Deeply engaged in issues affecting the well-being of people in the Greater Lowell area of Massachusetts
Over the past 30 years, the Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE) at UMass Lowell has developed expertise, approaches to building strength in communities and engagement in collaborative community problem-solving around pressing issues. Based on a shared vision and plan with community partners, the CCRE provides opportunities for scholars and students to learn and build knowledge, facilitate needed change, and take lessons learned to other communities.
Areas of work have encompassed:
- Community safety, especially focused on gang violence, substance abuse, ex-offender reentry
- Neighborhood revitalization through resident mobilization and place-based strategies
- Public health - including environmental triggers for health conditions such as asthma, drug addiction mediation and prevention, adolescent behaviors, and workplace health
- Adolescent health and behavior, identifying health promotion and prevention approaches
- Equal access to education and housing, planning and support for the transition for immigrant-children in the school system
- Affordable housing - overview and analysis of the dynamics of the industry and housing quality
- Community health disparities - current health priorities and access to healthcare
Areas of Focus
Community Research & Program Evaluation
Working with diverse groups to devise new evaluation strategies for collecting data and providing feedback.
Working with the Lowell community to promote health and wellness.
Facilitating planning efforts and partnerships that bring diverse groups together.
Offering training and professional development in field of healthy housing