Dec
1
December, 1st 2022
The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum is hosting a virtual forum, Roadmap to Behavioral Health in Western Massachusetts, on December 1 at 10am.
Nov
29
November, 29th 2022
Monte talks with Andrea Freeman from the Public Health Institute of Western Mass about how they work with the Food Bank to change policies to end hunger.
Nov
15
November, 15th 2022
Read how Kimberley Lee, PHIWM Board Member and Chief of Creative Strategy and Development at MiraVista Behavioral Health Center, is using the resources from the Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Nov
15
November, 15th 2022
Kathleen Szegda and Erin Hennessy from Tufts University presented at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo. Their presentation was called At the Intersection of Community Engagement and ROADS: Lessons learned from the Research on Active Design in Springfield Research Study. It explored the strengths and challenges of participatory community-research partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Oct
20
October, 20th 2022
Read how Briana Wales-Thaxton, VP for People and Culture at Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, is using the resources from the Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Sep
22
September, 22nd 2022
We invite Springfield residents to give their feedback on the most pressing needs for the City of Springfield. Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health of New England has funding to address health needs in Springfield and we are seeking input from residents on the top health issues.
Sep
1
September, 1st 2022
Samantha Hamilton and State Senator Jo Comerford will join the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy to kick off the 2022-2023 academic year with an address to inspire students, faculty, staff and community members. This event is free and open to the public.
Aug
18
August, 18th 2022
Read how Executive Director Jessica Collins is using the resources from our Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Aug
12
August, 12th 2022
Live Well Springfield Manager Samantha Hamilton participated in a panel, Building Community Power to Advance Climate Justice, Equity and Health, at the CEEJH 8th Annual Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium.
Jul
13
July, 13th 2022
Read how Sarah Perez McAdoo, MD, MPH, uses PHIWM's Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Jun
28
June, 28th 2022
Access recording and slides from our June 24th webinar, History of Tobacco, Slavery, and Health: Understanding how yesterday influences the decisions we make today.
Jun
24
June, 24th 2022
African Americans suffer disproportionately in almost all categories of health disparities. This presentation will delve into the contributing factors of African American health disparities including menthol flavored tobacco and how systemic racism, which will provide context to the cumulative effects of racism over centuries, has set the playing field today that we are all operating on – how it shows up in our lives, wealth and health – using tobacco as a medium for the story.
Jun
16
June, 16th 2022
Learn how Victoria Ramos is using resources in our Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
May
20
May, 20th 2022
See how Cristina Huebner Torres PhD, MA, Chief Research & Population Health Officer at Caring Health Center, Inc. is using the resources from our Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
May
19
May, 19th 2022
In light of recent debates about Roe v. Wade and the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion, Executive Director Jessica Collins and Board Member Liz Dineen, CEO of YWCA of Western MA, reflect on the implications for Massachusetts.
May
13
May, 13th 2022
We are thrilled to announce that we have now invested in a Director of Data to Policy Action position to help take health equity policy action to a new level for our western MA region. Join us in welcoming Andrea Freeman!
May
4
May, 4th 2022
This webinar explores the current status of COVID-19, testing and treatment moving forward, the implications of cutbacks in COVID-19 services, and lessons learned from community outreach.
Apr
29
April, 29th 2022
Join us for a webinar on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 pm the future of COVID-19. We will explore testing and treatment moving forward, as well as the implications of cutbacks in COVID-19 services and funding.
Apr
26
April, 26th 2022
Executive Director Jessica Collins and Founder Frank Robinson talk about the evolution of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.
Apr
14
April, 14th 2022
Sarita Hudson spoke with Paul Tuthill from WAMC Northeast Public Radio about the Pioneer Valley Healthy Air Project's new interactive air-quality website, pvhealthyair.org.
Apr
13
April, 13th 2022
Learn how Joshua A. Garcia, Mayor of Holyoke, is using resources in our Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Apr
6
April, 6th 2022
This webinar explores resources available to community-based organizations in Massachusetts in support of data-driven action based on the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS). Hear from representatives from Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action, and the CCIS Regional TA Providers, including Kathleen Szegda and Victoria Ramos from the Public Health Institute of Western MA.
Apr
6
April, 6th 2022
PHIWM staff will present the recent health impact assessment about criminal records and housing at the Massachusetts Expungement and Sealing virtual event on April 6, 2022.
Apr
5
April, 5th 2022
We often get asked, “What is Public Health?”. Over the next few weeks, in light of National Public Health Week, we will be sharing content to try to answer that question. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay up to date, and don’t forget public health is where you are!
Mar
30
March, 30th 2022
Read Samantha Hamilton's Op-Ed in the Daily Climate, where she describes how Live Well Springfield is addressing climate change and health equity.
Mar
26
March, 26th 2022
In a recent Boston Globe article, Executive Director Jessica Collins and other Massachusetts health care leaders share concerns about the cutbacks in COVID services and funding.
Mar
25
March, 25th 2022
Read what Nikki Burnett, Executive Director at Educare Springfield, has to say about PHIWM's Race and Health Equity Resource Guide.
Mar
16
March, 16th 2022
Please join representatives from MDPH, Health Resources in Action, and the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Regional TA Providers (including the Public Health Institute of Western MA) for a Data to Action Webinar on March 16 from 2-3 PM. Webinar attendees will be able to increase their awareness of what CCIS data and other resources are available online, build relationships with regional TA providers, and learn more about what the TA process is and can offer.
Feb
17
February, 17th 2022
We often are asked about our regional reach, funding sources, partnership structures, and the scope of our work. We've written a report to answer some of these questions, as we reflect on the past five years as the Public Health Institute of Western MA.
Feb
15
February, 15th 2022
Sarita Hudson spoke about 413Cares on Mass Appeal yesterday. Watch now to learn more about this innovative community portal that provides online access for residents of Western Massachusetts to available resources.
Feb
14
February, 14th 2022
Learn tips for having conversations with unvaccinated people in this new PSA.  These tips were created with advice from Doris Harris, Public Health Consultant and host of Health Matters, as well as information from the We Can Do This campaign.  
Jan
28
January, 28th 2022
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/27/2022
Jan
21
January, 21st 2022
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/21/2022
Jan
17
January, 17th 2022
Watch the recording from the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice's 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Speakers included Live Well Springfield Coalition Manager Samantha Hamilton, Rhonda Anderson, Western Massachusetts Commissioner on Indian Affairs and Co-Director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center, Northampton City Councilor Jamila Gore, and more!
Jan
14
January, 14th 2022
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/14/22
Jan
13
January, 13th 2022
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/8/22
Jan
13
January, 13th 2022
Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MS, MPH, will be presenting along with Bettye Anderson Frederic, RN, MSN, and Sarah Goff, MD, PhD, at a virtual workshop hosted by UMass Medical School's Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  This workshop, which takes place on January 13th and January 20th, offers attendees pragmatic approaches to building and sustaining mutually beneficial community-academic research partnerships that apply health equity and anti-racism lenses to the shared work.
Dec
31
December, 31st 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/25/2021
Dec
21
December, 21st 2021
We are in the midst of the holiday season. While we look forward to spending time with friends, family, and loved ones, the following tips can help ensure a happy and healthy holiday season.
Dec
15
December, 15th 2021
Watch the recording from the 12/8/21 virtual community presentation of our health impact assessment about the use of Criminal Offender Registration Information (CORIs) in housing decisions.
Dec
10
December, 10th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/4/2021
Dec
8
December, 8th 2021
Join us Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM for a community presentation hosted by the Live Well Springfield, the Public Health Institute of Western MA, MOCHA's Lamont Scott, and New North Citizens' Council's Richard Johnson.
Dec
3
December, 3rd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/27/2021
Dec
2
December, 2nd 2021
Kathleen Szegda and Victoria Ramos will join representatives from Springfield Health & Human Services & the MA Department of Public Health for a presentation about Vaccine Equity Data to Action scheduled for Thursday 12/2/21 at 10AM. The goals of this presentation are to bring data to vaccine access and administration decisions, support community partners in targeting resources and clinics, and promote partner collaboration to close the gap between vaccine rates in Springfield and MA overall.
Nov
29
November, 29th 2021
BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Jessica Collins in new podcast series, BusinessTalk.
Nov
26
November, 26th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/20/2021
Nov
18
November, 18th 2021
Executive Director Jessica Collins was one of eight women to be awarded with the 2021 Women of Impact Award.
Nov
17
November, 17th 2021
Check out our latest report, Health Aging With A Criminal Record in Hampden County MA: A health impact assessment about the use of Criminal Offender Registration Information (CORIs) in housing decisions.
Nov
17
November, 17th 2021
Members of the R.O.A.D.S. Study Team will be presenting at the 2021 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting about participatory methodologies in policy-oriented research.
Nov
12
November, 12th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/6/2021
Nov
12
November, 12th 2021
Alisa Ainbinder and Lisa Ranghelli, both Senior Research Associates at the Public Health Institute of Western MA, will be facilitating a workshop for Baystate Health on Friday November 12, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. This workshop will help you craft logic models and develop appropriate success measures for your proposal.
Nov
10
November, 10th 2021
Sarita Hudson will speak about asthma work in the Pioneer Valley on November 10, 2021 at the American Lung Association's Virtual Asthma Educational Forum.
Nov
5
November, 5th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 10/30/2021
Nov
5
November, 5th 2021
Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western MA, and Samantha Hamilton, Live Well Springfield Manager, are facilitating a workshop for Baystate Health on Friday November 5, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. This workshop will delve into the world of “PSE” and explore how to focus on upstream and midstream strategies to achieve health equity.
Nov
3
November, 3rd 2021
Watch the recording from the 11/21/21 webinar on What you Need to Know about the COVID Boosters and Vaccine for Younger Kids. Dr. Chrystal Wittcopp, Medical Director of Baystate General Pediatrics presented valuable information about the booster shots and the newly approved vaccine for kids 5-11 years old.
Nov
2
November, 2nd 2021
Join us Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm for a webinar on What you Need to Know about the COVID-19 Booster and Vaccine for Younger Children. Dr. Chrystal Wittcopp, Medical Director of Baystate General Pediatrics, will be sharing important information and answering questions about these current COVID-19 discussion points.
Oct
29
October, 29th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 10/23/2021
Oct
28
October, 28th 2021
We are partnering with the Springfield Public Forum to host 2 events on October 28th featuring Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble. Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is an expert in teen, young adult, and family mental health, and is known nationally as a gifted scientist, public speaker, and author. At 1:00 pm there will be a session open to high school students only. At 6:00 pm there will be a community session.
Oct
26
October, 26th 2021
Jessica Collins and Doris Harris spoke with Springfield youth about COVID-19 on The Gap Closer, a talk show hosted and co-produced by youth ages 7 to 18. The episode aired 10/25/21 on WTCC 90.7fm and www.wtccfm.org.
Oct
22
October, 22nd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 10/16/2021
Oct
15
October, 15th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 10/9/2021
Oct
13
October, 13th 2021
The Public Health Institute of Western MA (PHIWM) is launching the Springfield Youth Mental Health Coalition, a collaboration of municipal, public health, schools, social service providers, and youth working to lift up issues and resources for mental health among Springfield families and youth. The coalition’s kickoff event, in partnership with the Springfield Public Forum, will feature Dr. Alfiee Berland-Noble, a noted national speaker on mental health issues in BIPOC youth and young adults across all marginalized identities (i.e. LGBTQ+ and disabilities).
Oct
12
October, 12th 2021
Check out our latest report, Mental Health Inequities Among Springfield Eighth Grade Students. This data brief, which presents data from the 2019 Springfield Youth Health Survey (YHS), is an update to our 2017 report. Although many actions have been taken since 2017 to address youth mental health, inequities continue to exist.
Oct
8
October, 8th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 10/2/2021
Oct
1
October, 1st 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 9/25/2021
Sep
24
September, 24th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 9/18/2021
Sep
17
September, 17th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 9/11/2021
Sep
10
September, 10th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 9/4/2021
Sep
9
September, 9th 2021
Check out responses to questions we were unable to address during the 8/31/21 webinar, with answers provided by Dr. Armando Paez, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, Chief of Baystate Health Division of Infectious Disease.
Sep
7
September, 7th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 8/31/2021
Sep
2
September, 2nd 2021
Watch the recording from the 8/31/21 webinar, Updates on COVID-19: What you Need to Know about the Delta Variant, Vaccinations, and Masking.
Aug
31
August, 31st 2021
Join us Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm for a webinar, Updates on COVID-19: What you need to know about the Delta Variant, Vaccinations and Masking Indoors, with Dr. Armando Paez, Chief of Baystate Health Division of Infectious Disease and Doris Harris, Host of Health Matters and Community Consultant for the Public Health Institute of Western MA. Register now & submit questions for presenters.
Aug
25
August, 25th 2021
Read Healthcare News' recent coverage of the LiveWell Springfield Climate Justice Initiative.
Aug
23
August, 23rd 2021
Listen to Executive Director Jessica Collins' 2021 commencement address for the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
Aug
23
August, 23rd 2021
Do you want to better understand ways that the pandemic is impacting specific populations and localities across the commonwealth? Do you want help identifying how to act on these data and get help to those who need it most? Do you want to get this critical information to community partners who can do something about it? The Public Health Institute of Western MA is the regional technical assistance provider for Western MA. We are available to support municipalities, community-based organizations, and other community partners in accessing, analyzing, interpreting, and contextualizing critical health equity data from the COVID Community Impact Survey (CCIS) to inform their vaccine efforts, pandemic response, and recovery planning. Learn more!
Aug
20
August, 20th 2021
Have you seen our stickers and postcards? We have been handing them out at various events and vaccination clinics around town. We created these to promote positive messages about prevention and hope.
Aug
13
August, 13th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 8/7/2021
Jul
30
July, 30th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 7/24/2021
Jul
30
July, 30th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 7/24/2021
Jul
23
July, 23rd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 7/17/2021
Jul
16
July, 16th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 7/10/2021
Jul
9
July, 9th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 7/3/2021
Jul
8
July, 8th 2021
Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts receives two-year $160,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Jul
8
July, 8th 2021
Listen to NEPM's "And Another Thing" for an interview with Jessica Collins and others in the region about the Delta variant, vaccines, equity, and more.
Jul
7
July, 7th 2021
Executive Director Jessica Collins was quoted in 7/7/21 article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette
Jul
2
July, 2nd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 6/26/2021
Jun
30
June, 30th 2021
Sarita Hudson, Director of Programs and Development, speaks with New England Public Media about efforts to address asthma and air quality in greater Springfield.
Jun
28
June, 28th 2021
The recording is now available from our 6/24 webinar. Learn how different organizations are handling returning to work and workplace culture regarding COVID-19. Panelists included: Kristin Morales-Lemieux, MBA, Senior Vice President, Baystate Health; Lev Ben-Ezra, Executive Director, Amherst Survival Center; and Roseann Martoccia, MPA, Executive Director, WestMass ElderCare.
Jun
25
June, 25th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 6/19/2021
Jun
24
June, 24th 2021
Join the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts for a virtual panel discussion, Vaccines & Masks: Navigating Workplace Culture, on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm. Learn how different organizations are handling returning to work and workplace culture regarding COVID-19.The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.
Jun
18
June, 18th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 6/12/2021
Jun
11
June, 11th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 6/5/2021
Jun
8
June, 8th 2021
Nearly 9 in 10 African American smokers use menthol cigarettes. That's no coincidence. Join us June 8th from 11-12 for a zoom presentation and discussion of the short film Black Lives/Black Lungs, a short film investigating the tobacco industry's successful infiltration into the black community.
Jun
4
June, 4th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 5/29/2021
May
28
May, 28th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 5/22/2021
May
27
May, 27th 2021
Nearly 9 in 10 African American smokers use menthol cigarettes. That's no coincidence. Join us May 27th from 5:00-6:00 pm for a zoom presentation and discussion of the short film Black Lives/Black Lungs, a short film investigating the tobacco industry's successful infiltration into the black community.
May
21
May, 21st 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 5/15/2021
May
14
May, 14th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 5/8/2021
May
13
May, 13th 2021
Samantha Bilal, Live Well Springfield Manager, has been recognized as one of BusinessWest's 2021 40 Under Forty!
May
7
May, 7th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 5/1/2021
Apr
30
April, 30th 2021
The Kresge Foundation has awarded the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts a $600,000 grant for the Live Well Springfield Coalition to advance policy solutions aimed at combating climate change and equitably reducing health risks in low-income communities.
Apr
30
April, 30th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 4/24/2021
Apr
28
April, 28th 2021
Jessica Collins, Executive Director, and Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, Board Member and population health capstone director at UMass Medical School, to present on April 28, 2021 as part of HCC Women's Leadership Series.
Apr
23
April, 23rd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 4/17/2021
Apr
22
April, 22nd 2021
On Earth Day, Attorney General Maura Healey joined local elected officials and community leaders in Springfield to launch a new collaborative air quality monitoring project to measure air pollution levels and provide data to inform public health responses in the city known as having the highest rates of asthma in the country.
Apr
16
April, 16th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 4/10
Apr
14
April, 14th 2021
People with a record of incarceration, conviction, and arrest face steep barriers to finding affordable housing, due to screening requirements that - depending on the housing provider - can often end up as a blanket refusal with no consideration of the circumstances of their lives. For this reason, people who have been incarcerated have a 7 to 11 times higher risk of homelessness. This panel will discuss the barriers and impacts that people face along with innovative solutions that are happening around the country and in Massachusetts. Panelists will include housing providers who have tackled this issue, advocates, researchers, and people directly impacted by mass incarceration and its collateral consequences.
Apr
13
April, 13th 2021
Executive Director Jessica Collins speaks about youth mental health in Healthcare News' article
Apr
8
April, 8th 2021
The MA Health Aging Collaborative's Equity in Aging Webinar will include presentations about current work and highlighted issues from Public Health Institute of Western Mass, AARP-Massachusetts, Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC), MHAC community partners. The webinar will be the start of a conversation on Equity in Aging with further webinars and the launch of a MHAC group focused on advancing inclusive age-and dementia friendly communities, policies and practices.
Apr
2
April, 2nd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 3/27/2021
Mar
26
March, 26th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 3/20/2021
Mar
25
March, 25th 2021
In conjunction with the Springfield College Legacy Alumni of Color, the Springfield College community has set aside Thursday, March 25 for A Day to Confront Racism, featuring workshops and conversations to confront racism, power, privilege, and prejudice. This date also is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the impetus for this daylong event.
Mar
19
March, 19th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 3/13/2021
Mar
16
March, 16th 2021
The Springfield Vax Force has scheduled a “town hall” on Tuesday March 16, 2021 from 6-8 pm to provide detailed information about coronavirus vaccines and to dispel myths about it. Join city officials and members of the Vax Force, including Dr. Kathleen Szegda.
Mar
12
March, 12th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 3/6/2021
Mar
9
March, 9th 2021
The Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts announces the addition of seven new members to its board of directors.
Mar
9
March, 9th 2021
Watch recording from the 3/5/21 Webinar, The COVID Vaccine: Personal & Professional Perspectives Within African American and Latino Communities, hosted by The Children's Study Home in collaboration with the Public Health Institute of Western MA.
Mar
5
March, 5th 2021
The Children's Study Home is hosting a virtual panel discussion, The COVID Vaccine: Personal & Professional Perspectives Within African American and Latino Communities, on Friday March 5th at 12:00 p.m. in partnership with the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.
Mar
5
March, 5th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 2/27/2021
Feb
26
February, 26th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 2/20/2021
Feb
19
February, 19th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 2/13/2021
Feb
17
February, 17th 2021
Live Well Springfield was featured on the Kresge Foundation’s website, along with three other Climate Change, Health and Equity Initiative grantees. Watch grantee partners share in their own words what they were able to accomplish in 2020 and what keeps them inspired as they continue onward with their work in 2021.
Feb
12
February, 12th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 2/6/2021
Feb
5
February, 5th 2021
Join us for a webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn about how the vaccine was developed, how it is being rolled out, and some tips for talking with your employees and clients.
Feb
5
February, 5th 2021
This Friday at 11 am Senator Eric P. Lesser will continue his weekly Lunchtime Livestream series with guest Dr. Kathleen Szegda, Director of Community Research and Evaluation. The livestream will focus on vaccine distribution in the region, public health equity, and insights from the Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Feb
5
February, 5th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/30/2021
Jan
29
January, 29th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/23/2021
Jan
22
January, 22nd 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/16/2021
Jan
15
January, 15th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/9/2021
Jan
13
January, 13th 2021
413Cares.org has become a force here in Western Mass for people who need help. Watch Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western Mass talk about 413Cares.org with Mass Appeal.
Jan
8
January, 8th 2021
Editorial about 413Cares that appeared on Masslive on January 8th.
Jan
8
January, 8th 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 1/2/2021
Jan
7
January, 7th 2021
413Cares.org, the online community resource database launched earlier this year for Western Massachusetts, has released data that shows more than 18,000 residents have accessed the database for important information for critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jan
1
January, 1st 2021
Executive Director, Jessica Collins column in The Point of View.
Jan
1
January, 1st 2021
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/26/2020
Dec
28
December, 28th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/19/2020
Dec
22
December, 22nd 2020
Executive Director Jessica Collins is quoted in Bussiness West article
Dec
18
December, 18th 2020
Watch recording from Friday December 18, 2020 webinar, with experts from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about COVID-19 data and effective health communication for prevention.
Dec
18
December, 18th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/12/2020
Dec
11
December, 11th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 12/5/2020
Dec
10
December, 10th 2020
The first Hampden County Mentoring Summit was held on November 13, 2020. The goals of the Summit were (1) Networking for organizations and individuals that do mentoring; (2) Skill building (e.g. Recruiting Mentors and Virtual Mentoring); and (3) To build a mentoring movement in Hampden County.
Dec
4
December, 4th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/28/2020
Nov
27
November, 27th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/21/2020
Nov
24
November, 24th 2020
Join us for a Town Hall to hear the latest on COVID-19 and how you can keep yourself and your family safe. We'll share the latest on the best ways to prevent the spread during the holidays. Our panel will include local health care providers. We will respond to your questions about what really works to keep people safe
Nov
22
November, 22nd 2020
Op-Ed from Executive Director Jessica Collins
Nov
20
November, 20th 2020
Access the recording from our 11/20/2020 webinar about changes to the Massachusetts’ community risk categorization metrics. Hear legislative and public health leaders from the region discuss how the metrics have changed, how they are being used, and questions that have arisen.
Nov
20
November, 20th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/14/2020.
Nov
20
November, 20th 2020
Join us November 20th from 12:30-1:30pm as we go over changes to Massachusetts’ community risk categorization metrics. We’ll be joined by Western Massachusetts legislative and public health leaders as we discuss how the metrics have changed, how they are being used, and questions that have arisen.
Nov
17
November, 17th 2020
The Go-Fresh Emergency Produce distribution program, which began as a response to the pandemic in April, ended in October after distributing over 5,000 boxes of fresh produce in 27 weeks. Our work started with five partner sites in April of this year, growing to engage 15 community partners from senior housing, health care and community based organizations. By the end of the 27th week project, there were 16 site locations serving older adults and families in Springfield. Learn more.
Nov
17
November, 17th 2020
Access the recording from the 11/13/2020 webinar, Sexual Violence Against Girls & Young Women: A Call to Action. This webinar explores findings from our new report and includes a panel discussion of experts about gaps in data and actions being taken now.
Nov
13
November, 13th 2020
Join us Friday November 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to learn about findings from our new report, Sexual Violence Against Girls and Young Women in Hampden County: An Environmental Scan of Existing Data, Program, and Policies. This webinar will explore findings from the report and include a panel discussion of experts about gaps in data and actions being taken now.
Nov
13
November, 13th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard with data as of 11/7/2020
Nov
6
November, 6th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 10/31/2020
Nov
3
November, 3rd 2020
On Monday November 2, 2020 , the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of target measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Nov
2
November, 2nd 2020
Baystate Health is hosting a free workshop series in November as part of their Better Together grant opportunity. The workshops are open to the public. Kathleen Szegda will lead 11/2/2020 workshop, Designing a Program for Impact. Alisa Ainbinder is co-leading 11/4/2020 workshop, Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal. Other workshops in the series include: Helpful Websites for Evidence-Informed Programs and Cultural Humility.
Oct
29
October, 29th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 10/24/2020
Oct
28
October, 28th 2020
We invite you to a community conversation about climate change, health, and equity. Springfield residents will help us identify the key policy ideas that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, improve health, and address racism.
Oct
22
October, 22nd 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 10/17/2020
Oct
19
October, 19th 2020
Access the recording from the 10/16/2020 webinar, Springfield Teen Health: Moving from Data to Action. Learn about findings from the 2019 Springfield Youth Health Survey and 2020 Springfield Prevention Needs Assessment Survey, as well as how these data are being used for collaborative efforts to support the health and well-being of Springfield youth.
Oct
16
October, 16th 2020
Join us to learn about the Springfield Youth Health Survey Initiative Findings. The Public Health Institute of Western MA and Gandára Center will share findings from the most recent Youth Health Survey and Prevention Needs Assessment Survey conducted among middle and high school students in the Springfield Public Schools.
Oct
14
October, 14th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 10/10/2020
Oct
8
October, 8th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 10/3/2020
Oct
7
October, 7th 2020
We invite you to a community conversation about climate change, health, and equity. Springfield residents will help us identify the key policy ideas that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, improve health, and address racism.
Sep
30
September, 30th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 9/26/2020
Sep
23
September, 23rd 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 9/19/2020
Sep
22
September, 22nd 2020
Access the recording from the 9/18 webinar, Using the Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Learn more about the dashboard and how folks around the region are using COVID-19 data to inform decisions.
Sep
18
September, 18th 2020
Please join the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts and Representative Mindy Domb to learn more about the Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Dr. Kathleen Szegda, PHIWM’s Director of Community Research and Evaluation will present the Dashboard. A panel including Representative Mindy Domb from Amherst and regional public health experts will discuss how they are using COVID-19 data to inform decisions and challenges.
Sep
16
September, 16th 2020
Dr. Kathleen Szedga, Director of Community Research and Evaluation, presented about the Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard on Monday at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments COVID Coordination Roundtable .
Sep
16
September, 16th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 9/12/2020
Sep
15
September, 15th 2020
Kathleen Szegda, Director of the Community Research and Evaluation at the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, was quoted in article about relatively low COVID-19 rates at the Five Colleges. Dr. Szegda is quoted saying, “I think that the rates are low, but it’s important to remain cautious and vigilant and to promote the prevention methods".
Sep
9
September, 9th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 9/5/2020
Sep
2
September, 2nd 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 8/29/2020
Aug
26
August, 26th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 8/22/2020.
Aug
19
August, 19th 2020
Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard with data as of 8/15/2020.
Aug
5
August, 5th 2020
Live Well Springfield’s Age-Friendly Coalition created social isolation care packages for older adults and families living in Springfield. These care packages are a small reminder to residents that they are not alone during these tough times. The social isolation care packages, filled with community resources, activity books, care essentials, and PPE equipment, are a pilot project of the Age-Friendly Initiative to combat social isolation.
Aug
4
August, 4th 2020
PHIWM recommends to MA Department of Public Health that before any decision is made about closing Holyoke Medical Center's Birthing Center, a Health Impact Assessment is conducted.
Aug
3
August, 3rd 2020
PHIWM board member and Executive Director of Educare Springfield Nikki Burnett wrote an op-ed as part of the Republican's One People, One House community dialogue series sharing perspectives on the issues of racism and policing.
Jul
30
July, 30th 2020
Executive Director Jessica Collins was interviewed by the Berkshire Eagle about limited free COVID-19 testing in Western MA.
Jul
30
July, 30th 2020
The Go Fresh Emergency Food Distribution program received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to continue its Emergency Food Distribution Program which is delivering free fresh produce boxes to older adults and families at housing, senior center, daycare and healthcare sites in Springfield.
Jul
30
July, 30th 2020
As of July 26, 2020, there were 9,412 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases and 917 COVID-19 confirmed or suspected deaths in Western Massachusetts.
Jul
23
July, 23rd 2020
Like the state overall, Western MA has experienced a decrease in new COVID-19 cases since April. The number of new COVID-19 cases each week has remained fairly steady since the beginning of June, with less than 200 new cases each week.
Jul
16
July, 16th 2020
According to MDPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, the percentage of people testing positive, and the number of hospitals using surge capacity have all continued to decline. Although MA is faring better than much of the country, it is essential to remain vigilant.
Jul
11
July, 11th 2020
Executive Director Jessica Collins was interviewed by the Berkshire Eagle about lack of free COVID-19 testing in Western MA.
Jul
10
July, 10th 2020
Senator Lesser issued a statement today calling for Governor Baker to offer free testing west of 1-495.
Jun
25
June, 25th 2020
On June 19th, MA DPH’s COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory group released new data that highlights disparities in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for different races and ethnicities.
Jun
17
June, 17th 2020
COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Account for Large Percentage of Total Deaths in Western MA and statewide.
Jun
11
June, 11th 2020
413Cares.org, the online community resource database recently launched for the Western Massachusetts region, has announced a collaboration with Mass 2-1-1, the statewide free information and referral hotline. The collaboration will provide phone support for those searching for services on the 413Cares portal.
Jun
10
June, 10th 2020
It’s been three weeks since Massachusetts began the first phase of reopening, and on Monday June 8th, we entered Phase 2.
Jun
7
June, 7th 2020
Op-ed from Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western MA: a call to action to stop the brutalization of people of color and the deprivation of resources and opportunities in communities of color.
Jun
3
June, 3rd 2020
County-level data available on the MDPH website also continue to suggest a decline in COVID-19 deaths in Western MA since April 21st when examining 3-day average number of COVID-19 deaths.
May
20
May, 20th 2020
Letter from Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western MA reflecting upon COVID-19, equity, privilege, and the reopening of Massachusetts.
May
20
May, 20th 2020
A look at COVID-19 related deaths in Massachusetts and Western MA.
May
14
May, 14th 2020
A look at current confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in Western Massachusetts.
May
7
May, 7th 2020
Select data from MDPH's COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including county-level and statewide stats, as well as cautions about interpreting COVID-19 data.
May
6
May, 6th 2020
Housing and Health Facebook live event.
May
1
May, 1st 2020
It is important to examine data to understand racial and ethnic inequities related to COVID-19 so that action can be taken to address inequities; however, caution should be exercised when interpreting the data.
Apr
30
April, 30th 2020
Learn about the new community resource database in Western Massachusetts, what it is and who it serves.
Apr
4
April, 4th 2020
Public Health Institute Launches BLINK YOUR LIGHT for Healthcare Workers; Kicking Off Saturday, 8 p.m.
Mar
19
March, 19th 2020
Letter from Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western MA addressing concerns of coronavirus.
Aug
28
August, 28th 2019
Kresge Foundation awards $100,000 grant to the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts to build climate resilience, improve health
Aug
16
August, 16th 2019
Conversatiion with Senator Jo Comerford and Samatha Hamilton
Jul
16
July, 16th 2019
Nine percent of Franklin County’s youth who identify as heterosexual have contemplated ending life at one time or another, according to a recent report on the region’s health from a coalition of seven nonprofit hospitals and one insurer.
Apr
29
April, 29th 2019
Release of 2019 Springfield Health Equity Report.
Apr
11
April, 11th 2019
The Go Fresh Mobile Farmers’ Market brings healthy, affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods in Springfield.
Feb
1
February, 1st 2019
'Collins said traffic is a major contributor to air pollution, which is a major contributor to poor health outcomes including asthma, lung cancer, premature death, low birth weight, heart disease, and stroke.'
Oct
9
October, 9th 2018
Join the Public Health Institute of Western MA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for an engaging public health discussion on: the link between health care and social services spending, opportunities and policy options for better addressing the social determinants of health, and views from health care and social services.
Aug
30
August, 30th 2018
RSVP HERE to learn how Western Mass is leading the way to strengthen the connections between social services and healthcare, and is committed to ensuring everyone has what they need to lead healthy lives
Aug
27
August, 27th 2018
Springfield Healthy Home Asthma Program will expand to serve 150 families in Springfield.
Aug
27
August, 27th 2018
The Go Fresh Mobile Market is open for business! Check out their 14 locations across Springfield for fresh fruit and vegetables provided locally by our community growers!
Mar
2
March, 2nd 2018
Watch the inFocus on Channel 22 that aired Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at noon. PHIWM's Executive Director Jessica Collins spoke about PHIWM's mission and goals and discussed the Springfield 2017 youth mental health survey findings.
Jan
18
January, 18th 2018
On January 18, 2018, Partners for a Healthier Community formally launched its new name and brand, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, at an event held in Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield.
Dec
26
December, 26th 2017
The city broke ground on the center on Dec. 13th, for a 62,000-square-foot facility to be built on Cadwell Drive in Springfield and should be fully operational before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Dec
19
December, 19th 2017
PHIWM has received one of only nine national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Grant to study Springfield's Complete Streets policy. "Complete Streets" refer to policies that support roadways that are designed and operated for the safety of everyone using it—whether by car or bike, foot or bus. PHC and Tufts University, led by principal investigators Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS, and Erin Hennessy, PhD, MPH, will investigate whether “Complete Streets” policies lead to changes in the built environment, the economic environment, the social environment, and health/health behaviors.
Sep
7
September, 7th 2017
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Mayor Sarno announced Springfield's "Strong, Healthy and Just: Climate Action and Resilience Plan". This plan came together through the participation of hundreds of residents and the hard work of community partners and the Climate Action & Resilience working group, including Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Partners for a Healthier Community, Arise for Social Justice and the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
Apr
13
April, 13th 2017
PHIWM was the lead consultant working with Community Health Solutions and Pioneer Valley Planning Commision to implement Community Health Needs Assessments for the ten hospitals and insurer of the Coalition of Western Massachusetts Hospitals. The Coalition is a partnership between ten non-profit hospitals/health plan in Western Massachusetts: Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center,

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