Workshops & Training

A key goal of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities Program (ARCC) is to provide opportunities for capacity-building and training to Northwestern academic and community partners on using a collaborative research approach to addressing community health issues.

Upcoming Workshops
Community Partner Workshops
Joint Workshops
Academic Partner Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

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CCH Manuscript Writing Retreats - 2013-2014
Community and academic partners and partnerships are invited to participate in next year's quarterly writing retreats hosted by the Center for Community Health (CCH).  These are a great opportunity to turn conference abstracts into papers, plan for possible papers from current research, make progress on drafts, or finish revisions. 
These are not educational workshops but dedicated time and space for attendees to focus on their own manuscripts.

Northwestern University - Chicago Campus
750 N. Lake Shore Drive



ARCC 3rd Annual Town Hall Forum:
ARCC wants your perspective on how we can create a stronger environment for community research in Chicago at Northwestern.  We invite all Chicagoland community, faith-based, public organizations AND Northwestern University faculty, staff, fellows and students.  Come and give input on ARCC's future directions and activities.  Light breakfast provided.
Directly proceeded by  Collaborative Dissemination Workshop for Community and Academic Partners (12-1:30pm) Further info below.
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Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
3015 W. Division  Street
Chicago, IL 60622



ARCC Collaborative Dissemination Workshop for Community and Academic Partners 
Come learn about best practices and examples for how community-academic partnerships can disseminate project information and findings to community and academic audiences.  The workshop will feature presentations by ARCC-supported community-academic teams.  Lunch provided. 
Directly preceeded by ARCC 3rd Annual Town Hall Forum (9-11:30am).  Further info above.
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Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
3015 W. Division  Street
Chicago, IL 60622


Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Educational Networking Meeting
Get to know the leadership of CCPH, share best practices in advancing health equity and social justice through community-campus partnerships and address shared challenges in an informal setting over appetizers and drinks. CCPH is excited that Chicago is hosting the CCPH international conference next year, April 30-May 3, 2014. During the event, you'll have an opportunity to meet local members of the conference planning committee and contribute your ideas and suggestions at a critical point in the planning process. ARCC Director Jen Brown is a CCPH Board Member.

No fee to attend, suggested voluntary tax-deductible donation of $20 to the Bobby Gottlieb Scholarship Fund to support community participation in CCPH.
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Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza, LaSalle Room
350 W. Mart Center Drive



“Community-Based Participatory Research as a Strategy for Health Equity: Where We've Been & Where We Need to Go" 
ARCC seminar with Sarena Seifer, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (

At this seminar, Dr. Seifer will review:
- How community-based participatory approaches to research contribute to understanding & addressing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities
- Identify critical issues & opportunities facing the field
- Offer practical suggestions for moving field forward

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Dept of Preventive Medicine - 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, 14th Floor - Stamler Conference Room



Practical Guidance for Authors Writing/Publishing About Community-Engaged Research
Interactive workshop for community-academic partners facilitated by Darius Tandon, Editor-in-Chief Progress in Community Health Partnerships - the only peer-reveiwed journal solely focused on publishing Community-Based Particpatory Research (CBPR).  Participants will discuss guidelines for writing, review examples of CBPR manuscript sections, and learn strategies for promoting community-academic collaboration in writing.

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This workshop is presented by ARCC and PBR.
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Community Partner Workshops

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The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) in partnership with the Education Manager at the Northwestern IRB offered a Human Subject Certification Training for community partners, which is accepted by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  This in-person training has been specifically designed to meet the needs of community partners participating in Community-Engaged research projects. Participants received certification at the end of the training (the certification lasts for two years and is accepted by the IRBs at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois-Chicago). Training slides

Resource materials
10/16/12 Research Question Development and Research Design Basic Questions: Covered how to understand the research process, how to develop research questions relevant to organizations, basic description and examples of research design methods. Presentation slides

I Wish I Had a CBPR Community Partner Coach:
A Community Partner’s Perspective on how to manage and sometimes survive the challenges of working in a community-academic partnership
Facilitated by Ann-Gel PalermoPDF Icon, Chair of Harlem Community-Academic Partnership

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04/28/10 University 101: Workshop for Community Partners: Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Uptown Handout #1  pdf icon                      
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03/05/10 Journal Club: Learning from Research Literature:
Workshop for Community Partners, Better Boys Foundation in North Lawndal Resource for finding academic articles: Google Scholar & PubMed
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Handout #1 (word .doc)
Handout #2 (word .doc)

Joint Workshops

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Center for Community Health (CCH) Groundbreaking - Keynote Presentation
Giselle Corbie-Smith , MD, MSC, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Reverend Danny Ellis, President and CEO of Ellis Research and Consulting Services, LLC delivered the keynote presentation of their community partnership spanning over a decade
Presentation slides
Watch the Keynote


Center for Community Health (CCH) Poster Session
Posters from any ARCC, CHITREC, PPRG, REACH project or partner were welcomed and presented.
Abstract compilation
Read about the CCH Launch


ARCC Workshop: Community Review Processes: Examples from Univerity of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University
Visiting community-academic teams from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University shared their models of community feedback and review. This session highlighted structured ways of facilitating community input to community-academic partnerships and faculty as research projects are initiated, developed or to address challenges that arise during the conduct of research projects.
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Review Board/Charrette Toolkits
10/16/12 ARCC Seed Grant Information Workshop: 6th Round
Required letter of intent due December 21, 2012
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Request for proposals


CERC Keynote Presentation:
Community Values, Ethics & Conflict Resolution: Fostering Community-Academic Translational Research to Address Health Disparities - Experiences from Atlanta
The presenters will discuss the role of community-engaged research in addressing health disparities. They will explain how community values have shaped their partnership and how those values tie to ethical standards of research. They will describe different models and levels of community participation in research and present strategies for addressing conflicts between academic and community partners.
CERC Poster Session:
Poster Session from the Community-Engaged Research Center’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and Practice-Based Research (PBR) Programs will be held following the keynote presentation with Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine and LaShawn Hoffman, Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association of Atlanta, Georgia. 

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Poster Abstract Compilation
5/4/11 ARCC Town Hall Forum
At this participatory event, ARCC shared  progress and future plans and got input and direction from attendees on ARCC priorities including capacity-building workshops, partnership facilitation, and seed grants.
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4/28/11 Interactive workshop for community and academic partners: Practical Guidance for Authors Writing About CBPR, 10am-12pm
Darius Tandon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Pediatrics and Deputy Editor, Progress in Community Health Partnerships (
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ARCC Keynote Presentation and ARCC Seed Grant Poster Session Reception
Keynote: The Developmental Stages of a Community-University Partnership: The Padres Informados/ Jovenes Preparados Program at “Young Adulthood”

Michele Allen PDF Icon, MD MS, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Minnesota and Veronica Svetaz PDF Icon, MD MPH, Medical Director, Aquí para Tí (APT)/Here for You Clinic for Latino Youth

Poster Session Featuring ARCC-funded Seed Grant projects

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U of MN Research Partnership Checklist PDF Icon

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12/8/10 C3 Joint Training Seminar: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) 101, 9:30 - 1:30 pm
Designed for faculty and community partners who are interested in CBPR. This seminar will provide educational programming relevant to community-based participatory research that meets the needs of community and faculty and facilitates linkages to develop joint research and community health improvement initiatives.  This seminar is sponsored by the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3), a collaborative of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago's Clinical and Translational Science Awards' Community Engagement Cores.
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Health Sciences & Technology Academy: A Pipeline to Health Careers Promoting Community-Based Participatory Research

Ann Chester, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences for Social Justice, West Virginia University and Catherine Morton-McSwain, State Education Coordinator, Health Sciences & Technology Academy, West Virginia University

This seminar was part of Northwestern’s Science Club initiative, designed to inspire urban youth in the wonder and practice of science. Learn more at Co-sponsorship was provided by NUCATS’ Community-Engaged Research.

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9/10/2010 Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research
Keynote Presenter: Meredith Minkler, DrPH MPH, Professor, School of Public Health, University of California- Berkeley. Local discussants: Drs. Carol Gill and Joy Hammel (University of Illinois-Chicago), Chicago case study partners on Dr. Minkler's PolicyLink publication.
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05/06/2010 Visit from Carol R. Horowitz, MD MPH, Associate Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Cesar M. Vasquez, Chair of Community Action Board, East Harlem Partnership for Diabetes Prevention
Morning Session on Guidance for Successful Academic Careers for Community-Engaged Faculty
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02/25/2010 CBPR 101 & Conflict Resolution: Joint Workshop for Community and Academic Partners at the Humboldt Park Field House Slides  pdf icon
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Academic Partner Workshops

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ARCC Breakfast for Community-Engaged Academic Staff
Academic staff like Research Coordinators/Directors of Project Corordinators/Directors play key roles in community-engaged research projects.  Often staff play liaison, bridge building, and support roles between faculty and community partners.  This breakfast is an opportunity for academic staff to meet, form connections, and explore the unique needs and resources that may benefit academic staff working in community-engaged research.  Please join and contribute your input and ideas. 
10/26/11 ARCC CBPR 101 Faculty Brown Bag: An informal i[presentation about communit-based particpatory research and available resources mationally, locally, and at Norhtwestern National/Resources/NU CBPR Resources
05/20/2010 Making the Case for Community-Engaged Scholarship
Facilitated by Lynn Blanchard, PhD MPH, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Sherril Gelmon, DrPH, Professor, Portland State University
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Competencies Handout  pdf icon                        

Past Workshops