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UMMS is committed to positively impacting its surrounding community. We do this by supporting community programs and initiatives that advance the interests of both the medical school and the community by donations of in-kind services, volunteerism, and assisting and co-hosting various community events.
The spirit of engagement that exists at UMMS is impressive. As an institution, we are deeply committed to enriching the surrounding communities; for example, by enhancing health and science education, ensuring community health, building a diverse workforce and enriching lives.
In 2008, UMMS was classified as a “community engaged” university by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, a national honor that ranks top institutions in the benefits if confers to the world outside it's campus walls. UMMS was the first stand-alone medical school to receive this classification.
UMMS employees were the single largest contributor in 2013 to the Massachusetts State Employee Charitable Campaign (COMECC), contributing over $345,000, accounting for well over 20% of the total raised state wide.
UMMS contributes substantial resources to community programs consistent with our educational and medical mission, including local non-profit organizations that promote community health, K – 16 education and career preparation in STEM oriented fields.
On a consistent basis, students, faculty and staff volunteer directly to improve lives in the community. Whether by preparing and serving food to homeless veterans, staffing free medical clinics, working with foster children, collecting food and financial donations for a local food bank, or engaging in any of the dozens of other initiatives in which they are involved, members of the UMMS community truly have an impact.
Just a few examples of community partnerships in which members of the UMMS community are involved include the following: MOASIC, United Way of Central Massachusetts, City of Worcester Department of Public Health, African Community Education Program, Blue Hill Health Community Outreach and Revitalization, Common Pathways, Foster Care Health Services, Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, UMMS’s Regional Science Resource Center, Worcester Public Schools, Work Without Limits, Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative, Worcester Free Clinic Coalition, Mass AHEC - HOSA.