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Community-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice: Where We’ve Been & Where We Need to Go



Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening our 15th Anniversary Conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston, TX USA, to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to solve our most pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges. At the conference, we are announcing our new mission statement.   We invite you to read a paper prepared for the conference that explains our new mission and to join with us in embracing an agenda for community-campus partnerships in which the goals of health equity and social justice are at the forefront.

Held at a pivotal time in the history of CCPH and the community-campus partnerships "movement," the conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting!

The conference agenda is designed to facilitate opportunities for participants to engage in substantive discussions, gain new knowledge and practical skills, think critically about their work and take action individually and collectively. The conference features dynamic and inspiring plenary presentations, facilitated discussions by peer group and interest area, educational exhibits, community site visits, social justice-focused arts programming and many opportunities for informal networking. The CCPH annual award for exemplary community-campus partnerships is also presented at the conference.

CCPH conferences create an inclusive space where all are embraced for the knowledge, wisdom and experience they bring to the table. As a 2010 conference participant observed, "This conference was one of the best few days of my life. I am going to capitalize on the amazing connections I made. It was very inspiring and the many workshops were of practical help to my work."

Please join us!

Why Houston

HoustonHouston is an ideal location for the conference, with its many community-campus partnerships, tourist attractions, and warm and sunny spring climate! The 4th largest city in the U.S. is increasingly being recognized and valued as a multi-cultural destination for food, culture and green space. A glowing review in the New York Times observed that "Cool art galleries have sprung up in once blighted neighborhoods. Midcentury modern buildings have been saved and restored. Former factories have been turned into buzzing restaurants...This subtropical city is also surprisingly green...hundreds of parks carpet the city."

Meet Our Major Partner!

Our major conference partner is St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, the area's largest charity focused solely on health and well-being. Joining CCPH in celebrating 15 years of advancing community health, the Charities has touched 15 million lives by directly addressing health disparities and strengthening communities through a collaborative, coordinated focus on health. The Charities has awarded grants to health service organizations throughout Southeast Texas. Charities' grantmaking is guided by research and collaboration. This allows communities to be transformed in measureable ways because the changes are initiated and supported by the communities.

Important Dates

Proposal submission deadline September 26, 2011
Presenters notified of decision on proposal November 2011
Deadline for presenters to confirm their participation December 2011
Registration opens December 2011
Early bird registration deadline February 3, 2012
Hotel reservation deadline March 23, 2012
Advance registration deadline April 10, 2012

Meet the Conference Planning Committee

Sergio Aguilar_Gaxiola

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
Davis, CA, USA

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). In 2007, he completed a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has held several World Health Organization (WHO) advisory board and consulting positions and is currently the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Survey Initiative.

Troy Bush

Troy Bush
Houston, TX, USA

Troy Bush is the Research Manager for the Center for Community-Based Research and Education at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities.  Troy’s role at the Charities includes supporting the Community Research Faculty on projects involving community participatory research.  His research career started in adult psychiatric clinical trials before moving into pediatric emergency medicine trials.  Troy has a passion for preventing suicide and is a founding member of the Houston-area Suicide Prevention Coalition and serves on the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.  Troy is also active in the recovery community and the GLBT community of Houston. Troy holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University.


Suzanne Christopher

Suzanne Christopher
Bozeman, MT, USA

Suzanne Christopher is Professor in the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University. She received her doctorate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Public Health in 1995. Dr. Christopher is on the Coordinating Committee for the Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association. The Spirit of 1848 Caucus is devoted to issues of Social Justice in Health. She has partnered for the past 15 years with tribal nations in Montana on projects that use community-based participatory research approaches. Her goal is to work together with communities to establish trust, share power, foster co-learning, enhance strengths and resources, and examine and address community-identified needs and health problems. She does this work because she believes in health equality and that equality will happen with everyone walking and working side by side.

Linda Civallero

Linda Civallero
Houston, TX, USA

Linda Civallero is a program manager in the Center for Community, Implementation, and Dissemination Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The mission of the Center is to bring communities and researchers together to create long-term solutions to prevent cancer and improve health. Linda serves as a liaison between researchers and the community; She helps researchers understand and work with communities and helps increase partners’ scientific literacy and capacity to participate in and advocate for research. Linda has more than 15 years experience working with community-based organizations with an emphasis on Latinos. She is a member of several coalitions and research collaborations, including the Hispanic Health Coalition and Latinos In a Network for Cancer Control. Linda earned a masters degree in public health from the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health.

Joshua Edward

Joshua Edward
Salt Lake City, UT USA

Joshua Edward is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Integrated Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, where he is a recipient of the prestigious University of British Columbia Faculty of Integrated Land & Food Systems 4YF doctoral fellowship. Joshua's doctoral work focuses on merging community based participatory research with traditional plant and soil science, in order to develop safe, best-practice based approaches to urban agriculture in communities confronting legacies of environmental racism and associated social, economic and health disparities. Joshua has worked in the field of community based participatory research for over a decade, most recently at 2010 CCPH award recipient University of Utah University Neighborhood Partners. Joshua completed his Master's Degree in City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he received the Medal for Outstanding Academic Performance from the American Planning Association. Joshua is a passionate volunteer in causes ranging from bicycle commuting to community gardening to working with men to end violence against women. Joshua lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with Brad, his partner of twelve years, and their two dogs

Barbara (Bobby) Gottlieb
Boston, MA USA

Barbara Gottlieb is a primary care internist at Brookside Community Health Center, where she has worked since 1981. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, she is responsible for developing clinical and public health programs and coordinates medical student and resident teaching activities at the health center. She also coordinates research activities at the health center, and serves as a liaison to academically based researchers and research projects. She is also a member of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and teaches regularly on the in-patient service. She is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches in several courses and is a member of the Division of Service Learning. She is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she teaches in the interdisciplinary program in Women, Gender and Health. She also teaches a practicum course for MPH students. She serves as advisor and mentor to medical and public health students who are interested in the health of women and underserved communities. Barbara is also a member of the CCPH board of directors. To learn more about Barbara, visit

Linda Hawkins

Linda Hawkins
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Linda Hawkins is the co-founder of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship and the Research Shop at the University of Guelph, which seeks to build capacity and engagement among community, faculty and students. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating community-university partnerships around community research needs, and serves as the lead knowledge broker for the College of Social & Applied Human Sciences. She was previously executive director of the interdisciplinary research intensive Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, a highly successful centre attracting large and small partnership projects including 2 community-university research alliances focusing on issues around gender work and care (father involvement and rural women's livelihoods). Linda serves as part of the national leadership team for a collaboration of 8 Canadian universities and CCPH focusing on community engaged scholarship and faculty rewards and development.

Kim Johnson

Kimberly Johnson
Houston, TX, USA

Kimberly A. Johnson is currently a project director at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center located within UT School of Public Health. Ms. Johnson started in HIV/AIDS prevention over 8 years ago and continues to work in adolescent sexual health. Her interests include youth participatory action research, social determinants and community level interventions.  She has experience in coordinating studies on sexual health, collaborating with community members to implement evidence based sex education programs and training teachers to implement an innovative tech savvy program called It’s Your Game..Keep It Real, developed by researchers at the UT School of Public Health. Kim is also a doctoral candidate at the UT School of Public Health.

Lovell Jones

Lovell A. Jones
Houston, TX, USA

Lovell Allan Jones received his doctorate in 1977 in the field of zoology with an emphasis in endocrinology and tumor biology from the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Jones was a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Before joining the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) in 1980, Dr. Jones was an Instructor in the Departments of Physiology and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.

Dr. Jones is presently at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. Over the past three decades, Dr. Jones has trained over 100 students and/or fellows in his laboratory and center, and he has also published over 150 scientific articles ranging from hormonal carcinogenesis to health policy. As a scientist, Dr. Jones has done extensive research into the relationship between hormones, diet and endocrine responsive tumors. His present work involves determining the mechanism by which natural and environmental estrogenic agents may initiate cancers in hormonally responsive tissue.

Marlynn May

Marlynn L. May
Houston, TX, USA

Marlynn L. May, Ph.D, is the Scholar in Residence for CBR at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Houston, TX; Associate Professor in Social and Behavioral Health at the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center; and Associate Director of the Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center, Texas A&M University. Much of his professional career and personal commitments have been rooted in community-engaged scholarship and community development practice. His research and teaching interests include community-based participatory research, capacity building with community organizations, access to health care and public health with underserved communities and integration of community health workers into the mainstream public health workforce.

Ogonnaya Newman

Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman
New York, NY, USA

Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman is the Environmental Health and Community-Based Research Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Prior to joining the WE ACT team, Ogonnaya worked at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health as a Research Associate and Instructor. Born and raised in California to a family of community organizers and environmental activists, she learned at an early age the strong link between health and the environment. Ogonnaya’s interest in the intersection between reproductive health and the environment began when she started to learn more about the outcomes of her family and friends. As a result of her observations she has began to look at ways of learning more about these intersections and how to impact them through participatory research methods. She has began to understand exposure in Northern Manhattan of chemicals used in ethnic personal care products. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Women’s Voices for the Earth. She also is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program and currently takes public health courses at Hunter College in NYC.

Heather Patrick

Heather Patrick
Houston, TX, USA

Heather Patrick has spent more than ten years in the non-profit community both as a volunteer and as a staff person. For seven years Heather’s career has been with Susan G. Komen for the Cure�. She has managed the largest and most sophisticated Komen Affiliate Community Grants Program in the nation. Currently, Heather is the National Community Grant-making Manager for the global headquarters of Susan G. Komen for the Cure�. In August of 2009 she also was selected to participate in the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University. Heather also serves as an Inflammatory Breast Cancer Advocate for M.D. Anderson, on the Advisory Council for the Houston Delta Gamma Foundation and on the Executive Committee as Finance Chair for the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas.

Deborah Parra Medina

Deborah Parra-Medina
San Antonio, TX, USA

Deborah Parra-Medina, PhD, MPH, is a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The San Diego native received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, a master of public health degree in health promotion from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a PhD in public health (epidemiology) in a joint doctoral program at SDSU and University of California, San Diego. She has served as principal investigator for 13 grants totaling more than $5 million, and has published 48 scientific articles, presented at many national conferences and received awards for research, teaching and service. She also has more than two decades of research and program experience in chronic disease prevention with underserved groups. Currently, Dr. Parra-Medina leads three federal grants focused on the development and evaluation of theoretically-based, culturally competent obesity prevention and management interventions for Hispanics in Texas utilizing a mixed methods CBPR approach.

Courtney Queen

Courtney M. Queen
Houston, TX, USA

Courtney Queen is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, Abramson Center for the Future of Health in the College of Technology, and with the Methodist Hospital Research Institute. As the Director for the Initiative to Achieve Health Equity, she brings the perspective of a Sociologist who has dedicated her education and career to eliminating health disparities for the medically underserved through research, service, training and teaching.

Her research builds on 10 years of experience building capacity and relationships in underserved communities, both internationally and nationally. She previously served in an administrative capacity as a Director for numerous community-based organizations including those to beautify and protect the environment, promote cross-culture exchanges, and youth development. In addition, she was a Small and Medium Sized Enterprise and Non-Governmental Organization Development Consultant for the Peace Corps in Latvia.

Pam Reynolds
Pennsylvania, PA USA

Pam Reynolds is full professor at Gannon University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has published many peer-reviewed book chapters and articles related to service learning and community-based research. Book chapters she published most recently include: “Curriculum Sequence for Preparing Health Care Professionals for Social Responsibility,” and “Developing Cultural Competence through Service Learning.” Pam served as a guest editor for special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education titled, “Service Learning and Community-Engaged Scholarship.” Pam’s clinical practice is primarily within her community’s prison health system. Currently she is working with Highmark Foundation’s KidShape Program in Erie. The program promotes healthy living for recommended by their physician children, who has a BMI < 85%, and their families. Pam is also teaching in a Rehabilitation Technician Training Program at H�ptital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti.

Cassandra Ritas

Cassandra Rita
Jackson Heights, NY, USA

Cassandra Ritas is the Principal Policy Advisor for The People’s Policy Institute, a national education and action company that works with communities and their partners to design and promote healthy, efficient, and equitable policies.  Cassandra founded PPI in 2009 to help fill the gaps between science and policy, communities and governments.  For the past several years she been developing and piloting policy analysis and advocacy workshops for community-academic partnerships around the United States.   She served for three years (2000-2003) as the Chair of the Policy Work Group of the Harlem Urban Research Center’s Community Action Board (now known as the Harlem Community Academic Partnership).  Cassandra is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Cassandra has a special interest in participatory decision-making, health policy, criminal justice policy, and aging.   In 2002 she received a fellowship from Community-Campus Partnerships for Health to produce a tool-kit for CBPR practitioners seeking policy change.  “Speaking Truth, Creating Power: A guide to policy work for CBPR practitioners,” is available on the CCPH website.

Douglas Simmons

Douglas Simmons
Houston, TX, USA

Douglas M. Simmons, DDS, MPH, is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Community-Campus Partnership for Health. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterial at The University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center Dental Branch. He retired from the full-time faculty of the Dental Branch in January 2011. While on the faculty, he served as the director of the Goodwill Dental Clinic for 12 years and as the chair of the Department of Community Dentistry for 8 years and the chair of the Department of Dental Public Health and Dental Hygiene for 2 years. During his time as a department chair, he established a school-based teaching dental clinic and a mobile dental clinic where dental and dental hygiene students provided dental care at five elementary schools located in underserved neighborhoods. In addition to his academic activities, he has served on the board of directors of a community health center and done program reviews for the Greater Houston United Way.

Jose Antonio Tovar

Jose Antonio Tovar-Aguilar
Tampa, FL, USA

Jose Antonio Tovar-Aguilar is Chair of the CDC's Prevention Research Center Network's National Community Committee (NCC) representing the Florida Research Prevention Center (FPRC). As a member of the Farmworkers Association of Florida he is the community Project Director of the Partnership for Citrus Worker Health, a Community-Based Prevention Marketing program targeting citrus harvesters in collaboration with the FPRC. Further, he also collaborates on a Community Based Participant Research project between the association and Emory University to evaluate the effects of pesticides on female farmworkers.  Originally from Mexico, he finished his BA in Philosophy with honors at the University of Guanajuato, followed by studies in Community Health and Rural Development at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas. In the United States he has worked on the study of health disparities and access to health care in the Latino Community of Florida in his studies at the University of Florida, completing his MA in Anthropology and becoming a Ph.D. candidate in the program with concentration in Medical Anthropology. He joins CCPH while Vice-Chair of the NCC and he is also member of the Immokalee Lions Club. He shares his life with a fellow Cultural Anthropologist and two children age 6 and 13.

Christine Walsh

Christine Walsh
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Christine Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Her research interests include the epidemiology of violence across the lifespan and contributing to the understanding of oppression of marginalized populations. Dr. Walsh’s program of community-based participatory research investigates the social determinants of the health for marginalized, socially excluded and disadvantaged populations. She has created a ground-breaking program of research examining homelessness and poverty, seeking collaborations with strategic partners, creating and implementing innovative methodologies, employing culturally sensitive and community capacity-building approaches, and novel knowledge translation strategies. In her current research she partners with women residing in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have direct experience with homelessness and incarceration to create solutions to end the cycle of poverty, homelessness and incarceration. In partnership with collaborators at McGill University, she is exploring the issue of hidden homelessness among immigrant women in Montr�al and Calgary and she is collaborating with women in Calgary to deepen our experiences of the Housing First Model of transitioning from homelessness using photovoice. Collectively theses studies aim to influence health, justice and social policy and programming initiatives to improve health and well-being for disadvantaged populations.





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