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Achieving the Promise of Authentic Community-Academic Partnerships: Taking our Work to the Next Level

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Room 104, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center


  • Sarena Seifer picture
  • Sarena Seifer
  • Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • University of Washington

Seifer holds a faculty appointment in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. Her work focuses on the principles and best practices of partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions around education, research, and community/economic development. She currently directs two national initiatives that are building capacity for community-campus partnerships (funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation).

Morning Sessions A & B

Session A

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Community-Based Participatory Research: Addressing Community Health Concerns and Meeting Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

This presentation focuses on the definition, rationale and key components of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and its contributions to understanding and addressing health issues. A continuum of approaches to involving communities as partners in health research will be described. Trends in funding for CBPR and resources available to support CBPR will be highlighted. Strategies for documenting CBPR for promotion and tenure review will be offered. This session will be particularly relevant to health sciences faculty members and administrators.

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Session B

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Valuing Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Academy and in the Community

This session considers the challenges faced by faculty members and community partners in their collaborative work together, and what can be done to overcome them. Strategies for moving from community service to community-engaged scholarship, better documenting that scholarship, and "changing the system" will be shared. Strategies for aligning the missions of community-based organizations with the concerns of community members regarding their involvement in community-academic partnerships will be explored. This session will be particularly relevant to health sciences faculty members and community partners.

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Afternoon Session

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
From Community Service to Community-Engaged Scholarship to Partnerships for Social Change

How do we combine the knowledge and wisdom of communities and academic institutions to solve the major health, social and economic challenges facing our society? How do we ensure that community-driven social change is central to service-learning, community-based participatory research and community-higher education partnerships? This presentation provides a snapshot of what we know about community-higher education partnerships, highlighting critical issues and trends, posing key questions for the future, and sharing resources to support community-engaged scholarship and community-academic partnerships.

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