What's New

For nearly two decades, CCPH, our work, and that of our partners has bridged the chasm between communities and campuses
across the country by supporting the development of scientific evidence that supports and upholds all those engaged in promoting health and well-being in communities. Far too many communities suffer from the crippling effects of diminished economic and social opportunities, making it difficult to lead productive and healthy lives. Our Principles of Partnership have served as a unifying framework that facilitates authentic partnerships between communities and campuses. Our commitment to social justice and health equity has grounded our work seeking to bring positive social change. The current climate in our nation cries out for authentic partnerships and demands that we respond to the current landscape of social injustice. Read our complete statement on Advancing Social Justice through Partnerships!

Read CCPH's latest E-News here and subscribe to E-News here.

California Campus Compact (CACC) and Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW) are collaborating with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) to re-design the Faculty Toolkit for Service Learning in Higher Education, originally published in 2007, to create the Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum. Through this curriculum, faculty members will participate in an intensive, hands-on experience to integrate service learning into a new or existing course. The curriculum includes research-based content, tools and resources, worksheets, reflections, and assessment tools for course design (or re-design), impact assessment, and sustainability.

To that end, we're looking for best practices and innovations from the field to include as case studies and resources within the EFI curriculum. All submissions must come from CCPH or Campus Compact members and can be submitted via this brief survey. Submissions will be  reviewed by CACC, CCMW, and CCPH staff who will then contact individuals for follow-up information. We look forward to having your institution or organization highlighted in this national curriculum and to providing a new and improved roadmap for high-quality faculty development. Submission deadline is July 3rd.

Community Partners in Care receives the 2015 CCPH Annual Award! This community-academic partnership uses Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) to build community capacity to improve the quality of life of clients with depression in under-resourced communities of color in Los Angeles County. Through rigorous partnered research, this collaboration occurs among many community-based agencies, social services, and healthcare organizations. The award plaque reads: “In recognition of your ability to engage in capacity building, employ community assets, and generate evidence-based decision making practices and outcome impacts, we hereby present Community Partners in Care with the 2015 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award. Your outstanding model of community-driven collaborative research and action is an inspiration to us all.” The Honorable Mention goes to Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) in Boston, MA. This partnership’s work integrating science, civic engagement, and community empowerment addressed a community’s high exposure levels to air pollutants and its subsequent health impacts. Click here to read more about the CCPH Annual Award and this year's winner and honorable mention!


Featured Resources

Feedback requested: Re-conceptualizing human research protections to include community & cultural considerations
If you are a interested community-engaged research and/or research ethics, CCPH seeks your feedback on how to revise the Belmont Report and U.S. Department of Health & Human and Services research ethics regulations (the Common Rule) to better account for individual and community considerations. As you know, community-engaged research represents a shift from traditional research approaches that identified individual community members as research subjects to engaging with community members and the organizations that represent or serve them as research partners and participants. Researchers and communities have grown dissatisfied with the regulations designed to protect the rights and welfare of individual study participants, arguing that such regulations do not sufficiently consider community interests. Click here to complete the online feedback form and share your valuable input on our proposed revisions.  

For more information, please read our Project Overview. If you have any questions or comments, please email Paige Castro-Reyes, call (206) 666-3406, or visit our Research Ethics webpage.

Just Published in the July 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, our peer-reviewed paper, Community-Based Review of Research Across Diverse Community Contexts: Key Characteristics, Critical Issues, and Future Directions describes the diverse community review models represented. Read its companion report, Community IRBs and Research Review Boards: Shaping the Future of Community-Engaged Research which includes a meeting summary and suggested resources.

Our Members Are Also Resources! One of the benefits of being a CCPH member is that you have access to our online membership directory and member interest groups. Get to know your colleagues who share your passion for partnerships and social justice and join the many individuals, students, and organizations who support CCPH's commitment to eliminating health disparities, changing faculty promotion and tenure, and increasing funding for community-campus partnerships. CCPH would like to thank these organizations who have recently renewed their membership to CCPH:

  • University of Ottawa, Centre of Governance, Ontario, Canada
  • University of South Carolina, Women & Gender Studies, Columbia, SC
  • Galveston Island Communty Research Advisory Committee (CICRAC), Galveston, TX
  • Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
  • Universidad de L a Sabana, Chia, Columbia
  • UCSF, CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy Program, San Francisco, CA
  • Nova Southeastern University,  Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
  • John Hopkins University, SOURCE, Baltimore, MD
  • Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, NY, NY
  • Mary Amelia Women's Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

And a warm welcome to our new organizational members:

  • Regis University, RHCHP Service Learning, Denver, CO
  • Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • UCSF, Preterm Birth Initiative, San Francisco, CA
  • Mayo Clinic, Office of Community Engagement in Research, Rochester, MN



Featured Member

CCPH’s newest Featured Member is Gail Newton! Gail is Director of Community Health Partnerships, Center for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Community health is an important mission of URMC along with patient care, education, research and service outreach programs. Gail has been facilitating partnerships between communities and academia for the past thirteen years at Rochester and at the Medical College of Wisconsin prior to that. During the nineteen years in total that she has been involved in community-campus partnerships and an active member of CCPH since 1997, Gail’s guiding philosophy has been to “listen more” and “talk less” at community tables relying on CCPH’s Principles of Partnership to advise her work. Gail has also chaired the CCPH-CTSA Member Interest Group for several years and is a wonderful leader committed to inclusion, capacity building, and sharing openly.

Gail mentions the significance of her Rochester locale and its efforts to improve the health of its community since the history of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) dates back to the Medical Center’s official benefactor, George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. In the early 1900s, Eastman agreed to fund a medical school with the caveat that the school use its skills and talents “to make Rochester one of the healthiest communities in the world.” The building that the Center for Community Health is located is named after George Eastman and his lofty vision was for Rochester to be the healthiest city in the world. 

Learn more about Gail and her work or click here to read about past Featured Members. If you would like to be a Featured Member, or would like to refer a colleague, please email us.