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

February 19, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass.—In fulfilling its public service mission, the University of Massachusetts Medical School provides quality health care to the Massachusetts Department of Correction prison population through the UMass Correctional Health program. This spring, UMMS Department of Psychiatry, Office of Continuing Education and Commonwealth Medicine are jointly sponsoring the second 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 27 and March 28, 2008, at the Boston Marriott Quincy in Quincy, Mass. The conference will feature keynote speaker B. Jaye Anno, PhD, CCHP-A, owner of Consultants in Correctional Care, Santa Fe, NM; and plenary speakers Lambert King, MD, PhD, FACP, director of medicine at Queens Hospital Center/Mount Sinai Services, Jamaica, NY and clinical professor of community and preventive medicine at New York Medical College; and Robert L. Trestman, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and psychiatry and executive director of Correctional Managed Health Care at University of Connecticut Health Center. On Friday, March 28, Department of Correction Commissioner Harold W. Clarke will deliver welcoming remarks.

Conference participants will present clinical topics that have a significant impact on public health and policies. Presentation topics include prevalence, therapy and treatment techniques in correctional health settings; infectious disease prevention, care options and management; new directions in ethics and policy within the correctional health setting; challenges in juvenile justice; successful services, strategies and interventions for reentry; issues facing women within the correctional health setting; and academic and community partnerships in correctional health.

For more conference information, including registration and proposal submissions, visit http://www.umassmed.edu/correctional_health_conf/index.aspx.

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.

About Commonwealth Medicine 
The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine (CWM) division offers a unique combination of academic excellence and public health service expertise. This combination allows UMMS to provide health care solutions ideal for the public sector and not-for profit organizations. Programs have helped Massachusetts and many other state and local health care agencies increase the value and quality of health care expenditures, and improve access and delivery of care to at-risk and uninsured populations.

Unlike most health care consulting firms, Commonwealth Medicine is itself a public entity driven by a mission to serve. As a public organization, CWM is uniquely prepared to meet the challenges of state and local agencies, and fulfill its vision of providing underserved populations access to quality health care services.

Commonwealth Medicine is a public, non-profit consulting organization guided by a mission to help state agencies and health care organizations optimize the effectiveness of health care initiatives that serve the underserved in their communities. Its innovative consulting and service models apply the knowledge and resources of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. CWM proudly offers state and federal public sector colleagues and non-profit clients access to an unparalleled depth and breadth of academic, research, management and clinical resources. For more information visit www.umassmed.edu/commed.


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

Michael Tutty
Center for Health Policy and Research, Commonwealth Medicine
508-856-4350