Events Calendar

Filter the events calendar with the categories and tags tabs below! We understand the importance of supporting community residents and leaders in gaining the skills to be well-informed and successful advocates for systemic change. To encourage diverse representation at workshops and trainings, we offer scholarships and daily stipends to our resident members. To learn more, please go to Scholarships & Grants


Supervisory Skills Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Supervisory Skills Workshop @ Community Health Education Center (CHEC) | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

A two session workshop addressing issues specific to the supervision of community health workers. The workshop reviews the key roles and responsibilities of supervisors including hiring, orientation/training, establishing performance standards, goal setting as well as best practices of supervision. Participants explore ways to support their CHW staff, discover new strategies and techniques to make staff accountable, resolve conflict and provide constructive feedback. Participants apply methods learned in the workshop to CHW specific role play scenarios.

BACH 2017 Annual Meeting
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

BACH Annual Meeting & HCL Awards

BACH’s 2017 Annual Meeting will happen on December 12th, 5:30-8PM at the Bruce Bolling Building in Dudley! This year’s topic is Redistributing Boston’s Wealth: Investing Healthcare Dollars into Communities of Color and will include a panel discussion. We will also present the Healthy Community Leadership Awards to honor Bostonians who have taken on a leadership role to improve the health of the community and address racial and ethnic health inequities.Nominate someone you know for a HCL Award today!  Nominations are due on Monday,  November 20th!
Integrating Behavioral Health with TANF to Build a Culture of Health | Research in Progress Webinar
Dec 20 all-day

The prolonged activation of stress response systems among children responding to adversity such as homelessness, hunger, or neglect, is a predictor of poor health and continued poverty among low-income families. To study the health and economic impacts and systems implications of integrated services provided by the Pennsylvania DHHS and Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, this project evaluates the Building Wealth and Health Network (The Network) intervention, designed to reduce health inequities by aligning Medicaid coverage for behavioral health services and TANF education and training services. Progress in the evaluation of public program cost savings as well as the health and economic security of participants will be presented.

Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate Program (COEC)
Jan 3 all-day
Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate Program (COEC) @ Boston | Massachusetts | United States

CHEC’s COEC Program is a two-part, 80-hour training program that covers core competencies Community Health Workers need to provide effective community outreach and health edu- cation work in community-based settings. The training emphasizes skills to prepare CHWs to serve in a variety of functions including culturally appropriate health education and outreach, navigating the health and human service systems, assuring access to services, advocating for individual and community needs, and building individual and community capacity. In addition, the training encourages CHWs to become proficient on health issues affecting diverse communities and introduces them to a public health framework for understanding these issues. Enrollment is available for Community Health Workers and/or volunteers who are currently employed by community health centers or community based organizations that do at least 20 hours a week of Community Health Work.

Deadline for registration is January 3rd.

Free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program – Open House
Jan 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

We are excited to announce that Partners HealthCare Workforce Development, in conjunction with the Academy for Healthcare Training, is offering a free CNA training program where our participants, upon successful graduation of the program, will:

  • Earn dual Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide certificates
  • Receive placement assistance focusing on full-time CNA employment within the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
  • Be eligible to sit for the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Certification Exam (within 30 days of program completion) where the exam fees will be covered by Partners HealthCare!

Our 7-week long training program is comprised of both classroom-based instruction and a hands-on clinical experience at a skilled nursing facility, all of which are easily accessible via MBTA. We also prepare participants for the CNA State Exam (paid by Partners HealthCare) which they are expected to take within 30 days of the program completion.

The program dates are February 20, 2018, through April 6, 2018.  The online application will be available until January 17, 2018. For more information, continue reading below, attend an Open House session.

Improving Population and Clinical Health with Integrated Services and Decision Support | Research in Progress Webinar
Jan 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Population and individual health are significantly influenced by social determinants that range from individuals’ knowledge and behaviors to community-level characteristics, resources, and conditions. The expertise and infrastructure to address these multiple challenges are divided among systems that often fail to work collaboratively because of misalignment between their delivery of services, strategy, and financing. To identify strategies for addressing this misalignment, this study partners with informatics, public health, and sociology researchers and examines Federally Qualified Health Centers services to determine health impacts in a safety-net population. Progress in assessing the impact of integrated service delivery and patient linkages to needed services will be presented.

Webinar: A Strengths-Based Approach to Screening Families for Health-Related Social Needs
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This webinar will highlight strengths-based strategies to enhance health-related social needs screening practice.

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD| Vital Village Network | Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center
Rita Fernandes, Community Health Worker
JoHanna Flacks, JD, Legal Director, MLPB
Baraka Floyd, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University

In the healthcare field – especially in pediatrics – significant work is being done to refine screening approaches to detect health-related social needs (HRSN) and to develop effective strategies to help meet family’s needs when they are identified. Whenever screening is undertaken, it is critical that families are respected and not diminished in the process. This panel discussion will highlight strategies for bringing a strengths-based approach to the administration of screening tools deployed in the healthcare setting — tools that promise to grow in number and variety as healthcare systems take increasing responsibility for addressing the health-related social needs that drive both unsustainable cost and intolerable inequity. Panelists will share key recommendations for operationalizing a strengths-based approach to screening. Participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities confronting healthcare systems that increasingly acknowledge the powerful impact of social determinants of health on families’ overall health.

Community Meditation Night at The Mel King Institute
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gena Bean, Mindful Boston

Please join us on the evening of the 24th for a Community Meditation Night, lead by Gena Bean of Mindful Boston.

Mindful Boston community meditation nights are the perfect way to give mindfulness a try. They are designed to be an easy beginner-level intro to mindfulness.  These events are laid-back, welcoming, and completely free!

Local organizations such as Marathon Runbase and Ten Thousand Villages partner with Mindful Boston by donating their spaces for meditation events.


The length of the meditation itself is usually about 15 to 25 minutes long. No previous experience is required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

We begin with a brief discussion about meditation, where participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts.

The styles of meditation currently practiced at community nights include Lovingkindness (metta) Meditation, Seated Awareness Meditation, and Mindful Beat (Drumming).  These are all different formats for mindfulness practice.

Enriching Your Understanding of the Experience of Aging
Jan 30 @ 8:45 am – 1:00 pm

Through interactive discussion and presentation, participants will come away with a better understanding of their own personal experience of aging and ageism and how that relates to the residents they serve. Expectations about aging will be discussed, both the normal challenges of aging and the problems that can be associated with aging faced by many older adults including dementia, mental illness, and social isolation. The workshop will offer practical strategies to support healthy aging and highlight positive aspects of aging, including the important role that community plays in awakening meaning and purpose during this important stage of life.

Teen Depression: Webinar Discussing Family Resiliency
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Teen Depression webinar on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT. Expert Presenter, Matthew Selekman, MSW, LCSW, with mother and daughter, Elizabeth and Danielle discuss how families can recognize resiliency and work toward solutions. The program is designed for parents, caregivers, school educators and personnel, youth workers, and anyone interested in teen mental health.

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