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Welcome Dr. Chloe E. Bird, PhD, MA

Chloe E. Bird, PhD, MA

We are pleased to welcome and introduce Chloe E. Bird, PhD, MA who will join Tufts Medical Center as the new Program Director of the Center for Health Equity Research in the Department of Medicine effective July 2022. She will also serve as the Sara Murray Jordan Professor.

Dr. Bird is currently a senior sociologist at RAND Corporation where she spent the last 22 years studying women’s health and healthcare, social determinants of health, neighborhood effects on health, and gender, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and healthcare. She is also a Professor of Sociology and Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and serves as the associate editor of Women’s Health Issues. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Oberlin College, Dr. Bird completed her MA in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There she also earned her PhD in Sociology and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Society and Health, a joint program of the Health Institute, New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) and the Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health. 

Dr. Bird has been the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology by the American Sociological Association, the William Foote Whyte Career Award, and elected member for the Women Impact for Healthcare. She is also a former member of the National Institute of Health Advisory Committee on Women’s Health and elected fellow for both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Health Behavior. Dr. Bird has also been an advisor to the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health.  

The Center for Health Equity Research sits within the Department of Medicine. The center supports research of early career investigators in a wide range of topics in health equity. Current work includes integration of social care and health care, implementation on collection of SOGI data, understanding impact of uninsured stability on chronic disease management, and patient navigation to reduce cancer disparities.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bird to Tufts Medical Center.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Tufts Medical Center to lead research and mentor researchers in developing practical and effective ways to increase health equity.” (Chloe Bird)