Conferences and Community Events

Springfield Bound: Fall Orientation to the City of Springfield

Sat, 2013-09-28 09:30 to 15:30
Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St, Springfield, MA 01009

Springfield Bound is a day-long orientation for students who will be working or volunteering in Springfield. Learn about the rich history and all the neighborhoods that make up this great city where people work and play.  Free lunch by local restaurants and transportation for the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Umass Amherst) is available.

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Pre-registration required

Holyoke Bound: Fall Orientation to the City of Holyoke

Sat, 2013-09-21 09:30 to 15:30
Peck Full Service Community School, 1916 Northampton Street, Holyoke, Ma 01040

Holyoke Bound is a day-long orientation for students who will be working or volunteering in Holyoke. The day-long orientation includes breakfast, lunch at a local eatery, and speakers about the history of these communities as well as current state of needs and resources.

Afternoon Cultural Performance by The Coquies (a community group of youth dedicated in preserving traditional Bomba and Plena dance). Lunch will be provided by Fernandez Family Resturant.


8:45am sharp bus departs Haigis Mall UMass

8:50am Converse Hall Amherst College

8:55am Hampshire College Regular Stop

9:15am Blanchard Hall Mount Holyoke College

The bus expects to be at the Peck School at 9:35am, and will be making a return trip leaving at 3:30pm.

Check the Five College Consortium website for the most up to date information.

Registration Information: 
Pre-registration required

Bed Bugs 101

Mon, 2013-06-10 18:00 to 20:00
First Floor Meeting Room, John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive St., Greenfield MA

The Cooperative Public Health Service at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Western Massachusetts Public Health Association (WMPHA) are presenting a seminar on bed bugs. The featured speaker will be Craig Hollingsworth, Ph.D., Entomologist and IPM Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Extension. Topics covered will include:

-  How can you recognize a bed bug infestation?
-  What do you need to know about bed bugs and how they spread?
-  How can bed bugs be eradicated without harming human health?

Light supper will be provided.

Registration Information: 
Register at: 413-774-3167 x100 or

American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) 4th Annual Conference

Sun, 2013-06-02 17:00 to Wed, 2013-06-05 17:00
Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center - UMass Amherst

The 4th Annual Conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) will be held at UMass Amherst in the Campus Center this June 2 - June 5th. Lorraine Cordeiro, Nutrition, is co-chairing this conference, and Zhenhua Liu, Nutrition, is one of the organizing committee members.

Anyone interested in Bioactives and Health (Natural compounds as therapeutic agents of medicinally active plants), Volatile Oils (Analysis, medicinal uses, new applications, and production), Germplasm (Conservation, micropropagation, ecosystem protection, biodiversity and crop improvement), and Nutrition (Functional foods, food security, ethnobotany, and market value) may be interested in attending.

You're invited to take a look at the full ACMAP Conference Schedule or visit for registration and other information.

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Registration required. Onsite registration available.

The 16th Annual MAI Summit on HIV and Adolescents/Young Adults

Fri, 2013-06-14 08:00 to 16:45
Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01103

The 16th Annual MAI Summit on HIV and Adolescents/Young Adults

Date: Friday, June 14

Location: Springfield Marriot

Time: 8:00-4:45

No Registration Fee Required

Exploring Adolescent HIV Prevention, Screening and Care

A NEAETC Minority AIDS Initiative Regional Program

A continuing education conference for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, case managers, other medical and mental health clinicians and community health workers currently working with HIV positive adolescents/young adults and who are looking to enhance or incorporate effective HIV/STD Prevention with adolescent/young adults in community, health care and public health settings.


8:00 – 8:30am      

Registration/Breakfast/Networking/Visit Displays

8:30 – 8:40am      

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:40 – 9:40am

HIV Update: Adolescent HIV Testing, Care & Treatment

9:40 – 10:00am

Networking and displays break

10:00 – 11:00am

Advances in HIV Prevention and Early Detection:
Impacting the Cascade of Care for Adolescents

11:00 – 12:00pm

Provider Panel: Holistic, Multi-Sector Approaches to Adolescent Services and Care

12:00 – 1:30pm


1:30– 3:15pm

Concurrent Skills Building-Interactive Workshops

Workshop I: Meeting the mental health needs of adolescents living with HIV

Workshop II: Listen up: Everything you wanted to know about Social Media but thought it was too late to ask

Workshop III: SMILE Linkage to Care
Creative Strategies for Linking, Engaging and Retaining Youth in Care

Workshop IV: Addressing adolescent/young adult housing needs and homelessness


Networking & Snack Break


Youth Panel: Youth Perspective on HIV Care and Prevention

Moderator: Durrell Fox, Minority AIDS Initiative-NEHEC Project Director. New England AIDS Education and Training Center


Registration Information: 
Register online.

Ounce of Prevention 2013 Conference

Tue, 2013-10-22 09:00 to 15:30
Best Western Royal Plaza and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752

The Ounce of Prevention 2013 Conference is focused on cross-sector collaboration in healthcare reform and primary prevention promoting health equity through chronic disease services integration, climate change and public health and more. The conference is sponsored annually by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Who Should Attend:  Professionals and Advocates from sectors working on:  Healthy Communities, Chronic Disease Prevention, Mental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Local Public Health, Substance Abuse, Policymakers, Senior Services, Education, Healthcare, Environmental Health and more.

Keynote Speaker  Jeff Levi, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system.  He oversees TFAH's work on a range of public health issues, including implementation of the public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act and annual reports assessing the nation's public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases such as obesity.  In January 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Levi to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.  In April 2011, Surgeon General Benjamin appointed him chair of the Advisory Group.

Registration is not yet open.

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Summer Training Institute in Reproducible Research with R (STIRRR)

Tue, 2013-08-27 08:00 to 18:00
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center - Holyoke, MA

ICB3 is pleased to offer a one-day Summer Training Institute for Reproducible Research with R – STIRRR 2013: Data Sciences for the Life Sciences in a High-Performance Computing Environment – on August 27.

Space is limited. Register now.

Why? Ensuring reproducibility of biomedical research applications is a pillar of modern computational data science. Reproducible research is defined by the use of literate programming technologies and sound analytical principles. STIRRR offers a foundational curriculum in life scirnces research using R and high-performance computing for "big data" applications.

What? The workshop will take place at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to research-oriented computing. STIRRR offers the first opportunity for life sciences researchers to learn how to effectively utilize the MGHPCC facility for their research and become early-adopters of this world-class resource.

Participants will learn how to leverage powerful tools for high-performance computational research using R, such as:

* ggplot2
* GitHub
* knitr & R Markdown
* multicore
* RStudio
* Shiny

When? Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – 8am to 6pm (all meals for the day included)

Where? The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) – 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA

Who should attend? STIRRR 2013 is designed for researchers from academic and industry environments. STIRRR welcomes participants from diverse disciplines. Basic familiarity with the R statistical computing environment is recommended. Those new to R will be encouraged to complete an excellent, free on-line tutorial prior to attending.

Is your organization interested in supporting STIRRR? For more information about sponsorship opportunities download information about the benefits and contact ICB3’s director, Dr. Andrea Foulkes.

Tentative Program

8:00 -  Registration and networking

9:00 - Session 1: Principles of reproducible research

10:15 -  Break and networking

10:45 - Session 2: Introduction to cluster computing and applications

12:00 -  Lunch and networking

1:15 -  Tour of the MGHPCC

1:45 - Session 3: Simulation and parallel computing with R

3:00 -  Break and networking

3:30 - Session 4: Topics in Big Data Sciences for the Life Sciences

4:45-6:00 -  Closing Reception

Registration Information: 
Space is limited. Register now.

Non-profit Board Fair

Wed, 2013-06-12 17:00 to 19:00
Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA

The non-profit board fair offers over 20 organizations that are currently and actively seeking the next generation of leaders an opportunity to showcase board, committee and volunteering opportunities that exist at their non-profit. It offers attendees a unique opportunity to hold discussions with more than 20 local non-profits (all in one location) that are currently and actively seeking the next generation of leaders. Those interested learning about these and other committee and volunteer opportunities are encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the community.

Parking will be available on Lower College Lane. There will be a cash bar.

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RSVPs required

2nd Annual Latino Women’s Wellness Forum

Sat, 2013-05-11 08:00 to 15:00
Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA

Description: An all day Spanish language conference for Latino women. Workshops are offered for 100 women. Topics include: nutrition, strength and flexibility exercises, Zumba exercises, know your family history, partnering with your doctor, breast health education, and self-esteem. Breakfast and lunch are included. Exhibitors will offer door prizes for women seeking information from their organizations. Women will be encouraged to implement at least one health behavior they have learned at workshops they attended.

Event activities/topics:

  - Chronic disease prevention and/or treatment
  - General wellness
  - Health coverage or insurance
  - Healthy aging
  - Heart health
  - Mental and emotional health
  - Nutrition
  - Physical activity and fitness
  - Weight management

This is a Spanish language event. It is free and open to the general public and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For More Information: Contact Jeanette Rodriguez (413) 218-3579,

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National Women's Health Checkup Day

Mon, 2013-05-13 10:00 to 15:30
Providence Prenatal Center, 306 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Description: Providence Prenatal Center along with Life Laboratories and New England Pathology will offer free physicals, Pap tests, and STD screenings for women who do not have insurance. Women can call or walk into the center to schedule an appointment. Call 413-536-7385. We will assist with Mass Health applications. We will also offer free blood pressure screenings, glucose checks, and education on women's health care services. This year, the event will be in Holyoke on the corner of Main Street and Cabot Street. We will have booths outside.

Event activities/topics:

  - National Women's Checkup Day
  - Bone health
  - Clinical screening and exam
  - General wellness
  - Health coverage or insurance
  - HIV and STI prevention and/or treatment
  - Intimate partner violence
  - Mental and emotional health
  - Reproductive health
  - Smoking
  - Substance abuse prevention and/or treatment

This is a public event and is open to the general public.

For more information about this event:

Contact name: Maritza Smidy


Phone: 413-536-7385



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This is a free event