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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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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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Center for Women & Community

Center for Women & Community (CWC) supports and encourages women and is a nationally recognized leader in achieving gender equity. The center offers services to people of all genders throughout the campus and the greater community. These services include information, referral, counseling, training, support groups and education in many areas. Individual counseling, crisis intervention and rape crisis services are offered for Hampshire County, the Five Colleges and UMass Amherst.

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Equine Reproductive Services

Equine Reproductive Services offers advanced assisted reproductive techniques to horse breeders seeking maximization of the reproductive potential of fertile horses or restoration of fertility for subfertile and infertile horses in New England. Its global objective is to have this program be known as a source of advanced and modern reproductive techniques by the New England horse industry.

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Explorations in Psychological Practice

Explorations in Psychological Practice is a service-learning capstone Honors Seminar and provides students opportunities to interact with participants in programs provided by schools or human service agencies; to understand personal reactions to experiences with people different from themselves; and to learn the benefits of civic engagement. The service learning component consists of a practicum placement in a school or human services agency from 6-8 hours a week.

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Health Education for Women at the Massachusetts Alcohol Correctional Center

Approximately 20 College of Nursing students have been teaching the female population at the Massachusetts Alcohol Correctional Facility over the past years. These women are frequently multiple substance abusers in need of specific health education directed to their unique needs as vulnerable women. Students conduct eight health education sessions per semester and have been able to enhance the health education and knowledge of these women. For more than 12 semesters, over 200 women have been able to attend at least 4 sessions conducted by graduating senior nursing students.

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Laboratory in Clinical Psychology: Real-life Applications

Students provide direct services in two settings in this laboratory-based class. In the first, after completing 15 hours of training to become Certified Decisional Trainers, students meet for weekly sessions to conduct a manualized Cognitive Behavior Therapy problem-solving treatment with a person currently incarcerated in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections.

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Maternal Newborn Practicum

Students receive course credit for volunteering for a maternal newborn or women's health organization. In 2014, UMass Nursing students supported the March of Dimes walk/run in October on campus and the Rays of Hope breast cancer walk/run in Springfield or Greenfield. Students may also satisfy their course requirements by working with the middle and high school education portion of the Diversity program in the College of Nursing.

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Men of Color Health Awareness

MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.

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