Lunch & Learn: Sustaining Partnerships

Nov 22, 2023 | Community Engagement, Community-Academic Partnerships, Lunch & Learn, Training, Video, Webinars | 0 comments

Sustaining Partnerships was a thoughtful and insightful panel discussion that invited attendees to consider sustainability-based practices to maintain equitable community-academic partnerships through funding cycles. 

By participating in this session, we hope that attendees can review components of authentic partnerships, describe an ecosystem of partnership sustainability, and describe practices that promote sustainability.

Attendees received a key takeaways one-pager, a slide deck, and a research article detailing an ecosystem that promotes partnership sustainability.

Attendees are encouraged to use the ideas and practices discussed during the panel discussion to create meaningful community connections and sustain their partnerships.


This virtual workshop had Spanish language and ASL interpretation, and recordings will be made publicly available in both English and Spanish language.



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Shemecka McNeil is a multi-talented individual with a deep understanding of the relationship between food and health. Growing up in a family with a long history of preventable health conditions, she developed a passion for promoting good health through a nutritious diet.

With over a decade of experience in the health sector, Shemecka is well-versed in the importance of healthy eating for overall well-being. She founded SLICE 325, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating low-income individuals and families on how to create healthy meals using affordable ingredients.

Shemecka’s expertise extends beyond health education – she is also a trained chef, healthcare professional, and farmer. Her unique skill set allows her to approach health and nutrition from a variety of angles, making her a valuable resource for anyone seeking to improve their eating habits and overall health.

As the Executive Director of SLICE 325, Shemecka is committed to making a difference in the lives of others, one meal at a time. She firmly believes that every family is unique and that there are countless creative ways to prepare healthy meals that are both delicious and affordable.

Shemecka’s dedication to promoting health and wellness has earned her recognition as a PSA Grower and a Paul Harris Award Fellow. She is an inspiration to those around her and a true advocate for healthy living.


Al Richmond, MSW, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), is a global thought leader advocating for the increased role of communities in research and public health. In his role as Executive Director of CCPH, Al is advancing the organization’s commitment to social justice and health equity. His interest in research ethics and its influence on community engagement was broaden through a 2016 fellowship at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. The Residency program resulted in the creation of guidelines for the conduct of community engaged research (CEnR). In August 2017, he launched the inaugural session, Structural Inequality: An On the Ground View. This was a highly experiential session. It provided a look through the lens of equity to develop and expand the understanding of structural and historic factors contributing to racism in America.

Al serves as principal investigator of Patient Engagement: Enhancing Culturally Responsive Research funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and as Co-Principal Investigator of Ensuring Ethical Community-Engaged Research: Elevating the Role and Impact of Community-Based IRBs and Research Review Committees funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. In addition, Al provides leadership to multiple academic research projects. Al’s leadership interest seeks to deepen CCPH’s focus in emerging issues impacting our nation including: education, immigration, diversity and culture.

As a founding member and past chair of the Community Based Public Health Caucus and the National Community Based Organization Network, he helped to foster effective partnerships focused on community-identified health concerns and partnerships that integrated local leaders in the decision-making process.

Al completed the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a 2-year leadership program for North Carolina residents in 2016. This experience has expanded his commitment to provide leadership to improve race, class and gender relationships in North Carolina and beyond. For the past decade he has served as field instructor and supervisor to over 20 students.  Many are currently early public health practitioners and scholars.

He holds a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. Al is a certified facilitator for the Poverty Simulation, Intercultural Developmental Inventory and ToP Facilitation Methods.