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Suzanne B Cashman DSc

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing

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    Tufts University, Medford, MA, United StatesBAHistory
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United StatesMSHuman Ecology
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesDSCHealth Services

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    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 in health services research and evaluation. Dr. Cashman has spent the thirty-five years of her professional career teaching graduate public and community health courses, developing curricula for medical and public health students and residents, conducting community-based evaluation research, and fostering partnerships aimed at helping communities improve their health. 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.

    Currently, Dr. Cashman Co-Directs the Determinants of Health Course for undergraduate medical students and plays a lead role in the course's Population Health Clerkship.  She also co-directs the community engagement section of the UMMS Center for Clinical and Translational Science and of its Center for Health Equity Intervention Research.  In addition, she is an investigator for the school's CDC funded UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Cashman provides evaluation assistance to the statewide Area Health Education Center Network and recently concluded serving as Principal Investigator for UMass Worcester's Learn and Service initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    Dr. Cashman is a founding member of Worcester ’s Common Pathways healthy communities coalition and is a member of its leadership council.  For the past ten years, she has served as a leader in the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and as a Senior Consultant for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH).  Dr. Cashman was recently elected to join the CCPH board where she will continue to advance efforts to bridge community and academia and through developing authentic partnerships.

    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.  The Center used the preventive medicine training template to launch a multi-professional training template to launch a multi-professional training program aimed at teaching participants skills that would help them work collaboratively with communities to improve health.

    Current Positions

    Director of Community Health (2004-present)
    Co-Director, Determinants of Health Course
    Co-Director, UMCTTS Community Engagement Section
    Co-Director, Center for Health Equity Intervention Research Community Engagement Section
    Faculty, Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (2000-present)
    Co-Director, Rural Health Scholars Pathway (2000-present)
    Co-Director, Summer Service-Learning Student Assistantships (2002-present)
    Population Health Clerkship Group Leader(1999-present)
    Evaluation Consultant, Area Health Education Center Network (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


    Undergraduate Determinants of Health
    Family Medicine Residency Community Health Block

    Preventive Medicine Residency/Fellowship
    Rural Health Scholars Pathway
    Population Health Clerkship


    Preventive behavior and knowledge of tick-borne illness
    Health promotion intervention among refugees from Burma
    Effect of open access and access with modest monthly pay to physical activity for patients from an FQHC


    Interprofessional prevention education
    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

    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)

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    1. Maeshiro R, Jarris YS, Prunuske J, Carney JK, Strelnick AH, Townsend JM, Krane NK, Johnson SB, Howley LD, Cashman SB, Deyton LR, Ortega LA, Lebwohl B, Fair M. Public and Population Health in U.S. Medical Education: A Review of Guidance in Extraordinary Times. Acad Med. 2023 12 01; 98(12):1366-1380. PMID: 36917116.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    2. Johnson SB, Fair MA, Howley LD, Prunuske J, Cashman SB, Carney JK, Jarris YS, Deyton LR, Blumenthal D, Krane NK, Fiebach NH, Strelnick AH, Morton-Eggleston E, Nickens C, Ortega L. Teaching Public and Population Health in Medical Education: An Evaluation Framework. Acad Med. 2020 12; 95(12):1853-1863. PMID: 32910003.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    3. Motzkus C, Wells RJ, Wang X, Chimienti S, Plummer D, Sabin J, Allison J, Cashman S. Pre-clinical medical student reflections on implicit bias: Implications for learning and teaching. PLoS One. 2019; 14(11):e0225058. PMID: 31730651.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Cashman SB. Accountable Care Organizations: Embracing a New Population Health? Med Care. 2016 11; 54(11):967-969. PMID: 27741088.
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    5. Paterson MA, Fair M, Cashman SB, Evans C, Garr D. Achieving the Triple Aim: A Curriculum Framework for Health Professions Education. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Aug; 49(2):294-6. PMID: 26190802.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. 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. PMID: 24762630.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    7. 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. PMID: 23861032.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    8. Silva MA, Cashman S, Candib LM. Silva et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):e3-4. PMID: 23597353.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. 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. PMID: 22994250.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    10. 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. PMID: 22473122.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. 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. PMID: 23098645.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. 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. PMID: 21961673.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    13. 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. PMID: 21238875.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. 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. PMID: 20525094.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. 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. PMID: 19492187.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. 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. PMID: 19343555.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Cashman SB, Seifer SD. Service-learning: an integral part of undergraduate public health. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Sep; 35(3):273-8. PMID: 18692742.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Cashman SB, Adeky S, Allen AJ, Corburn J, Israel BA, Monta?o 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. PMID: 18556617.
      Citations: 129     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. 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. PMID: 18644550.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. 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. PMID: 18360175.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. 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. PMID: 18201647.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. 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. PMID: 19007392.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. 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. PMID: 17673135.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. 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. PMID: 17551821.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. 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. PMID: 16672680.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. 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. PMID: 16450225.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    27. 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. PMID: 17010025.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. 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. PMID: 15682962.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. 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. PMID: 15556746.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    30. 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. PMID: 15848818.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    31. 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. PMID: 15531818.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. 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. PMID: 15453182.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. 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. PMID: 15203676.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. 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. PMID: 15636410.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. 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. PMID: 12948943.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. 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. PMID: 12583646.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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