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    Suzanne B Cashman DSc

    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Nursing
      DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing

      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing



        Suzanne B Cashman, ScD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, is trained as a health services researcher and evaluator. Dr. Cashman has spent the thirty-five years of her professional career teaching graduate public and community health courses and developing curriculum for medical and public health students and residents, conducting community-based evaluation research, and developing partnerships aimed at helping communities improve their health status. With secondary appointments in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and in the Graduate School of Nursing, Dr. Cashman is also faculty for the University’s Preventive Medicine Residency. When Dr. Cashman joined the UMMS faculty in 1999, she co-led a state supported initiative to develop and evaluate interprofessional health care delivery teams in community health centers. Recently, she has been applying knowledge gained from her years of experience functioning as a bridge between the community and the academy to the development and evaluation of community-responsive health improvement initiatives. A common thread running through these initiatives is developing and using partnership principles as the basis for carrying out a community-based participatory research approach to research.

        Prior to coming to UMMS, Dr. Cashman served as a faculty member in the Department of Health Services at Boston University ’s School of Public Health. In addition, she spent nine years developing and nurturing a community-oriented primary care (COPC) focused interprofessional preventive medicine fellowship in Boston, MA. Funded by the WKKellogg Foundation through its urban COPC national demonstration initiative, this project provided the foundation for creating the Center for Community-Responsive Care. It used the preventive medicine training template to launch a multi-professional training program aimed at reaching participants skills that would help them work collaboratively with communities to improve health.

        Currently, Dr. Cashman is Co-Director of the UMMS Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research component and is an investigator for the schools’ CDC funded Worcester County Prevention Research Center as well as leading the UMass Worcester campus’s Learn and Service initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, she provides evaluation assistance to the statewide Area Health Education Center Network; to a CDC funded Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities in Lawrence, Massachusetts; and a Health Resources and Services Administration funded oral health case manager project for HIV positive patients. Dr. Cashman is a founding member of Worcester ’s Common Pathways healthy communities coalition and is a member of its Steering Committee and indicators work group. She has served as a leader for the past eight years in the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and has been a Senior Consultant for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) since 2003. Dr. Cashman was recently elected to join the CCPH board where she will continue to advance efforts to bridge community and academia.



        Health Services Research and Administration
        Harvard University School of Public Health
        Human Ecology
        Cornell University
        Tufts University

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        Current Positions

        Director of Community Health (2004-present)
        Co-Director, Determinants of Health Course
        Co-Director, UMCTTS Community Engagement
        Faculty, Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (2000-present)
        Co-Director, Rural Health Scholars Program (2000-present)
        Co-Director, Summer Service-Learning Student Assistantships (2002-present)
        Population Health Clerkship Group Leader(1999-present)
        UMMS Admissions Interviewer (1999-present)
        Evaluation Consultant, MassHealth Access Program (1997-2007)and State Area
        Health Education Center (2003-present)


        American Public Health Association
        Association for Prevention and Teaching Research
        Community Campus Partnerships for Health
        Common Pathways, Worcester's Healthy Communities Collaborative
        New England Rural Health Roundtable
        Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

        Scholarly Activity


        MPH: Introduction to the US Health Care System
        Residency: Community Health Block
        Preventive Medicine Residency/Fellowship
        Undergraduate medical:
        Determinants of Health course co-leader
        Rural Health Scholars Pathway
        Optional Enrichment Elective: Understanding and Improving the US HealthcareSystem
        Population Health Clerkship Steering Committee and group leader


        Effect of a health promotion intervention among refugees from Burma
        Effect of open access and access with modest monthly pay for patients from an FQHC

        30 years of family medicine residency: graduates’ community involvement and location decisions
        Visiting specialist model for rural/small town residents in MA
        Recruitment and retention of primary care providers in rural MA

        Teen Tot Connections, MassHealth Access Program, New England Latino CEED, HealthyTomorrows

        Board member, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (2011-present)
        Steering Committee and Indicators Workgroup, Common Pathways (2003-present)
        YWCA Healthy Weight Now Coalition member (2008-present)
        Policy work group, Community-Based Public Health Caucus, APHA (2002-present)
        UMMS applicant interviewer (1999-present)
        Board member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (2002-2010)

        selected publications
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        1. Valente SL, Wemple D, Ramos S, Cashman SB, Savageau JA. Preventive behaviors and knowledge of tick-borne illnesses: results of a survey from an endemic area. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 May-Jun; 21(3):E16-23.
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        2. Haley HL, Walsh M, Tin Maung NH, Savage CP, Cashman S. Primary prevention for resettled refugees from Burma: where to begin? J Community Health. 2014 Feb; 39(1):1-10.
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        3. Silva MA, Cashman S, Candib LM. Silva et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):e3-4.
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        4. Silva M, Cashman S, Kunte P, Candib LM. Improving population health through integration of primary care and public health: providing access to physical activity for community health center patients. Am J Public Health. 2012 Nov; 102(11):e56-61.
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        5. Cashman SB, Flanagan P, Silva MA, Candib LM. Partnering for health: collaborative leadership between a community health center and the YWCA central Massachusetts. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 May-Jun; 18(3):279-87.
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        6. Lemay CA, Cashman SB, McDonald A, Graves JR. A new approach to ensuring oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS: the dental case manager. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E158.
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        7. Potts SE, Deligiannidis KE, Cashman SB, Caggiano ME, Carter LH, Haley HL, Ferguson WJ. Weaving public health education into the fabric of a family medicine residency. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Oct; 41(4 Suppl 3):S256-63.
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        8. Evans CH, Cashman SB, Page DA, Garr DR. Model approaches for advancing interprofessional prevention education. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Feb; 40(2):245-60.
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        9. Lemay CA, Cashman SB, Elfenbein DS, Felice ME. A qualitative study of the meaning of fatherhood among young urban fathers. Public Health Nurs. 2010 May-Jun; 27(3):221-31.
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        10. Ferguson WJ, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lasser DH. Family medicine residency characteristics associated with practice in a health professions shortage area. Fam Med. 2009 Jun; 41(6):405-10.
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        11. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Ferguson W, Lasser D. Community dimensions and HPSA practice location: 30 years of family medicine training. Fam Med. 2009 Apr; 41(4):255-61.
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        12. Cashman SB, Seifer SD. Service-learning: an integral part of undergraduate public health. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Sep; 35(3):273-8.
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        13. Cashman SB, Adeky S, Allen AJ, Corburn J, Israel BA, MontaƱo J, Rafelito A, Rhodes SD, Swanston S, Wallerstein N, Eng E. The power and the promise: working with communities to analyze data, interpret findings, and get to outcomes. Am J Public Health. 2008 Aug; 98(8):1407-17.
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        14. Keller D, Jones N, Savageau JA, Cashman SB. Development of a brief questionnaire to identify families in need of legal advocacy to improve child health. Ambul Pediatr. 2008 Jul-Aug; 8(4):266-9.
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        15. Candib LM, Silva M, Cashman SB, Ellstrom D, Mallett K. Creating open access to exercise for low-income patients through a community collaboration for quality improvement: if you build it, they will come. J Ambul Care Manage. 2008 Apr-Jun; 31(2):142-50.
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        16. Garr DR, Evans CH, Cashman SB. Interprofessional prevention education: changing the future of health professions education. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Feb; 34(2):161-3.
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        17. Stenger J, Cashman SB, Savageau JA. The primary care physician workforce in Massachusetts: implications for the workforce in rural, small town America. J Rural Health. 2008; 24(4):375-83.
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        18. Lemay CA, Cashman SB, Elfenbein DS, Felice ME. Adolescent mothers' attitudes toward contraceptive use before and after pregnancy. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2007 Aug; 20(4):233-40.
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        19. Lemay CA, Elfenbein DS, Cashman SB, Felice ME. The body mass index of teen mothers and their toddler children. Matern Child Health J. 2008 Jan; 12(1):112-8.
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        20. Savageau JA, McLoughlin M, Ursan A, Bai Y, Collins M, Cashman SB. Characteristics of frequent attenders at a community health center. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006 May-Jun; 19(3):265-75.
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        21. Cashman SB, Garr D. Education for all in clinical prevention and population health: an opportunity for family medicine educators. Fam Med. 2006 Feb; 38(2):84-5.
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        22. Drew J, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Stenger J. The visiting specialist model of rural health care delivery: a survey in Massachusetts. J Rural Health. 2006; 22(4):294-9.
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        23. Cashman S, Savageau J, McMullen M, Kinney R, Lemay C, Anthes F. Health status of a low-income vulnerable population in a community health center. J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Jan-Mar; 28(1):60-72.
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        24. Allan J, Barwick TA, Cashman S, Cawley JF, Day C, Douglass CW, Evans CH, Garr DR, Maeshiro R, McCarthy RL, Meyer SM, Riegelman R, Seifer SD, Stanley J, Swenson M, Teitelbaum HS, Timothe P, Werner KE, Wood D. Clinical prevention and population health: curriculum framework for health professions. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Dec; 27(5):471-6.
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        25. Cashman S, Hale J, Candib L, Nimiroski TA, Brookings D. Applying service-learning through a community-academic partnership: depression screening at a federally funded community health center. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2004 Nov; 17(3):313-22.
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        26. Keis RM, DeGeus LG, Cashman S, Savageau J. Characteristics of patients at three free clinics. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Nov; 15(4):603-17.
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        27. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lemay CA, Ferguson W. Patient health status and appointment keeping in an urban community health center. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Aug; 15(3):474-88.
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        28. Cashman S, Reidy P, Cody K, Lemay C. Developing and measuring progress toward collaborative, integrated, interdisciplinary health care teams. J Interprof Care. 2004 May; 18(2):183-96.
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        29. Lemay CA, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Reidy PA. Effect of a low-cost intervention on recording body mass index in patients' records. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2004; 36(4):312-5.
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        30. Cashman SB, Stenger J. Healthy communities: a natural ally for community-oriented primary care. Am J Public Health. 2003 Sep; 93(9):1379-80; author reply 1380.
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        31. Lemay CA, Cashman S, Savageau J, Fletcher K, Kinney R, Long-Middleton E. Underdiagnosis of obesity at a community health center. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2003 Jan-Feb; 16(1):14-21.
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        32. Cashman SB, Bushnell FK, Fulmer HS. Community-oriented primary care: a model for public health nursing. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2001 Jun; 26(3):617-34.
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        33. Kinder G, Cashman SB, Seifer SD, Inouye A, Hagopian A. Integrating Healthy Communities concepts into health professions training. Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun; 115(2-3):266-70.
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        34. Katz DL, Nawaz H, Ahmadi R, Jekel JF, DeLuca VA, Cashman S, Fulmer HS. An integrated residency in internal and preventive medicine. Acad Med. 2000 Jan; 75(1):41-9.
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        35. Cashman SB, Anderson RJ, Weisbuch JB, Schwarz MR, Fulmer HS. Carrying out the Medicine/Public Health Initiative: the roles of preventive medicine and community-responsive care. Acad Med. 1999 May; 74(5):473-83.
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        36. Cashman SB. Teaching community-oriented primary care. Fam Med. 1998 Nov-Dec; 30(10):696-7.
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        37. Cashman SB, Fulmer HS, Anderson RJ. Opportunities and challenges in educating community-responsive physicians. Am J Prev Med. 1997 Nov-Dec; 13(6):407.
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        38. Thomas CP, Cashman S, Fulmer H. The cluster committee: setting the stage for community-responsive care. Am J Prev Med. 1995 Jan-Feb; 11(1):9-18.
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        39. Cashman SB, Fulmer HS, Aaberg AA, Staples L. Public health nursing: a model for the 21st century. Am J Public Health. 1994 Oct; 84(10):1694-5.
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        40. Fulmer H, Cashman S, Bushnell K. Community-oriented primary care: a model for the future. Am Nurse. 1994 Feb; 26(2):19.
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        41. Thomas CP, Cashman S, Fulmer H. The cluster committee and community-responsive care. Acad Med. 1994 Feb; 69(2):129-30.
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        42. Cashman SB, Fulmer HS, Staples L. Community health: beyond care for individuals. Soc Policy. 1994; 24(4):52-62.
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        43. Klevens RM, Cashman SB, Margules A, Fulmer HS. Special contribution: transforming a neighborhood health center into a community-oriented primary care practice. Am J Prev Med. 1992 Jan-Feb; 8(1):62-5.
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        44. Cashman SB, Parks CL, Bicknell WJ. Investor-owned ambulatory care walk-in centers: how have primary care physicians responded? J Health Care Mark. 1991 Sep; 11(3):61-8.
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        45. Parks CL, Cashman SB, Hemenway D, Bicknell WJ. Quality of care in a chain of walk-in centers. QRB Qual Rev Bull. 1991 Apr; 17(4):120-5.
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        46. Parks CL, Cashman S, Winickoff RN, Bicknell WJ. Quality of acute episodic care in investor-owned ambulatory health centers. Med Care. 1991 Jan; 29(1):72-86.
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        47. Cashman SB, Ash A, Parks CL, Bicknell WJ. The patient population of a major chain of investor-owned ambulatory care walk-in centers. J Ambul Care Manage. 1991 Jan; 14(1):66-77.
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        48. Cashman SB, Parks CL, Ash A, Hemenway D, Bicknell WJ. Physician satisfaction in a major chain of investor-owned walk-in centers. Health Care Manage Rev. 1990; 15(3):47-57.
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