Public Service Mission


The faculty, students and staff of UMass Worcester are committed to making an impact on the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world. Every day, in ways large and small, our institutional community is actively and passionately engaged in the communities we serve, undertaking numerous and varied outreach initiatives with partners in the academic, business and philanthropic fields. Collaborations include partnerships including the long-running Worcester Pipeline Collaborative and Regional Science Resource Center, both award-winning programs recognized as national models for K–12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education outreach; and student-run, faculty-supervised free clinics that provide care for underserved and economically disadvantaged patients.

By working with schools, community groups and social service organizations, UMass Worcester’s reach is extended into places where we can make a difference. And by creating and sustaining relationships with the social and cultural fabric of the region—and, indeed, much of the world—we provide both real-world help and role models for the next generation of nurses, doctors, researchers and leaders.

The Office of Global Health is the latest conduit to broaden UMass Worcester’s reach. The office coordinates and optimizes current and future endeavors in global medicine to elevate it to a more visible, high-impact initiative; develop a network of international activities that can inspire UMW medical, nursing and basic science students as on-site teachers and practitioners; and enhance training of health care providers internationally. The Office of Global Health also works with the Office of Research to help coordinate specific clinical trials and epidemiological studies as opportunities arise. 

Since 2002, the Graduate School of Nursing has  worked closely with  UMass Medical School’s health care consulting division, Commonwealth Medicine (CWM).  CWM is  anon-profit organization that is dedicated to improving public health through a public university/state agency collaboration. Examples include the Massachusetts Department of Correction and a recent initiative supporting the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Long-Term Care and Housing Master Plan Commission which is charged to study, evaluate and make recommendations regarding the future needs surrounding the housing and residential care demands of veterans, veterans’ spouses and veterans’ dependents.  GSN students and faculty in partnership with the CWM are studying and evaluating changes in veterans care and delivery of services relative to long-term health care and housing, current capital needs for existing service settings and best practices in other states.  The GSN also enjoys a long-standing relationship of faculty and student partnerships with the Worcester Department of Public Health as well as many other local and state community agencies, including the Community Health Improvement Plan.

Our students also work in the Worcester community with he Worcester Department of Public Health on special projects on community health topics.  A strong collaboration also includes working with the Worcester Senior Center on many initiatives including their annual Community Immunity Day. Community service opportunities also exist in the local community involving care for the underserved, prevention education, and other public health initiatives working collaboratively with the Worcester Department of Public Health, Family Health Center, and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.

The Geriatric Fellows Program provides nursing and interprofessional providers with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of geriatric health care needs while also participating in professional activities and interdisciplinary partnerships.  The Comprehensive Geriatric Education and Mentoring across Settings (Co-GEMS) initiative provides more specialized geriatric care training to improve care for the increasing number of elders who are living longer. 

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