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Monthly Departmental Research Forums

The department hosts a monthly research forum (coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH) at which faculty and students are encouraged to present research in progress, new grant ideas, data analysis plans, etc. The goal for these forums is to provide faculty with the necessary feedback and assistance to bring scholarly projects to completion. Listed below are presentations made during the past two academic years (2017-2019)

2019-2020 Department Research Forums

January 18, 2019:
Heather Alker, MD, MPH (plus colleagues from Clark University) – “Mapping Infant Mortality in Worcester: Updated Geocoding Results from the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative" 

February 15, 2019:
Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Judy Savageau, MPH, and Kate Sullivan, BA – “Oral Health Education in Primary Care Training”

March 15, 2019:
Sonal Singh, MD, MPHControlling and Stopping Cascades Leading to Adverse Drug Effects Study in Alzheimer’s Disease (CASCADES-AD) - Planning for a Randomized Controlled Trial”

April 19, 2019:
Karen Clements, MPH, ScD“MassHealth 1115 Waiver Demonstration: Evaluation of the Extension of Substance Use Disorder Services”

May 17, 2019:
Corinne Ainsworth, MS-IV (will be starting a Family Medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in July, 2019)“Teen Mothers’ Health Education Program: Nutrition Curriculum Design and Implementation”

June 21, 2019:
Tasmina Hydery, PharmD, Sara Shields, MD, MS, Cathy Violette, DNP, and Vanessa Villamarin“The Worcester Baby Box Initiative: Assessing the Impact of Local Education and Resource Distribution on Parental Health Behaviors”

September 20, 2019:
Lee Hargraves, PhD – “Measuring Patient Engagement: Developing Survey Questions Focused on Behavior”

October 18, 2019:
Diane McKee, MD, MS – “Results of the Acupuncture Approaches to Decrease Disparities in Outcomes of Pain Treatment (AADDOPT)” - comparative effectiveness study

November 15, 2019:
Alex Green, MD, MPH and Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH“Nice But Not Necessary – An Exploration of a Wellness Curriculum for a Family Community Health Center”

December 20, 2019:
Jill Tirabassi, MD, MPH (Preventive Medicine residents) – “Health and Fitness Outcomes in a Multi-Intervention Program for Obese and Sedentary Women: The Fit&Fab Pilot”

January 17, 2020: Kelly King, MS-IV UMMS – (work completed as part of her Preventive Medicine and Public Health elective) - “Oral Health Equity Project” with an Emphasis on Oral Health in Pregnancy

February 21, 2020:
Linda Long-Belil, JD, PhD – “Factors Affecting Decision-Making about Childbearing Among Women with Early Onset Physical Disabilities”

March – June 2020: cancelled forums due to COVID-19 restrictions on on-campus group gatherings