Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about CCPH. If we’ve missed yours, please email us.
What is CCPH?
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. To learn about our history and evolution, please read our 10th anniversary report from 2007 and the paper we prepared for our 15th anniversary in 2012.
What do you mean by “health?”
We view health broadly as physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and emphasize partnership approaches to health that focus on changing the conditions and environments in which people live, work, learn and play.
What do you mean by “community-campus partnerships?”
Creating healthier communities and overcoming complex societal problems require collaborative solutions that bring communities and institutions together as equal partners and build upon their assets, strengths and capacities. Community-campus partnerships involve communities and academic institutions that collaboratively engage in education (e.g., service-learning), research (e.g., community-based participatory research), service delivery (e.g., community-oriented primary care), community-wide improvement (e.g., Healthy Communities initiatives) and other efforts. The CCPH principles of partnership and framework for authentic partnerships define what we mean by “community-campus partnerships.”
Do you have a geographic focus?
A: CCPH has members across the US, Canada and over a dozen other countries. North America is our primary focus. We also participate in and support global initiatives that align with our mission and strategic goals
Where are you located?
A: CCPH is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, with staff based in Raleigh, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
How can I subscribe to CCPH's monthly newsletter?
A: We’d love to stay in touch. On our homepage and many of our other webpages, we have a sign-up form. Enter your email there and we’ll make sure you get all our future communication.
I would like to reproduce, use or adapt CCPH materials. Is this allowed?
A: Our website, documents and publications are subject to CCPH’s copyright and may be reproduced, used or adapted for non-commercial scientific or educational purposes. Any reproduction, use or adaptation of our website, documents and publications (whether excerpts or in its entirety) requires our written permission and must be properly cited. Please contact us with your request and we will provide specific instructions.
What do you mean by “community?”
What we mean by community is dynamic and inclusive. There is no one definition of community. Community need not be defined solely by geography. It can refer to a group that self-identifies by age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or health condition. It can refer to a common interest or cause, a sense of identification or shared emotional connection, shared values or norms, mutual influence, common interest, or commitment to meeting a shared need. Defining community in a community-campus partnership is more about the process of asking and answering key questions than about a strict definition of who is community or represents community: Are those most affected by the issue being addressed at the table? Are those who have a stake in the issue being addressed at the table? Are community members at the table? Do they play decision-making roles? The purpose of the partnership drives the definition, therefore each effort must ask for the definition of community.