Center for Population Health and Health Disparities

The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study

The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address disparities and inequities in the prevalence and outcomes of disease.

Our Mission

The CPHHD program requires transdisciplinary research involving social, behavioral, biological, and genetic research to improve knowledge of the causes of health disparities and devise effective methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease and promoting health. 

Hispanics, in particular, have been shown to be at risk for several chronic conditions. The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study is investigating relationships between stress and diet and their effect on cardiovascular disease and overall health among older Puerto Ricans in the greater Boston area. 

Learn more about the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study.