UMass Medical School to present how clinical and community partnerships can improve health at Institute for Healthcare Improvement forum

December 04, 2015

The positive impacts of providing health care with clinical and community partnerships are the focus of presentations by UMass Medical School at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care Dec. 6-9 in Orlando Florida.

The presentations will be made On Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Cypress Ballroom 1 by Sai Cherala, MD, MPH, a senior clinical analyst in the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Quality within the Commonwealth Medicine division. She is also an assistant professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Medical School.

“Community and Clinical Partnerships: Lessons from the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund Project” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. during the Storyboard Reception. Cherala will share the goals, strategy and lessons learned from the Worcester Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund. The state-funded initiative was created to manage chronic disease, reduce health care costs and create links to home and community-based resources. UMass Medical School is one of several partners involved in the project.

“Advancing Asthma Treatment Beyond the Clinic: Worcester Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund Pediatric Asthma Intervention” will be presented at 11:15 a.m. Cherala will discuss the formation of a Asthma Policy Task Force to address high rates of pediatric asthma-related emergency room visits in Worcester. She will also describe the program model, share outcomes related to school absenteeism and emergency room visits and outline next steps. UMass Medical School is one of several project partners.

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