UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR)
What is the Program?
The University of Massachusetts has been awarded a $6.7 million grant over five years from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to establish the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR). Supported by a collaborative partnership between UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Boston, CHEIR’s goal is to develop innovative solutions to eliminate health disparities and equip the next generation of researchers to better serve vulnerable populations.
UMass Medical School and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The grant offers UMMS an important opportunity to promote health equity and reduce health disparities in the Massachusetts communities that our institutions serve.
The overarching aim of CHEIR is to eliminate health disparities by
- Developing interventions, such as storytelling, that are tailored to deep cultural structure and literacy
- Focusing on strategies that engage the full spectrum of helpers available to patients
- Engaging vulnerable populations in the settings that serve them
- Infusing education and bi-directional academic-community learning throughout
CHEIR's Community Partners include (alphabetical order)
- Charutar Arogya Mandal - Gujarat, India
- Family Health Center of Worcester
- Lowell Community Health Center
- Mosaic Cultural Complex
- Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Springfield
- Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program in Worcester
UMMS Contact: For more information about this program, please access the CHEIR Website.