Newsmakers: Telegram & Globe on new health disparities center

July 27, 2012
   Jeroan Allison, MD, MS

The Telegram & Gazette and the Boston Globe today published articles on the new UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR) and interviewed Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, professor of quantitative health sciences and principal  investigator on the project. The new center, supported by a partnership of UMass Medical School and UMass Boston faculty, will target health disparities among minority populations.

Dr. Allison told reporters about the concept of storytelling in medicine, which involves having patients inspire others with their own health success stories. Storytelling concepts will be woven throughout the CHEIR projects.

“They need to trust their doctors, and trust is low in under-educated populations because of past history,” Allison told the Telegram. “By storytelling, you put yourself in their world. If there is a problem in the community, the solution is in the community.”

Read the full stories:
Boston Globe: UMass Medical School gets $6.7 million federal grant to battle health disparities
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: $6.7M grant targets racial health inequity in Central Mass.

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