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Current/Recent Grants

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has been awarded a number of grants from local, state, and national foundations and funding agencies. Many of these grants focus on clinical or community-based research, though several are in the fields of training and medical education. Listed below (alphabetically by title) are many of the current (and recent) grants awarded to departmental faculty in research, training, and education.


Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancements – Oral Health in Primary Care (CareQuest Foundation) – Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Access to Treatment: Mixed Methods Study of High-risk MassHealth Members with Behavioral Health Condition and Co-occurring Chronic Medical Conditions (Massachusetts Office of Behavioral Health/MassHealth – ForHealth Consulting funded) – Judy Savageau, MPH

Acupuncture in the ED for Pain Management: A BraveNet Multi-Center Feasibility Study (NICIH) – M. Diane McKee, MD, MS

Advancing Employee Communication Skills, Management of High-risk Clinical Scenarios, and Prevention of Workplace Violence (Carl Atkins Risk Management Program) – Kristina Gracey, MD et al (Barre Family Health Center)

ASHA Bangladesh (NIMH) – Alison Karasz, PhD

Assessing the Collaborative Care Environment in Primary Care (University of Vermont/NIH)Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

Assessing the Factors that Influence Medical Students’ Willingness to Work with Underserved Populations (Southwestern Academy of Teachers)Philip Day, PhD

Birth Experience: A Pilot Program Expanding Access to Trained Labor Support (Remillard Family Community Service Fund) – Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH

BraveNet Practice Based Research Network Coordinating Center
(The Bravewell Foundation) – M. Diane McKee, MD, MS

Care Coordination for Patients who are Opioid Dependent (MA Department of Public Health) – Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

Center for Accelerating Practices to End Suicide (CAPES) through Technology Translation (NIMH) – Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD

Closing the Loop in Child Tuberculosis Contact Management: Predictors and Completion of Therapy Outcomes in Western Kenya (UMass Chan Global Health funding) – Daria Szkwarko, DO, MPH

Computerized Adaptive Suicidal Risk Stratification and Prediction (NIMH) – Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD

Controlling and Stopping Cascades Leading to Adverse Drug Effects Study in Alzheimer's Disease (CASCADES-AD) (NIH / NIA) – Jerry Gurwitz, MD and Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

Deriving a Clinical Decision Rule for Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department Setting (NIMH) – Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD

Developing a Program to Educate and Sensitize Caregivers to Reduce the Inappropriate Prescription Burden in Elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease Study (D-PRESCRIBE-AD) (NIH) – Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

Developing and Applying a Framework to Evaluate and Conduct Algorithm Validation Studies for Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events (Reagan Udall Foundation for the FDA) – Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

Developing and Validation of the ACE-IT Framework for Maternal Fetal Outcomes (Reagan Udall Foundation for the FDA) – Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

Framework to Evaluation Diagnostic Algorithms for Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events (Reagan-Udall Foundation – FDA) - Sonal Singh, MD, MPH 

GEMINI: Virtual Integrative Medicine Group Visits (IMGV) for Managing Depression and Chronic Pain (NCCIH) – Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting (NINDS) – Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH 

HEAL Initiative: Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Clinical Research Center (NIDA) – Warren Ferguson, MD

Increasing Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorders for Drug Court Participants (NIDA) – Kate Pivovarova, PhD

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Co-Morbid Behavioral and Medical Problems (PCORI/Univ of VT) – Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

Massachusetts Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN): Examining implementation and cost effectiveness of providing Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (NIDA) – Kate Pivovarova, PhD

Mothers’ Action Project for Child Health (MAP-CH) (NIDCR) – Alison Karasz, PhD

Obesity and Caries in Young South Asian Children: A Common Risk-Factor Approach (NIMHD) – Alison Karasz, PhD

Pilot of Technology Enabled Monitor of Alcohol Detoxification (UMass Chan Emergency Medicine Research Fund) – Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD

Preparing for What is Next with Aducanumab (NIA) – Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

REDDCAT–The Re-Engineered Discharge - Diabetes Computer Adapted Test for Social Needs Screening (NIDDK) – Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS

Reward-based Technology to Improve Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Initiation After an ED Visit (NIDA) – Rachel Davis-Martin, PhD

"STEP": Striving Towards Everyday Physical Activity (UMass Chan Innovative Grant) – Stacy Potts, MD and Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH

The Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies in Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Diseases (NHLBI) – Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH   

Trusted Messengers: Supporting Physicians in Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination (NIMHHD) – Sonal Singh, MD, MPH

Women in Control: A Virtual World Medical Group Visit for Minority Women with Diabetes (NIDDK) – Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS


Addressing Food Insecurity in and Around Barre: One Farm at a Time
(Remillard Family Community Service Fund) – Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH

Creating a Longitudinal Case Management Program within the Worcester Free Care Collaborative (Remillard Family Community Service Fund) – Jim Ledwith, MD

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidenced-based Treatments for Substance Abuse Disorders and HIV for Justice-involved Populations (NIDA – conference grant) – Warren Ferguson, MD

Facilitating SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) Protocols in Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Primary Care (NIAAA) – Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

HEAL Initiative: Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Coordination and Translation Center (Research Education) (NIDA) – Warren Ferguson, MD

Helmet Safety (Remillard Family Community Service Fund) – Beth Mazyck, MD

Integrating Arts and Humanities into Family Medicine Residency (STFM) – Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Providing Thermometers for Newborn Families at the Family Health Center of Worcester (Remillard Family Community Service Fund) – Sara Casey, MD


Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correction Health (Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation) – Warren Ferguson, MD

Creating a longitudinal case management program within the Worcester Free Care Collaborative (Remillard Family Community Service Fund) - Hye In Sarah Lee, Nikita Joshi, Madeline Schwartz and James Ledwith, MD

DATA Waiver Training for Massachusetts Students (SAMSHA) – Dan Mullin, PysD, MPH

Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic pain in the primary care setting (NCCIH) – Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Comorbid Behavior and Medical Problems (Univ of VT/PCORI) – Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

MassAHEC – Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (HRSA) – Linda Cragin, MS

New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) (HRSA/HAB) – Phil Bolduc, MD

100 Million Mouths Campaign – Creating Primary Care Champions to Advance Oral Health Equity (CareQuest Foundation) – Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Opioid Use Disorders (Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation) – Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

The Rural Health Scholars Program (UMass Chan - Public Service Endowment Grant) – Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Steve Martin, MD

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science – Workforce Development (NIH) – M. Diane McKee, MD, MS