Massachusetts “Springs” Into Action!
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Month of May 2013 has many Shaping Policy for Health™ trainings scheduled. One of the first was Course 1: Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem which was held in Sturbridge, MA on May 1-2, 2013. The training was hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Division of Prevention and Wellness. The SPH™ National Trainers were Nancy Berger and Karen Krzanowski. DHPE's Training Manager, LaQueisa Haynes, came along to observe. There were 17 participants. We worked with Jean Zotter, Director of the Office on Integrated Policy, Planning and Management, and Tracy Evans, Program Coordinator of the same office. Their second Course 1 is being held on May 9-10, 2013 in Natick, MA.
Here are a few of the comments that participants shared about the Sturbridge, MA training (see below):
"I found the training enlightening and absorbing-and a bit overwhelming.Both Nancy and Karen worked very well with our group, responding to comments and suggestions, while at the same time covering so much information. In particular, I found the practical examples from their work experiencesthat they both shared throughout each phase of the trainingreallyvaluable. Thanks so much.”
Ruth Grabel, MPA
Division of Prevention and Wellness
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
"It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, share & learn from the many different perspectives others brought to the table. I thought that the small & large group exercises were well designed & a very useful hands-on way to ‘practice' new or enhanced skills. The ‘take away' handouts are excellent references for use in formulating & managing strategies to improve a wide variety of population based health interventions.
Nancy & Karen, along with LaQueisa were engaging, energetic and most importantly, flexible in their willingness to make minor adjustments to the training based on day one feedback – always the sign of good trainers! Karen did a great job of defining & differentiating between health equity & health disparities – one that I will use often in the work I do.
I look forward to having an opportunity to participate in the other Shaping policy trainings. Thanks again to the DHPE team, fellow trainees & to my DPH counterparts who did a great job organizing food & logistics - take a bow everyone!”
Health Disparities Reduction Grants Manager
Office of Health Equity. MDPH
"Thank you for your fabulous work and I really wish you could spend 6 months with us in Boston so we could absorb more of your wisdom and get more time to learn from you.”
"I spoke with Karen before I left Tuesday and told her I finally attended a training where I not only learned something valuable, but also could immediately apply it to my direct responsibilities as well as indirect (committees and such). Many thanks for your time well spent, from my perspective”.
Phyllis Kaplan, RN, BSN
Clinical Health Information Systems Advisor
Improve Health for Populations & Communities, Masspro
Sturbridge, MA is a very beautiful place, as is seen the photos, especially in the spring.