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About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

Dr. Newman will walk us through the importance of CHWs in the Public Health Workforce, the inequities and paternalism lived through history, and taking action.


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how the Social Determinants of Health impact health equity
  • Discuss the inequitable trajectory of public health
  • Uncover new ways of staying encouraged in the CHW movement


Subject Matter Experts

  • Johanna Newman

    Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA

  • Dr. Johanna Newman is an Associate Professor and Founding Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Newman earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in May 1999 from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ; her Master’s of Science, with a concentration in Nursing Anesthesiology, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2004; and her Doctorate’s degree of Nurse Anesthetist Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2011. She has been involved in educating nurse anesthesiology students for the past 14 years and practicing anesthesia in a variety of clinical settings for the past 18 years. Her clinical area of expertise is in providing anesthesia to pediatric patients. Dr. Newman has served in various leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she served as President of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors. Dr. Newman also recently served as Committee Chair and Item Writer of the Continued Professional Certification Examination Practice Committee of the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetist. Dr. Newman has published in nationally recognized scientific journals and has presented poster and podium presentations at the state, national, and international levels. Her area of research interest includes mental health and wellness, diversity and inclusion in healthcare, and implementation of Quality Matters in online courses.

    •  Leslie Agyemfra

      Leslie Agyemfra

    • Leslie Agyemfra is an experienced health care professional with over 10 years of experience in both the Human Services and Public Health sectors. Leslie is a graduate of CHEC Lowell, having completed their Comprehensive Outreach and Education Certificate, Leslie became a certified Community Health Worker. With intersectional liberation as her guiding principle, Leslie is also staunch racial equity and mental health advocate. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Worcester State University and is working toward a Master of Public Administration degree at UMass Boston, with a focus on Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy.



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      Acknowledgement
      This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

      Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award 2 UB6HP31685‐05‐00 “Public Health Training Centers.” The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

In this workshop, Sonalis DeLeon will walk us through the importance of wellness and health as public health workers. She will be providing information on The Seven Dimensions of Wellness.


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
  • Discuss how The Seven Dimensions of Wellness can help motivate and empower
  • Identify additional tools that CHW’s can use to enhance their practice

Subject Matter Expert

  • Sonalis DeLeon

    Sonalis DeLeon
    Program Coordinator,
    Office of Community Health Workers,
    Boston Department of Public Health

  • Sonalis De Leon is Hispanic and Puerto Rican and is the Community Health Worker Program Coordinator for the Department of Public Health. She has been a CHW for nine years and in the medical field for over 15 years. Her journey started at Baystate Health Systems, and from there, moved to Commonwealth Care Alliance Health Insurance. As a CHW, her passion is to help and improve the lives of those in need in our communities, by addressing their social determinants of health. Her main goal as a CHW is to impact people’s lives in a positive way and help them overcome any barriers to achieve a healthy life. “Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” – Ola Joseph

  • Gail Hirsch

    Gail Hirsch
    Senior Advisor,
    Office of Community Health Workers,
    Boston Department of Public Health

  • Gail Hirsch is the former Director, and currently Senior Advisor, to the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she led state public health efforts to advance the CHW workforce for over 25 years. She is a founding Board member of both the Massachusetts Association of CHWs (MACHW) and the National Association of CHWs (NACHW), and served as Co-Chair of the national CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project Advisory Committee. She is a leader in CHW policy and organizing efforts in Massachusetts and nationally, and serves as an advisor to other states, federal agencies, and regional and national organizations. She is a steering committee member of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and has co-authored numerous reports and articles on state policy support for CHWs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education.



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    Acknowledgement
    This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award 2 UB6HP31685‐05‐00 “Public Health Training Centers.” The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


MOSAIC - Health Equity Perspectives from our Communities


What needs to take place to dismantle the systemic racism in our public health institutions and what needs to be built for an equitable and just community? Let’s watch the film together to hear from leaders in our communities of color to discover some next steps.

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Course Information

  • Audience: Community Health Workers and Public Heath Professionals
  • Format: Online Film Screening/Discussion
  • Date/Time: Friday, September 30, 2022
    12:00-1:00 PM EST
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 0. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID:  PM1131137_09302022.
    If you are not seeking a CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the post-test and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Community Partnership Skills, Health Equity Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials: wmehnfilm.org
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this Workshop

What becomes possible when we ask:

What would a world without racism look like?
What would it be like if quality healthcare were accessible to all?
How can we embrace and support wellbeing in all its manifestations?
What could healthy communities look like…and accomplish?

These are some of the questions we continuously ask ourselves in our work at the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network.  The Network commissioned a film that will serve as a centerpiece to meaningful discussions and action on health equity across Western Massachusetts and New England. MOSAIC amplifies the voices of people working within and for our communities of color toward equity, justice, and representation in all aspects of life, including healthcare.

Join us for a Watch Party and Conversation of MOSAIC: Conversations on Racism and Health in Western Massachusetts/New England . Highlighted in the film are the Women of Color Health Equity Collective, Estoy a Aqui, BRIDGE members in the Berkshires and the Okteteau Cultural Center. For more information before the webinar visit wmhenfilm.org.


What you'll learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the value of personal accounts/short films in illustrating health equity and racial justice issues
  • Examine the ways in which historical and contemporary racism has contributed to health inequities
  • Summarize new ways of approaching health equity through new perspectives offered in the film

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Subject Matter Experts

  • Brenda D. Evans

    Brenda D. Evans, MPH
    Co-Chair of the
    WMHEN Film
    Summit Planning Committee

  • Brenda D. Evans is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, and a double alum of UMass Amherst. She has more than 20 years of education and experience in the public health field, which includes training, healthcare workforce development, and community engagement. She is dedicated to population health and health equity via advocacy and intersectional systematic change to achieve optimal health for all. Brenda’s public health career includes more than 10 years at the City of Springfield Department of Health & Human Services and serving as Director of the Pioneer Valley Area Health Education Center (PV AHEC), a healthcare workforce development program with a youth component and an adult workforce component. She was a founding member and the director of the Community Outreach Worker Network (COWNT) Coalition of Western Massachusetts, providing support, training, and networking opportunities for Community Health Workers from 2006-2016. She is currently Community Research Liaison for the Center for Community Health Equity Research at UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, connecting faculty researchers with community-based entities with aligned interests to perform community-based participatory research or community-engaged research. She is also the founding director of the Community Health Workers Coalition of Greater Springfield.

  • Risa Silverman

    Risa Silverman
    Coordinator, Western MA Health Equity Network, UMass School of Public Health & Health Sciences

  • Risa has more than 35 years of experience working as a community organizer and public health networker throughout Western Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and California. She founded and directs the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences, building connections among students, faculty, and community partners for the past 25 years. She created the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) in 2014 to address this region’s unique health equity and justice issues. She teaches Community Development in Health Education to UMASS Amherst undergraduates, and she has served on boards and committees of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and the Massachusetts Public Health Association Policy Council. Most recently, Risa began to serve as an ally with the Women of Color Health Equity Collective. For two years of the pandemic, Risa served as Co-Chair for the Professional Staff Union alongside her day job. She has a Master of Public Health degree from UMass Amherst along with bachelor’s degrees in both Peace & Conflict Studies and History from the University of California Berkeley. When COVID became an obstacle to holding the 2022 Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit, Risa led the effort to commission the film MOSAIC as a centerpiece for smaller events being held throughout the region. In her spare time, she is learning the art of pastels and cooking new foods whenever possible.


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    Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award 2 UB6HP31685‐05‐00 “Public Health Training Centers.” The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Health Equity Student Stipend Program 2022-2023

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

*This course is available only to accepted Health Equity Interns.

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  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Varies per student project
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: NA
  • Competencies: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Learning Level: Practice
  • Companion Trainings: N/A
  • Supplemental materials: N/A
  • Pre-requisites: Application and Acceptance

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  • Audience: Public Health Professionals in Vermont, District Directors, Person(s) representing the Backbone (a/k/a Integrator) organization, and persons with personal experience or professional interest addressing health inequities.
  • Format: Learning Community
  • Date/Time: Recurring for duration of CDC Grant to Address Health Disparities 2022-2023
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Various
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: None

Description

The Vermont Community Health Equity Partnership exists to assist the Vermont Department of Health to meet the goals of the CDC Grant to Address Health Disparities – specifically to “mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.” All grant program webinar recordings and related materials will be located on this platform for you to access at any time. If you have any questions related to these materials please reach out to Cathy, Operations Manager, at vtpublichealth@outlook.com.


This course page allows teams to access video and resources from meetings and links to documents and chat platforms and will be updated regularly.


Vermont Public Health Institute

  • Penrose Jackson

    Penrose Jackson

    President and CEO, Vermont Public Health Institute

  • Penrose Jackson serves as CEO of the Institute. She served for 15 years as Community Health Improvement director at the University of Vermont Medical Center, leaving that position in late 2018. During her time with CHI she provided leadership to three Community Health Needs Assessments, as well as to establishment of the Community Health Team and Medication Assisted Treatment team at the Medical Center. She continues to serve as an Advisory Board member of the Association for Community Health Improvement, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. She currently works with diverse clients on project planning and management, fund-raising, and population health.

  • Cathy Aikman

    Cathy Aikman

    Operations Manager, Vermont Public Health Institute

  • Cathy Aikman, MA, is passionate about working at non-profits furthering their missions to improve the lives of the people in our communities. Her focus, in most recent years, has been in the public policy arena focused on addiction and recovery. She was the Assistant Director at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, Project Manager at Aspenti Health and former Executive Director for the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, which she joined in May 2016. She also has great interest in the community mental health field and has worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator at Washington County Mental Health Services, Project Director for Starting Over Strong VT, a FEMA grant statewide crisis counseling program in response to Hurricane Irene and her most recent position as the Project Director for another FEMA crisis counseling program grant providing mental health supports to community members during the pandemic for COVID Support VT. She gained extensive marketing and project management skills, early in her career, as the Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator for the Richmond Floodplain Forest Restoration Project, the Event and Marketing Coordinator for Gardener’s Supply Co., as well as the Corporate Volunteer Event Coordinator for Boston Cares. Cathy received her Master’s degree from Tufts University with a focus on Urban and Social Policy after receiving her Undergraduate degree at Ripon College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Environmental Biology. She has a passion to serve her community, outside of her workday, and has volunteered at various organizations including Feeding Chittenden, Mount Mansfield Union High School Boosters, Terracycle, and had various positions on the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County Board for over four years.

  • Kyra Wood

    Kyra Wood

    District Liaison, 
    Vermont Public Health Institute

  • Kyra works full-time position for the Vermont Community Health Equity Partnership. She works directly with the Vermont Department of Health Districts and the backbone/integrator staff. Kyra provides community team alignment and facilitates opportunities for backbone/integrator staff to work and learn from each other as well as across districts. Kyra plays a key role in providing training and support to each district. She oversees logistical coordination and management of grant components to ensure achievement of grant goals.

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Acknowledgement: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MACHW Workshops: Trauma Informed Care

Join us as we explore Trauma Informed Care and Building Community Collective & Resilience


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About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

CHWs and Trauma Informed Care: A trauma-informed approach to care is necessary to transform health care. Working on the frontlines, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health professionals who simultaneously build on the strengths and resilience of themselves and the communities they serve. CHWs provide supportive care to trauma survivors across various behavioral health spectrums; including grief, loss, substance use and mental health services.

In this workshop we will learn about the impact that traumatic experiences have on individuals, families, and communities. We will also examine the parallels of caring for ourselves as we care for our clients. Finally, we will explore building a community collective that is strength-based and fosters safe and compassionate spaces that encourage resilience.


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma in their own words
  • Identify triggers and how to recognize our own traumas
  • Prevent and manage traumatic stress when it arises


Subject Matter Expert

  • Hythia Phifer

    Hythia Phifer

  • Hythia Phifer is a mental health therapist and clinical consultant whose practice prioritizes Expressive Arts Therapy, Trauma Healing & Resilience, and Social Justice. She combines formal training with lived experiences to offer tailored strategies that reimagine the ways people engage the work environment and each other. She has experience working within multilevel systems as well as smaller businesses and NGOs. She provides quality interventions with compassion and proficiency in equal measure to senior managers and individual clients. As a clinical consultant, Hythia engages a collaborative approach founded on the belief that her clients hold an innate knowledge of their own needs as well as an awareness of the greater needs of the system they function within. She enjoys utilizing her specialized abilities and clinical background to provide support and strategy to provide tailored solutions to complex challenges.

Moderator

  • Jamie Berberena

    Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.

    Registration

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    Acknowledgement

    This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


Evidence Based Public Health

How do public health practitioners use the best available evidence to select, implement and evaluate programs and policies to improve health?

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Course Information

  • Audience: Public health practitioners, Public health community partners, Public health students and Public health faculty in the state of Connecticut.
  • Date/Time: January 10 - March 24 (Thursdays 1 PM - 3 PM) 
  • Location:Online live classroom
  • Format: Classroom
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 20 hours.
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hour. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hour is 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: PM1131137_EVPH. If you are not seeking a CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the post-test and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies:  All of the domains below: Analytical/Assessment Skills, Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, Communication Skills, Cultural Competency Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice Skills, Public Health Sciences Skills, Financial Planning and Management Skills and Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None

NOTE:   

Due to funding sources, this course is only available to public health professionals from Connecticut.  If you are not from Connecticut, you will be removed from the course. Thank you for understanding.

About this course

The aim of this 10-part course is to build skills in applying evidence-based decision making to improve population health and advance health equity. Through presentations, practice exercises, and case examples, the course takes a “hands-on” approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • Describe the basic concepts and the value of evidence-based decision making.
  • Identify some sources and types of evidence.
  • Recognize the importance of evidence-based decision making to advancing health equity.
  • Describe several applications within public health practice that are based on strong evidence and several that are based on weak evidence.
  • Define some barriers to evidence-based decision making in public health settings.

Subject Matter Experts


  Amy Griffin
Kathleen O’Connor Duffany, PhD    Amy Griffin, MA 
Debbie Humphries
  Tekisha Dwan Everette
 Dr. Debbie Humphries    Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette



Enrollment and Contact Hours

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The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

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Acknowledgements:


NEPTHC thanks the St. Louis Prevention Research Center for sharing their EBPH curricula for public health workforce development

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

Community Health Workers are central in supporting the health of the communities they work with, and yet, they are often at risk for burnout themselves due to inequitable work conditions. This workshop will discuss strategies for voice and reflect on how to improve well-being at work.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the connection between workers’ voices and their well-being as individuals, and as a collective group.
  • Discuss benefits of worker unions and strategies for organizing workers in health and social services.
  • Discuss strategies for voicing and improving well-being at work
  • Recognize how systemic oppressions and practices impact our work and well being


Subject Matter Expert

  • Yaminette Diaz

    Yaminette Diaz

  • Yaminette Díaz-Linhart is a PhD candidate at Brandeis University. Her research explores how worker voice and representation impact well-being outcomes for health care and social service workers. She is currently conducting a study to understand the well-being of community health workers in Massachusetts.

  • Yaminette Diaz

    Kimberly Mendoza

  • Kimberly Mendoza Iraheta is a CHW and Regional Chapter Leader in Greater-Boston for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.


  • Lisette Blondet

  • Lissette Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to anchoring community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals. In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country. CHEC’s standards for CHW curricula and core competencies have been replicated in other states. The program was so successful that in 1997, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded its expansion to the northeast region of the state. Both centers, CHEC Boston and CHEC Northeast are still thriving and have graduated over a thousand CHWs. More recently, Lissette provided technical assistance to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on community health and community health workers. She also previously served as Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare, focusing on making healthcare accessible to the underserved while building her experience in healthcare financing. As the director of MACHW, Lissette brings all her experience and skills to strengthen the association and strategically position the workforce to seize the many opportunities now available through health care reform, including reimbursement and broad recognition of the attributes and competencies of CHWs.


  • Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.


  • Areliz Barbosa

  • Areliz Barbosa is a CHW and is the Regional Chapter Leader for Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.

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Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.



To Learn more about the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers please visit: www.machw.org

Crisis Sensemaking and Moving Forward, Wednesday Session, June 23, 2021 

Over the course of the last year plus, we have experienced multiple crises – how do we look at the things that affected us and move forward? What do we want to take into our work?

  
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Course Information

  • Audience: This Course is open to RIDOH and RIPHI employees and their invitees 
  • Format: Blended
  • Date/Time: June 23, 2021
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Competencies: Community Partnership Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials:PowerPoint slides
  • Pre-requisites None

About this Webinar

This workshop is designed to help leaders learn skills for restarting their teams effectively after the multitude of crises that have occurred over the last year plus. These skills range from empathy and compassion to making and implementing difficult decisions in uncharted economic and societal territory.


What you'll learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize crises and discuss how to process and make sense of them
  • Identify ways to ‘bounce forward’ – capturing gains and seizing the organizational moment
  • Describe methods of sustaining long-term team health

Subject Matter Expert

  • Laura Freebairn-Smith
    Laura Freebairn-Smith,
    Partner and co-founder, OPG
  • Laura Freebairn-Smith is a Partner and co-founder at OPG. She has been a consultant for such distinguished organizations as the New York Times, Lemann Foundation, and ESPN. Her specialty is assisting leaders in realizing the full potential of their organizations through humanistic and analytical practices, while offering guidance in the in the redesign of infrastructure, the creation of strategic plans, and with organizational development. Prior to founding OPG, Laura served as Director of Yale’s Organizational Development and Learning Center, which she helped create. Laura currently teaches leadership at Yale’s Drama School.

    Her work and career have three major foci: leading the creation of extraordinary organizational cultures, guiding groups, large and small, to greater effectiveness and impact and Consulting on organizational development issues with a special emphasis on strategic planning and organizational redesign

    Laura’s credentials include a BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy and Political Science) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Institute and has published articles and chapters on organizational development topics, most recently on radical move leadership. 

    Prior to joining Yale, Laura founded Good Work Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and organizational development. Before that, she served as Managing Director for the Gesell Institute of Human Development, as Chief Operating Officer for Jobs for the Future, and as Education Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee on the Thai/Cambodian border.

    In addition to her teaching at Yale, Laura has taught at University of New Haven, Georgetown, and Central CT State University. She served on the Town of Hamden Charter Revision Committee and has served on numerous other boards in the past. Laura has received several leadership awards. For recreation, Laura enjoys running, writing poetry, tennis, and gardening.


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    Acknowledgement: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    * Yale School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, a New England Public Health Training Center partner, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. All CHES credit inquiries are managed by YSPH

Crisis Sensemaking and Moving Forward, Monday Session, June 21, 2021

Over the course of the last year plus, we have experienced multiple crises – how do we look at the things that affected us and move forward? What do we want to take into our work?

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Course Information

  • Audience: This Course is open to RIDOH and RIPHI employees and their invitees
  • Format: Blended
  • Date/Time: June 21, 2021
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Competencies: Community Partnership Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials:PowerPoint slides
  • Pre-requisites None

About this Webinar

This workshop is designed to help leaders learn skills for restarting their teams effectively after the multitude of crises that have occurred over the last year plus. These skills range from empathy and compassion to making and implementing difficult decisions in uncharted economic and societal territory.


What you'll learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize crises and discuss how to process and make sense of them
  • Identify ways to ‘bounce forward’ – capturing gains and seizing the organizational moment
  • Describe methods of sustaining long-term team health

Subject Matter Expert

  • Laura Freebairn-Smith
    Laura Freebairn-Smith,
    Partner and co-founder, OPG
  • Laura Freebairn-Smith is a Partner and co-founder at OPG. She has been a consultant for such distinguished organizations as the New York Times, Lemann Foundation, and ESPN. Her specialty is assisting leaders in realizing the full potential of their organizations through humanistic and analytical practices, while offering guidance in the in the redesign of infrastructure, the creation of strategic plans, and with organizational development. Prior to founding OPG, Laura served as Director of Yale’s Organizational Development and Learning Center, which she helped create. Laura currently teaches leadership at Yale’s Drama School.

    Her work and career have three major foci: leading the creation of extraordinary organizational cultures, guiding groups, large and small, to greater effectiveness and impact and Consulting on organizational development issues with a special emphasis on strategic planning and organizational redesign

    Laura’s credentials include a BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy and Political Science) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Institute and has published articles and chapters on organizational development topics, most recently on radical move leadership. 

    Prior to joining Yale, Laura founded Good Work Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and organizational development. Before that, she served as Managing Director for the Gesell Institute of Human Development, as Chief Operating Officer for Jobs for the Future, and as Education Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee on the Thai/Cambodian border.

    In addition to her teaching at Yale, Laura has taught at University of New Haven, Georgetown, and Central CT State University. She served on the Town of Hamden Charter Revision Committee and has served on numerous other boards in the past. Laura has received several leadership awards. For recreation, Laura enjoys running, writing poetry, tennis, and gardening.


    Registration

    Select the Enroll Me button below to register for this webinar. If you have any trouble accessing the webinar, contact support@nephtc.org.

    Acknowledgement: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    * Yale School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, a New England Public Health Training Center partner, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. All CHES credit inquiries are managed by YSPH

Health Equity Internship 2021-2022

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

*This course is available only to accepted Health Equity Interns.

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Course Information

  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Varies per student project
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: NA
  • Competencies: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Learning Level: Practice
  • Companion Trainings: N/A
  • Supplemental materials: N/A
  • Pre-requisites: Application and Acceptance

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MACHW Workshops: Self Care, Caring for Ourselves and Others

Who is caring for the caretaker?
Join us as we explore self care strategies for demanding times.


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About this Workshop

This MACHW  interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

In this workshop, we explore the Stress First Aid (SFA) model based on five evidence-informed factors that help people recover from stress and adversity. These include the need for safety, calm, connection, sense of competence or self-efficacy, and hope.

Stress First Aid (SFA) provides a framework for psychological peer support, with a set of supportive actions designed to promote self-care and coworker support. The overarching aim of SFA is to identify and mitigate the negative impacts of stress at work before they impair staff health and well-being.


At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore evidence informed strategies to increase self efficacy, promote self care and mental wellness
  • Begin to understand and utilize resiliency practices and Stress First Aid
  • Define empathy and compassion, how they differ and what gets in their way
  • Describe what makes us strong and what makes us vulnerable as caregivers
  • Better understand what takes place in our mind and body when we experience stress


Moderators


  • Lisette Blondet

  • Lissette Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to anchoring community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals. In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country. CHEC’s standards for CHW curricula and core competencies have been replicated in other states. The program was so successful that in 1997, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded its expansion to the northeast region of the state. Both centers, CHEC Boston and CHEC Northeast are still thriving and have graduated over a thousand CHWs. More recently, Lissette provided technical assistance to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on community health and community health workers. She also previously served as Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare, focusing on making healthcare accessible to the underserved while building her experience in healthcare financing. As the director of MACHW, Lissette brings all her experience and skills to strengthen the association and strategically position the workforce to seize the many opportunities now available through health care reform, including reimbursement and broad recognition of the attributes and competencies of CHWs.


  • Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.


  • Areliz Barbosa

  • Areliz Barbosa is a CHW and is the Regional Chapter Leader for Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.

Subject Matter Expert

  • Beth Lown

    Beth Lown

  • Beth Lown, MD Chief Medical Officer of The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. In this role she creates scientific content and develops new initiatives, programs and research. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally about empathy, compassion and communication, and teaches these attributes and skills to health professionals across the continuum of learning. Dr. Lown is associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and is a clinician- educator at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA.


Registration

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Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MACHW Workshops: Exploring Mental Health Strategies to Cope with Everyday Stress

Feeling stressed? … Emotional fatigue?
Would you like to learn new science based skills and strategies proven to help you cope with everyday stress and anxiety?


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About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.

In this workshop, we explore the science of stress and anxiety. One of the impacts of the ongoing stress that many of us are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 is that we may feel like doing nothing, when actually doing something is critical for building resilience. We will explore how our science-based framework, TEB (thoughts, emotions and behaviors) can get us unstuck. We will then explore our science-driven skill “Charge Up” by practicing planning activities that charge up our “batteries” and can help us, and the individuals we work with, improve mental and physical health.


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what is happening in our brains when we experience stressful situations
  • Describe the difference between healthy and unhealthy levels of stress and anxiety
  • Explain how stressful situations can lead to “spinning cycles” of unhelpful thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Describe how stressors can cause us to shut down and disengage
  • Explain how “Charge Up” can be used to help someone who is overwhelmed with stress and feeling stuck, disengaged, and drained of energy
  • List multiple examples of how to Charge Up
  • Describe the steps of Charge Up and how those steps could be applied


Moderators


  • Lisette Blondet

  • Lissette Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to anchoring community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals.
    In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country. CHEC’s standards for CHW curricula and core competencies have been replicated in other states. The program was so successful that in 1997, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded its expansion to the northeast region of the state. Both centers, CHEC Boston and CHEC Northeast are still thriving and have graduated over a thousand CHWs.
    More recently, Lissette provided technical assistance to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on community health and community health workers. She also previously served as Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare, focusing on making healthcare accessible to the underserved while building her experience in healthcare financing.
    As the director of MACHW, Lissette brings all her experience and skills to strengthen the association and strategically position the workforce to seize the many opportunities now available through health care reform, including reimbursement and broad recognition of the attributes and competencies of CHWs.


  • Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.


  • Areliz Barbosa

  • Areliz Barbosa is a CHW and is the Regional Chapter Leader for Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.

Moderator


  • Ylira Pimentel

  • Ylira Pimentel, LICSW, currently works with MGH’s Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidenced-Based Treatments (PRIDE) which spearheads efforts to bring evidenced-based practices and science-driven skills to organizations and communities. At PRIDE’s Training Institute she is a group coach for its Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based TEB (Thoughts, Emotions, Behavior) curriculum. She has extensive experience working with diverse populations through administrative, clinical, and consulting roles in organizations such as Vinfen, BayCove, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Boston and MGH’s Chelsea Healthcare Center. She is also a part-time faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work, where she teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She holds an B.A. from Umass Boston, an M.S.W. and a certificate in child and adolescent trauma from Simmons College.

Registration

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Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

The Biochemistry of Happiness: Creating a Culture of Happiness at Work

For almost one year, since March of 2020, the public health workforce has been tested as never before. How can managers and their teams flourish at work in the midst of so much stress?

 
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Course Information

  • Audience: Public health and health workforce concerned about happiness in the workplace and in their communities
  • Format: Online meeting using both small-group, interactive break-outs and presentations by the speaker
  • Date/Time: January 26, 2021
    12:00 - 3:00 PM EST
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 3. Provider ID: PM1131137_01262021.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Community Partnership Skills
  • Learning Level: Participants will learn tools, concepts, and ideas that will help them create their own sense of happiness and well-being during the era of COVID
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials:Power Point will not be shared but a summary Job Aid will be created and emailed to participants within 14 days of the workshop.
  • Pre-requisites None


About this Workshop

This fast-moving, interactive, competence-building, and entirely enjoyable workshop will include both didactic instruction and interactive work that will introduce participants to the Foster Hicks Model. The model includes an overview of “Executive Brain Function,” and tools for living more effectively and happily through difficult times. The session will include a 20 minute break at midpoint.

Expect a fast-moving immersion during which you will engage with others in small break outs to explore and reinforce the tools and techniques you have learned about. If you manage any kind of team of any size, this session will provide tools for creating the healthiest and happiest team culture.


What you'll learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the biochemistry of well-being
  • Utilize tools to invoke the “Executive Function” of the brain – at work and at home
  • Apply concepts and practical tools for work and at home
  • Use “intention,” appreciation, truth-telling, and giving as behaviors and attitudes for the most enjoyable, effective, and high-trust work environment

Subject Matter Expert

  • Rick Foster
    Rick Foster,
    Author and Consultant
  • Rick Foster and Greg Hicks have dedicated the last seventeen years of their lives to studying people and organizations that thrive. Embarking on a unique journey to research happiness in 1995, they eventually traveled to all 50 states, 7 continents, and over 70 countries, finding and interviewing, ultimately, thousands of extremely happy people. Their initial research uncovered a system of nine choices that’s been studied by researchers at leading institutions and proves to lead to good health, strong team culture, better job performance, and effective stress-management.
    Their first book, How We Choose to Be Happy – The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People (Putnam, 1999), became a national bestseller and has been on bestseller lists ever since. Available in 22 languages, it was selected by the Book of the Month Club as one the Best Books of the Year, and was nominated as Best Motivational Book by the prestigious Books for a Better Life.



    Registration

    Select the Enroll Me button below to register for this webinar. If you have any trouble accessing the webinar, contact support@nephtc.org.

    Acknowledgement: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    * Yale School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, a New England Public Health Training Center partner, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. All CHES credit inquiries are managed by YSPH

MACHW Workshops: ABCs of Immigration & Know Your Rights

Do you know what resources are available to non-citizens and/or undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts?

 
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Course Information

  • Audience: Members of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) and other interested CHWs
  • Format: Online Workshop
  • Date/Time: January 7, 2021 
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_ABCIKYR.  
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies:
    • Cultural Responsiveness and Mediation
    • Care Coordination and System Navigation
    • Advocacy and Community Capacity Building
  • Learning Level: Awareness and Performance
  • Companion Trainings: MACHW Workshop Series
  • Supplemental materials:Session PowerPoint
  • Pre-requisites: None


About this Workshop

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts.


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for CHWs supporting immigration rights at the state/local level
  • Find resources about worker rights and access to healthcare regardless of immigration status
  • Find housing resources for immigrants
  • Describe the current status of humanitarian immigration relief & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Describe temporary Protected Status (TPS) & Reasons for deportation
  • Identify an organization to contact if a client experiences discrimination

Moderators


  • Lisette Blondet

  • Lissette Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to anchoring community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals.
    In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country. CHEC’s standards for CHW curricula and core competencies have been replicated in other states. The program was so successful that in 1997, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded its expansion to the northeast region of the state. Both centers, CHEC Boston and CHEC Northeast are still thriving and have graduated over a thousand CHWs.
    More recently, Lissette provided technical assistance to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on community health and community health workers. She also previously served as Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare, focusing on making healthcare accessible to the underserved while building her experience in healthcare financing.
    As the director of MACHW, Lissette brings all her experience and skills to strengthen the association and strategically position the workforce to seize the many opportunities now available through health care reform, including reimbursement and broad recognition of the attributes and competencies of CHWs.


  • Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.


  • Areliz Barbosa

  • Areliz Barbosa is a CHW and is the Regional Chapter Leader for Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.

Subject Matter Experts

  • Margalit Tepper

    Margalit Tepper

  • Margalit Tepper is the Integration Projects Lead at MIRA Coalition, working on initiatives related to education, social integration, and immigrant family wellbeing. She has previously worked in refugee resettlement case management and managed an ESOL program. Margalit holds a B.S. in Human Development from Indiana University, and an M.S.W. with concentrations in child welfare and immigrant and refugee populations from Boston College.


  • Jessica Chicco

  • Jessica Chicco oversees MIRA Coalition's education and training programs, citizenship program, and federal policy work. Prior to joining MIRA she was the Senior Immigration Attorney at DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended, Inc.) where she represented immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Jessica has wide-ranging experience working with community-based immigrant organizations in the greater Boston area. She holds a JD from NYU Law School and a BSFS from Georgetown University.

Registration

Select the Enroll Me button below to register for this workshop. If you have any trouble accessing the workshop, contact support@nephtc.org.

Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


Course Information


About this Workshop

The November 5 workshop is about the end of the eviction moratorium.

This MACHW interactive workshop series aims to support CHWs as they strive to serve their clients during these challenging times. The workshop formats will include expert panels, Q and A, and case studies on critical issues from across Massachusetts. 

Get the resources and skills you need to excel as a CHW during these trying times. A monthly participatory workshop designed specifically for CHWs


What you'll learn

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the moratorium at the federal and state level and the governor's new EDI initiative
  • Describe strategies for advocacy at the local level
  • Describe the fair housing framework and discrimination red flags
  • Know the two follow up steps: Apply for RAFT and fill out the CDC Order

Moderators


  • Lisette Blondet

  • Lissette Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to anchoring community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals.
    In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country. CHEC’s standards for CHW curricula and core competencies have been replicated in other states. The program was so successful that in 1997, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded its expansion to the northeast region of the state. Both centers, CHEC Boston and CHEC Northeast are still thriving and have graduated over a thousand CHWs.
    More recently, Lissette provided technical assistance to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund on community health and community health workers. She also previously served as Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare, focusing on making healthcare accessible to the underserved while building her experience in healthcare financing.
    As the director of MACHW, Lissette brings all her experience and skills to strengthen the association and strategically position the workforce to seize the many opportunities now available through health care reform, including reimbursement and broad recognition of the attributes and competencies of CHWs.


  • Jamie Berberena

  • Jamie Berberena is the Southeast Regional Leader and Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers. She is a passionate public health advocate focused on promoting racial equity throughout Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities across Massachusetts by providing direct support and guidance through community-based programs, multi-disciplinary clinical programs and health policy initiatives.


  • Areliz Barbosa

  • Areliz Barbosa is a CHW and is the Regional Chapter Leader for Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.

Subject Matter Experts


  • Andrea M. Park

  • Andrea M. Park joined MLRI as a Housing and Homelessness staff attorney in 2016. Prior to that Andrea worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; an attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau on an innovative foreclosure defense project partnering lawyers and community organizers; and a staff attorney at Community Legal Aid in Worcester specializing in housing, foreclosure, consumer and bankruptcy litigation.
    In 2015 Andrea was honored by the Harvard Law and International Development Society and Harvard Women's Law Association in their International Women's Day Portrait Exhibit entitled Women Inspiring Change. Andrea holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as director of the Indian Child Welfare Act Clinic. Andrea grew up in East Tennessee and is a lifelong musician.


  • Mary Ellen Natale

  • Mary Ellen Natale is Managing Attorney of South Coastal Counties Legal Services’ (SCCLS) New Bedford, MA Law Office. Prior to joining SCCLS, she was Deputy Director of the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County (NY). Her previous positions include Managing Attorney with Legal Aid of Western Ohio; and Staff Attorney positions with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY and with the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, DC. A graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School, she has held faculty positions at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at St. John’s University School of Law.


  • Kristina da Fonseca

  • Attorney Kristina da Fonseca is founder and Executive Director of SouthCoast Fair Housing (SCFH). SCFH is a non-profit full-service fair housing organization with a mission is to eradicate housing discrimination and increase equal housing opportunities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. SCFH provides fair housing education and outreach, investigates fair housing complaints, enforces fair housing laws, and advocates for policies that will further fair housing.

Registration

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Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Health Equity Internship 2020-2021

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

*This course is available only to accepted Health Equity Interns.

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Course Information

  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Varies per student project
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: NA
  • Competencies: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Learning Level: Practice
  • Companion Trainings: N/A
  • Supplemental materials: N/A
  • Pre-requisites: Application and Acceptance

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