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About the Center

Our vision is to establish long-term interventions in diverse populations, that effectively reduce the prevalence of diseases and improve overall quality of health and well-being.


The UMass Lowell Center for Population Health (UML-CPH) is the next phase of an established group of researchers and community partners who made up the Boston Puerto Rican Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (BPR-CPHHD, 2003-2017).

The BPR-CPHHD was one of ten centers funded by the NIH and focused on the role of stress on physical disability and cognitive decline through physiological dysregulation or “allostatic load.” During that investigation, it became clear that risk factors for CVD were highly prevalent. These findings are in contrast to the commonly held belief that there is a Hispanic paradox -- lower heart disease and mortality despite greater poverty.