Western MA Health Equity Network

Western MA Health Equity Network We're starting this page as the Western MA Health Equity Network, as our first stepping stone from our October 2nd Summit.

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Massachusetts Public Health Association
02/06/2021

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Today the Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line for 75+ residents went live! The call center will be a key option for older residents who do not have Internet. Call 2-1-1 to access. #COVID19MA #vaccinecovid19 #healthequity #mapoli

FRCOG hopes to address priority health issues with Community Health Improvement Plan - Greenfield Recorder
01/30/2021
FRCOG hopes to address priority health issues with Community Health Improvement Plan - Greenfield Recorder

FRCOG hopes to address priority health issues with Community Health Improvement Plan - Greenfield Recorder

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will continue work on the Franklin County and North Quabbin region’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in early February, looking at ways to make a difference on priority health issues, including decreasing rates of youth substance abuse,...

Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins Monday
01/28/2021
Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins Monday

Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins Monday

Cooperation is going to be key when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of people across Franklin County, local health officials say.Starting Monday, Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin. People 75 years old...

01/28/2021
UMass Amherst AfroAm

UMass Amherst AfroAm

Student Demands for an Anti-Racist UMass
* In Struggle SASA *

Demands for Action Against Racism

1. Implement emergency floor meeting guidelines following an act of hate or bias.

2. Implement new procedure for an immediate email response from DoSO following an act of hate or bias.

3. Implement emergency community forum guidelines following an act of hate or bias.

4. Update the content and format of the “Fight Hate” website.

5. Establish a Racial Justice Hearing Board.

Demands for Academic Equity

1. Increase funding for academic resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students.

2. Increase funding for and recruitment of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students in all undergraduate and graduate departments.
3. Increase hiring of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) faculty, staff, Peer Advisors, and Teaching Assistants across all academic departments.

4. Grant tenure for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women and/or LGBTQ+ faculty at the same rate as white colleagues across all academic departments.

5. Commit to freezing tuition and fees while gradually pursuing a debt-free model.

Demands for Preventing Racism

Implement a new Social Justice (SJ) general education requirement for all undergraduates.

2. Implement Anti-Racist Training for all students, faculty, and staff.

3. Implement the Du Bois Legacy Project.

Demands for Healing Amidst Racism
1. Improve health services by expanding their accessibility and increasing the hiring of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) counselors, crisis center staff, and healthcare staff.
2. Ensure the safety and accessibility of all Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) centers.

3. Empower student voices within the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS).

4. Administer annual internal assessment of the cultural centers and the Stonewall Center and reconfigure operations accordingly.

Demands for Divesting from the UMass Police Department (UMPD)

1. Invest in new and existing public safety resources at UMass.

2. Disarm UMPD.

3. Defund UMPD safely and systematically.

4. Remove UMPD presence from all residential areas.

5. Increase transparency by releasing complaint and Field Investigative Observation (FIO) forms and establishing a Police Oversight Task Force.

6. Release UMPD’s budgetary allocation information annually.

22 studies agree: 'Medicare for All' saves money
01/27/2021
22 studies agree: 'Medicare for All' saves money

22 studies agree: 'Medicare for All' saves money

Whether you call it single-payer or "Medicare for All," it isn’t some socialist pipe dream. It’s a sensible, efficient and effective way to guarantee excellent health insurance to everyone.

Need More Franklin County youth applicants! Please share!
01/26/2021
Western Massachusetts Youth Health Equity Advisory Board Application

Need More Franklin County youth applicants! Please share!

The Summit Planning committee is forming the Western MA Health Equity Youth Council. Youth members will be engaging in dialogue facilitated by a cohort of UMass graduate and undergraduate students about race, health, and equity as a part of a larger project to make youth voices visible in the discus...

SisterSong
01/26/2021

SisterSong

We are excited to announce our Reproductive Justice for Black Lives Grant! This grant is open to Black women and trans led orgs working for Reproductive Justice and other social justice movements. The application closes Februrary 8th.

To learn more or apply: bit.ly/RJforBlackLives

01/21/2021

Seeking Filmmaker for Race and Health Equity Project Bridge the Gap: Addressing Race and Health Equity Through an Intergenerational Lens

The Western MA Health Equity Network is now accepting submissions from filmmakers/videographers from Western Massachusetts to create a film to premiere Fall 2021 at the (fully or partially virtual) Western MA Health Equity Summit. The Summit planning committee is looking for someone with experience in project planning, implementation, directing and editing films. The person chosen will be interested and skilled at working with an advisory committee.

Our volunteer committee is made up of individuals, people representing organizations, young and old and is diverse and representative of western MA cities and towns. Our committee plans to involve our community members in responding to specific questions, gather personal stories, and hear from individuals and groups about their experiences with racism as a public health crisis, racial justice and the future--among all generations.

GOALS:

Bring western MA community members together, discuss racism and its role in health inequities, showcase Western MA social and health justice art, encourage conversations among different generations, identify common issues among young and old, and show the connections between community issues like immigration, employment, food security, disability justice, as examples. Inspire collective action to increase health equity and racial justice.

SCOPE AND COMPENSATION

The exact format and design of the project will be worked out and decided on by the filmmaker/videographer and the advisory committee, and it may be decided that all or part of the project will be conducted virtually through Zoom interviews. Once the scope of the project is more developed, the filmmaker and director will negotiate the budget. Filmmakers are encouraged to discuss their rates in their cover letter.

TIMEFRAME:

• Applications due February 3rd, 2021.

• Review and interviews will take place in February & decision made by March 2021.

• Project will take place March-September 20201 (Dates may be extended)

• Final project will premiere in Fall 2021

01/21/2021

Please share! Seeking Filmmaker for Race and Health Equity Project Bridge the Gap: Addressing Race and Health Equity Through an Intergenerational Lens

The Western MA Health Equity Network is now accepting submissions from filmmakers/videographers from Western Massachusetts to create a film to premiere Fall 2021 at the (fully or partially virtual) Western MA Health Equity Summit. The Summit planning committee is looking for someone with experience in project planning, implementation, directing and editing films. The person chosen will be interested and skilled at working with an advisory committee.

Our volunteer committee is made up of individuals, people representing organizations, young and old and is diverse and representative of western MA cities and towns. Our committee plans to involve our community members in responding to specific questions, gather personal stories, and hear from individuals and groups about their experiences with racism as a public health crisis, racial justice and the future--among all generations.

GOALS:

Bring western MA community members together, discuss racism and its role in health inequities, showcase Western MA social and health justice art, encourage conversations among different generations, identify common issues among young and old, and show the connections between community issues like immigration, employment, food security, disability justice, as examples. Inspire collective action to increase health equity and racial justice.

SCOPE AND COMPENSATION

The exact format and design of the project will be worked out and decided on by the filmmaker/videographer and the advisory committee, and it may be decided that all or part of the project will be conducted virtually through Zoom interviews. Once the scope of the project is more developed, the filmmaker and director will negotiate the budget. Filmmakers are encouraged to discuss their rates in their cover letter.

TIMEFRAME:

• Applications due February 3rd, 2021.

• Review and interviews will take place in February & decision made by March 2021.

• Project will take place March-September 20201 (Dates may be extended)

• Final project will premiere in Fall 2021

Applications open until January 29th!
01/20/2021
Western Massachusetts Youth Health Equity Advisory Board Application

Applications open until January 29th!

The Summit Planning committee is forming the Western MA Health Equity Youth Council. Youth members will be engaging in dialogue facilitated by a cohort of UMass graduate and undergraduate students about race, health, and equity as a part of a larger project to make youth voices visible in the discus...

State Representative Mindy Domb
01/14/2021

State Representative Mindy Domb

Congratulations Rep Chynah Tyler on your new role as the new Chairwoman of the The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus! So excited for you, the caucus and our work together.

MotherWoman
01/12/2021

MotherWoman

It is #HealthyWeightAwarenessMonth. There are clear racial/ethnic weight disparities, and too often these disparities are blamed on individual tendencies, ignoring the systemic reasons. Check back for more info!

Join us: wochec.org

More: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=25

Senator Jo Comerford
01/05/2021

Senator Jo Comerford

Big MCAS news. Please see the following which was released this AM by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who organized, raised your voices, and sent in personal stories. Your organizing mattered. Your passion mattered. Your stories mattered. People power mattered.

The Class of 2021 will *not* have to pass the MCAS to be awarded a competency determination -- put another way -- if students complete their requisite coursework, they'll graduate with a diploma which will allow them to pursue a path of their choice!

Grateful to Senate President Spilka and Senators Lewis, Friedman, and Brownsberger for their concerns and work around MCAS. Grateful to Rep. Hawkins who joined me in advocacy.

Thank you to DESE officials for choosing the right path forward.

Grateful to Citizens for Public Schools, Massachusetts Teachers Association, AFT - American Federation of Teachers for their staunch commitments.

Grateful to REAL Northampton for being a steadfast home base on this issue.

There's more, so read on. And I realize that this doesn't answer all outstanding questions.

We're NOT finished. Stay tuned for a newly-filed bill which will need all of us to push it forward.

Senator Jo Comerford
01/05/2021

Senator Jo Comerford

Sharing FIVE updates about vaccines:

1. Beginning in the coming week, first responders will received vaccines. They were designated as the third priority in Phase 1. More below (and note there are locations in Northampton, Amherst, at UMass and in Greenfield which you can see in the map): https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-first-responders

2. The three phases of vaccine delivery (linked below) are getting reviewed continually. If you have concerns and/or objections, please let me know. We can elevate your concerns to the Command Center for consideration and advocate on your behalf.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine

3. Our team is fielding A LOT of vaccine questions. We are delighted to answer constituents. Just email [email protected]. You can also email the state directly [email protected].

4. There are a great many outstanding questions about the vaccine, many of which are about distribution during Phases 2 and 3. We will relay new information to constituents who email and via social as it becomes available. You may know this metaphor: Building the road while traveling on it -- this is the situation with vaccine distribution. State and local public health officials must build the road *and* distribute at the same time.

5. YES I support as rapid a roll out as possible. NO these vaccines are not mandatory. And YES, as with all statewide efforts, I'm working with House and Senate colleagues to ensure #regionalequity in distribution.

And relatedly: NO I do not support efforts to decrease mask wearing. We're in the midst of a major, national spike with threats of a new strain becoming quite real. Now is the time to TIGHTEN mask protocols and increase restrictions -- for everyone's sake.

Happy New Year! Seeking contacts with young people across western MA to help guide the making of a film on Intergenerati...
01/04/2021

Happy New Year! Seeking contacts with young people across western MA to help guide the making of a film on Intergenerational Conversations on Racism and Health and the future.

'Bomba is an ancient genre of resistance from Puerto Rico created by enslaved people on the island over 400 years ago. R...
01/03/2021
Understanding Bomba: Puerto Rican Music of Resistance

'Bomba is an ancient genre of resistance from Puerto Rico created by enslaved people on the island over 400 years ago. Recently, bomba music has been a staple of Black Lives Matter protests calling back to its roots as a music of resilience. Together, hosts Linda Diaz and LA Buckner break down the musical and cultural elements that make bomba, bomba. Ivelisse Diaz of Bomba con Buya teaches Linda about bomba singing, and LA learns bomba drum rhythms.'

The Digital Home for Duke University Professor and Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal

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Seeking Filmmaker for Race and Health Equity Project Bridge the Gap: Addressing Race and Health Equity Through an Intergenerational Lens The Western MA Health Equity Network is now accepting submissions from filmmakers/videographers from Western Massachusetts to create a film to premiere Fall 2021 at the (fully or partially virtual) Western MA Health Equity Summit. The Summit planning committee is looking for someone with experience in project planning, implementation, directing and editing films. The person chosen will be interested and skilled at working with an advisory committee. Our volunteer committee is made up of individuals, people representing organizations, young and old and is diverse and representative of western MA cities and towns. Our committee plans to involve our community members in responding to specific questions, gather personal stories, and hear from individuals and groups about their experiences with racism as a public health crisis, racial justice and the future--among all generations. GOALS: Bring western MA community members together, discuss racism and its role in health inequities, showcase Western MA social and health justice art, encourage conversations among different generations, identify common issues among young and old, and show the connections between community issues like immigration, employment, food security, disability justice, as examples. Inspire collective action to increase health equity and racial justice. SCOPE AND COMPENSATION The exact format and design of the project will be worked out and decided on by the filmmaker/videographer and the advisory committee, and it may be decided that all or part of the project will be conducted virtually through Zoom interviews. Once the scope of the project is more developed, the filmmaker and director will negotiate the budget. Filmmakers are encouraged to discuss their rates in their cover letter. TIMEFRAME: • Applications due February 3rd, 2021. • Review and interviews will take place in February & decision made by March 2021. • Project will take place March-September 20201 (Dates may be extended) • Final project will premiere in Fall 2021
On March 2nd - we are hosting a student-led, 2019 Environmental Justice Conference on "Equitable Solutions to an Inequitable Food System" at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We will focus on environmental justice through the lens of food sovereignty to develop more equitable food system solutions. Please join us as we hear from Dr. Monica White and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond and many others on ways to work together to build more equitable, sustainable, and just communities. FB event: www.facebook.com/events/232111131003899/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1548866123472518 To register: www.harvard-ej19.eventbrite.com Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/environmental-justice-so/2019-conference/ Space is limited to the first 175 registrants. We hope to see you there!! #foodjustice #freetheland #healthequity #cultureofhealth #ej #ej2019