UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - August 15, 2023/COMMUNITY

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Table of Contents

Focus of the Week – Community


Department Member Recognition

Presentations and Publications

Frankly Speaking Podcast

Clinical Services Spotlight

Focus of the Week - Community

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Community Health

Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD, Program Director

Point32Health Foundation (formed in 2022 by the combination of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation) is offering Community Grants (Access to affordable, nutritious food, behavioral health and healthy aging initiatives); See website for upcoming information sessions for call scheduling to explore possibilities; $100K/yr x 2yrs; 10-15 awards/yr;; LOI.

Interested in Community and Legislative Advocacy? UMass Chan medical students are forming a group to engage with specific issues affecting the state and our local communities and looking for a UMass physician (including residents) with interest in social determinants of health and community involvement to act as their faculty mentor. The group would support existing initiatives by physicians and community organizations doing important advocacy work, such as for the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act. We need your help to move forward with becoming an official student group! If interested, please contact and


In the month of August, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee sponsors National Breastfeeding Month to support babies and families. This year’s theme is This is Our Why – a time to celebrate lactating parents and the work to support breastfeeding. Share HHS MyHealthfinder resources on breastfeeding and quick tips for eating healthy while breastfeeding


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

As we grieve the loss of Judy Savageau and realize the impact she had on our work, if you need access to her files for documents or communication, please contact

Congratulations to the Remillard Family Community Service Fund recipients in Family Medicine:  Trish Seymour, Susan Hogan, Melanie Gnazzo, Olga ValdmanPratiksha Yalakkishettar, and Jennifer Bradford! More to come next week!

The Center for Integrated Primary Care offers free, online training in the assessment of OUD and treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone. This content takes ~2 hours to complete and those who complete it will receive free CME. 

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) has courses as well:

Boston Medical Center has 16 hours of free CME in 30-minute increments:

See attached for other answers and options.

Social Determinants of Health Poster Session

Wednesday, August 23rd, 3:15-5:30pm, Faculty Conference Room,

UMass Chan Medical School. (see attached flyer for additional information)


  • 3:15-3:45: Poster Session and Judging 
  • 3:45-3:50: Welcome by Dr. Patricia Seymour, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum 
  • 3:50-4:20: Keynote Address by Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Executive Director, Collaborative in Health Equity 
  • 4:20-4:30: Closing Remarks and Presentation of Awards by Dr. Susan Hogan, Assistant Professor Family Medicine and Community Health and Longitudinal Leader of Societal Forces of Health and Disease 
  • 4:30-5:30: Reception 

Hepatitis C and General Hepatology Project ECHO

(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

You are invited to join an exciting virtual collaborative learning opportunity which will allow you to build expertise in the evaluation and management of patients living with chronic

Hepatitis C. (see attached brochure and curriculum schedule)

What? Hepatitis C ECHO, a virtual case-based tele-mentoring educational model

Who? Primary care interdisciplinary team members (providers, nurses, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, etc.)

Why? Tele-mentoring model that links specialists to primary care providers (PCPs) via video conferencing from any computer; Case based, iterative learning facilitated by specialists and related experts; through guided practice, PCPs become proficient in specialty care

When? A new cohort begins Friday, September 8th, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30pm ~ with 10 sessions held bi-monthly.

Register Today!

Funding Opportunity: The Blue Cross Shields of MA Foundation Special Initiatives

grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period which empowers communities to advance health equity. Visit their website for more details:

Applications are due September 11th, 2023.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 19th, 12 noon – 1pm, for our Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds, to attend our 25th annual Putterman Lecture, being presented by Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA. Her lecture topic will be on “Walking in Their Shoes – My Journey as a Patient Searching for Equity”. This is a hybrid event. The presentation will take place at the UMass Chan Medical School in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium AS2.2102 or via Zoom. For further details, please use this link to view the flyer for this event, Steven L. Putterman, MD Memorial Lecture - Tap here to view. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Pilot Project Award - Call for Applications

The UMass Chan Ambulatory Research Consortium (ARC, UMass ARC website) is a collaboration of the Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medicine and Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, and the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). The goal of the PBRN is to accelerate health services research and improvement science and to serve as a learning laboratory for discovery that improves the delivery and outcomes of ambulatory care.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are due on September 22nd.

We welcome submissions for pilot project awards (up to $25,000 for 1 year).

Teaching of Tomorrow (TOT) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed faculty development program that focuses on building and refining foundational skills for effective clinical teaching in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Preceptors from any specialty and discipline will enhance their clinical teaching skills through discourse and practice. Workshop dates are November 17-18, 2023, and March 8-9, 2024, and will be held at the Hotel Northampton. Participants must attend all four days. See the brochure for details and

register at

Department Member Recognition


Congratulations to Josephine Fowler, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAFP, Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, who has been named as one of the newest members of UMass Memorial Medical Group’s Board of Trustees.

Presentations and Publications

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP, co-moderated a national webinar as part of his work with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative and the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health on the topic of Using Oral Health For Service-Learning in Primary Care Training. Local panelists included Fiona Splaine UMCMS '24 and Rev. Mantler from the UMCMS Free Clinic Program at Epworth Church.

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: Listen in as we review a recent JAMA publication of a randomized controlled trial that quantified the benefits of a targeted approach to prescribing antihypertensive medications. Don't miss this opportunity to keep your management of patients with hypertension up to date. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP, presents: "Should We Personalize Our Approach to Treating Hypertension?" - Frankly Speaking Ep 341.

Clinical Services Spotlight:

Josephine Fowler, MD, MBA, Vice Chair of Clinical Services


  • Coronavirus is now seen as a year-round virus threat.
  • COVID cases are increasing nationally.
  • The new variant is E.G.5 or "Eris".
  • As of August 8th, it is found in 50 countries.


  • There were 1,377 new cases in the last 7 days.
  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 9%.
  • There were 2 new confirmed deaths reported in the last 7 days.


  • Current 7-day positivity rate 17.9%, increased from 9.8% 1 week ago.
  • There are 10 in house COVID positive patients (6 of the 10 are fully vaccinated).
  • There are 2 inpatients with COVID in the ICU and neither is vaccinated.

Important MATE training below:

The Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, requires all DEA-registered providers to complete a one-time, 8-hour training for opioid and substance use disorder to be met on or after June 27th in alignment with your new or renewing registration. You can meet that requirement through a free, online Pain Management & Opioids CME online course from NEJM Knowledge+.

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.

Yoga Classes with Dr. Liz Erban

New members always welcome. 

Please join for early morning gentle yoga, Wednesday mornings 6:30am via Zoom.

Much appreciation to Dr. Liz Erban for hosting these outstanding classes. 

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 923 9393 3653 Passcode: 764113