Department of Family and Social Medicine

Research

The mission of the Research Division of the Department of Family and Social Medicine is to improve the health of underserved communities and populations by:
  • Defining a research agenda that addresses important clinical, epidemiologic, educational, health services, and health policy questions relevant to the patient populations and communities we serve;
  • Conducting research in these areas that communicates the unique contribution of Family Medicine in understanding and responding to the health and health care needs of urban underserved populations.

We accomplish this mission by promoting collaboration between academic and clinical departments and among community-based health, education, social service and other institutions to generate new knowledge.

The Research Division is co-directed by Arthur E. Blank Ph.D., and M. Diane McKee, MD, MSc. The division has 10 faculty members, Drs. Karen Bonuck, Diana Carvajal, Earle Chambers, Jason Fletcher, Alison Karasz, Sean Lucan, Susan Rubin, Clyde Schechter, Peter Selwyn, and Hal Strelnick, who are predominately supported with NIH funding. This multidisciplinary faculty works in partnership with each other-as well as researchers in other divisions and institutions- to seek to improve the quality of care and access to health care for poor urban minority patient populations. Faculty interests address such topics as infant and adolescent health, community and population health, health disparities, obesity, palliative care, primary care and the medical home, reproductive health, the social determinants of health, and wellness. Faculty is also involved in teaching in the medical school’s new MPH program and the Master’s program in Clinical Research.

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