Weatherization Workshop
The Center for EcoTechnology is hosting a virtual Weatherization Workshop on Wednesday, October 28 at 2pm and Thursday, October 29 at 6pm.
This workshop will cover ways that you can save energy at home, such as DIY home weatherization and signing up for a Home Energy Assessment. We will also provide resources on other weatherization programs. Whether you rent or own, you can save money and be more comfortable at home with our practical solutions for energy efficiency!
Receive a free weatherization kit with registration, until supplies run out. Register now: https://www.centerforecotechnology.org/weatherization-webinar-registration/
Safe Pest Control for You and  Your Clients:  IPM for Home Visitors and Housing Inspectors

A free virtual training for community health workers, asthma intervention specialists, and housing professionals, featuring presenter Susannah Reese of StopPests in Housing and Cornell University.
Register here

Free Webinar: Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities – Monday, September 28, 2020
Learn about the issue of lead in drinking water in schools and childcare facilities and free state assistance to help address it. Experts from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will discuss the issue of lead in drinking water, the health impacts, and ways to address it. This is especially relevant as facilities reopen after being closed due to the pandemic. Register here.

Springfield Healthy Homes: Pivoting to Address COVID-19 Webinar
On August 4, Sarita Hudson, Director of Programs and Development at the Public Health Institute of Western MA, was a guest speaker at the Massachusetts Community Health Centers Asthma Educators’ Collaborative (MACHCAEC) webinar and shared about successful strategies for home visiting and environmental assessments during COVID-19.
View the recorded webinar and download pdf
Quit Don’t Switch Training
The Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch training is based on the CDC’s Ask–Advise–Refer model, and utilizes updated tools and strategies for conducting an effective brief tobacco intervention with patients identified as tobacco users, including e-cigarettes.
Availability:
Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch brief intervention training
Date: June 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
Time: on-demand
Register here
Cost: Free – Visit the course page to see more details

Past Trainings

Fair Housing and Civil Rights Virtual Workshops

Starting June 2020, Fair Housing and Civil Rights (FHCR) will be hosting free workshops webinars. These workshops will seek to take a look at how some of the hard questions of equity and human rights that we deal with every day are being affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here to learn more about upcoming webinars.

Housing and Health:  What You Need to Know During COVID-19

Join Springfield Healthy Homes, Arise for Social Justice and Focus Springfield as we host Jane Edmonstone and Claudia Quintero from Community Legal Aid for a Facebook Live Chat to discuss what you need to know during the time of COVID-19. Register here. View live on Facebook here.

Topics will include:

  • accessing the courts
  • evictions for private and subsidized housing
  • repairs
  • foreclosure
  • unemployment
Resources for Community Health Workers from NACHW

NACHW has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for CHWs

GHHI SDOH Webinar Series Week 3: Responding to COVID-19 Part II

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) invites you join two webinars this week as part of our Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Webinar Series. For those who are teleworking during the COVID-19 outbreak and others who are interested in the webinar topics, we hope to provide you with valuable weekly training opportunities on how healthy housing impacts social determinants of health, racial equity and economic mobility and offer preventive solutions. Please stay safe and follow all CDC and local health department recommendations regarding the virus.

Responding to COVID-19 through Healthy Housing Interventions Part II
Thursday, April 2, 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET

In this webinar the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will continue coverage of emerging practices to support the safe continuation of healthy housing services during COVID-19 control and response. Presenters will share resources and programming considerations for client intake service providers, community health workers, and other healthy housing program administrators. Session topics will include GHHI’s direct services for case management and our outreach strategies in the Baltimore area. Register for the Webinar

To view Part I please visit the GHHI website

Free Core Competencies and Health Topics Class for CHWs

Holyoke Community College (HCC) is offering FREE Core Competencies and Health Topics class for Community Health Worker (CHW) from May to August 2020. This project is funded by the MassHealth CommonWealth Corporation grant.

The CHW classes will run for 12 weeks, on Wednesday nights 4pm-8.30pm. This program is absolutely FREE of charge, which includes free tuition, fees, and books. By the end of this program, students will earn six college credits. Also, the deadline to register is April 25th, 2020. (View eligibility requirements)

Housing Resource Community Event – April 23, 2020
Come and learn about your housing rights, housing legal assistance, homeless prevention and assistance, and other housing-related services.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 10:00-2:00 PM
MLK, Jr. Family Center, 3 Rutland Street, Springfield, MA
For more information email behealthyhousingevent@baystatehealth.org or call Gloria Wilson at 413-794-4027. Download flyer
14th Annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference
Now in its 14th year, the Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference continues to bring together people who share a commitment to protecting and furthering the rights of all Americans, both regionally and nationwide.
The conference provides an opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of disciplines discuss the state or fair housing and civil rights in America today and share their ideas on how to effectuate change on both a local and national level.
Friday, April 24
Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA
New Lead Safe Housing Rule Trainings and Resources Available

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has launched training and resource web pages to help users review federal lead regulations and the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) Amendment for pre-1978 housing.

Training for Public Health and Housing Practitioners

Join Revitalize CDC for a training on Healthy Homes:  Assessment and Interventions facilitated by Dr. David Turcotte, from UMass Lowell.

Wednesday, January 15- Thursday, January 16
8 AM- 4 PM
Friday, January 17
8:30-12 PM
Community Foundation of WM
333 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Registration deadline by 1/8/20. Space is limited. Register here

Freedom from Smoking Facilitator Trainings

The American Lung Associate will be offering trainings to participants interested in helping adults quit smoking December 5 and February 6. For more information or to register click here.

Webinar:  Spanish Language Translation of the Lead

On November 20th, 2019 at 2:00 PM, the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes OLHCHH), is having a webinar in Spanish, for Spanish speaking audiences. The webinar is about the Spanish language translation of our Lead Paint Safety Field Guide publication. The webinar will be delivered in Spanish by Dr. Brenda Reyes from OLHCCH.

Free Community Health Worker (CHW) Classes at Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College (HCC) is continuing to offer FREE Community Health Worker (CHW) classes through a federal HRSA grant. Through this funding, participants go through 2 courses to build foundational knowledge and skills. Courses are centered around the 10 Core Competencies for CHWs, and include a focus on social determinants of health, behavioral health, and substance use. These classes are aligned with the training requirements for MA State Certification for CHWs.  View flyer for more information.

Square One Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Health Fair

Join Square One for their First Annual Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Health Fair on October 23rd from 11-1 PM.  View flyer.

We invite you to come learn about lead poisoning prevention, network, and build relationships with community members and parents around this important health issue.

This event marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week which brings together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to raise awareness of lead poisoning prevention and reduce childhood exposure to lead.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Health Fair
October 23, 11-1 pm

Square One Family Center, 1095 Main St.

Contact Ramona Matos at rmatos@sdn.org or 858-3116 for more information

Making Space for Hope:  Life After Clutter

An afternoon of empowerment, support, and education for people struggling with clutter and those who support them.

Join Mutual Support Consulting, LLC, on September 7th, 2019, from 1 to 4 PM for the conference: Making Space for Hope: Life After Clutter, at UMass. For more info, visit their website at www.mutual-support.com.

Asthma Home Visiting Training for CHWs

Register for a free four-day training event on Asthma Home Visiting Training for Community Health Workers, no later than August 16th! This training helps support CHWs in their unique roles with the support of seasoned CHWs and experts in the field and to connect to a broader network of support.

National Healthy Homes Month Webinar Series

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Health Homes Partnership is presenting a webinar series beginning the end of May and running through June to support 2019 National Health Homes Month (NHHM).

Click here for a listing of the 2019 webinars including registration information.  For updates to these webinars and to get other information about National Healthy Homes Month, please visit OLHCHH’s National Healthy Homes Month website.

Free Web Course:  Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and the ADA

This course is for anyone involved in the housing transaction process from housing providers, housing advocates, people with disabilities and more.  it covers the rights of people with disabilities in housing under the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This course addresses the definition of disability, the differences between accommodations and modifications, documentation of disability that a housing provider may require, undue burden, fundamental alteration and the request process.

Length: Approximately 2 hours

Certificate of Course Completion: Yes

For more information and registration go to Learn.NewEnglandADA.org

Note: This course is self-paced and available 24/7.

Need help paying your gas bill or want to sign up for First Time Home Buyers Class?

Springfield Partners for Community Action provides assistance to assist higher middle class gas customers pay their gas bills.  View flyer for more information. They also offer free First Time Home Buyer classes that are HUD certified and CHAPA approved.  Next class starts in May. View flyer.

Asthma Basics for Health Homes Practitioners Webinar
This free, one hour, online, instructor-led course, presented by the Healthy Homes Training Center and with funding from HUD, will briefly examine the causes of asthma and circumstances that trigger asthma attacks. Specifically, professionals will be provided with practical information to identify and address environmental conditions in the home that may cause and trigger asthma attacks. They will also be offered real world examples and pragmatic advice to encourage clients to make changes in their home that will positively influence their family’s health and well-being. Register here
Asthma Educator Institute

The RI Association of Certified Asthma Educators (RIACAE), American Lung Association  (ALA), and the RI Department of Health’s Asthma Control Program (RIACP) are happy to announce the 2019 Asthma Educator Institute’s Preparatory Course for Asthma Education Certification on  May 16th-17th.  More info or to register.

Family Child Care Provider Training

MAAP’s FREE online certificate training on healthy homes. Creating a Healthy Home and Managing Asthma

Housing Providers and Nurses

Healthy Housing Solutions Online Training Center Online and face-to-face courses for housing http://healthyhousingsolutions.com/hhtc/

Free training for Nurses
  • Pediatric Environmental Home Assessment Course
Community Health Workers

Ongoing Trainings

Springfield offers free construction training program for unemployed

The city is co-sponsoring a free construction training course for unemployed residents from eligible neighborhoods, which begins in September during after-school hours. Masslive article.

Training for Landlords
Basics of Rental Property Management

This workshop includes an overview of basic residential rental property management in Massachusetts that provides an introduction to the Massachusetts laws that govern the rental relationship. Important for all owners of rental properties, including owners of 2-4 family homes.

Topics covered include:
•    proper tenant screening
•    relations with tenants
•    lead paint laws
•    types of tenancies
•    State Sanitary Code
•    fair housing laws
•    the eviction process
•    how to deal with drug problems

Trainer: H. John Fisher

Certificates of completion are awarded at the end of the session; this workshop satisfies the course requirement for first-time buyers of multi-family homes.  Registration fee is $90 (includes WayFinders‘s Property Management Manual).

Click here for upcoming dates and information on how to register.

Financial Training for Residents

Financial Literacy Workshop

Springfield Partners for Community Actions holds FREE Financial Literacy Workshops to help residents set up household budgets, establish savings accounts, reduce debt, build and maintain credit and more. New sessions begin every month, and consist of four classes each.  Workshops are free and open to all Springfield residents of moderate or low incomes.

Click here for workshop calendar and information on how to register.

Financial Fitness Education

Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services provides FREE Financial Fitness education to identify the obstacles that prevent people from buying a home, helps them develop a plan and budget, and monitors the customer’s progress towards overcoming the obstacles. The workshops are ten hours of intensive education covering topics including:

  • Credit Issues
  • Getting and Staying Out of Debt
  • Managing Your Money
  • Beginning a Banking Relationship
  • Creating Wealth for You and Your Family
  • Predatory Lending Tactics to avoid

Click here for the class schedule and information on how to register.

Previous Trainings

The Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative has coordinated and convened numerous trainings over the past few years.  Click here for information about previous trainings.

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