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September 27, 2011

An Update from the Office for Public Engagement: A Community-Campus Network Event

Hear about some of the initiatives the Office for Public Engagement is working on this year.

Presenters:
Andy Furco, Sara Axtell, and Beth Dierker

Date: October 5, 12-1:30

Location: 300 Morrill Hall
(for a map, go to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MorH/)

RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Mark your calendar for future CCN Events from 12:00-1:30PM on the following dates: November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2


September 21, 2011

DEADLINE: BGAPSA Call for Proposals

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) is searching for graduate student panelists for its 1st Bi-annual BGAPSA Bridging the Gap Scholars Panel on November 8, 2011. The theme is for this semester's "Health across the Diaspora." The submission deadline for consideration as a panelist is September 31, 2011.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student's Association's (BGAPSA) Scholar's Panel provides an opportunity to present to other graduate students, faculty, and community members y ongoing research and analysis of topics relating to Health and the African Diaspora. BGAPSA encourages submission of research proposals related to this semester's theme; however, abstracts on other timely topics related to health and communities of color are also are welcome.

The topics listed below are suggested topics for submission of proposals. However, these suggestions should not be seen as exclusive, as the final focus of the panel sessions will depend on reoccurring theme of the selected proposals. With that in mind, please submit your proposal under the topic that is most relevant.
• Chronic illnesses and African/African American populations
• Mental health
• Portrayals of illness or health within the Arts and Humanities
• Historic health trends among communities of color
• Health disparities, social determinants of health and the law
• Health policy and communities of color
• Mental health
• Child health
• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Research topics that focus on interdisciplinary approaches and research methods are also strongly encouraged.

All proposals will be considered through a blind process. .Once received, all applicant names will be removed from all application materials. If interested, please submit an abstract and faculty recommendation to bgapsa@umn.edu by 5: 00pm on September 30, 2011. Late submissions will not be considered. We will accept only one submission per graduate student.


Thank-U (Homecoming Event)

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Homecoming's Thank U
One Community, Building "Common-Unity"
October 16th, 11am - 3:30pm

Who:
Unique to this event is the chance to work amongst a diverse group of community members, forming "common-unity." All University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni and supporters from around the state are encouraged to participate.'

What:
Participants will perform various service projects designed by members of the community to best serve their needs. Examples of these service projects from past years include: making cards and scarfs for those in need with the Open Arms organization, gardening in the Como area, assisting seniors in chores at their homes near the St. Paul campus, food sorting for the Emergency Food Shelf Network, and cleaning our streets by picking up trash.

Where:
Northrop Plaza
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Check in and day of registration will take place at Northrop Plaza at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants will be treated to a light breakfast and entertainment. Participants will then spread out around campus to perform the various service projects designed by members of the community. In the event of inclement weather, participants will receive detailed rain back-up instructions via email.

When:
Sunday, October 16th, 11am-3:30pm

Why:
Thank U is intended to thank the greater University Community for all they do for the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities throughout the year.

For more information and registration visit http://homecoming.umn.edu/thank-u/


Third Annual Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium & Healthy Foods Summit

University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute in collaboration with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum would like to invite you to attend the third annual Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium.

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University Hotel Minneapolis (Formerly Radisson-University Hotel), E. Bank, Mpls
October 10, 2011
8:00 am-4:30 pm

The research symposium will focus on "Optimizing Food Systems for Human Health," and will take place on the East Bank from 8:00 am-4:30 pm on October 10, 2011. Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will identify points in the food system where interventions may improve human health, including state-of-the art insights regarding the global transition from starvation to overweight and obesity in developing countries; global food safety issues; the impact of food production and consumption on the environment; and the role of food security and economic well-being in promoting human health. We are excited to announce that Hank Cardello, author of the book Stuffed, will discuss the role of the food industry in improving public health.

On October 11, you are invited to join community members, health service practitioners, dietitians, policy makers, and other researchers at the Arboretum for a day of turning research into practice. On this day, a series of case studies will be presented by organizations successfully engaged in improving human health by intervening in the food system. Our keynote speaker will be Oran Hesterman, PhD, the author of the book Fair Food.

To register, go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2011healthyfoodssummit.aspx. We anticipate a high demand for this event (last year's event was nearly sold out), so we encourage you to register early to reserve a seat. Registration for the October 10 research symposium (including breakfast, lunch, and snacks) is $25 for students and $65 for University faculty & staff. The October 11 event is an additional $65. The registration site accepts credit cards. If you wish to register and pay using a purchase order or University EFS account string, please call 952-443-1422.


September 19, 2011

Call for Applications: Achieving the Promise of Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research

Achieving the Promise of Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research:
A National Community Partner Forum ~ December 6-7 in Boston, MA
Call for Applications: Due Monday October 3

The National Community Partner Forum invites community partners involved in community-engaged research to apply to participate in the forum. Community engagement in research is central to understanding and addressing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health. Research funding agencies are supporting faculty members and institutions to engage communities as partners in conducting research. As more community organizations enter into research partnerships with institutions as well as initiate and conduct research, it is clear that we need our own networks for professional development, mentoring and advocacy in order to advance the social change through knowledge and power sharing that must happen if we are to achieve health equity in this country.

The forum will be held Dec 6-7 in Boston. Applications are due Oct 3 and applicants will be notified by Nov 1. In order to maximize opportunities for dialogue, active learning and subsequent action, the forum will be limited to about 100 participants. We are seeking experienced and novice community partners involved in research who are committed to social justice, willing to share their challenges and successes, and eager to both enhance their impact at a local level and contribute to a broader research and advocacy agenda. Individuals from community-based organizations are especially encouraged to apply. In making final selections, we will strive for diversity among participants in terms of their geographic location, race/ethnicity and research experience.

Applications must be completed online at http://bit.ly/p78I8e

See page 3 for the questions asked in the application. We encourage applicants to type out their
responses to the open-ended questions and cut and paste them into the online form. For additional information about the forum, please see the initial announcement that went out about it in July at http://ccph.info If you have any questions or would like to be added to the forum email list, please write us at programs@ccph.info


September 15, 2011

Community Involvement Fair

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You can make a difference! This big, free event gives students a chance to learn about Twin Cities volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 local organizations to find a position that matches your major or interests.

Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as:

* Youth Education and Mentoring
* ESL Tutoring
* the Environment
* Animal Rights
* Healthcare / Public Health
* Law / Criminal Justice
* Housing / Homelessness
* Refugee and Immigrant Communities
* Political Organizing
* Public Policy
* Family Services / Family Violence
* the Arts
* GLBT Communities
* Women and Gender issues

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coffman Union, Great Hall
University of Minnesota


September 12, 2011

Making a Difference: Designing Courses with Public Engagement

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Rather than work on your own to develop a new course or revise an undergraduate, graduate or professional course you currently teach, we invite you to join with a small group of colleagues with a teaching/learning consultant and a public engagement consultant for a four-session seminar that will "inspire [you] to think creatively and try to be innovative." Recent participants describe the hands-on design of these sessions as invaluable for building learning and teaching strategies to support the distinctive educational impact teachers want their courses to foster.


Across the sessions you'll work with peers to develop a course that aligns student learning objectives with learning, teaching and evaluation strategies. As evaluations of the seminar note, "Working with peers was very important in this process. [Peers] confirmed many aspects of current courses, but generated many ideas for the future."


Seminar participants will also meet individually with a consultant. If desired, consultants will help you find appropriate community partners for your course. The deadlines are September 9 for fall participation and January 20 for spring. Alternatively, you may schedule a course design consultation at any time. To register for the course, go to the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Note public engagement in the description of your seminar goals. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Community Service-Learning Center, and the Office for Public Engagement.


Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and the Elimination of Health Disparities: The Why, What, Who and How

This semester-long course is intended for junior faculty, post-doctorates, graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing health disparities. We will explore topics such as the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race and class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems; and making your community-engaged scholarship count in career advancement. This course will be minimally didactic and maximally interactive and participatory. We will tour a community by van and visit an important community partner, the Cultural Wellness Center. Independent readings and reflections will be expected between some sessions. There will be no final, no papers, and no grades. There is no fee required.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations and Program in Health Disparities Research, the class is held Mondays, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., September 15 through December 19, 2011 in 717 Delaware Street, Room 105

Presented by:

Cathy Jordan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Children, Youth and Family Consortium

Susan Gust, Community Activist and Research Partner


Registration:
Registration is free, but space is limited. Please email mc3@umn.edu to register for this series.


Community-Engaged Scholarship: Forum for Graduate Students

Community-Engaged Scholarship: A Forum for Graduate Students
September 27, 1:00-3:00, President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union

An increasing number of graduate students are interested in collaborating with community members and community-based organizations in their research and teaching efforts. But, in some cases, policies and practices within academic institutions may create barriers to this work. Join us for a discussion of such barriers and strategies we can use to overcome them.

This interactive forum will feature a panel of graduate students who will share their experiences with community-engaged scholarship. Participants will have the opportunity to help shape recommendations for decreasing barriers and increasing support for community engaged graduate students.

Please register at: http://www.grad.umn.edu/career/workshops/default.asp?list=grad


September 9, 2011

Transforming Partnerships: Community Engagement for Health Summit

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The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of the University of Minnesota is embarking on a new mission to create meaningful connections among researchers and the community to reach toward our mission: improving health by accelerating discoveries into practice. To this end, the Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH) of the CTSI would like to invite you to participate in this one day summit to begin the dialogue on how the Community and University can co-design strategies and activities to transform the research process.

The overall goal of this Summit is to gather community advisory members, university engagement faculty and staff, and others interested in furthering this goal to celebrate our growing partnerships and discuss recommendations for supporting engagement between the Community and University to improve health. This meeting will include some plenary-style presentation and small group working sessions.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
8:00am - 2:00pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

This event is free, but you must register BEFORE Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at:
http://www.ctsi.umn.edu/community/summit_register.shtml


September 8, 2011

A Call for Research Proposals on Health

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) is searching for graduate student panelists for its 1st Bi-annual BGAPSA Bridging the Gap Scholars Panel on November 8, 2011. The theme is for this semester's "Health across the Diaspora." The submission deadline for consideration as a panelist is September 31, 2011.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student's Association's (BGAPSA) Scholar's Panel provides an opportunity to present to other graduate students, faculty, and community members y ongoing research and analysis of topics relating to Health and the African Diaspora. BGAPSA encourages submission of research proposals related to this semester's theme; however, abstracts on other timely topics related to health and communities of color are also are welcome.

The topics listed below are suggested topics for submission of proposals. However, these suggestions should not be seen as exclusive, as the final focus of the panel sessions will depend on reoccurring theme of the selected proposals. With that in mind, please submit your proposal under the topic that is most relevant.
• Chronic illnesses and African/African American populations
• Mental health
• Portrayals of illness or health within the Arts and Humanities
• Historic health trends among communities of color
• Health disparities, social determinants of health and the law
• Health policy and communities of color
• Mental health
• Child health
• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Research topics that focus on interdisciplinary approaches and research methods are also strongly encouraged.

All proposals will be considered through a blind process. .Once received, all applicant names will be removed from all application materials. If interested, please submit an abstract and faculty recommendation to bgapsa@umn.edu by 5: 00pm on September 30, 2011. Late submissions will not be considered. We will accept only one submission per graduate student.


September 7, 2011

Inauguration of University of Minnesota's President Eric W. Kaler

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The University of Minnesota will celebrate the inauguration of Eric W. Kaler from Monday, September 19 through Saturday, September 24, with the formal ceremony to be held Thursday, September 22 in Ted Mann Concert Hall. The week consists of a series of private activities on and off campus, plus the four public events listed below.

* Inauguration ceremony. 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22, Ted Mann Concert Hall. Tickets are required. If you have no ticket, you may watch the ceremony live at one of several campus locations or online.
* Reception. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, September 22, Coffman Union (various locations).
* Portrait unveiling. Noon Friday, September 23, Coffman Union Front Plaza.
* Football game vs. North Dakota State (tickets required). 6 p.m. Saturday, September 24, TCF Bank Stadium.

Please visit: http://www1.umn.edu/president/inauguration/inauguration-week/index.html for ticket information and for more details on the Inauguration week events.


The Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy: Food Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Food Policy Challenges and Opportunities 2011 and Beyond: A Political Economy Perspective

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Presented by Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, and the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cornell University, plus Professor of Agricultural Economics at Copenhagen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow and past president of the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served 10 years as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and seven years as a Department Head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
2:00 p.m.

Event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here to let us know you are planning to attend.

Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, Room 105
1500 Gortner Avenue
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

Reception will directly follow the lecture.


September 2, 2011

Healing Community-Institution Relationships - Fall Course

FSOS 5150: Special Topics in Family Social Science
Healing Community-Institution Relationships

Social service, health care, and educational institutions are emphasizing community engagement, but efforts will not succeed without understanding historical and cultural
contexts.

FSOS 5150 will examine some of the historical and cultural contexts for community-institution relationships in the United States, and the impact this history has on our current attempts to engage with communities. Students will have the opportunity to talk to members of partnerships who are working to heal the relationships between communities and institutions, and begin to develop skills for participating in community-institution healing.

3 credit course, Fall 2011
Class meets Fridays, from 1:55 - 4:40 PM
Class location: Cultural Wellness Center,
1527 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
(corner of Bloomington and Lake)

Registration is now available at http://onestop.umn.edu
For more information, contact Dr. Sara Axtell at axtel002@umn.edu