Check out our website for news and events updated regularly!
Diabetes Prevention Program enrolling now!
When: Class will start in April, exact date/time dependent on participants
Where: Location dependent on participants, but somewhere in the Hilltowns
What: The Diabetes Prevention Program is for people who have prediabetes, also known as “at risk” for Type 2 diabetes. To qualify you can take a simple risk test or have a referral from your doctor. Class information is online or call the Hilltown Community Health Center at (413) 238-5511 X 149.
MDPH Ounce of Prevention Conference
When: Tues, March 28, 9:00am-3:30pm
Where: DCU Center in Worcester
What: Annual public health conference hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Mass Moves: A Transportation Vision for the 21st Century
When: Tues, March 28 12:00-2:30pm
Where: UMass Center at Springfield (and other locations around the state)
What: MassMoves is embarking on a public engagement initiative to create a statewide transportation vision, and we need your input. As part of the State Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations tour, MassMoves, funded by the Barr Foundation, is facilitating nine public workshops across the state.
Commonwealth Conversations: Western Mass Town Hall with Western MA state delegation
When: Tues, March 28, various times (see website)
Where: Various locations (see website)
What: Commonwealth Conversations is coming to Western Mass on March 28th. There will be a Mass Moves/Transportation Forum in the afternoon, and a Town Hall Forum in the evening.
WalkBoston’s Annual Meeting
When: Wed, March 29, 5:00-8:00pm
Where: Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
What: The WalkBoston annual celebration is held to celebrate our achievements and to recognize the contributions from our board members, individual and corporate members, and supporters. Healthy Hampshire will be getting a golden shoe award!
Hampden County Health Improvement Plan Release
When: Fri, March 31, 10:00-11:30am
Where: West Springfield, MA
What: Please join us for the release and presentation of the Hampden County community-wide Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Critical Resources for Community Health: The State of Hospital Community Benefit in Massachusetts
When: Wed, April 5, 8:00am-12:00pm
Where: UMass Springfield
What: A discussion about hospital community benefit in Massachusetts
Farm to Institution Summit 2017
When: Wed-Fri, April 5-7
Where: Leominster, MA
What: The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions to transform our food system. Caitlin from Healthy Hampshire will be presenting along with Health Care Without Harm.
How to Strategically Focus Our Efforts to Engage Elected Officials: Workshop & Discussion
When: Thurs, April 6, 9:00-11:00am
Where: Hadley Farms Meeting House
What: To be effective advocates we must understand who has the power to give us what we want. Join us to learn the fundamentals of conducting a low/no-budget power analysis- meaning discovering who has the power to make the change we’d like to see. During this workshop we will clarify concerns about opioids, marijuana, or other substance use issues in our community and discuss how we can collaboratively communicate strategies that influence policy change for prevention solutions.
21 Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge
When: April 9 – April 29
What: The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact the food system, to connect with one another, to identify ways to dismantle racism and become better leaders for a more just, equitable food system.
Walk audit in Huntington center
When: Tues, April 25, 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Huntington, MA
What: Hosted by WalkBoston, Healthy Hampshire and the Town of Huntington, the walk audit will engage participants in a training on walk-friendly communities and a walk around the center of Huntington. Contact Sarah for more information.
3rd annual Western MA Health Equity Policy Assembly
When: Wed, April 26, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Shriners Hospital’s Community Room, Springfield, MA
What: Come learn how you can help advocate for state policy priorities that advance health equity in Western Massachusetts. Policies to be addressed include food security, transportation, economic justice, and community-clinical health integration.
Holyoke Food Justice Conference
When: Saturday, May 6, 9:00am-5:00pm
Where: Holyoke Community College
What: The conference will host a diverse group of nationally-recognized food movement leaders who will share from their experiences working towards food justice and their visions for the work ahead.
Walk audit in Goshen Center
When: Saturday, May 13 from 10am-1pm
Where: Goshen, MA
What: Hosted by WalkBoston, Healthy Hampshire and the Hilltown CDC, the walk audit will engage participants in a training on walk-friendly communities and a walk around the center of Goshen. Contact Sarah for more information.
News and Resources
Deadline March 29! Grant-writing Institute for Rural Organizations
The 2017 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute is right around the corner! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more. This web-based series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies.
Municipal Strategies to Increase Food Access
New Toolkit released by PVPC! It is helping to guide our Food Access Advisory Committee in Hampshire County.
Amherst recommends using CDBG funds for sidewalk work around E. Hadley Rd
The recommendation was influenced by a study completed by Healthy Hampshire in 2015 which showed increased need for safe transportation for residents of the nearby apartments and condominiums
Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians
From the article: “Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.”