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Lara Jirmanus, M.D.


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

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.

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

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