Commonwealth Medicine’s (CWM) Linda Long-Bellil, JD, PhD, was named as this year’s recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the 2021 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Tribute at UMass Medical School.
Long-Bellil has been part of CWM since 2003, collaborating with CWM’s Work Without Limits initiatives and providing expert consulting and technical assistance to staff and partners, including state agencies, community-based organizations, and businesses and employers. Linda has also been an assistant professor in Family Medicine at UMMS since 2010.
As part of the CWM-led One Care team, she has helped create training webinars for providers caring for members enrolled in MassHealth’s (Massachusetts Medicaid) integrated care demonstration for working-age people with disabilities who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
In her research, Long-Bellil focuses on the health care experiences of women with disabilities, and she has collaborated with investigators at Brandeis University on an NIH-funded team examining the perinatal health care experiences of women with mobility disabilities, with the goal of improving practice guidelines for OB/GYNs caring for this population.
Long-Bellil’s teaching work has concentrated on enhancing the health care experiences and quality of life of people with disabilities. She has served as the Director of the Medical School’s Population Health Clerkship (Living with a Disability) and Co-Director of the Disabilities Interstitial, helping medical and nursing students gain insight into the lived experience of disability and the unique health care needs of people with a wide range of disabling conditions.
“Linda’s passion and tireless efforts have had a national impact – educating thousands about the health care and quality of life experiences of people with disabilities – and greatly contribute to UMass Medical School and Commonwealth Medicine being a welcoming and inclusive place for people with disabilities,” said Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, Commonwealth Medicine’s executive vice chancellor. “I am so proud that her work and contributions have been recognized with this prestigious award.”
About Commonwealth Medicine
Commonwealth Medicine is the consulting and operations division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It draws on the academic knowledge and public health service expertise of Massachusetts' only public medical school to provide comprehensive, innovative health care and policy solutions. Commonwealth Medicine is guided by a mission to empower its partners – in-state and out-of-state agencies and health care organizations – to transform lives by optimizing the effectiveness of health care initiatives that assist the underserved in their communities.