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CCPH 10th Anniversary Conference • April 11-14, 2007 • Hilton Hotel • Toronto, ON Canada

Mobilizing Partnerships for Social Change


Introduction to CCPH’s 10th Anniversary Conference

How do we combine the knowledge and wisdom in communities and in academic institutions to solve the major health, social and economic challenges facing our society? How do we ensure that community-driven social change is central to service-learning and community-based participatory research?

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is convening our 10th anniversary conference, April 11-14, 2007 in Toronto, to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to achieve the systems and policy changes needed to address the root causes of health, social and economic inequalities. The conference, “Mobilizing Partnerships for Social Change,” seeks to build knowledge, skills and actions for achieving healthy and just societies. The conference aims not only to ask and answer critical questions, but to equip participants with resources they need to act on them:

  • What do we know about the underlying determinants of health, social and economic inequalities?
  • How can communities, higher educational institutions and other stakeholders mobilize to address these determinants so that all people can participate, prosper and thrive? What are the barriers? What are the leverage points for change?
  • How can we balance the need to address acute problems today while also striving for the systems and policy changes needed to ultimately overcome the root causes of inequities? What strategies have been successful and what can we learn from them?
  • How do we fully realize authentic partnerships between communities and higher education? How do we ensure that social change is central to these partnerships?

This CCPH conference in particular is notable for a number of reasons:

  • It celebrates our 10th anniversary, allowing us to reflect on our history and evolution and engage stakeholders in determining our future directions.
  • It is our first conference held in Canada, presenting unprecedented opportunities to learn from Canadian experiences with community-campus partnerships and the social determinants of health, and to explore synergies across North America and beyond.
  • It takes place in one of the most diverse cities in the world, enabling us to explore critical issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, wealth and culture.
  • It represents an important product of our partnership with the Wellesley Institute, the Toronto-based organization that advances the social determinants of health through rigorous community-based research, reciprocal capacity building, and the informing of public policy.

Important Dates

Proposal submission deadlineOctober 6, 2006
Presenters notified of decision on proposal November 2006
Presenters confirm participation deadlineDecember 2006
Early bird registration deadlineFebruary 16, 2007
Hotel reservation deadlineMarch 19, 2007
Advance registration deadlineMarch 30, 2007

About Past CCPH Conferences

“We are a group that makes things happen.”

~ Cheryl Maurana, Senior Associate Dean for Public and Community Health,
Medical College of Wisconsin and Founding CCPH Board Chair

CCPH was founded in 1996 to promote health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. A non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, USA, CCPH is governed by a board of directors comprised of community leaders, students, academic administrators, faculty members and other stakeholders. CCPH members – over 1,200 communities and campuses located across the US, Canada and a dozen countries – are promoting health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other community-campus partnership strategies. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.
CCPH conferences are noted for their emphasis on inclusion, experiential learning and subsequent action. Outcomes of past CCPH conferences have included those at national and international levels, such as principles of good practice and policy recommendations, and those at community levels, including new connections, new ways of thinking, and relationships between communities and campuses that come closer to the principle-centered partnerships we are striving to achieve.

In 1997, the first CCPH conference examined the key factors that contribute to the sustainability of partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The 1998 conference on principles and best practices of community-campus partnerships led to a set of "principles of good partnerships” that many partnerships now use to guide their development. In 1999, we focused on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead successful partnerships. In 2000, we delved into the policies that support and hinder community-campus partnerships, and developed our members' advocacy skills. In 2001, we highlighted the many ways in which community-campus partnerships could advance national health objectives. In 2002, we focused on the partnership and its role as a leverage point for change. In 2003, we addressed how to take partnerships to a new level, how to achieve desired outcomes and how to sustain changes achieved. In 2004, we collaborated with an international organization, The Network: Towards Unity for Health, to offer a unique look at how partnerships between communities, health services and health professional schools were helping to overcome health disparities on a global level. In 2006, we strived to understand and demonstrate the meaning of “authentic” community-campus partnerships.

Meet Our Major Canadian Partner!

Our major Canadian partner in planning the conference is the Wellesley Institute based in Toronto.  We established a partnership with the Wellesley Institute in 2004 that aims to increase the relevance and responsiveness of CCPH in Canada and increase membership in Canada, including co-sponsoring an electronic discussion group on community-based participatory research, offering a CBPR training institute held in Barrie, ON Canada in July 2006 and planning this conference.

Meet the Conference Planning Committee!

Below is information on the conference planning committee. CCPH has also convened two subcommittees to help us plan two exciting tracks at the conference. Click on the links below for more information on the subcommittee members.

Aboriginal & Indigenous Peoples’ Health Track

Emerging Leaders Track

Hamed Adetunji
Oxford, United Kingdom

Hamed Adetunji is Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Programme in Public Health, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom. Hamed’s background is in Nutrition and Public Health. His PhD (in Public Health) is in Health Economics where he estimated the costs and cost-effectiveness of adding Hepatitis B into the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Hamed later attended the Imperial College London, University of London for Diploma and MSc in Modern Epidemiology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health. His work experience includes Universities, Ministries of Health in Africa and the Middle East as well as National Health Service/ Primary Care Trust in the UK. His expertise includes enhancing capabilities of primary health care professionals especially in community development / action research including health promotion implementation, the development of Public Health Programmes, Hepatitis B immunization policy and control of infectious diseases. Hamed joined CCPH two years ago and hopes to utilize the experience gained so far to coordinates a collaborative research projects between the academics and communities in Oxfordshire.

Estelle Archibold
Atlanta, GA

Estelle Archibold is the Managing Consultant of the Archibold Consulting Group, an organization that develops resource opportunities and helps to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations. She received her B.A. from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, an M.A. in Ethics (with an emphasis in Health Policy and Bioethics) from Georgia State University, and teacher's certificate from the George Washington University in Washington DC. Estelle has more than 10 years of experience working with government social work programs, not-for-profit/community organizations and educational institutions (both public and private). Additionally, Estelle has a strong commitment to fostering community-based efforts that strengthen communities' capacity to meet growing social needs. As a teacher, minister and active community member, she has helped to galvanize the efforts of community members and leaders, politicians, youth, and congregations to create innovative solutions to community challenges. Estelle also has a strong commitment to fostering community-based efforts that challenge and help to rectify socio-political structures robbing communities of equitable participation in policymaking processes. As a young teacher, minister and active community member, she has worked along with parents, students, colleagues, and congregations to address institutional structures that prevent community member access to and participation in the democratic process.


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Monique Barber
Houston, TX

Monique Barber is the Community Liaison Specialist at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center (UTPRC). She is responsible for the coordination of UTPRC Community Advisory Group activities and collaborations with UTPRC investigators. She also manages efforts of the Collaborative Research Projects program.

Margaret Bogle
Little Rock, AR

Margaret Bogle is Executive Director of the Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative (Delta NIRI) in Little Rock, AR. The Delta NIRI is a consortium of universities, cooperative extension services, and community groups in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi with a mission to improve the nutritional health of the Lower Mississippi Delta population through community-based participatory nutrition intervention research. It is funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of USDA.

Margaret has spent the major part of her professional career in public health and academic positions. In her current position she coordinates the research activities focused on the development and testing of nutrition intervention strategies that can be sustained in the Delta. The Delta NIRI is also involved in studying the process of community-based participatory research in rural areas.

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Erica Di Ruggiero
Toronto, ON

Erica Di Ruggiero is the Associate Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Institute of Population and Public Health. Erica works with the Institute’s Scientific Director, Advisory Board, CIHR colleagues, key partners and stakeholders to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of research and knowledge exchange initiatives that respond to priority population and public health research problems of local and global importance. She brings to the position 15 years experience as an effective strategic and operational manager leading the research, design, and evaluation of health promoting policies and interventions and collaborative requests for applications with a range of stakeholders. Through a variety of government and NGO positions, she has fostered the development of numerous multi-sectoral partnerships involving the public and non-governmental health sectors, at national, provincial and regional levels and as health promotion research consultant. She is actively involved in Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative (a partnership between Health Canada, CIDA, IDRC and CIHR) aiming to strengthen our research and policy response to global health problems in low and middle-income countries.

Sarah Flicker
Toronto, ON

Sarah Flicker is a faculty member at York University in Toronto. Previously Sarah was the Director of Research at the Wellesley Institute. She has a doctorate in Social Science and Health from the University of Toronto's Department of Public Health Sciences. She has been an active member of the TeenNet Research Group throughout her doctoral studies. Her research interests are in the areas of youth health, health promotion, HIV and community-based participatory research. She holds a MPH in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from UC Berkeley and an honours degree in Anthropology from Brown University. Sarah sits on a number of community boards and believes strongly in community partnerships for research and action.

Sherril Gelmon
Portland, OR

Sherril Gelmon is Professor of Public Health in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She is the Coordinator of two masters degree programs in health administration and policy, as well as a faculty member in the doctoral program. She has over 20 years of experience in applied program evaluation, with two areas of particular expertise: community health program assessment and improvement, and design and implementation of models of assessment of community-based learning. Sherril is also a CCPH Senior Consultant.

Adrian Guta
Toronto, ON

Adrian Guta is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, specialising in Diversity and Social Justice. His research interests are in the areas of HIV, Health Promotion, Sexual Diversity, Research Ethics, and Community-Based Participatory Research. Adrian is currently doing a practicum at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, as well as sitting on a number of community boards. 

Randy Jackson
Ottawa, ON Canada

Randy Jackson is currently Director of National Research and Programs at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) and is also a member of the Chippewa's of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation in south-western Ontario. Randy is a community representative and is co-principal and/or co-investigator on several community-based research projects focused on issues of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities.  These projects have been funded by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.  Randy is himself Aboriginal, has training in sociology from the University of Manitoba, and has worked at the HIV/AIDS community level for over 12 years.

Erika Khandor
Toronto, ON

Erika Khandor is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at Street Health, an innovative, community-based health care organization providing services to address a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional needs for homeless and marginalized downtown Toronto. Street Health has a strong history of engaging in community-based research and advocacy to address issues that are important to the community we work with. Erika’s research interests focus on community-based research and the social determinants of health, including housing, income security, employment, and immigration status. She holds an MHSc in Health Promotion/Public Health from the University of Toronto, and a BA in International Development and Environmental Studies from Trent University. Erika is also actively involved in several community-based advocacy efforts, working on issues such as income security, workers’ rights and the rights of non-status immigrants.

Rohinee Lal
Burnaby, BC

Rohinee Lal is the Community Liaison Coordinator for Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Institute for Health Research and Education. Devoting her time to numerous research and educational initiatives, she is responsible for developing linkages between the university and other research institutions, health organizations, government, health care provider groups, and community members in the broad area of population and public health. Building health research capacity, Rohinee provides direct support and guidance to existing and new health researchers attempting to develop and maintain community links, create new research partnerships, and maintain ongoing dialogue for opportunities for collaboration. To support educational programs in the area of population and public health, she works to establish partnerships with members of the community to offer practical placements and community service-learning opportunities for graduate students.

Ann C. Macaulay
Montreal, QC

Ann C. Macaulay is Professor of Family Medicine, the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Participatory Research at McGill University (September 2006) and foreign member of the Institute of Medicine, USA. Her past experiences include her position from 1994-2006 as the Scientific Director of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project This is an ongoing community-based participatory research project where the Mohawk community of Kahnawake is in partnership with the researchers to promote healthy lifestyles for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes. She continues to see patients one day a week in Kahnawake and teaches in the family medicine residency program at McGill University.

Dennis Magill
Toronto, ON

Dennis William Magill is Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. He is a Board Member of Community Campus Partnerships for Health, Board Chair The Wellesley Institute, and Managing Director, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, University of Toronto. He is one of the editors of the recently published book Survival Strategies: The Life, Death, and Renaissance of A Canadian Teaching Hospital (Canadian Scholars' Press). This book is of interest not only to scholars and practitioners of organizational change and decision making, but also to historians, health lawyers, policy makers and anyone who cares about how community involvement influences the health of urban communities.

Ryan Meili
Saskatoon, SK

Ryan Meili, a second year resident in Family Medicine, lives in Saskatoon.  While he readily admits there is no better place to reside than the ‘Paris of the prairies,’ he endeavors, strangely, to spend as much time as possible in the exotic locale of Mozambique where he works with medical students in a rural hospital.  In addition to his work in Saskatoon with the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), a program which he helped to found (and in which he is commonly referred to as the ‘SWITCHblade’), his interests include public health care, puzzles (primarily of the crossword variety), punning persistently, playing guitar, Prine (John), and, not surprisingly, alliteration.  He has recently taken up the piano; his roommate wonders whether he will ever put it down.

Simone Merchant
New York, NY

Simone Merchant is with the Institute for Urban Family Health in New York City.

Ruth Nemire
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ruth E. Nemire is the director of community engagement and an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy and a voluntary assistant professor for the University Of Miami College Of Medicine. As the Director of Community Engagement Ruth works with various community organizations and schools to increase partnerships that benefit faculty, students and members of the community. She has authored chapters on preceptor development, and articles relating to service-learning, intellectual property, and course development and is the co-editor of the book Pharmacy Clerkships: A Survival Manual for Students (McGraw-Hill 2002). She is the co-developer of a web based experiential education program for NSU preceptors and students. She has served as chair of the NSU College of Pharmacy technology committee. She has served in multiple elected leadership positions nationally for the American Epilepsy Society and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She has been asked to develop learning communities within the AACP organization during the 2005-2006 school year. She is currently completing a doctorate in education with a specialty in higher education leadership at Nova Southeastern University College of Education.

Robb Travers
Toronto, ON

Robb Travers is a Scientist and Director of Community-Based Research (CBR) at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) based in Toronto. His passion for community-based research dates back more than 15 years and is rooted in his experience in community development. Robb completed a Masters degree in Community Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and received his PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. Robb developed and taught Canada’s first undergraduate course in CBR in the Health Studies Program at the University of Toronto and oversees an active research program addressing ethical issues in CBR, community engagement in research, HIV vulnerability among gay men and youth, and the health of people living with HIV. From 2002-2004, Robb was Director of Research at the Toronto-based Wellesley Institute, where he was instrumental in developing numerous community and research-related initiatives including the Resource Centre for Community-Based Research and the Wellesley Urban Health CBR Certificate Program.

Robert V. TwoBears
Minneapolis, MN

Robert V. TwoBears is an enrolled tribal member Ho-Chunk Nation, traditional practitioner of tribal culture. Father, husband, brother, uncle, & role model to three boys and a wonderful wife. Director of Facilities & Transportation Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. Community Health Care Center, Student of Public Health Management. Chairman of Indian Education School District 13, Mn.


Affiliate Meetings

We are pleased that these organizations and initiatives have chosen to hold meetings in connection with the CCPH conference:

The Research Development Centre is holding their annual meeting at the Hilton Toronto hotel on Tuesday, April 10, and on Wednesday, April 11. For more information, contact Vera Ndaba.

The Health Disparities Service-Learning Collaborative is meeting at the Hilton Toronto hotel on Wednesday, April 11. For more information, contact CCPH founding executive director Sarena Seifer.

The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives and the Wellesley Institute, in partnership with University College at the University of Toronto will be presenting the 2007 Community Based Research Award of Merit during the CCPH conference at the Hilton Toronto hotel on Friday morning, April 13. For more information, contact Alexis Kane Speer.

The North American Action Research Alliance is meeting at the Wellesley Institute office on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15. For more information, contact Sarah Flicker.



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