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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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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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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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Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a community mental health clinic operated by the Division of Clinical Psychology, in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, an APA accredited program since 1957. The PSC engages in Evidenced Based Psychological Practice, the highest standard of care in the field of mental health. One of its primary goals is the provision of low cost mental health services to individuals who have no health insurance or are “underinsured” by their current providers.

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Scholar in Residence at Jewish Geriatric Services

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing provides onsite services for Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS), Inc. The current scholar-in-residence is Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Associate Professor, who provides advanced geriatric nursing [resident care] consultation, faculty expertise, enhanced scholarly productivity of JGS staff, facilitated UMass student research opportunities and experience in geriatric care; leadership for several JGS councils and research conferences, and general liaison activities between JGS and UMass Amherst.

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Short Bouts of Exercise for Preschoolers

Most Massachusetts preschools divide outdoor playtime into two 30-minute blocks (morning and afternoon) of unstructured playtime. Some evidence suggests that a higher level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) would be attained by exposing preschoolers to shorter bouts of structured PA throughout the day. This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines the efficacy of short bouts of structured playtime, versus prolonged bouts of unstructured outdoor playtime, on increasing PA and reducing sedentary time in lower socioeconomic status students.

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