Developed and operated by UMW, Commonwealth Medicine provides partnership opportunities for dozens of state and local agencies in Massachusetts to increase the value and quality of publicly funded health expenditures and to improve access and delivery of care to at-risk and uninsured populations. Drawing on UMW's depth and breadth of academic, research, management and clinical resources, Commonwealth Medicine assists health care providers in the public sector to optimize efficiency and effectiveness.
Specific programs that foster collaboration with various state and local agencies on health care initiatives include the Center for Health Care Financing, the Center for Health Policy and Research, the Office of Community Programs/MassHealth Access, Disability Evaluation Services, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Health and Criminal Justice Programs, Nursing Home Initiative, Office of Clinical Affairs and the Center for Adoption Research. Commonwealth Medicine also administers the grants and contracts that support the UMMS Shriver Center, where research is conducted to determine the biological and environmental factors that influence neurological and behavioral development, and educational and service programs directly benefit individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. In addition, Commonwealth Medicine provides operating services for the New England Newborn Screening Program on the Medical School's Jamaica Plain campus, and provides health care services to inmates through its contract with the Massachusetts Department of Correction.