Institute for Community Research
ICR Sponsored Conferences

ICR Sponsored Conferences

ICR conferences explore key issues and community research related to social justice, equity in health, education, and cultural conservation, and other topics relevant to our mission. Central to many of our conferences are the goals to advance best practices in community research methods and to use scientific and community knowledge to promote and advocate for innovative and comprehensive solutions to troubling trends and problems of our times.

India National Dissemination Conference: Smokeless Tobacco among Women: Implications for Research, Intervention and Policy Change.

Mumbai, India (2013)
This was the culminating event to disseminate findings from over five years of research on smokeless tobacco among Indian women living in urban slum communities in the Mumbai area.

China/U.S. Women’s Health Project Final Experience Exchange Conference.

Sanya, Hainan Province, China (2011)
This was the culminating event to disseminate findings from over five years of research on HIV prevention and efforts to promote the female condom among women working in sex-work establishments in four cities in southern China. Over 100 researchers, public health workers and officials, and primary care providers from China and the U.S. attended and shared experiences of intervention delivery and research findings.

Crossroads II: Community-Based Collaborative Research For Social Justice.

Hartford, CT (2007)
Nearly 400 researchers, activists, cultural leaders, funders, community members, educators, artists, and healthcare professionals convened for this 3-day conference to share experiences and gain insights about community-based collaborative research for social justice. The conference featured local, national and international experts. Conference attendees enjoyed keynote performances in storytelling, dance and music, as well as panels discussing how to use community-based research to create change. The conference’s three main themes included: addressing the root causes of inequities in health, criminal justice, education, the environment, and economic development; translating and adapting science-based interventions to be effective in diverse, real-life settings; and integrating artistic and cultural expression with research. A gallery exhibition, “Explorations of Social and Environmental Justice Issues,” complemented the conference. View images from the Conference Program.

Crossroads: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships.

Hartford, CT (2004)
This 4-day conference drew representatives from community-based organizations, government agencies, independent research organizations, universities and colleges, service agencies, public policy advocates, foundations, artists, and community residents interested in looking critically at the ways in which research is and can be used to create change in communities worldwide. We welcomed researchers, community activists, artists, and students from all settings to present current work, reflections or critical analysis of community-based collaborative research (CBCR) projects, and individuals who wanted to gain or share methods and skills in the practice of CBCR. Teams of researchers and community partners were encouraged to come to the conference together to represent their collaborative projects.

See the conference program here.

The Privatization of Public Institutions: Implications for Social Health and Welfare.

Hartford, CT (1997)
This 1-day conference explored and critiqued national trends to shift public resources to the private sector for the management of human and social services such as education, healthcare, housing, prison services, and the arts, among others. Panelists debated implications of this growing trend for confining and restricting cultural diversity and for threatening the wellbeing of low-income and impoverished communities. The conference also addressed implications of privatization for demographic shifts, social welfare, service equity, worker organizing, and the conduct of socially relevant applied social science. Nearly 200 people attended this conference held in Hartford, CT.

Additional conferences sponsored by ICR include the following:

  • 2013 – National dissemination of results of intervention to reduce women’s risk of HIV, Delhi
  • 2012 – Smokeless tobacco research and Interventions, India
  • 2010 – Alcohol and HIV in India –  Interventions and implications for policy
  • 2009 – China/U.S. Women’s Health Project First Experience Exchange Conference, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
  • 2009 – Alcohol and HIV in India: State of Research
  • 2007 – Dissemination of methods and pilot study results, Alcohol and HIV in Mumbai
  • 2003 – Microbicides: The Power to Protect
  • 1995 – Facing the Crisis of AIDS: Issues and Models for Community Action
  • 1993 – Urban Artists Initiative Regional Conferences:
    • Building Community through the Arts
    • Marketing Urban Experiences
    • Reinventing Urban Areas through the Arts
    • Working Artists: A Community’s Hope
    • Working Artists: Energizing Communities through the Arts
    • A Toolbox for Marketing the Arts
    • Toolbox for Funding the Arts
  • 1992 – Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • 1991 – Demographic Diversity and Restructuring the Workforce, Arts Policy, Education, and Healthcare
  • 1988 – AIDS in America: A Growing Threat

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