Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

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The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is an interdisciplinary center within Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).

CMC aims to enhance the health and well-being of CHA and our local community by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare. Based on current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, CMC encourages empirically-supported theory and practice. CMC focuses on innovation in areas of patient care, professional education, scientific research, workplace well-being, and programs for our diverse communities. Grounded in the value that mindfulness and compassion are innate human capacities that support health and well-being, CMC aims to foster an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive. 

Featured News

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Neural and Physiologic Effects of Self-Compassion on Chronic Pain” from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  This grant will provide seed funding for a pilot neuroimaging study examining self-compassion training for people experiencing chronic lower back pain. 

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications” from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to participate in the NIH Science of Behavior Change Initiative. This grant will support CMC’s participation in the Mindfulness Research Collaborative with other institutions such as University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University, Brown University, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.


Upcoming Events

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) Winter 2017 Course with Suzanne Westbrook MD and Jody Daniels MBA

Dates: Orientation (required): Monday, January 23, 2017, 8-Week Course: Mondays, January 30 - March 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

Mindful Practice in Medicine: Weekend Non-Residential Retreat Workshop with Ron Epstein MD, Mick Krasner MD and Zev Schuman-Olivier MD

Dates: Saturday March 18 & Sunday March 19, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm, followed by 4 Wednesday Webinar Series

Location: Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Headquarters Conference Center, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA, 02451