I just returned from what was an INCREDIBLE experience. I was in Houston, TX for the Community-Campus Partnerships in Health‘s national conference. The conference shed light on the increasing number of collaborative efforts between community organizations and academic institutions that aim to promote social justice and health equity in their shared communities. Indeed, I presented the work of the multi-institutional coalition that was formed during my fellowship year between the tri-co, Drexel, Villanova, and Lankenau Medical Center.
The conference ran from April 18th to the 21st and was very much a working conference. The days began at 7 am and ended around 5 pm. Notably, I attended a workshop on geographic information systems (GIS) in community-based research, a “lessons-learned” lecture on a university-community partnership between UCSF and 12 neighboring organizations, and a networking event for conference attendees from the mid-atlantic region. While presentations and workshops filled the days, the conference hosts fed us well! Catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner was provided every day.
The weather in Houston was gorgeous– the temperature hovered between 60 – 80 degrees throughout the day and night with virtually no humidity. So I simply couldn’t resist the chance to explore the city . My city adventures took me to galleries, parks, and eateries scattered throughout Houston’s multi-center cityscape.
I could keep rambling, but I’ll let my pictures do the talking:
The BEST part of the conference was the community site visits. The conference had arranged for participants to sign up to tour different community organizations in Houston. I had the opportunity to visit The Baker-Ripley Community Center. The center is the flagship center of Neighborhood Centers, a nonprofit that works with communities to create safe and resource-rich areas in their communities. For more info on Neighborhood Centers: www.neighborhood-centers.org/en-us/default.aspx