5/16/14: WMPHTC recently developed and piloted a 60-hour Community Health Worker Core Competency Curriculum
10/21/13: WMPHTC presenting at 14th Annual APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition
The WMPHTC will be presenting on "Designing and Implementing Training Programs for Community Health Workers" at the Annual APHA Meeting on November 4th from 5:30-6:30. Click here for more information 
Dawn Heffernan, RN, MS, CDE , Western MA Public Health Training Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Marie Meckel, MPH, PA-C , Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center, Springfield, MA
Natahsa Rossi, MPH , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Lesley Kayan, BA , Franklin County Care Corporation
Suzanne Rataj, MPH , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Daniel Gerber, MPH, EdD , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Stuart Chipkin, MD , School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are highly valued members of the public health workforce with a unique set of skills and abilities grounded in their knowledge of community and their passion to improve the health of the target population. CHWs are widely recognized for their ability to reach out and educate the nation's most vulnerable populations. Based on an initial needs assessment, the WMPHTC provided face-to-face training programs to three CHW groups affiliated with the YMCA Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) Mentors Program, Holyoke Health Center (HHC), and Mason Square Health Task Force and Clinic (MSHTFC). The informal needs assessment process conducted with CHWs and their supervisors was the basis for the chosen curriculum. Each group received training that responded to self-identified goals to provide more effective chronic disease self-management support to community residents. The standardized, evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) curriculum developed by Stanford was identified as the most appropriate training program for the MOCHA Mentors, whereas HHC and MSHTFC received customized training based on supervisor- and CHW-identified needs.
•11 MOCHA Mentors completed the Stanford 24-hour CDSM Leaders Program. MOCHA Mentors also received 8 hours of grant writing training. •7 HHC CHWs received 12 hours of training addressing the diabetes spectrum and core competencies of public health. •15 MSHTFC CHW volunteers received 13 hours of training focused on accessing health information, presentation skills, and an exploration of community resources and volunteer opportunities.
9/27/13: WMPHTC awared Promising Practice
The WMPHTC received a 2013 Award from the Health Resources Services Administration for a "Promising Practice" to assess the training needs of community health workers as they expand their role in public health. Click here to see the award!
6/7/2013:  My Life, My Health: The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
FREE Workshop Leader Training offered by The WMPHTC & the MDPH State Office of Rural Health on July 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2013 from 9:30–4:30 pm at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield, MA.
For more on this information on this training, click here. Space is limited, contact Molly Totman if you are interested in attending.
5/21/13:  Save-The-Date for the upcoming DPH Ounce of Prevention 2013 Conference
When? Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Where? Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center   181 Boston Post Rd West (Route 20 West), Marlborough, Massachusetts
Conference Focus: Cross-sector collaboration in healthcare reform and primary prevention; promoting health equity through chronic disease services integration; climate change and public health; more
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.
Awards:  Commissioner's Leadership and Healthy Communities Award Nomination Forms will be available June 1st.
Keynote Speaker:  Jeff Levi, PhD, 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.
5/1/13  Five New WMPHTC Collaborative Projects!
The WMPHTC provides funding for Collaborative Projects to support programs affecting the managment and prevention of chronic disease. These programs can be used to test new ideas, implenent a proven pilot project, expand an exisitng program, or compare one (exisiting or new) program with another. The goals are to promote local, innovative solutions to public health challenges caused by chronic diseases and to help strengthen the infrastrucute between campus and community.
The five, current WMPHTC Collaborative Projects are:
  • Trends in Weight Gain among Refugee Populations at a Community Health Center
  • Holyoke School Food Plate Waste Project
  • MOCHA Speaks
  • Live Well Springfield
  •  Community Based-Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield and Surrounding Communities (CANVAS)
Click here for detailed descriptions about these current Collaborative Projects and the partners involved.
5/6/13    WMPHTC Collaborative Project CANVAS featured in The Republican
Photo: Mark M. Murray, The Republican Project CANVAS (Community-Based Needs Assessment for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield), is a Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center collaborative project. Project CANVAS is a partnership between the Springfield Vietnamese Civic Association and Giang Thuy Pham, Assistant Professor in the Communications Disorders Deparment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Click here to read The Republican article on CANVAS Click here to read The Republican editorial on CANVAS