Conferences and Community Events

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.

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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

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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

Biosafety and Biocontainment Training for BSL-3 Laboratory Workers

Mon, 2013-06-24 08:00 to Fri, 2013-06-28 17:00
Kent State University, Kent, OH

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program and Kent State University are offering a 5 day series of courses in Biosafety and Biocontainment for BSL-3 Laboratory Workers. These courses are designed for biosafety professionals, researchers and laboratorians to enhance individual knowledge and meet the scientific, regulatory, biocontainment, biosafety, and engineering challenges associated with the working in a biocontainment facility. Daily topics will include:

  1. Introduction to microbiology and biosafety

  2. Principles of biosafety and biocontainment

  3. The biological risk assessment process

  4. Laboratory sterilization and disinfection

  5. Emergency planning and response

  6. Laboratory regulations, standards and guidelines

  7. Biocontainment laboratory security

  8. Packaging and shipping 6.2 hazardous materials

  9. Agents of bioterrorism

  10. Hands on sessions using laboratory equipment

View a detailed schedule and instructor bios and download a printable registration form at

 NBBTP is authorized by IACET to offer 4.0 CEUs. Participants will be required to score a minimum of 70% on each post-course knowledge assessment in order to receive CEUs. Successful completion of the courses is a prerequisite for completion of a Basic Level Certificate in Biosafety and Biocontainment, and for participation in the NBBTP Advanced and Comprehensive Level certificate programs.


Course Tuition is $1200, or $240/day. Public health laboratory employees may receive a discounted tuition of $400.  NIH and NIAID employees may attend tuition-free. 

We request registration by June 1, 2013, after which participants will be admitted if space is available.

  1. Course Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

  2. Lodging at several national chain hotels is available in or near Kent. The Kent State University rate of $74.95/night is available at the Kent Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites - which is four miles from campus but close to restaurants and downtown Kent. To reserve a room at the Kent State rate, participants must call the hotel directly, at 330-673-9200 and ask for one of the rooms being held in the "BSL Training” block. Room charges will be billed through the University, and we will email information on payment methods for lodging with the course registration confirmation. The hotel rate includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. Shuttle service between campus and the hotel may be available for a fee. The hotel link below also provides directions from the Cleveland and Akron airports.

  3. Transportation, lodging, all meals and incidental expenses are the responsibility of individual participants. Registrants will receive a confirmation including directions and information on transportation to and from campus.

National Transgender Health Summit

Fri, 2013-05-17 09:00 to Sat, 2013-05-18 17:00
Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit. Programming includes plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.

Regular Registration - Before May 10th, 2013

-  Professional: $350
-  Student: $200 (must show a valid student ID)

Late Registration - After May 10th, 2013

-  Professional: $400
-  Student: $250 (must show a valid student ID)CME and CEU course credit available

CME and CEU course credit available.

Registration Information: 
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The Engaged Campus: Giving Back to the Commonwealth and Beyond

Fri, 2013-04-26 15:00 to 16:30
W-32 Machmer Hall

A panel discussion on “The Engaged Campus: Giving Back to the Commonwealth and Beyond” will be presented Friday, April 26, from 3-4:30 p.m. in W-32 Machmer Hall as part of this year’s Founders Week celebration.

Organized by the UMass Public Engagement Project (PEP), the panel will include Dan Gerber, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and chair of the Faculty Senate’s Public Service and Outreach Council; Marla Michel, director of Community Engagement and the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springfield; John Reiff, director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning; Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg, and Psychology professor Linda Tropp, who helped to establish the Public Engagement Project. Distinguished Professor Naomi Gerstel of the Sociology Department, amember of PEP, will moderate.

The panel presentation is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Repayment Strategies for Public Health Graduates - What to Do When Your Student Loans Come Due

Thu, 2013-05-02 13:00 to 14:00

Topics for discussion include:

  • How to develop an effective repayment strategy based on your own personal career goals and repayment objectives
  • Repayment options, including important updates on income-driven plans such as Income Based Repayment (IBR) and the new Pay As You Earn repayment plan, and how to determine which one may be best for you in your public health career, especially starting out
  • Consolidation, the pros and cons, and how to determine if you are a candidate for consolidation
  • Loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs, including important updates on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
  • Changes in the servicing of your student loans and tips for working with loan servicers
  • Private loans and their impact on repayment strategies
Registration Information: 
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Presentation on the Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations

Mon, 2013-04-22 10:00 to 14:00
Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA

Calling All Innovators:  Faculty, Students, Administrators

Sandra Laney, program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will visit Smith College on Monday, April 22nd to share information about the Grand Challenges Explorations program with groups of Five College students, faculty and staff.  The program fosters innovation in global health and development research by awarding $100,000 grants in support of ideas that have the potential to fight our greatest health and development challenges.  Successful applicants have the opportunity to apply for a follow-up award of up to $1,000,000. The next deadline for applications is May 7th.

There will be an informal coffee hour and opportunity to talk with Sandra from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on April 22nd.   Sandra’s presentation, "Calling All Innovators:  Faculty, Students, Administrators", will be from 11 a.m. – noon.  A lunch will follow and Sandra will be available until 2 p.m. for informal conversation in smaller groups.  

Date:         Monday, April 22nd
Location:  The Smith College Conference Center on College Lane
Program:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m.      Coffee and conversation
                  11 a.m. – noon        Presentation on the Grant Challenges Explorations program
                  12 p.m. – 2 p.m.       Lunch and small group conversations

Registration Information: 
RSVP to Penney Roberts – - by April 11, 2013 if you will attend any or all of the events. In particular, please indicate if you will be attending lunch.