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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.