Empowering Communities To Create A Healthy Village

June 20-22, 2011 Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN

Conference Overview

The 2011 conference theme, Empowering Communities to Create a Healthy Village, celebrates CHEER’s mission to engage in community-based collaborations to conduct research and incorporate the role of community assets and personal economic efficacy. The purpose of this work is to drive healthy lifestyles for at risk and disadvantaged persons of every age and background, in families living in rural, suburban, and urban communities in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta region.

Invited Speakers/Panelists

The Empowering Communities conference will feature local, regional, and national experts in social determinants of health, mental health in the African American community, economic empowerment and chronic disease, and public policy/advocacy.

Who Should Attend?

Local, state and national health practitioners/officials, and members of community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, colleges/universities, and lay communities.

Conference Goals

  1. Increase community awareness and understanding of the effects of social and economic conditions in the Delta region on the overall health and well-being of African-American communities.
  2. Discuss the importance of community-based participatory research (CBPR), faith-based institutions, social justice, and economic empowerment as vehicles for creating a healthy village.
  3. Ignite new scholarship and partnerships focused on creating healthy villages in the Delta region.
  4. Provide attendees with tools for implementing CBPR in their respective communities.

CBPR Award

CHEER will recognize one organization for excellence in community-based participatory research. Visit the CBPR Award page for details on submitting a project for consideration.

Call for Abstracts

CHEER will feature oral and poster presentations from students and members of academic institutions, community organizations, and local/state health departments. Would you like your work featured? Contact us at 901-448-1985 for more details.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Brian Smedley Vice-President and Director, Health Policy Institute

Dr. Brian Smedley
Vice-President and Director, Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Dr. Alvin Poussaint Psychiatrist/Media Consultant/Author

Dr. Alvin Poussaint
Psychiatrist/Media Consultant/Author
Co-Author of "Come On People" with Dr. Bill Cosby

Bishop William Young Pastor, The Healing Center Founder

Bishop William Young
Pastor, The Healing Center Founder
Suicide and the Black Church Conference

Not pictured: Stephen Bush, Shelby County Chief Public Defender; Director, The Jericho Project

Confirmed Panelist

Dr. Darrell Gaskin,Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Pastor, Beth Shalom AME Zion Church.

Dr. Arthur Sutherland,Founder, Sutherland Cardiology Clinic; Member, Physicians for a National Health Program.

M. Lisa McDonald McGee,Director, Meharry HBCU Wellness Program

Contact Us

66 N. Pauline, Suite 307
Memphis, TN 38105
T: 901-448-7666
F: 901-448-1640


Please contact us at (901-448-1982).