Research Initiatives

Current Research Grants

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has been awarded a number of grants from local, state and national foundations and state and funding agencies.  Many of these grants focus on clinical or community-based research, though several are in the fields of training and medical education. Listed (alphabetically by title) are many of the current (and recent) grants awarded to departmental faculty in research, training and education.


Assessment of Awareness of and Reimbursement Readiness for Diabetes Prevention Program (MA Dept. of Public Health) - Judy Savageau, MPH

Best Practices for Biomedical Research Data Management (National Library of Medicine) – Elaine Martin, DA

Bridges to Health Information for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (National Library of Medicine) – Elaine Martin, DA

Children's Behavioral Health Initiative: Behavioral Health Screening of Children and Adolescents on Massachusetts Medicaid (MA - EOHHS) - Judy Savageau, MPH

Community Health Workers Using Patient Stories to Support Hypertension Management (NIMHD) - Lee Hargraves PhD

CONtrolling Disease Using Inexpensive IT Hypertension in Diabetes: CONDUIT-HID (AHRQ)Barry Saver, MD, MPH

Cost, Benefit & Regulation of Buprenorphine Treatment for Medicaid Beneficiaries (NIDA)Robin Clark, PhD

Development of Dependence in Young Waterpipe Smokers (Florida International Univ) - Joe DiFranza, MD

Direct Engagement of Stakeholders in Translating CER into Clinical Guidelines (PCORI) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

EHR Enhancement and Chronic Disease Registry Formation for Depression Care Management in Primary Care (MA - EOHHS) - Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

Farm-to-Health Center Initiative – Addressing Food Insecurity at the Family Health Center of Worcester (UMMS Public Service Award) – Melanie Gnazzo, MD

From the First Tooth  (Dentaquest) - Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Health Needs and Barriers to Perinatal Care for Women with Mobility Disabilities (NIH) - Monica Mitra, PhD

Health Surveillance of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (CDC) – Alexandra Bonardi, OTR/L, MHA 

High Deductable Health Plans in Massachusetts: Adoption of HDHPs and Patterns of Health Care Utilization and Spending (Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)) - Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD

Homeless Families Healthcare Project (Oak Foundation) - Linda Weinreb, MD

Identification of Effective Community-based Models for Coordinating Care for Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders (BCBS) - Robin Clark, PhD

Implementation Science – Advancing Evidence-based Practices for Prison Inmates (AHRQ and NIDA) – Warren Ferguson, MD

Influence and Evidence: Understanding Consumer Choices in Preventive Care
(PCORI) - Barry Saver, MD, MPH

Integrated Care Model for Homeless Women (NIMH) - Linda Weinreb, MD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Co-Morbid Behavioral and Medical Problems (PCORI/Univ of VT) – Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

 Kidsteps II: Promoting School Readiness Through Social-emotional Skill Building in Preschool (US Dept. of Education) - Carol Upshur, EdD

Meeting the Needs of Pregnant Women with PTSD in Healthy Start ( HRSA-MCH ) Linda Weinreb, MD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Mindfulness-Centered Pregnancy Initiative at the Family Health Center Prenatal Care Program (UMMS Public Service Award)Jennifer Moffitt

National Epidemiologic Survey of Women in Primary Care Practices: Substance Use and Mental Health Service Needs and Barriers (NIAAA) - Carole Upshur, EdD and Linda Weinreb, MD

Parent Outreach in Preschool Programs (UMMS Healey Grant)Melodie Wenz Gross, PhD and Carole Upshur, EdD

Possible Significance of Cholinergic Influence in ADHD (NIDA) - Joe DiFranza, MD

Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications, Outcomes and Inpatient Costs Among Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NIH) - Monika Mitra, PhD

Primary Prevention for Resettled Refugees from Burma (Worcester County Prevention Research Center) - Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD

Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women (NCI) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Providers in Community Health Centers in MA (MA - EOHHS) - Judy Savageau, MPH and Linda Cragin, MS

Smiles for Life (Dentaquest) - Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Health in Homeless Women in Primary Care (NIAAA) - Carole Upshur, EdD and Linda Weinreb, MD

Supporting Patient and Provider Managment of Chronic Pain with a PDA Application Linked to a Personal Health Record (RWJF) - Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH

Systematic Review of Oral Health Interventions Aimed to Reduce Health Disparities in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AADMD AND CDC) - Alexandra Bonardi, PhD 

The Impact of Physician Non-English Language Proficiency Level on Cancer Care (NCI) - Warren Ferguson, MD

The Quality of Buprenorphine Treatment for Medicaid Beneficiaries (NIH) - Jeff Baxter, MD

Understanding and Addressing the Legal Needs of Refugees (UMMS - CTSA) - Heather Lyn Haley, PhD


Caring for Vulnerable Populations - Residency Training in Primary Care (HRSA) - Jim Ledwith, MD

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidenced-based Treatments for Substance Abuse Disorders and HIV for Justice-involved Populations
(NIDA - conference grant) - Warren Ferguson, MD


Fostering Effective Integration (Massachusetts Blue Cross Foundation) - Alexander Blount, EdD

Graduate Training in Family Medicine / Worcester Family Practice (HRSA) - Stacy Potts, MD

Graduate Training in Family Medicine / Fitchburg Family Practice (HRSA) - Jim Ledwith, MD

Massachusetts AHEC Learning and Library Resources Service Program (NLM) - Elain Martin, DA

National Library of Medicine / New England Regional Library - Access to Health Information for Health Professionals (NIH/NLM) - Elaine Martin, DA

Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine (HRSA) - Robert Baldor, MD

Preventive Medicine Training Grant (HRSA) - Jackie Coghlin-Strom, MD, MPH

The Rural Health Scholars Program (UMMS - Public Service Endowment Grant) - Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Steve Martin, MD



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