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As executive director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (http://www.ccph.info) my work focuses on the principles and best practices of partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions around education, research, and community/economic development. Throughout my career, I have sought to leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve health, social and economic challenges. I deeply believe that we will only solve these challenges through partnerships that bring communities and institutions together and build upon the assets, strengths, and capacities of each.
I have led a series of national initiatives in the U.S. that have incorporated service-learning into health professions education, developed community-based participatory research partnerships, convened community partners for peer support and advocacy, prepared faculty for community-engaged careers in the academy, aligned faculty promotion and tenure policies with community engagement, and created mechanisms for peer-reviewed publication of diverse products of community-engaged scholarship.
My current areas of focus include advancing community-engaged scholarship and community-academic partnerships in Canada and the U.S., building community capacity for research, and strengthening the ethics review of community-engaged research.
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