The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is an annual full-day symposium focused on issues related to health equity and social justice. The CEI examines the importance of why and how community engagement and collaboration are effective in social/behavioral research and essential in community building practices. 

CEI 2017 Overview -- Register Now! (click here)

CEI Program Agenda 2017 Page 1CEI Program AgendaCEI will host its 4th Annual Conference on October 6, 2017, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, AL. The theme is "Community Health from Engagement and Environmental Renewal (CHEER) for Civil Inclusion and Empowerment" (#CEI2017). 

This year's CEI will offer attendees an impressive lineup of educational workshops, technical assistance, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and resource tables. The 2017 program will explore the application of the best and most promising practices that challenge Community Health from Engagement and Environmental Renewal (CHEER) and elevate equity as the central intersection where the full impact of social and community change occurs. 

Institute Goals
To exchange information, disseminate research, and share successful approaches to address health equity and community empowerment, and to connect community members and leaders, researchers, and philanthropic stakeholders in improving communities and environmental health. 


  • Increase understanding of social justice concepts (economic stability, neighborhoods and built environment, health and health care accessibility, education, and social and community context).
  • Share interdisciplinary knowledge on strategies to reduce health disparities and increase health equity that result in improved health outcomes.
  • Develop individual goals that will empower participants to make a difference within and across communities. 

Who Should Attend? 
Undergraduate and graduate students, community members, faculty, organizations & community/neighborhood leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, researchers, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders, and others from across the Deep South region are encouraged to attend.

Speakers Diane Bell McKoy
We welcome President and CEO of Associated Black Charities Mrs. Diane Bell McKoy and Dr. Errol Crook, Abraham A. Mitchell Chair, Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, as our CEI 2017 keynote speakers.

New This Year! Cookies and Conversation
CEI 2017 will end on a sweet note--Cookies and Conversation is the name of our networking activity that will conclude the conference. Find out what other organizations in our cachement area are doing to address social justice and health disparity challenges. Interested in hosting a booth? Submit your abstract by 5pm Friday, Sept. 22.


Call for Sessions and Posters
Faculty, students, community members, business leaders, advocates, consumers, and sponsors are all encouraged to participate. Submit your session and poster abstracts by 5pm Friday, Sept. 22.

Registration Is Now Open!
$25 regular admissions, seats are limited!
Registration will not be available at the door.

Contact Shauntice Allen, PhD, at or call 205-996-6915.