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4-H Sustainable Communities Project

The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project engages young people in Springfield to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. Massachusetts 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Adventures supports after-school at the South End Community Center, the New North Citizens’ Council, and the Dunbar YMCA, and 4-H Educators work closely with the UMass Student Bridges to organize specific themes and hands-on activities. Youth activities focus on topics like polymers, static electricity, chemical reactions, weather, building materials and rocketry.

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Academic Practice Partnership: Nursing Leaders & Baystate Health

The College of Nursing at UMass & Baystate Health have a partnership designed to address the goals of all partners. This partnership has many outcomes including multiple sustained evidence based educational, clinical practice, and organizational programs. Some examples are three successful dedicated education units (DEUs), new models for Nursing policy review, a systematic evaluation of the Shared Governance Structure, a program evaluation of the Nursing Falls Prevention program, and a new research based individualized Falls Risk Assessment tool.

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Active Minds

Active Minds is a national organization that serves as liaison between students and the mental health community. The Active Minds student chapter at UMass Amherst provides campus-wide events and national programs to help remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues by providing leadership opportunities, information and advocacy training. The organization works to encourage students to speak openly about mental health and educate others as well as encourage help-seeking.

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Adoption Mentoring Partnership

The Adoption Mentoring Partnership program is a collaboration between the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology Department at UMass, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. This unique program seeks to match UMass students who are adopted with children in the community who are also adopted. Matched across a variety of factors, the mentors and the children are able to form friendships grounded in the similarities between them including their gender, race, ethnicity, and adoption story.

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Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

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An Exercise Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes

The project entitled “An Exercise Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes” has the primary goals to investigate the effects of a motivationally-tailored, individually targeted 12-wk physical activity intervention on 1) risk of recurrent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, 2) serum biomarkers associated with insulin resistance, 3) and the adoption and maintenance of exercise during pregnancy is funded by the National Institutes of Health and being conducted in Springfield.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Baystate Children's Hospital Patient, Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council aims to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and positive memorable health care experiences for children and their families at Baystate Children's Hospital. The Family Advisory Council meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas and provide insight into changes that will improve service to children and families.

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