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

CHNA 17 Annual Meeting

Friday, June 7th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Playback Theater

Location: YWCA 7 Temple Street, Cambridge, MA.
Please join us for a dynamic exploration of Mental Health and Racial Equity with special guest, Playback Theatre.
Playback Theatre is a form of community building improv theater where audience members are invited to share stories, and then instantly see them performed by a team of trained actors and musicians. The actors use imagery, symbolism, and metaphor to highlight and honor the essence of the narrative using the perspective of the sharer. Through this, playback allows us to witness a wide range of feelings and perspectives. The performers aim to show the social, political, and historical contexts embedded within each story.
All are welcome, including those who have interacted with mental health systems as provider, client, friend, family member, or ally. CHNA17has been focused on racial equity within the mental health community, what that looks like, as well as reducing barriers and stigmas.
This event will be of particular interest if you were one of the people interviewed, you interviewed others, or you participated in one of our community dialogues.
Email chna17info@gmail.com to register, or call 617.331.3627.

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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