Rural Generation 2019 Summit

Rural Generation 2019 Summit
Location: Mississippi
Dates: May 22-24


This May, join rural artists and community leaders from across the nation in the Mississippi Delta for the Rural Generation Summit. The Summit presents a historic opportunity to consider the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for rural communities and Indian Country.

For more details on the 2019 Summit click here.

You are also invited to contribute to a national survey to help refine the strategy of engagement at the Rural Generation Summit and inform our field building efforts. You can share your ideas here


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health and Climate Solutions

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to build a Culture of Health where everyone in America has a fair opportunity for health and well-being. But, climate change threatens all of the factors that shape the opportunity for a healthy life, especially for those who are the most vulnerable to the health harms of climate change.

The good news is that health solutions can also benefit the climate, and climate solutions can help build a Culture of Health with immediate and long-term health benefits.

Is your community or organization working to address the health harms of climate change? RWJF is looking to award grants of up to $350,000 for up to eight projects that are improving community health and advancing health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Grant funds will support research and evaluation of the project, with some funds allocated to communication and dissemination efforts to share findings and lessons learned broadly.

Click here for further details and to apply.

97th Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

Join the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, to be held on January 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm in conference room D, building 45 (Natcher) on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MA.

The session will include updates on cloud computing and data science at NIH, NINR’s technology science portfolio, and a review of a report on inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research. There will also be presentations on development of novel, biophysically designed fluids for swallowing disorders and development of patient-centered technologies to provide supportive treatment supervision, followed by a panel Q&A.

When Controversy Comes to Campus Conference

Gators, Haters, and the 1st Amendment: A Campus Safety Conference
Thursday, January 10, 2019
8:00am to 5:00pm
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA


Drawing on lessons learned by the University of Florida, this conference will inform participants on actions needed for a unified response composed of university, local, state, and federal partners when a known controversial speaker or event comes to campus.

This conference is free and open to Massachusetts’ colleges, universities, local and state responders, and federal partners.

For more information, and to register, click here



NINR Advisory Council Presentation Videos Available

Presentations given at the public session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research on September 4, 2018 are now available to view on the NINR YouTube page.

NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. In addition to the Director’s Report from NINR Acting Director Ann K. Cashion, September’s meeting featured the following presentations:

  • Innovative Diagnostic and Monitoring Strategies to Improve Care for Stroke and Brain Injury Patients
  • Overview of the NINR Intramural Research Program
  • Advancing Science and Healthcare through NINR’s Innovative Intramural Training Programs
  • Post-doctoral fellowship in NINR: Biomarkers of Wound Pain and Wound Healing (Dr. Leo Saligan’s Lab)
  • Antibiotics During Gestation May Lead to Obesity in Adult Offspring (Dr. Wendy Henderson’s Lab)
  • Developing Therapeutics for RYR1-related Disorders: My Experience from Within the NINR Intramural Program (Dr. Katy Meilleur’s Lab)
  • The Role of Inflammatory Cytokines in Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (Dr. Jessica Gill’s Lab)

The next meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research will be held on January 29-30, 2019.

Tay Gavin Lecture Series – The Complexity of Factors Influencing the Risk of Crash Injury in Adolescents and Young Adults

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Campus Center, Room 804-08, UMass Amherst

Presented by Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH, FAAAM, Professor, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. While policy and engineering efforts have been successful in reducing the rates of fatal crashes, many factors (e.g., behavioral, developmental, social, cultural) contribute to the risk of crash injury.  Prevention activities and programs need to thoughtfully consider the breath of factors that can contribute to crashes and crash injury disparities among groups of young drivers.

Cancer Collaborative Workshop, Worcester, MA

Date: December 5, 2018
Location: College of The Holy Cross, Worcester

This is an an opportunity to learn about meaningful sponsorship opportunities for individuals and local businesses who wish to empower patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals in their fight against cancer in greater Worcester. There is no cost for this event.
Nurses and Social Workers will receive 3 CEUs from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Breakfast is included.

Topics Include:
Innovations in Cancer Treatments; Living With Cancer as a Chronic Illness
Palliative Care; Benefits of early incorporation; Finding resources for your patients; Self Care for Healthcare Professionals; Identifying and Addressing the needs in your community

For further information and to register, click here.


Dr. Anne Marie McCarthy’s NINR Director’s Lecture Available

On September 25, Dr. Anne Marie McCarthy delivered the third Director’s Lecture of 2018, entitled “Distraction in Action: Helping Children Cope with Painful Procedures”. The video of this lecture is now available to view here.

In this presentation, Dr. McCarthy describes her research trajectory and current program of research, which focuses on children with chronic health conditions.

The Dean’s Symposium on Universal Access to Health Promotion

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst Student Union Building

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the next event in the Dean’s Symposia Series: “Universal Access to Health Promotion: A State-Wide Sustainable Strategy to Improve Health Equity, Reduce Medical Costs and Improve Quality of Life.” The symposium will include keynote speaker Michael O’Donnell, CEO of the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute, and featured speakers Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness, David Buchanan, UMass Amherst Professor Emeritus of Community Health Education, and Claire Santarelli, Director of the Office of Health Promotion & Partnerships in the Division of Prevention & Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.