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

Cultural Humility Training

Wednesday, April 24th, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Location: Arlington Youth Counseling Center, 670R Mass Ave. Arlington MA (behind Robbins Library)

Cultural Humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful. Unlike Cultural Competence, cultural humility is a life-long and ongoing process of self-reflection and self-critique in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening and understanding, regardless of their experiences with cultures other than their own. Incorporating cultural humility as part of one’s lifestyle empowers the individual to recognize and redress power-imbalances that exist within their immediate social and organizational structures. This training is the 3rd part of a 3-part series of trainings on cultural humility and related concepts that CHNA 17 is offering in collaboration with Simmons University’s MPH in Health Equity.

CHNA 17 Annual Meeting

Friday, June 7th, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Featuring Playback Theater. More details to come.

Steering Committee Meetings

Tuesday, May 7th, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. 
They are generally held on first Tuesday of month from 10-12:30 (October, December, February, April, May).  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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