Community Partner Peer Mentoring & Advocacy
Partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions as a strategy for social change are gaining recognition and momentum. Despite being formed with the best of intentions, however, authentic partnerships are very difficult to achieve. While academic partners have extensively documented their experiences and lessons learned, the voices of community partners are often absent. We believe that if true partnerships are to be achieved, community partners must harness their own experiences, lessons learned, and collective wisdom into a national, organized effort.
that end, in April 2006, CCPH convened community partners with years of
experience in community-higher education partnerships for a Community Partner Summit
held at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, WI. In December
2011, CCPH and the Center for Community Health Education Research and
Service co-sponsored Achieving the Promise of Community-Engaged Health
Disparities Research: A National Community Partner Forum in Boston, MA. In March 2012, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCPH and
others co-sponsored a Regional Community Partner Forum in New York City. In December 2012, CCPH and the Center for Community Health Education Research and
Service co-sponsored the 2nd National Community Partner Forum in Washington, DC.
The Community Network for Research
Equity & Impact, launched in February 2013 as an outcome of the 2nd
National Community Partner Forum, seeks to ensure that communities have
voice in decisions about research practice and policy, are true partners
in research, and fully benefit from the knowledge gained. Read
about its Agenda for Action here and how to get involved here.