Conferences and Community Events

Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training

Mon, 2013-04-22 17:00 to 19:00
Skinner Hall Room 201

Ever wanted to pull the trigger on the fire extinguisher? Join the UMass MRC for a session about Fire Safety and participate in a hands-on Fire Extinguisher demo. Please RSVP to

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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 101 & Semester Update

Mon, 2013-03-04 17:00 to 19:00
Skinner Hall, Room 201

Thinking about getting involved with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) or wanting to re-connect? Join this session for a basic introduction to MRC and  an update about plans for the upcoming semester like the Campus and Community-Wide Shelter Drill.

Please RSVP to Sheila Pennell by emailing

Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm

Fri, 2013-03-08 19:30
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College will host a presentation by Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer for internationally focused nonprofit Partners in Health, entitled "Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm."

Free and open to the public.

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Hampshire MRC Sheltering Functional Exercise

Thu, 2013-04-11 15:00 to 21:00
Mark's Meadow Elementary School, Amherst, MA

The UMass MRC, in cooperation with local MRC’s and the American Red Cross will be hosting an educational functional sheltering exercise. Dinner will be provided; additional information will be announced to the MRC mailing list as available. All Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, local and state officials, and partners are welcome to join this shelter exercise.

Please register by March 22, by emailing

Do You Know What is in the Air in Mason Square?

Thu, 2013-02-21 18:00 to 20:00
Community Room in the Mason Square Library, 765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109

Air pollution is one of the top environmental concerns of the Springfield residents. This community meeting for residents of the Mason Square neighborhoods will discuss:

-  What effect does air pollution have on health?

-  What effect does air pollution have on jobs and economic development?

-  What can we do to improve air?

-  As Springfield has been designated an Environmental Justice Community, residents expect “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or income in the development and implementation of public policy.”

-  Let your voice be heard and work toward improving air quality in Springfield at this event, the first in a series of community meetings on air pollution.

This meeting about air pollution is one of several also being organized for East Springfield/Indian Orchard and the North End/Lower Liberty Heights by Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield, 734-4948,

Arise for Social Justice is a continuing project by Partners for a Healthier Community’s CARE Project with funding by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting

Sat, 2013-04-20 09:00 to Wed, 2013-04-24 19:00
Boston, MA

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will hold its 77th Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2013 (EB) in Boston, MA.   ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting is the world’s premier meeting devoted to advancing nutrition science.

Registration Information: 
Student rates available. Register by February 22, 2013 for lower rates.

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities

Wed, 2013-02-27 09:00

People with disabilities are invited to participate in the Bender Consulting Services Virtual Career Fair. The fair is free for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

Montreal World Health Organization Simulation (MonWHO)

Fri, 2013-03-22 09:00 to Sun, 2013-03-24 17:00
Montreal, Quebec

Montreal World Health Organization Simulation (MonWHO) is the only international conference of its kind providing a national platform for students from all disciplines across the country to discuss some of today’s most pressing global health issues. Meeting in the heart of Montreal, participants in this fully interactive conference assume the roles of: country ambassadors to the World Health Organization, non-governmental organization representatives, pharmaceutical representatives or journalists. This simulation provides a platform to negotiate and create new public policies to deal with current global health issues.

The theme this year, “Corruption in the Healthcare System,” covers a pervasive global health issue that affects all countries regardless of economic status. Corruption takes many forms, from over-payment for medical services to the millions of global citizens not receiving desperately needed treatment due to theft of medical supplies or distribution of counterfeit drugs.

For inquiries please contact: Annie Liang, Chargée d'affaires, MonWHO 2013,

Registration Information: 
Delegate registration for MonWHO 2013 will open in January 2013.

Urban Farming Conference - “Cultivating Lands, Nourishing Communities, Building Businesses”

Sat, 2013-02-09 08:30
Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Center 1350 Tremont Street Boston, MA

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. The UFC is a forum to share information regarding what is currently happening in Boston and other local urban communities and to map out a vision for urban farming in Massachusetts. The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of urban farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), commercial buyers, policy makers, and investors. The UFC conference is being convened to foster best urban farming practices, sustainable networks and business relationships. This will be achieved with following interactive panels and roundtable discussions:

- Open Field Farming and Season Extension Techniques
- Organic Farming and Its Importance
- Lessons from Successful CSA Strategies
- Composting: Policy, Practice and Viable Business Enterprise
- Roof Top Techniques
- Food System Investors Meeting
- Urban Farming Thought Leaders: A Panel Discussion
- Land: Strategy, Community Control, Zoning and Policy
- Viable Enterprises Other Than Fruits and Vegetables
- Investing in Workforce Training
- Marketing Options

For inquiries please contact: Crystal Johnson,, 617-416-4915.

Registration Information: 
Registration $25. Limited Seating. Register Early. Limited Scholarships are available.

Register for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

Tue, 2013-02-05 09:00 to Fri, 2013-02-22 17:00
Selected Public Health Campuses

Registration is now open for the next CPH exam, which will be administered between February 5-22, 2013. Candidates can register online at to take the exam at testing centers in the U.S. or at a site overseas.

In addition to these testing sites, the exam will be also given at the following public health campuses on select dates and times:

-Johns Hopkins University
-St. George’s University
-University of Iowa
-University of Kentucky
-University of Maryland
-University of North Texas Health Science Center
-University of Pittsburgh

Any candidates who registered for a previous exam and deferred their application should contact the National Board of Public Health Examiners at for further instructions.

Registration Information: 
Registration is open through January 23, 2013.