Research

Understanding the nature, mechanisms, and consequences of health disparities, and disabling forms of violence and inequity is vital, in developing meaningful interventions and responses.

We are committed to advancing rigorous research projects that engage the following questions:

  • How does social, structural and economic vulnerability affect access to and experiences with healthcare, social service or legal institutions? Some of our areas of related topical interest include:
    • pre- and post-natal care for women and girls of color with disabilities,
    • experiences of sexually exploited youth in juvenile justice systems,
    • access to domestic violence and rape crisis services for women and girls of color with disabilities,
    • social service and healthcare access for transgender people of color.
    • access to and quality of healthcare for women and girls of color with cancer diagnoses
    • the effects of race-based medicine on quality and efficacy of care
  • How do communities experiencing racial, economic, gender, and sexual subordination identify or experience the relationship between deprivation, discrimination and physical and mental health? Some of our areas of related topical interest include:
    • the relationship between racism, loss of education rights and resources, and health indicators and outcomes,
    • the health and disabling effects of overwork and labor exploitation among super-exploited groups, including low-income people of color, and undocumented immigrant populations,
    • experiences of incarcerated persons with progressive physical and mental illness related to the conditions of incarceration,
    • the transgenerational health effects of non-consensual medical experimentation
  • What interventions, resources, programs, or approaches tend to be effective in disrupting, remedying, or ameliorating the health and disabling effects of violence, exploitation and inequity? Some of our areas of related topical interest include:
    • community-level approaches to nutrition and alternative medicine,
    • transformative justice and related alternatives to incarceration,
    • community economic development,
    • policy approaches to remedying racial inequity and facilitating life chances among racially vulnerable groups,
    • the limitations and prospects of “trauma-informed” approaches to healthcare, lawyering, and social service provision,
    • approaches to facilitating disability access and inclusion in work and social institutions, particularly for survivors of violence, exploitation or severe trauma

As a small non-profit sector organization, we take on either limited, exploratory projects, or we partner with other research entities, including university and community-based partners, in order to advance more ambitious research agendas. Our methodologies are always adjusted to the aims and research questions of the specific project. Generally, however, we prioritize multi-method approaches integrating qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques. Our methodological strengths lie primarily in semi-structured interviewing, focus groups, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of legal documents and texts, including judicial opinions.

Many of our research interests will necessarily involve work with human participants who are in extremely vulnerable circumstances, or who have experienced significant trauma. Beyond the basic requirements of disclosure and minimization of risks, confidentiality and informed consent mandated by our institutional review process, we ensure that any investigators working directly with vulnerable or traumatized persons have advance training in communication techniques helpful in working with traumatized persons, awareness of indices of trauma and distress, and can demonstrate cultural and structural competency relative to the communities involved in the research. If we are working with populations who are at risk of incarceration or other legal action, our research teams utilize additional protocols to disclose and minimize any legal risk to participants.

If you are interested in partnering with Repair, whether as a grant-maker or funding entity, or as a research organization, please contact us at repair.inquiries@gmail.com

Depending on capacity and staff availability, we also welcome opportunities to disseminate research findings and participate in academic fora related to our research priorities. If you have a venue or invitation to enable our research dissemination, please contact us with details about your venue or event, including the audience and timing. For more details on our training activities, visit our Education section.