UMass Boston


Research Projects


UMass Boston has developed robust NIH-funded research partnerships with medical institutions, other universities, and community-based organizations representing populations impacted by health disparities. The existing assets that OHDRT builds on include, for example:

CANALA Institutes (Collaborative of Asian American, Native American, Latino and African Heritage)

UMass Boston is one of only two U.S. universities with free-standing research institutes dedicated to its four major communities of color: African heritage, Asian American, Latino and Native American. As the umbrella for the four institutes, CANALA provides in-depth research, community engagement, and thought leadership to help shape and support public understanding of the evolving racial and ethnic diversities in Boston, Massachusetts, New England, and beyond. Each institute brings substantial experience and expertise addressing health disparities that affect the communities it serves; each has built important relationships with community partners throughout Boston and Massachusetts.