At the Community Health Training Institute, we rely on your feedback to continuously improve our training offerings to make sure we're providing you all with the most relevant and useful material. Because of this, we're asking you all to take two minutes from your day to fill out our short Training Needs Survey below. The Community Health Training Institute exists for dedicated community workers like you, and we value your input in our planning process.
We hope to see you at our trainings!

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

Trainer: Mo Barbosa, Health Resources in Action
Thursday, March 1
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online Training

Audience:  Individuals or teams working towards community health who may be new to health equity work, or those seeking a refresher.

Description:  Effective community health work applies an equity lens, with an emphasis on building individual and coalition capacity to engage diverse communities through empowering and competent approaches. There are numerous barriers to such engagement; some conscious, and some unconscious. Race, class, and cultural communication styles all influence the ways in which diverse communities relate to the work. This online training will introduce participants to health equity, culturally competent approaches, and how to think collaboratively about ways to effectively engage diverse populations/communities in their efforts.

Participants completing this training will be able to:
  1. Describe health equity and cultural competency in a community context.
  2. Describe aspects of a culturally competent approach to community work.
  3. Identify strategies for collaborative work when working across differences.
This training address the following MA DPH Coalition Quality Criteria:
  1. Consistency with MA DPH's goals and priorities
  2. Participation from key stakeholders (individuals and organizations that have a vested stake or interest in a program or policy initiative, e.g. it will impact them directly)
  3. Membership that is reflective of the community
  4. Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity
Trainers: Mo Barbosa, HRiA and Lori Lobensine ds4si
Thursday, March 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Worcester, MA
Topics : Defining power and privilege; identifying power influences; leveraging power positively in community work
Thursday, March 15, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Worcester, MA
Topics: Addressing Racial Disparities; defining anti-racism; discussing how race plays a role in health; strategies for talking about race

*These trainings will be offered again on Saturday, April 28 in Boston, MA. Please click here for more information. 


Ounce of Prevention is a statewide conference that brings together a wide range of stakeholders in support of healthier and more equitable communities in Massachusetts. This annual conference is organized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities, along with tools, resources and practical skill-building sessions. 


At the Community Health Training Institute, we are constantly trying to improve our training offerings to keep them relevant and helpful.

We want your feedback! Help us inform next year's training calendar with input on where we host our trainings, what topics we cover, and what formats our trainings may take.


A new report released by the de Beaumont Foundation, in partnership with the BUILD Health Challenge, explores the changing role of hospitals and health systems.  The Conversations with Hospital and Health System Executives: How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Move Upstream to Improve Community Health report  shines a light on how innovative hospitals and health systems are taking nontraditional approaches to community engagement by investing in cross-sector, upstream approaches tied to community health needs-and how others can implement similar approaches.

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!