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Baystate Community Faculty

A patient is an individual—and a member of a community.

So, in PURCH, you will collaborate with our Baystate Community Faculty—a diverse group of non-clinical community members who have undergone professional development training to prepare them to participate in medical education.

Making an Impression on Medical Students

By facilitating small group discussions, providing immersive community experiences, and collaborating on their advocacy efforts, the Baystate Community Faculty illuminate problems of health inequity for PURCH students and help them develop skills to address them.

PURCH students unanimously say they appreciate the value the Baystate Community Faculty bring to their education.

PURCH Community Faculty

Community Faculty Members

Abdullah Abdul-Rahim, MOCHA (Men of Color Health Awareness)
Charlie Holmes, Service Employees International Union
Bettye Anderson Frederic, Gardening the Community
Jenise Katalina, Children's Trust/Healthy Families Massachusetts
Mary Ayala, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Baystate Medical Center
Khali Maddox-Abdegeo, Maddox Enterprises
Areliz Barbosa, CCHW, Women's Health Network, Baystate Health
Frank Martinez, MassHire Holyoke
Beth Cardillo, MEd, LSW, CDP, Armbrook Village
Cindy Miller, Tapestry Health
Lisa Clinton, Job Corps
Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield – Office of Housing
Gilbert Dillard, Retired - Veteran
Lara Quiles, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Kevin Dumpson III, Suit Up Springfield
Grace Ramsay, Tapestry Health
Brenda Evans, UMass School of Public Health
Ariana Williams, BS, CHW, MLK Jr Family Services
David Gaby, McKnight Community Development Corp
Rebecca Willoughby, Retired - Community Volunteer
Ysabel Garcia, Estoy Aqui

Making An Impact on Medical Education

Community faculty live, learn, work, pray, play, and age in the communities served by Baystate Health. They bring the experience of community residents to all corners of undergraduate medical education.

Baystate Community Faculty come together monthly with PURCH team members to collaborate on educational initiatives and opportunities for our students.

Applicant Interviews

Baystate Community Faculty members are involved in evaluating PURCH track applicants by participating as raters in the Mini Multiple Interview (MMI) process.

Poverty Simulations

In this interactive educational experience, medical students role-play being a member of a family living at or below the poverty line. They decide how to pay for housing and food, get to work, keep their kids in school, and deal with unexpected challenges with limited resources. Baystate Community Faculty portray community resource workers, and facilitate discussion about needs of the community and the social determinants that effect healthcare.

Standardized Patients

Some Baystate Community Faculty members are trained to act as patients with specific medical conditions, and allow students to interview or examine them in a simulated office visit. They provide constructive feedback to medical students and evaluate their medical interviewing skills and physical examination techniques.

Lisa Clinton

Focus: Advancing the health of under-served communities

Meet Lisa
Lisa Clinton, Baystate Community Faculty

Areliz Barbosa CCHW

Passionate about advocating for cultural humility and social justice

Meet Areliz
Areliz Barbosa CCHW, Baystate Community Faculty