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Proposals Due October 16th for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference

Friday, October 16th is the deadline for proposals for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) conference, May 12-15, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The conference, “Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships” promises to be CCPH’s best yet as hundreds of community and campus partners convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting!

You are invited to share your knowledge, wisdom and experience by submitting one or more proposals to present at the conference.  Proposals for skill-building workshops, arts-based discussion sessions and posters are being sought for these conference sub-themes:

  • Journeys of transformation
  • Sustaining partnerships and the outcomes they achieve
  • Building capacity
  • Innovative and promising partnership practices
  • Community-based participatory research as a tool for social justice
  • Advancing health equity
  • Interprofessional, interdisciplinary and/or intersectoral collaborations
  • Youth and student leadership

Download the call for proposals at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/conf10-cfp.html

Whether you are new to community-based participatory research, service-learning or community-campus partnerships and looking for basics to get started, or you’ve been involved for years and seeking more advanced knowledge and connections, this is one conference you will not want to miss!

CCPH conferences consistently get rave reviews for time and money well spent for a number of reasons:

  • The CCPH conference draws diverse participants who share a commitment to social justice and a passion for the power of partnerships to transform communities and academe.  Whether a grassroots community activist, a student, a Dean of a medical school, a faculty member, a community health center CEO or a foundation program officer, all CCPH conference participants are embraced for the knowledge, wisdom and experience they bring to the table.
  • The CCPH conference features inspiring keynote presentations, skill-building workshops, discussions by peer group and interest area, educational exhibits, community site visits, local arts programming and many opportunities for informal networking.  We emphasize sessions that go beyond describing a particular partnership, project or issue to analyzing what worked, didn’t work and why, and offering practical ways to apply the information back home.
  • The CCPH conference is always located in cities with ready access to exemplary community-campus partnerships that participants can see and learn from. Portland is home to 10 higher educational institutions, including one (Portland State University) that has received the coveted Carnegie elective classification as a community-engaged institution. Portland is also home to the Northwest Health Foundation, our major conference partner, which identifies community-based participatory research (CBPR) as a significant interest area and is building CBPR capacity in the region.

The benefits of attending continue well beyond the conference.  As noted by CCPH member Peter Levesque, of Knowledge Mobilization Works in Ottawa, “CCPH puts on a great conference…informative, well-run, well-attended, and a great resource for continued contacts and resources.  In fact, I am currently using some materials for a photovoice project in my community that I collected from the 2004 conference in Atlanta!”

Concerned about the cost of attending?  CCPH is committed to keeping conference costs to a minimum and raising funds to support the full participation of community members, students and individuals from countries with emerging and developing economies.  Details will be posted on the CCPH homepage as they become available.

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Joy Garman has served as NCDD's Office Manager since 2006, handling NCDD's member processing, contacts database, financial records, and many other things!

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