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Meet CHEIR faculty, staff, students & community partners

Our dynamic team is working together to improve the health of communities most impacted by disparities and prepare the next generation of health equity researchers.  Learn not only about our projects, but also hear from the people dedicating themselves to this project and why they are committed to health equity research. Please enjoy our CHEIR Storytelling Project!
Say hello to Alain Djamchebi!

Alain Interview from CHEIR/QHS on Vimeo.

Alain Djamchebi is a 2013 Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP Scholar). When asked, "what are your future goals?" he said: "I graduated December 2013 and I am now officially RN, BSN. I am interested in going for an advanced degree in nursing (NP). I believe a health equity course should be part of the curriculum for all nursing and medical schools. It is a challenging aim for government and public healthcare services when shaping and developing health policies to work on achieving equality of care for all. That's why I am also interested in a PhD in health policy.
Meet Joseli Alonzo!

Lina Interview from CHEIR/QHS on Vimeo.

Ms. Alonzo is one of our fellows in HESP as well. HESP provides peer mentoring, seminars and career guidance to undergraduate students from racially and ethnically diverse groups who are under-represented in medicine, nursing, and health sciences research. The goal is to support students into graduate programs focused on clinical and public health research careers. Ms. Alonzo joined HESP in the first cohort, spring 2013. Her goal is to one day become a Cultural Anthropologist.
Get to know Sharina Person!

Sharina Person from CHEIR/QHS on Vimeo.

Dr. Person serves as the Director of the Research Core for the UMASS Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR). Prior to joining UMMS she was an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Person first began getting involved with health equity research because it "directly impacts" her life and because she believes that "there is no need for there to be unnecessary differences in the health that populations are afforded." Dr. Person sees CHEIR as an instrumental tool to improve the health status of all vulnerable populations.
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