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Dear CCPH members and supporters,

I am sorry to let you know that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the CCPH conference that had been scheduled to take place April 29 - May 2, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI. Several concerns,
including limitations on the ability of cosponsors to confirm their support at past levels, and significant restrictions and in many cases freezes on travel budgets at universities and community organizations, led us to conclude that it was not in the best interest of CCPH and our members to hold the 2009 conference. We simply did not want to jeopardize in any way the high quality conference that CCPH members expect and deserve! We plan to sponsor a variety of lower-cost opportunities for professional development, dissemination and networking in the coming year.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank the members of the 2009 CCPH conference planning committee, listed below, for their hard work, creativity and commitment.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to sharing more details in early 2009. In the meantime, we applaud the wonderful work you are doing to advance health and social justice through community-campus partnerships and wish you a happy, healthy New Year.


Cheryl Maurana
CCPH Executive Director

2009 CCPH Conference Planning Committee

Hamed Adetunji
Oxford, United Kingdom

Hamed Adetunji is Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Programme in Public Health, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom. Hamed’s background is in Nutrition and Public Health. His PhD (in Public Health) is in Health Economics where he estimated the costs and cost-effectiveness of adding Hepatitis B into the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Hamed later attended the Imperial College London, University of London for Diploma and MSc in Modern Epidemiology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health. His work experience includes Universities, Ministries of Health in Africa and the Middle East as well as National Health Service/ Primary Care Trust in the UK. His expertise includes enhancing capabilities of primary health care professionals especially in community development / action research including health promotion implementation, the development of Public Health Programmes, Hepatitis B immunization policy and control of infectious diseases. Hamed joined CCPH two years ago and hopes to utilize the experience gained so far to coordinates a collaborative research projects between the academics and communities in Oxfordshire.

Syed Ahmed
Milwaukee, WI USA

Syed Ahmed is the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he is also a Professor of Family and Community Medicine. Syed has about two decades of experience working with communities in Ohio and Wisconsin. Through his educational, scholarly, and community work, Syed has made nationally and internationally recognized contributions to the field of community health, community-academic partnerships, and community-based participatory research. Syed has received numerous federal and foundation grants, presented at a variety of national conferences, published numerous academic papers, and book chapters focusing on the health and healthcare of underserved and uninsured populations. Currently, he is a member of the Council of Public Representatives (COPR), an advisory board to the NIH director and the Co-Chair of the COPR's Role of the Public in the Research workgroup, which focuses on public & community engagement.


Christine Cronk
Milwaukee, WI USA

Chris Cronk is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and a member of the Children's Research Institute (part of the Children's Hospital and Health Systems of Wisconsin). She is co-principal investigator for the National Children's Study (NCS) Waukesha County Vanguard Center, and has served as the chair of the NCS Outreach and Engagement team which has helped to develop approaches for engaging the 105 communities where the NCS will be sited as active players in Study activities. She has been involved in community-academic partnerships in Milwaukee with both the Latino and African American communities through the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Projects. She has a particular interest in health beliefs related to genetics and birth defects, the culture of science and how the norms and beliefs of scientists affect their partnerships with communities. Prior to her work at MCW, Chris was a health analyst in the Wisconsin Center for Health Statistics and oversaw the birth defects surveillance program for the state of Wisconsin. Chris has degrees in maternal and child health (Harvard School of Public Health) and Anthropology (Western Michigan University).

Yvonne Davis
Albuquerque, NM USA

Joshua Edward
Salt Lake City, UT USA

Joshua Edward is the Director of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at the Association for Utah Community Health, the Primary Care Association (PCA) for the state of Utah. Joshua is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from the University of Alaska; his research interests include working with community members to develop social capital and health literacy in rural, frontier, and geographically isolated communities, intimate partner violence prevention, and reducing health disparities in circumpolar regions. Joshua is an active volunteer and participates in many community boards, in addition to spending time renovating his recently purchased 110 year-old home, gardening, and riding his bicycle everywhere he goes.

Therese Fish
Cape Town, South Africa

Therese Fish entered the University of Cape Town Medical School during the height of apartheid when acceptance of black students at the then white universities was done under a quota system. Therefore graduating with a MBChB degree in 1986, where less than 10% of the class were graduates of colour, was considered a major achievement. Starting her medical career working in a remote part of the black homeland called Kwazulu in 1986 and being promoted through the ranks (at both Provincial and Local Government Level), from a medical officer to a District Health Manager in 1999, has exposed her to a broad range of experience at all levels within the health services. During this time she continued her tertiary education by completing a Diploma in Community Medicine, (1993 - 1994) from the University of Stellenbosch; a short course in Health Policy, Planning and Economics (1999) from the Nuffield Institute Of Health, University of Leeds (UK); a MBA (cum laude) (2001) from the University of Stellenbosch and a certificate course in Healthcare Financing (2001) at the University of Cape Town: Actuarial Science Department. She held the position of senior lecturer (from 2002 - 2005) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and Head: MBA Theses for the internationally accredited MBA programme and fulfilled the role of liaison person between the student body and the academic staff. She currently holds the position of Deputy Dean: Community Service and -Interaction at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch where she is responsible for strategic planning and leadership with regard to the integration of community service and interaction with teaching and research, development and extension of community service and interaction in collaboration with the Western Cape Health Department and other partners, responsibility for all agreements/contracts with partner employers, as well as other institutions in the public and private sectors, interaction and networking with national and international health departments, as well as other relevant statutory and non-statutory bodies, representation of the Faculty on the management structures of health service delivery bodies and the promotion and development of the strategies and policies for community service and interaction of the Faculty and University. She currently serves on the board of Mediclinic South Africa and is the chairperson of the University of Stellenbosch's Business School's Alumni NPO Development Programme.

Elmer Freeman
Boston, MA USA

Elmer Freeman is Executive Director of the Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service (also CCHERS known as "Cheers"). CCHERS started in 1991 and is a partnership between Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences and fifteen community health centers serving the diverse racial and ethnic populations of the City of Boston. Prior to joining CCHERS, for sixteen years, Elmer was Executive Director of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA. Elmer is pursuing his doctoral degree in law and policy at Northeastern University. Elmer is also a past board member and chair emeritus of the CCPH board of directors.

Barbara Gottlieb
Boston, MA USA

Barbara Gottlieb, is a primary care internist at Brookside Community Health Center, where she has worked since 1981. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, she is responsible for developing clinical and public health programs and coordinates medical student and resident teaching activities at the health center. She also coordinates research activities at the health center, and serves as a liaison to academically based researchers and research projects. She is also a member of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and teaches regularly on the in-patient service. She is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches in several courses and is a member of the Division of Service Learning. She is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she teaches in the interdisciplinary program in Women, Gender and Health. She also teaches a practicum course for MPH students. She serves as advisor and mentor to medical and public health students who are interested in the health of women and underserved communities. Barbara is also a member of the CCPH board of directors. To learn more about Barbara, visit

Susan Gust
Minneapolis, MN USA

Susan Ann Gust is a community activist, mother, grandmother and small business owner of 29 years of a construction management company. Susan enjoys an active civic and professional life that merge her passion to make the world a better place by assisting in bringing people together of different cultural and class backgrounds to work collaboratively towards that goal. Her work in construction and economic justice led to her founding the ReUse Center in Minneapolis. The ReUse Center is the nation's first, retail reusable building material store. Susan is also Co-coordinator of an initiative called GRASS Routes (Grassroots Activism, Sciences and Scholarship). This initiative on the University of Minnesota campus assists in the forming, mentoring and sustaining of community-university partnerships. She was a University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Public Policy Fellow 2003-2004. Her civic work includes co-founding and serving on the Phillips Neighborhood Healthy Housing Collaborative and the board of Community University Health Care Center, a community clinic. She also is serving her 2nd term appointment as the Ward 6 representative to the City of Minneapolis's Public Health Advisory Committee. Susan is also a member of the CCPH board of directors. To learn more about Susan, visit

Gary Hollander
Milwaukee, WI USA

Gary Hollander is the Executive Director of Diverse and Resilient, Inc., a public benefit capacity-building organization that works toward the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Wisconsin (USA) through the organizations and leaders that serve them directly. Gary is a psychologist predominantly interested in the systems, social determinants, and leadership variables that affect the health of communities. Diverse and Resilient partners with three universities to address issues of alcohol use, tobacco use, intimate partner violence, and social and economic factors that influence health among LGBT youth and adults. In 2008 Diverse and Resilient is launching a three-year tobacco cessation program funded by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Shawn Kimmel
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Dr. Kimmel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Kellogg Health Scholars Program (2006-2008) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research has been focused on developing frameworks for integrating policy research and advocacy into the design of community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects, while also investigating best practices for strengthening community capacity to engage in successful policy change interventions to reduce health disparities. His ongoing research is directed toward combining the evidence from community-based research with the historical lessons of previous social movements to develop more strategic approaches to policy change efforts aimed at transforming the institutional determinants that produce inequities in population health, in order to strengthen contemporary movements for health and environmental justice.

Daniel Korin
Riverdale, NY USA

Daniel E. Korin, a Latino board certified pediatrician, graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires medical school. He completed a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital National Center, Washington, D.C. and trained at the Residency Program in Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Currently, he is a consultant for the GENE project at the March of Dimes to educate underserved communities on advances in genetics, with major emphasis on health communication, health literacy, and community-based participatory approaches. Daniel is also a member of the CCPH board of directors. To learn more about Daniel, visit

Lisa McDonald McGeeNashville, TN USA

Piper McGinley
San Francisco, CA USA

Piper K. McGinley is the former associate director of CCPH and currently serves as a senior consultant for CCPH. Piper directed the CCPH headquarters housed at UCSF Center for the Health Professions, and was responsible for the content and planning of CCPH's annual conference, the introductory and advanced service-learning institutes, and served as lead staff on numerous other projects, including several California-focused initiatives. In addition, Piper produced the bi-annual CCPH magazine, Partnership Perspectives. After CCPH relocated its operations to the University of Washington, Piper served as the Associate Director of the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program (INLP), housed at UCSF Center for the Health Professions. INLP is a Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation program that brings together nurses and hospital executives from the San Francisco Bay Area to learn skills in leadership and management and to implement quality and safety initiatives in their hospitals. Piper is also a CCPH senior consultant. To learn more about Piper, visit

Felix Munger
Toronto, ON Canada

Gail Newton
New York, NY USA

Gail L. Newton has served as a Program Officer for the past two years at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF) located in Rochester, New York. The Foundation has three primary focus areas including health status improvement, health system improvement, and prevention. Gail's specific program area is the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity, which is GRHF's first long-term investment in prevention. Previously, she worked for ten years at the Center for Healthy Communities at the Medical College of Wisconsin and later at the University of Rochester Medical Center developing and strengthening community-academic partnerships to improve health in both urban and rural communities. Gail has been a member of CCPH since its beginning, and values all that she has learned throughout the years from its staff, board, and diverse membership.

Pam Reynolds
Pennsylvania, PA USA

Pamela Reynolds has been a member of CCPH since 1999. Her doctoral dissertation project focused on how service learning benefited physical therapy students' professional development. She is a tenured, recently promoted full Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Gannon University, Erie, PA. Her primary responsibilities include teaching and coordinating the Community Health Initiatives and Research Applications: Evidence-Based Practice course sequences. Each of her physical therapy students spend no less than 130 hours in service to the community throughout the curriculum. Locally Pam partners with several agencies including Special Olympics, Kids' Cafés sponsored by Second Harvest Food Bank, the International Institute of Erie and Habitat for Humanity. Internationally in El Salvador, she and her students have worked with Voices on the Border, the Salvadorian Association for Health Promotion, the Association of War Wounded Veterans, and the University of El Salvador physiotherapy students on projects related to health promotion and prevention of disability. Pam is a recognized leader in her profession for her work in service learning and promotion of the scholarship of engagement. She was recently the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, on service learning and community engaged scholarship, which was published in the winter of 2006 issue. She prepared the curriculum materials for physical therapy that integrated physical therapy with emergency preparedness and response, and service-learning for the multidisciplinary Ready Campus Manual, which is produced by Pennsylvania Campus Compact and funded through a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. Most recently Pam contributed a book chapter on Connecting Interprofessional Education to the Community through Service Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship.

Vivien Runnels
Ottawa, ON Canada

Vivien Runnels is a Ph.D. student in Population Health at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. She has a master's degree in Disability Management in Work and Rehabilitation from City University, London UK and an honours degree in Social Administration and Physical Education from the University of Birmingham, UK. Vivien is currently a research associate with the Globalization and Health Equity Research Unit and the Globalization Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health at the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa. Her previous employment has included Research Coordinator of the Centre for Research on Community Services at the University of Ottawa, and rehabilitation counsellor with persons with mental illness in British Columbia , and with clients with chronic pain in Ontario. She has worked in education as a high-school teacher and coordinator for adult and community education. She has been an active community volunteer for many years and a volunteer with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (formerly the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals). Vivien's current research involvements and interests include: governance in community-based participatory research; homelessness and food insecurity; health human resources and migration; breastfeeding; and knowledge translation.

Jonathan Salsberg
Montreal, QC Canada

Jon Salsberg has spent the last seven years working in participatory research. Five of these were situated in a community-based primary prevention project, where he managed the population health component of a national CIHR-IHRT study looking at diabetes in the Aboriginal population. Jon is a qualitative researcher with a background in development anthropology, whose interests include the pragmatics of participatory inquiry and end-user engagement, as well as informatics and wide-area data tool development. Along with Ann Macaulay and David Parry, Jon is co-author of the forthcoming CIHR tutorial on integrated knowledge translation. Jon has worked in both northern and southern Aboriginal community settings, and has consulted on participatory projects involving various knowledge-users such as patients in an urban family practice centre; Canadian pharmacists; Montreal urban youth; and federal and provincial public health policy makers. Jon is currently a Research Manager in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill, managing Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM).

Ellen Servais
Milwaukee, WI USA

Ellen Servais manages a new PhD program in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, WI. Being launched as the nation's only doctoral program in this field, it is dedicated specifically to integrating community health, action and participation into public health research, and is funded by a unique endowment established in perpetuity at MCW to fund this research. Previously, Ellen was the Assistant Director at the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, a funding program at MCW that awards community-academic partnerships for their work building a healthier society. Ignited by two tours in the US Peace Corps (Ethiopia and Solomon Islands), her career in community service has also seen her teaching in an urban public charter school, directing business relations at an adult day care center, providing mediation services in a city court system and serving on community boards. She obtained her BA in English Pre-Law from Washington State University and her Masters in Public Service / Conflict Resolution as a distinguished fellow at Marquette University. Ellen is fueled by a passion for community equity, social justice, promotion of higher learning and a world view that embraces change and constant improvement.





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