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Lara Jirmanus, M.D.

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Harvard TH Chan School of Public HealthMPH
University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMD
Harvard CollegeBA
2008
Pisacano Scholarship for Leadership in Family Medicine
2008 - 2009
Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship
2006 - 2007
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Overview
Dr. Lara Jirmanus is a family physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member at the CHA Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy. She founded and coordinates the Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity, a group of public health and community leaders advocating for an equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and the Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network, a group of healthcare and legal professionals and community organizations supporting immigrants in Eastern Massachusetts. Jirmanus has been involved in grassroots organizing, advocacy and research for many years, addressing worker and immigrant rights in the US, infectious diseases in Brazil and the impact of conflict and displacement in the Middle East. Her research interests include health equity, immigrant health, community-based participatory research, and community health workers.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed family medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center, a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an MPH at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Jirmanus served as chief resident in Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon and a fellow at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. She taught a global health and social medicine course at AUB Medical School and an interdisciplinary seminar on the Syrian refugee crisis at Harvard University.

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A Qualitative Exploration of Community Health Work in Lebanon
Summer, 06/09/15 - 08/09/15

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  1. Jirmanus LZ, Ranker L, Touw S, Mahmood R, Kimball SL, Hanchate A, Lasser KE. Impact of United States 2017 Immigration Policy changes on missed appointments at two Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospitals. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Aug; 24(4):807-818. PMID: 35624394.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Jirmanus LZ, Ziadee M, Usta J. Confronting Structural Inequities: The Limits of Participation when Developing a Community Health Intervention with Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Lebanon. Soc Sci Med. 2021 03; 272:113699. PMID: 33556814.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  3. Al-Rousan T, Schwabkey Z, Jirmanus L, Nelson BD. Health needs and priorities of Syrian refugees in camps and urban settings in Jordan: perspectives of refugees and health care providers. East Mediterr Health J. 2018 Jun 10; 24(3):243-253. PMID: 29908019.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Lara Jirmanus, MD MPH. Victims of a Broken System: A Syrian Refugee Family’s Struggle for Healthcare in Lebanon. Harvard Public Health Review. 2016; 7. View Publication.
  5. Lewnard JA, Jirmanus L, Júnior NN, Machado PR, Glesby MJ, Ko AI, Carvalho EM, Schriefer A, Weinberger DM. Forecasting temporal dynamics of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Northeast Brazil. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Oct; 8(10):e3283. PMID: 25356734.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  6. Jirmanus L, Glesby MJ, Guimarães LH, Lago E, Rosa ME, Machado PR, Carvalho EM. Epidemiological and clinical changes in American tegumentary leishmaniasis in an area of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis transmission over a 20-year period. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Mar; 86(3):426-33. PMID: 22403312; PMCID: PMC3284357.
    Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
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