Tufts Community Forum Brings Chinatown Health into Focus

A community forum focused on the health of Chinatown put together by the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) took place on April 27 at the Metropolitan Community Room.

Around 50 health professionals, researchers, and community leaders participated in the forum which was kicked-off with a welcoming address from Tufts Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Eric Beyer.

Dr. Doug Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, and Tina Wang, Field Researcher, gave a presentation on their findings during their Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health.

Having absorbed the presentations that looked at key areas in the health of Chinatown, attendees were assigned into small groups to talk about their thoughts on the health of Chinatown, as well as ways in which to improve communication between large institutions like Tufts Medical Center and the community in an effort to help better assess health needs.

A few of the major questions posed to the small groups were:

• Do you think academic community research partnerships are important?
• What are the strengths of the community that can be built on in fostering research partnerships?
• What are the barriers to building research partnerships with the community and how can these barriers be broken?

Upon reconvening to present the findings from the small discussion groups, each group offered many opinions on how to improve communication between large health institutions and the community, including more participation with community organizations and more in-person interaction with researchers of the same ethnic background.

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