Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
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.

The workshop will include the following elements:

  1. Introductions with icebreakers designed to highlight participants’ experiences of cultural identity and diversity;
  2. Discussion of concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility, including, for example, best practice principles delineated by the organization “Culturally Connected” 
    1. Maintain lifelong learning and cultural curiosity by asking questions of Native persons and colleagues and consciously seeking out opportunities to learn about other cultures, e.g. through films, books, studying languages, etc.
    2. Engage in continuous self-reflection about one’s own personal history, biases, assumptions and experiences;
    3. Become comfortable with ‘not knowing’ and be open to learning from Native persons and their experiences; and
    4. Recognize there may be power/privilege dynamics, and  relate to Native persons in ways that help bridge the distance that may be caused by real and perceived differences in status. Pair and small-group exercises will help participants personally reflect on these concepts and how they apply to their work.
  3. Overview of the Massachusetts Native American community, including history, demographics, cultural strengths, and challenges, including discussion of substance misuse issues;
  4. Discussion of lessons learned/ best practices for working with Native communities, including Native-focused substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and
  5. Small group exercise focused on applying learnings from the workshop to hands-on prevention and treatment practices;

Ethics in Prevention Foundations: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practioners

This two-week, asynchronous moderated course, adapted from the original SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) course, explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants.


  • Course Frequency: Additional sessions will be added up to every three weeks. 
  • Time Commitment: 6 hours over two weeks. While moderated, this online ethics course is asynchronous and completed at your pace within the module timeframes. Nothing happens “live”, but the discussion board posts and course progress have built in due dates. You will work independently, and the moderator will ensure the cohort is contributing to the discussion and progressing together. 
  • Price: Brought to you free of charge by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network. 
  • Certification Hours: A certificate for six (6) training hours is provided upon completion. This ethics training has been endorsed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and meets the IC&RC’s prevention ethics education requirement for prevention specialist credentialing. 
VIRTUAL EVENT: National Overdose Prevention Leadership Summit

The National Overdose Prevention Leadership Summit (NOPLS) is an annual virtual event that highlights real solutions to the overdose crisis that bridge justice, health care, and public health sectors. NOPLS helps professionals from across the spectrum of overdose prevention, treatment, and justice to learn, share, and collaborate more effectively, which leads to reducing overdose deaths.


The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) will host a congressional briefing on deploying prevention strategies to improve racial equity, particularly in issue areas such as health and education.  Research and experience provide guidance about what works to reduce racial disparities and improve health outcomes for all Americans.  Despite the existence of strategies shown to reduce inequities and foster equitable practices, translating that knowledge into effective policies has lagged behind the science.  Speakers in this briefing will present evidence-based prevention policies that reduce the conditions that perpetuate inequities and strengthen factors that protect against them.

VIRTUAL: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Level 3

This advanced, 12-hour training is designed for those in the field of substance addiction prevention, treatment and recovery who have already completed basic diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Participants will examine policies and practices that are barriers to and amplifiers of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)in employment and within the culture and structures of agencies.

Public Health: Past, Present, and Future

The field of public health is not new; it has existed for thousands of years in various forms before being formalized as a professional field.  Given this context, it is not surprising that public health has become a cornerstone of our daily existence.  In this training, participants will learn more in detail about the history of public health, where we are now, and where this field is heading in the future.  Using case studies of how public health response has helped and hurt populations throughout time, the trainers will lead a conversation around how we can continue to push public health to center health and racial equity.  Come prepared to participate!

Rooted in Community: Building Equity-Driven Policies

MPHA's virtual Annual Conference and Meeting on December 13 from 9 AM to 1 PM! The keynote speaker will be Lauren Smith, Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation. She will be discussing the critical importance of data collection as a means of measuring health inequities and developing effective strategies to address them.

VIRTUAL: Creating LGBTQ and Gender Inclusive Secondary Schools

This training will provide participants with strategies, tools and the confidence to take the important steps to create an LGBTQ inclusive school environment. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to help foster a more inclusive school. This specialization at the secondary level is critical to providing educators with the tools and strategies they need for emotional, social and academic success of the students they serve. 

SAMSHA's EBRC's Community Engagement for Prevention

Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System

VIRTUAL: Adolescent Substance Use: What’s the Deal?

This presentation will explain how adolescent brain development creates a special vulnerability to developing substance use disorders. Participants will learn about the impact of substance use on adolescent physical and mental health.

Positive Culture Framework Training

The Positive Culture Framework Training is an excellent opportunity to engage with others across the country and move towards cultivating a culture that supports and sustains health and safety. There will be multiple opportunities for open dialogue and discussion among attendees at the Training. Step-by-step handouts, interactive training sessions, and small group activities will provide attendees with an informative, engaging experience.

2023 Collective Impact Action Summit

April 25-27, 2023, and join us for our next virtual Collective Impact Action Summit, where 1,000+ social changemakers from across sectors will come together online to learn, explore, and share about how to better collaborate to create equitable systems change.

Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 31st Annual Meeting

This year’s theme is “The Role of Prevention Science in Achieving Social Justice and Health Equity for All.”

The Society for Prevention Research envisions a wellness-oriented society in which evidenced-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens, fostering positive human development and citizens who lead productive lives in caring relationships with others.

The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance this vision by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.