UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - June 15, 2021/COMMUNITY
Welcome to the FMCH Tuesday Talk. Please continue to send us your announcements, celebrations, and accomplishments to [email protected].
Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Focus of the Week - Community
Frankly Speaking Podcast
Faculty Presentations/Publications
Department Member Recognition
Clinical Services Spotlight
Wellness Resources
Working on Wellness
Message from the Chair

Thanks in advance to Dennis Dimitri, MD and Liz Erban, MD, Frank Domino, MD and his practice colleagues and Fred Baker, MD for being willing to partner with us on the pilot year of a Scribe Fellowship. The four Scribe Fellows come from our Bacc-MD and other pipeline programs designed to strengthen the likelihood of medical school acceptance for diverse and educationally disadvantaged students.  The Fellows will also participate in academic enrichment and other learning opportunities during this gap-year experience. Steve Earls, MD is advising on this pilot.  
Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds
June 15th, Tuesday, 12 - 1pmZoon Wangu, MD, FAAFP presents: Burning Issues in Sexually Transmitted Infections: Anticipating the CDC 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines.
Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Password: FMCH
Focus of the Week - Community

Busy summer for community health
Gardens are not the only thing growing this summer! Two dozen Rural and Urban Health Pathway students have connected through us to help community-engaged projects to flourish as they benefit from the energy and time these committed students are able to devote. Watch for the eager faces of our learners:
  • At the AIDS Project Worcester Mobile Outreach sites in Worcester and Fitchburg.
  • Working on maternal and child health:
  • With the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative’s Breastfeeding Working Group with Dr. Shields.
  • Recruiting and training a diverse cohort of birth doulas with Dr. Gracey.
  • Interviewing new moms from Worcester’s Black communities with Dr. Ireland.
  • Addressing food insecurity:
  • in the clinical setting at Family Health Center Worcester with Dr. Gnazzo.
  • in the community at Black Seed Farmers’ Market with Muslim CommunityLink.
  • in systems behind the scenes at CommunityHELP with Chris Cernak from the Office for Clinical Transformation.
  • Working at Clear Path Devens with veterans who have experiences traumatic brain injury.
  • Training as scribes in family medicine clinics… and more!

Watch this space next month as we’ll share details on their work collected and organized by our Emerging Professionals intern, Deisy Rodriguez, using our new Collaboratory software. Congrats to Deisy, who graduated from Clark last weekend. After a brief trip home to celebrate with family in Texas, she’ll be back to help us document and celebrate the range of community-engaged activity that originates in our department, before beginning the Clark masters’ program in community development and planning with a concentration in health equity.  Many of our faculty can expect to hear from Deisy this summer as we collect stories of community-engaged activities that occur as part of the annual Population and Community Health Clerkship. Want your activities to be on the institutional radar for collaboration and funding? Reach out to [email protected] and Deisy will interview you and facilitate entry into the Collaboratory system. 

The MassAHEC Rural Health Scholars Pathway is delighted to note that several of our pathway graduates received awards at last week’s graduation ceremonies. They include Andrew Baccari, Tess Curran, Richard Moschella and Julia Oppenheimer for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Longitudinal Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Course and Tess Curran for the New England Pediatric Society Award. Congratulations to these accomplished graduates.

The medical school Class of 2021 voted for Laurel Banach, MD, FHCW resident, to receive one of the Outstanding House Educator awards and Claudeleedy Pierre, MD, won one of the faculty awards for Outstanding Educator. 

Faculty Development Workshops
  • June 23rd, Wednesday, 12:15 - 1:15pm: Jennifer Bradford, MD and Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD present: Stand Up: Taking Action to Reduce Bias and Racism.
Please RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend.

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:

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.

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. 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.
Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Join us for this episode as we discuss the results of a systematic review examining the benefits and risks from delaying the use of antibiotics to treat patients in the community for a respiratory infection. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP presents: Antibiotics for Respiratory Tract Infections: Fewer May Be Better - Frankly Speaking Ep 228.
Faculty Presentations/Publications

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP was an invited speaker at the One Team, One Dream: Collaborating to Improve Perinatal Oral Health Symposium hosted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and WakeAHEC on June 10th where he spoke on the topic of Integrating Oral Health into Prenatal Care Visits – How to Conduct an Oral Health Assessment.
Clinical Services Spotlight:
  • Central Mass is experiencing a critical shortage of blood products which has resulted in reductions of surgical schedules. Everyone who can is encouraged to donate.
COVID Updates
  • Total Cases 662,778; Active Cases 2,792; Confirmed deaths 17,576.
  • 7-day average positivity 0.44%, Hospitalizations 136: ICU 47, Intubated 23.
  • Massachusetts New Cases 33, New Deaths 0.
  • Worcester Stop-the-Spread positivity 2.9%.

UMass Memorial
  • UMass Memorial census 4 (2 in ICU), as of Monday am.
  • In house test positivity 2.1% for symptomatic patients and 0.1% for asymptomatic patients.
  • The last surge space has sunset with 6 ICU and 2 Lakeside ICU returned to normal operations.
  • Further relaxation of visitor restrictions will take effect today.
  • Currently 4 employees are out due to COVID (1 new over the weekend).

Vaccine News
  • CDC plans emergency meeting on rare but higher than expected heart inflammation following Covid-19 vaccination.
  • There are 226 reports of persons that meet the definition of myocarditis or pericarditis.
  • Pfizer expected to complete trials for children as young as 2 years old by September.
Maternal and Child Health
UMass Memorial Maternity Center Summit on Racial Equity in Maternity Care is taking place today, from 8 am - 1 pm. Thanks to the Family Medicine Team that has contributed to the planning and preparation for the summit.
Team Birth
Congratulations to all Maternity, Postpartum, and Newborn providers for your completion of the training and working diligently to improve culturally sensitive care to our patients in Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care.
Health Equity and Well Child Visits
Congratulations to the Benedict Family Medicine team led by Dr. Mary Lindholm who have reached the Institutional Goal for Well Child Visits for the Month of May.
*Institutional Goal
*Hispanics - 69%.
*Blacks/AA - 64%.
*University Family Medicine Benedict
*Hispanics - 68.7%.
*Blacks/AA  - 82.5%.
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

May 2021 & summer months (until Sep 2021):
Please join department members Monday mornings at 6:00am, Thursday evenings at 5:45pm**(new time; outdoor location), some Saturday mornings at 9:15am**(only 1x/month; outdoor location) and get moving with Zumba. Please note schedule changes via webpage: ZOOM still possible for all classes.

Much appreciation to Dr. Anna Zheng for hosting these outstanding classes. Join Zoom meeting: