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


Program & Schedule

Below is an overview of the conference schedule, which is subject to change. The conference program will be added here in its entirety as it is finalized. 

Local Student Volunteers: We Need YOU!
We have opportunities for local (Chicago-area) students to volunteer during the conference dates of April 30 - May 3, 2014. You can choose to volunteer on one or multiple days. Whatever day(s) you are willing to volunteer, you will be able to attend the conference for free that day (including breakfast and lunch)! Typical volunteer assignments will be to serve as room monitors or note takers during sessions, prepare conference bags, or collect session evaluations. Please download and complete the application if you are interested in volunteering!
Call for Site Visit Applications
One of the most important components of the conference is site visits to innovative community-campus partnerships that involve Chicago metropolitan area community organizations and academic institutions. On Friday afternoon, May 2, 2014, conference participants will visit and learn from these partnerships. Download the site visit guide and application here. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 
Tuesday  |  April 29, 2014
17:30 - 19:30 Opening Reception for 3rd National Community Partner Forum:
Community Network for Research Equity & Impact 

Wednesday  |  April 30, 2014
08:00 - 17:30 Registration
08:00 - 17:00 3rd National Community Partner Forum:
Community Network for Research Equity & Impact 
Morning Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network Affiliate Meeting
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (Forum & Pre-Conference Workshop attendees only)
13:00 - 16:00 Pre-Conference Workshops
16:00 - 17:30 Break
17:30 - 19:30 Opening Reception & Opening Remarks

Thursday  |  May 1, 2014
07:00 - 17:30 Registration
07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00 Welcome & Opening Plenary Session
07:30 - 19:30 Poster & Exhibit Hall
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Concurrent Sessions
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 R2R Session, Part 1
17:00 - 17:30 Break
17:30 - 19:30 Poster Session & Exhibitor Reception 

Friday  |  May 2, 2014
06:00 - 07:00 Health Walk
07:00 - 17:30 Registration
07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast & Roundtable Discussions
07:30 - 13:00 Poster & Exhibit Hall
08:45 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions
10:15 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 R2R Session, Part 2
12:15 - 17:30 Community Site Visits 
(Access the info guide & application to host a site visit here.)
19:00 - 21:00 Evening Activity (TBA)

Saturday  |  May 3, 2014
06:00 - 07:00 Health Walk
07:00 - 17:30 Registration
07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00 Concurrent Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 14:00 Closing Plenary Session,
with Luncheon & Award Presentations

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops provide participants with in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific content area. Enrollment is limited and participants register based on a first-come first-served basis. Workshops are scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm on Wednesday, April 30, with lunch included from 12 noon to 1:00pm. There is a $75 registration fee for pre-conference workshops.

If you can't attend the entire conference, the Pre-Conference Workshops are an excellent professional development opportunity, especially for those who live within driving distance of Chicago, Illinois. Read descriptions of each Pre-Conference Workshop here. To register, use the online registration form and only select a Pre-Conference Workshop.

Opening Reception & Poster Session and Exhibitor Reception

If you're unable to attend any of the conference, join us for one or both evening receptions! The Conference Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 30 is a chance to learn more about CCPH and connect with colleagues from around the world. Please register here to attend the opening reception. For those that register by April 23, 2014, tickets are $30 each. Tickets increase to $40 after April 23, 2014.

The Poster and Exhibitor Reception on Thursday, May 1 is a chance to learn about innovative community-academic partnerships, cutting-edge community-engaged scholarship and organizations that are working to advance health equity and social justice. Register here for the Poster and Exhibitor Reception! For those that register by April 24, 2014, tickets are $30 each. Tickets increase to $40 after April 24, 2014. 

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 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) 
  • 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)
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. Read descriptions of each site visit here.

By including site visits as an integral part of the conference, we hope to achieve the following objectives:

  • Host organizations and their partnerships will gain considerable recognition for their work and also have an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives from visitors from around the world.
  • Direct beneficiaries of community-campus partnerships (such as a teenager in a mentoring program or a parent of a child receiving care) will share their experiences and perspectives;
  • Conference participants will gain a deeper understanding of community engagement and the dynamics of community-campus partnerships; and
  • Conference participants will learn from the partnerships they visit and return to their communities with new knowledge useful in their own work.

We look for site visits that collectively address a wide range of community issues, demonstrate diverse partnership approaches and involve many types of community and academic partners:

  • Partnership approaches featured on site visits might include, for example, service-learning, community-based participatory research and asset-based community development. 
  • Community partners could include, for example, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, local health departments, community clinics, K-12 schools and small businesses. 
  • Academic partners could include, for example, private, public, or religious universities, colleges, community colleges, research institutes and residency programs.
For more more information on site visits or to apply to host a site visit, please click here for our site visit guide and application. Please also feel free to contact us directly via email or by phone (206-666-3406) to talk through your application or any questions you may have.
Affiliate Meetings

If you are interested in holding a meeting in conjunction with the CCPH 13th International Conference, please email us with your request.

The Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network will hold a business meeting the morning of April 30, 2014 for its community members.

Informal Networking Opportunities

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.  

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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