About the Office

The Office of Community and Government Relations is committed to strengthening its relationships with public officials and community stakeholders, increasing visibility of the Medical School throughout the region and increasing resources for the medical school’s initiatives. In addition the office:

  • Advocates with elected officials and other key policymakers regarding UMMS’s primary legislative and regulatory priorities;
  • Encourages public officials to utilize us as a resource for informed insight on major medical, health care and research issues with which they are confronted;
  • Serves as a resource for the medical school community on governmental issues;
  • Identifies and strengthens partnerships with local community and neighborhood organizations; and
  • Keeps public officials and the community informed of important medical school developments.

“As the Commonwealth’s only public medical school, UMass Medical School plays a special role in educating the next generation of healthcare professionals and conducting medical research that can help build healthy families and communities.”

John Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations

Contact Us

  • John Erwin

    John Erwin

    Vice Chancellor for Government Relations
    Community and Government Relations
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Lake Avenue North
    Worcester, MA -0002
    111-111-8200
    [email protected]

  • Kola Akindele

    Kola Akindele, JD, MS

    Assistant Vice Chancellor, City and Community Relations
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Lake Avenue North
    Worcester, MA
    111-111-4424
    [email protected]

  • Glady McRell

    Glady McRell

    Administrative Coordinator
    Community and Government Relations
    University of Massachusetts Medical School 
    Lake Avenue North 
    Worcester, MA -0002 
    111-111-4400
    [email protected]

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Office of Community and Government Relations
Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  -0002