Building on Partnership Strengths to Improve Community Health

Friday, November 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Albert Sherman Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Mass.

Thanks for a great symposium! This website features the following materials from the Symposium:

The 4th Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium is part of the five-campus clinical and translational science movement across the University of Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Community Engagement and Research Section.

The UMCCTS Community Engagement and Research Section is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (Grant # UL1TR000161) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Questions? Contact Amy Borg at CommunityEngagement@umassmed.edu.

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2014
Friday, November 7th
8:00 AM

Poster Session

Community Engagement and Research Symposium

8:00 AM

Symposium Agenda: 2014 Community Engagement and Research Symposium

Community Engagement and Research Symposium

8:00 AM

Agenda for the 4th annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium, held Friday, November 7, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.

Symposium Breakout Sessions: 2014 Community Engagement and Research Symposium

Community Engagement and Research Symposium

8:00 AM

Complete list of Breakout Sessions with descriptions for the 4th annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium, held Friday, November 7, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.

9:30 AM

Community Health Centers and Translational Clinical Research: The Fenway Health Experience

Kenneth Mayer, Fenway Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

9:30 AM

This is the Symposium's Keynote presentation by Kenneth Mayer, MD, Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, on the history, services, and research initiatives of Fenway Health, which was founded in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the well being of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community as well as people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.

11:00 AM

Improving Health Care for Clients in Opiate Treatment Via Evidence-based Practice Quality Improvement

Christine Gadbois, Seven Hills Rhode Island
Lee Dalphonse, Seven Hills Behavioral Health
Tangnuer Abudula, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

11:00 AM

This session presents findings from a Systems Change project designed to improve healthcare of clients in a large Opiate Treatment Program in Southeastern Massachusetts. Based upon research evidence, the project expanded nurses' roles in a Methadone Dispensing Program to increase access to primary and preventative health care for the programs' 750 clients. The presentation will highlight successes and challenges to the change process and offer practical suggestions on integrating of primary healthcare in an Opiate Treatment Program.

You Want Us to Do What? How to Conduct Community-engaged Research Studies from the Perspective of the Community Organizations: Evidence from the Kidsteps II Study

Carole C. Upshur, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Melodie Wenz-Gross, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Christina Nylen Queeney, Guild of St. Agnes
Melissa Nikander, Guild of St. Agnes
Andi MacMillan, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Kim Harned, Rainbow Child Development Center
Linda Mayuski, Rainbow Child Development Center
Sheila Diggins, Worcester Comprehensive Education and Care Inc.
Pamela Courtney, Worcester Head Start

11:00 AM

Voices of community partners can help guide future community engaged research partnerships. Drs. Upshur and Wenz-Gross have been working with a Worcester community coalition for almost 15 years to create, document and research issues of at risk preschool children. Their first work, funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, developed and tested a model of early childhood mental health consultation to child care programs. This led to testing of a primary prevention curriculum funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and subsequently to a large randomized intervention study funded by the US Department of Education. Community partners will describe their experiences in this community driven research.

1:30 PM

Cognitive Health Issues in the Workplace

Karen Devereaux Melillo, University of Massachusetts Lowell

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session panel discussion entitled "UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel," Dr. Melillo discusses aging demographics and cognitive issues in the workplace, as many older adults continue to work after retirement age.

Cognitive Health: An Overview of the Topic

Margaret Knight, University of Massachusetts Lowell

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session panel discussion entitled "UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel," Dr. Knight presents an overview of cognitive health for older adults.

Engaging American Indian Women and Communities to Culturally Tailor a Lifestyle Modification Intervention to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk after Gestational Diabetes

Emily J. Jones, University of Massachusetts Boston

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session entitled "Creating Crucial Connections: Lessons Learned from Engaging Diverse Communities in Research," Dr. Jones discusses engaging the American Indian community in community-engaged research and the steps taken to develop critical partnerships which provided the foundation for conducting relevant research in the community.

Healthy Homes for Elders: Multi-trigger, Multi-component Environmental Interventions for Asthma

David Turcotte, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Susan Woskie, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Emily Chaves, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Rebecca Gore, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kelechi Adejumo, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Carla Caraballo, Lowell Community Health Center
Ronnie Mouth, Lowell Community Health Center

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session panel discussion entitled "UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel," Dr. Turcotte discusses his intervention study of environmental asthma triggers for asthmatic older adults in Lowell, Mass.

Promoting Safety & Health Among Home Care Aides - Overview of Findings: Safe Home Care Survey

Margaret Quinn, University of Massachusetts Lowell

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session panel discussion entitled "UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel," Dr. Quinn discusses promoting the safety and health of home health care aides.

Recruitment of Young Adult African American Women in Health Research: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Sarah M. Camhi, University of Massachusetts Boston
Laura L. Hayman, University of Massachusetts Boston

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session entitled "Creating Crucial Connections: Lessons Learned from Engaging Diverse Communities in Research," this presentation discusses engaging young adult African American women in community-engaged research and the steps taken to develop critical partnerships which provided the foundation for conducting relevant research in the community.

Responding to the Increasing Demand for Long-term Services and Supports through Core Competency Direct Care Worker Training

Leanne Winchester, MassAHEC Network

1:30 PM

As part of the breakout session panel discussion entitled "UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel," this presentation discusses developing and implementing training for home health care aides.