At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we created United We Help Fall River; a Collaboration of United Neighbors and United Way of Greater Fall River. Our usual coalition meetings have been consolidated into four community collaborative meetings via Zoom. Our hope is to return to meeting by individual coalition when we are back to face to face meetings. Below are the times of the meetings:

Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom
May 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom

Understanding Gender Identity

Discussions of Gender and Gender Identity are Everywhere. Concepts of Gender are being discussed even as new terms are being created. It’s ok if you are struggling to figure out what it all means; you’re not alone if you’re confused. This series provides information and tools needed for those new to the topic and for those who want to deepen their understanding. This is meant to be a safe place to ask questions. Participants will receive Janna’s toolkit of practical tips you can use in everyday life to support trans people in your families/organizations/communities.

Facilitated by Janna Barkin, author, educator, parent coach, support group facilitator, and parent of a transgender child.

Three-session Zoom series, including two educational sessions (one hour each –
1 NASW CEU each) and a special storytelling panel (two hours – 2 NASW CEUs).

Session 1 (April 14, 12:30 – 1:30, 1 NASW CEU)
Foundations of Gender- vocabulary, definitions
Pronouns-why they are important and how to make the adjustment
Register here.

Session 2 (May 12, 12:30 – 1:30 1 NASW CEU)
Fathers and Gender – fathers and families “in transition”
Myths and Truths about gender and being trans
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Session 3 (May 18, 12:30 – 2:30 2 NASW CEUs)
Storytelling Panel
How to be an Ally
Questions and Answers
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Menstrual Equity 101 @ via Zoom
May 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Menstruation is increasingly recognized as an issue in domestic and global public health. Menstrual cycles have not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, period poverty — the inability to afford menstrual products — has increased as job insecurity, homelessness, and food insecurity continue to rise. There is a growing menstrual equity movement to not only end period poverty but to address menstruation education and stigma, and to ensure that people have access to health care resources, empowering a generation of unapologetic menstruators.
Participants will learn the basics of reproductive health (specifically menstruation
and menstrual hygiene management), understand the importance of addressing
period poverty and other forms of period trauma, examine the role of fathers and menstrual hygiene management and identify tools for supporting youth and adults who menstruate. At the end of the training, participants will have the knowledge and skills they need to support menstruators and feel comfortable sharing information about menstruation with others.

2 CEUs Awarded
This program is approved for 2 Social Worker Continuing Education Units for relicensure in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and The Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

Joint Program of Fathers & Family Network South Coast, The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, and Cape Cod Fathers & Family Network
The Fathers and Family Network is a statewide networking and training group for professionals who work with fathers. The group helps professionals enhance skills, learn new strategies for engaging fathers, and coordinate services across the state.