Andrea Mellen, WDMSA BSN Scholarship Recipient - Worcester State
with WDMSA Past President, Sheila Massarelli
WDMSA BSN Scholarship Award -cosponsored with the WDMS
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The Worcester District Medical Society Alliance (WDMSA), founded in
1948, is an organization committed to the health and wellbeing of our
community. The WDMSA has a longstanding history of collaboration with
the Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS) in pioneering health
initiatives. Since 1959, the WDMSA Nursing Scholarship Program has
awarded over 160 scholarships. Our efforts have included participation
in a poliomyelitis immunization program in 1963 and assisting in the
implementation of sex education and bullying prevention programs. In
1997 our public health efforts continued with designing an immunization
magnet board in English, Spanish and Vietnamese that was distributed to
new mothers and increased childhood immunization. The WDMSA has
supported outreach programs, health fairs and has collaborated with the
WDMS, the Worcester Department of Public Health, and the Metropolitan
Medical Response System (MMRS) establishing an influenza immunization
project. We again partnered to provide the first H1N1 immunization in
Worcester in late Fall 2008. In 2005, the WDMSA piloted the Pedometer
Research Project in partnership with the Elm Park Community School.
Public policy efforts continued as community partners in Mass in
Motion and Active Living Policy Council. In celebration of
Food Day, healthy, local foods were prepared and interactively served at
the Belmont Street School with discussion of the health benefits of all
the ingredients used. The Alliance continues to serve as judges for the
school’s science fair. Both activities have become annual events.
2015 the WDMSA were recipients of
the Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of their outstanding
volunteerism and public service at the Belmont Street School in
|WDMS Alliance Board 2014 - 2015
||Mary Kay Albert
The Alliance focuses its efforts on three major
collaboration as an active partner in planning for National Food Day, October 24th,
Fairs: A vast array of literature is provided and available for
special order. Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance
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costume is available to teach preschool children the importance of
hand washing to prevent the spread of germs/illnesses.
Family of Medicine
Doctor’s Day is
a national day of recognition. We celebrate by recognizing the
contributions of physicians on March 30th.
Open your doors
and host a medical student, resident or fellow in your home during
We serve as WDMS
and MMS Committee Liaisons, representing the Alliance as voting
members of Worcester District Medial Society and Massachusetts Medical
activities abound with book clubs, local speakers and participation in
events with the WDMS.
formed as we work together for a common cause: our commitment to
advancing the health and wellbeing of our community.
WDMS/WDMSA Movie Nights at Mechanics Hall
In March, the Worcester District
Medical Society and Worcester District Medical Society Alliance
co-sponsored a movie night at Mechanics Hall featuring the
powerful film “A Place at the Table’”.
In recognition of Doctor’s Day; the Alliance presented a check
to the Worcester County Food Bank in honor of all the physicians
in our community.
Pictured below (l to r):
Michael P. Hirsh, M.D., Worcester District Medical Society
President, Acting Commissioner, Worcester Department of Public
Health; Sue Fuller, Worcester County Food Bank; Jean McMurray,
Executive Director, Worcester County Food Bank; Zenie Popkin,
Worcester District Medical Society Alliance Treasurer