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

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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is convening our 13th International Conference April 30 - May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. 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!

Whether you are directly involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning or multi-sector coalitions - or are working to ensure the conditions are in place for such partnerships to thrive and have impact - the conference is designed to challenge and inspire you! Regardless of the social justice issue you are passionate about - health equity, education, environmental justice, food security, sustainability, indigenous rights and so forth - together we will explore how partnerships can transform our communities and institutions.

Chicago is an exceptional city with many examples of thriving, effective community and academic partnerships that are focused on a wide range of health equity and social justice issues. The Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement and Chicago Community Based Participatory Research Network further demonstrate the significant level of leadership and involvement. In addition to those two groups, over 100 local community and academic partners are working to make our 13th conference a success. Successful community and academic partnerships aren't the only thing Chicago has to offer: come for the conference and stay for the world-class museums, lake views, cutting-edge architecture and endless delicious dining options!

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!

Important Dates

Proposal submission deadline September 30, 2013
Presenters notified of decision on proposal November 2013
Deadline for presenters to confirm participation December 2013
Registration opens December 2013
Early bird registration deadline February 17, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline April 4, 2014
Advance registration deadline April 23, 2014

Conference Contacts

For questions regarding registration, exhibiting, or co-sponsorship, please contact Shelly Tolo at 206-962-0012 or

For all other questions, please call us at 206-666-3406 or email us.
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