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New England CCPH Regional
Building on partnership work already being done in Massachusetts,
the New England CCPH Regional Network will develop mechanisms to increase
the equal participation of community organizations in community-campus
partnerships and address community-identified needs. Many of the currently
existing partnerships working in isolation of each other and employ a
service-learning model. The Regional Network will support the entire range
of community-campus partnership strategies and will provide a "local"
base of support for networking opportunities and professional development.
It will also establish a cohesive identity base for partnership work related
to geographic proximity and allow for expanded communication, mutual support,
member involvement, and funding and research opportunities.
Specific Activities of the Regional
The leadership structure of the Regional Network will initially consist
of four steering committee members (two from academic institutions and
two from community-based organizations) who will serve to establish the
network and develop its functions. The leadership team will meet monthly
through conference calls, and semi-annually through in person meetings.
The Regional Network will conduct a regional conference aimed at addressing
the community needs articulated in a regional needs and assets assessment
survey. The conference will also address areas such as: grantwriting,
obtaining funding, community-based participatory research, developing
curriculum for service-learning, assessing partnership status and health,
and understanding research. The conference will serve as a vehicle to
highlight the importance of partnerships being built on sound principles
and will therefore include an opportunity for partners to review the parameters
of their partnership.
Outreach & Dissemination
In order to determine the nature of existing and potential community-campus
partnerships in the region, the Network plans to conduct a regional survey
of voluntary agencies and academic institutions regarding their interest
in developing and/or improving a community-campus partnership. The Network
will launch a website to share, foster and support information around
new and existing collaborations and partnerships. The website will also
be used to support opportunities for joint funding between community partners
and multiple academic sites. In the future, the Regional Network plans
to create a searchable database in order to establish new partnerships.
The geographic region for the New England CCPH Regional Network will be
confined initially to Massachusetts. In the future, the Network plans
to expand to include all of the states in the New England region.
Organizational Home & Leadership Team
The Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service, Inc.
(CCHERS), a nonprofit organization representing 16 community health centers
in Boston and also a partnership composed of the Boston Public Health
Commission, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine,
Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, will serve as
the organizational home of the New England CCPH Regional Network. The
leadership team includes:
Suzanne Cashman, Office of Community
Programs and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University
of Massachusetts Medical School
Susan Lowe, Associate Chairperson, Physical Therapy
Department, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Beverly Russell, Director of Health Professions
Education, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service,
Ali Noorani, Director of Public Health for the
Health Services Partnership of Dorchester
To learn more about Community-Campus Partnerships
for Health, visit www.ccph.info. For
more specific information about this CCPH Regional Network please contact:
Director, Health Professions Education
Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service
716 Columbus Avenue, Suite 398
Boston, MA 02120
The CCPH Regional Networks are
supported in part by a grant from the federal Corporation for National
and Community Service, Learn and Serve America: Higher Education.