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News from the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts: The Community Health Equity Initiative (CHEI) collects data on the social and structural causes of health needs facing Massachusetts residents, specifically among communities who are disproportionately affected by health emergencies. Through this data collection CHEI strives to help communities, along with state and local partners, prioritize changes to policy and how and where resources go. CHEI was previously known as CCIS, the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. View the CHES 2023 Overview & Key Findings Slides (PDF) to learn more about CHES history, frameworks, methods, and early key findings. 

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CHD Family Outreach of Amherst: Light up the night!

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HUD Equal Access Rule Workshop August 8


The Three County Continuum of Care invites you to register for this essential workshop. HUD’s Equal Access Rule ensures that HUD’s housing and shelter programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. This session will provide participants with a better understanding and help ensure that housing project(s) are in compliance. 

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Healey Admin: Shelter exit notices in July


After previously warning that families in Massachusetts' emergency shelters could get notice starting June 1 that they have 90 days to exit the state-funded housing, the Healey administration said on May 31 that it is holding off on delivering those notices until early July.

Read more at WBUR

Long COVID and Health Equity in MA


On June 25, a virtual briefing on Long COVID in Massachusetts hosted by State Representative Mindy Domb, Representative Marjorie Decker and Senator Julian Cyr, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health; State Senator Jo Comerford, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. Hear from those living with Long COVID, clinicians, community organizers, and advocates. Learn about actions the Massachusetts legislature can take to best support our constituents experiencing Long COVID. 

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The Family Connections Center is closing


After five and half years, The Family Connections Center will be closing its doors at the end of this month. Working with new parents and young children in the community has been a focus at the Center. The Director, Carolyn Broudy, will continue in the psychotherapy field as the Director of Women’s Mental Health at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Family Connections Center

COSA hosts a monthly meeting online or in-person from September to May each year. Last week, we asked what you want to hear more about - and you answered! There were some key trends and ideas. While COSA may not get to every suggestion, we're happy to work on ways to respond to popular subjects. Here's your chance to vote for your favorites from the most popular suggested topics. This survey closes on June 14th. THANK YOU for sharing your ideas.  

VOTE for your favorite topics by June 14th!

What we're reading this week.

Harvard School of Public Health: Harvard launches new LGBTQ Health Center of Excellence to tackle disparities in care

AP News: Rural pharmacies fill a health care gap in the US. Owners say it's getting harder to stay open

Fast Company: New book vending machines are part of a plan to reintroduce excitement into kids' reading

New jobs in the Valley.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Program Officer for Postsecondary Education Programs (Hybrid)


Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Family Service Advocate


Behavioral Health Network

Domestic Violence Advocate - Phone Based - Remote/Ware/Northampton

Lead Group Facilitator - Springfield, Ware, and/or Northampton

Group Facilitator - Ware, Northampton, and/or Athol


Way Finders

Staff Attorney



Events, webinars, and activities.

Jun 11: MA Fair Housing Center and Justice 4 Housing - CORI Housing Barrier

Jun 11: Reimagining Interim Housing Transforming Approaches to Sheltering People

Jun 12: Amherst Survival Center Annual Meeting

Jun 12: Human Service Forum Workplace Equity Series Future of Equity

Jun 12: Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Voices in Food Equity

Jun 13: Human Service Forum Workshop Retention, Rewards and Recognition

Jun 13: ChildTrends Next-gen Leadership for Black Child and Family Wellbeing

Jun 13: United Way Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting

Jun 13: Trauma Informed Hampshire County Building Community by Ending Loneliness

Jun 14: CHD Family Outreach of Amherst Light Up the Night!

Jun 15: Cooley and Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride - register

Jun 17: Three County CoC June Forum

Jun 18: Trauma Informed Hampshire County Join or Die Film Screening

Jun 25: Women's Fund Nonprofit Financial Statements

Jun 26: Human Service Forum Workplace Equity Series Cohort Plan Creation

Jun 27: MA Fair Housing Center Fair Housing 101 Training


JULY

Jul 10: Amherst Survival Center Community Cookout


AUGUST

Aug 08: Three County CoC HUD Equal Access Rule Workshop

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