The Casa Esperanza Integrated Behavioral Health System

A Longitudinal Community Research Collaboration

Our Partnership

For more than 10 years, Casa Esperanza — a bilingual and bicultural behavioral health center serving the Massachusetts Latinx community — has partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in a growing collaboration dedicated to the health and well-being of Casa Esperanza's clients. Led by the University of Denver's Professor Lena Lundgren and researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the Casa Esperanza collaboration provides insight on efficacy, implementation of evidence-based practices and organizational capacity expansion.

About Our Research

We leverage cross-institutional collaboration to address some of today’s most pressing challenges, producing interdisciplinary solutions that influence policymakers to effectively serve the public good. From Stanford to UChicago to NYU, we’ve refined our collaborative process through years of mutually beneficial relationships with institutions nationwide to understand and address challenges like climate change, HIV and youth homelessness.

DU’s current research efforts have been featured in news outlets like The New York Times. They include…

  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
  • employing lasers as the medium for quantum science.
  • using theatre to heal and rehabilitate inmates.

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About the Project

Funding from SAMHSA and leadership from DU and the University of Massachusetts has provided over $35 million in evidence-based treatment to the Latinx community and more than $5 million in evaluation and research funds.

Our team of dedicated collaborators keeps growing, recently joined by researchers at Brandeis University's Heller School of Health Policy. Together, we will expand our grants portfolio and further disseminate research findings benefitting from the statistical and addictions expertise of the Heller team.

Our combined efforts to improve clients' long-term health and well-being in the Casa Esperanza collaboration gives new depth to the partnership's name: the House of Hope collaboration.

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Lena Lundgren

Lena Lundgren is a professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work, the executive director of the Cross-National Behavioral Health Laboratory and an adjunct professor at the Umea University Department of Social Work. Her research focuses on working to understand the access, use and outcomes of substance use disorder treatments.