MOCHA Springfield is a project of the YMCA of Greater Springfield
Downtown Springfield Y Family Center
275 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01104
MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.
Participants: Measurable impact on attitudes and health Community: Impact on friends and family, reduced disparities citywide Process: New precedent for collaborative, transparent, stake-holder-driven initiatives with accountability and results
WHAT IS MOCHA?
- Collaborative health program designed to fight health disparities in men of color – funded through the Massachusetts DPH
- Campaign (to raise awareness and increase knowledge among men of color about staying healthy in body, mind and spirit)
- Movement (to promote social attitudes and norms about masculinity and men of color that enhance individual, family and community health)
- Spirit (that is moving us to remember the power of connection and love for inner and outer healing)
MOCHA Men make the pledge. It’s a commitment to themselves and their families.
Take the Pledge:
“My community is in need. It is in need of me. It is in need of my fatherhood and brotherhood. I pledge to be present. My presence depends on my health. My community depends on me. I pledge to be healthier in mind, body and spirit. I will foster this in my family. I will carry this in my community.”
MOCHA 2012 Evaluation Report
(A report on the performance and outcomes of the Men of Color Health Awareness initiative in Springfield, MA)
2012-2013 Progress Report
DPH MOCHA Site Visit Presentation