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CRN CONFERENCE 2002: BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

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     -----Original Message----- 
        From: lokasangraha [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
        Subject: CRN CONFERENCE 2002: FRAMEWORK AND CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS 
      
 Fifth Annual Community Research Network Conference 
June 13-16, 2002 
At Loyola University of Chicago 
 
"BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: OVERCOMING THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, 
 AND ENVIRONMENTAL BARRIERS WITH COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH" 
 
                                  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. 
 
        CONTACT INFORMATION: 
        Khan S. Rahi, Loka's Interim Coordinator and CRN Coordinator, at 
        (416) 406-5517 or [log in to unmask]; or the Loka Institute in 
        Amherst, MA, at (413) 559-5860 or [log in to unmask] 
 
        BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR CRN CONFERENCE 2002: 
 
        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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