Happy new year! Our resolution at the Community Health Training Institute is to always create thoughtful, engaging trainings that will help build up the skills of community coalitions and public health workers. 

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: Jamiah Tappin, Boston Alliance for Community Health
Wednesday, February 7*
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Worcester, MA

Audience:  Coalition leaders, individuals, and partners who want to work effectively and collaboratively towards community health goals

Description:  This training will equip participants with an organizing framework and basic tools needed to mobilize their community. Participants will get an opportunity to practice community power mapping and leadership development skills in order to engage stakeholders and hard to reach residents. Participants will leave with the ability to organize community-driven, goal-oriented campaigns by utilizing clear strategies and tactics shared in this training.

Participants completing this training will be able to:
  1. Understand organizing theories, principles and best practices for community organizing
  2. Define clear goals, strategies and target audience for successful mobilization
  3. Explore foundation level organizing skills and tools that reach all levels of community
This training address the following MA DPH Coalition Quality Criteria:
  1. Statement of purpose and shared activities
  2. Defined leadership
  3. Consistency with MA DPH's goals and priorities

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, we will have a snow date on February 14. All training registrants will be notified beforehand. 

Trainer: Daisy Ortega, Health Resources in Action
Wednesday, February 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Worcester, MA

Audience:  Coalition leaders, individuals, and partners who want to work engage youth meaningfully in their work

Description:  Building off the webinar "Engaging Youth in Your Work," this training will explore strategies for actively engaging and retaining youth members in your coalition work. We will go through the different levels in which youth are involved in the work, how to find youth-friendly spaces, and most importantly, how to build up their confidence so that they know their voice matters in community health work. Topics will include: creating strong youth-adult partnerships, communication and relationship building with youth. Participants will be introduced to tools to better involve young people in community health leadership roles.

Participants completing this training will be able to:
  1. Identify levels of youth participation
  2. Provide examples of youth participation in relation to their work
  3. Identify strategies to include more youth voice and choice in their work
This training address the following MA DPH Coalition Quality Criteria:
  1.  Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity
  2. Consistency with MA DPH's goals and priorities
  3. 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)
  4. Membership that is reflective of the community
HEALTH EQUITY SERIES: March - April, 2018

We are excited to bring back our health equity training series with new and updated trainings that reflect your feedback and training needs. Read more below! 

Thursday, March 1, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Online Training
Topics: Health equity and cultural competence in a community context; developing culturally-competent approaches to community work; working across difference sectors

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. Stay tuned for more details! 


Ounce of Prevention  i s 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


The 2018 Commissioner's Leadership Award to recognize exceptional leadership in promoting healthier and more equitable communities. This award will acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary work of an individual in convening multiple partners to work together for healthier communities. Submit your nomination here. 

It takes many people from various disciplines working together to improve overall health and wellness. In recognition of this, The Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award honors a coalition/partnership for their collaborative work to create healthier and more equitable communities. Submit your nomination here. 


Working on Wellness is proud to announce the launch of their new website! Any business or organization can now learn how to launch and/or sustain a worksite wellness initiative through a publicly-available self-paced curriculum. The site provides access to evidence-based resources to support comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives. Programs and policies can be customized to the needs of a worksite, and may include regular physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and stress management. Most importantly, worksite wellness initiatives help both employers and their staff. 


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!