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Joint UNC-CH, Duke Conference to Discuss Role of Universities in Sustainable Community Development


Duke Health News 919-660-1306

DURHAM, N.C. -- On Sept. 6, 2007, researchers, students, university faculty and community leaders will gather to examine research and service projects from UNC and Duke that are making lasting, positive change in many communities.

Sustainable Community Development Conference: Does the University have a Role? is organized by the Center for Health Policy at the Duke Global Health Institute and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's School of Public Health, with financial support from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

The conference will feature an opening address by William C. Richardson, president emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and retired president and CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The conference will feature university research initiatives that are making a positive change in communities in the Triangle and across the world through sustained research, education, and intervention partnerships. The day-long event will feature examples of community development in the areas of public health, medicine, environment, public policy, business, and engineering. Two of the programs to be featured include Carolina for Kibera, which works in East Africa to fight poverty and violence; and Durham Family Initiative, which is working in Durham to reduce child abuse and neglect by 50 percent in 10 years.

The conference will be held in the Searle Conference Center, Research Drive at Duke University. Limited free parking is available. Students and faculty from UNC-CH are encouraged to take the free Robertson Express Bus.

Poster exhibits of summer overseas projects by Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill students will be on display during a pre-conference reception at 6 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Nasher Museum of Art. In addition to the student exhibits, Barbara Rimer of the UNC-School of Public Health, Michael Merson of the Duke Global Health Institute, and Charles Sanders of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline Foundation will provide brief remarks.

The reception and conference are free of charge and open to the public. For complete conference information and to register, go to

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