Research Initiatives

Presentations

The academic research findings of the department's faculty are often accepted for presentation at local, state and national meetings. In addition, many of our faculty are often invited to present their educational and clinical research findings - both nationally and internationally. Listed below (alphabetically by faculty name, though many presentations included faculty from other departments/institutions) are some of the more recent presentations made by departmental faculty:

Ron Adler:
"Communication Strategies to Reduce Overdiagnosis Through a Rational Approach to Cancer Screening: A Focus on PCPs" (Dartmouth Conference: Preventing Overdiagnosis)

Monica Agarawal, Olga Valdman, Noah Rosenberg, and Stephanie Muriglan. "Breastfeeding Practices in Rural Nicaragua" (poster; STFM annual meeting)

Monica Agarwal, Christopher Chang, Serena Hon, Stephanie Muriglan and Olga Valdman:
"Adolescence in Rural Nicaragua: A Study of Identity Through Photojournalism" (AAFP Global Health Conference)

Heather Alker and Suzanne Cashman:
"Development of an Evaluation Tool for Providers of Maternal Child Health Nursing Visits" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Terri Anderson et al:

"Early Findings from the Massachusetts Patient-centered Medical Home Initiative" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Nicholas Apostoleris:
"Encouraging Residents to Continue Participating in Balint and Schwartz Rounds After Graduation" (STFM Forum on Behavioral Science in Family Medicine)
"Training Resident Physicians in the Public Health and Safety Aspects of Prescribing Controlled Substances" (New England Behavioral Science Conference)

Bob Baldor:
"Primary Care and American Medicine" (4th Annual National Conference on Family Medicine and Community Health; West China Hospital/School of Medicine)
"The UMass Medical Home Project: A Mulitidisciplinary Collaborative Care Model" (The National Associate for the Dually Diagnosed Conference)

Jeff Baxter:
"Managing Opioid Dependence with Buprenorphine Essentials for Patient Care" (STFM annual meeting)
"Associations Between Proposed Quality Benchmarks in Buprenorphine Treatment" (Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse)
"A New Tool for Difficult Times: Using Prescription Monitoring Programs to Support Safer Prescribing and Minimize Abuse and Diversion" (workshop; Association for Medical Eduation and Research in Substance Abuse)
"Using Administrative Data to Evaluate Quality in Buprenorphine Treatment" (Addictional Health Services Research Meeting)

Alexander Blount
:

"The Patient-Centered Care Plan as a Clinical and Training Intervention in a Residency Practice." (STFM annual meeting)
"Update on the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care." (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

"Patient-centered Care Plan" 
(STFM Conference on Practice Improvement)

"The Power of the Patient-centered Care Plan to Transform Primary Care Practice" (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association annual conference)
"Overview of the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care" (National Association of Community Health Centers annual meeting)

Phil Bolduc:
"Transitioning HIV to a Primary Care Model" (Massachusetts Statewide HIV Quality Improvement Group)
"HIV Quality Improvement at the Family Health Center of Worcester" (Massachusetts Statewide HIV Quality Improvement Group)

Alexandra Bonardi et al:
"Systematic Review of Oral Health and People with IDD" (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry)

Marcy Boucher, Tracy Kedian and Virginia Van Duyne: "Promoting Emerging Faculty Skills: A Novel 'Tiered Teaching' Program for Senior Residents." (STFM annual meeting)

Derek Brindisi, Monica Lowell, Clara Savage, Suzanne Cashman, et al:
"Implementing Mobilizing for Action Through Partnerships and Partcipitation (MAPP) to Achieve a 21st Century City Health Department" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Lucy Candib et al:
"The Wisdom, Wit, and Well-Being of Senior Faculty: Strategies for Senior Medical Educators." (STFM annual meeting)


Suzanne Cashman:
"Collaborative Interprofessional Teams Improving the Health of Urban Poor" (All Together Better Health VII Conference)
"Evidence-base for Service-Learning in the Health Professions"
(Association for Prevention Teaching and Research)
"Achieving Interprofessional Competencies through Clinical Prevention and Population Health Education." (Association for Prevention Teaching and Research)

“Redesigning an Existing or Creating a New Course with Service-learning as Foundational Pedagogy” (Appalachian Summit on Service-learning Pedagogy and Practice)
“Principles of Community/Academic Partnerships for Service-learning” (Appalachian Summit on Service-learning Pedagogy and Practice)

Suzanne Cashman and Linda Cragin:
"Teaching Social Determinants of Health through Community-based Interprofessional Education: Opportunities for AHECs" (National AHEC Organization annual meeting)

Suzanne Cashman et al:
"Community-based Participatory Research: What is It and How Can All AHECs get Involved?" (National AHEC organization annual meeting)
"Service-learning in the Health Professions: Current State of the Evidence and Opportunities for Future Educational Scholarship" (Community-Campus Partnerships for Health annual conference)

Michael Chin:
"Tracking Rates of Health Insurance Coverage Using Data from State Tax Filings in Massachusetts: 2008-2011" (poster; AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
"Understanding and Analyzing the New Federal Reporting Requirements: Performance Indicators of State Medicaid & CHIP Programs" (22nd Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress)

Robin Clark et al:
"Gender Differences in Psychiatric Comorbidity and Treatment Outcomes in a Medicaid-Insured, Opioid Dependent Population" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)

Robin Clark, Wen-Chieh Lin et al:
"High Cost Medicaid Patients: Who are They? Whose Care is Managed? Whose Isn't?" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)

Robin Clark, Judith Steinberg, Ann Lawthers et al:
"Adoption of Medical Home Characteristics: Interim Results from the Massachusetts Patient-centered Medical Home Initiative (MA PCMHI)" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Robin Clark, Jeff Baxter et al:
"Limiting the Duration of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Will New State Policies Help or Hurt?" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)

Robin Clark:
"Does Prior Authorization of Buprenorphine/Naloxone Save Money or Reduce Diversion" (American Public Heatlh Association annual meeting)

Ali Connell:
"Health Behavior Change for Chronic Illness Care Management" (Annual Case Management Society of America Conference)
"New Partnerships for Systems Change: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care"
(Ounce of Prevention Conference/MA DPH)

Linda Cragin:
"Core Competency Measurement for Youth Programming" (National AHEC Organziation annual meeting)

Linda Cragin et al:
"Resources and Tools to Engage Consumers in the Transformation Process to Become a Patient-centered Medical Home" (Association for Clincians for the Underserved)

Carol Curtain:
"Physical Activity Correlates Among Adolescents With and Without Intellectual Disabilities" (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Kosta Deligiannidis:
"Adolescent Obesity: Identifying Readiness and Opportunites for Change in a Rural Community" (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Frank Domino:
"Weight Loss and Exercise" (New Jersey Academy of Family Medicine conference)
"Top 10 EBN Changes to My Practice" (New Jersey Academy of Family Medicine conference)
"Healthy Living" (Medysis Annual Meeting)
"Obesity" (AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly)
"Top 10 Things I learned in 2013" (AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly)

Frank Domino, Mary Lindholm, Bob Baldor, Judy Savageau and Karen Rayla:
“Interdisciplinary Teaching Within the Family Medicine Clerkship to Address Obesity, Substance Abuse, and Disabilities” (STFM Medical Education Conference)

Warren Ferguson:
"Facing the Worst Health Disparity: The Role for Academic Family Medicine in Criminal Justice Health." (STFM annual meeting)

Warren Ferguson et al:
"Assessing Chronic Disease Care in Corrections" (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Phil Fournier and Lisa Gussak:
"Mentoring the Mentors: Adapting the Case Conference to Foster Mentoring Excellence." (STFM annual meeting)

Jack Gettens et al:
"The Employment-Related Health Insurance and Service Delivery Needs of Persons with Disabilities" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
"Assessing Health Care Reform: Changes to Reduce the Complexity of the Application Process for Individuals with Disabilities" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
"Identifying Persons with Disabilities to Improve Access and Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Economic Well-being and Life Satisfaction Among Working and Non-working Adults with Disabilities” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)
"An Update on the Effects of Tobacco Cessation Services on Smoking Rates Among Massachusetts Medicaid Recipients" (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Joe Gravel et al:
"A Multi-Site Validation Study of Prenatal Ultrasound Training for Family Medicine Residents." (STFM annual meeting)
"The Great Debate in Family Medicine: Should Our Residencies Require 3 Years or 4?" (STFM annual meeting)
"An Innovative, Cloud-Based, Clinical Tool for the Promotion of Resident-Specific Education." (STFM annual meeting)

Lisa Gussak et al:
"Overflowing Your Teaching Toolbox: From Preparation to Performance for Learning Retention." (STFM annual meeting)
"Forward Feeding and Educational Malpractice: Practicing One, Preventing the Other" (STFM Annual Meeting; also presented at the STFM Medical Education Conference)

“Inoculating Against Burnout: Potential Effects on Behavior and Wellness in Medical Students” (STFM Medical Education Conference)

Lisa Gussak and Phil Fournier:
“Using Students’ Medical School Admission Essays to Reflect on Career Choice and the Hidden Curriculum” (STFM Medical Education Conference)

Heather Lyn Haley et al:
"Aligning Individual and System Advocacy for Special Populations" (Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in the Era of Healthcare Reform)
"Understanding the Legal Needs of Refugees in Worcester, MA" (poster; Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in the Era of Healthcare Reform)

Jay Himmelstein:
"Technology and the ACA: Early Lessons from New England" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
“Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): New Developments” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Dan Lasser, Dan Mullin, Jennifer Reidy, Linda Weinreb et al:
"Establishing a Formal Faculty Mentorship Program: A Guide to Successful Implementation" (STFM annual meeting).

Ann Lawthers, Christine Johnson, Judy Steinberg et al:
"Staff Resilience at Mid-Point in a Three-Year Medical Home Demonstration" (poster; AcademyHealth Annual Reseach Meeting)

Jim Ledwith and Peter McConarty:
"Managing Opioid Dependence with Buprenorphine: Integration into Resident Education" (STFM annual meeting)

Jim Ledwith, Nicholas Apostoleris, Peter McConarty, Stefan Topolski and Kristen McCarthy:
“Residency Training in Opiate Dependence Therapy(Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)

Wen-Chieh Lin, Robert Clark et al:
"Factors Associated with Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitizations Among Homeless People with Medicaid: Implications for Health Care Reform" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Mary Lindholm et al:
“The Feedback Loop in Multiple Institutions: Using Data for Preceptors’ Self-Calibration of Student Grades” (STFM Medical Education Conference)

Linda Long-Belil et al:
“Impact of Individual Characteristics, Family Structure and Family Process on Employment Among Youth with a History of Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Elaine Martin:
“Digital Access to the World’s Literature: A Blueprint to Integrate Evidence with Practice” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Steve Martin:
"Promising Practices to Promote Tobacco-Free Active Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Communities" (Innovation in New England Corrections: Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Relapse Prevention in State and Federal Facilities)
"Technology in Practice: A Clinician's Guide" (American College of Physicians National Conference)


Peter McConarty, Luisa Hiendlmayr and Ryan Montoya:
"Improving Influenza Immunization Rates Among Diabetic Patients" (poster; STFM annual meeting)

Monika Mitra et al:
"Using Longitudinal Data to Examine Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" (European Regional Congress for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

Monika Mitra, Alixe Bonardi, et al:
"A National Profile of Deliveries by US Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Maternal Characteristics and Pregnancy Outcomes" (ATINER: Athens Institute for Education and Research Conference)

Monika Mitra:
“Disparities in Adverse Preconception Risk Factors Between Women With and Without Disabilities” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Merits of a Fully Inclusive and Informed Public Health Discourse” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Impact of the Independent Living Philosophy and the Recovery Model on Health Care” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Participatory Research Findings on Measuring the Quality of Health Care Delivery for Persons with Disabilities” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)


Dan Mullin:
“Motivational Interviewing: What Primary Care Providers and Organizations Need to Know for Successful Implementation” (STFM Conference on Practice Improvement)

Dan Mullin and Tina Runyan:
"Using a Same/Next Day Appointment Schedule System to Reduce No-Shows in a PCMH Behavioral Health Service" (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association annual conference)

Stephanie Muriglan, Christopher Chang, Monica Agarawal, and Serena Hon:
"Adolescence in Rural Nicaragua: A Study of Identify Through Photojournalism" (poster; STFM annual meeting)

Keith Nokes:
"Training Students to Care for Underserved Populations: Aligning Mission, Values, and Vocation" (STFM annual meeting)

Erika Oleson, Catherine DuBeau et al:
"Development of a Structured Home Care Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents" (poster; American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting)
"The Advanced Nursing Geriatrics Fellows Program: A Novel Interprofessional Faculty Collaboration" (poster; American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting)
"Image Atlas of Aging: Age-Related Structural and Functional Changes in the Liver" (poster; American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting)
"Ambulator Care Block" (educational product showcase; American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting)

Darlene O'Connor:
"Talking with Dolores" (Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education annual meeting; video)

Val Pietry:
"Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)" (AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly)

Glenn Pransky et al:
"Impact of Safe Resident Handling Programs in Nursing Homes on Outcomes after Work Injury" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Tina Runyan and Phil Bolduc:
"Implementing Chronic Pain Groups in Two Diverse Family Medicine Residency Clinics: Challenges, Lessons Learned and Opportunities" (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association annual conference)

Tina Runyan, Stacy Potts et al:
"Building and Sustaining Inter-Professional Training in a FM Residency" (STFM annual meeting)

Tina Runyan, Stephanie Carter-Henry and Stacy Potts:
"Physicians as Leaders: Mapping the IHI Triple Aim to a New Curriculum" (STFM annual meeting)

Tina Runyan:
"Promoting Mindfulness and Resiliency in Residency" (STFM annual meeting)
"If I Knew Then What I Know Now: What You Should Know Before Making the Leap to Primary Care Psychology" (California Psychological Association annual conference)

"The Four Box Approach to Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Primary Care Behavioral Practice" (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association annual conference)

Judy Savegeau, David Keller et al:
"Universal Behavioral Health Screening in Massachusetts Children on Medicaid" (poster; AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
"Universal Behavioral Health Screening in Massachusetts Children on Medicaid" (poster; Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting)
"Universal Behavioral Health Screening in Massachusetts Children on Medicaid: Preliminary Asessment" (27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference)

Judy Savageau, Linda Cragin, Warren Ferguson et al:
"Take II: Factors Related to Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians at Community Health Centers Post Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Results from 2008 and 2013 Statewide Physician Surveys" (poster; AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)
"Take II: Factors Related to Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians at Community Health Centers post MA Health Care Reform: Results from 2008 and 2013 Statewide Physicians Surveys" (American Association of Medical Colleges Workforce Research Conference)

Sara Shields and Kayla Mahoney:
"Improving Fluoride Varnishes with Patient-Centered Medical Home Approaches" (poster; STFM annual meeting)

Barry Saver:
“Helping Patients Reach a Balanced Understanding of Controversial Cancer Screening Recommendations: The Impossible Dream?” (NAPCRG annual meeting)

Patricia Seymour:
“Writing for Patients and Participating in Peer Review During the Family Medicine Sub-Internship” (STFM Medical Education Conference)

 Hugh Silk:
"Teaching Clinical Inter-Professional PCMH to Learners: Using Oral Health as an Example." (STFM annual meeting).

"An Overview of Smiles for Life and How You Can Use It" (Maine Oral Health Coalition conference: All One Body - Creating Optimal Health Outcomes)

Judy Steinberg, Sai Cherala, Christine Johnson and Ann Lawthers:
"Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA PCMHI): Impact on Clinical Quality at 30 Months" (AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)

Judy Steinberg, Christine Johnson, David Polakoff et al:
"Lessons Learned from Implementing the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home (PMCH) Initiative" (poster; AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting)

Carole Upshur et al:
"Patient Engagement and Barriers to Health Care in the Patient-centered Medical Home" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Anthony Valdini and Joe Gravel:
"Managing Opioid Dependence with Buprenorphine: Integration into Resident Education" (STFM annual meeting)

Anthony Valdini:
"Learning Spanish in Residency: Yes it is Possible (It Can Be Done!)"  (STFM annual meeting)
"An 8-Year Evaluation of a Resident's Second Lanugage Instruction Program: Yes, It's Possible" (STFM annual meeting)

Santosh Verma:
"Preventing Slips and Falls Through Leisure-time Physical Activity: Findings from the Limited-service Restaurant Study" (round table discussion; American Public Health Association annual meeting)
"Are Multiple Job Holders at Increased Risk of Injury? Findings from the National Health Interview Survey" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)
"Perceptions of Slipperiness and Prospective Risk of Slipping" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)
"Internet and IVR Survey: Choice, Engagement, Data Equivalence" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Linda Weinreb, Carole Upshur et al:
"Integrated Care Model for Homless Mothers with Depresson - The Healthy Moms Project" (National Health Care for the Homeless Council Annual Meeting)

Linda Weinreb et al:
"What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Providers" (American Psychiatric Association 167th annual meeting)

Linda Weinreb, Jennifer Moffitt, Carole Upshur and Melodie Wenz Gross:
"Screening for PTSD in Prenatal Care in High Risk Populations: Importance for Identification and Service Provision to Promote Healthy Pregnancy Outcomes" (American Psychiatric Association 167th annual meeting)

Linda Weinreb, Carole Upshur, Melody Wenz-Gross, et al:
"Screening for PTSD in Prenatal Care in High Risk Populations: Importance for Identification and Service Provision to Promote Health Pregnancy Outcomes" (American Public Health Association annual meeting)