CCPH Partnership Matters Newsletter

©2005 by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health


Volume VII, Issue I, January 7, 2005


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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is pleased to announce the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative.  Funded by a three-year $563,842 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Collaborative is comprised of a diverse group of ten health professional schools that seek to recognize and reward community engagement as central to the role of faculty members at their own institutions and nationally.  


The Collaborative responds to recommendations of many prominent national groups that are calling upon health professional schools to be more engaged in their communities, including the Institute of Medicine, the Pew Health Professions Commission and the Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions.   All of these groups advance partnerships with communities as an essential strategy for improving health professional education, increasing health workforce diversity and eliminating health disparities.   Unfortunately, community engagement often conflicts with how faculty are recognized and rewarded.  “There are many faculty members in health professional schools across the country who are passionate about their work in communities and who are pursuing it despite the prevailing academic culture and reward system,” notes CCPH executive director Sarena D. Seifer.  “We applaud and support their efforts.  However, until community-based teaching, research and service is accepted as genuine scholarship and adequately recognized and rewarded in the faculty promotion and tenure system, they will continue to be marginalized and isolated from the academic mainstream.  The Collaborative is at its core about changing institutional culture and incentives to realize the promise of the engaged campus.” 


The Collaborative aims to increase support for community-engaged scholarship in the participating schools and in health professional schools nationally.   Campus teams reflecting such key stakeholders as community partners, provosts, deans, department chairs, promotion & tenure committees and faculty members will convene for the first annual meeting of the Collaborative from February 16-18, 2005 in Nashville, TN.    The teams will be supported in their campus change efforts through ongoing opportunities for training, technical assistance and information-sharing.  Strategic partnerships with national organizations will facilitate the dissemination of lessons learned to the broader health professions education community.  By the conclusion of the three-year project, the schools participating in the Collaborative will have significantly changed their promotion & tenure systems to recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship and stimulated similar actions in schools across the country.


The schools participating in the collaborative, in alphabetical order, are: Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Case Western University School of Nursing, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, University of Massachusetts Worcester School of Nursing, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


CCPH welcomes suggestions of key articles, reports, people and programs that can inform the Collaborative’s work.  Questions and suggestions may be sent to program director Jen Kauper-Brown by e-mail:, by phone: 206/543-7954, by fax: 206-685-6747  or by mail: UW Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195-4809.


Stay connected with the project and related work through the Community-Engaged Scholarship electronic discussion group at  Project updates and reports will also be posted on the CCPH website as they become available at

To learn more about the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, visit the FIPSE website at




The Canadian Association of Community Service-Learning has just been launched with funding from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.  The Association will be housed at the University of Guelph for its first year. First steps include legal incorporation as a non-profit association, development of a website and online clearinghouse, creation of logo and identifiers, and establishment of the date and location for an annual conference. A Canadian service-learning listserv has been set up.  To subscribe, please send an email to that reads: SUBSCRIBE canadian-service-learning your name


For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Rose Interim Executive Director, Canadian Association for Community Service-Learning at





No single sector of society is to blame for the current epidemic of childhood obesity, and all of us will have to work together to correct the problem, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said in a report released September 30. But the report goes on to outline some specific steps that the various sectors of society including schools must take to overcome what the IOM calls "this terrible threat to our children's health."


Here are some of the report's recommendations:


For parents: Make progress toward a more active lifestyle. "Parents should encourage children to engage in regular physical activity, provide them with healthful foods, and serve as good role models. The report recommends that parents limit television viewing to no more than two hours a day. However, parents and families acting alone cannot reverse the climbing rates of obesity," said Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan, who chaired the IOM study committee. "Changes are needed in our schools and communities, as well as at the national level. Just as it was imperative to make changes across society to protect youth from the hazards of tobacco smoking, it is now critical to alter social norms and attitudes so that healthful eating behaviors and regular physical activity become a daily part of life for our children and youth."


For schools: At all levels, from preschool through high school, implement nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies for all foods and beverages served on school grounds, including those dispensed by vending machines. Expand opportunities for all students to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Coordinate changes in the curriculum, the advertising that is done in schools, school health services, and after-school activities to assure that all offer the potential to help prevent obesity.


For health care professionals: Use their access and influence to discuss a child's weight status with his or her parents and make recommendations on dietary intake and physical activity. Training in using body mass index (BMI) charts and counseling patients and families on weight issues should be a part of the curriculum in health professional schools.


For the food, beverage, and entertainment industries: Voluntarily develop and implement guidelines for advertising and marketing directed at children and youth. Congress should give the Federal Trade Commission authority to monitor compliance with those guidelines and establish external review boards to prohibit ads that fail to comply. Restaurants should continue to expand their offerings of nutritious foods and beverages and should provide calorie content and other nutrition information.


For community organizations and state and local governments: Expand programs that promote physical activity and healthful eating. Improve the built environment--roads, bike paths, sidewalks, and playgrounds by prioritizing these components for capital investment and examining zoning ordinances.


For the federal government: Provide the leadership that is needed to make obesity prevention a national public health priority. Develop pilot programs to explore changes in federal food assistance programs that could promote healthful eating. Increase support for obesity prevention programs, surveillance, and research.


Citing the "alarming rate" at which childhood obesity is growing in America, the report notes that the rate of obesity in preschool children and adolescents has more than doubled in the past three decades, and the rate for children 6 to 11 years old has tripled. Approximately 9 million children over 6 years of age are now considered obese, and the amount of weight carried by the heaviest children is greater than it was 30 years ago.


The Institute of Medicine report was requested by members of Congress who asked for guidance in developing a science-based approach to childhood obesity. The report, "Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance," is available online at





The CDC has announced the award of a seven-year, $73 million contract to provide a single point of contact for consumers and health professionals to access comprehensive, timely, and credible health information.


"Communicating directly with the American public has become a vital part of CDC's role in protecting the nation's health and safety," said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. "With this unified approach, we will get the right health information to the right people at the right time."


The new service will integrate more than 40 hotlines, clearinghouses, automated voice and facsimile response systems into one comprehensive contact service center available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The contact center will cover telephone, facsimile, e-mail, postal mail, and web-based contacts and responses and include multilingual and hearing-impaired services.


"Pearson Government Solutions has been contracted by CDC to use the industry's leading approaches and technologies to provide the best consumer experience possible," said CDC Chief Operating Officer Bill Gimson. "Through this action, we increase the level of service and breadth of health information available to the consumer at one phone number."


Pearson provides consumer information services for more than 32 federal programs, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.


CDC currently responds to more than 3 million public inquiries a year on such topics as international travel, childhood immunizations, obesity, heart disease and stroke, adolescent health, terrorism preparedness, disease outbreaks, injuries, birth defects, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and environmental threats.


"We are very excited about this new opportunity to improve CDC's service to the public and health professionals," said Jim Seligman, CDC Chief Information Officer. "Accurate health information is vitally important for people to make good health choices. While CDC's website has grown dramatically to over 10 million visitors a month, many consumers need other means to get health information or want an integrated approach between direct person-to-person and electronic interactions."


The new toll-free consolidated consumer response service will be phased in during the next few months. Callers can continue to use existing CDC hotline numbers. As the new contract is implemented, calls from existing hotlines will automatically be transferred to the new number.


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The New Year marks new beginnings, including for us here at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.   With this issue of Partnership Matters newsletter we unveil a number of new developments:


First, we have made what we hope are significant improvements to the format and content of the newsletter.   Thanks to the many responses we received to last year’s reader survey and to the efforts of editor Annika Robbins and webmaster Kat Ascharya, you’ll notice these and other changes:


§    The newsletter is now in HTML format, allowing you to easily scan each issue and link directly to resources that   interest you.

§    The newsletter is no longer password protected.  CCPH members will continue to be notified of new issues as they are posted on the website every other Friday, ensuring members receive the information in a timely manner.

§    Listings for upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, calls for papers and other time-sensitive items will remain up on the website until the deadline has passed.  In the past, readers would have had to open up and scan back issues for previously announced items or miss them altogether.


Second, as CCPH staff members have excelled in their work, taken on new responsibilities and embraced new opportunities, their positions have changed to recognize their new roles.   Annika Robbins has been promoted from administrative coordinator to administrative director as she enters her third year on the CCPH staff.  Jen Kauper-Brown, in her second year on the CCPH staff, has been promoted from program coordinator to program director.  Congratulations to both!


CCPH is a dynamic organization. We are continuously working to expand our capacity and improve our programs and services.  We are driven by our desire to equip you with the knowledge, skills and strategies you need to create and sustain successful health-promoting community-campus partnerships.   We encourage and welcome your questions, comments and suggestions at any point throughout the year!


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The November 2004 issue of the international Journal of Interprofessional Care is focused on the theme of community-based participatory research. Visit for the table of contents and abstracts. 


CCPH executive director Sarena D. Seifer and program director Jen Kauper-Brown served as issue co-editors. Seifer and CCPH senior consultant Diane Calleson co-authored a paper in the issue on "Health professional faculty perspectives on

community-based research: implications for policy and practice."  The article can be downloaded at


For more resources on CBPR, visit



CCPH Manages Proposal Merit Review Process


The Medical College of Wisconsin Board of Trustees has approved the 2004 slate of projects for the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program. To read about the program and the new funding awards, visit



Community-Campus Partnerships for Health facilitated the level I merit review process of the proposals submitted for funding.  All proposals were expected to embrace community health improvement, principles of community-academic partnerships and the principles of stewardship.  To read more about the review process, visit


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More CCPH members means a diversity of viewpoints, ideas and perspectives and a stronger voice to influence policies that affect community-campus partnerships. When you recruit new members you’ll also reward yourself. When you recruit a new CCPH member, both you and the new member will be entered into a drawing for $100 CCPH dollars. These dollars can be used to purchase CCPH products, such as publications, registrations for CCPH events and additional memberships.  In addition, the CCPH member who recruits the most new members will receive $150 CCPH dollars!  Start recruiting now - this special ends on January 30, 2005!


Just refer your colleagues to join online by credit card:  or by check:  


Make sure the new member enters your name in the application section, “How did you hear about CCPH?” 


If you have any questions, or would like us to send you some CCPH membership brochures, please contact us at (206) 543-8178 or


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For more event listings, visit CCPH’s website at


March 1-3, 2005: Visit the CCPH exhibit at the 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control: Health Disparities: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference will focus on efforts to eliminate disparities and will explore more rigorous approaches for accomplishing the Healthy People 2010 objectives. The major goal of the conference is to accelerate the rate of progress in improving the lives for those at highest risk for poor health, including racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income and less educated populations. To learn more about the CDC conference, visit


March 3-5, 2005: Community Health Solutions- Keeping the Drive Alive, the second joint conference of the Association for

Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and Communities Joined in Action (CJA) in Tampa, Florida. CCPH will be facilitating an interactive workshop entitled “Health Institutions as Economic and Community Anchors: Case Studies and Practical Strategies” at the conference. Visit the web site for the latest information and on-line registration:  or




For details on all upcoming event listings, visit CCPH’s website at


February 4, 2005: Health In Foreign Policy Forum 2005 in Washington, DC.


February 19-23, 2005: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) 2005 Annual Conference on Delivering Results: Improving Pregnancy and Birth in Washington, D.C.


February 21-25, 2005: The Second Congress on Integral Adolescent Health Care and First Caribbean Congress on Integral Adolescent Health Care in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.


February 23-25, 2005: Epidemiology in Action: Intermediate Methods Course at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


February 25, 2005: 26th Annual University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health Minority Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


March 20-25, 2005: The Community Development Academy is offering three courses in Springs, Missouri.


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Cervical Health Awareness Month, January

Although cervical cancer is highly preventable and treatable, women continue to develop cervical cancer in the US at the rate of about 12,000-14,000 per year. About 4000 women die from cervical cancer in the United States every year. Free Cervical Cancer Screening Day occurs the second Friday of every January (this year, January 14th).  This is a day to encourage clinicians and labs to provide free Pap tests to women who are unable to afford it and haven't had a Pap test in 3 years or more.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition -
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

National Birth Defects Prevention Month, January

Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

March of Dimes -
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

Healthy Weight Week, January 16-22

Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy lifestyles that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Eat well, live actively, and feel good about yourself and others. It's a welcome change from the dieting and bingeing that typically begin the New Year!

Healthy Weight -
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -


After School Programs: A Tool for State and Local Policy Makers


This tool provides a framework for estimating supply and demand -- from basic steps to an in-depth review -- by summarizing and highlighting experiences in a number of states. This tool describes the ways states and communities have made estimates and included lessons learned from pioneers in the field.


Harvard SPH Report Examines the Use of Rape as a Weapon of War


In the Darfur region of western Sudan, government-backed militia have engaged in widespread rape of the non-Arab community.  Recent international criminal tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia have made convictions for wartime rape, yet there is currently no system providing accountability or justice in Darfur. At the request of USAID, the Franois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, with assistance from Physicians for Human Rights, produced a report on this subject.  Dr. Jennifer Leaning, director of the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the FXB Center and Ms. Tara R. Gingerich, program manager, Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights, FXB Center, co-authored the report.


To read the full report, visit:


University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s (GSPH) Stephen Thomas appears on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees


Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the Center for Minority Health and Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice at the University of Pittsburgh GSPH, were interviewed on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees program on December 2, as part of a segment regarding conspiracy theories and HIV/AIDS among African-Americans. Dr. Thomas was asked to comment on what some believe is a conspiracy by the US government to eliminate African-Americans and other "undesirable" populations through the creation and spread of the HIV/AIDS virus.  Dr. Thomas spoke of a study he conducted with Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn, associate dean of student affairs and education and associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences at GSPH.  Study results show that this belief among the African-American community could be traced directly to the history of the infamous Tuskegee study.


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National Library of Medicine (NLM) Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

Deadlines: Feb 1, June 1, Nov 1


The NLM Grants are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to US health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences.


Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health Program Grant Announcement

Deadline: Feb 1


The ultimate goal of this program announcement is to encourage the development of health research that integrates knowledge from the biomedical and social sciences. For details, visit


Youth Nutrition and Fitness Programs

Deadline: Feb 1


The goal of the General Mills Champions Youth Nutrition and Fitness Initiative is to improve youth nutrition and fitness across the U.S. The Initiative will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative programs to help youth (ages 2-20) adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Grants will be awarded to programs that demonstrate significant potential impact on youth groups that are at-risk or that have an impact on large populations of youth. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools/school districts, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. are eligible to apply. Details:


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)

Deadline: Feb 23


The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and its cosponsors invite institutional career development award applications for BIRCWH Career Development Programs. Programs will support research career development of junior faculty members, known as Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who are commencing basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health. The goal of this initiative is to promote the performance of interdisciplinary research and transfer of findings that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease.


U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program

Deadline: Feb 28


The US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, is soliciting grant and cooperative agreement initial proposals (IP's) for projects in the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua and Texas-Coahuila-Nuevo Leo-Tamaulipaus Regional Workgroup areas that address the objectives of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program.  The U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program is a binational collborative effort whose mission is to protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region (100 kilometers either side of the

U.S.-Mexico border) consistent with the principles of sustainable development.


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Harvard School of Public Health Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement, 2005-2006

Deadline: Jan 15


The aim of this program is to promote diversity in academic public health.  Eligible applicants must have received their doctoral degree in a relevant discipline by Sept. 2005.


The World Health Organization (WHO) Public Competition for Logo Design - Commission on Social Determinants of Health

Deadline: Jan 15


WHO announces a public competition for the logo design for the new Commission on Social Determinants of Health. This invitation is extended to all amateur and professional designers who are not serving WHO staff members, or immediate family members of WHO staff members. The logo will form the basis of all visual representations of the Commission in print, web and broadcast communications, and within these and other communication materials will be disseminated to specialist communities and the general public, in all parts of the world. WHO wishes to receive submissions from all regions of the world, encouraging designers in the developing as well as developed world, established and new designers.


Health Industry Forum Request for Proposals

Deadline: Jan 18


The Health Industry Forum is a new initiative established to engage leaders from across the healthcare community in constructive dialogue on strategies to improve the quality and value of health care. In its first solicitation, the Forum has allocated up to $800,000 to support research to provide insight into disease management programs and how they can be implemented most effectively. The Forum will consider proposals from academic institutions and from independent research organizations. To download the RFP, go to the Health Industry Forum web site


The American Public Health Association's (APHA) Call For Abstracts

Deadline: Feb 10


The APHA’s 2005 Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA on November 5-9, 2005.  APHA invites abstracts that reflect a diversity of community-based public health activities, including basic and applied research projects, interventions, teaching and service learning projects. Of particular interest are presentations that will provide participants with enhanced knowledge and skills to conduct community-based public health activities, as well as those that explicitly describe the application of community-based participatory research to policy change and decision-making at the local, state and federal level. Abstracts will be accepted through the APHA web site,


Call for Applications: The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Deadline: Feb 15


This program is designed to augment clinical training by providing new skills and perspectives necessary to achieve 21st century leadership positions both within and outside the walls of academia.  The program stresses training in the quantitative and qualitative sciences underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems.  The program's newest iteration will also emphasize community-based research and leadership training. The program offers graduate-level study and research as part of a university-based post-residency training program.  Four participating institutions will be recruiting scholars, including: University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Michigan; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.  Up to 28 scholars will be selected in 2005 for appointments beginning in July 2006. For complete information, see


American Psychiatric Association Scholarships

Deadline: Feb 18


The American Psychiatric Association invites ethnic minority medical students who have an interest in psychiatric issues to apply for the 2005 Minority Medical Student Scholarships and Awards: Travel Scholarships for Minority Medical Students Annual meeting. Students will attend sessions for experts and trainees alike, and be assigned to a mentor.



Minority Medical Student Summer Mentoring Program Application

Deadline: Feb 28


This program is intended to identify ethnic minority medical students who have an interest in psychiatric issues and expose students to a setting where they can work closely with a psychiatrist mentor for one month.


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Keep the Beat: Heart Healthy Recipes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


You don't have to lose flavor to "keep the beat." Enjoy more than 100 heart healthy, taste-tested recipes sure to please. Also includes how to keep the "heart" in old family favorites and fast facts on fiber, fat, and salt. Order item #2921. ONLY $4.00 each.


Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes


Learn to cook some of your favorite traditional Latino dishes in a heart healthy way. This bilingual cookbook contains 23 tested recipes that cut down on f*at, especially saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium but not on taste. These delicious recipes are destined to become family favorites. Order item #4049. ONLY $3.00 each.


The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults


The goal of the Practical Guide is to provide the tools health care professionals need to effectively manage your overweight and obese adult patients. This guide includes 30 pages of reproducible patient handouts containing sample reduced calorie menus, dining out tips, exercise plans, and record sheets. A Guide to Behavior Change, a Body Mass Indicator table, and Weekly Food and Activity Diary are also included among the patient handouts. Order item #4084. Only $5.50 each.


The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook


Hawaii has the lowest overall death rate for women, Colorado the lowest rate of obesity, and Minnesota ranks best in terms of health insurance coverage.  These findings and more are in a new report, The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook, a collection of current state data on critical issues of relevance to women's health.  Prepared by the HHS Office on Women's Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the report ranks each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 27 indicators, including major causes of death, health risk factors, preventive care, and health insurance coverage. The chartbook maps each indicator so that state and regional patterns can be discerned.  It also ranks the 27 health measures for each state to help policymakers, program officials, researchers and others identify key issues of importance in each state.  The state tables show data by race and ethnicity to focus on disparities and differences in each indicator.

To view or download a copy of the report, go to the CDC website at


Challenging Health System Sustainability: Understanding Health System Performance of Leading Countries

Report, by The Conference Board of Canada, June 2004 


"..... to provide insights for key decision-makers on the performance, productivity and management practices of health care in other OECD countries. The focus is on Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand. The report identifies best practices in these countries and gives possible directions for further analysis....." Available online at:

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Edited by Annika Robbins

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