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August 31, 2015

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center (Shriver Center) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School a contract to design and implement a system to manage all online training offered through the Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs.

Cassidy Bauer
August 26, 2015

Keeping weight off is difficult for 26-year-old Cassidy Bauer, who is only 4-and-a-half-feet tall. But Bauer and her mother say they’ve had help from UMass Medical School’s Health U weight loss program for people with intellectual disabilities, which has taught them about proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette Aug. 26.

August 19, 2015

The U.S. Social Security Administration (Social Security) awarded UMass Medical School’s BenePLAN program a five-year Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) cooperative agreement to continue providing WIPA services. Pending the availability of annual funds, the cooperative agreement provides annual funding of $240,000 for BenePLAN through June 30, 2020.  

August 17, 2015

Children who over focus on one small part of a picture, word or face may have difficulty with such life skills as reading or recognizing people. UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has been studying visual attention in children and adolescents with intellectual or developmental disabilities to develop teaching methods to reduce the problem.

UMass Medical School experts present on strategies to increase access to benefits while saving money at  Medicaid Enterprise Systems conference
August 13, 2015

Experts from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division present on strategies to increase access to benefits while saving money for Medicaid programs at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference Aug. 17-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

August 10, 2015

Health policy experts from UMass Medical School have created an updated overview of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, through a series of charts for the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

Armada Health Care collaborates with UMass Medical School for ArmadaOne Specialty Pharmacy Platform
August 04, 2015

Armada Health Care has partnered with UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services to provide enhancements and support regarding clinical protocols and therapy interventions within the ArmadaOne Specialty Pharmacy Workflow Platform.

August 04, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker named Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, to serve on the Massachusetts Opioid Drug Formulary Commission. Its members are charged with assessing the safety of powerful prescription pain medications amid a national abuse and overdose epidemic.

August 03, 2015

Academic medical centers are obligated to train medical professionals about the health needs of inmates and ways to provide them with quality care, a UMass Medical School correctional health expert told the AAMC Reporter, a publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Joyce A. Murphy on WBZ Nightside: “I'd like every company to be open about learning about mental illness.”
July 30, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, joined NAMI Massachusetts Medical Director Ken Duckworth, MD, on WBZ Nightside with Dan Rea July 29 to discuss the stigma of mental illness in the workplace and how it can be eliminated.

July 28, 2015

Autism research at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center aims to reduce barriers to diagnosis and both understand and meet the unique needs of this population, according to a July 26 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

July 27, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers have developed a computer-based battery of neurobehavioral tests designed to conduct informative evaluations of the cognitive capabilities of both children and adults, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

July 22, 2015

Educating employers about hiring people with disabilities and training staff at state career centers to better serve this population is the goal of a partnership between UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

July 21, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, is co-chair of the Massachusetts Health Council’s Annual Award Gala Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston

July 20, 2015

In 1990, disability rights activists crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the inaccessibility of the building to those with disabilities. This act of civil disobedience by Linda Long-Bellil and many other activists provided the impetus needed for Congress to pass stalled legislation aimed at prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities – the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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