Here at the Community Health Training Institute, we are thrilled to be back in action with this year's trainings!  We have an exciting new opportunity that we are rolling out this spring that we can't wait to share with you. Scroll down to find out more!

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


Trainers: Kathleen McCabe, Barry Keppard, and Ben Wood
Tuesday, October 23rd
Assumption College
Worcester, MA
9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
In-Person Training

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

Description:  ASTHO defines Health in All Policies (HiAP) as "a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health considerations into policy making across sectors, and at all levels, to improve the health outcomes of all communities and people." In this training, participants will receive a basic framework for Health in All Policies, including the seven key questions for implementing HiAP. Participants will explore how partners in various sectors can collaborate to create policy or systems change and will examine their role to help make change happen at the local level. Through a case study, participants will explore tools and will be provided guidance on how to frame local policies issues for public support.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe a Health in All Policies (HiAP)approach, including key elements.
  2. Explain the roles of non-health sectors in the development of HiAP.
  3. Frame a complex health issue using a HiAP framework.
MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:
  • 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).
  • Consistency with MA DPH's goals and priorities.
  • Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.


This cohort will serve as a learning network that connects public health workers and coalition leaders from across the state working to promote health equity in their communities. Participants will share and learn:

  1. From their collective experiences and challenges.
  2. Through engaging in interactive training methods and skill-focused learning.
  3. By exploring the topic of health equity and incorporating those learnings into their work. 

Visit our website for a full list of trainings
Thursday, November 7, 2018
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
In-Person Training
Worcester, MA
Topics: How to use interactive methods to create meeting structures that are highly engaging, enable participants to develop deep relationships, and increase investment and productive efforts to meet the group's goals.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
Online Training
Topics:  Overview of structure of local governments, tips for presenting at town and municipal meetings

We are continuing to improve our coalition roster, which is the only searchable database of coalitions in the state, and the more people we engage in it, the better our database becomes.

Please add, update, or verify your coalition here.


Oct. 6-8, and 13, 14, 9:00-5:00pm (attendance required for all five days)
Northeastern Crossing - 1175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120

The Social Justice Mediation Institute is a 40-hour training where participants learn mediation skills to reduce conflict-addressing power dynamics, privilege, and identities-at home, in their neighborhood, with co-workers, and beyond. Graduates receive a certificate and utilize their new skills after training by completing a required 15 hours of community service with the Social Justice Mediation Program.

Many public health workforce reports have identified the political, economic, social, technological, and health-related trends that require the application of skills and approaches beyond traditional public health practices. 

The Action Agenda emphasizes that a more robust and coordinated approach to workforce development is necessary to address the diversity and complexity of challenges faced by public health practitioners and provides action steps for the PHLN and recommendations for those who develop, provide, and evaluate learning.

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!