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 Linda.Cragin@umassmed.edu.
As mentioned last week, congratulations to the following FMCH Remillard Family Community Services grant awardees. Here is a summary of their projects:
Strengthening relationships and skills to address the social determinants of health
Proposed by Patricia Seymour, MD; Christine MacGinnis, DO; and Susan Hogan, MD,
The new social determinants of health curriculum will involve students using national and community-level data to understand the impact of social determinants of health.
- Increasing physical activity in high school students at Holyoke High School-North Campus
Proposed by medical students Jennifer Marino, Akanksha Nagarkar, Nefeli Neamonitaki, and Elena Tang; and Melanie Gnazzo, MD.
For M.E.A.L. (My Education, Action and Lifestyle) Inc., a student-run organization, working to improve access to future health predictors and improve health outcomes in Holyoke.
- Expanding community health worker workforce development within the African community in Worcester
Proposed by medical students Erik Bartland and William Lemnios; and Olga Valdman, MD.
To increase engagement of African community members in community health worker training.
- Improving postpartum and breastfeeding education among medical trainees for provision of high-quality breastfeeding medical care to the Worcester population
Proposed by Pratiksha Yalakkishettar, MD, resident in family medicine.
To close the gap in clinical training around medication safety in lactation and provide education for medical trainees who interface with recently postpartum or lactating individuals.
- Breaking barriers through advocacy for Worcester survivors of commercial sexual exploitation
Proposed by medical students Evelyn Semenov, Stevie Yang, Ivy Mwangi, Shivi Maheswaran, Rosemary Cobb, Ana-Maria Poole, Ari Fantakis Ettore and Nefeli Neamonitaki; nursing student Rachel Stroh; and Jennifer Bradford, MD.
A program that aims to address disparities encountered by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation while educating current and future health care providers to better advocate for survivors.
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.
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).
Faculty Resource Fair
The Office of Faculty Affairs is holding a Faculty Resource Fair on September 28th from 11:30am-1:30pm in the school lobby, please see details [here].
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 https://umassmed.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GUbJ2w3HifJC8S.