Elmer Freeman, MSWExecutive Director of CCHERS, Director of Urban Health Programs
- Department of Health Sciences
Office: 398 CP
Mr. Freeman has 35 years experience in Boston’s communities of color as a community organizer, health care clinician, administrator, public health practitioner, and more recently as community researcher. Mr. Freeman is a recognized expert in the application of community-based participatory research principles in partnerships with academic researchers to address disparities and inequities in health and health care of underserved communities. His research areas of interest are in the social, economic and political determinants of health status of minority populations; the impact of the internalization of racism on the manifestation of health risk behaviors among oppressed groups; and “practice based evidence” in the management of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension in health center patient populations.He is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Heath Research; and co-founder of the Community Health and Academic Medicine Partnership with Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He just completed a four year term on the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. In 2011 he was selected for the prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship.