WHAT WE DO
Raise Awareness and Make Connections
We hope to spread the word to our entire region about the significant work that is being done in Greater Worcester through "The Coalition Connection" newsletter and other communication channels, Coalition and community events, and other outreach initiatives.
Develop, Implement, and Evaluate Initiatives
We encourage and facilitate collaboration and unified work toward common goals and objectives through initiatives including the 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan.
Mobilize the Community
The Coalition works to ensure that community voice is part of an ongoing dialogue about health issues and initiatives which address them by engaging community members across sectors, town lines, and socio-cultural differences in all that we do.
Download the CHIP Strategy HERE
Download the 2017 CHIP Report-Out HERE
Nominate an individual or organization for a health equity award here
New Voices in Public Health
We are looking for local members to join the following subcommittees:Racism and Discrimination, Worcester Food Policy Council, and the Worcester REACH Advisory Committee
If you have not been a member of the groups listed above (or have had limited previous participation) and are interested in getting more involved but could use a little support - this program is for you! Supporting stipends will be offered, according to need, to attend meetings over the next year. For more information on the Coalition as well as the application for stipends, please follow the link below or reach out to Laura@healthygreaterworcester.org with any questions.
Racism and Discrimination Subcommittee: The Racism and Discrimination Subcommittee will work with the Coalition staff and steering committee to assess the internal structures of the Coalition, and the functioning of the priority area working groups to ensure that the practices of the Coalition are reflective of the mission of: ensuring equity in wellness and health outcomes for all Greater Worcester residents by addressing the root causes of health disparities: systemic and institutional racism and the pathology of oppression and discrimination, through 1) advocacy on relevant policy change, 2) coordinating capacity building opportunities across the community and across sectors, and 3) holding our institutions accountable for working towards equitable outcomes. The subcommittee will also work to bring partners together to address and move the strategies forward in the Racism and Discrimination priority area of the 2016 CHIP.
Meetings are held: First Wednesday of every month from 1:30pm-3:00pm at the YWCA
Worcester Food Policy Council: The Worcester Food Policy Council brings together stakeholders from public health, anti hunger and local food that work to create a more sustainable and just food system for all. We work on policies that will help to end hunger in our community, promote local nutritious food and agriculture, and work on local economic development solutions that will help lift people out of poverty.
Meetings are held: on the third Thursday of the month from 10a.m-Noon
CDC REACH Advisory Committee:
The Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester and the Worcester Division of Public Health are seeking applicants for a new advisory committee to help to shape the direction and ongoing development of the Worcester REACH Initiative. Worcester REACH is a new 5 year initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which seeks to address health disparities faced by the Latino Community in Worcester by improving participation in public health strategies. We are seeking cross sector and community participation in the committee which will meet quarterly (draft schedule of meeting dates: June 19th 9am-11am, September 19th 12pm-2pm, December 6th 3pm-5pm, March 11th 9am-11am) and will be responsible for developing a community engagement vision, promoting community engagement efforts, and recommending program improvement options. Some review of materials (anticipated 1-2 hours) will be expected prior to each meeting as well as follow up support on action items identified. More information about the REACH Initiative is provided below. Please note that employees of current funded partners of REACH are not eligible for membership on the committee, but are invited to attend meetings.
Physical Activity- The Physical Activity Working Group is the convening group of partners for the 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan. The group convenes once a month to review CHIP strategies and has been focusing on initiatives related to recreation infrastructure and walkability. Partners have included the YWCA, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Division of Public Health, the WRTA, Parent Teacher Organizations and community members.
If you are interested in applying for a stipend to support your participation. Please fill out the short application at the link HERE
2016 GREATER WORCESTER
COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN
The Coalition is working in partnership with the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance, Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester, U Mass Memorial Health Care, and nearly 100 other partner organizations and agencies toward implementation of the CHIP over the next 3-5 years.
We need you! Only by working together, can we achieve the vision of becoming the healthiest region by 2020. Consider getting involved...join the movement, and CHIP in today!
CHIP In Orientation
The orientation provides background and context for all of the work being done through the CHIP. It is intended for everyone, whether you have been involved in the past or are interested in involvement going forward. View the orientation on YouTube here or email email@example.com to inquire about hosting an orientation for your group.
Annual Meeting Power Point Slides
The Power Point slides during the annual meeting presentation can be accessed HERE
SOME RESOURCES WE LOVE!
A Glossary of Racial Equity from the Partnership for Racial and Ethnic Health Equity