Health equity work is challenging, but is facilitated by collaboration.  This month, we have a brand new online training, Health Equity in Cross Sector Partnerships, that will elucidate how public health and community health workers can partner with organizations and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level to advance their health equity work.  If this sounds like it would be a useful training for your organization or coalition, you can register now!

Want even more?  Check out our new training on community organizing, and learn how you can more effectively connect with stakeholders and residents to work towards change in your communities.  Registration is now open!

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

Health Equity in Cross Sector Partnerships
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Trainer: Mo Barbosa, Health Resources in Action 
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online Training

Topics: Strategies for aligning stakeholders and communities to promote health equity and building a common language.

Description: Public health and community health workers cannot address the social determinants of health alone. Factors like housing, education, employment, access to nutritious food, and more can only be improved through collaboration with partners at the local, state, and federal level along with private sector partnerships. What does it look like when the interests of diverse stakeholders and communities are aligned for the promotion of health equity? In this training, we will go over examples of what these partnerships can look like and how health equity work is strengthened when we work together. Participants will walk away with strategies for addressing health equity with a common language framework and engaging health equity champions to address our communities' most pressing issues.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
  • Define what a cross sector partnership looks like for their work.
  • Explain the value of developing partnerships and cross-sector relationships to promote health equity.
  • Examine the role of public health in activating cross sector partnerships.
Trainer: Jamiah Tappin, Health Resources in Action
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Topics: Community asset mapping, engaging hard to reach community members, and campaign strategies

Description: What is community organizing, and how does it differ from advocacy and other strategies for social change? 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 in order to engage stakeholders and hard to reach residents. Participants will walk away with a framework to organize community-driven, goal-oriented campaigns by utilizing clear strategies and tactics shared in this training.

Audience: Coalition leaders and partners; individuals working towards community health and health equity.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe organizing theories, principles and best practices for community organizing.
  2. Explore foundation level organizing skills and tools that reach all levels of community.
  3. Articulate clear goals and strategies for local organizing campaigns 

Join Vital Village, Child Witness to Violence Project, Care Dimensions, and community partners as they work together to raise awareness, build understanding, and uplift community strategies to support mental health for every child and family. Join them for an active meeting, with activities to support caregiver strengths, collective actions, advocacy opportunities, and resource sharing.

When: Monday, May 13th from 5:30-8pm
Where: Vine Street Community Center, 339 Dudley Street


Across the nation, public health departments and organizations have taken on the challenge of advancing health equity.  Still, it can be difficult to discern concrete steps for breaking down the barriers of equity, especially when they are systemic.  This new resource aims to give public health organizations strategic steps to achieving health equity, ranging from building alliances with government agencies to confronting the upstream, root causes of inequity.  

Featured Opportunity: Boston Children's Hospital Children's Health Equity (CHEq) Initiative

This special fund available for Boston-based coalitions and organizations will advance child health equity through place-based collective impact approaches. Selected projects will support long-lasting systems that strengthen Boston neighborhoods and improve child and family health. 
A bidders' conference on April 4 from 12:00- 1:30 p.m. will provide details on how to apply.  Letters of intent (optional) are due on April 25 and completed applications are due on June 13.

Learn more here!

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!