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CEI 2017

2017 CEI Overview:

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The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is designed as a full day symposium focused on issues related to health equity and social justice. CEI examines the importance of why & how community engagement and collaboration are effective in social/behavioral research and essential in community building practices. CEI will host its 4th Annual Conference on October 6, 2017 in Birmingham, AL. This year's theme is Community Health from Engagement and Environmental Renewal (CHEER) for Civil Inclusion & Empowerment - #CEI2017.

This year’s CEI will offer attendees an impressive lineup of educational workshops, technical assistance and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The 2017 program will explore the application of the best and most promising practices that challenges injustice and elevates equity as the central intersection where the full impact of social and community change occurs.

Institute Goal: To disseminate research, exchange information, and share successful approaches of addressing health equity and social justice.


Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, AL 35203


Who should submit? Faculty and staff across multiple disciplines, undergraduate and graduate students, community members, organizational & community/neighborhood leaders, volunteers, business leaders, faith-based leaders, health advocates, information consumers, grass-roots organizers and funders.

We encourage innovative, interactive and creative presentations that are grounded and aligned with CEI’s 2017 Annual Conference theme. Session foci can include, but are not limited to, the following:


Please follow the Submission Guidelines carefully. All submissions should relate to the conference goal and objectives listed above. Submissions do not have to be strictly health care related. Before submitting, if you would like to review or learn more about concepts related to social justice and health equity, please visit the American Public Health Association's work on social justice and health or the 2011 American Journal of Public Health article Health Disparities and Health Equity: The Issue Is Justice.

*~All accepted authors and collaborating presenters are required to register for the conference and are financially responsible for the registration fee, any hotel accommodations, and all travel expenses. The registration fee is $25.~

Complete the form and remember to connect your session idea to one or more of the defining characteristics listed above.

There are six (6) slots available for workshop sessions that are 60-minute sessions. Sessions should offer opportunities for knowledge transfer, skills development and collaborative learning. We encourage you to be creative, innovative, and interactive with your session idea.

All selected presenters will take part in one 45-minute prep call before the conference.

Selection Criteria:
CEI seeks to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by creating a balanced program that reflects a multitude of perspectives. We will select sessions based on their contribution to the following criteria.

Commercial / Promotional Presentations
Your presentation may NOT sell, raffle, or otherwise promote a product or service.


The 2017 CEI Planning Committee will review all workshop proposals. Because we anticipate far more proposals than available workshop sessions, not every proposal can be included in the conference agenda. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 8, 2017. The 2017 CEI Planning Committee will notify you of the status of your proposal on or before Friday, September 22, 2017.

Point of Contact: For more information or technical assistance with submitting this form, please contact Shauntice Allen, PhD at or call 205-996-6915.

Confirmation of receipt of abstract will be emailed only to the first author, please allow a few business days. Acceptance of abstracts will be emailed to the first author no later than September 22, 2017. All accepted presenters must register for the conference and are responsible for their registration fee and all expenses related to the conference.