Conferences and Community Events

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



Registration Information: 
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: 
Register online.

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: 
Register online.

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.

Bridge to Stability Listening Sessions

Mon, 2013-04-08 18:00 to 19:30
Springfield Public Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA

Stacey Monahan, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance Interim Commissioner, is hosting listening sessions that will allow residents from each region of the Commonwealth to share ideas, provide feedback and tell stories about transitional assistance programs that provide an important bridge to stability during difficult times.

Interim Commissioner Monahan: “The listening tour will help the Department improve our policies, procedures and processes to ensure that taxpayer resources are used appropriately and as intended. The feedback we have received during our first few listening sessions has been very informative and I am grateful for all who participated.”

The sessions will allow residents to share comments directly with Interim Commissioner Monahan, DTA leaders and local elected officials. The sessions will also inform residents about the important changes happening at DTA to enhance program integrity and ensure that taxpayer resources are going to only those who are truly eligible.

Free and open to the public.

Registration Information: 
No registration required

Collaborative for Community Health Spring 2013 Programming

Mon, 2013-04-01 08:30 to Fri, 2013-05-31 20:30
Schoolhouse Commons Professional Center, 1085 Park Street, Suite 205, Palmer, MA 01069

The Collaborative for Community Health has published its programming calendar for the spring. Take a look below for a listing of available classes and special events.

Registration Information: 
Call 413-289-6333 to Pre-register

Public Health Month Kick Off

Mon, 2013-04-01 10:00 to 12:00
Springfield City Hall, Ante Room, 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA

Kick off Public Health Month in Springfield, from 10 a.m.-noon in the City Hall Ante Room.

9000 Needles Movie Screening

Sat, 2013-04-13 13:30
Campus Center Room 101

Graduate students from the Department of Communication Disorders, in association with Dr. Stephen Jefferson, a stroke survivor and lecturer from the Department of Sports Management, and Dr. Jacquie Kurland, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary 9000 Needles. The screening will take place in the Campus Center Room 101 at UMass Amherst on Saturday, April 13th. Doors open at 1:30 pm. An introduction from local acupuncturist, Dr. Benjamin Feeley, will start at 1:45 pm, immediately followed by the screening of this 85-minute film. A question and answer session with Dr. Feeley will follow the screening. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund this event and raise money for stroke and aphasia research at UMass Amherst.

Although about 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year, most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors, and many are unaware that most of those strokes are preventable. 9000 Needles demonstrates a first-hand account of stroke and its effects, providing viewers with a unique educational experience. Learning about stroke can help you act in time to save a co-worker, friend, or relative. Making changes in your lifestyle may also help to prevent stroke. (Source:

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