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March 28, 2012

Health Equity Conference: Eliminating Health Disparities

The Center for Health Equity, The Program in Health Disparities Research, and The Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations are hosting a two-day Health Equity Conference: Eliminating Health Disparities Conference for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, community members, business leaders and students to come together around meaningful health equity issues. The conference will be held April 23rd - 24th at the Eagle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, MN

The dinner keynote speaker is Kweisi Mfume, Former United States Congressman 1987 - 1996 and Former President of NAACP. The plenary speaker is Jane Delgado, Ph.D., M.S., President and CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

View the conference website for a full schedule of events and further information about the conference.

Registration is required and costs $75 for faculty, staff, and community members and $25 for students. Register online.

For questions contact Megan Hoffman at hoff0511@umn.edu or 612-626-4120

Reminder: Community Collaborative Grants Program

The Community Collaborative Grants Program supports research that solves problems in translating clinical and health-related scientific knowledge into meaningful changes in practice, with the goals of improved health outcomes and/or reduced costs. This funding is intended to stimulate outstanding new pilot research that 1) involves strong community-university collaborations and 2) addresses important issues identified by community and 3) holds the promise of developing into long-term research and evaluation projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies.

Grants are awarded in three areas: health disparities, systems for health improvement, and rural health.

- Full applications due April 16, 2012

Visit the Office of Community Engagement for Health page for more information and to download the Requests for Applications (RFA).

Questions? Contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu or 612-624-4247.

March 19, 2012

Sustainable Communities Conference

CURA is a co-sponsor of the 7th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference - March 23 and 24, 2012 where 1,000 community, business and local government leaders will envision and plan steps to achieve a thriving, just and resilient and Twin Cities. Hosted by the Alliance for Sustainability. The agenda for the conference is divided into three main focuses:

1) Sustainable Business Forum - Friday March 23 - 7:30 am to 1 pm at U of M McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis - Network with 400 business leaders from small, medium and large businesses and learn how they are integrating sustainability into their operations to increase profitability, performance and innovation. See the agenda and Forum Flyer and register now (March 9 early registration discount) $35 to $75 at

2) Local Government Sustainability Workshop - Fri March 23 - 1 to 5 pm at the U of M McNamara Alumni Center - 400 local government staff, elected and citizen leaders will share best practices for sustainable economic development Agenda PDF Flyer Register - Free http://localgovernmentsustainability.eventbrite.com

3) Community Conference - Sat March 24, 8:30am to 3:30am at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis - for 500 volunteers from neighborhoods, congregations, schools and environmental commissions to share hands on project resources. See the agenda and register (suggested lunch donation $5 - $10) at www.afs.nonprofitoffice.com/2012conference

For more information and details on registration, visit:

March 7, 2012

CIL Friday Leadership Research Forum: "Catalysts for Creating the Future of the Academy: UMN Case Studies on Shared Leadership"

The Center for Integrative Leadership presents, "Catalysts for Creating the Future of the Academy: UMN Case Studies on Shared Leadership" with presenter Ann Hill Duin

Globalization, immersive research and learning environments, unlimited access to information and analytics, and fiscal realities continue to impact higher education -- and higher education IT. Although IT organizations face immense pressure to meet significantly greater expectations at significantly less cost, with such pressure comes the opportunity to move IT beyond managing commodity resources to serving as a strategic and catalytic force for transforming higher education. To do so, however, demands an evolution from distributed to highly coordinated leadership as well as fostering the institutional conditions for enabling strategic shared leadership. In this research forum, Dr. Ann Hill Duin will challenge all those engaged in higher education to think even more boldly about integrative leadership.

Dr. Ann Hill Duin is a professor in the Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Ann's research focuses on the social construction of knowledge and the impact of digital technologies on communication. Ann has taught and conducted research across K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and corporate levels in the U.S. and abroad.

This event will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 from 11:30 am -1:00 pm in
Room 144 Science Teaching and Student Services Building.

Register at: http://fridayforum6.eventbrite.com/

March 2, 2012

Hennepin-University Partnership Forum on Community Engagement

Hennepin-University Partnership is hosting a half-day forum from 7:30am - 1:15pm on March 9, 2012 at the McNamara Alumni Center around what it means to effectively engage communities from the viewpoint of governments/universities, specifically Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota. This forum is meant to stimulate discussion on the following questions:

- What does community engagement mean to our organizations?

- What do we expect/need to accomplish by engaging communities?
- How do we know if we're effective?

Speakers will include, Jan Callison, 6th District Commissioner, Hennepin County, Richard Johnson, County Administrator, Hennepin County, Ed Goetz, Director of Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), U of M, Andy Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, U of M, Kathy Quick, Assistant Professor, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Area, U of M, Steve Kelley, Director of Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, HHH, U of M, Tai Mendenhall, Associate Director, Citizen Professional Center, U of M, and Jay Clark, Director of Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO), CURA, U of M.

For more information and to register, email Brittany Kellerman at kelle410@umn.edu