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8 Community Members Join Baystate's Non-medical Teaching Faculty

August 05, 2020
UMass Medical School - Baystate Non-medical Community Faculty

"We Could Not Do This Without You, and We Would Not Want To."

Eight community members have recently completed training to join UMMS-Baystate’s non-medical Community Faculty.

This diverse group of local individuals is instrumental in teaching UMass medical students in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track.

All Baystate Community Faculty members have undergone training in cultural humility and communication styles to prepare them to facilitate discussions with groups of students about important concepts such as social determinants of health, healthcare access and equity, and bias in the Baystate community.

"Welcome to Our New Community Faculty Members!"

"Your voices matter greatly to our students' growth and to the doctors they'll become. We're so fortunate that you give your time, ideas, and partnership. Thank you for making this program so special!"
—Rebecca Blanchard, PhdD, Assistant Dean for Education, UMMS-Baystate



Frank Martinez

MassHire Holyoke

Grace Ramsay

Tapestry Health

Abdullah Abdul-Rahim

MOCHA (Men of Color Health Awareness)

Beth Cardillo MEd, LSW, CDP

Armbrook Village

Ysabel Garcia

Estoy Aqui

Lizzy Ortiz


Areliz Barbosa

Baystate Health

Ariana Williams, BS, CHW

MLK Jr Family Services


Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health is a track for UMass medical students that focuses on population health, patient-centered community-based care, and innovative, immersive learning experiences.