Category Archives: Best Practices

Western MA Health Equity Summit – 11/18, UMass Amherst



Dear Colleagues,

I’m excited to announce the 2ND Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit will take place on FridayNovember 18, 20169-3pm. The Summit will bring together practitioners and community leaders from across our four counties. We’ll work, learn, and take important steps toward greater health equity in Western MA.

Hear from  the 10-member Coalition of Western MA Hospitals/Insurer regarding their 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the Berkshire County Health Initiative.

Participate in networking and collaboration opportunities.

Hear about Data, Stories & Best Practices from communities in our 4 counties working on health equity issues.

Keynote: Rep. Aaron Vega (Holyoke)

To register: for more information. Low or no-cost transportation available.

If you have questions, please contact the UMass Amherst Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences: at (413)-545-2529, email:

We look forward to seeing you there!

New England Summit on Ending Youth Homelessness: November 18, Boston

Save the Date!

The New England Federal Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness in partnership with the Liberty Mutual Foundation and the Melville Charitable Trust invites you to attend:

A New England Summit on Ending Youth Homelessness
November 18, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Liberty Mutual Headquarters
175 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Featured speakers include
Rafael Lopez, Commissioner
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
and other national and state leaders working to end homelessness by 2020 

Make connections with federal, state, and local partners, community leaders, and other stakeholders committed to ending youth homelessness, and gain knowledge on policy, programs, and resources targeted towards ending youth homelessness.

Seating is limited. Registration information is forthcoming.

The New England Federal Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness is supported by:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ● U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ● Social Security Administration ● U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Education ● U.S. Department of Agriculture

For more information, please contact:

MA Selected as 1 of 10 States for Job-Driven SNAP Employment and Training

 Please see the press release below from the USDA announcing Massachusetts’ selection to participate in employment and training program for SNAP recipients.  This additional job development resource is also great news for homelessness prevention efforts.

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 10 states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind, peer-to-peer effort to help state agencies design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to help them find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.

“Fortunately, the economy is improving in most areas of the country, but it is still very challenging for people with limited education or more basic job skills to secure full time work and better paying jobs,” said Vilsack. “Helping SNAP recipients move off the program due to higher job earnings produces a double win for the individual household and for the economy as a whole.”

States selected for SNAP to Skills include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. In October 2015, USDA announced that the Seattle Jobs Initiative would create an intensive technical assistance program to help states to build better, stronger Employment and Training (E&T) programs. These 10 states were chosen to participate based on their existing level of commitment and interest in expanding the SNAP E&T program, their ability to build effective partnerships with local training providers, and the availability of strong, job-driven workforce development programs in the state. The project will last two years, ending in September 2017.

E&T programs may include job search training, education activities (including basic skills training, English language learning, vocational training, postsecondary education), self-employment or on-the-job training, and job retention services.

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Network Trainings Offered on Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Critical Time Intervention

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness invites you to attend a series of one-day workshops on Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and
Critical Time Intervention


On behalf of the Network Steering Committee, we are pleased to offer you three upcoming trainings.  This opportunity comes to you through the Commonwealth’s funding of the Network in FY16.  The training topics are a result of your feedback collected through our Network committee meetings.

All trainings are free of charge.  You may sign up for 1, 2 or 3 trainings.  Capacity is limited to 50 participants per training.  Please consider signing up only 1 or 2 staff from your organization with the intention that your staff  will bring back what is learned to your organization as a whole.

All trainings will take place at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and lunch will be provided, thanks to the generous donation of space and food by Mercy Medical Center.  All trainings will take place from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

You can find detailed information on the trainings and about the trainer here.

The trainings are as follows:

Motivational interviewing: Friday, Feb. 12.  Click here to register.
Trauma Informed Care: Wednesday, April 6.  Click here to register.
Critical Time Intervention: Tuesday, June 7.  Click here to register.

We look forward to learning together.