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About Worcester

Our home of Worcester, Massachusetts is at the heart of UMass Worcester PRC’s research. Worcester is located in Central Massachusetts and is home to a diverse, growing population of an estimated 185,877 residents, 9 colleges or universities, and thriving businesses. Whether it’s catching the latest event at the DCU Center, sampling the restaurants on Shrewsbury Street, watching the Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League baseball), Worcester Sharks (American Hockey League) in thrilling sports action, Worcester is the place to be for fun and exciting attractions.

Downtown Worcester is in the midst of a dynamic revitalization effort as over $1 billion is being invested in new development projects including:

  • A new stadium for a new home for the AAA affiliate of Boston Red Sox
  • A redesigned Kelley Square to  promote safe walking, biking and driving  
  • A redesigned Main Street and City Square
  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Blackstone Canal District Initiative

Unfortunately, not everyone is sharing in the City’s success. More than a fifth, including 30% of children, live below the federal poverty line. Almost 60% of Worcester public school students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and Worcester is among 20 U.S. metropolitan areas with greatest growth in concentrated poverty.

Recognizing these challenges, the UMass Worcester PRC is an important part of collaborative efforts to promote public health among people who live, work and play in Worcester. Under the leadership of the Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH), UMass Memorial, Fallon Health and the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester, the community created the collaborative Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan to improve the health of the community. UMass Worcester PRC contributes to this effort, particularly through partnership with WDPH in implementing Greater Worcester Regional Youth Health Survey and evaluating its REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) project improve the health and lives of Latinos.

Our research also seeks to address real-world challenges in Worcester, such as Healthy Kids & Families.

Please visit our website to learn more about his work, and Destination Worcester site to learn more about our dynamic community.

 Destination Worcester