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Suzanne B Cashman

UMass Medical School
United States Virgin Islands


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.

Research Interest



  • Valente SL, Wemple D, Ramos S, Cashman SB, Savageau JA (2015) Preventive behaviors and knowledge of tick-borne illnesses: results of a survey from an endemic area. J Public Health Manag Pract. 21: E16-23.

  • Paterson MA, Fair M, Cashman SB, Evans C, Garr D (2015) Achieving the Triple Aim: A Curriculum Framework for Health Professions Education. Am J Prev Med. 49: 294-296.

  • Cashman SB (2016) Accountable Care Organizations: Embracing a New Population Health? Med Care. 54: 967-969.

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