January 22, 2017

Inbox [Jan. 22]: HFCM adds 2 directors, Worcester Arts Council grants $107K, Assumption announces health sciences major, Research Bureau seeks nominations for Green awards

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Jennifer Swan

Courtesy of Worcester Arts Council

Community Connections project artist Jennifer Swan at Union Hill Elementary School.

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

Health Foundation of Central Mass. names two to board

The Board of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently elected two new Directors: Randall V. Becker, C.P.A., M.B.A.; and Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Becker served as chief financial officer, senior vice president and director of MAPFRE U.S.A. Corp. until his retirement in 2016. He is currently a selectman in Webster.


Dimitri is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the UMass Memorial Medical Center. He served as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 2015 to 2016, and has had a private practice in Worcester for nearly 25 years.


The board also elected as officers and members of the executive committee: Michael Mutchler, M.D. as chairman; Francis M. Saba, M.H.S.A. as vice chairman; Ann K. Tripp, M.B.A. as treasurer; and Barent W. Walsh, Ph.D. as secretary.

Others who continue to serve on the board: Sarika Aggarwal, M.D., M.H.C.M.; Timothy M. Bibaud, J.D.; Anthony Emerson, D.B.A.; David N. Grenier; Jay S. Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H; Jennifer J. Hylton, Psy.D.; Jean G. McMurray; and Gisela Velez, M.D., M.P.H.

The Foundation was established in 1999 with proceeds from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care Inc., a physician-initiated, not-for-profit HMO. The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $65 million and has awarded grants totaling approximately $36 million to improve the health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts. For further information about the Foundation’s grant programs, visit The Health Foundation’s website at www.hfcm.org or call 508-438-0009.

Worcester Arts Council announces new grants

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Kelly Momberger, chair of the Worcester Arts Council, have announced the award of 44 grants totaling $106,690 for cultural programs in Worcester.

“WAC received a record number of applications this year, making this our most competitive grant cycle yet,” Momberger said. “These projects represent many new and vibrant programs that will further expand Worcester’s rich cultural environment and engage new audiences.”

“It’s the local volunteers who really make this system work,” Augustus said. “They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to them, the arts, sciences and humanities are part of people’s everyday lives in Worcester and every community across the state.”

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The current members of the Worcester Arts Council are Kelly Momberger, Thomas Conroy, Samantha Fiakofi, Jose Castillo, Hansani Archibald, Jacob Poplaski, Hank VonHellion, and Meaghan Hardy-Lavoie.

Mihoko Wakabayashi

Courtesy of Worcester Arts Council

2016 WAC Fellow Mihoko Wakabayashi

WAC is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. This year WAC is announcing the recipients of funding for the 2017 grant cycle. WAC will award a total of $106,690 to 44 Worcester area applicants. The 2017 allocation also includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships, awarded to individuals to assist in the funding of their endeavors in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. This year WAC is proud to award fellowships to two local artists, Mark Thomas and Jill Watts.

This year’s grants include:

2017 Worcester Arts Council Grant Awards

Applicant Project Title Decision
Valley Residents for Improvement VRI’s Camp Freedom Summer Music Program $ 2,400
Worcester Chamber Music Society Worcester Chamber Music Society/Neighborhood

Strings and Crocodile River workshops and public


$ 4,500
Tet in Worcester Inc. Tet in Worcester, Inc. Annual Vietnamese Lunar New

Year Celebration

$ 2,500
Jonathan Brennand: Worcester Youth Orchestra 2nd Annual Four Orchestras Festival $ 2,000
Nan AK Gibbons: Shir Joy Two Worcester Choral Events, Yom Hashoah Memorial & Communities of Song Concert $ 1,300
Canal District Alliance CDA Art Walks $ 2,500
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. The Poetic Pathway $ 2,000
Worcester Public Library Words & Art $ 2,000
Elizabeth Bowles Identity & Community: Personal Stories Through

Art on Union Hill

$     915
Elizabeth Wambui Emberley Arts Program $ 2,500
Greg Hamilton Worcester Portrait Exchange $ 1,200
Kenza Dekar Child Education Program of the Clemente

Course in the Humanities

$ 3,180
Casa Cultural Dominicana de Worcester Dominican Heritage Week $ 3,300
Rev. Aaron Payson Theatrical Performance by True Colors $ 1,000
Laura Ramsey Groove Trane/Lyric Writing $     750
EcoTarium Nature Explore LIVE! 2017 $ 2,194
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. Rainbow Lunch & Supper Clubs $ 1,050
International Center of Worcester Global Citizens of Worcester, MA $ 2,000
POW! WOW! Worcester POW! WOW! Worcester 2017 $ 4,500
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Art at the Club $ 4,531
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross Worcester Public Schools Outreach $     750
Cheryl Lindsay Main IDEA Teen Program $ 3,000
Janice E. Seymour Find Your “Selfie” in Worcester History $   800
Roosevelt Elementary School The Moral of the Story: Bringing Fables to Life

though Puppetry

$ 1,235
African Community Education Program ACE’s “Michezo Ya Watoto” (Children’s Play


$ 2,700
Vietnamese Community of Worcester Vietnamese New Year $ 2,000
Worcester Roots Project Hip Hop Health Summit – H3 Summit $ 1,000
Ariana Falk Worcester Bach Festival $ 2,700
Michelle Memnon Gospel Fest $           3,000
Stacey (Sou) MacMillan Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival $ 1,200
John Vo Made In Voyage 2 $ 1,000
Art in the PARK Art in the PARK 2017 Biennial Sculpture Exhibition $ 3,250
Ascentria Care Alliance World Refugee Day 2017 Celebration $ 2,000
Black heritage Committee Black Heritage Festival $ 1,700
Friends of Institute Park Summer Family Concert in Institute Park $ 2,500
Joy of Music Program Joy of Music 30th Anniversary Gala $ 2,000
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra 11th Annual Duo Piano Gala Concert $ 1,500
Preservation Worcester Favorite Places $ 1,535
South East Asian Coalition SEAC 14th Asian Festival and 10th Moon Festival $ 4,500
Unitey CDC UNITEY Culinary and Music Arts Series $ 4,500
Worcester Education Collaborative WEC’appella $ 1,500
Mark Thomas Fellowship $ 5,000
Jill Watts Fellowship $ 5,000
MAKE MUSIC DAY LCO Project $ 6,000
Total Awarded $106,690

Assumption announces new health sciences program

Assumption College has announced a new health sciences major, an interdisciplinary program that will prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities in the growing field of healthcare, with applications to clinical practice, administration, policy development and research.

The program draws from coursework in the natural sciences, disease and disability, and health care delivery and care models, as well as the economics, ethics and policies that drive global healthcare systems. Health sciences students are encouraged to customize their education by adding a concentration.

According to Associate Provost Kimberly A. Schandel, Ph.D., “Students interested in becoming physicians, dentists, or physician assistants should pursue the health sciences major with a concentration in pre-clinical health professions, which will prepare them for admission to the relevant graduate and professional programs. Concentrations in pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, and communication sciences and disorders are aligned with requirements for graduate programs in those specialties. Concentrations in public health and patient advocacy are in development.”

“The health sciences program creates a clear pathway for students with aspirations of contributing to the healthcare industry,” said Robert R. Caron, Sc.D., assistant professor and one of several architects of the health sciences program at Assumption. “When combined with our core curriculum, internships and volunteer opportunities, and the wide variety of other academic and co-curricular activities offered at Assumption College, the program is built to educate healthcare industry professionals who are prepared to deal with the challenging and ever-changing landscape of healthcare in the United States.”

For more than a decade, Worcester’s education and healthcare industry has experienced a renaissance. According to a study sponsored by the city of Worcester, the sector grew by 35.5 percent between 2000 and in 2010, and by 2010 represented the single largest employment base in the city. As this industry continues to expand and dominate the regional economy, the need for healthcare-based education has become increasingly important.

The health sciences program will be available to Assumption College students beginning in fall 2017.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Nominations open for Thomas S. Green Awards

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is accepting nominations for the 2017 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.

The awards highlight those municipal employees who provide outstanding and exemplary contributions to government and the community. This prestigious award is open to all municipal employees in the Greater Worcester region, except department or division heads.

Nominees for the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards must illustrate: exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities; enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty; cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees; and community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities.

Nominations are due Feb. 24. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, at Assumption College.

Nomination forms are available on The Research Bureau’s website

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