using research results to collaboratively develop interventions and promote policy change.
Gilberto Perez, senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships at Goshen College, will identify key community stakeholders nationwide who will both provide input through in- depth interviews and focus groups and generate solutions on how to use data for policy and practice implementation.
The mission of the Disparities Research Unit is to generate innovative mental health and substance abuse services research that helps shape policy, practice, and service delivery to reduce disparities and improve the well-being of multicultural populations. Utilizing collaborative approaches with researchers, clinicians and community groups, the Unit supports an array of research activities as well as nurtures a core of junior researchers. The Unit has a strong focus on community-based and applied interventions to improve service delivery for multicultural populations.