Events

Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
APHA 2021 — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

At a time when it’s more important than ever for the public health community to share the latest science, best practices and lessons learned, we are planning a 2021 Annual Meeting that offers attendees the choice to gather in person or participate online. 

From increases in substance misuse and suicide, to reduced quality of life among older adults, the impacts of widespread social isolation are all around us. Public health policies and practices can help counter social isolation by strengthening social cohesion and connectedness. And we can showcase examples and stories that bring attention to hopefulness and connected communities and families to counteract isolation and despair. The time is ripe to highlight communities and initiatives across the country working to restore belonging, trust and connectedness and the emerging research and findings of how public health — working alongside other key sectors — can contribute to environments where healing, hopefulness and aspiration can grow.

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2021 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Come experience APHA.

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Building Statewide Alliances to Reduce Alcohol Availability: Southeast Regional Conversation

State alcohol policy alliances are statewide coalitions that work to educate communities and policymakers about evidence-based state and local alcohol policies to reduce alcohol-related harms in communities. This webinar will describe how the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance uses technical assistance and information dissemination to ensure state alliances (1) have a meaningful voice in the state policy process and(2) are able to build the capacity of local coalitions to support local policy development. We will describe the steps involved in forming a state alcohol policy alliance and provide examples of the experiences in a few states.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Level 2: Ethical Upstander Training® (Day 1)

This training teaches active bystander intervention skills through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to support respectful and equitable interactions to improve employee and client experiences. Participants will analyze common microaggressions directed at marginalized social identity groups to understand why they are harmful. This highly interactive training uses workplace scenarios to allow participants to practice skills for supporting those who are targeted and engaging in mindful dialogue with those who are intentionally or unintentionally expressing bias through words, behavior and policies.


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Health Equity and Community Development

The intersection between Health Equity and Community Development are at the forefront of conversations in many CDCs today. This introductory training will give you the chance to explore the connections among health disparities, housing, and other structures that have been defined by racist policies and practices. This training is geared toward community development professionals, planners, and housing advocates, with little or no formal training in health equity or public health.


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Building Trust for Decision Making

Community engagement looked very different over the last year and a half. Coalitions and community organizers found creative ways to engage people in both traditional (flyers, phone calls) and non-traditional ways (Twitter, LinkedIn, virtual community meetings). What this past year demonstrated was the importance of community, and of maintaining relationships and connection with one another. In this training, the facilitators will explore community engagement through the lens of participatory decision making, delving into how we can work to build trust with community members and ensure their voices are leading the conversation when it comes to making decisions. Participants will be asked to consider the offered strategies, tools, and resources for both in-person and virtual community engagement work.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Level 2: Ethical Upstander Training® (Day 2)

This training teaches active bystander intervention skills through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to support respectful and equitable interactions to improve employee and client experiences. Participants will analyze common microaggressions directed at marginalized social identity groups to understand why they are harmful. This highly interactive training uses workplace scenarios to allow participants to practice skills for supporting those who are targeted and engaging in mindful dialogue with those who are intentionally or unintentionally expressing bias through words, behavior and policies.


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Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities

The training team will present an interactive program that integrates best practices and principles regarding training for cultural humility (Fisher-Bourne, Cain and Martin, 2015; Betancourt, Green and Carrillo, 2016), while communicating essential knowledge and nuanced understanding regarding Native communities in Massachusetts.


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Neurobiology of Addiction (Day 1)

Cognitive neuroscience, where psychology meets biology, has enabled us to clarify some of the biological bases for substance use and other addictive disorders.  This workshop will examine connections between the brain changes and psychological/emotional/behavioral components of addictive disorders. The progression of these disorders will be discussed along with their increasing resistance to change and the implications for treatment.


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Interrupting Racism Training Level 4 (Day 1)

This training examines the programs, services, and method of delivery that your organization provides. Upon completion of Level 4, participants will have the tools to:

  • Recognize why and how to apply a racial equity mission statement to each project/endeavor
  • Engage in reflective listening with communities of color
  • Recognize policies, practices and program that create barriers to racial equity
  • Identify policies, practices and programs that amplify racial equity in your services
  • Create norms in your services and community engagement that operationalize cultural humility
  • Recognize how your organization’s actions can influence results in various communities
  • Develop guidelines for ethical allyship
  • Creating a model for intersectionality engagement
  • Participants will use a Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool for developing policies and programs
  • Participants can use the material generated in this training to develop external racial equity strategic goals

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Neurobiology of Addiction (Day 2)

Cognitive neuroscience, where psychology meets biology, has enabled us to clarify some of the biological bases for substance use and other addictive disorders.  This workshop will examine connections between the brain changes and psychological/emotional/behavioral components of addictive disorders. The progression of these disorders will be discussed along with their increasing resistance to change and the implications for treatment.


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Interrupting Racism Training Level 4 (Day 2)

This training examines the programs, services, and method of delivery that your organization provides. Upon completion of Level 4, participants will have the tools to:

  • Recognize why and how to apply a racial equity mission statement to each project/endeavor
  • Engage in reflective listening with communities of color
  • Recognize policies, practices and program that create barriers to racial equity
  • Identify policies, practices and programs that amplify racial equity in your services
  • Create norms in your services and community engagement that operationalize cultural humility
  • Recognize how your organization’s actions can influence results in various communities
  • Develop guidelines for ethical allyship
  • Creating a model for intersectionality engagement
  • Participants will use a Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tool for developing policies and programs
  • Participants can use the material generated in this training to develop external racial equity strategic goals

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Fellowship Symposium: Tools for the Substance Misuse Prevention Workforce on Diversity and Intentional Inclusion in Substance Misuse Prevention in New England

Join the New England PTTC and the 2021 Fellows to learn about the six new research-based substance misuse prevention tools created for the New England prevention workforce to support their work in Diversity & Intention Inclusion in Prevention.


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Building Racial Equity: Foundations

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.


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An Overview of Psychiatric Medications and Prescription Medications of Abuse

This course will cover the most prevalent DSM-5 diagnoses present in the mental health and substance using populations which present in treatment and criminal justice populations. A review of common signs, symptoms, and current psychiatric medications will be reviewed for mental health disorders and substance use disorders. This course will be interactive utilizing lecture, small and large group discussions, as well as case studies and film vignettes to reinforce the materials presented.


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Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power is the second training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will strengthen participants' collective analysis of power while providing useful tools and framework to shift power within groups, institutions and other formations seeking to advance racial justice in this time.


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Building Racial Equity: Foundations

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.


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2021 Place & Health Conference

The 2021 Place & Health Conference is a free, virtual event featuring a full day of presentations, posters, and lightning talks focused on the evolving role of geospatial science and technology in public health.

In addition to this year’s theme of health equity, the conference will also touch on environmental justice, climate change and health, social determinants of health, and COVID-19. Epidemiologists, health geographers, social and behavioral scientists, statisticians, data scientists, other public health professionals, and students are invited to attend. Attendees at previous Place & Health conferences have represented academia, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and for-profit businesses whose work engages geospatial science.


MPHA Annual Conference & Meeting 2021: Creating Health Equity by Building Community Power

MPHA’s virtual Annual Conference & Meeting: Creating Health Equity by Building Community Power will be held on November 16 from 10 AM to 1 PM! We hope you will be able to join us for this educational and inspiring event. Working together, we can create a healthier and more equitable Massachusetts where everyone can thrive.


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Building Racial Equity: Foundations

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.


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