Current Initiatives

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Cross-disciplinary and use-inspired research guides the Mosakowski Institute. We value research that truly makes a difference, challenges students, and engages with practitioners. Our current initiatives highlight just a few of the new and ongoing projects we have partnered with, ranging from our data dashboard reports to support policy development in working cities in New England, to the Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester and its initiative to tackle public health in the region by engaging academic institutions and developing leadership.

Our Initiatives

Professor Anita Fabos is exploring the relationships between native-born and foreign-born residents in the city of Worcester. Surveys assessing the social climate of the city will inform policymakers of the multi-dimensional process of integrating immigrants into communities.

In April 2017, researchers presented recent non-partisan work about health disparities for Massachusetts state legislators, shaping policy that acknowledges the role of race, income, immigration status, and other factors on a person’s health.

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Working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts smaller cities. The Institute has prepared “data dashboards” for subjects such as demographics, income, employment, educational attainment, and health.

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The Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester (AHCW) is seeking to achieve improvements in regional health through creative problem solving, strategic planning. In 2016, the DPH and its partners built off of previous community health assessments to forge the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), setting specific goals to make the Greater Worcester area the healthiest region in New England.

Professor Laurie Ross is studying how early childhood trauma effects young adult violence, using problem analysis to provide data-driven solutions. Her recent analysis of Worcester’s Youth Employment Sector offers new and insightful strategies to improve employment opportunities for youth and build a stronger labor market.