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Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health

                                 

 

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator and Site PI
Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Hugh Silk serves as the Co-Principal Investigator (and Site PI). Dr. Silk is a family physician in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His longstanding advocacy for integrating oral health into family medicine practice led to his work on From The First Tooth, responsible for the promotion of oral health into medical education curriculum and primary care practice. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Smiles for Life, where he has assisted in the creation and implementation of oral health curriculum for inter-professional healthcare providers. He also sits on numerous state and national oral health advocacy committees including the American Dental Association’s Public Health Advisory Committee for the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He co-chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Oral Health (which he also founded). He has extensive research experience on the integration of oral health and medical education, oral health care across the lifespan, and oral health curriculum development.

Judith Savageau, MPH
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ms. Judith Savageau serves as an Investigator as well as an epidemiologist and biostatistician. Ms. Savageau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also serves as an Evaluator in the Research and Evaluation Unit of the university’s Center for Health Policy and Research. She has worked on numerous evaluation projects, both cross-sectional and longitudinal, including many related to curriculum development and program planning in preventive medicine and public health. She has partnered with Dr. Silk on numerous educational assessments related to oral health and medical education. Ms. Savageau has extensive research experience in state and nationally funded projects, including all levels of learners along the UME (medical students), GME (residents) and CME (faculty) continuum as well as evaluating recruitment and retention of workforce serving vulnerable populations

Gail A. Sawosik, MBA
Project Coordinator: Kidsteps II: Promoting School Readiness Through Social-Emotional Skill Building in Preschool
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Gail Sawosik is currently project coordinator for the Kidsteps II project. She has worked as a project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for eleven years. Her work has focused on depression in primary care, chronic pain management, and health literacy. During her twelve year tenure with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she was special assistant to the director of Substance Abuse Services and the first director of the State Office of Rural Health. She has also worked for the Maine State Health Department and the University of Southern Maine Muskie School to develop and implement a CDC-funded statewide childhood lead poisoning prevention initiative. She has extensive experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. Gail has undergraduate degrees in both Public Health Education and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

 

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