AVAILABLE RESOURCES

Following is an evolving list of resources which align with the Coalition's mission and may inform and support your work. Underlined headings are links to organization websites.

 

Please send any new suggestions for resources to be added to this page to info@healthygreaterworcester.org.

Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester (AHCW)

AHCW links local universities with the Worcester Division of Public Health in collaborative partnerships that bridge academia and practice to improve community health and develop public health research and practice leaders. Current academic partners are Clark University, Worcester State University, and UMass Medical School. Student internships may be applied for through the website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Health Policy

The CDC identifies and advances opportunities to use policy, leverage health system transformation and engage other sectors to improve the public’s health. The health policy web pages provide information on key health policy topics including social determinants of health, and featured resources including the HI-5 Initiative (Health Impact in 5 Years) which highlights community wide-approaches aimed at improving population health. 

Central MA Public Health Alliance/City of Worcester Division of Public Health

The Central Mass Regional Public Health Alliance is a coalition of seven municipalities Towns of Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and the City of Worcester working cooperatively to create and sustain a viable, cost-effective and labor-efficient regional public health district. The regional health district provides a comprehensive array of services to partner municipalities through a single organization managed by Worcester’s Division of Public Health. The Alliance works to protect and improve community well-being by preventing disease and injury by promoting social, economic and environmental factors fundamental to health. The website provides extensive information related to regional public health.

 

City of Worcester - Youth Services Database

There are many organizations throughout the City of Worcester that offer programs and services for youth. Some organizations offer a wide range of programs and activities for various age groups, while others specialize in a specific activity such as youth development, health, recreation and/or leadership development. The Youth Opportunities Office has compiled a searchable database of organizations located within the City of Worcester that offer services to youth.

Community Health Training Institute

The Community Health Training Institute provides targeted skills development to individuals and teams working to build healthy communities in Massachusetts. Their in-person trainings and webinars focus on core competencies that include: Coalition Building; Leadership; Policy and Systems Change; Communications; Health Equity; Youth Development; Strategic Planning and Evaluation.

Healthy People

 

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 is the ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. On the website, you will find information on health indicators, data search, tools, webinars, and much more.

Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)

 

MPHA is a private, non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition-building. Their website provides information on policies and programs that prevent illness, disease, and injury, particularly among those vulnerable to disparities in health status. 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

 

The mission of the MDPH is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. Their website provides information about programs to address specific diseases and conditions, services to address the needs of vulnerable populations, and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region

NNLM provides health information to health professionals and the public. Membership to the network is free and offers a variety of benefits and services including eligibility for funding for health information access and other projects related to the improvement of public health, and access to training and other educational resources.

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP)

 

NEP provides families with the knowledge and skills for healthier eating through research-based nutrition education that makes a real difference. Nutrition education is provided in Worcester and the surrounding communities through Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). NEP is currently seeking new partners for these programs and also has free downloadable resources available including posters, parent flyers, and healthy recipes. Please see the website here or contact Rosalia Flores at rflores@umext.umass.edu for more information.

UMass Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science - Community Engagement and Research Section

 

The UMCCTS Community Engagement and Research Section's mission is to improve health in Massachusetts by developing and nurturing community engaged research that is fostered through equitable partnerships between UMass campuses and their communities. The website provides information on their annual symposium open to community organizations and access to resources including community statistics.