Whether you are a member of a coalition or an organization, our trainings and webinars can build your capacity to do effective community work.  We hope you join us for our two-part coalition building training! 

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.

Join the Department of Mental Health for their annual health forum,  My Identity/Our Community: Together Fostering Mental Wellness & Resilience In Today's World

June 1, 2018      
9 am - 3 pm
The McCormack Building, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Admission is free


Did you miss our last training? Watch "Leveraging Social Media in Your Work" to learn how to incorporate social media in your coalition or organization in a way that makes sense for you and your capacity. The training goes over the different types of social media platforms and how to use them to engage your audience, increase awareness, and get more people involved. 


In honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight the great community work being done to reduce stigma and address mental health among youth. 

Check out this blog post for strategies on reducing stigma, getting resources, and a look into what The SHINE Initative in Central, MA is doing in their community. 



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!