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OCTOBER Trainings, News, and Resources
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Happy Fall! We kicked off our training year at CHTI by reconvening with participants from our inaugural Health Equity Cohort . They had a lot of great successes, challenges, and concerns to share about their individual health equity work. We are excited to see what they continue to do moving forward and to support them as they tackle systemic issues in their respective fields.

In the same vein, we have officially launched the applications for our 2020 Cohorts ! There will be a revised edition of our Health Equity Cohort and a Coalition Building Cohort . Click here and keep reading to learn more about these offerings!

And be sure to check out our new training on dynamic facilitation , led by CHTI's Gina Rodriguez and Kelly Danckert. Registration is now open!

Thanks to generous funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health , our trainings are always free.
Last year, we launched our pilot Health Equity Cohort with great success. Using feedback from participants, we created not one, but TWO new cohorts for this training year.

First up is an updated version of our Health Equity Cohort , which will focus on how our personal identities impact our health equity work.

Our second offering is a Coalition Building Cohort , which aims to build the capacity of coalition members, leaders, and stakeholders.

Interested? Apply to one or apply to both! Click the button below for a link to the applications!
Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Topics: Effective communication skills, overcoming challenges while facilitating, group decision-making 

Description: A core function of coalitions is making decisions as a group around the most pressing issues affecting their communities. How can we effectively solve problems together, reach consensus, and resolve conflict? Being a dynamic facilitator means you can get a pulse of the group and direct the conversation to productive decision-making. However, this involves managing different personalities in the room and troubleshooting challenges as they come up. This training will provide a brief introduction to elements of facilitation and how to navigate difficult facilitation scenarios. Participants will be exposed to various challenging facilitation examples and work in small groups to practice working through facilitation challenges.

Trainers: Gina Rodriguez and Kelly Danckert, Community Health Training Institute

Audience: Coalition leaders and members, community advocates, and public health professionals leading meetings.

Participants will be able to:
  1. Name the basic elements of dynamic facilitation
  2. Name best practices for reaching consensus and resolving conflict
  3. Identify strategies for overcoming difficult facilitation situations
We are so excited to announce our calendar for the 2019-2020 training year! If you missed our first announcement, no worries! Click here to see our full list of trainings, and click the video below to hear more about who we are at CHTI and what we plan to offer this year.
In any given classroom, at least two or three students are likely to have asthma. Children experiencing asthma symptoms often stay home from school or struggle to participate. Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools is a new toolkit containing sample policy language, best practices, and curated resources & tools to help schools create an asthma-friendly learning and working environment. Together we can take action to prioritize clean air and make school a healthy place for staff and students to work, learn, and play! This toolkit is a project of the MA Asthma Action Partnership, Health Resources in Action, and the MA DPH’s Asthma Prevention and Control Program. Learn more here!  

Vital Village Network is offering a one-day summit to bring together change makers from across the country who are dedicated to ensuring that children and families have equitable access to the tools and resources they need to thrive. This is an opportunity for personal and professional development and networking to focus on community capacity building and engagement strategies to promote child well-being. Attendees will have the opportunity to: share work and expertise; learn from interactive sessions on leadership pathways, trauma-informed practices, setting policy agendas, data storytelling for advocacy, and family engagement strategies; and gain resources to move your work on the ground forward.
When : Oct 30, 2019, 8:00am-3:00pm
Where : George Sherman Union 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
To register: Please visit http://bit.ly/vvn-2019-summit .

Space is LIMITED for several signatures opportunities:
Also from Vital Village : The Social Justice Mediation Institute Training! See below for details, and click here to learn more!
What: Sixth Annual Social Justice Mediation Institute
When: Oct. 5-6 and 12-14 from 9:00am-5:00pm (attendance required for all five days)
Where: Boston, MA – Location TBD
Website link to apply: http://bit.ly/SJMI2019
Description: Vital Village Network is excited to offer the 6th Annual Social Justice Mediation Institute (SJMI) cost-free to selected applicants. Mediation is a conflict resolution process that can help one navigate disagreements, improve communication, and appreciate different points of view. 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 6-month service-learning pathway (average 8hrs/month) with the Social Justice Mediation Program.
Contact: email: vvnmediators@gmail.com , or phone: 617-414-3640
The Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts has workshops coming up this fall on how to better serve young people , supporting healthy choices in youth , and the harm of masculine expectations on the health of male identified folks . Click here to see more, and don't miss early bird registration (deadline September 16th) for the two half-day workshops in October!
Click on the calendar to see more great partner offerings for the month!
Click to see this month's grant and funding opportunities!
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That's all for this month! 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, Kelly Danckert, and Tonayo Crow
Community Health Training Institute

P.S. If you are a member of an MA coalition,  remember to update your coalition profile today!