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February 17, 2015

The first comprehensive textbook on correctional psychiatry will be released next month in an effort to improve the quality of care given to inmates with mental illnesses. Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a co-editor of the textbook, sheds light on the need for mental health services in both correctional facilities and the community. Appelbaum is clinical professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School and director of correctional mental health policy and research at its Center for Health Policy and Research, a unit within Commonwealth Medicine.

Pregnant Woman
February 12, 2015

The first population-based study of pregnant women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States reveals that these mothers and their babies are at a greater risk of adverse outcomes that include preterm birth, low birth weight and low Apgar scores. The study was led by researchers at UMass Medical School, who were recently awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to further investigate those disparities. 

Joyce Murphy speaking at Pinnacle awards
January 30, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy’s life mission to help the disadvantaged and advocate for compassionate care began at the tender age of 3, when her brother Brian was born with Hunter’s Syndrome. Despite a devastating diagnosis, the UMass Medical School executive vice chancellor rallied with her parents and five siblings to care for Brian for the duration of his short life.

Tufts Health Plan funding three projects designed by Rhode Island initiative managed by UMass Medical School
January 26, 2015

Tufts Health Plan is funding three projects designed by a Rhode Island primary care initiative managed by UMass Medical School, according to Jan. 9 stories in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and Providence Business News.

UMass Medical School and Executive Office of Elder Affairs kick off program to help find missing seniors with dementia
January 14, 2015

When a senior with dementia is reported missing, time is of the essence. To speed up police response time, UMass Medical School and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs launched a program that will establish registries of vulnerable residents with key information authorities will need to locate them.

Correctional Psychiatry Textbook
January 13, 2015

A UMass Medical School expert on mental health for incarcerated populations has co-edited a soon-to-be-released textbook on correctional psychiatry to help improve the quality of care provided to inmates.

Rhode Island patient-centered medical home initiative managed by UMass Medical School incorporates and changes name
December 29, 2014

A Rhode Island primary care initiative managed by UMass Medical School has incorporated into a nonprofit organization and changed its name to the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC) as it broadens its focus on health care delivery transformation.

Asthma patient
December 19, 2014

UMass Medical School is partnering with MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, on a pilot that aims to improve health outcomes of children with high-risk asthma and reduce costly hospital visits through nontraditional interventions and services.

December 18, 2014

The rising demand for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who have the proficiency and comfort to perform in a health care setting led to the development of a new training program offered by UMass Medical School, MassHealth, and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Joyce A. Murphy
December 10, 2014

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, will be presented next month with a 2015 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The annual awards honor female leaders who have achieved excellence in business and management.

November 14, 2014

Warren Ferguson, MD, a correctional health expert at UMass Medical School, will speak about prison health and primary care during a Harvard Medical School symposium in Boston Friday, Nov. 14.

November 10, 2014

Correctional health experts from the Health and Criminal Justice Program will serve as consultants to the newly created Specialty Court Center of Excellence, a partnership between UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Trial Court that will focus on expanding specialty courts across the state.

November 04, 2014

Opioid addiction can be treated successfully with medication, and state policies should reflect the scientific evidence that supports those findings, UMass Medical School’s Robin Clark, PhD, writes in an op-ed for CommonWealth Magazine.

Medications on graph
November 03, 2014

UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services’ (CPS) Managed Care Residency Program has been accredited for another five years by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

October 30, 2014

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.