Tagged: public health
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 Allison.Barnes@tufts.edu. Native speakers are especially encouraged to join!

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 svalovic@hria.org 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.

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.
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!

The 2012-2013 officers of CHAT decided to utilize this website as a way to get information out about public health news. If you ever see anything interesting that you would like posted, feel free to contact us at chatufts@gmail.com!