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CCPH 13th Conference - April 30 - May 3, 2014 - Chicago, IL USA 
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From Rhetoric to Reality:
Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships

13th International Conference - April 30 - May 3, 2014
Chicago, Illinois USA



CCPH conferences draw a diverse group of over 500 participants from across the U.S., Canada and other countries, reflecting key stakeholders in community-campus partnerships.  These include leaders from grassroots, community-based and non-profit organizations, government agencies, philanthropies, professional associations, schools, higher educational institutions and student service organizations.

Whether you are directly involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning or other community-campus partnerships - or are working to ensure the conditions are in place for such partnerships to thrive - the conference is designed to challenge and inspire you!  Conference participants include both those who are new to community-campus partnerships and looking for the basics to get started, and those who have been involved for many years and are looking for more advanced knowledge, skills and connections.   

We extend a special invitation to youth, students, junior faculty and community leaders who are just beginning their involvement in community-campus partnerships.  We also invite the leaders and members of national and international networks from around the globe to participate.   Community-campus partnerships are a global movement and we have much to learn from each other!

Conference Theme

The conference theme “From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships” builds on our 2012 conference “Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go” by boldly tackling the challenges that prevent us from “walking the talk” of true partnerships and fully realizing their transformative potential. As community engagement, community-based participatory research and service-learning gain prominence, we are concerned that some are using these terms in name only without embracing the commitment to diversity, equity, justice and impact that they demand. We are also concerned that significant resources are being invested in institutional infrastructure and capacity building without a parallel investment being made in communities. At the same time, we seek to recognize and applaud the individuals and organizations who are leading the way in developing and sustaining partnerships that balance power, share resources and contribute to systems change.  Their visionary, boundary-spanning leadership demonstrates that it can be done!


Goals & Objectives

The conference aims to:

  • Mobilize and inspire community-campus partnerships to address the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequities
  • Demonstrate and celebrate the power and potential of partnerships as a strategy for health equity and social justice
  • Build the capacity of communities and institutions to engage in authentic partnerships
  • Provide an inclusive and dynamic forum to network, share information and build skills
  • Shape the program and policy agendas of CCPH and co-sponsoring organizations
  • Transform the community-campus partnerships movement by connecting people, partnerships and networks from around the world

Through their active involvement in the conference, participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of how partnerships can transform people, communities, institutions, policies and systems
  • Reflect on why and how they engage in community-campus partnerships
  • Achieve their most important objective in coming to the conference
  • Commit to concrete and specific actions they will take upon returning home
  • Establish a peer group for continued learning
  • Leave the conference energized and motivated!


Sessions will address one or more of the topics listed below.
  • Communities as centers of learning, discovery and engagement
  • Authentically engaged institutions
  • Shared power and resources
  • Ethical policies and practices
  • Changing governmental and institutional policies and systems
  • Sustaining partnerships and their outcomes
  • Next generation leadership
  • Mobilizing knowledge for action


Session Formats

Skill-building workshops are instructional sessions in which presenters teach particular skills and techniques and discuss how those can be applied in participants' settings. (90 min)

Creative arts sessions feature an arts-based presentation (e.g. photo voice exhibit, theater, video, dance) followed by opportunities for questions, answers and group discussion. (90 min)

Story sessions reflect the genuine and authentic experiences of the presenters. They emphasize sharing valuable lessons through telling stories. We especially encourage stories of "what didn't work and why," lessons learned from mistakes and strategies for addressing the challenges discussed. (90 min)

Roundtable discussions are an opportunity for a focused conversation around a particular topic, question, issue or challenge. Scheduled during breakfast or lunch, roundtable discussions can be used to incubate kernels of ideas, challenge current beliefs and network with others who share similar issues. (60 min)

Posters are designed to visually display information. All accepted posters will be displayed on 4 x 8 poster boards in the Poster Hall (no additional audiovisual aids are permitted). The Poster Hall will have regular hours for viewing, including specific times for presenters to stand by their posters and discuss them with participants. Unless otherwise indicated in the proposal, accepted posters will also be considered for a thematic poster session, described below.

Thematic poster sessions group together no more than 5 posters sharing a common theme or focus. Each poster in the group will be displayed on a 4 x 8 foot poster board (no additional audiovisual aids are permitted).  Participants have 30 minutes to view the posters, 5 minutes to hear oral summaries of each poster and 35 minutes for group discussion. An invited moderator facilitates discussion and encourages participants to raise questions and share experiences pertinent to themes raised by the posters. (90 mins)

Informal Networking Opportunities occur throughout the conference - during breaks, over meals and receptions, while traveling to community site visits, etc.  We help to facilitate connections between participants through social media, sign up sheets, table tents and other ways. 


Meet Our Plenary Speakers

Coming soon!

Community Site Visits

Community site visits are an important and unique aspect of the CCPH conference and do not compete with other conference programming. The site visits are your chance to get out of the hotel and visit innovative community-campus partnerships in Chicago! Community site visits provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn in-depth from local partnerships by spending about three hours touring and talking with the partnership's major stakeholders. The site visits represent a variety of definitions of "community," "campus" and "partnership." We encourage conference participants to ask questions and engage in constructive dialogue with their site visit hosts about the meaning of these terms and other issues. Stay tuned for details!


Student Volunteers

We will have opportunities for students to volunteer throughout the conference. Check back for details!

Special Events

Coming soon!


Affiliate Meetings

If you are interested in holding a meeting in conjunction with the CCPH conference, please email us with your request.

Presentation Materials

Coming soon!




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