MOCHA Springfield is a project of the YMCA of Greater Springfield
Downtown Springfield Y Family Center
275 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01104


MOCHA office
P 813.775.8558






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


  • 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 Brochure
MOCHA Application
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


MOCHA Sponsors:

MIM Logo AMA Logo MA HHS Logo MRI Logo MA Commonwealth Logo
SPHHS Logo TSI Logo WMC for HC Logo LaPrensa Logo El Sol Logo


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