Conferences and Community Events

Climate Action NOW Conference 2013

Sat, 2013-09-28 10:00 to 16:00
Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Avenue, Springfield

Climate Action NOW is an organization concerned about climate change and environmental injustice directly affecting the people that live in Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield. The group is building networks for environmental activism among the people living in the Pioneer Valley.

Conference Agenda

- 9:15 Doors open
- 10:00 Keynote Address - Jacqui Patterson: Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative
- 11:00 Workshops
- 12:15 Break
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:30 Workshops
- 2:45 Break
- 3:00 Closing Keynote – Solutions
- 3:30 Closing: Action Next Steps
- 4:00 Raffle, Reception, Auction, Food

Pre-register online at or same day walk in.


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Pre-register online at or same day walk in.

25th Anniversary of the New York State Network of Occupational Health Clinics Conference

Wed, 2013-09-18 11:00 to 16:30
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029

The Occupational Health Clinical Network, through its 10 regional centers, is a unique statewide effort created to diagnose and prevent occupational disease.The conference will gather health care providers, workers, unions, worker centers and other worker advocates, and employers committed to workplace health safety. The conference will honor the visionaries who played key roles in finding new solutions to the state's high burden of occupational disease. It will also focus on bringing diverse voices together to shape the future of work to reduce the toll of occupational disease on working people in New York State.

Registration Fees

  • $50 Residents, Fellows, Students*
  • $60 Reduced Rate (for non for profit organizations)*&
  • $100 General Attendees (NP, RN, Health and safety, IH, workers, lawyers, union members)
  • $200 Practicing Physicians

*Letter of verification from Department Chairman or Chief of Service or copy of badge identification
**Letter of verification from non-­profit required


Discounted rooms have been reserved at Courtyard Marriott and will be held until August 6, 2013. For room reservations, please contact the hotel directly. Inform the hotel that you will be attending the 25th Anniversary of the NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinic's Conference.

Courtyard Marriott
410 East 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
phone: 212-­410-­6777­courtyard-­new-­york-­manhattan-­upper-­east-­side/

Discounted rooms are also available at the Hotel Wales being held until August 5th. Contact the hotel directly,
mentioning #133356/booking number 2350.

Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd)
New York, NY 10128
phone: 212-­876-­6000

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Wicked Good Sports Medicine Symposium

Fri, 2013-09-13 13:00 to 17:00
Alfond Forum, University of New England - Biddeford Campus, 630 Pool St, Biddeford, ME

The event is FREE and open to anyone interested in sports medicine and health. Join a group of distinguished researchers in sports medicine including SPHHS professor Barry Braun, Associate Professor of Kinesiology.

The full lineup of faculty:

- Dr. Barry Braun, UMass Amherst, Interactions Between Pharmacology and Exercise to Prevent Type-2 Diabetes
- Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University - Why Exercise Really is Medicine (An Evolutionary Explanation) 
- Dr. Samuel Cheuvront, of the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine - Answers to 10 Common Questions About Hydration
- Dr. Timothy Lightfoot, Texas A&M - Can you Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics that Control Your Physical Activity
- Dr. Stella Volpe, Drexel University - Prevention of Weight Gain in a Large Portion Society
- Dr. Samuel Headley, Springfield College - Exercise & Chronic Kidney Disease and
- Mr. David Epstein, Sports Illustrated - Missing the Phenotypes for the Genotypes

For more information, contact Lara Carlson, PhD, CSCS, FACSM at

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Math Tutors & Math Coordinators Recruitment Fair

Tue, 2013-07-30 15:00 to 17:00
Springfield Public Schools Central Office, 1550 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01103

The Springfield Public Schools (SPS) is hiring 100+ full-time math tutors. A specialty in math is not necessary, but candidates must hold a bachelors degree and be able to pass a math test to become eligible. Positions are for the 2013-14 school year!

Please bring a resume and a picture identification card to access the SPS Central Office.

To view the Math Tutor (Fellows) job description and to apply, please visit:

To learn more about the Forward 5 Schools and Math Tutor (Fellows) initiative go to:

Registration Information: 
No Registration Necessary

Advancing Ethical Research Conference 2013

Thu, 2013-11-07 07:00 to Sat, 2013-11-09 19:00
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

On November 7-9, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) will be holding the Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference in Boston, MA.

The 2013 AER Conference is designed to give human subjects research professionals the tools and strategies necessary to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, and will examine a multitude of both longstanding and late-breaking topics in research protections.

More information is available here.

If you have questions contact PRIM&R via email or telephone at 617.423.4112, ext. 0.

Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Listening Sessions

Thu, 2013-07-18 10:00 to 12:00
Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center Chevron Room, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke

These listening sessions are designed as a forum for municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations, and schools to provide input before the Request for Response (RFR) is drafted. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is seeking input on a number of specific issues and hope to receive your opinion on the following:

- Qualifications used to select communities
- Necessary partnerships to achieve cost savings
- Realistic goals
- Infrastructure necessary for communities to apply for grants
- Number of municipalities needed to allow communities to learn from one other
- Adapting the application process for smaller or rural communities
- Assistance needed from DPH for evaluation of local initiatives
- Additional ideas and items to consider

If you are unable to attend, written comments and feedback are equally valued by DPH and can be submitted via email to

PWTF Background Information

Chapter 224, enacted by the Massachusetts legislature in July 2012, authorizes $60 million be allocated to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) over four years. At least 75% of these funds are to be distributed to community-based partnerships including municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations, and schools. The goal is for these groups to work together to provide research-based interventions that will:

- Reduce rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions
- Increase healthy behaviors
- Increase the adoption of workplace-based wellness or health management programs
- Address health disparities

DPH is dedicated to engaging stakeholders to obtain community input for writing the RFR to distribute funds from the PWTF. To that end, DPH is considering several important issues to assure that municipalities and their Regional healthcare systems work together to create a shared responsibility to prevent and control chronic disease in their community.

Registration Information: 
No Registration Necessary

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.

Registration Information: 
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.

Registration Information: 
Registration required. Onsite registration available.