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Eating Disorders Collaboration of Massachusetts:

The board of the Eating Disorders Collaboration of Massachusetts is comprised of five volunteers who have full time careers and donate countless hours to their advocacy. The EDC-MA and this website are evolving, as time allows, to fit the needs of everyone associated with eating disorders. In the meantime, if you are looking for resources, especially in central Massachusetts, please visit www.ICARED.org; there is a list of over 40 eating disorders professionals in Worcester County who, to the best of our knowledge, are still accepting new patients. There are other printable resources as well.

As always, I recommend your fist call be to the Multi-service Eating Disorders Association in Newton at 1-866-343-MEDA or 1-617-558-1881. In addition to providing counseling resources and support groups, MEDA is an educational source for the community by providing materials and training programs for all ages and provides a range of experiences for teachers, students, and other school personnel.

History:

In January 2012, Suzanne Y. Lewandowski met with Worcester State Senator Harriette Chandler, representatives from AdCare Hospital (alcohol and drug abuse treatment), Walden Behavioral Care (eating disorders treatment), Multiservice Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), the Consortium of Worcester Colleges (COWC), and local clinicians at her Assumption College office to discuss the challenges faced by everyone who encounters eating disorders in their line of work. That day the Eating Disorders Collaborative of Massachusetts was born; the growing assemblage met several times at the State House to communicate concerns and solutions that would create a stronger and healthier treatment environment during the full continuum of care.

The EDC-MA has since expanded the above referenced group with the addition of:

  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Newton State Representative Kay Kahn
  • MA Department of Public Health Director of School Health Services.
  • Harvard’s Director, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, and the Departments of Mental Health and Public Health.
  • Representation from Children’s Hospital and the Departments of Mental Health.
  • Massachusetts  leadership:  Dietetic Association (MDA),  Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP), Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA),  American Academy of Pediatrics  (AAP)– Massachusetts Mental Health
  • Eating for Life Alliance and practicing clinicians

There was complete agreement; sharing of expertise and resources would enhance treatment outcomes.  There are thousands of licensed Massachusetts mental health providers, dentists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, school counselors, and nurses; directives and educational opportunities offered or promoted by their respective leadership would augment the ability to treat eating disordered clientele and their families. With such resources, school district personnel could more effectively intervene when behaviors are first noticed and potentially save the child from lifelong physical and mental health complications.

Accomplishments:

  • 4/11/15: EDCMA Founder,  Suzanne Y Lewandowski Presented at Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Associations Worcester Symposium
  • 1/31/15: EDCMA Founder,  Suzanne Y Lewandowski Presented at Yankee Dental Congress ~New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the best dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With nearly 27,000 dental professionals in attendance from around the U.S., Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care.
  • 9/17/13: EDCMA Founder,  Suzanne Y Lewandowski and MEDA President, Beth Mayer presented together at Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Association’s Annual Conference in Natick, MA.
  • 4/12/13: An EDC-MA email to MEDA resulted in Beth Mayer’s presenting “ED101” this week at the Spectrum Health System’s “Empowering Women & Girls for Recovery: Breaking the Codes of Silence” conference.
  • 2/6/13: members of the EDC-MA collaborative provided CME training to Reliant Medical Group physicians. Dr. Michael Kelleher, Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety at Reliant Medical Group, commented that the training provided by Dr. James Greenblatt of Walden Behavior was excellent and the resulting evaluation comments confirmed that the objectives were exceeded.  This training was available at no cost.
  • 2/5/13: EDC-MA addressed the American Academy of Pediatrics – MA Mental Health Task Force at their Massachusetts Medical Society location; mission of the EDC-MA is supported.
  • 7/29/13: Launching of the first monthly EDC-MA Newsletter to 2000 addiction specialists in Massachusetts and across the country.
  • 10/23/13: The Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Association  dedicated a morning of their annual three-day conference to eating disorders; members of the EDC-MA and MEDA  presented.
  • 11/3/12:  Facilitated Application of Risk Management to Eating Disorders workshops at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene’s Ester Wilkins Symposium at the MCPHS.
  • Clinician trainings at Assumption College on the referral process, treating long term eating disorders, Diabulimia, and Nutritional Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder.

Future Projects:

  • September 25, 2015: The EDCMA and Assumption College is hosting Timberline Knolls for a Eating Disorder Clinical Workshop & Networking Lunch on: “Dependency: Relationships, Reliance and Eating Disorders” and  “Energy Efficiency and Disordered Eating in Athletes.”
  • March 19, 2016: The EDCMA and Assumption College is hosting Monte Nido for a Eating Disorder Clinical Workshop & Networking Lunch on Eating Disdorders and Trauma.
  • The Academy for Eating Disorders (comprised of the top international eating disorder professionals) approved the EDC-MA’s Medical Guideline for Health Care Providers, a one sheet, two sided form that defines eating disorders, provides useful, yet discreet screening questions, highlights presenting signs and symptoms, and deciphers laboratory results from an eating disorder reference.  The flip side is a listing of the Massachusetts treatment facilities and the most pertinent resources. Our goal is to have guides in every doctor and clinician’s office. A similar guide will be available for the dental community.