Category Archives: Training

Criminal Justice and Public Health Symposium; Facilitation Training; Cliff Effect Study

A few offerings:

  •  The Western MA Health Equity Network and the UMass School of Public Health are sponsoring a symposium on Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday, September 27, 4-6 pm at the UMass Campus Center, Room 904. Register here.
  •  The Mel King Institute is sponsoring a day long training on Group Facilitation: Bringing Community Meetings to Life.  Friday, September 29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Way Finders in Springfield.  Please click  here for details.
  • The recent release of the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition’s report “The Road to the Cliff Edge: Understanding Financial Gaps in Public Assistance Programs Available to Massachusetts Families.” To better understand the interaction between public benefit supports and income from work and its impact on overall economic well-being, the Center for Social Policy conducted research on public support program eligibility criteria and regulations. This provides an excellent understanding of the “Cliff Effect” and supports the policy efforts currently underway to address it.




CHAPA Breakfast Forum on Poverty: July 26, Boston

Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

July 26, 2017
(Registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Pokross board room on the 25th floor
Boston, MA 02110

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Space is limited and you must register by Friday, July 21st

Cost:  $25.00 for CHAPA members and $40.00 for non-members. No refunds will be provided to those who register but do not attend the forum.

Join us on July 26th for a breakfast forum exploring three programs that have helped families break the cycle of poverty: The Secure Jobs Initiative; EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project; and Compass Working Capital’s innovations in the HUD Family Self Sufficiency program. Practitioners, program participants, and academics will discuss what makes these programs successful and how to continue building on the programs’ success, including: program design and implementation; outcomes reporting; funding challenges; legislation; and next steps.

Moderator: Soni Gupta, Executive Director, Home Funders

Speakers include:

  • Jeffrey Lubell, Principal Associate and Director of Housing and Community Initiatives, Social & Economic Policy, Abt Associates
  • Sherry Riva, Executive Director and Founder, Compass Working Capital
  • Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)
  • Tatjana Meschede, Associate Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • Trevor Samios, Director of Community Impact, Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • TBD from Way Finders

Visit CHAPA’s website for the most up to date information:

January Housing Search Workshops; Revised Materials

HAPHousing has announced 3 new housing search workshops that are geared towards tenants:

Wednesday  January 4

10 am – 11:30 am
Amherst Community Connections
121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Click here for the flyer.

Wednesday, January 4
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Holyoke HAP Office
267 High Street, Holyoke
Click here for English language flyer; here for the Spanish version

Thursday, January 12
1:00 – 2:00 pm
322 Main Street, Springfield
Click here for English language flyer; here for Spanish version

The revised powerpoint presentation for the training is available here and available for your own use.

Please contact Kate Shapiro at HAP at or 413-233-1500 if you would like to RSVP or discuss other training workshops (train the trainer sessions may also be available).

Thank you to Kate and HAPHousing for these excellent resources!




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!