Founded in 1996, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. 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 and play. Our strategic goals are to:
(1) Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges;
(2) Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships; and
(3) Build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to engage each other in partnerships that balance power, share resources, and work towards systems change
Our members – a diverse group of over 2,000 individuals and organizations affiliated with colleges and universities, community-based organizations, health care delivery systems, student service organizations, foundations and government – are advancing these goals in their work on a daily basis through service-learning, community-based participatory research and other community-academic partnerships. What ties us together is our commitment to social justice and our passion for the power of partnerships to transform communities and institutions.
By mobilizing knowledge, providing training and technical assistance, conducting research, building coalitions and advocating for supportive policies, CCPH helps to ensure that the reality of community engagement and partnership matches the rhetoric.