Learning & Networking Events

CHNA 17 sponsors learning and networking around our priority areas – mental health, and racial equity. We provide trainings, community forums, and learning communities as well as a newsletter with additional resources.

Upcoming Trainings

Starting Race Talk

October 8, 2:00pm-4:30pm

Starting conversations on race can be challenging, but necessary to build more racially inclusive and equitable communities. This interactive workshop will explore what you need to set up a productive dialogue on race by exploring different scenarios and drawing from the experience and knowledge of the participants in the session.

Join us on October 8 as we learn how to effectively communicate about racial biases to create equitable environments.  The trainers will be Shirronda Almeida, the director of The Mel King Institute for Community Building, and Manisha Bewtra, a public process consultant with experience in racial equity, diversity, inclusion, community planning, and political strategy. Click HERE to register.

Racial Equity 101 – Train the Trainer

October 29, 30; November 5, 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm

The purpose of this training is to introduce participants to concrete tools and resources to implement racial equity strategies into one’s organization. These strategies will include training colleagues on the impact of racism in this country and identifying opportunities to disrupt white supremacy culture. The training will include developing shared language, reviewing and analyzing data by race, and learning teaching practices and tools. In addition, attendees will participate in guided practice in offering similar training to one’s organizations and colleagues. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to educate their colleagues on racial equity practices and a community of people doing similar work.

The trainers will be Stephanie Cambell, a public health practitioner, educator, and entrepreneur, as well as Kelly Baker Warmer, an evolutionary leader, doula and consultant.

This training will be limited to 10.  CHNA 17 will identify candidates through an application process. Applications are due by September 18, 2020.  Participants will be notified within one week. Click HERE for the application.

Steering Committee Meetings

Future meetings:

Tuesday, October 6, 2020. 10:00am-12:30pm

Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. 
They are generally held on first Tuesday of month from 10:00am-12:30pm (October, December, February, April, May) at the Arlington Youth Counseling Center.  Email chna17info@gmail.com for more information and/or to participate.

Racial Equity Subcommittee

Work Description: This committee is dedicated to embedding racial equity into how the coalition operates – our own internal processes and policies. This committee has not been active in the past year because we thought we would work to embed racial equity into everything we do, but we have since realized it’s critical to keep a specific committee working on this on an on-going basis. Recently, we have been conducting racial equity self-assessments of CHNA 17. Members: Betty Burkes, Liz Aguilo, Alison Kuah, Nancy Rihan-Porter, Mary Jo Rendon, Walter Ducheine (Tufts Health Plan), & Stacy Carruth-Sesia. Email chna17info@gmail.com to participate.

Event Planning Committee

Work Description: This group helps to shape all convenings (meaning trainings and community forums). Community forum topics will include: scholarship recipients presenting on what they’ve learned, sexual harassment, and hate incident/bullying. Members: Lynn Rosenbaum, Stephanie Venizelos, Shameka Gregory. Email chna17info@gmail.com to participate.

Sustainability Subcommittee

Work Description: This committee is dedicated to strengthening the organizational and financial sustainabililty of CHNA 17.  We recently started using a tool from Engine of Success, to analyze our sustainability.  This group also helps identify funding sources, and helps write grants.Members: Colleen Leger, Liz Aguilo, Pietra Check, Stacy Carruth-Sesia, Betty Burkes. Email chna17info@gmail.com to participate.

Ad Hoc Committee

Work Description: This committee has helped to craft several new initiatives that are being rolled out in the coming year. Most recently, this group has worked on crafting the Mental Health and Racial Equity Grants, the initiative on Sexual Harassment for restaurants. Members: Nancy Rihan-Porter, Natasha Pierre, Doug Kress, Albert Press, Pastor Ellis Washington, Stacy Carruth-Sesia, Mary DeCourcey. Email chna17info@gmail.com to participate.

Past Trainings and Community Forums

Our convenings over the past year have included:

The information contained in this training is for general information purposes only. The training is sponsored by CHNA 17 and we strive to offer trainings that align with our mission and our health priority areas. Additionally, the CHNA 17 steering committee regularly conducts votes to decide on which trainings to offer. While we endeavor to ensure the quality, suitability and accuracy of the content provided in each training, participants join at their own risk and assume responsibility for their participation.

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