UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - April 20, 2021/COMMUNITY
Welcome to the FMCH Tuesday Talk. Please continue to send us your announcements, celebrations, and accomplishments to [email protected].
Table of Contents
1.    Upcoming Events
2.    Focus of the Week - Community
3.    Announcements
4.    Frankly Speaking Podcast
5.    Faculty Presentations/Publications
6.    Department Member Recognition
7.    Clinical Services Spotlight
8.    Wellness Resources
9.    Working on Wellness
Message from the Chair

April 21st is Administrative Professionals Day. Please join me in thanking these vital team members. Much of what they do day to day is invisible – which is what makes them so critical to our work. My thanks to all the administrative personnel across all our sites. 
Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds "Med Moth COVID Stories"
April 20th, Tuesday, 12 - 1 pmDifferent Zoom ID from regular Grand Rounds:
Meeting ID: 962 4390 3258 Password: 066113
Focus of the Week - Community
Community Health at the Intersection with Criminal Justice
For nearly 20 years, FMCH has been engaged in work focusing on the health of criminal justice-involved populations. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color are severely over-represented as are people with low income. Individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders and veterans are also over-represented. Once incarcerated, people often cycle through prison and jail systems with recidivism rates estimated at 75% over five years. Barriers to addressing social determinants of health following release are well established, leading to high risk of death and disability.

From 1998-2013, the Commonwealth Medicine division of the medical school provided comprehensive mental and medical health care, with FMCH as a partner. During and since that time, the department’s role has shifted away from direct care and has focused more on research and education. Warren Ferguson, MD, Senior Vice Chair, founded the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health and the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, widely recognized as critical dissemination and organizing vehicles for academic health centers and faculty with a shared mission to improve health outcomes of justice-involved populations and to reform mass incarceration and justice disparities.

On April 8-10, 2021, the annual ACCJH Conference took place virtually with 175 peer-reviewed presentations and academic posters presented virtually. Over 400 individuals from five countries and 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico attended the conference. In addition, 64 students, early career investigators, community-based and criminal justice-based scholars were awarded scholarships to attend. Conference presentations were recorded and are available through the consortium:

Presenting at the conference from the UMass community were:
  • Ekaterina Pivovarova, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health: Perspectives on the causes of addiction and treatment history among persons who use heroin.
  • Jesse Joseph Feierabend-Peters, MS4 and Warren Ferguson, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health: Coming Home: Understanding Navigator Best Practices to Assist Formerly Incarcerated Persons with health and human service needs.

From Commonwealth Medicine:
  • Audrey Smolkin, Director, Child and Family Policy, Instructor of Pediatrics: Racism, Trauma and Resilience: Transforming Systems and Practice for Youth of Color.
  • Dyana Nickl, Executive Director, Health and Criminal Justice Program and Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Nursing and Meaghan Dupuis, Senior Director of Operations, Health and Criminal Justice Program: Multi-agency collaboration to improve Covid-19 vaccine compliance.
  • Katherine London, Principle, Health Law & Policy: Massachusetts demonstration: Medicaid supports for justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs.

CIPC Course and Recruitment Announcement
The UMass Medical School Center for Integrated Primary Care (CIPC) is currently developing a new course entitled Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health for Primary Care Providers, an online, asynchronous training on key areas of knowledge to assist PCPs in providing more robust mental health care services in primary care and to do so collaboratively on primary care teams that include behavioral health providers. There will be a Course Co-Director Position open and would like to encourage people to apply.

FHCW Wednesday Cultural Rounds
The residents at FHCW host the event each Wednesday from 5 – 5:30pm. We welcome a member of the community to talk about their culture and the ways it can impact their health and the care they receive. The sessions are informal and involve a robust Q&A. Through these weekly discussions, we hope to promote cultural humility and the continuous process of learning about perspectives outside of our own in order to improve the care we provide. We welcome anyone interested in joining us each week at the link below:

Research-Oriented Faculty Development Workshops
Judy Savageau, MPH will lead two faculty development workshops: May 12th & May 26th. RSVP to [email protected].
  • #1. Dissemination: Getting Started, Picking the Right Journal, Authorship, Responding to Reviewers’ Comments, and More. May 12th, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • #2. Writing for the Peer-Reviewed Literature: What Goes into Each Section of a Manuscript. May 26, 5:30-7 pm.

Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Abstracts
The research staff maintains a list of upcoming meetings and conferences that FMCH faculty members often attend. The list has information on deadlines for abstract submissions and links to conference websites. Contact Kate Sullivan if you would like to
add a conference to the list: [email protected]. The list can be downloaded from the Department website:

Research Support
A reminder that the Department offers support for FMCH faculty research leading to scholarly publications and/or presentations. You can find more information, including a form for requesting support, on the FMCH website: Research Initiatives - UMass Medical School - Worcester.

The FMCH Town Halls are once again being recorded for those unable to join the live meeting. A separate folder has been created on the FMCH website under Faculty Resources. No password is required to view these recordings. This URL will take you to the Faculty Resources portion of the FMCH website and it can be bookmarked for future reference.
Frankly Speaking Podcast

A weekly Podcast series covering newsworthy topics in primary care medicine.

Join us for this episode as we review a recent meta-analysis that addresses best treatment modalities for adhesive capsulitis. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD presents: FAAFPThawing The Frozen Shoulder - Frankly Speaking Ep 220.
Faculty Presentations

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP virtually presented at the National Oral Health Conference on April 16-17. Seminar entitled: Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Best Practices for Improving Oral Health for Pregnant Women and Infants; and a roundtable entitled: Increasing and Improving Oral Health Curricula in Health Schools – Here’s How! (the latter based on work with Judy Savageau, MPH and Kate Sullivan).
Department Member Recognition
Jim Ledwith, MD has a new role as an opioid management consultant for UMass Memorial Health Care, specifically tasked with assisting individual physicians and practice groups with establishing systems for safe opioid prescribing and guiding the transition of care when patients on opioid therapy lose their physician to retirement or relocation. He is also a physician consultant for MCSTAP and encourages all health care providers working with patients challenging pain or substance use to make use of the free consultation service for management advice and resources. 
1-833-PAIN-SUD (1-833-724-6783).
Clinical Services Spotlight:
Annual Faculty Review Deadline- May 15th.
  • Reminder to clinical faculty to meet with your medical director or supervisor to complete the AFR Meetings.

COVID Update
  • World 141,352,311 cases; 18.2M active; and 3,025,234 deaths.
  • US 32.3M cases and 580,756 deaths.
  • Massachusetts COVID cases 630,206; Active cases 34,682; hospitalized 693 with 169 in ICU and 99 intubated; 17,110 confirmed deaths.
  • State test positivity 1.97%.
  • Worcester (Stop the Spread) test positivity has increased to 9.8%.
  • UMassMemorial has 47 inpatients (15 in ICU).

Vaccines and COVID News
  • Johnson and Johnson on pause for evaluation of connection with rare but serious blood clots.
  • UMass will continue to reach out to diverse populations to deliver vaccinations to improve the health equity gap. 
  • UMass continues to vaccinate using Pfizer and Moderna.
  • According to the CDC, 5800 fully vaccinated people have been diagnosed with COVID. This represents only a very small portion of those who have been vaccinated. However it reinforces the need for continued vigilance after vaccination: Wear a mask, keep social distancing, wash your hands, and avoid large crowds.

Who are the happiest doctors outside of work?
  • Most doctors report being happy with their life outside of work.
  • Gen Y lead the pack, born between 1980-1994, followed by Gen X (1965-1979) and baby boomers (1944-1964).

The Happiest Doctors away from work by specialty:
  • Rheumatology
  • General Surgery
  • Public Health/Preventive Medicine
  •  Allergy and Immunology
  • Orthopedics

Medscape's Physician Lifestyle & Happiness Report 2020,
Wellness Resources

The Caring for the Caregiver Program provides resources such as the Caregiver Support Line (508-334-HELP) and The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers a variety of services and supports (including virtual peer support and wellness tips. EAP can be accessed at 866-263-3525, or, [company code UmassMemorial]. More information is available on the Caring for the Caregiver page.
Working on Wellness
Yoga Classes with Dr. Liz Erban
Please join department members for early morning gentle yoga, Wednesday mornings 6:30am via Zoom. Much appreciation to Dr. Erban for hosting these outstanding classes. Join Zoom Meeting
Zumba with Dr. Anna Zheng
Upcoming changes starting Saturday, 5/1/21 class:
  • No changes to Monday 6AM class. Still ZOOM. 
  • Thursdays will be outdoors & in-person. New start time: 5:45PM. Location details below. (please scroll down). Weather permitting. Will convert to ZOOM if rain, etc. 
  • Saturdays, still 9:15AM, but: 
  1. Only 1x per month (5/1; 6/5; 7/10; 8/7; 9/18)
  2. Outdoors and in-person  
  3. Hope ZOOM-possible. 
Outdoor Location for in-person classes: 
Location: Tacoma Street Park, near Clark Street intersection (Worcester, MA)
Alternative Location is Lake Park
Amenities: Open Space with Parking lot but no bathroom. If rain or snow, then we'll convert to ZOOM. ZOOM link for all my Zumba classes:
Meeting ID: 557 899 5952
Passcode: 123456