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The Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR) is co-led by Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS, and Milagros C. Rosal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UMMS, and represents a true collaboration of exceptional multidisciplinary faculty and staff members at the Worcester and Boston campuses committed to excellence in achieving health equity.
Supported by a collaborative partnership between UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Boston, CHEIR's mission is to improve the health of socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations.

CHEIR brings together several disciplines (public health, medicine, psychology, nursing, cultural anthropology, sociology, biostatistics, and informatics) to improve health and health care of people in our commonwealth, including those at greatest risk. Specific projects include a multi-media program to promote mother-child communication about sexuality and sexual health protection in the Latino community, a new approach to facilitating post-partum weight loss among lower income new mothers, and an innovative adaption of the community-health-worker model to support hypertension management. The CHEIR seeks to promote research participation across diverse populations through new strategies aimed at promoting "research literacy". Integrated throughout all projects is the concept that narrative communication or "storytelling" is a powerful tool for promoting health behavior change.

About the University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The Medical School attracts more than $270 million in research funding annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. UMMS is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts. For more information, visit

About the University of Massachusetts Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston's public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston's eight colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit
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