Meeting Notes 7/9/20

Meeting Notes 7/9/20

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Date:   April 11, 2019

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library


Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service organizations; faith based organizations; the business community; education providers; property managers; and residents coming together with a goal to create safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhoods through information sharing, identifying at-risk youth, referrals and community efforts in specific Holyoke neighborhoods.

Welcome & Introduction                                         1:00pm - 1:05pm        

Liv Anna Homstead, MSW, Special Project Coordinator, HCC       1:05pm - 1:20pm

Free Community Health Worker Courses at HCC

Liv Anna introduced herself as being the project coordinator for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program.  She continued to say that HCC offers training with a focus on integrating behavioral health and substance use treatment into healthcare and human service settings.  They have grant funding that is offered for community health worker classes. Massachusetts Department of Public Health has defined CHW role with 10 core competencies surrounding the CHW role. They have identified over 50 recognized job titles that fall underneath the CHW umbrella.  They are seeing more CHW integrated into coordinated care teams, and it as a growing field especially in the shifts in MassHealth. Since 2014 HCC has been rolling out CHW program. Have seen a growing interest. 

HCC has two grants which fully-fund two options for CHW training. That means that there's not cost for tuition, books, or fees for students. All classes are aligned with training requirements for State Certification for CHWs

Option 1 (funded through MassHealth grant)

Two semesters June-December

Seven college credits

1st class - CHW core competencies class held summer 2019 on Tuesdays from 4-8:30 pm in Greenfield

2nd class - Health Topics class held fall 2019 online

Eligibility: High school diploma or HISET, proof of college English or take placement test.

Option 2 (funded by HRSA)

Three consecutive semesters (one class each semester) 

Starts dates: Fall 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020

10 college credits

1st class - CHW core competency class

2nd class - Health topics class

3rd class - practicum class and 125 placement at service provider or health centers (depends on which semester you start)

Focus is on behavioral health and substance use, classes held evenings and Saturdays at HCC, and some online

Dedicated support and job assistance

To enroll: must have High school diploma or HISET, Proof of college English or take placement test, go through CORI/SORI prior to course enrollment, Commitment to 3 course training sequence.


Can you take two to three classes at a time to finish quicker? You would have to take 1 course a semester.

Do you help CHW with job placement and do you know the pay scale? 20-25 an hour. Certain type of student no age limit. No specific requirement but need high school equivalency and ability to place into college English. Kathy Anderson stated that HMC can offer site placement for interns enrolled in CHW.

Liv Anna passed around flyers for HCC and Greenfield Community College, she passed around two separate flyers for both training pathways.

Agency Overview and Updates                                                              1:20pm - 2:20pm

Sara Page: Wayfinders

Involved with working with group called the Chestnut Alliance in the Churchill neighborhood. Planning to partner on the upcoming clean-up May 4th and working on another one in early June. Supported the mini golf in library. Working on See CLICK Fix app for city departments to fix lights etc and alert sent to the right department.

Kathy Anderson: HMC
Community coordinator at Holyoke Medical Center. The hospital is doing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is part of the hospital’s strategic plan that evaluates the overall health of the community. It will identify recurring causes of poor health within the communities they serve, and then focus our resources to support and drive positive change with the identified barriers. Transportation, food, etc. assesses to get health. HMC also does a community dinner twice per month and Kathy tickets if anyone knows of anyone that would like to attend.

Incentive to fill out survey, participants can enter to win an Apple IWatch. The results are anonymous and will help to identify the most pressing health needs in the community. Kathy passed out flyer for the link that connects to the survey.

Jose Bou: Holyoke Public School District

4/27 math carnival event from 10am-2pm at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street. For parents to get involved through workshops and tools for parents with children in all grades. Two escape rooms. Slime room and 2 virtual reality headsets. There will be exercises with music and dancing. Food 500 dollars in raffles. They will have nine bus stops to pick parents and families up. Jose passed on out some flyers.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Sandy reported out on their Mini golf fundraiser. Over 350 families registered for event. Last year 230 tickets sold. 2 robotically animation holes through Holyoke Codes on 17 and 18 holes. Able to raise $5000 for the library.

James Biscoe: Clean Slate

Provide outpatient substance abuse therapy using both soboxone and vivitrol. Many locations across the state.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Kids’ week (4/15/19-4/19/19) at the Hope for Holyoke Center during school vacation week. They will be having a “Sober sip and paint” on 4/27. Open Easter Sunday for two hours.

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Annual healthy kids’ day on 4/27. It is a free event from 12-2 promoting family engagement.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Flats building open for residents as a community center. Kicking off 2k19 ‘keep it clean’ campaign on 4/27 and willing to collaborate with other agencies and families to clean-up various areas. She stated if anyone is interested in coordinating a clean-up, they will partner and have some supplies. 5/4 HSNI will be partnering with them #keepitclean.

Around the world in 80 Days’ is coming back for its fourth year. One Holyoke CDC continues to partner with MIFA Victory Theatre and Holyoke High School Performing and Media Arts Academy. The event will be on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7pm. The venue will be Peck School at 1916 Northampton St. in Holyoke. Tickets for General Admission $20 and $10 for Students with ID.

Jessie Channell: MSPCC

Survivor services. Looking to get some groups started with youth and or parents that have a history of trauma.

Luis Perez: Foodbank of Western Mass

Snap outreach coordinator. Goes around helping fill out applications for snap benefits for people that can’t get to DTA. Applications can be streeful and by his assisting it alevates stress and he forwards the information to DTA to get client approved. He passed out a flyer in Spanish and English.

Yajaira Pagan-Marquez: CFCE

They are funded under the Headstart umbrella. Offer programs such as how they partner with ‘learn in motion’ at the library. They work with dad and mom and look for positive male role models. Play group at Enlace de familia. Book buddy program drop off books at your door step for 8 weeks at the end of the 8 weeks, child gets a free book. Willing to partner on other events.

Raul Matta: Springfield Technical Community College (STCC)- Workforce Development 

Talked about the Workforce Development program at STCC. STCC is looking to enroll those who are chronically unemployed or underemployed in theT.R.A.I.N. program, a Work Readiness training and Advanced Manufacturing training. The goal of the program is to offer participants training on how to find, apply, and interview for a job. Then participants will receive specific training about Advanced Manufacturing (a fast growing industry that offers good paying entry level positions with opportunity for advancement) and be encouraged to do paid internships with local employers. During the Advanced Manufacturing training, participants will create fidget spinners using the Advanced Manufacturing laboratory at STCC. The engineering professors will teach participants how to use the machines and local employers will judge the final products during a final event. Our hope is that the local employers will be able to offer participants interviews the day of the final event and offer employment opportunities. Participants must be 18 years old and complete a brief intake process before the program begins. 

The Work Readiness training is from May 6, 2019 through May 24, 2019. Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 1:15 pm. Advanced Manufacturing training will follow in early June. 

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical

Crosspoint is a faithbased mental health agency. They are client centered and capable of serving those that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts. They do workshops out in the community. Made well workshop on Saturday. Pastor luncheon a couple of weeks ago to bring all faith together.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677

Sergio Vecente: MassHire

Thanked everyone that helped with the youth job fair that took place yesterday and thanked the Shannon partners and Holyoke Public Schools. 300 youth came through and spoke with employers. Youth obtained summer youth employment applications program ages 14-24. Additional applications can be pick-up at MassHire Holyoke.

Terry Britton: VA employment representative at Masshire

Assist veterans that served active duty for at least 180 days that need to get connected to employment goals through job readiness skills and employment. They assist veterans dealing with PTSD and refer to other partners. If you know a Veteran, please refer them to the program. Also looking to connect with employers looking to hire Vets through Department of Labor on medallion program. Human services forum 5/15 having a job fair at the War Memorial Building.

Jamie Santiago MSPCC

Mental health services for youth 6-18 in Holyoke, they are taking referrals.

Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentoring Partnership

MMP is a statewide organization that provides training and support to community agencies supporting relationships, including the HSNI coaches. They do trainings around cultural responsiveness. Looking at state level for funding last year they received $750,000 in funding.   Presently, they have a bill at the Representative level proposed for 1 million and need bill to pass and asked for support from community to continue in offering support success mentoring program. 4/25 9-3:30 youth voice training at South Hadley Library.

Jonathan Alicea: Latino Counseling Center

Eight years ago when he came from Puerto Rico and worked for Gandara in Holyoke for three years. Jonathan has a past in the criminal justice system, he has bachelors in Criminal Justice and a Masters in the Mental Health field and currently has his own practice called the Latino Counseling Center.

Libertad Altreche Bey: Libertad Entertainment

Runs multimedia companies and is a native of Holyoke.

Family Fun Night at Morgan: 4/26/19                                                  2:20pm - 2:25pm

 Eddie mentioned there will be a family fun night at Morgan on Friday, April 26th and agency represented are welcome to partner with us and volunteer.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, May 9th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • Basketball Leagues: 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th (YMCA), sign-up 5/3 and 5/10 @ 6pm
  • Basketball Leagues: 7th & 8th and High School (Boys & Girls Club) 5/23 and 5/29 @ 6pm
  • Citywide Clean Up: Saturday, May 4th, 9am to 12pm cookout to follow.
  • Back to School Event: Saturday, August 17th 1pm to 5pm

Close Meeting                                                                                         2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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