Elmer R. Freeman, MSW

Executive Director
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.

Elmer R. Freeman is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) a community/academic partnership based on a network of 15 community health centers promoting community engagement through education, research, and service. He has 35 years experience in Boston’s communities of color as a community organizer, health care clinician, administrator, public health practitioner, and more recently as community researcher. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA for 17 years prior to joining CCHERS. His leadership of CCHERS has led to its recognition as a national model of an academic/community partnership promoting community engagement and community-based participatory research. Mr. Freeman has made more than 40 presentations at conferences and scientific meetings in the past seven years, including several keynotes.

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