Happy spring! With the good weather returning, we hope you'll join us for our two Coalition Building trainings no matter where your coalition is in its development. And, our Health Equity Training Series wraps up at the end of this month, so we hope to see you there!


Thanks to generous funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, our trainings are always free. 

Trainer: Andrea Freeman, MPHA
Wednesday, June 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Boston, MA

Audience:  Coalition leaders and members, teams, and partners working towards community health. Coalitions are also encouraged to attend in groups

Description:  Learn the keys to coalition development and sustaining momentum through multiple coalition life-cycles in this half-day training. Participants will go back to basics to reflect on the essence of their coalition: why it exists in the first place and how it might evolve over time as coalition members and leaders come and go. What does it mean to adapt as the community changes? Learn about activities, processes, and structures that build and sustain- effective coalitions through interactive exercises and worksheets. The trainer will also review a framework for creating the foundational documents of coalitions, including creating bylaws, defining what active membership means, and defining their mission and vision.

Wednesday, June 13
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Boston, MA

Audience: Coalition leaders and partners; community health advocates working on municipal and state level to create healthier communities. Coalitions are encouraged to attend in groups.

Description: This half day training will encourage participants to examine their coalition structure and explore other models of coalitions. Participants will engage in activities that will have them assess their governance and leadership structure, as well as, the current roles that coalition members play. Participants will dive more deeply into strategies for maintaining an effective coalition.


Trainers: Mo Barbosa, HRiA and Lori Lobensine, ds4si
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Boston, MA
Topics : Defining power and privilege; identifying power influences; leveraging power positively in community work

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Boston, MA
Topics:  Addressing Racial Disparities; defining anti-racism; discussing how race plays a role in health; strategies for talking about race

Tuesday, May 1,  9:45 am - 1:00 pm at the  Massachusetts State House

Come learn about the efforts, challenges and successes of those who help our Commonwealth's residents living with asthma, as well as opportunities to further improve both environmental conditions and health care systems that impact them.


Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve good health. But, as Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones explains through her cliff analogy, that's often not the case.

We can reduce health disparities and better connect people to high-quality medical care, but to really make a difference, we need to address the social determinants of health and equity that protect some people and push others off the cliff.

The Urban Institute collaborated with Jones to illustrate her analogy of the cliff of good health.




Project Here is an innovative public-private collaboration funded by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the GE Foundation to make substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts to promote social-emotional
 learning and empower students to make healthy decisions.
The application period for the Project Here Substance Use Prevention Curriculum Grant program is now open. The Grant program is open to public middle schools, public school districts, and educational collaboratives approved by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Project Here will award grants to multiple applicants across the state for up to two years of implementation of one of three evidence-based substance use prevention curricula:
  • Botvin LifeSkills Training
  • Michigan Model for Health, or
  • Positive Action

For more information about the grant program and to apply for grant funding, please visit www.here.world/grant. All applications must be received by June 15, 2018. 

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. 


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

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