About this theme area:
The IRL program seeks leaders who will conduct rigorous research focused on solutions to, and remedies for, racially charged policies, practices, and programs that negatively impact community health and well-being. The IRL program is specifically interested in project proposals that seek to better understand the processes and mechanisms through which policies, practices, and programs uphold structural racism in institutional systems beyond health care. Such systems include access to housing; education; employment; criminal justice; political participation; and economic systems broadly.
More research is needed on solutions to reduce and eliminate less explicit barriers, including but not limited to, systemic disenfranchisement of political and social involvement for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, as well as demolishing the historic and devastating impact of redlining on Black communities.
The following research projects are examples of potential research topics for this sub-theme. These examples are
merely illustrative, and we welcome proposals on a range of topics and approaches, provided they are consistent
with the discussion above:
● A natural experiment assessing self-reported mental health among formerly incarcerated individuals as a
function of neighborhood-level voter participation and civic health (measured by the Civic Health Index) after the
2018 Florida Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative.
● A study of the differences of drug sentencing based on existing drug policies in white and Latinx communities in
● A policy analysis assessing the relationship between hiring and promotion practices and employee benefits,
programs (e.g., sick leave and worker’s compensation) and the incidence of COVID-19 in Midwestern meat
● A study evaluating unintended mental health consequences of a jobs program among adolescents across
communities of differing racial/ethnic composition.