The Community Health Training Institute (the Training Institute) provides targeted skills development to individuals and teams working to build healthy communities in Massachusetts. We customize our in-person trainings and webinars around core competencies that include: Coalition Building; Leadership; Policy and Systems Change; Communications; Health Equity; Youth Development; Strategic Planning and Evaluation.
Training Institute staff members are experts in creating, planning, and evaluating high-impact training experiences. Because we are seasoned community health professionals, we understand your unique training needs from firsthand experience.
Daisy Ortega, Director
Daisy Ortega, M.Ed, serves as the Project Director at the Community Health Training Institute. In this role, she ensures the development and delivery of an innovative, high-quality set of training services. She develops and monitors the work and budget; manages the team; and provides overall project direction and vision.
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Daisy is a Director of Health Resources in Action’s Training and Capacity Building Department. In that role, Daisy works tirelessly to deliver cutting edge capacity building programs centered on youth development, program improvement and planning and community building and mobilization. She has developed and presented various trainings and regularly facilitates discussion on topics such as: the positive youth development approach, community organizing and building, public speaking, conflict resolution and violence prevention, supervising youth, program and project planning and team building among other topics. Additionally, Daisy provides technical assistance to individuals, programs, organizations and funders to integrate the youth development approach model into their practice and programs. Daisy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) from Lesley University.
Gina Rodriguez, Project Manager
Gina Rodriguez serves as the Project Manager for the Community Health Training Institute. Gina identifies and manages trainers; provides guidance on training curricula; builds and manages online courses; leads participant recruitment efforts; leads all marketing and communication activities; and manages the analysis of evaluation data to support ongoing quality monitoring and improvement.
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Gina Rodriguez is a Boston native, born and raised. Her work experience and passion includes over ten years of working with youth and adults in the City of Boston. In her decade of involvement with non-profit programming, Gina has built up her skills in interactive training and facilitation. She has facilitated trainings for over 400 youth, has worked in the classrooms with Boston Public School teachers and has forged relationships between the Boston Police Department and community members in some of Boston’s most disenfranchised neighborhoods. Most recently, Gina has been working with pregnant and parenting teens at Crittenton Women’s Union, mentoring and providing one-on-one services to help them achieve their goals (a cause she holds dear to her heart since she herself was a mother at a young age and was able to receive support and guidance from her own mentors). Gina received her youth worker certification from Boston After School and Beyond, and she also recently graduated from the Paraprofessional Development Program through the Boston Public School Office of Human Capital. She has a myriad of educational knowledge and years of training experience that will strengthen and enrich The Community Health Training Institute and the Peer Leaders Promoting Safe Driving Initiative, the two projects she will be managing.
Kelly Danckert, Events and Communications Coordinator
Kelly Danckert serves as the Events and Communications Coordinator for the Community Health Training Institute and the Peer Leaders Promoting Safe Driving Initiative. In this role, Kelly oversees events coordination; marketing and communications; training/webinar logistics; and provides overall administrative support to the project and team.
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After participating in a yearlong research symposium in South Africa studying the impacts housing and health equity have on health outcomes, Kelly Danckert developed a strong passion for community health and engagement. She spent her time in Cape Town working with non-profits to educate and empower citizens about their rights surrounding healthcare and housing policy, as well as working on treatment literacy campaigns for HIV positive populations. Prior to that, Kelly was an intern in Senator Edward J. Markey’s office, working on healthy housing initiatives and asbestos regulation. During her undergraduate career, she pursued her passion for writing with jobs at The Boston Globe and her university’s nonfiction magazine. Kelly earned her degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston.