Support Groups

UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center offers two support groups for patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), along with their parents and siblings. IBD is a chronic illness affecting the digestive system. Symptoms of the disease can be especially challenging for children and their families, leading to children with IBD being at a higher risk of developing psychosocial issues. Our groups are supported by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and are led by health care professionals from the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. In addition to offering moral support from peers and caregivers, our IBD support groups participate in healthy cooking classes and discussions on transitioning to college, fundraisers, and volunteer efforts.

Support groups are held:

First Thursday of every month
5 pm
Tri-River Family Health Center
281 East Hartford Avenue
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Third Thursday of every month
6:30 pm
UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus
Benedict Building – Stress Reduction Room, 2nd Floor
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655



Meeting Time:
Tri-River Family Health Center, 281 East Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge, MA
UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North,
Worcester, MA 01655

Lisa Fournier: 508-395-2278
Kathleen Merrill, RN: 774-441-7806

We are excited to resume the “Pre- and Post-Kidney Transplant Education & Support Group.” The group will be held virtually for the time being. 

Groups will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 3 to 4 pm. If you would like to join us, please print this page, fill out the form and leave it at the front desk in the Transplant Clinic. 

We will send email invitations for Zoom or provide a call-in number for those who prefer to join by phone. You may also call me directly to register. We hope to see you at the group! Please contact Rose Quigley, MSW, LICSW, Transplant Social Worker at with any questions.

Name: _____________________________________________________

Email Address: _________________Telephone: ___________________

January 11, 2023:  Living Donation - Ellen Wells, MSW, LICSW, CTSW/Cathleen Dunn, RN, BSN/Kristen Shippee, CNP

February 08, 2023: Pre-Transplant/Evaluation/Waiting List - Linda Shelton, RN, BSN, CCTC/Jodi Lane, MS, RN, CCTC

March 08, 2023: Post-Transplant Life - Tammy Lovewell, RN, BSN, CCTC

April 12, 2023: NE Donor Services - Kristin Ross/Aftercare Specialists

May 10, 2023: Infectious Disease/COVID, etc. - Jennifer Daly, MD/Alina Adeel, MD

June 14, 2023: Transplant Surgery - Justin Belin, MD/Babak Movahedi, MD

July – Time to rest

August 09, 2023: Financial Coordinators: Insurance Information - Mary Lambert/Tracy Vincequere 

September 13, 2023: Patient Panel - Common Elements of the Journey

October 11, 2023: Pharmacy/Medication Overview - Melissa Racine, MS, RN

November 08, 2023: Ethics in Medical Care - Anne Winslow, MPH, HE-C- Ethicist

Meeting Time:
Worcester, MA 01605

A Diabetes Support Group meets the second Wednesday of the month. Family members and significant others are welcome.

Meeting Time:

Second Wednesday of the month, 2 to 3:30 pm and 7 to 8:30 pm

Marlborough, MA 01752

Information: Call 508-486-5430.

The group is open to anyone with a past or present cancer diagnosis. Family, friends and significant others are invited to attend. The group offers a supportive environment for open discussion, exchange of information and sharing experiences. Parking is free.


Meeting Time:

Third Monday of each month, 6:30 to 8 pm (unless there is a Monday holiday). January and February meetings are held the second Monday of the month.

UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus, Levine Ambulatory Center, 1st floor conference room
33 Kendall Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Please call Elisabeth Larrivee, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, at 774-442-4383 for more information and for cancellations.

The Sleep Apnea Awareness Support Group at UMass Memorial Medical Center is for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and others who want to learn more about sleep apnea. Patients using CPAP may bring their machines for annual calibration.

Sponsor: UMass Memorial Sleep Disorders Center

Meeting Time:

First Wednesday of odd numbered months, 6 to 7:30 pm

Sleep Disorders Center
85 Prescott Street
Suite 302
Worcester, MA 01605