UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - September 19, 2023/COMMUNITY

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Table of Contents

Message From the Chair

Upcoming Events

Focus of the Week – Community


Department Member Recognition

Frankly Speaking Podcast

Clinical Services Spotlight

Message From the Chair

Please save October 24th at 6:00pm for the department’s Annual Awards ceremony. The event will be in-person in the Faculty Conference Room on the University campus with appetizers and wine from 6:00-6:30pm and the program starting at 6:30pm. This is our opportunity to reflect on the year and recognize the efforts of faculty across the department. We will also recognize Judy Savageau’s legacy in the department and community. Please watch for the announcement and RSVP. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds - 25th Annual Steven L. Putterman Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, September 19th, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Walking in Their Shoes - My Journey as a Patient Searching for Equity", presented by Tochi Iroku-Maliza, MD, MPH, MBA.

UMass Chan Medical School in the Albert Sherman Center Auditorium AS2.2102 or via Zoom.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 21st, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Management of Substance Use in Perinatal Individuals", presented by Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD.

Meeting ID: 818 349 233 Passcode: PsychGR1

Focus of the Week - Community

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

Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD, Program Director

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month  

Valuable resources for patients include:  

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline. Someone at this national program will talk to folks in crisis; their website also links to more specific resources for different populations.     
  • MA Behavioral Health Helpline. Calling 833-773-2445 will connect your patients with appropriate caregivers and can often provide appointments with reduced waiting compared to other entry points.   

Valuable resources for clinicians include: 

  • MCPAP: The MA Child Psychiatry Access Project improves access to treatment for children with behavioral health needs and their families by making child psychiatry services accessible to primary care providers across Massachusetts. 
  • MCPAP for Moms: Extends the above access for providers serving providing prenatal, perinatal, birthing, and postpartum care to individuals in Massachusetts. 
  • MCSTAP: The MA Consultation Service for the Treatment of Addiction and Pain provides real-time, telephonic consultation on safe prescribing and managing care for all patients with chronic pain, substance use disorders, or both. 

Centering the Margins: History of Racism in Health Care and its Effect on Indigenous Health.

This panel discussion will highlight the history of racism as it relates to the indigenous Hassanamisco band, how racism affects health care practice and its impact on children’s health in schools. Panelists include Cheryll Holley, chief of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc, Nicole Kazarian, MEd, RN, supervisor for the nursing department at Worcester Public Schools, and Lundy Braun, PhD, professor of medical science and Africana studies at Brown University. September 21st, at noon. Register here.


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

The Worcester Free Care Collaborative (WFCC) programs are seeing a rising number of people seeking care due to the settlement of new refugees. They need the help of additional physicians and APPs. Their faculty advisor, Jim Ledwith, is happy to share about how the free care programs work with anyone interested ( The work is generally relaxed, and it is a real pleasure to see our students developing their clinical skills and connecting their studies to real patient care in their 1st and 2nd years. Please don't feel a need to commit to weekly volunteering – a single evening or once every 1-2 months would be greatly appreciated! Programs run from Monday to Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00pm. If you are interested in getting involved, even if just for one shift, let student Gil Avramovich know when you can attend.( Thanks.

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].

The Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative is thrilled to host its 10th annual Infant Mortality Summit on Tuesday October 3rd, 2023 from 8:30am-12noon, VIRTUALLY.

We are once again highlighting the connection between breastfeeding and infant mortality and presenting this summit in conjunction with the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition’s annual conference. Our theme is Latch On! Supporting Latino and Black Families with Lactation: Examples of Community Programs featuring speakers from 4 different programs and a community panel of their clients. This year we are so excited to be able to offer AAFP CME for the conference. Please see attached flyer and REGISTER today through the link on the flyer.

(There is NO same-day registration and the only access to this is thru the MBC conference portal, so please register).

The UMass Chan Diversity Summit will be held on October 11th, and for the first time it is open to all members of the institution. The call for poster abstracts is open. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work in the community, education, professional development, and recruitment/retention strategies related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The deadline is September 22nd, 2023. Please consider submitting an abstract and attending the summit.

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

After more than two years of planning by a working group of leaders in HIV care and education from UMass, Yale, UCSF and the University of Washington, on Monday, September 11th, 2023, Dr. Philip Bolduc (Principal Investigator) and Vanessa Carson-Sasso (Co-Investigator) launched the new National HIV Residency Pathway Consortium (NHRPC), a special project of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (

Funded by a grant from HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, the Consortium will support the creation, success of and collaboration between HIV training pathways in Family and Internal Medicine residency programs across the country. The NHRPC’s goal will be to increase the number and diversity of providers serving people with HIV, particularly in areas with the largest unmet need for HIV care and prevention. 

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP, was an Invited Speaker on September 13th at the 3rd Annual National Medical-Dental Integration Symposium on the topic of Medical-Dental Integration - What Is Actually Effective?

Jillian Joseph, PA, Erik Garcia, MD, and Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP, with medical student Michael Pepin and the rest of the Road to Care team were recipients of the LIFT (Living in Freedom Together) Annual Award for Outstanding Community Partner for 2022 on September 13th for their work providing health and substance use care to the women served by the organization.

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: As we encounter more patients asking about the recent FDA approval of a new respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for older adults, it's crucial that we keep up to date. Join us as we review the supporting studies, indications, and precautions, giving you confidence in conversations with inquiring patients. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP, presents: "RSV Vaccine for Adults: Studies, Uses, and Patient Conversations" - Frankly Speaking Ep 346.

Clinical Services Spotlight:

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

Welcome to our New MCH Team members from Fitchburg and Leominster. We look forward to working with you.

  • Sanjeevani Deolapure, MD
  • Erin Kate Dooley, MD, MPH
  • Eric Rosenthal, DO


  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 16.5%. This is up from 8.4% this time last week.
  • There were 19 in-house cases of COVID-19 on 9/17/23.
  • Of the 19, 65% are fully vaccinated.
  • Of the 19, 9 cases are primarily COVID.
  • Of the 3 patients in ICU with COVID, 100% are fully vaccinated.


  • For the week ending 9/16, there were 2,700 new cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.
  • There were 9 new confirmed deaths.
  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 11.74%.

Wellness tips for the week.

Take Five! ( Choose at least one each day)

  • Take 5 minutes to think about something that makes you happy during the day.
  • Take 5 minutes to do a full body stretch at the end of your day.
  • Take 5 minutes at the beginning of the day to be grateful." Gratitude"- Think of a few things you are really grateful for in your life, your workplace, family, etc.
  • Take 5 minutes to just take some deep breaths.

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