Monthly Departmental Research Forums

The department hosts a monthly research forum (coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH) at which faculty and students are encouraged to present research in progress, new grant ideas, data analysis plans, etc. The goal for these forums is to provide faculty with the necessary feedback and assistance to bring scholarly projects to completion. Listed below are presentations made during the past two academic years (2014-2016)

2015-2016 Department Research Forums

September 18, 2015:
Monika Mitra, PhD and Linda Long-Belil, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Understanding Disability-related Disparities in Perinatal Health and Birth Outcomes”

October 16, 2015:
Carole Upshur, EdD and Melodie Wenz Gross, PhD“Preliminary Findings of Kidsteps II: Promoting School Readiness through Social Emotional Skill Building in Preschool”

November 20, 2015:
Deborah Gurewich, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) and Robin Clark, PhD“Coordinating Care for Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Primary Care Needs: A Study of Three Centers”

December 18, 2015:
Sai Cherala, MD, MPH (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Clinical and Community Partnerships: Lessons from the Field”

January 15, 2016:
Carole Upshur, EdD and Kate Sullivan, BA“The Women’s Health Survey: Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Health Among Homeless Women in Primary Care”

February 19, 2016:
Deborah Gurewich, PhD and Michael Chin, MD, MPH (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Understanding the Remaining Uninsured in Massachusetts”

March 18, 2016:
Melissa Clark, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Patients with Advanced Disease: Differences by Sexual Orientation?” 

April 15, 2016:
Lee Hargraves, PhD, Debra Bonollo and Elliot Rivera CHWs Using Patient Stories to Support Hypertension Self-management: A Progress Report”

May 20, 2016:
Rebecca Reznik-Zellen and Lisa Palmer (UMMS Lamar Soutter Library) – “Open Access:  What, Why, How?”

June 17,2016:
Bill Shaw, PhD, and Santosh Verma, MD, MPH, ScD (Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety) – “Manage at Work”


2014-2015 Department Research Forums

September 19, 2014:
Judy Savageau, MPH, Linda Cragin, MS (MassAHEC) and Warren Ferguson, MDTake II: Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians at Community Health Centers in Massachusetts. Results from 2008 and 2013 Physician Surveys

October 17, 2014:
Cancelled due to conflict with FMCH departmental retreat

November 19, 2014:
Steve Earls, MD and Sue Begley, MBA (from the Barre Family Health Center) – “Introducing Scribes into a Busy Family Medicine Clinical Setting

December 19, 2014:
Hugh Silk, MD, MPH and Meghan Veno, MS-II“Thursday Morning Memo Reflections: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the TMM Listserv’s Readings/Writings on Impacting Interest in Primary Care and Family Medicine

January 16, 2015:
Alexa Connell, PhDPreliminary Data from Integrated Care Distance Learners”

February 20, 2015:
Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) Adoption in Massachusetts: Implications for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)”

March 20, 2015:
Cancelled due to conflict with outside FM conferences

April 17, 2015:
Melanie Gnazzo, MD (Family Health Center of Worcester), Rachel Erdil (MS-3), Kathryn Bailey (MS-3) and Elizabeth Rosen (MS-2) – “Farm to Health Center Initiative: Optimizing Outcomes for a Produce-to-Patient Distribution” 

May 15, 2015:
Cancelled due to conflict with FMCH departmental retreat

June 19, 2015:
Jack Gettens, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Employment-Related Health Services and Support Needs among People with Disabilities”


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