Category Archives: Training

Maternal and Child Health “Town Hall” – May 5, Holyoke Community College

Every 5 years the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health (MDPH) undertakes a Title V Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment.

This needs assessment is the basis for priorities that MDPH focuses on in serving families, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

There are two Town Hall meetings on May 1 and May 5 to share your ideas about how to improve services. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend in person or via webinar.  The May 5th event will take place at the Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, 1-2:30 pm. This includes families, students, and community providers. There will be Spanish language support for the May 5th event in Holyoke. Click here for the flyer for both events.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Stetler at

Regional Forum on Veterans Homelessness – April 14, Boston

HUD is hosting a Regional Forum on Veterans Homelessness on April 14 from 9:30-12:30 at the O’Neill Federal Building in Boston. The targeted audience is mayors and state officials from New England and/or their points of contact for homeless and/or veterans issues, as well as non-profit partners working on the issue.  The purpose of the forum is to offer best practices and resources to help city officials develop local strategies to end veterans homelessness.

Below is an invitation with a registration link, and click here for the draft agenda.

Please join us for The New England Regional Forum to End Veterans Homelessness!

WHEN:             Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Tip O’Neill Jr. Federal Building—10 Causeway Street, Boston                                                                  1st Floor Auditorium

RSVP:              Please register for the event at the following link:

Eventbrite Registration

Contact Elizabeth Montaquila at 617-994-8214 or via e-mail with any questions.

Note: Please allow ample time to get through O’Neill building security. Public entrance is located on Causeway Street.


Rural Housing Summit – 12/18/14, Worcester

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership is hosting a Rural Housing Summit which will address the unique housing needs of rural communities in Massachusetts.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
9 a.m.
 to 1:00 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

The Summit is the culmination of a year-long effort by MHP to examine rural housing challenges and opportunities, engage with those working in these areas and explore policy/program options.

Please click here for more information, including an agenda and how to register.


MA Fatherhood Leadership Summit 12/12/14 – register today!

The Third Annual Massachusetts Fatherhood Leadership Summit is fast approaching! If you have not registered, please do so by replying to this email no later than December 1. We look forward to seeing you on December 12.

Dear Colleague:

You are cordially invited to the Third Annual Massachusetts Fatherhood Leadership SummitWorking with Fathers for Child Safety and Well-Being, onFriday, December 12, 2014 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02199. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am.

This event will bring together executive level leadership and middle management representatives from inside and outside of government with fathers and leaders in fatherhood engagement throughout Massachusetts. The Summit’s purpose is to raise awareness about the research and benefits of engaging fathers in their children’s lives; to identify challenges that fathers face in engaging with their children/families; and to develop strategies across systems to support fathers to safely, consistently, and with evidence-based support, engage with their children/families.

The keynote speaker for the Summit is Michael M. Smith, a social work supervisor with over twenty years experience at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and who is deeply engaged in fatherhood initiatives at his department. In his keynote address, he will screen the powerful video Show Your Love: Presence Matters. The keynote address will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion with fathers and mothers who have direct experience inMassachusetts public systems.

This year, we also will offer a number of workshops, including Social and Emotional Development in Children Birth to 12 Years Old; Do Fathers Hold the Key to Solving America’s Obesity Epidemic?; and The Virtual Visitor Program for Incarcerated Fathers, a program of The Fatherhood Project at MGH.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by December 1, 2014 by sending an email to:

We look forward to seeing you on December 12th.


Fatherhood Leadership Summit Planning Committee