The number of employers who are actively recruiting and accommodating employees with disabilities has increased over the past decade, a UMass Medical School disability employment advocate told the Boston Herald.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recognized Kathleen A. Petkauskos, director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, for being inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame on the last day of its annual national conference on September 22.
For Kathleen A. Petkauskos and Megan Northup, increasing the employment rate for people with disabilities isn’t just their job; it’s quite literally their lives, according to a 5 for Good segment on WCVB-TV. Northup is a woman with autism. Petkauskos is director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program. Together, they found mentoring success.
As Massachusetts confronts an opioid abuse and misuse crisis, Maria Garcia, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, says clinicians need to assist patients addicted to the powerful drugs by supporting both their physical and mental health needs.
The Centers for Disease Control’s first-ever national survey of state prison health care has impressive findings in the areas of telemedicine, nursing and hospice care, a UMass Medical School correctional health expert told MedPage Today.
Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting and operations division of UMass Medical School, is number two on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts, announced The Boston Globe Magazine and its partner The Commonwealth Institute. Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, is the chief executive at Commonwealth Medicine.
While accepting her Outstanding Leadership award from the Massachusetts Health Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21, UMass Medical School’s Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, explained it was her experience teaching a 7-year-old boy to read while an undergraduate in Boston that started her down the path toward a career in health care.
UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits will honor Marianne Gilmore of the Carroll Center for the Blind, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Statewide Young Adult Council and Wegmans for their efforts in advancing employment of individuals with disabilities. The awards will be bestowed at the second annual “Raise the Bar Hire!” Conference and Career Fair at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood on Oct. 30.
The skyrocketing costs of correctional health care received new attention earlier this year with the release of a state prison health care spending report from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. UMass Medical School’s Warren Ferguson, MD, a national leader in the field of correctional health, served as an external reviewer of the highly anticipated report. Ferguson is director of academic programs for the Health and Criminal Justice Program within the medical school’s Commonwealth Medicine division, and is a professor and vice chair of Family Medicine & Community Health. Here, Ferguson sheds some light on the reasons why it’s expensive to care for inmates.
UMass Medical School researchers studied how three Worcester community health providers integrate care for patients with substance use disorders to understand what practices work and where the challenges remain. The study, funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation, indicates primary care teams that provide SUD treatment could improve quality and manage costs.