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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)

2020-2021 Department Research Forums

September 18, 2020:
Lee Hargraves, PhD “Assessing Patients’ Experiences During the Time of COVID-19: Designing and Evaluating a CAHPS Questionnaire”

October 16, 2020:
Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH and Zaineb Dar, MS-II “Women-centered Care: Developing a Framework for Addressing Requests for Female-only Care on Labor and Delivery”

November 20, 2020:
Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH (CWM/Health Law and Policy) – “MassHealth Basics: Eligibility, Enrollment, Spending, and Policy Changes

December 18, 2020
Rachel Martin-David, PhD - “Integrating Computer Adaptive Testing into Electronic Health Records and Clinical Care”

January 15, 2021
Yara Halasa-Rappel, DMD, PhD (Commonwealth Medicine/Research and Evaluation) - “The Cost Effectiveness of Fluoride Sealants on Primary Molars in High Caries Risk Children Under 6 Years Old”

2019-2020 Department Research Forums

September 20, 2019:
Lee Hargraves, PhD – “Measuring Patient Engagement: Developing Survey Questions Focused on Behavior”

October 18, 2019:
Diane McKee, MD, MS – “Results of the Acupuncture Approaches to Decrease Disparities in Outcomes of Pain Treatment (AADDOPT)” - comparative effectiveness study

November 15, 2019:
Alex Green, MD, MPH and Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH“Nice But Not Necessary – An Exploration of a Wellness Curriculum for a Family Community Health Center”

December 20, 2019:
Jill Tirabassi, MD, MPH (Preventive Medicine residents) – “Health and Fitness Outcomes in a Multi-Intervention Program for Obese and Sedentary Women: The Fit&Fab Pilot”

January 17, 2020: Kelly King, MS-IV UMMS – (work completed as part of her Preventive Medicine and Public Health elective) - “Oral Health Equity Project” with an Emphasis on Oral Health in Pregnancy

February 21, 2020:
Linda Long-Belil, JD, PhD – “Factors Affecting Decision-Making about Childbearing Among Women with Early Onset Physical Disabilities”

March – June 2020: cancelled forums due to COVID-19 restrictions on on-campus group gatherings