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Community and Social Medicine

The Mission of the Section of Community and Social Medicine is:

  • To develop educational programs in pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and continuing medical education, to advance concepts of community medicine and to promote the value of voluntary community service.

  • To collaborate with medically underserved communities to improve access to health care through assistance with needs assessment, program development and evaluation.

  • Conduct research in how issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, language and culture impact health values, use of health services, and health outcomes.

  • Foster and evaluate innovative collaborative approaches to health care delivery, including:
    • Interdisciplinary teams
    • Community health workers / Promotoras
    • Use of Internet technology
    • Peer education
The Section of Community and Social Medicine seeks to develop and evaluate interventions to reduce the chronic disease burden born by minority communities and the medically underserved. Chronic disease targets are those that are in excess prevalence in disadvantaged populations, including diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular diseases and depression. The community-based participatory research model features partnering with community members who contribute expertise at all steps in the research process, resulting in shared ownership and sustainable changes. Interventions will progress to the ultimate goal of jointly targeting the individual, the community, the culture and the health care system.

Faculty and Staff


Elzabeth Lynch, PhD, Assistant Professor
Molly Martin, MD, Assistant Professor
Steven K. Rothschild, MD, Associate Professor
Stan Lapidos, MS, Conjoint Instructor


Elsa Arteaga, Research Assistant
Jessie Beebe, BA, Research Assistant
Gwen Brown, Research Assistant
Magdalena Nava, Research Assistant
Princess Thompson, Research Assistant
Walter Washington, BS, Project Director
Rebecca Liebman, MPH, Project Director

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