Inbox [Dec. 18]: UMass Medical gets $3.1M for heart study, WorcShop shares in $242K in state grants, WPI researchers make cancer breakthrough, Health Connector deadline looms

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UMass Medical School awarded $3.1M to monitor, improve heart attack care in Worcester

UMass Medical School has been awarded a four-year, $3.1 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for Community Surveillance of Coronary Heart Disease. The new grant, previously known as the Worcester Heart Attack Study, continues four decades of monitoring local heart attack patients to improve treatment and outcomes under the direction of Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., founder and principal investigator.

“We’re going to study contemporary trends in the magnitude of heart disease in the greater Worcester community. We’re going to monitor changing and current trends in the in-hospital and long-term outcomes of patients hospitalized with heart attacks, also called acute myocardial infarctions. And we’re going to look at changes taking place in patient management,” said Goldberg, professor of quantitative health sciences.

UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School

“What we want to learn is, will these trajectories continue: Will [the] incidence of heart attacks continue to decrease? Will patients’ prognosis continue to improve? And how much more effectively can patients be managed?”

Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since the mid-1980s, the community-based study provides 40 years of data about the number of heart attacks among residents of the greater Worcester community and outcomes of their medical care during and after hospitalization. It also provides insights on how patients who experience heart attacks are treated by physicians in the community.

“We’re going to have a 40-year picture of heart disease, which is unique. What we’ve learned since 1975 is that even though Worcester heart attack patients have become older and sicker, often having multiple diseases, the incidence of heart attacks is declining, and patients’ [prognoses] both in-hospital and post-discharge is getting better,” said Goldberg. “We think this is because patients are being much more aggressively managed with evidence-based care.”

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website

State announces inaugural round of Collaborative Workspace Program Awards

At an event last Thursday at The WorcShop in Worcester, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $950,000 in grant funding to 23 organizations across Massachusetts to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the commonwealth’s cities and towns.

Inbox [Dec. 14]: Worcester Fire Chief Gardell to retire, Clark adds business analytics degree, WPD to hold Civilian Police Academy, Moore seeks display suggestions

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Worcester Fire Chief Gardell announces retirement

Worcester Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell will retire from the department at the end of January, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced in a statement.

Gardell was appointed fire chief in the summer of 2015. At the time, he informed Augustus he planned to stay 12 to 18 months.

The city will follow the state Civil Service process in selecting a new fire chief. Internal candidates for the position have already taken a written exam and gone through an assessment center evaluation. The Civil Service Commission has the results of those evaluations, and is expected to provide the city with a list of candidates this month.

On Beacon Hill: Mr. Moore, state senator, goes to Washington

From State House News Service


  • Mr. Moore goes to Washington, in a position to make an impact
  • AIDS Project Worcester caseworker speaks at State House
  • McGovern needles Trump in push for tax-return transparency legislation
  • Neal nabs key leadership post on Pelosi team
  • Chandler joins healthcare fact-finding mission to Minnesota


Millbury senator tapped for U.S. Attorney General planning panel

While Massachusetts’ influence in Washington could wane with Republican Donald Trump in the White House, at least one state senator expects to be among those making suggestions to the new administration’s Department of Justice.

State Sen. Michael O. Moore of Millbury, a Democrat and member of the DOJ’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Global Advisory Committee (GAC), spent two days in Washington, D.C., last week working with the GAC on ways to use data to fight the opioid epidemic, combat sex trafficking and improve information sharing.

Inbox [Nov. 23]: WCAC provides 451 coats to kids, Worcester business gains certification, UniBank coordinates holiday giving, Moore announces spring legislative internships

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WCAC wraps up annual coat drive

They say timing is everything, and for Worcester Community Action Council’s 10th annual coat drive for kids the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The agency was able to deliver new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County, as well as provide for the children of teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center just as the first true frost of the season arrived this week.


Thanks to sizable in-kind donations from National Grid (211 coats), Commerce Bank (109 coats) and Avalon Marlborough (45 coats), coupled with corporate donations from Bay State Savings Bank ($2,000), DCU for Kids ($1,500), UniBank ($1,000) and the TJX Companies ($1,000), WCAC was able to distribute 451 new winter coats.

Worcester Sun: Nov. 23 — Our take on a solid ‘Plan B’ for Black Friday, Hitch talks turkey + Randell on the Skybridge

Plainridge slots revenue gains win big with commission |  Through September, Plainridge Park slots parlor had collected $117.6 million in revenue, with more than $52 million going to pay state taxes and more than $5 million earmarked for the state’s horse racing fund. Plainridge averaged a “win per unit” of $346, which officials say is a performance unmatched nationally. Editorial: A movement we can all stand behind |  We the people stand in dire need of something that unites us. Fortunately, for many, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, for most, the day after is Black Friday, which has weaponized the act of holiday shopping.

Inbox [Nov. 16]: Worcester State sets Economy Summit, Assumption receives landmark check, Anna Maria launches accelerated degree, Moore named top legislator, Staples helps associates with college debt

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New Economy Summit Friday at Worcester State

Worcester State University will host the New Economy Summit Friday, Nov. 18. The day-long event will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

Organized by the Social Venture Collaborative, the public forum will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration.  Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to establish a regional network and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations. Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges.

Keynote speakers, a World Café discussion, musicians, panelists and participants from across New England will inspire and motivate people to remain active and connected beyond the Summit, especially in the uncertain aftermath of the 2016 general elections.

Read the entire story and register on the New Economy Summit Eventbrite registration page

Assumption receives 2nd largest gift in school history

Assumption College announced it has received the lead gift for the College’s new academic building.

Michael Tsotsis and Francesco Cesareo

Courtesy Assumption College

Michael Tsotsis, left, and Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo at last month’s President’s Council Dinner.

Michael Tsotsis, a 1971 Assumption graduate, and his wife, Dorothy, have given the second largest gift in the history of the college in support of the new academic building. In recognition of their generous gift, the building will be named the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, an ambitious endeavor that will provide a state-of-the-art and distinct learning center for Assumption students.

Inbox [Sept. 11]: Youth health panel seeks members, Community Unity event set for Thursday at East Middle, Worcester Police appoint LGBTQ liaison, registration open for free culinary arts certificate program

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Nominations open for Youth Health Action Committee

The Central Mass. Regional Public Health Alliance is seeking nominations for the Youth Health Action Committee.

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Please consider nominating a young person between the ages of 15 and 18 who you think would be an enthusiastic member of a team of young community health organizers and who lives in Worcester, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury or West Boylston.