The Community Health Training Institute’s (CHTI) training season is well underway. As we enter the colder months, it is time to look back at what we have done so far this season and look forward to all the exciting things to come!
CHTI offered the first training of the year, Centering Language in the Pursuit of Health Equity, led by Tonayo Crow and Jasper Lee, in October. The field of public health is ever-changing, so it is important that the language we use evolves simultaneously to address health problems more effectively, build relationships, and foster a safe environment for historically marginalized communities. Inclusive language is a necessity in work to advance health equity. The trainers grounded participants in frameworks of Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and Disability Theory to help the group interrogate public health language, and facilitated small group discussions and activities to empower participants to consider the language they use in their work in communities. The trainers identified strategies and examples of ways participants could use lessons learned to create safe and inclusive spaces in the communities they serve. Here is the link to the recording of the training!
Coalition & Community Conflict Management, led by Gracie Rolfe and Jasper Lee, was offered by CHTI in November. The goal of the training was to help participants identify and practice strategies that best work for them to maintain boundaries and effectively communicate when dealing with conflict that inevitably arises in community and justice work. Participants were introduced to techniques of de-escalation and verbal and non-verbal communication. Large- and small-group discussions, along with role-playing and group brainstorming gave participants the opportunity to practice these strategies and techniques with their peers and learn from each other. Here is the link to the recording of the training!
Looking ahead, CHTI is offering the last training of 2023, Building Brave Spaces Across Difference, on December 5th 10am-1pm. In this training participants will be exploring what it means to act in solidarity with folks with historically marginalized identities including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and members of the disabled community. The trainers, Gracie Rolfe and Jasper Lee, will build from the intersectionality framework to help participants confront the assumptions and unconscious biases they may bring into personal and professional spaces. Through large- and small-group discussions, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, participants will learn how to become better allies to the communities they work with, understand ways to participate in advocacy, and challenge some key assumptions they hold. You can click this link to register, we hope to see you there!
The CHTI team wishes you all a safe and happy New Year! We’ll be back in 2024 with a wonderful line up of trainings. You can always reach us at [email protected] with questions, comments, or feedback. Stay warm!