Conferences and Community Events

CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers

Sat, 2013-11-16 12:00 to 16:00
Skinner Hall Room 201

The UMass MRC will be offering a CPR/BLS for healthcare providers class Saturday 11/16 from 12 pm - 4 pm in Skinner Hall Room 201.

Cost of the class is $45, and those interested should RSVP to

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$45 Registration Fee

2013 - 2014 Alvin F. Poussaint, MD Visiting Lecture

Thu, 2013-11-07 15:00 to 16:00
Waterhouse Faculty Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD will present a lecture titled “Youth Violence: The Ultimate Health Disparity: Reflections of a Pediatric Surgeon."

Barksdale is the Robert J. Izant, Jr. Professor & Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine & Surgeon-in-Chief at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree with honors at Yale University, where he was also an NCAA All-American fencer. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and trained in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was selected to serve as the prestigious Chief of the West Surgery Service (first African American). He completed clinical fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Barksdale began his academic career at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh where he advanced to Full Professor with tenure during his 13 year career prior to coming to Case Western. A frequent lecturer in pediatric intestinal failure, Dr. Barksdale was the Co-founder of the first center to provide coordinated care (including intestinal transplantation) for children with intestinal failure. He has also received numerous awards and recognitions as a medical educator. Dr. Barksdale has been a passionate advocate for child health and health care through bridging his academic endeavors with diverse community activities ranging from child welfare, violence prevention to health disparities. His professional and personal career have been strongly driven by core values instilled during his youth growing up in Central Virginia during the 1960’s. His career embodies his ongoing pursuit of individual responsibility, personal excellence and social justice.

Questions? Contact Terésa Carter via email ( or phone (617-432-4697).

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Please RSVP online

The Business of Creating Social Value

Thu, 2013-10-17 19:00 to 20:00
Integrated Sciences Building, Room 135

Inequality, climate change, and access to medicines are generally considered public policy issues, but at their core, they are also management issues.  In many corners, however, businesses and MBAs have been criticized for contributing to these problems rather than to their resolution.   In this talk, an acclaimed senior researcher and TedxTalk presenter shares her thoughts on how business can create value not just for shareholders, but for everyone.  Businesses face unprecedented opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.  And by updating business education, we can change the culture of business overall. 

About the presenter:

Anita M. McGahan is the Associate Dean of Research, the Rotman Chair in Management, and the Director of the PhD Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  Cross appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs, she is also the chief economist in the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division for Global Health and Human Rights.  This year, McGahan was elected by more than 18,000 business-school professors worldwide into the Presidency of Academy of Management on a platform that emphasized liberalizing business-school curriculum to include history, humanism, and open governance.  Her research currently deals with the emergence of industries, entrepreneurship in the public interest, and global health.


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Leading Toward Health Equality: Lessons from the Field

Wed, 2013-11-13 11:30 to 14:00
Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

Please Join Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare to celebrate the release of their first comprehensive publication. Mildred Thompson, Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, will lead an engaging, thought-provoking conversation on how to create environments free of health disparities.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by October 18th to

There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch will be served.

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please RSVP by October 18th

Research Development Workshop: Applying to the Faculty Research Grant Program

Fri, 2013-09-13 09:30 to 11:00
Campus Center Room 1001

The purpose of this workshop is to review the Faculty Research Grant application and eligibility guidelines, discuss the format and content of successful proposals, and answer questions about the submission and review process. The session will be led by Dr. Rick Taupier of the Office of Research Development and is intended also to identify and encourage good proposal writing strategies for internal and external grant proposals.  Newer faculty and first time applicants are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

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Workshop on Engaged Scholarship: Making It Work

Thu, 2013-09-12 13:00 to 17:00
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

Is Community Engagement Part of Your Research, Teaching, and Service?

This program shows how community engagement can enhance your courses and research. It provides workshops and presentations for faculty, staff, students and community partners with practical advice on the best ways to incorporate community engagement into research, teaching, and service. Techniques, suggestions, and strategies will be provided through:

Dialogue with national experts (authors and educators Tania Mitchell and John Saltmarsh) and experienced UMass faculty and community partners;
Presentations showcasing successful community engagement projects;
Information about campus resources to support community engagement;
Facilitated discussions

Come with questions, come with ideas, or just come to see what it's all about. People to talk to, examples to follow, resources for reaching out... Get help incorporating engagement into your research and your teaching or your education.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP and questions to or

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial Committee
Organized by the Faculty Senate Outreach Council

Forum: What’s Next for Health Care Reform

Tue, 2013-09-17 12:30 to 13:30
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall; Harvard Medical School; 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA

The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School cordially invites you to attend a Leadership Forum on

“What’s Next for Health Care Reform”


Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE

Reception to follow

Questions? Kindly contact; (617) 432-2922

Sponsored by:

- The Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
- Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship
- California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University
- Harvard School of Public Health Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development

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RSVP by September 12

Climate Action NOW Conference 2013

Sat, 2013-09-28 10:00 to 16:00
Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Avenue, Springfield

Climate Action NOW is an organization concerned about climate change and environmental injustice directly affecting the people that live in Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield. The group is building networks for environmental activism among the people living in the Pioneer Valley.

Conference Agenda

- 9:15 Doors open
- 10:00 Keynote Address - Jacqui Patterson: Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative
- 11:00 Workshops
- 12:15 Break
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:30 Workshops
- 2:45 Break
- 3:00 Closing Keynote – Solutions
- 3:30 Closing: Action Next Steps
- 4:00 Raffle, Reception, Auction, Food

Pre-register online at or same day walk in.


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Pre-register online at or same day walk in.

25th Anniversary of the New York State Network of Occupational Health Clinics Conference

Wed, 2013-09-18 11:00 to 16:30
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029

The Occupational Health Clinical Network, through its 10 regional centers, is a unique statewide effort created to diagnose and prevent occupational disease.The conference will gather health care providers, workers, unions, worker centers and other worker advocates, and employers committed to workplace health safety. The conference will honor the visionaries who played key roles in finding new solutions to the state's high burden of occupational disease. It will also focus on bringing diverse voices together to shape the future of work to reduce the toll of occupational disease on working people in New York State.

Registration Fees

  • $50 Residents, Fellows, Students*
  • $60 Reduced Rate (for non for profit organizations)*&
  • $100 General Attendees (NP, RN, Health and safety, IH, workers, lawyers, union members)
  • $200 Practicing Physicians

*Letter of verification from Department Chairman or Chief of Service or copy of badge identification
**Letter of verification from non-­profit required


Discounted rooms have been reserved at Courtyard Marriott and will be held until August 6, 2013. For room reservations, please contact the hotel directly. Inform the hotel that you will be attending the 25th Anniversary of the NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinic's Conference.

Courtyard Marriott
410 East 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
phone: 212-­410-­6777­courtyard-­new-­york-­manhattan-­upper-­east-­side/

Discounted rooms are also available at the Hotel Wales being held until August 5th. Contact the hotel directly,
mentioning #133356/booking number 2350.

Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd)
New York, NY 10128
phone: 212-­876-­6000

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Wicked Good Sports Medicine Symposium

Fri, 2013-09-13 13:00 to 17:00
Alfond Forum, University of New England - Biddeford Campus, 630 Pool St, Biddeford, ME

The event is FREE and open to anyone interested in sports medicine and health. Join a group of distinguished researchers in sports medicine including SPHHS professor Barry Braun, Associate Professor of Kinesiology.

The full lineup of faculty:

- Dr. Barry Braun, UMass Amherst, Interactions Between Pharmacology and Exercise to Prevent Type-2 Diabetes
- Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University - Why Exercise Really is Medicine (An Evolutionary Explanation) 
- Dr. Samuel Cheuvront, of the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine - Answers to 10 Common Questions About Hydration
- Dr. Timothy Lightfoot, Texas A&M - Can you Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics that Control Your Physical Activity
- Dr. Stella Volpe, Drexel University - Prevention of Weight Gain in a Large Portion Society
- Dr. Samuel Headley, Springfield College - Exercise & Chronic Kidney Disease and
- Mr. David Epstein, Sports Illustrated - Missing the Phenotypes for the Genotypes

For more information, contact Lara Carlson, PhD, CSCS, FACSM at

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