Perinatal Oral Health Summit

Wednesday, May 30th
9:00am – 4:00pm
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
Westborough, MA

The Massachusetts Perinatal Oral Health Summit is an interdisciplinary event focused on improving oral health as part of overall health for pregnant woman and children by utilizing prenatal, pediatric, and dental providers as a team approach.

Through interactive discussions, dynamic learning sessions and peer to peer connections participants will walk away knowing the importance of oral health during pregnancy and childhood, the common challenges faced and innovative tools and strategies for providing oral health care services to these important populations.

Breakfast and lunch will be served

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Oral Health and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Medications for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Community Training

Thursday, April 26, 2018
3:00pm – 5:00pm
UMass Amherst
Student Union Ballroom


Substance use disorders are the most common cause of preventable disability in the United States, and accidental overdose (often involving opioids) is the leading cause of injury-related death in our country.
Addiction is recognized as a brain disease and there is a wealth of evidence for the use of medications in the treatment of substance use disorders — and yet they remain underutilized and often misunderstood.
We invite one and ALL to this community training on medications for the treatment of substance use disorders presented by Robert Roose, MD, MPH, FASAM — VP, Behavioral Health, Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.

This program is supported by SAMHSA grant # 1H79T102644-01

Dr. Andrea Barsevik: “The Science of Symptom Management”

On Thursday, March 1, Dr. Andrea Barsevick presented the first 2018 NINR Director’s Lecture on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In her presentation, “The Science of Symptom Management,” Dr. Barsevick described her program of research which addresses cancer-related symptoms and quality of life research.

About the Speaker

Andrea Barsevick, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN is a Professor in the Population Science Division of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. She is known internationally for her research on symptom clustering during and after cancer treatment, particularly fatigue and its interactions with sleep disturbances, depressed mood, and quality of life.

Dr. Barsevick is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a past member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines Panel on cancer-related fatigue.


UManage Center Talk: Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Health

Presenter: Dr. Jeanne Alhusen
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 101

The UManage Center for the Science of Symptom Self-Management presents the above talk by Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, Assistant Dean of Research for the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. Dr. Alhusen will share her research examining the influence of intimate partner violence on maternal and neonatal outcomes. She will include results from an intervention study aimed at reducing intimate partner violence in the perinatal period.

This talk is made possible through the National Institute of Nursing Research Award P20 NR016599.

Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance: Fourth Annual Sleep & Symptom Research Symposium

Date: Friday April 27, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Yale School of Nursing, West Campus
400 West Campus Drive, West Haven, CT

The Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute and Chronic Conditions, in association with the YSN Biobehavioral Lab and the Yale Program in Sleep, presents the Fourth Annual Sleep and Symptom Research Symposium. The key note speakers will be Janet Mullington, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Naresh Punjabi, MD, PhD, Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Please register for this free event at:

Advancing the Conversation of Cultural Humility

Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104

The Maternal Child Health Commission is proud to announce this year’s community program in conjunction with Public Health Month to focus on Cultural Humility in Public Health.

More details, including registration, can be found here.

College of Nursing 2018 Spring Seminar Series: “Feeding from the Breast without Latching: Human Milk Feeds Microbes in the Infant Gut”

Presenter: Dr. David A. Sela
Date: April 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 101

The next talk in the College of Nursing Spring Seminar Series will be presented by Dr. David A. Sela, Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science. Dr. Sela research focuses on breast milk and infant nutrition, genomics of beneficial microbes, and dietary influences on the human microbiome. His presentation will look at the genomics and molecular microbiology underlying reciprocal interactions between beneficial bifidobacterial populations and bioactive milk molecules.

Abstract: Human milk delivers bioactive molecules critical to infant development, homeostasis, and health. A fraction of these molecules are partially or fully indigestible and thus delivered to the infant gut. This includes human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) that provide functions beyond their potential nutritive value. Accordingly, microbes interact with human milk molecules to modulate the emergent physiology of microbiomes established along the infant gastrointestinal tract.

UMass Amherst Outreach and Public Engagement Summit

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
UMass Amherst Design Building 170 & Atrium
Food and coffee provided

This summit is aimed at graduate students interested in extending their scholarly work beyond UMass, improving their communication skills, and/or pursuing a career in Outreach & Public Engagement (OPE). It is an opportunity to learn about resources & opportunities on campus and beyond. The day will consist of:

Professional Panel 1:30-2:30pm
Professionals working in outreach and public engagement (OPE) will talk about their careers and answer audience questions. Come ask questions that are relevant to you.

OPE Idea and Resource Exhibition 2:30-4:30pm
Come for as long or short as you want to learn from, talk to, and collaborate with UMass graduate students and organizations about their OPE initiatives.

Registration is preferred, but not required:


Integrative Pain Management Conference at the University of Vermont

Date:  Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Davis Center, University of Vermont


  • Provide an engaging conference offering didactic and experiential sessions to support providers in offering integrative pain management to their patients
  • Give providers take-home documentation on the evidence-base for a wide array of complementary health care modalities
  • Provide opportunities to observe and/or experience integrative healthcare techniques
  • Provide opportunities for inter-disciplinary networking.

Additional information is available here.