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Intimate Partner Violence IPE Course

Learning Opportunity: Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is sponsoring the one-credit elective course “Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence: What We All Need to Know.”

About the Course

This course is comprised of seven consecutive sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20 and ending on Nov. 1. Course instructors will include faculty and staff from the schools of social work, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant societal problem, which has persisted despite efforts to eradicate it using numerous intervention strategies. In this course, the student will be introduced to key concepts, processes, measurements, and related theories across diverse practice settings (i.e. dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) to be able to effectively address IPV in practice.

We will cover Issues related to those who experience and witness IPV as well as those who perpetrate IPV, including social and cultural factors (e.g., race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) associated with IPV, including theory practice on intersectionality. The student will explore various strategies established for ending IPV and clinical, policy, and social change interventions from an interprofessional perspective.

Course activities will be designed to help the student think critically and apply understanding of theories from the individual to macro levels of intervention and change across practice settings in social work, law, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and medicine.

Weekly Class Topics

  • Class 1: Definitions, Prevalence and Impact of IPV
  • Class 2: History and Theories of IPV
  • Class 3: Practice: Social Work and Law (Screening for IPV, IPV Programs [crisis, clinical, advocacy], Civil and Criminal Legal Options, Child Welfare Advocates and Victim Advocates, and Safety vs. Autonomy)
  • Class 4: Practice: Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy (How Is IPV Visible in My Practice?, Screening and Brief Interventions in Health Settings, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, and Reproductive Coercion)
  • Class 5: Policy (Local, State, and Federal Law and Policies, Limitations of Current Practice, Promising Practices, and Reporting Requirements)
  • Class 6: Special Populations/Considerations (Minority, Immigrant, LGTB, HIV, Disabled, and Male Victims, Intersection of IPV and Human Trafficking, and Adolescent Relationship Abuse)
  • Class 7: Where are we now? Where do we need to go? (Best Practices, Intersectionality, Social Justice, and Social Change)

Enroll

To enroll, contact your school’s registration office. For additional information on the topics covered in this course, contact Lisa Fedina at LFedina@ssw.umaryland.edu.

  
Lisa Fedina Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 12, 20170 comments
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President's Message

March President’s Message

Check out the March issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the UMBrella Coaching Program, a story on Wes Moore’s presentation on accountability in the Core Values Speaker Series, Karen Fisher launching the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a look ahead to Goldie Blumenstyk’s speech on higher education in that series on March 21 and our quarterly Q&A on March 28, a CURE Corner item on the School of Dentistry, and a safety tip on avoiding car theft.

  
Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 3, 20170 comments
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School of Dentistry

Healthy People Needed for Brain Imaging Study

Are you 18 or older? No history of chronic pain?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be eligible to participate in our study

As a volunteer you will participate in two sessions of about 2 hours.

Each visit will include:

  • An MRI of your brain
  • Performance of a computerized attention task
  • Perceptual testing including thresholds for warm, cool, and pain

If interested, please call (410) 706-4049, or email us at daslab@umaryland.edu.

PI: David A. Seminowicz, PhD
HP-00053524

  
Mariya Prokhorenko Bulletin Board, ResearchJanuary 9, 20170 comments
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Migraine Headache

Do You Suffer From Migraine Headaches?

To participate, you must:

• Be 18-65 years old
• Have had migraines for at least 1 year
• Experience 4 to 14 headaches per month
• Not be using opioid (“narcotic”) pain medication

To see if you are eligible, you must complete:

• Two screening visits that include:
o Evaluation and questionnaires
o Sensory testing procedures
o One or more MRIs of your brain
• Daily migraine diaries completed online

If you are eligible, the study involves:
• Assignment to one of two stress management groups
o Both groups use non-drug techniques and one group includes mindfulness meditation
o Each group includes 12-13 sessions that will occur over a 4-month period
• All examinations, parking, and tests are provided at no cost
• Compensation up to $900, for completing ALL study visits

If interested, please call us at (410) 550-9056.

Protocol No.:NA_00091884 / HP-00053524
David A. Seminowicz, PhD, Principal Investigator | University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Jennifer Haythornwaite, PhD, Principal Investigator | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  
Mariya Prokhorenko Bulletin Board, ResearchJanuary 9, 20170 comments
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10 Steps to Happy Teeth and a Happy You

Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can smile about! Check out these 10 Steps to Happy Teeth and a Happy You:

Dr. Gentry

1. Floss once a day. Without flossing you miss 40 percent of the tooth surface.
2. Brush twice a day. Brush for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and brush your tongue.
3. Schedule at least two dental check-ups and cleanings each year.
4. Eat healthy. Cut down on sweets and eat more fruits and veggies.
5. Stop smoking. It’s bad for everything!
6. Drink more water. Stop drinking soda!
7. Stress causes you to clench and grind your teeth, wearing them down and breaking your teeth. Try to relax more and have your dentist make you a nightguard if you grind.
8. Chew sugarless gum after meals. This stimulates saliva flow to clean off your teeth.
9. Wear a custom fit sports mouthguard when playing contact sports to prevent broken teeth and concussions.
10. Smile more. It will boost your immune system and you will feel better!

Philip A. Gentry, DDS
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Dean’s Faculty, Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of General Dentistry
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

  
Philip GentryBulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeJanuary 4, 20171 comment
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CPA’s Fanning Named Employee of Month

The roles were reversed on Nov. 17 at an Employee of the Month event, and UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was loving it.

“Who’s flashing?” he asked as photos were being taken. “Me, sorry,” Alex Likowski, director of media relations, said apologetically before a room of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) staff.

“No, keep doing it,” Perman responded with a smile, “because that’s what she does to me.”

Patricia Fanning

Fanning receives award from Dr. Perman

“She” is Patricia Fanning, who as senior media relations specialist in CPA does a lot more than take Perman’s picture at events. UMB’s November Employee of the Month “is the hardest and longest working, most dedicated, and most caring employee any of us in CPA knows,” Likowski said in his nomination.

He spoke of the yeoman effort Fanning made in placing a series of stories involving the Renaissance Academy (RA) and student Khalil Bridges. RA sits in one of the city’s poorest, most violent neighborhoods. Before June, the headlines it earned were roundly tragic. Three of Renaissance’s students were killed during the last year — one of them stabbed in biology class. But RA also is a Promise Heights school, which means members of the School of Social Work (SSW) are in the school every day, lifting graduation rates and spirits.

Fanning’s years of work behind the scenes paid off last summer. The Sun ran “Renaissance Academy High grieves after three killings, still sees hope for future” and then a follow-up story about the aspirations of RA graduates. The Washington Post followed with “Coming of age in a city coming apart,” which also referenced Promise Heights and the SSW. Still not finished, Fanning helped SSW colleagues write letters to the editor that appeared in The Sun and The Post, continuing the momentum.

Then, on June 23, The Post ran “Soar Khalil Soar.” The story, about how Bridges graduated from RA last spring against heartbreaking odds, touched heartstrings and purse strings. Within a week, donations to a college fund set up for Khalil outstripped the $30,000 goal.

Fanning, who worked for The Sun for 23 years before coming to UMB in 2009, said she surmounted various obstacles in placing the RA stories.

“I remember coaxing Khalil, who just days before had turned 18, to speak to a TV crew awaiting an interview. That required impromptu media training, with encouragement from the SSW’s Community Schools coordinator, on a rowhouse stoop across the street from his school. Separately, I persuaded Khalil to retool his letter to Baltimore City Public Schools officials as a letter to the editor, which I placed in The Sun to raise his and UMB’s public profile.”

But doing what’s in her job description isn’t the only thing that makes Fanning stand out to her colleagues. It’s things like at 6:30 p.m. Friday, most of her co-workers long gone, getting ready to transport food that had been refrigerated after a University event earlier in the day to an extended family living nearby. What’s more, it’s her having helped three children in that family enroll in A Bridge to Academic Excellence, a tutoring program based at the School of Pharmacy (SOP). And it’s doing outreach for her Howard County neighbors as well as the West Baltimore neighbors she works with at UMB.

As Laura Kozak, MA, associate vice president in CPA, pointed out at the Employee of the Month ceremony, Fanning works with icepacks on her jaw right after dental surgery and staves off Lyme disease to finish assignments related to SSW and the School of Nursing (her previous beats) and to current duties of UMB community engagement, SOP, and the School of Dentistry.

So sure enough, after the Renaissance Academy series of stories had abated and the TV crews had left, Fanning went a step further. “I have continued to keep up with Khalil,” she says. “I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and made a scrapbook for his mom. Later I found one of my son’s childhood friends in Khalil’s chosen field who is now serving as a mentor.”

As Perman said at the ceremony, where Fanning received a plaque and $250 in her next paycheck, “Your colleagues nominated you because they see that when you do something, you’re all in. It means a lot to them and it means a lot to me because when you do something all in, you’re projecting how wonderful this institution is. You’ve done that over and over again.”

What does the award mean to Fanning?

“It’s a validation of the teamwork and relationships required to accomplish either personal or institutional goals,” she says. “The 2016 Promise Heights coverage actually began in 2014 with The Sun’s ‘Collateral Damage’ series that involved my connecting former colleagues at the paper with people at SSW and with West Baltimore residents whom I had come to know through Project Heights.”

And she’s not done contributing, be it at UMB or in Howard County, where she chairs outreach for her church, helps the homeless, assists Habitat for Humanity-related projects, and volunteers with the Parks Department at GreenFest.

She says it’s her way of saying thanks.

“Years ago after a horrific car accident, my life was spared by first responders and trauma surgeons. I’ve felt compelled to make good use of that gift ever since.”

— Chris Zang

  
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeDecember 2, 20161 comment
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Tips for Your Teeth: Halloween Edition

For many of us, avoiding Halloween candy is difficult. (It’s just too delicious!) We all know it’s not great for our teeth, though. If you’re going to eat more candy than usual over the next week or two, you can at least use these tips to take good care of your teeth.

Dr. Gentry’s Tips for Healthy Teeth

  • Eat Halloween candy right after meals. The saliva produced during meals will help dilute the acids produced by the mouth bacteria in response to the sugar and the saliva will help rinse away food particles.
  • Avoid candy that lasts a long time. It’s the length of time the sugar is in your mouth that is the critical factor. The longer the candy is in your mouth, the more damage it can do to your teeth.
  • Stay away from sticky candy. The longer the sugary candy is stuck to your teeth, the more decay will occur.
  • Stay away from gummy bears, sticky fudge, and taffy.
  • Stay away from sour candy. Sour candy is highly acidic and acids can erode tooth enamel.
  • Drink more water. Tap water with fluoride is best. This will help wash away the candy.Halloween baby
  • Eat good, healthy foods and don’t fill up on sugary candy. You need good nutrition for healthy teeth and gums.
  • Stay away from sodas and sports drinks. The frequent contact with the sugary liquid will increase damage to your teeth.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after eating candy will cause your mouth to increase saliva production, which will neutralize the acid in your mouth and wash away food.
  • Brush as soon as possible after eating. If you ate sour or acidic foods rinse with water a few times first to neutralize the acid so you don’t push the acid into your enamel. Brush for two minutes.
  • Floss! Flossing removes plaque and food stuck between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to catch dental problems early, and “treat” them before they get really scary. … Remember good oral health is a major contributor to good overall health.

by Philip A. Gentry, DDS
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Dean’s Faculty, Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of General Dentistry
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

  
Philip GentryBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, For B'more, People, University LifeOctober 25, 20160 comments
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Oral Care for the Underserved

The local school is more than just a place for educating kids. For many neighborhoods it is a de facto community center, providing social services, food and clothing, and basic health services for both students and families in need where there are no affordable alternatives in place.

At the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School in West Baltimore, a successful partnership between the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and School of Dentistry (SOD) has helped bridge the oral education and care gap in a community that has limited options when it comes to dentistry.

“Children have so many needs that dental care often gets swept under the rug,” said Clemencia Vargas, DDS, PhD, associate professor at SOD in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, “We didn’t see any signs of dental treatment on our first visit, and 40 percent of kids had active decay.”

Vargas’ career has included dental practice, research, and teaching in her native Colombia and the United States. Yet some of her greatest satisfaction and pride has come from organizing oral care outreach efforts for underserved schools, including a successful 10-year partnership with Wolfe Street Academy in East Baltimore. Samuel-Coleridge Taylor presented the types of challenges that Vargas has become familiar with in Baltimore City. In an effort to address oral health gaps, Vargas engaged in a collaboration with SSW through the Promise Heights initiative. This is a partnership between UMB and community-based nonprofits and faith-based organizations to improve the educational, social, health, and economic opportunities of children from birth to young adulthood.

In order to effectively implement this program, SSW employs an onsite facilitator at Samuel Coleridge Taylor – Angel Bettleyon, LSW – who serves as a mental health consultant at the DRU Judy Center located at the school, which serves families and children from birth to five years old. Given her first-hand experience working with the school community, Bettleyon is aware of how lack of dental care can have subtle effects on student behavior:

“If you have a terrible toothache, and if you can’t communicate that and nobody’s aware, then it will affect your performance.”

Over the first year, the Promise Heights initiative has made gradual progress in assisting parents to obtain oral care for their children, providing fluoridated toothpaste, toothbrushes, and cavity prevention kits to the students of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor elementary. In a community that’s often been ignored, building trust is an essential first step for families who may be wary of authority figures.

A major part of building trust is generating comfort between the student volunteers of SOD and children and parents. To this end, Promise Heights engaged in a “walking school bus” activity, in which SOD students dressed up in costumes, met with families and children, and walked with them to school. Bettleyon also helped to arrange two breakfasts – one in the spring and fall – between the dental volunteers and the students and parents at the school.

“Through these activities, the dental students are able to meet with the parents and chat with them in a different light, to see the parents as parents,” said Vargas.

In addition to engaging the community through activities like the walking school bus and the monthly breakfasts, SOD volunteers engaged in four screening events over the course of the year to provide oral health education and help parents settle into brushing routines with their kids. They distributed oral health starter kits to parents with children’s pajamas, a new book, a cavity prevention kit under a “Brush, Book, and Bed” initiative to help facilitate and support a consistent bedtime brushing routine.

“If parents are dealing with mental health issues, it impacts the way they respond to their children’s needs; and for others, it’s a lack of understanding or prioritizing other needs over a consistent routine,” said Bettleyon. “So many of these families were very thankful for the dental kits because it’s something they may not have been able to buy on their own, especially with their resources already being stretched so thin.”

Through the first year, the program has experienced progress: the number of signed consent forms has increased, and attendance has continued to rise at each of the educational events for parents held during the school year. As a result of this progress, Promise Heights received a second-year grant of $27,000 from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children of Baltimore City to continue provide education and screening services under the “No Cavities Here!” initiative.

Vargas credits the strong, steady leadership of the school for creating the type of environment that allowed “No Cavities Here!” to continue past its first year. For underserved schools, consistent leadership is often the difference between a successful intervention and a failed one, and Vargas credits Bettleyon, and Promise Heights in particular, for helping the program flourish.

“Angel Bettleyon is a fundamental piece. If we didn’t have her, we wouldn’t be able to work there,” Vargas said, “Promise Heights makes it easy, they have the connection with the community, they have the presence, and they are very pleased with the program. This program is succeeding because of how all of these have come together.”

  
Scott HeselABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsAugust 12, 20160 comments
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brain

Healthy People Needed for Brain Imaging Study

Are you 18 or older? No history of chronic pain?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be eligible to participate in our study.

As a volunteer, you will participate in two sessions of about two hours.

Each visit will include:

  • An MRI of your brain
  • Performance of a computerized attention task
  • Perceptual testing including thresholds for warm, cool, and pain

If interested, please call (410) 706-4049 or email us at daslab@umaryland.edu.

  
Mariya ProkhorenkoBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, ResearchApril 11, 20161 comment
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Migraine Headache

Do You Suffer From Migraine Headaches?

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study examining the effects of
two different non-drug techniques for reducing headaches. The techniques focus on learning
different stress management strategies and one group will learn meditation.

To participate, you must:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age
  • Experience four to 14 headaches per month
  • Have had migraines for at least one year
  • Not be using opioid (“narcotic”) pain medication

To see if you are eligible, you must complete two screening visits that include:

  • An evaluation and questionnaires
  • Sensory testing procedures
  • One or more MRI’s of your brain
  • Daily migraine diaries completed online

If you are eligible, the study involves:

  • Assignment to one of two stress management groups
  • Both groups use non-drug techniques and one group includes mindfulness meditation
  • Each group includes 12-13 sessions that will occur over a 4-month period
  • All examinations, parking, and tests are provided at no cost

Compensation up to $900, for completing ALL study visits. Please call 410-550-9056 today.

David A. Seminowicz, PhD, Principal Investigator
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, PhD, Principal Investigator
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Protocol: NA_00091884

  
Mariya ProkhorenkoBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, ResearchMarch 4, 20160 comments
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brain

Healthy Volunteers Needed for a Brain Imaging Study

Are you 18 or older? No history of chronic pain?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be eligible to participate in our study. As a volunteer you will participate in two sessions of about two hours.

Each visit will include:

  • An MRI of your brain
  • Performance of a computerized attention task
  • Perceptual testing including thresholds for warm, cool, and pain

All records will be kept strictly confidential. You will be compensated for your time and will receive a CD of your brain MRI.

If interested, please call (410) 706-4049 or email daslab@umaryland.edu.

  
Mariya ProkhorenkoBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, ResearchMarch 4, 20160 comments
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Tooth-Scope

Oral Health Literacy at the HS/HSL

You are invited to attend, Oral Health Literacy: Connecting Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Pharmacists, and Dental Professionals on Wednesday, March 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the HS/HSL.

This workshop is geared toward educating health professionals (especially students) as to why they are stakeholders and providing dental information that can be used to contribute to improving a patient’s overall health.

Presenters include: Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, School of Nursing; Erin Wheeler and Victoria Watson, dental hygiene students at the School of Dentistry; and Mary Ann Williams, MSLS, librarian to the School of Dentistry.

Topics

• The link between oral and systemic conditions
• Why all health professionals should care about the oral health of their patients
• What health professionals can do to educate their patients
• Oral health resources
• Oral health literacy

Although walk-ins are welcome, you are encouraged to register in advance.

REGISTER NOW

  
Ryan HarrisBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, PeopleMarch 1, 20160 comments
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Shared Governance

Panel Discussion on Shared Governance

The School of Dentistry Faculty Assembly will host a panel discussion on shared governance on Wednesday, March 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. in School of Dentistry Room G205.

Featured Panelists

  • Jay A. Perman, MD, president
  • Sarah Michel, PhD, faculty senate president
  • Colette Beaulieu, staff senate president
  • Geoffrey Heinzl, USGA president

Shared governance Is a Priority

We believe in a shared responsibility among staff, faculty, administration, and students to promote a collaborative process whereby UMB and the faculty, staff, and students have regular dialog on important issues of concern to the parties. The common shared objective is to enhance the goals of the institution.

Please plan to attend this event. It is open to UMB students, staff and faculty.

  
Isabel RambobBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, University Administration, University LifeFebruary 19, 20160 comments
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Exploring Technology-Enhanced Learning Opportunities in Health Professions

The School of Dentistry Faculty Assembly will host a workshop entitled “Exploring technology-enhanced learning opportunities in health professions” by Mary Jo Bondy, DHEd, MHS, PA-C, on Wednesday, March 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room G305 (ground level).

During this workshop, participants will work in teams to design student-centered learning experiences. Technology-enhanced engagement techniques will be discussed and explored.

Bondy currently serves as the assistant dean of Graduate Academic Programs here at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a physician’s assistant and Doctor of Health Education she has been able to pursue her passion for teaching future health care providers while creating resources, structures, processes, and policies to support student success. She is a NISOD award-winning teacher and leader. Her areas of interest are student-centered teaching and learning and faculty development.

  
Isabel RambobBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, People, TechnologyFebruary 18, 20160 comments
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