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APRIL Updates, News, and Resources
Greetings!
We, the staff at The Community Health Training Institute, want to let you know how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a project of Health Resources in Action (HRiA) , we at CHTI value our collaborators, communities, and staff above all else. We feel it is our responsibility as a public health institute to demonstrate best practices in public health to limit community spread of COVID-19 to the extent of our abilities. In the interest of promoting public safety, we are reworking our trainings and postponing or cancelling all in-person trainings through the end of the fiscal year (June 2020). Please see below for our plans for the rest of our public trainings :
  • "Examining Our Own Privilege: Addressing Whiteness in Our Health and Racial Justice Work" will move online and will now be held on April 15th. Click here to register!
  • "Organizing for Environmental Justice: How Our Environment Impacts Our Health" will be postponed until next fiscal year.
  • "Chatting About CHIPS: Understanding the DoN Process" will remain an online, pre-recorded training scheduled for May
  • "Building Brave Spaces for LGBTQ+ People" will remain an online training scheduled for May/June
  • "Dismantling Structural Racism to Advance Health Equity" will move online and is scheduled for June
  • "Lasting Impact: How to Engage Your Community and Make Your Coalition Work Meaningful" will be cancelled
If you applied to our Coalition Building Cohort , we will be reaching out to you via email to discuss our plans for the Cohort.

Thanks to generous funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health , our trainings are always free.
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UPCOMING TRAINING!
NOW ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th
Online Training (previously in-person)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST.

Topics :   Shared language and definitions, overview of privilege, action-oriented strategies

Description : In times of crisis and change, each community faces distinct challenges because of structural racism and histories of injustice. Health equity and racial justice work needs allies, accomplices and champions in all spaces to support communities and address injustices in uncertain times. In order to do this effectively as white public health workers, we need to take on the subtle, sturdy privileges and assumptions we carry with our whiteness, while also recognizing how our positionality can be a tool for disruption. We are seeing this play out in real time right now, so this training will explore how we can use our positions of privilege to drive social change and challenge the structures that are perpetuating inequities in our communities. This training will make space for self-reflection and collective knowledge-sharing for both self-awareness and systems change. Participants will walk away with a common language, new strategies and shared resources for taking on anti-racist work in turbulent times.  

Trainer : Lori Lobenstine, Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4i)

Audience : Community members, coalition leaders and members, and public health professionals working to further health and racial equity. 

Participants will be able to :
  1. Define key terms to health equity and racial justice work
  2.  Identify privileged identities we hold and ways to use them to highlight and challenge inequities
  3. Name ways to stand up to oppressive actions and systems to be a better ally or accomplice
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED RESOURCE

Presented by Food Solutions New England , this challenge (in its sixth year now) will push you to deepen your understanding of racism and help you become more aware of the role race plays in our day-to-day lives. To read more about the challenge, click here .

The challenge starts on March 30th , but you can join at any point!
COVID-19 RESOURCES...
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Fill out this survey to let us know how we can support you during these stressful times. Please fill this out by April 21st so we can accommodate your needs in our next newsletter.
PARTNER EVENTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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NEWS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
That's all for this month! Contact us  for more information about opportunities to grow through training and resources, or if you'd like to submit a resource or event for inclusion in the next update. 

Sincerely, 

Daisy Ortega, Gina Rodriguez, Kelly Danckert, and Tonayo Crow
Community Health Training Institute

P.S. If you are a member of an MA coalition,  remember to update your coalition profile today!