Events Calendar

    • 5th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration
    • Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 am
    • Fine Arts Center lobby
    • The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) invites alumni and friends back to campus for its 5th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration. Enjoy brunch while reconnecting with former classmates, and visit with faculty, staff and students to share your latest news and learn more about what is happening within the SPHHS. This event will include special student speakers and the presentation of the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences.

      We hope you will join us for this day of celebration and share your SPHHS and UMass pride.


      For more information, email Patrick Freeman at

      Last updated: 8/22/2014

    • Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit
    • Thursday, October 02, 2014 9:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Campus Center, Amherst, MA
    • A coalition of public health leaders is organizing the first-ever Western MA Health Equity Summit  for October 2, 2014 to bring western MA practitioners and community leaders together to take steps to achieve more health equity in western MA by working, learning and taking action together. It will be geared toward a wide range of practitioners, professionals, young adults and community leaders.

      Organizers are inspired by a vision of health equity in which residents of the four western counties are able to achieve full health because unjust and avoidable obstacles have been replaced with equitable health policies and practices.  Our vision is to chart a path towards more equity in all aspects of health for our residents.  The summit will allow attendees to take back information and work in their own communities, as well as join in a network to address regional issues to make positive and lasting change.

      For more information contact the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at (413)-545-2529, email:

    • Preparing for Climate Effects at the Municipal Level: A Public Health Symposium
    • Friday, October 03, 2014 8:30 am
    • MassMutual Center, Springfield
    • The symposium will take place on October 3, 2014 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and is supported by a cooperative agreement awarded to DPH’s Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) to assist local health departments and municipalities to better prepare for climate effects.

      Ms. Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been invited to provide the keynote address.  Ms. Mecray’s work focuses on building and strengthening regional partnerships to better assess and deliver regionally-focused climate science and information to help people make informed decisions in their lives, businesses and communities.  Ms. Mecray has previously led strategic planning for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and facilitated inter-and intra-agency dialogue and collaboration on climate science across New England.

      The symposium will include presentations on our improved understanding of the wide range of climate impacts to public health and the capacity of municipalities to address these effects.   The event will also focus on exploring opportunities to foster partnerships and cross-sector collaboration between officials in public health, emergency preparedness, planning, and other areas across local and state government.

      Information regarding registration for the symposium is included here:

      For further information about registration and meeting logistics contact Julie Banda at 617-279-2240 ext. 214.

      View the event flyer for more information!

    • Annual, Government, Criminal Justice & Non Profit Career Fair
    • Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:30 pm
    • Woodward Center, Westfield State University 395 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01086
    • The College Career Centers of Western, MA invite you to attend our Annual Government, Criminal Justice & Non Profit Career Fair.  This fair is offered at no cost to students to attend.

      ·         Over 100 agencies were in attendance in 2013

    • 2014 Diversity Challenge: Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan
    • Friday, October 24, 2014 9:00 am
    • Boston College, Boston, MA
    • The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) invites proposals that reflect some aspect of participant experiences in treating, teaching, studying, or intervening to understand how racial and ethnic discrimination influence the lives of individuals and communities. Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities and activism and/or social justice initiatives as they pertain to racial and ethnic discrimination at some point in the lifespan. Topics may include, but are not limited to applications of theory, community and school initiatives, activism, anti-racism training as well as current research and practice related to:

      1.  Understanding the relationships between racial and ethnic discrimination or violence and various mental and physical health and psychosocial outcomes

      2.  Improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, families, and elders in schools and communities

      3.  Addressing the effects of racial and ethnic discrimination through community and grassroots initiatives

      4.  Implementing and evaluating innovative and culturally competent interventions in traditional and nontraditional environments.

      Strongest consideration will be given to proposals that focus directly on the 2014 Diversity Challenge theme, Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan.

      The call for proposals is due by April 19.

      Please submit your proposal using the online proposal submission form.

      For more information, visit the ISPRC website or e-mail or call 617-552-2482.

    • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 2014
    • Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:00 am
    • New Orleans, LA
    • The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

      This year's theme is "Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being."

      Check the American Public Health Association's website for more information, and registration.

    • The Ethics and Practice of Digital Storytelling as a Community-Based Participatory Approach in Public Health
    • Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 am
    • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.. New Orleans, LA
    • A short course offered by the Learning Institute of the
      142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
      Pre-Conference LI Fee: $300

      Course overview

      Digital storytelling, as a process, is a sensitizing tool for narratively informed public health research, advocacy, and health promotion practice. The purpose of this Learning Institute is to enable participants to understand the myriad ethical issues of carrying out community-based participatory research that employs digital storytelling as a methodology; build skills for appropriately addressing the ethical concerns that may arise in the context of digital storytelling methods; and understand the process of digital storytelling. By the end of the session, participants will be able to demonstrate critically enhanced awareness of ethical issues surrounding participatory visual and digital methodologies and effective ways to address these issues. We will employ a number of teaching methods during this Learning Institute, including mini-lectures, case studies and small group work, interactive writing and narrative sharing exercises, and open discussion.


      Aline Gubrium, PhD

      Associate Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      Amy Hill, MA

      Director, Silence Speaks

      Center for Digital Storytelling

      Berkeley, CA

      Louis Graham, DrPH, MPH

      Assistant Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      Lisa Wexler, PhD, MSW

      Associate Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      How to Register

      To view detailed Learning Institute Course descriptions and fees go to