UMMS TO HOST TWO-DAY ACADEMIC AND HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE ON CORRECTIONAL HEALTH 

Seminar, lecture and poster proposals being accepted through January 10
 

December 14, 2006 

WORCESTER, Mass.-As one aspect of its public service mission, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) provides quality health care to the Massachusetts Department of Correction prison population through the UMass Correctional Health program. This spring, Correctional Health and the UMMS Office of Continuing Education are sponsoring the first annual conference dedicated to the development of an academic consortium on correctional health.
 
Clinicians, administrators, policymakers and grant-funding leaders are invited to attend the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, scheduled for March 29 and March 30, 2007, at the Boston Marriott Quincy in Quincy, Mass. The conference will feature plenary speakers Rear Adm. Newton Kendig, MD, assistant director of the Health Services Division for the FBI; Jeffrey Metzner, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Colorado Health Center; and Frederick Altice, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the HIV in Prisons Program at Yale University School of Medicine.

Conference participants will present clinical topics that have a significant impact on public health and policies. The Conference Committee is currently accepting conference presentation proposals. Presentation topics include mental health, infectious disease, chronic illness, substance abuse, ethics, discharge planning and special populations, medical legal issues and risk management, and training and curriculum in correctional health. Proposals may include applications of correctional health best practice guidelines, clinical and population health research, outcomes of clinical practices, or the design of health services in response to changing populations. Proposals will be accepted through January 10, 2007.

For more conference information, including registration and proposal submissions, visit
 http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/Correctional_Health_Conference.pdf . 

About the University of Massachusetts Medical School 
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. It has among the highest growth rates of funded research in the country and consistently ranks in the US News & World Report Top Ten for the quality and reputation of its education of primary care physicians. The Medical School is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central New England. For more information visit
 www.umassmed.edu . 

Contact: Warren J. Ferguson, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine & Community Health
508-856-6669