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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 (2017-2019)

2018-2019 Department Research Forums

September 21, 2018:
Judy Savageau, MPH“The Institutional Review Board (IRB): Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask”

October 19, 2018:
Rola Saab, MD (Family Health Center of Worcester) – “Improving Rates of  Cervical Cancer Screening and Follow-Up”

November 16, 2018:
Jack Gettens, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Making Ends Meet: How Low-Income Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries Meet Their Needs”

December 21, 2018:
Heather Lyn Haley, PhD (and accompanying UMMS medical students) – “Assessing the Need for Medical-Legal Partnership at Community HealthLink”

January 18, 2019:
Heather Alker, MD, MPH (plus colleagues from Clark University) – “Mapping Infant Mortality in Worcester: Updated Geocoding Results from the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative" 

February 15, 2019:
Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Judy Savageau, MPH, and Kate Sullivan, BA – “Oral Health Education in Primary Care Training”

March 15, 2019:
Sonal Singh, MD, MPHControlling and Stopping Cascades Leading to Adverse Drug Effects Study in Alzheimer’s Disease (CASCADES-AD) - Planning for a Randomized Controlled Trial”

April 19, 2019:
Karen Clements, MPH, ScD“MassHealth 1115 Waiver Demonstration: Evaluation of the Extension of Substance Use Disorder Services”

May 17, 2019:
Corinne Ainsworth, MS-IV (will be starting a Family Medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in July, 2019)“Teen Mothers’ Health Education Program: Nutrition Curriculum Design and Implementation”

June 21, 2019:
Tasmina Hydery, PharmD, Sara Shields, MD, MS, Cathy Violette, DNP, and Vanessa Villamarin“The Worcester Baby Box Initiative: Assessing the Impact of Local Education and Resource Distribution on Parental Health Behaviors”