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Enviro-Mich message from Phil Shepard <shepard@acd.net>

FYI - ps

lokasangraha wrote:

>           Fifth Annual Community Research Network Conference
>                           June 13-16, 2002
>                   At Loyola University of Chicago
>                           Co-sponsored by:
>                          The Loka Institute
>    Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL)
> We cordially invite proposals for presentations and workshops at the
> Loka Institute's Fifth Annual Community Research Network Conference,
> June 13-16, 2002, at Loyola University of Chicago. Conference co-
> sponsors this year are the Loka Institute and Loyola's Center for
> Urban Research and Learning (CURL).
> The annual CRN conference provides a dynamic forum for people from
> many backgrounds and perspectives  including grassroots organizers,
> academic researchers, practitioners, local residents, students,
> funders, and policymakers -- to gather and share strategies and
> resources for using community-based, participatory research to
> address the most pressing issues facing their communities. This
> year's theme:  "Building Healthy Communities: Overcoming the Social,
> Economic, and Environmental Barriers with Community-Based Research."
> We are looking for presenters and organizers of sessions who can
> highlight their own experiences, research, and concerns on the role
> of CBR in addressing the wide range of social, economic, and
> environmental issues that affect the quality of life and health in
> families and communities. We are especially interested in presenters
> who will focus on issues that contribute to the current disparities
> in health and health care that are related to race and income. Health-
> service researchers and community groups interested in health-
> services research are also invited to propose presentations. In
> promoting "healthy communities," we seek a broad definition of that
> term  including, for example, issues related to environmental
> hazards, the strength of social and economic support networks within
> communities, prevention, mental health, and medical care.
> If you are interested in making an individual presentation, or in
> organizing a group presentation or a how-to workshop, please contact
> Khan Rahi to discuss your proposal. We will need a suggested title,
> and an abstract or short summary (150 words) of your presentation or
> workshop. Presenters are asked to prepare an overview, and to
> identify critical CBR issues, any other participants you propose
> working with, and the impact and the lessons learned from your work.
> Presenters will be notified on or before May 20th. We look forward to
> hearing from you.
> Khan S. Rahi, Loka's Interim Coordinator and CRN Coordinator, at
> (416) 406-5517 or ksrahi@sympatico.ca; or the Loka Institute in
> Amherst, MA, at (413) 559-5860 or Loka@Loka.org.
> Community-based research (CBR) is research conducted by, with, and
> for communities.  Through CBR, a broad range of residents and
> organizations can take part in identifying common problems and socio-
> economic inequities, and then dealing with them. By design, CBR is
> both democratic and ethically robust. In community-based research,
> the affected communities actively participate in every phase of the
> research process. The Community Research Network (CRN) reflects this
> commitment to diversity and democratic methods. The CRN includes a
> broad range of constituents, such as community residents, community-
> based researchers, practitioners, students, academics, policymakers,
> funders, grassroots organizers and representatives of other non-
> profit groups. Its members represent local, regional, national, and
> international initiatives.
> This year's conference will bring community members and community-
> based researchers who are working on social, economic, and
> environmental issues together with researchers and community groups
> who focus on health and health services. That will provide
> opportunities for strategizing how to use CBR to address the impact
> that a wide range of issues has on the quality of life and the health
> of communities, broadly defined, as well as on the health of
> individuals and on access to health services. Issues that can be
> related to health include, for example, poverty, housing, social and
> environmental justice, labor, transportation, education, food
> production and natural resources, youth development, and technology
> access. Presenters are encouraged to consider such issues, as well as
> the health impacts of factors such as race and ethnicity, gender,
> age, gay/lesbian/ bi-sexual/or transgendered orientation, education,
> physical disabilities, mental illness, the use of illicit drugs, and
> incarceration.
> Two questions will be central to our conversations: What constitutes
> healthy communities? How can we use CBR both to help communities
> understand the social, economic, and environmental influences on
> health and to deliver the services that are needed for healthy
> individuals, neighborhoods and communities?
> "Building Healthy Communities:  Overcoming the Social, Economic, and
> Environmental Barriers With CBR" aims to:
> 1. Strengthen the practice of community-based, participatory research
> in interdisciplinary fields dealing with health and its social
> determinants. Participants will share and develop best practices,
> innovative CBR research techniques, and effective CBR resources.
> 2. Develop and disseminate information on the role that social,
> economic, and environmental factors play in health and health care.
> 3. Examine the role of community-based participatory research in
> building healthy communities and improving quality of life for
> everyday citizens.
> 4. Discuss and develop research strategies to identify the role and
> relationship of social, economic, and environmental factors in
> creating healthy communities.
> 5. Develop research strategies that address barriers to health
> services and to healthy communities.
> 6. Share tools for increasing the participation of hard-to-reach
> population groups in health-services research and delivery systems.
> 7. Encourage new partnerships and collaborations on CBR issues of
> mutual interest.
> Participants will be invited to follow a modified version of a
> technique known as "open space technology." (Introduced by Harrison
> Owen. See www.tmn.com/openspace.)  After scheduled presentations and
> workshops, they will group themselves in circles to probe more deeply
> specific issues that have been raised.  Some seminars have also been
> scheduled to focus on building the CRN at the local, regional, and
> international levels.
> There are many other ways to share your knowledge and expertise.  Let
> us know, for example, if you are interested in planning how-to
> workshops on topics such as transferring skills in CBR, practical
> methods for training students, interesting the media, promoting CBR
> outcomes, or any other kind of hands-on session.
> Please see instructions above describing steps to propose a session
> for the conference and Loka contact information.  We look forward to
> seeing you in June!
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Phil Shepard

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