Massachusetts Farm to School Network Stakeholder Gathering

When: Friday, May 10, 2019 | 9:00AM – 2:30PM
Where: Greendale People’s Church, 25 Francis Street, Worcester, MA

The Massachusetts Farm to School Network will be holding a gathering for people to contribute to a shared vision for the MA farm to school movement, identify priority goals for the next year, learn more about the Network, and share how a MA farm to school professional network can best serve them.

The Stakeholder Gathering will bring together farmers/producers, educators, food service professionals, wellness & public health professionals, community organizers, policy makers, parent advocates and more. All are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes please register here to reserve your spot. Lunch & snacks will be provided. You can view the agenda for the day here.

NINR Director’s Lecture: Dr. Eun-Ok Im – Midlife Women’s Health: Using Technology to Enhance Research and Eliminate Disparities

Dr. Eun-Ok Im will present the second NINR Director’s Lecture of 2019: “Midlife Women’s Health: Using Technology to Enhance Research and Eliminate Disparities.” In her presentation, Dr. Im will discuss her program of research, which uses computer and mobile technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities. The lecture will take place in Lipsett Amphitheater in the Clinical Center (Bldg. 10) on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This lecture will also be broadcast live and archived at

About the Speaker

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN is the Associate Dean for Research Development and Regulatory Affairs and Mary T. Champagne Professor at Duke University, School of Nursing. She has gained national and international recognition as a methodologist, researcher, and theorist in international, cross-cultural women’s health. Dr. Im’s most outstanding contribution to nursing research is a program that adopts computer and mobile technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities. She has taken the lead in this new field, and her current studies are among the first of their kind to use these technologies to build nursing knowledge. Dr. Im has integrated this line of work with research projects on breast cancer survivorship, cancer pain, menopausal symptoms, and physical activity. She has numerous national and international awards, including the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International.

For more information, visit:

Cooley Dickinson Health Care: Community Forum to Assess Needs of Older Adults

Cooley Dickinson Health Care is conducting a community health needs assessment. Its 2019 assessment will include a special focus on the needs of older adults and as part of this it is hosting a discussion about the needs of older adults in the area. The aim is to hear from a variety of older adults as well as programs that serve them.

The next discussion will take place on Monday, March 4, from 2pm to 3:30 pm at the Amherst Senior Center, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA.
This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst Senior Center/COA and Amherst Neighbors
To register, please contact 888-554-4234 (4CDH) or visit

Light refreshments will be served.

A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention

April 4, 2019
9:30am – 12:00 pm
Old Chapel
UMass Amherst campus

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences invites you to the next event in the Dean’s Symposia Series: “A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention.” Join us as we welcome suicide prevention specialist Dr. Eric Caine for his keynote lecture “Rethinking Suicide Prevention.”

Keynote Speaker: Eric Caine, MD
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
University of Rochester Medical Center

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse in our Communities

March 19, 2019
French King Restaurant
129 French King Highway, Erving, MA

A light dinner will be served
$20 registration fee
Register at or (413) 772-9069

Northwestern District Attorney – David E. Sullivan
Baystate Health Care MD – Dr. Stephen Boos
Chief of the Child Abuse Unit-Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano
Department of Children and Families – Screening and Intake personnel
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Coordinator – Stacey Langknecht


2019 Ounce of Prevention Conference

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health presents the 2019 Ounce of Prevention Conference, to take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in the DCU Center, Worcester, MA. This is a signature prevention oriented gathering focused on building healthier and more equitable communities. It is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities, along with tools, resources and practical skill‐building sessions. The conference will feature a keynote speaker, workshops and networking opportunities.

The focus of the annual conference is Working Together for Healthier and More Equitable Communities. For more details, contact



College of Nursing

The Office of Research in the College of Nursing is delighted to present the first talk in our 2019 Spring Seminar Series to be delivered by Rebecca Bialecki, PhD, who will speak on ” Engaging with Community: Purposeful Relationships.”

Dr. Bialecki holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a long-time community leader and rural activist for health and social justice. She is currently the CEO of STAR Consulting, which supports non-profits throughout New England. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the North Quabbin Community Coalition for over 14 years where she worked to promote a healthy community, focusing on areas of concern for the region, including transportation, health access, community development, child welfare and building resources. She most recently served as Vice President for Community Health and Chief Agent of Change from 2014 to 2018. She developed the new behavioral health campus at the Quabbin Retreat to serve the community’s need for behavioral health and addiction.

Her relationships with the local community have built bridges to health for the patient population by working to seamlessly integrate care and promote a whole person approach. She was lead staff in the development of telemedicine, oversaw the Telemedicine programs across the health system developing teleneurology, and offering tele-behavioral health both in patient and within local partner school systems.

Public Safety, Behavioral Health & Community Responses to Drug Overdoses

The Opioid Task Force’s Public Safety & Justice Committee is extending an invitation to a community conversation about Public Safety, Behavioral Health & Community Responses to Drug Overdoses, scheduled for Monday, February 4, 2019, 1 PM – 2:30 PM at the Franklin Justice Center, 43 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA. Light snacks will be available. No RSVP’s are required.

Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper and Officer Adam Van Buskirk will talk about their Drug Addiction and Recovery Team (DART). Cherry Sullivan and Michele Farry of Hampshire Hope will also be on hand to discuss DART efforts in Hampshire County. This meeting is open to the public.  More about the Northampton DART Program can be found here.

We hope this meeting will help determine how we can connect to existing or emerging efforts, such as CIT, recovery coaching, harm reduction street outreach, bridge clinic, etc., to strengthen our region-wide response to drug overdoses or crisis incidents to save lives.

Meditation Center Courses for 5-College Community

The Vipassana Meditation Center (VMC) of Shelburne MA offers 10-day residential, silent meditation courses twice monthly at no charge to the public on an unsolicited, voluntary, pay-it-forward, donation basis. VMC, in partnership with UMass Amherst, is reserving ten spaces for any Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Five College students, faculty and staff for each of its March 13th 2019 and August 7th 2019 courses. Typically, VMC course retreats are full with a waitlist for three to six months in advance.

Vipassana means “to see things as they really are” and is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that gradually dissolves negativities resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. Rediscovered by the Buddha more than 2,600 years ago and taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, the practice is taught in a non-sectarian manner. For more information on Vipassana, please visit

To apply for either of the courses, please visit, select either the March 13th 2019 or August 7th 2019 course applications and please remember to identify yourself as a Five College student, faculty or staff member in the application under Additional Notes. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Crowley

Rural Generation 2019 Summit

Rural Generation 2019 Summit
Location: Mississippi
Dates: May 22-24


This May, join rural artists and community leaders from across the nation in the Mississippi Delta for the Rural Generation Summit. The Summit presents a historic opportunity to consider the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for rural communities and Indian Country.

For more details on the 2019 Summit click here.

You are also invited to contribute to a national survey to help refine the strategy of engagement at the Rural Generation Summit and inform our field building efforts. You can share your ideas here