TOMORROW: Tufts Community Service Learning (CSL) Speaker Series- Fenway Health: Serving the LGBT Community
| December 4, 2012 | 11:27 am | Lunch Lecture | No comments

CSL Speaker Series: Fenway Health: Serving the LGBT Community: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 12pm-1pm, Sackler 507:

Dr. Kevin Kapila of Fenway Community Health will be joining us for a lunchtime talk on LGBT Health.  The mission of Fenway Health “is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.”  Dr. Kapila will be discussing the history of Fenway Health as well as his own experience working with LGBT patients, sharing his insights on what future healthcare providers should know in order to provide quality care when working with LGBT patients.  Dr. Kapila is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. He has been working at Fenway Health since 2002, and his clinical interests include crystal meth abuse, HIV care, the health care needs of LGBT community, integration of physical and mental health, preventive medicine (HIV prevention, STD care and prevention), and substance abuse.

Event Details:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 12pm -1 pm, Sackler 507

Please RSVP to  by Tuesday, December 4th (so they can order enough pizza!)

This talk will mostly be an interactive discussion, so please come prepared with questions for Dr. Kapila.  This event is co-sponsored by the TUHSQ (Tufts U. Health Sciences Queer) Coalition, the Sharewood Sexual Health Team, and the CSL Speaker Series.

World AIDS Day Events!

There are two World AIDS Day events coming up this week at Tufts!

World AIDS Day: Movie Screening
“Mohammad and the Matchmaker”
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Time: Noon
Location: SK 316

Join us for a screening of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Documentary: “Mohammad and the Matchmaker,” a film about HIV/AIDS in Iran. This film features Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei, our guests at the Tufts World AIDS Day lecture this Thursday. Catch a glimpse of their work in action before you see them speak!
Lunch & snacks will be served.

Cosponsors: Community Health Advocates at Tufts, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts


Tufts World AIDS Day 2012 Lecture
“Health & Human Rights: The Challenges of Combatting HIV/AIDS in Iran”
Date: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m
Location: Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center
Reception to follow

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are honored to host two distinguished speakers, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei, two Iranian physicians who have received international attention for their work in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Alaei and Dr. Alaei co-authored Iran’s National Strategic Plan for the Control of HIV/AIDS 2002-2007, and were awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund to control HIV/AIDS in Iran. Accolades include:

Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science in 2009
Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council in June 2011
Inaugural Award for Leadership in Health and Human Rights by PAHO/WHO in Dec. 2011
Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV by The Foundation for AIDS Research and the International AIDS Society in July 2012

This is a university-wide event, and is open to the public. Questions? Contact M’15, and M’13.

Cosponsors: Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Global Health Interest Group, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Global Health TUSM, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts

Cultural Competency in Immigration – A Spotlight on Tufts’ Asian Access Initiative
| November 10, 2012 | 11:51 am | Lunch Lecture | 2 Comments

This Thursday November 15th, Sherry Dong- Director of Community Health Improvement Programs at Tufts Medical Center will be speaking about Tufts’ Asian Access Initiative! The event is from 12-1pm in Sackler 221.

The Asian Access Program (AAP) serves as an important entry point for non-English speaking or limited English speaking Asian patients trying to navigate or understand the hospital healthcare system.  The AAP provides a number of linguistically and culturally appropriate social services, educational programs and training sessions to members of Greater Boston’s Asian-American community.

Bring your own lunch! Desserts will be provided!

CHAT Presidential Election Panel- MONDAY!!!
| October 12, 2012 | 3:47 pm | Social Event, Uncategorized | No comments

All are welcome to attend the Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT)’s Presidential Election Panel!

DATE: Monday Oct 15th, 2012

TIME: 3:45-5:00pm

LOCATION: Sackler 221

Come enjoy food and a chance to learn more about the upcoming Presidential Election!


1. Malisa Schuyler, Tufts Medical Center Director of Government Relations

2. Marcia M. Boumil, J.D, L.L.M, Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine

3. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director for Health Care for All

4. Health Care for All Organizer

2012 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Massachusetts Public Health Association: Growing the Political Will for Prevention and Health Equity
| October 10, 2012 | 10:22 pm | Conference, MPHA Events | No comments

Keynote Speaker Dr. Brian Smedley, Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will address what it will take to ignite and sustain a health equity movement that can produce real change in—and real opportunities for health– here in Massachusetts and across the country.

The meeting will also feature:

  • Expanded networking opportunities
  • Exhibitors representing grassroots organizations and local businesses
  • MPHA community award presentations
  • And updates on how you can get involved in the work to drive statewide changes for healthier, more equitable communities

Friday, November 16, 2012

9:30 am- 2:00 pm
Doubletree Hotel | Westborough, Massachusetts

Click here for more information!

Spanish Conversation Group
| October 10, 2012 | 10:02 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Looking to practice your Spanish speaking skills? Ally Barnes, a first year HCOM student, is looking to put a group together to work on speaking Spanish, particularly within a healthcare/public health context. The plan is to meet once a week, or once every two weeks, for an hour to speak only in Spanish and to discuss issues related to public health in the Latino community here in the US, as well as Latin America. There would also be some social activities, such as going out for tapas, seeing Spanish films, etc. If you would be interested in joining the group, or would like more information, please contact Ally at Native speakers are especially encouraged to join!


The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is coming up on October 17th! The health of our democracy and our neighborhoods depends on active voter and civic participation. Still, millions of Americans, especially our poorest and sickest neighbors, lack a voice in our democracy.

Join your Tufts classmates by volunteering in upcoming voter registration drives:

Tues Oct. 9th and Tues. Oct 16th.

2 shifts each day: 11:30am-1:00pm, and 4:30pm-6:00pm.

8 people per shift (you will be working in pairs)

Please sign up on this Google Doc:

We will be working in the Chinatown community (likely near the Boylston T stop and the Chinatown Gate), and will directly register new voters on the spot! We will be supported and working alongside volunteers from the non-partisan local group, MassVOTE. (check them out!: ***If you have any Chinese language skills, your help will be especially appreciated!***

Any questions, email

This event is sponsored and organized by RxDemocracy!

Also look out for more information soon about our upcoming elections panel event!

Tufts Institute of the Environment Brunch!
| October 2, 2012 | 3:53 pm | Social Event | No comments

Tufts Institute of the Environment is having an open house this Friday, October 5th from 10am to 12pm. There should be lots of great food and information about TIE programming!

TIE is located at:

Miller Hall 210 Packard Ave Medford, MA 02155

All are welcome!

Are you a Health Care Voter?
| September 27, 2012 | 4:17 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Are you a Health Care Voter?


Join Health Care For All, and Community Catalyst

When? TOMORROW! Friday, September 27th, 12pm

Where? City Hall Plaza (by the Government Center T) 

Contact Celia Segel (617 519 6273) with questions 

Rally around health care when you go to the polls this November

Health Resources in Action Volunteer Opportunity!

UPDATE: These positions are now PAID and the deadline has been extended until September 18th!


As the semester starts up, Stefanie at Health Resources in Action wanted to let CHAT know about an exciting volunteer opportunity. They are seeking volunteers to help at a series of meetings in October. Here are the details:

Description: Health Resources in Action is working with the MA Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Environmental Health to plan a series of five regional meetings across the state. The topic of the meetings is: Building Capacity to Respond to Climate Change Impacts on Health: Results of the Statewide Survey of Local Health Departments in Massachusetts. Municipal planners, Boards of Health and others will attend the meetings; which will include a discussion of best practices for local health to address climate change.

What: Help with logistics and note-taking at a series of regional climate change capacity meetings across the state. Attend at least one planning meeting or call prior to the event. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare materials in advance of the meetings.

Volunteers can sign up for some or all of the regional meetings. They prefer volunteers who can attend multiple meetings.
10/1/12 9 am – noon Middleborough Town Hall
10/2/12 9 am – noon Lenox Town Hall
10/3/12 9 am – noon Tewksbury Hospital
10/10/12 9 am – 12:30 pm Worcester Public Library
10/11/12 9 am – noon Framingham Town Hall

Travel: Transportation to and from meetings will be provided (carpooling from Boston).

Qualifications: Reliability, note-taking skills, positive attitude and interest in topic.

Interested? Please email Stefanie Valovic at with your availability, noting which meeting(s) you are able to volunteer at. We will select 1-2 volunteers per event.

Please respond by September 14.