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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 (AMP) program is a collaboration between the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology and Brain Sciences 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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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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Breast Cancer Registry

The breast cancer registry provides a research-ready database and access to tissue specimens to speed the discovery of biomarkers to improve diagnosis and discover mechanisms that can be harnessed to treat and prevent breast cancer.

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Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking

The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking is an active partnership of campus and community stakeholders that takes a data-driven, comprehensive approach to combating the many problems related to excessive drinking among students. Using environmental management strategies, the coalition is working to change the environment in which individuals and groups live and make decisions about their health. The CCC’s successful approach has helped decrease dangerous drinking among UMass students by as much as 27% since 2005.

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Care Transitions Education Project

The Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP) is a three year project designed to prepare and empower more nurses to lead effective care transitions. This project is funded by a Robert Wood Johnson PIN 6 grant. The CTEP team includes Schools of Nursing, Health Care Service organizations and foundations in Western Massachusetts.

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