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Featured Member

The Glue That Holds it All Together

The CCPH Featured Member is Cynthia Barnes-Boyd. Cynthia is Assistant Dean of Community Health in the College of Nursing, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is also the Director of Neighborhoods Initiative of the Great Cities Institute at UIC, which brings together resources from the community and the university to help strengthen the quality of life for the benefit of current residents, businesses, the university, and other institutions. In Cynthia's interview, she passionately speaks on the necessity of building long-lasting relationships between communities and universities to create successful partnerships. "A distinctive characteristic is that we maintain relationships over time. University staff and students come and go, projects start and end and community organizations and those who run them change. Our constant presence in the community arena is sometimes the glue that holds it all together."

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