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guidance from a planning committee of community leaders,
twenty-three experienced community partners from across
the U.S. convened for Achieving the Promise
of Authentic Community-Higher Education Partnerships: A Community Partner Summit
held April 24-26, 2006 at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin.
For a list of Summit co-sponsors and supporters, click here.
overall purpose of the Summit was to advance authentic community-higher education
partnerships by mobilizing a network of experienced community partners. Highlights
of Summit outcomes appear below. Click here
for the Summit Executive Summary.
During the Summit, participants identified
key insights and ingredients of effective, authentic community-higher education
partnerships. These include the following:
relationships of trust, honesty, transparency, respect, equity
benefit of all partners
- Shared ownership of the project and partnership
roles and expectations of all partners
- Support from a funding agency that
understands how equal partnerships are developed and sustained
partners are valued and compensated for their expertise
- Community and
academic partners gain transferable skills
- Peer networks established in
the community for mentoring, learning and sharing of best practices
also articulated a framework for authentic community-higher education partnerships
that has three essential components:
- Quality processes
that are relationship focused; open, honest and respectful; trustbuilding; acknowledging
of history; committed to mutual learning and sharing credit.
outcomes which are tangible and relevant to communities. For example: eliminating
health disparities, affordable housing, education and economic development.
at multiple levels, including:
a. Personal transformation, including
self reflection and heightened political consciousness
b. Institutional transformation,
including changing policies and systems
c. Community transformation, including
community capacity building
d. Transformation of science and knowledge, including
how knowledge is generated, used and valued and what constitutes “evidence”
e. Political transformation, including social justice
group worked together to build a case for the importance of community-higher
education partnerships. Together, they established that by bringing together
the wisdom and lived expertise of community members with the theoretical and research-oriented
expertise of academics, community-higher education partnerships have great potential
as agents of social change.
From their discussions, the group developed
these recommendations for how to maximize the potential of community-higher
- Community partners have the
responsibility to share their collective wisdom and knowledge about community-higher
education partnerships with community members, universities, and funding agencies.
involvement and capacity building is needed at the local, regional, and national
levels. Supports are needed to develop community members as civic leaders, change
agents, and community-based researchers.
- Community partners should develop
principles of participation to clarify terms of engagement and expectations in
their partnerships with higher educational institutions.
- To facilitate
greater understanding, community partners must familiarize themselves with the
culture and daily realities of their academic partners, and vice versa.
partners must work together with academic partners/allies to change the culture
of higher education into one that values and supports communities as equal partners.
partners must work together with academic partners/allies to elevate the credibility
and recognition for the life/work experience of community partners and the context/environment
in which they do this work.
- Funding agencies need to reexamine funding
priorities, as well as how funding is structured, reviewed, distributed, and evaluated,
to ensure that these advance and do not undermine the potential for authentic
community-higher education partnerships.
- Community partners should form
a collective body to reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by many community
partners and increase capacity through mentoring, networking and advocacy.
Partnerships for Health
WK Kellogg Foundation
Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association
Community-Based Organization Network
Community Committee of the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program
E. Hill DeLoney, Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness
Center, Flint, MI
Elmer Freeman, Center for Community Health Education Research
and Service, Inc., Boston, MA
Ella Greene-Moton, Flint Odyssey House, Inc.
Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Yvonne Lewis, Faith Access to Community
Economic Development, Flint, MI
Gerry Roll, Hazard Perry County Community
Ministries, Inc., Hazard, KY
Monte Roulier, Community Initiatives, LLC, Columbia,
Lucille Webb, Strengthening the Black Family, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Ybarra, Director of Planning and Development, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic,
here for photos and biographical
sketches of Summit participants.
Burt, Chairperson, Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity, Jackson, MS
Director of Programs and Evaluations, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Los
Vince Crisostomo, Community Representative, GUAM HIV/AIDS Network
Project/Pacific Island Jurisdictions AIDS Action Group, Arlington, VA
E. Hill DeLoney, Director, Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness Center,
Elmer Freeman, Executive Director, Center for Community Health Education
Research and Service, Inc., Boston, MA
Ella Greene-Moton, Program Coordinator/Community
Liaison, Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Gust, Co-Founder/Co-Coordinator, GRASS Routes, Minneapolis, MN
Executive Director, Healthy African American Families, Los Angeles, CA
M. Lahoz, Program Director, Latinos for Healthy Communities, Allentown, PA
Daniella S. Levine, Executive Director, Human Services Coalition of Dade County,
Inc., Miami, FL
Yvonne Lewis, Executive Director, Faith Access to Community
Economic Development, Flint, MI
Ed Lucas, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Renacer
Westside Community Network, Inc.,
Ann-Gel Palermo, Chair,
Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, New York, NY
Alice Park, Research
Coordinator, Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle Indian Health Board, Seattle,
Gerry Roll, Executive Director, Hazard Perry County Community Ministries,
Inc., Hazard, KY
Lola Sablan Santos, Executive Director, Guam Communications
Network, Long Beach, CA
Ira SenGupta, Executive Director, Cross Cultural Health
Care Program, Seattle, WA
Douglas Taylor, Executive Director, Founder, Southeast
Community Research Center, Atlanta, GA
Pearlie M. Toliver, Vice President,
Branch Banking and Trust Co., Macon, GA
Lucille Webb, Founding Member/President,
Board of Directors, Strengthening the Black
Family, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Eve Wenger, Executive Director, Pocono Healthy Communities Alliance, Stroudsburg,
Noelle Wiggins, Director, Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah Co.
Health Department, Portland, OR
Vickie Ybarra, Director of Planning and Development,
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima, WA
Roulier, Community Initiatives, LLC, Columbia, MO
Christoph Hanssmann, 2005-2006 Graduate Research Assistant, Community-Campus Partnerships
for Health, Seattle, WA
Sarena D. Seifer, Executive Director, Community-Campus
Partnerships for Health, Seattle, WA
Kristine Wong, Program Director, Community-Campus
Partnerships for Health, Seattle, WA
Former Director, Higher Education Programs, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Ithaca,
Carole M. Johnson, Program Officer, Education, The Johnson Foundation,
Products & Resources
Summit has generated a number of products and resources intended to support community
partners in their community-higher education partnership work:
the Promise of Authentic Community-Higher Education Partnerships: Community Partners
Speak Out! - This report includes the Summit proceedings and information about
opportunities for community partners to get involved in Summit follow-up activities
through the Community Partner Listserv and the
Mentoring and Policy Workgroups.
Summary – This 5-page document provides a summary of the Summit and its
outcomes, including a list of Summit participants.
Case Stories – These community-authored case stories provide diverse
perspectives on community-higher education partnerships. An introduction offers
suggestions for how these case stories can be used for developing and sustaining
Education Partnerships: National Trends & Realities – This slide
presentation about the current state of community-higher education partnership
helped to inform discussions at the Summit.
Partner Summit Poster – First presented at the American Public Health
Association conference in November 2006, this poster captures the essence of the
Summit through quotes, photos and brief descriptions. To borrow the poster for
use in your community, contact CCPH at email@example.com
or (206) 666-3406.
Summit Presentation – This slide presentation provides an overview of
Summit deliberations and outcomes.
the Promise of Community-Based Participatory Research: Community Partners Get
Organized! is an invited editorial that appears in Winter 2007 issue of the
journal Progress in Community Health Partnerships:
Research, Education and Action. The editorial cites recommendations made by
the Community Partner Policy Workgroup that
are designed to ensure that community partners participate in decision making
about federal funding for community-based participatory research and access funding
as principal investigators.
Achieving the Promise of Community-Higher Education Partnerships:
Community Partners Get Organized is an invited
chapter in the Handbook of Engaged Scholarship, published by
Michigan State University in 2010. Please note the contact email in the
chapter is incorrect - it should be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Partnerships: Community Perspectives - this annotated bibliography,
primarily developed with community partners in mind, contains citations and abstracts
for over 100 articles and reports.
the conclusion of the Summit, participants organized themselves into action-oriented
workgroups designed to increase the number and effectiveness of community-higher
education partnerships and to ensure that communities are involved in dialogues
and decisions about these partnerships. CCPH hosted two conference calls in 2007 to provide an overview of the workgroups and opportunities
for involvement. Click here
for meeting minutes from these calls.
Mentoring Workgroup developed and implemented peer mentoring and leadership
development activities designed to build the capacity of community partners to engage
in authentic community-higher education partnerships and succeed in their community-building
work. These activities includes hosting an educational conference call series in summer 2008
The Policy Workgroup developed and advocated for policies
that support authentic community-higher education partnerships, including submitting statements in response to NIH requests
for public comments:
* Click here
for the 2007 statement submitted on the NIH National Center for Research Resources' Strategic
* Click here
for the 2007 statement submitted on the NIH Peer Review Process
the Promise of Community Engagement in Research," was submitted in response to NIH's
for Information (RFI): To Solicit Input and Ideas for Roadmap Trans-NIH Strategic