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Kids in a field
August 08, 2019

The Worcester Trauma and Resilience Collaborative, bringing together more than 50 local social service programs in the county to address childhood trauma, will be led by Audrey Smolkin, MPP, director of child and family policy at Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette. Funding of $225,000 for this pilot program was included in state budget approved by Gov. Charlie Baker last week.

Pride collage
June 17, 2019

Our Michele Brown, recipient of the Worcester Key to the City award & the 2019 New England Pride TV Ally of the Year award for her passionate advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, lead our staff in celebrating Pride Month and the diversity that makes not only our workplace, but our community at large a warm and welcoming space for all.

Pediatrician and young patient
June 12, 2019

When we help children stay healthy, we also affect behavioral, educational and economic outcomes. That’s real impact and value. To get there we must update pediatric primary care payment methods. A series of three summer webinars sponsored by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) and designed by Commonwealth Medicine health policy experts will help set the stage for that transformation.

Map graphic
May 29, 2019

How are various states using medical frailty and work requirements in their plans for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and what it means for persons with high medical needs? Our disability determination expert, Peter Mosbach, working in collaboration with our Sherry Campanelli, will present a poster of their research June 3 at the AcademyHealth 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C.

Travis Roy
May 16, 2019

Travis Roy, former college hockey player and founder of the Travis Roy Foundation, will keynote keynote our Work Without Limits 2019 Raise the Bar HIRE! conference! Roy’s foundation has raised more than $5 million over nearly 20 years that benefits individuals with spinal cord injuries and funds medical research.

Bottle of pills tipped over
April 16, 2019

Promising new solutions to opioid abuse and overdose come in the form of phone apps. Our pharmacy experts Kimberly Lenz and Kaelyn Boss discuss the role of technology in the battle against the opioid epidemic for Pharmacy Technology Report.

Gavel on books
April 09, 2019

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine will this month honor Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School correctional health leader Warren J. Ferguson, MD, for championing the role of academic medicine in correctional health care.

April 01, 2019

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and AMCP Foundation recognized Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School pharmacy leader Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, for her significant and lasting contributions to the profession on March 27. She was honored at an Annual Awards Dinner part of the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

United States with pull bottle
March 11, 2019

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine will present strategies for leveraging naloxone as a means to controlling opioid abuse at the Academy  of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting 2019.

Gavel with books in the background
February 28, 2019

The 12th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will feature a keynote address by Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, LCDR, a leader at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with expertise in the intersect of infectious disease, addiction treatment and justice-involved individuals. The conference will take place March 21-22 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

February 22, 2019

Our employees raised $1,100 for the Ava Roy Fund through charitable “$3 Dress Down Days.” The fund raises money in support of the daughter of Christopher Roy, a Worcester firefighter who tragically passed away in December 2018 fighting a fire.

Work Without Limits in New York
February 12, 2019

Work Without Limits expands comprehensive benefits counseling services to New York through cooperative agreement with Social Security. Experts will advise people with disabilities on how working can impact their public benefits

February 05, 2019


Redesigning pediatric primary care in Connecticut to become a hub for child and family health could lead to better long-term outcomes and a healthier population. Robert Siefert & Hilary Diegnan compiled the report for Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) & Connecticut Health Foundation.

Emotional support abstract image
January 22, 2019

New research on the positive impact recovery coaches can have on individuals with opioid use disorder builds the case for why this unique addition to treatment deserves consideration from state policy makers. Our Katharine London shares findings in report for RIZE Massachusetts.

Pregnant woman
January 11, 2019

A new study in Health Affairs shows that women who were homeless during their pregnancies had significantly higher rates of health complications, such as hypertension, anemia, hemorrhage and early labor, compared with those who were not homeless.