Events

Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
Racial Equity Facilitators Feedback Circle

The Racial Equity Facilitator Feedback Circles are a series of free events to foster community for an inclusive group of racial justice-minded professionals. We discuss topics, skills, and experiences that are helpful for facilitators as well as share resources amongst the group. The group meets every 6 weeks to convene about a range of subjects selected through a feedback survey for participants. Each meeting will feature an activity and/or speaker that will help guide the conversation. The REF group is open to any person who facilitates conversations about race for clients, organizations, or even on individual levels.

Please email Lia Downing at liad@macdc.org if you would be interested in joining the group.

May 5, 2021
2:30 - 4:00pm
White Accountability and Organizing

For white people who want to work against racism and for people of color who want to support white people in doing so. Topics in this second-level course cover why accountability is important and what can be done to achieve it.

May 5, 12 & 19 - 2021, 7-9 PM Eastern (3-part program)

May 5 - 19, 2021
7:00 - 9:00pm
Youth Substance Use 101

This training provides an overview of the disease of addiction, key issues to be aware of when working with youth struggling with substance use, and how best to support youth in recovery and their families. We will review key risk factors for the development of youth substance use disorders, including early onset, trauma, co-occurring mental health issues, genetics, and environmental factors. We will look at trends of use and how best to intervene through screening, assessment, and referral to treatment. Best practices for engaging youth in treatment will be emphasized. This training will also review the different levels of care currently available in Massachusetts, licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)/Office of Youth and Young Adult Services, including detox/stabilization, residential treatment, recovery high schools, and outpatient services.  Family recovery supports will also be identified. 

May 6, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial justice. Our expectation is that those who attend this training are actively engaged in racial equity work and are ready to build their analysis around power in order to shift power to advance towards racial justice now.

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.

May 6, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
The Power of Prevention: How to Leverage National Prevention Week (NPW) for Effective Community Prevention Strategies

This 60-minute webinar (in collaboration with the Prevention Technology Transfer Network (PTTC)) will focus on how communities can actualize the goals of NPW to strengthen their community prevention efforts. The webinar will demonstrate the benefits of getting involved with NPW by unveiling new tools and resources relevant to the NPW five daily themes and how building relationships with collaborative organizations can be an effective strategy for prevention success.

Specifically, this webinar will be constructed in three segments. The first segment will begin with a welcome and introduction from the CSAP Director, then shift to the history and purpose of NPW. The second segment will highlight two diverse evidenced-based programs/grantees from across the country, in addition to the release of new SAMHSA products (including the new app for the SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking campaign). The third segment will end with a closing message from the Acting Assistant Secretary, Tom Coderre who will then unveil the “Youth Leading Prevention” challenge video which will demonstrate prevention in action across the country.

May 10, 2021
1:00 - 2:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

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.

May 11, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Equitable Rebuilding from COVID-19: Ensuring Quality Care for Vulnerable Populations

While the pandemic has negatively affected all Americans, for those in need of critical care who have been unable to access such care, the pandemic has proven particularly damaging. Attend this webinar to learn the unique impacts the pandemic has had on some of our most vulnerable populations and what law and policy changes can be made to improve access to needed care and to better protect these populations during future public health crises.

May 11, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Interrupting Racism Training Level 4

This training examines the programs, services, and method of delivery that your organization provides.

Learner Outcomes: 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
May 12 - 13, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Child Welfare and Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline

Participants will gain an understanding of “multi-System” youth who are involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This includes an analysis of factors that lead to these youth being among the most vulnerable in our state with a greater likelihood of suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, disproportionately experiencing difficulties learning or engaging in school and being more likely to enter the juvenile and later criminal justice system.

May 12, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

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.

May 13, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
White Supremacy Characteristics: 20 Year Anniversary Webinar

20 years ago, inspired by and collaborating with dozens of movement leaders, Tema Okun wrote the article, "White Supremacy Culture Characteristics." Join Tema, SURJ and special guests from around the country to launch the new "white supremacy characteristics" website and share what we've been learning ​about white supremacy culture in these last two decades.

We'll hear from Scot Nakagawa from Change Lab, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, Skill in Action's Michelle Johnson, Vivette Jeffries-Logan of Biwa Consulting, Kari Points from Finding Freedom, SURJ's Misha Heij-Mariano, and Cristina Rivera Chapman and Justin Robinson from Earthseed Land Collective.

Join us for a night of discussion, sharing, music, and more to deepen our understanding of white supremacy culture and commit to the work of dismantling it.
 

May 13, 2021
8:00pm
Blunt Talk: Reframing the Conversation with Youth about Marijuana

This training provides an overview of marijuana and current trends in use among youth.  We will review research to date on marijuana and the teenage brain, perceived benefits, short-term vs. long-term effects of use, and facts about marijuana and addiction/ cannabis use disorder.  The training will focus on ways to engage youth in understanding their patterns of marijuana use, their reasons for use, and developing alternatives to marijuana use while promoting open, positive communication and healthier life choices.  Treatment resources for youth and young adults (licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services/BSAS) will also be shared.

May 18, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Shifting Power Dynamics through Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is tied inextricably to health and racial equity. Black and Brown communities, which have been most impacted by a history of racialized housing policy, redlining, food apartheid, and lack of green spaces are also most likely to be located near factories, bus terminals, and other sources of pollution and hazardous materials that negatively impact a person’s health. This training will equip coalitions with the tools and knowledge to place community voices at the forefront of the environmental justice movement. How can coalitions shift power back to the communities most impacted by environmental injustice? By creating a deep understanding of the powers and structures at play, we can begin to empower communities that have been subjected to environmental injustices for years. This training will use a mix of case studies, group discussion, and interactive activities to explore how coalitions can engage in this important work.

May 18, 2021
9:30am - 12:30pm
Virtual Learning Lab: What Implementation Experts Need to Know About Program Fidelity

The purpose of the virtual learning lab is to expand on the information delivered in the presentation, “Applying Prevention Science to Practice: What Implementation Experts Need to Know About Program Fidelity”.  The virtual learning lab will provide an opportunity for conversation between prevention professionals, guided by facilitators, to provide a greater level of detail and understanding into the key concepts of the topics addressed. Anticipated goals of virtual learning lab include; increased knowledge transfer, increased network development, opportunities to trouble-shoot real life items.

May 18, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm
Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis

There is a growing number of states and local jurisdictions declaring racism as a public health issue. What do these declarations mean and how are they helpful in advancing racial equity? How ready is the discipline/field of Public Health to actively respond to declarations? We will explore these compelling questions and more in this webinar. We will hear from Dr. Renée Canady, CEO and Janna Bierens, Health Equity Consultant each from the Michigan Institute of Public Health. Both are leading efforts nationally to encourage and support jurisdictions considering declarations.

Then, we will hear from Jennifer Harris, a Research and Program Manager at Milwaukee County Government. In 2019, Milwaukee County passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health issue. Jennifer will share how the county has turned the resolution into actions that are making a difference in addressing longstanding racial disparities.

This webinar is the first in a two-part series called Advancing Racial Equity, co-produced by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health. The next webinar in this series, Transforming Narratives to Create Racial and Health Equity, will air on June 16th. If you are a community health practitioner, resident, or decision maker with an interest in achieving equity in your community, we encourage you to register for each of the webinars in the series.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a one-hour interactive virtual discussion at 4pm ET, immediately following each webinar in this series. We encourage you to participate in an engaging dialogue with peers across the country to share your experiences with racial equity. Mark your calendars and plan to stay as long as you're able!

May 18, 2021
3:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

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.

May 19, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
New England PTTC Project ECHO: Advancing Management and Leadership Skills for Prevention Professionals HHS Region 1

The New England Prevention Workforce Needs Assessment conducted by PCG for the New England PTTC highlighted several gaps for the prevention workforce development throughout New England. One area of need is additional support for those in managerial or supervisory roles in the prevention field. Through this New England PTTC Project ECHO, we will seek to provide support and education for supervisors and emerging leaders in the prevention field on topics related to positive workplace culture including staff development, retention and prevention of burnout, coaching, and more. The goals of this ECHO are to provide support for leaders and emerging leaders in the New England Prevention Workforce and speed the dissemination of best practices to support workforce development in their communities.

May 20, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm
Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial justice. Our expectation is that those who attend this training are actively engaged in racial equity work and are ready to build their analysis around power in order to shift power to advance towards racial justice now.

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.

May 21, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Surviving and Thriving: Fostering Resilience and Community in a Troubled Time

We are in a period of worldwide dislocation, distress, and danger. To cope and to help one another we need both heart and skills. Are there relevant lessons to learn from the past and from current community mental health practice? We’ve invited a panel of clinicians and scholars who have faced this unprecedented situation head-on to share their experiences and explore constructive approaches.

May 21, 2021
2:30 - 5:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

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.

May 25, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm