CHAT Mixer!
| August 28, 2012 | 9:00 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

All are welcome to attend CHAT’s fall welcome mixer!

DATE: Thursday September 13, 2012


LOCATION: Jaharis Cafe/ Courtyard

We’ll provide snacks and a chance to learn more about the group!

We Are Woman Rally- This Weekend
| August 16, 2012 | 7:44 am | Activist Events | No comments

This weekend in Washington, D.C. there is going to be a women’s rights rally at the U.S. Capitol. CLICK HERE for more information.

Webinar: Developing Your Online CHW Training Program
| August 13, 2012 | 4:38 pm | webinar | No comments

Presenter: Marilyn Gardner
Moderator: Monique Cuvelier, Talance
When: Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 2 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT)
Cost: Free

Register Now

All communities know the barriers to good health care—transportation costs, social stigma, lack of information, discrimination and time constraints. It’s critically important for community health workers to navigate through these barriers to bring the best possible care to their community. This 60-minute webinar takes you through the process of developing and piloting an online course specific to the needs of community health workers.

In this online seminar, you’ll learn in which circumstances it’s appropriate to offer an online course for community health workers and how to foster the right environment. You’ll learn how to identify and develop appropriate content for fully customized online modules. Plus, you’ll learn how to identify necessary components for successful implementation of an online hybrid course.


Marilyn Gardner

Marilyn Gardner is one of the developers of the Patient Navigator Online Certificate Program. She is a Registered Nurse and  has been on the front end of helping to develop patient navigator programs as part of a care coordination program within a Medical Home Model in hospitals and health centers throughout Massachusetts. She is a Master Trainer for the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self Management Program and has integrated the program into care coordination.

Who Should Attend?

Administrators for health departments or healthcare systems who are considering implementing a community health worker/patient navigator training program and needs help with strategic planning.

What Will You Learn?

  • The components of the Patient Navigation Certificate Training and how it corresponds with the Affordable Care Act guidelines on community health workers.
  • Effective learning modalities for the blended course, including the in-person sessions and online sessions.
  • Lessons learned from Massachusetts pilot program.
Sexual Assault Advocate Training
| August 8, 2012 | 6:28 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Here is the link to information about a sexual assault advocate training put on by Health Imperatives and A New Day Trainings and Workshops.

Attend all the sessions at a discounted rate of $250.00 or choose individual sessions at the rate of $35.00 each. The schedule is listed in the link given above and sessions span from August 20th-August 24th.

Participants who complete the entire week will earn a certificate that qualifies them to work at a Massachusetts Department of Public Health Certified Sexual Assault Program.

CDC 2012 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
| August 6, 2012 | 8:00 pm | Conference | No comments

Can’t make it to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 2012 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media?  Have no fear! Participate online from the comfort of your desk through their “Virtual Conference Pilot” on August 7th (tomorrow) – August 9th.

In an effort to expand the conference’s reach, the CDC is excited to announce a limited virtual pilot of some of the sessions scheduled for the 2012 Conference.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the 2012 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media virtually!

All Plenary sessions and a limited number of Special Sessions and Breakout sessions will be streamed live!

To learn more or to register, go to

An Event by the Highway Safety Division of the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
| August 2, 2012 | 4:29 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Dear Highway Traffic Safety Partners,

Massachusetts law enforcement and traffic safety advocates will gather on the front steps of the State House in Boston on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. for a press conference to announce the upcoming “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown. The one-hour press event will include remarks from representatives from law enforcement, traffic safety and government officials.

We are looking for a diverse group of individuals to represent the 140 people, on average, lost to impaired driving each year in Massachusetts. Those who participate will be given a red t-shirt that reads “140 deaths too many.”

After the press conference session, the “140 deaths too many” red t-shirt clad group will gather in the Boston Common for a group photo to be utilized in the billboard promotion of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Please be advised that photo opportunities will be available following the press event for law enforcement officials in uniform and state officials. This will be a great opportunity to help further the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” message and include photos in your press releases to local newspapers and media outlets.

Please be a part of this moving and educational event that will help raise awareness of impaired driving and lives lost because of those who recklessly choose to drink and drive.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Kari Johnston at the Rendon Group at (617)-912-3817 or If you wish to participate and help represent the “140 deaths too many” or wish to get your picture taken with state officials please specify this when you RSVP.


Sheila Burgess
Director, Highway Safety Division


Social Media and CHAT
| July 22, 2012 | 9:57 am | Uncategorized | No comments

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter!

AIDS 2012
| July 19, 2012 | 9:30 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Notice from the Kaiser Family Foundation:

In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Kaiser Family Foundation is the official webcaster of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) – the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. Kaiser will provide online access to the daily developments that take place at the conference in Washington, D.C. beginning this Sunday, July 22.

Tune in to the live webcast of the Opening Session on Sunday, July 22 at 19:00 (7 p.m. ET).  The Closing Session will also be webcast live on Friday, July 27 at 15:15 (3:15 p.m. ET).  Throughout the conference, Kaiser will provide webcasts, podcasts (in English and Spanish) and transcripts of roughly 50 other conference sessions.

Additionally, on Friday, July 19, the Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute will present a webcast featuring leading conference speakers discussing expectations of the conference and on July 27, they’ll take a look at what was accomplished at AIDS 2012, what still needs to be done and begin to look ahead to AIDS 2014.  Kaiser’s AIDS 2012 conference coverage, including live webcasts, will be available at  Visit the page now to see a guide to conference coverage.
| July 18, 2012 | 7:40 am | Uncategorized | No comments

With the Supreme Court upholding the ACA, it’s time to dig into what that really means. Join BYHP & co-sponsors for Affordable Care Act & the Supreme Court: The Future of Healthcare Reform on July 18!
The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will dramatically impact healthcare, law and politics for years to come. Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, Providers for Progress, the Indian Medical Association of New England, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston invite you to a fantastic panel discussion for young leaders in Boston about the far-reaching consequences of the decision both locally and nationally.

Join legal and healthcare professionals to learn from a panel of experts about how the Supreme Court decision on the ACA will affect your field, from biotech to provider to payer to lawyer and beyond. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded young leaders in Boston!

Panelists include national leaders in health policy, healthcare law, and organized medicine.


Where: Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education at Tufts University, Room 114, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111.
When: July 18, 7-9pm.
Who: Members of the sponsoring organizations, guests and interested non-members.
Tickets: Free for members (please enter the code from your organization to access the free ticket), $12 for non-members in advance, $15 cash at the door.
Format: Panel discussion and Q&A. There will be time for informal conversations and networking following the panel.
Appetizers and cash bar.

This event WILL SELL OUT, buy your tickets in advance!


Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA: senior fellow at New England Health Institute, a Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellow (Harvard Medical School/Harvard Kennedy School) as well as chair-elect of the American College of Physicians Council of Associates. Dr. Bhatt is a former President of American Medical Student Association and Zuckerman Fellow at the Kennedy School. He is interested in innovation in community health delivery and will provide the clinican’s perspective on federal policy changes on the panel.

Renee Landers, Esq.: professor of Health Law and Administrative Law at Suffolk University Law School. Most recently, Prof. Landers co-authored a definitive article on the Affordable Care Act in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled: Perspective, Supreme Court Review of the Health Care Reform Law, (366 NEW ENG. J. MED. 977 (2012)). Prof. Landers has spoken in various media outlets with respect to the Affordable Care Act, most notably CNN and NECN. Always a trailblazer in the legal profession, Prof. Landers is the first woman attorney of color to serve as President of the Boston Bar Association.

Amy Lischko, PhD: associate professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine and fellow at the Pioneer Institute. Dr. Lischko is a former commissioner of the State’s Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and former director of Health Policy under Governor Mitt Romney. Dr. Lischko has published numerous journal articles on Massachusetts health care reform and health policy more broadly.

Regina Rockefeller, Esq.: partner at Nixon Peabody’s Health Services Group. Ms. Rockefeller has been selected as a “Hero of the Field, a health care attorney whose clients consistently sing her praises” by the Massachusetts Medical Law Report’s 4th Annual Rx for Excellence Awards (2011). She has published numerous health law articles on topics of importance to health care providers. She served as the only lawyer on the Massachusetts Medical Society Task Force on Hospital Conversions and Mergers. Ms. Rockefeller represents and advises hospitals, physicians, group medical practices, accountable care organizations, captive insurers, faculty medical practice plans, continuing care retirement communities and other health care providers. She also advises health care providers on cost-effective compliance with HIPAA, HITECH and state data breach laws and defends health care professionals before state licensing boards.

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The Affordable Care Act
| June 28, 2012 | 9:21 pm | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Today will be known as a monumental day in history. The Supreme Court upheld the health care law in a 5-4 ruling. This is considered a huge success for President Obama.

What do you think this means for the future of public health? What will change in terms of health advocacy? Comments are welcome!

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