|Community Service Foundation|
Welcome to the MPMS Community Service Foundation (CSF)
The Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society Community Service Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable foundation. We focus on foot and ankle related public health and education. The foundation aims to expand community podiatric health services and support educational projects largely through volunteer involvement, donations and grant funding. Our primary goal is to improve the podiatric health and welfare for people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For information or to discuss project ideas contact MPMS or CSF President, Dr. Jim DiResta.
Amputation Prevention Initiative:
The MPMS CSF received a grant from the American Podiatric Medical Association for the development of a joint project with the Massachusetts Public Health Association in a research study on Amputation Prevention for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This exciting project was also presented at the American Public Health Association national convention in Philadelphia in November of 2009. The first phase of this project, which served as a research project for MPH students at the Harvard School of Public Health, involved researching lower extremity amputation rates in the Commonwealth as well as proven mechanisms for preventing foot ulcers, the precursor to a lower extremity amputation. The second phase included developing an instrument that defines a proper foot exam and that can be used by primary care providers in evaluating those at greatest risk for suffering lower extremity amputations. A screening tool to accomplish this initiative has been field tested with primary care practitioners and now we are bringing these findings and recommendations to the proper stakeholders in both government and the health insurance industry to secure funding and take the next steps toward implementation of a meaningful, ongoing amputation prevention program for our diabetic and pre-diabetic patients.
Read the complete article, The Amputation Prevention Initiative, in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medicine Association by clicking here.
Massachusetts Diabetes Education Program:
The Massachusetts Diabetes Education Program is a statewide coalition based on the National Diabetes Education Program. The coalition was made up of podiatrists, dentists, periodontists and optometrists. MPMS CSF has been instrumental in supporting the coalition and diabetes management, education and prevention. We created a special panel presentation including doctors from all four specialties that delivered a special two-hour panel presentation at the Massachusetts Dental Society's Yankee Congress in Boston, MA. . We developed a comprehensive communications program aimed at educating the public and our members on the important role that each of these specialties plays in diabetes management. Pictured below is MPMS Member, Dr. Barry Rosenblum from the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston with Yadires Nova-Salcedo discussing Educating Latinos and Other Races about Diabetes on WBZ's Centro program.
Help Support the FoundationWe are seeking donations to the MPMS Community Service Foundation to support our future projects. All donors will be acknowledged in our publications, brochures and on the website; please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Donations may be made at four levels and are fully tax deductible:
MPMS Community Service Foundation
4 Lan Drive, Suite 310
Westford, MA 01886