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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Past Trainings and Community Forums
Our convenings over the past year have included:
- August 2017 Learning Community Organizational Self Assessment Racial Equity
- February 2018 Learning Community Organizational Self Assessment Racial Equity
- Cambridge Speaks: Exploring Local Findings on Mental Health and Racial Equity
- FAQ from Dialogues: Exploring Local Findings on Mental Health and Racial Equity
- Structural Inequities, An On The Ground View
- Racial Disparities in Mental Health
- The Why and How of Affinity Groups
- Leading with Racial Justice – Integrating Equity Into Your Work
- Trauma and Impact of Historical Trauma on African Americans Today; overview of Mount Auburn Community Health Initiative
- Crafting a Hiring Process to Address Implicit Bias / Diversifying your Board
- CHNA 17 Showcase of Funded Projects
- Framing for Racial Equity
- Implicit Bias
- Racism and Health
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.