Allison, Haley and Hicks community health partnerships funded

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science announces 2013 awards

June 06, 2013
Jeroan Allison, MD, MS (left), Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD (center) and LeRoi Hicks, MD, MPH have all received Pilot Studies in Community Translational Research grants along with LeRoi Hicks, MD, MPH.

Three projects have been awarded 2013 Pilot Studies in Community Translational Research grants from the Community Engagement and Research Section of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Established through the $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health made to the University of Massachusetts in 2010, community translational research awards are intended to develop community engaged research—the partnership of members of the lay community, non-profit organizations, health practitioners, and medical and public health researchers to improve health.

2013 research projects and partners are:

  • A Community-engaged and Simulation-based Intervention for Culturally Appropriate Informed Consent, co-principal investigators Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, professor of quantitative health sciences and medicine, andBrenda Jenkins, cofounder, Mosaic Cultural Complex of Worcester
  • Understanding and Addressing the Legal Needs of Refugees, co-PIs Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, and Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, JD, managing attorney, Community Legal Aid of Worcester
  • Resilient, Active and Vibrant Elders (RAVE), co-PIs LeRoi Hicks, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, family medicine & community health and quantitative health sciences, and Elmer Freeman, MSW, executive director, of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service of Boston

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