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


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health and Climate Solutions

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to build a Culture of Health where everyone in America has a fair opportunity for health and well-being. But, climate change threatens all of the factors that shape the opportunity for a healthy life, especially for those who are the most vulnerable to the health harms of climate change.

The good news is that health solutions can also benefit the climate, and climate solutions can help build a Culture of Health with immediate and long-term health benefits.

Is your community or organization working to address the health harms of climate change? RWJF is looking to award grants of up to $350,000 for up to eight projects that are improving community health and advancing health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Grant funds will support research and evaluation of the project, with some funds allocated to communication and dissemination efforts to share findings and lessons learned broadly.

Click here for further details and to apply.

97th Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

Join the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for the next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, to be held on January 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm in conference room D, building 45 (Natcher) on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MA.

The session will include updates on cloud computing and data science at NIH, NINR’s technology science portfolio, and a review of a report on inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research. There will also be presentations on development of novel, biophysically designed fluids for swallowing disorders and development of patient-centered technologies to provide supportive treatment supervision, followed by a panel Q&A.