By Sandra GrayUMass Medical School Communications
Medical students Arianne Baker, Kelli Paice, Caroline Royer, Ismael Rivera and GSN student Malgorzata Smas focused on what senior citizens who reside on the island year-round need in order to age in place.
The students are Rural Health Scholars who were participating in UMass Medical School’s annual Population Health Clerkship. The clerkship is a required two-week field experience in which they are introduced to public health and conduct community-informed research into a particular population’s unmet health needs.
The group that focused on healthy aging of year-round Martha’s Vineyard residents presented their findings, culled from interviews with 33 island organizations, to strengthen elder infrastructures on Martha’s Vineyard.
“We’re hoping that the recommendations we’ve presented give you an idea of what we think the path forward is—an island where it’s healthier and safer and more enjoyable to grow old,” said Smas, one of the students quoted in the article. “There are a lot of people on the Island who are eager to make these solutions happen.”
The projects were supported with grants from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital; the federally funded Massachusetts Area Health Education Centers Network run by UMass Medical School; and the Mass in Motion initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on which the Medical School is a collaborator.
Read the full Vineyard Gazette story here.
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