Matthew James O'Brien

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19992021

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Research Interests

My work aims to eliminate health disparities in U.S. Latinos by examining the underlying causes and developing interventions to address them. Since 2007, my colleagues and I have focused on community health workers as a culturally-competent workforce to promote health and prevent disease in this population. Partnered closely with community-based organizations, we have developed and tested community health worker programs to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and most recently diabetes. We conduct qualitative and epidemiologic studies to identify intervention targets in Latinos and develop our intervention approaches. Through advocacy and research efforts, we are also working to integrate community-based health resources with more traditional healthcare services and settings.

Training Experience

2007Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2010Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Brown University

… → 2004

Research interests

  • Community Medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Metabolism
  • Primary Care

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